This past weekend I played on Sunday with a friend of mine and his 14 year old son Jack. Jack took up golf about a year ago and as a birthday present I brought him out to my club for a game. As a 14 year old Jack doesn’t hit the ball all that long so we all decided to play from the 5,800 yard tees which are 2 sets of tees in front of my normal set. I have to admit, I was really looking forward to this. I was licking my chops and thinking “maybe this will be the day I shoot even par”. Despite a less than comfortable swing the day before I had been hitting the ball fairly well as of late and I thought I had a good chance to post my career round . . . albeit from about 800 yards less than I normally play.
So without boring everyone with the details of my round, I’ll cut to the chase. I shot 80 . . . 80???? What the??? My handicap index is 7.3 right now and +6 to +10 is right about what I normally shoot when I play from the 6,600 yard tees. At +8 my 80 fell right into my typical game. What happened???
Here are the quick stats:
10 of 14 fairways (not counting the hole where I drove it into a greenside bunker)
12 of 18 greens
9 iron or less for an approach shot on 11 of the 14 par 4s and 5s
2 three putts
1 one putt
It just goes to show that regardless of what tees are being played a good score still requires getting a ball in play off the tee, hitting the green and 1 or 2 putting. I don’t care if I’m playing from 4,900 yards or 7,400 yards I can still 3 jack it on the green or hit a wedge fat/thin and those strokes add up. It just goes to show that for us amateur hacks with handicaps above 5 this game is always going to be tough.
The end result of my Tee it Forward experiment is that I shot the same score as I would have from my normal tees and I felt a lot worse about it. Maybe next time I think I can improve my game by teeing it forward I’ll just call my pro and take some short game and putting lessons instead! Happy Birthday Jack. Hope you had a good time!