Selecting your position on the tee

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Do you select where you position yourself on the tee depending on where you are aiming. As a high handicapper and usually aiming for middle ish of the fairway I tend to use the middle of the teeing ground. Should I try to incorporate more of the teeing width?
 

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If there's trouble down one side of the fairway I'll tee up closest to that side so I can aim away from it.

The shot shape you hit is also a factor. If you fade/slice then I would tee up to the right and aim for the left side of the fairway.
 

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What's your normal shot shape?

Always tee up on the side of trouble so you can aim away from it knowing you have room for your shape.......

An example is if you naturally draw the ball tee up on the left side of the tee..... If you fade it tee up on the right... That's providing your right handed.
 

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If there's trouble down one side of the fairway I'll tee up closest to that side so I can aim away from it.

The shot shape you hit is also a factor. If you fade/slice then I would tee up to the right and aim for the left side of the fairway.

This is the common advice isn't it - and I'm not argueing with it but...

If the width of the tee box is 7-8 yards, is it really going to matter which side you tee up?
If the teebox is wide then I can see a reason to tee up one side or the other but does 6-7 yards one side or the other going to make a difference?
All I can say is that it wouldn't for me.....
 

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I suppose my natural shot is a fade but I can draw the ball without any warning. Due to this I tend to stand in middle and neutral ground and hoping if all goes wrong I am only in 1st cut behind a tree rather than right in the mire behind plenty trees.
 

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This is the common advice isn't it - and I'm not argueing with it but...

If the width of the tee box is 7-8 yards, is it really going to matter which side you tee up?
If the teebox is wide then I can see a reason to tee up one side or the other but does 6-7 yards one side or the other going to make a difference?
All I can say is that it wouldn't for me.....

I think It matters a great deal. Just because you are talking about a 7-8 yards difference at the tee doesn't mean it's going to finish 7-8 yards of a difference on the fairway. It's about the line you aim on when you pick the side of the tee. The further right you tee up means you can aim further left.

It also depends on the shape of the hole and the shape of your shot of course.

If anyone was watching the Alfred Dunhill on SKY earlier (when Ernie was teeing of on the 13th I think) the commentators discussed the side of the tee he used in relation to the direction he wanted to aim.
 
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all the above!

pick a good stance as well as area to play from

consider the line to your target, taking into account your choosen (or normal) shot shape and favour the side of the teeing ground that works for you on that hole - most people are more comfortable when their eye line is to open ground rather than trouble!

take care with alligned tee markers when they aren't alligned with where you wish to play - keep clear of them because your subconcious will tend to adjust to swing in line with them! Most people can prove this to themselves on the range when they are more comfortable aiming in line with the edge of the mat etc and if they pick a target to the right of that line they will frequently start to fade the ball because the sub concious brings the swing path back in line with any lines.
 

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I balance both position for aim with ensuring best stance ... Often happy to sacrifice yard or two back from markers to get best of both. I'm always conscious that tee markers are often not good for guidance.
 

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It depends on what shape I'm playing with on the day. If I am hooking I'll tee up on the flattest part of the left side of the tee box and aim down the right and reverse the process when my shape is left to right.
 

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I'll tee up from the side of the teeing area that I've just parked the buggy on :whistle:.
It saves walking and, therefore, time .............. making slow play less of an issue too!

Slime.
 
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