Tee Box Strategy

Many amateurs make the exact wrong decision when deciding where to tee their ball when there is trouble down one side of the hole.

They forget their natural ball flight tendencies and think only what would happen if they hit a perfectly straight shot. They therefore tee up on the opposite side of the trouble and aim down the middle when they should tee up on the same side of the trouble and aim away from it.

To help prove my point I’ve chosen the fourth hole at Glen Abbey, where trouble lurks down the right.

Like most right-handed golfers I have a tendency to hit the ball left to right with my driver. So when playing a hole with trouble right I always tee up on the right-hand side of the box and aim towards the left-hand part of the fairway.

If I happen to hit a perfectly straight shot I’ll end up in the left-centre of the fairway or at worst the left-hand rough. If my ball curves as it naturally does I’ll end up in the middle. If it curves too much I’ll end up in the right side of the fairway and still safe.

Conversely, if I tee up on the left side of the box and aim down the middle with my fade I’ll be in big trouble if the ball curves too much.

Article Written By: Alf Callowhill
Article Date: 04/09/2015
Original Article: SCORE Golf