Save 2 Shots A Round Without Spending A Dime Or Practicing

by Jordan on October 18, 2013

Golf Tee Box Strategy

Golf Tee Box Strategy

How often do you get to the tee box and just put your tee into the ground without thinking? My guess is 90% of the time.

If it’s even 60% of the time, this needs to change. You may think it’s not a big deal. Let me tell you that it is.

I’m going to save you a couple shots per round by teaching you how to think about what side of the tee box you should hit from.

You may think the 10-15 yard width of the tee markers in meaningless. But that will really help you golf course strategy after my example below.

So let’s do it!

Improving Your Golf Course Strategy

A few days ago I was playing with a group of friends.

Alain who runs Woodfellow Flooring, Brendan who owns Abstract Stone and Alykhan who owns StudioYdesign. Since I do search engine optimization and website design work for them I decided it would be nice to treat them to a round of golf.

Alain is right handed and hits a really hard hook. So his ball flight starts right and hooks hard to the left.

This particular round we played a team match play format similar to the recent Presidents Cup. If a player is my opponent I never give them any tips during the round. Conversely I help my partner play better!

On the third hole at my home course there is out of bounds all the way down the left side of the fairway and 80 yards of fairway on the right.  There is also a tree 60 yards off the tee on the right. This prevents players from directly hitting their tee shots to the right side of the fairway away from the road.

My partner who hits the ball with a draw(right to left) just got onto the tee box and hit away without giving any thought as to where to tee the ball. He’s just like you.

The result was he hit it on the road. Why? A big part was because he teed his ball on the right side of the box.

Doing so caused him to lose his angle. It was cut down because of the tree. So he wasn’t able to play the ball far enough out to the right of the fairway so his draw could stay on the left side of the fairway.

Take a look at the image below to visually see how much of a difference it makes where you tee the ball up. As I do not have an image of this hole on my home course, I have chosen an image from Chambers Bay which will host the US Open in 2015.

There is no out of the bounds down the left of the hole but there is a BIG bunker. The red curved line is his ball flight from the right side of the tee box and hooks far too much and ends up in the bunker.

Golf Tee Box Strategy

After his first shot I pointed out the fact that his angle was very poor teeing from the right side. So I told him to tee the ball on the left side of the tee box.

This would allow his draw to start further right so it could still catch a piece of the left hand fairway. The black curved line is his second ball. As you can see he was able to hit it out much farther to the right then his first shot simply because he teed the ball all the way on the left side of the tee box.

Pretty simple stuff that could save you a couple shots a round minimum. It’s a tip that’s far better then lessons or new equipment. You didn’t have to pay for it or change your swing to see the results once you implement it.

It took me years to learn this!  But when I did it noticed my handicap begin to drop.

So again, think about where you want to tee the ball up based on your ball flight and the shape of the hole your playing.

I’ll cover approach shots in my next post so stay tuned for that.



Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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