With a goal of improving Canadian golfers’ overall enjoyment of the game, the Canadian PGA and Golf Canada support the TEE IT FORWARD initiative.
“TEE IT FORWARD is aimed at helping golfers have the best possible experience on the golf course by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities. The initiative encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.” (Golf Canada)
Driver Distance Recommended Yardages to play:
- 275 yards 6,700 – 6,900 yards
- 250 yards 6,200 – 6,400 yards
- 225 yards 5,800 – 6,000 yards
- 200 yards 5,200 – 5,400 yards
- 175 yards 4,400 – 4,600 yards
- 150 yards 3,500 – 3,700 yards
- 125 yards 2,800 – 3,000 yards
- 100 yards 2,100 – 2,300 yards
This not just a Canadian initiative, the PGA and USGA are supporting partners as well. “When you TEE IT FORWARD, you hit more lofted irons into greens, putt for birdies and pars more often and play faster and score better! Many amateurs are regularly hitting approach shots on a par-4 hole from 185 to 205 yards. The fact is, most bogey golfers only hit approach shots generally with any accuracy from within 170 yards. When you TEE IT FORWARD, you have the potential to hit approach shots from 145 to 165 yards.”
TEE IT FORWARD received great feedback in 2012 from golfers nationwide (USA) who reported:
- 56 percent of those who used TEE IT FORWARD played faster
- 56 percent indicated they are more likely to play golf more often
- 83 percent hit more lofted clubs into greens
- 85 percent had more fun
- 93 percent continue to TEE IT FORWARD
The TEE IT FORWARD program is great for golf and last nights round is a perfect reason. My friend and I were playing behind a twosome of women, who in turn were playing behind a threesome of men. The threesome of men were very slow. So slow that the women played two balls each and were still waited on every hole. The men in front had several holes open in front of them and would not let the women play through. The most frustrating aspect of this entire ordeal is that the two of the men rarely hit the ball further than 150 yards! In stead of playing from the whites, they should have moved up to the golds. It makes a difference of about 30-50 yards a hole. It would definitely have sped up play. For those who may be asking, we did join the women and still had to wait!
TEE IT FORWARD is a great program for golf! It will definitely improve the pace of play and the enjoyment for those on the course. I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!