Golf is one of those games where sometimes the smallest detail can make a difference. Paying attention to a lot of seemingly inconsequential detail can make a big difference to your score at the end of the day. Consider for example the simple idea of where we place the ball on the tee box. One of the things I notice repeatedly when I’m out on the golf course is some golfers automatically tee up in the middle of the tee markers regardless of the layout of the hole, pin position or wind conditions. I’m not saying the middle of the tee should not be used but often a slight advantage can be gained by teeing up closer to one side than the other.
To start with the basic principle of teeing up on the same side the trouble is on can prove very useful. If there are some fairway bunkers on the left-hand side of the hole, tee up as close as possible to the left hand tee box. This means you’re maximising the chances of hitting away from the bunkers. Cross winds can be utilised in the same fashion to get the most carry from the wind. If you’re a golfer who shapes the ball predominantly with a draw or fade, utilising the width between the tee boxes can be the simplest way to plot your way around the course off the tee.
Sometimes it’s just a question of finding a flat, comfortable position. We’re very lucky in Powerscourt as the tee boxes are in great shape all year-round but you may occasionally find a little bit of uneven ground on a tee box on some courses. In this case think about moving the ball back from the front of the tee. Remember you are allowed two club lengths back from between the tee markers.
In short utilise the teeing area to maximise your tee shots.
Advanced PGA Professional Paul Thompson, December 2012