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By Paul Myers

In many ways, the golf tee shot can be the most nerve-wracking shot that you will encounter on the golf course. Why is that? Because, since your tee shot is usually the longest shot you will hit on a hole, it also can with the most potential for trouble. If a hole is lined with trees, a water hazard or out of bounds stakes, you may find those trouble spots with your golf tee ball. Even if you don’t hit a ton of fairways during your round, simply avoiding big trouble off the golf tee will go a long way toward helping your final score.

There are a few steps you can take to limit the chances of getting in big trouble off the tee. Of course, you can never totally eliminate the chance of hitting into a bad spot, but use these tips to make sure it happens as little as possible.

Pick a Safe Target Line

Scoring-wise, you usually never want to pick a target line off the tee where a straight shot will likely get you in trouble. For example, picture a dogleg left par four where you plan to hit a right-to-left tee shot to match the shape of the fairway. There is nothing wrong with that plan, but make sure you are picking a starting line that will keep your ball safe if it happens to fly straight and never turns left. You don’t want to be punished for hitting the ball straight, so check the distances to any hazards before you hit and select a line that will be safe on a straight ball.

Give the Course Proper Respect

Usually, there are one or two holes on a given course that are particularly difficult and deserve your respect. Instead of trying to take these holes on aggressively, don’t be afraid to play conservative and just put the ball in play. Even if it means you have to hit 1-2 clubs more into the green for your second shot, using discretion instead of stubbornly trying a hard shot can benefit your scorecard in the end. Pick a safer club than your driver (or take some off your driver if you can do that) for the shot – one you are confident that you can hit into the fairway. There will likely be more chances to be aggressive later on holes that don’t present so many dangers.

Be Confident

Sometimes, a poor shot that sends the ball toward a hazard or out of bounds is born from fear of making that exact mistake. If you stand on the tee and focus at the place that you are trying to avoid, you may end up hitting it right there. Take your mind off of the bad things that could happen with a golf tee shot and instead focus on the positive outcome that you are looking for. Even the toughest hole has some kind of fairway for you to hit, so be confident in your ability and preparation and hit a quality shot where you want it to go…and not where you don’t want it to go.

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By Paul Myers

Golf tees? On the surface, it would seem that there isn’t anything to think about when it comes to your golf tees of choice. Just pick one out of your bag – or off the ground – place the ball on top, and off you go. Pretty simple, right? Not so fast. Technology has even reached the world of golf tees, where some companies are developing products intended to add distance to your drives simply by placing the ball on top of their tee.

For most of the companies making golf tees, the idea comes down to friction. By removing some of the material from the portion of the tee where the club will be contacting it, they hope to help you maintain a little more speed through the hitting area and add a few yards to the drive. Whether or not it works is up for you to decide, but you can browse the market to find more than a few options.

Pros and Cons of Specialty Tees

If you are considering using a custom golf tee to try and add a few yards to your drive, you should think for a minute about the pros and cons of doing so. While this isn’t going to be the biggest decision you make in your golfing life, every little detail counts when it comes to a game like golf. If there is an edge to be had, you would be wise to grab hold of it.

  • Pro – Possibility of gaining a few yards in distance over traditional tees
  • Con – Cost is more than a plain wood tee
  • Pro – Durability can be much better with some models, allowing you to use just one tee for an entire round or longer
  • Con – More to keep track of. You won’t care if you lose a regular wood tee, but you will be careful to track down your specialty tee after each shot
  • Pro – Tee height. Many of the specialty tee models come with some kind of markings on them so you can more-easily tee the ball up at the same height on each swing
  • Con – Some of these specialty tees are known to make markings on the face of your club more than would occur with a regular wood tee

As you can see, there are some good arguments on both sides of this issue. In reality, there is no right or wrong answer as to whether or not you should use one of these tees. It is up to your own personal choice and preference, and you can always purchase a couple to try out before deciding if you want to these golf tees or not.

What tees to look for?

Just as with all other golf equipment, there is not a shortage of options when it comes to tees designed to give you a little more distance. The list below has a few of the more-popular options on the market today –

  • Zero Friction ZFVictory Golf Tees
  • 4 Yards More Golf Tees
  • Brush T Flexible Golf Tees
  • Evolve Golf Epoch S3 Performance Golf Tees
  • Champ Zarma Fly Golf Tees

Those five are just some of the many options you can find either online or in your local golf shop. Since picking out one or two of these tees will only cost you a few bucks, it might be worth your time to try them out and see what you think. Anything that could offer you a few more yards down the fairway is something that is worth giving a try.

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