I wanted to collect in a single place the definitive summary of why we follow the “Tee It Forward” Initiative.
I have my own observation that many of you have found this transition to be useful.
The sorry state of affairs is we really don’t hit our average drives that far….at least for us “true” Geezers !!!!!
The overriding benefit that I see under this program, is that it actually increases the “FUN” of playing golf.
We have all experienced the joy it is to be able to reach a green in “regulation” and putt for a birdie or a par.
If you are a regular member of the NCGA, you probably have a handicap index, and of course under this tradition system, you know that you can just subtract a stroke or two from you score on the hold, but I have found it is much more enjoyable to play from tees where one actually has some fighting chance to make a “real” par.
BTW, This concept of playing from different Tees based on your average driving ability does tend to more equally position each players ball where they have an opportunity of getting on the green in regulation.
Obviously, for the player who can hit the drives long, they will also have the same higher swing speed ability to hit the 2nd or 3rd shot on a par 4/5 proportionately longer also, or be able to use a much higher lofted club to reach the green. So there is still an advantage to long ball hitters through the green after the drive.
In the attached spread sheet I put together the Tee distances of the 3 most popular clubs we have played…Tilden, Boundary, Diablo Creek (note there are two gold tee exception….at Tilden there are some very short Family Gold Tees, and at Diablo Creek there are gold tees but they are 6,040 yards, which would correlate to drives of 225 yards.)
Well beyond most of us.
And this chart that shows the correlation of course distance from various tee boxes to your average drive.
If your average par 4/5 drive is 200 yards or less play the forward tee, Red
Play White if you drives average over 200 yards.
Play Blue if you average drive is 235 yards or over…
Listed below are some other benefits that have been defined. The NCGA also supports this program.
TEE IT FORWARD
TEE IT FORWARD is a joint initiative between the USGA and The PGA of America that encourages players to play from a set of tees best suited to their driving distance. In addition to providing more enjoyment for golfers, teeing it forward also can be one of the most important steps that golfers take in improving pace of play.
A recent survey of TEE IT FORWARD participants found that:
- 56 percent played faster
- 56 percent are likely to play golf more often
- 83 percent hit more-lofted clubs into greens
- 85 percent had more fun
- 93 percent will TEE IT FORWARD again
“We hope that you give it a try. You’ll have more fun and your rounds will take less time to play.”
View this 30 second video.
United States Golf Association
PGA of America Announces Results of Tee It Forward Initiative
Consumers provided extremely positive feedback from their experiences in the first year of “Tee it Forward,” the national initiative supported by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.
Tee it Forward, which was formally conducted at facilities nationwide from July 5-17, encourages golfers to play faster and have more fun by playing from tees best suited to their ability.
Initial responses from a consumer survey indicated that 70 percent of the respondents found golf more enjoyable; 90 percent said they played faster or at about the same pace; 91 percent were likely to recommend Tee it Forward to a friend and would likely use it again; and 52 percent stated they were likely to play golf more often knowing they could use Tee it Forward.
A separate PGA survey found that 1,923 facilities were officially registered or reported results for the Tee it Forward promotion. An average of 123 golfers per facility used the guidelines and approximately 237,000 total golfers used Tee it Forward during the promotion period. The survey found that 86 percent of the facilities were likely to continue promoting Tee it Forward throughout the year.
“We are extremely pleased with the initial results from golfers using Tee it Forward,” said PGA of America president Allen Wronowski. “Golfers told us that they had a positive experience. It was our hope that by moving to a different set of tees, golfers would have a more enjoyable, relaxing and fun experience – that certainly appears to be the case.”
The Tee it Forward campaign was launched in May during the 72nd Senior PGA Championship. It was further promoted by the USGA during the U.S. Open in June and the U.S. Women’s Open Championship in July.
“The emphasis here is on playing faster and having more fun, with the hope that people will want to play more,” said USGA President Jim Hyler. “We see this initiative continuing on well into the future. I’m a prime example of someone who was focused on playing a 6,600- or 6,700 yard golf course. Once I moved up to about 6,200 yards, I said, ‘Wow, this makes a difference. It’s more fun.’ ”
A few of the anecdotal results from people using Tee it Forward include a female golfer recording her first hole-in-one and an 85-year-old woman cutting 30 minutes off her round and breaking 100 for the first time in years.
Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf, provided the concept that led to Tee it Forward. By playing from forward tees, amateur golfers have the chance to play the course at the same relative distance as a touring professional would over 18 holes. Thus, the playing field is leveled by giving golfers an opportunity to play from distances that are properly aligned with their abilities.
The PGA and USGA provided more than 11,000 facilities around the country with Tee it Forward information and promotion materials. While the first year of the initiative had specific dates in July, golfers are encouraged to try Tee it Forward any time on any golf course.
To see a chart that provides guidelines for aligning a player’s driving distance with total course length, visit www.PlayGolfAmerica.com/TEEITFORWARD.
The above report is courtesy of the PGA of America. For more information, visit www.pga.com.
PACE OF PLAY USGA Handicap and ‘Tee It Forward’ Initiative MARCH 18, 2015 By Eric Lahman, USGA
The PGA of America, in a joint initiative with the USGA, recently launched a program to TEE IT FORWARD, which promotes playing golf from a set of tees that is best suited toward the player’s average driving distance.
While the USGA Handicap System puts players on reasonably equal footing regardless of tees played, we encourage players to play from a yardage that best suits their abilities and from which they find the most enjoyment playing. So the next time you play, consider the TEE IT FORWARD initiative. It can help players to maximize playability, establish a brisk pace of play and maintain the enjoyment of having a portable Handicap Index.