I took up golf almost 10 years ago, at the age of 60. Although my ability to drive the ball is in line with industry gender/age data, according to USGA and PGA of America guidelines, most U.S. courses are way too long for me. In fact, most layouts in the U.S. are too long for most women — especially for senior women. I believe this distance bias has a direct impact on the golfing experience.
I wrote this report to convince the course owner and professional at our local club to start offering up shorter tees.
It’s been 10 years since the USGA and PGA of America launched their “Tee It Forward” campaign, promoting the concept that "the playing field is leveled by giving golfers the opportunity to play from distances that are properly aligned with their abilities.”
Among players who teed off from a recommended shorter distance, most found it makes the game more fun, improves the pace of play and ultimately makes you a better golfer.
Still, not everyone followed the “Tee It Forward” advice. In 2020, 73...
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