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Using a Tee on Par 3's


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#1 ShooterMcGavin311

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 06:59 AM

Charlie Rymer just said you should always use a tee on a par 3 and then gave a personal anecdote about Nicklaus telling him to always tee it up. How many of you guys use a tee every time? I do not use them when I have short irons in my hands but I do use them for mid-irons to 3 wood. I never really thought about using a tee for certain clubs or where the cut off is but I have found my questionable method to be somewhat effective. Perhaps I should start teeing it up every time and I can win 18 majors.. I will keep you guys posted

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 08:37 AM

It depends, into the wind I don't always since I find I hit it a few degrees lower. If the tee box is immaculate sometimes I don't either
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Posted 22 June 2017 - 10:06 AM

I always do, and I've heard the Nicklaus opinion on that previously as well.

It does give me a little more confidence standing over the ball, though I know I can hit the same shot off grass.  About the only issue I run into at times is hitting the ball too high on the face, and losing distance.
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Posted 22 June 2017 - 11:17 AM

Always. I believe it was Jack or Arnie who said teeing it up allows you to have a perfect lie every time.

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 11:29 AM

I'm too lazy.. Just drop the ball on the ground and find a high spot like a divot edge and roll. I once saw Freddie Couples put a heel into the turf to make a little mound. I agree with the theory behind it but I would only consider it with a low iron or hybrid where turf interaction isn't the main feedback.


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 11:42 AM

View PostCajunmike, on 22 June 2017 - 11:29 AM, said:

I'm too lazy.. Just drop the ball on the ground and find a high spot like a divot edge and roll. I once saw Freddie Couples put a heel into the turf to make a little mound. I agree with the theory behind it but I would only consider it with a low iron or hybrid where turf interaction isn't the main feedback.

Isn't that what Laura Davies does, with every club off the tee?

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 11:55 AM

View Posthogans71, on 22 June 2017 - 11:42 AM, said:

View PostCajunmike, on 22 June 2017 - 11:29 AM, said:

I'm too lazy.. Just drop the ball on the ground and find a high spot like a divot edge and roll. I once saw Freddie Couples put a heel into the turf to make a little mound. I agree with the theory behind it but I would only consider it with a low iron or hybrid where turf interaction isn't the main feedback.

Isn't that what Laura Davies does, with every club off the tee?

I believe she slams the club head into the turf instead of her heel.

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 12:07 PM

I don't use a tee for any iron unless there isn't a good grassy spot to hit off of in the tee box.

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 12:52 PM

I tee it.
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Posted 22 June 2017 - 01:26 PM

Depends on how I'm feeling. In general I am more likely to tee it up the longer the hole is. Some that I play are only a lob/gap/sand wedge and I usually don't tee those up, just give myself a good lie.


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 08:17 PM

I do, elevating the ball about 1/8" off the deck.

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 09:31 PM

Shoot, tee it up everywhere, par 3's, 4's, fairways, rough, greens... makes putting tough come to think of it. More seriously, everything pitching wedge and longer off the tee box gets a tee.

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 09:48 PM

I don't use a tee unless I'm hitting driver. 3W any hybrid or iron always gets hit off the deck.

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 10:59 PM

I always use a tee, but go as low as I can.  Ideally I like the bottom of the ball to be level with the top of the turf.  I have to admit that teeing up lob and sand wedge still makes me nervous.
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Posted 23 June 2017 - 04:17 AM

I always use a tee on par 3's.


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 09:36 AM

Whats the saying, "You're only gauranteed 18 perfect lies per round.  Use them"

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 01:21 PM

No tee for me with the irons. I feel like my swing changes because I suck.
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Posted 24 June 2017 - 09:33 AM

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 09:53 PM

The only time I don't use a tee on a par 3 is if the ground is rock hard and I can't get one in far enough for the ball to stay up on it.

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 12:46 AM

A tee, most of the time.  Normally just a stub off a broken one I find up there.   Really low, but essentially a 'perfect' lie.   Why not?

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 04:51 PM

It's an advantage I use every time I'm allowed

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 08:03 PM

Before, I didn't use a tee for anything shorter than long irons, but when I discussed this very topic with my golf instructor, who is a +2 to +3 HC, he said that he always tees it up "to the perfect lie", like stated above.  So, since then I almost exclusively use a tee.

I have had issues with hitting too long, as teeing up can add to distance, and the majority of my shot distance tracking data is gathered from hitting "off the deck".
I also don't want my yardage skewed by the tee'd up shots, causing me to come up short from the fairway, but now when I look at my yardages, I just account for the longer distances being from a tee and stick to the lower 2/3 of my yardage.  

I feel better clubbing down and hitting off of a tee. Hitting from a perfect lie, just barely tee'd up gives me tons of confidence!  Though, if the tee box is nice and I like the distance, I'll sometimes still place my ball in a nice patch of grass and hit w/o.
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Posted 26 June 2017 - 01:19 AM

I know it's mental but I feel like I hook it more off a tee...if I'm trying to hit a swooping draw, I'll tee it up.
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Posted 26 June 2017 - 01:02 PM

On just a standard straight away shot with an iron, yes.  With shorter irons or if I'm trying to hit a shot under the wind I won't always.  I will add that with hybrids and 3w off the tee (either on par 3 or par 4) I won't because I do seem to hook them more off of a tee.

As for the idea of "only guaranteed 18 good lies", you might need to work on how you set the ball on the ground when not using a tee, lol.  Mine is always perched, so not sure why you'd give yourself a bad lie ,lol.
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 12:30 PM

I too use a tee on the box, regardless of the club I'm hitting.  I feel its an advantage that's only able to be used once per hole.  Why not better my chances?

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 02:36 PM

Always tee it up, unless I'm playing pitch and putt with the kids.  I always use a very short or broken tee.  I hate using the long driver tees with irons.
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Posted 29 June 2017 - 08:54 PM

If a pw or less, which is rare, no. Yes to all others.  I don't want to risk a ball high off the face with wedge

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:33 PM

i would never tee it up until one of my playing partners who i respect dearly says that i am throwing away an advantage by not using a tee.
I've always used a tee ever since.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 11:48 PM

I always tee. Arnie said so.

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 07:59 PM

I always use a tee.

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