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Why Great Golfers Play It Forward
I tell many of my tournament players to practice and play some rounds from a more forward set of tees that they normally would...
Why Great Golfers Play It Forward
  

I tell many of my tournament players to practice and play some rounds from a more forward set of tees that they normally would. I think it is important for a tournament player to get comfortable shooting lower scores. Something positive happens in the game, body, and mind of the golfer when they are not hitting long clubs in for their approach shots all the time. They hit more greens. They take more pressure off the Driver. They get to feel good about the game and start to get a sense of scoring.

There are several campaigns out there in this industry advertising “play if forward”. Most notably is Jack Nicklaus. He helps a play if forward month campaign to get golfers to move up a set to improve enjoyment of the
 
game, pace of play, and a different perspective of the game. Our ego’s get in the way and don’t allow us to move up. Many courses still use gender related or colored tee markers that drive many away from playing the forward tees. If you are a 25+ handicap, I think one of the best ways to lower your score and learn how to “play and score better” is to move up and get the feel of the game.

Fairway bunkers for the most part are placed in a position to challenge your drives. You should choose a tee distance that allows your drive to
 
reach those bunkers. This is how the architects design the course to challenge the drive and require accuracy on the approach. The more distance and control you have of your golf ball, then and only then does playing a longer course seem to make sense. So when selecting your tees for your next round of golf, don’t be afraid to try a set of tees more forward than you usually play …. You might find the round of golf more enjoyable.