October 14, 2010 :: Posted by - Terry :: Category - Editorial
, Rules of Golf
So why do people tee the golf ball up on certain sides of the tee box – instead of the middle? Lisa from Arizona sent me this question, and it’s a good one. I have been golfing for so long, frequently I don’t think of these things anymore. Well, Lisa, in a nut shell, when you are teeing up the golf ball, as long as you have the ball between and behind the imaginary line that connects the tee markers, you are within the rules. You can even stand outside these markers – as long as the ball is within these parameters. Good players use this latitude to have a better angle to drive the ball down the fairway. Take me for example, I hit it straight or draw most all of my tee shots. So I will frequently line up from the left side of the tee, aiming down the right side of the fairway. No matter how I hit it, it’s a good shot. With my normal ball flight, if I teed it up on the right side, I would have a more difficult time driving the ball into play.
Take notice of your drives from the tee. After a while, you will notice a pattern that will help you decide from where to hit the ball to your best advantage. Thanks for the great question, Lisa! Now go out, have fun and let it rip!