Golf: Proposed "Thee-Fitty Rule"

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    I am a reasonably-fit 67-year-old man, and have been golfing since I was about 50. A recent deterioration in my driving distance leaves me with a typical driving distance of about 200 yards, and an occasional 215 drive - I know not why.

    So I, like many, many other "Boomers" am, in golfing jargon, "between tees." I hit too long for the forward tees but not really long enough for the longer par 4's from the "Men's" (usually white) tees. Specifically, when encountering a 400-yard par 4, I cannot reach the green in two strokes, and my only hope of a par is a one-putt green.

    Golf is supposed to be fun, right? And none of us are professionals, right? So what's the fun of playing a hole where there is only a minimal chance of getting a par, even if you hit all good shots?

    My proposal is this: for people like me, when we encounter...

    • A par three of over 200 yards, or
    • A par 4 of over 350 yards, or
    • A par 5 of over 500 yards,

    We move to the forward tees. In deference to the mass culture, I refer to this as the "Thee Fitty" rule.

    This is a general rule, and there could be exceptions. For example, on "water holes," where the tee shot is hit over a pond or a small lake, the forward tees are usually situated so that the water is taken out of play, by putting the tee either in front of the water or off to the side. On such holes, hitting over the water is part of the legitimate challenge of the hole, and the golfer - even under Thee Fitty - should play from behind the water.

    Obviously, this is a casual rule, to be used only among friends. It would really screw up an accurate calculation of handicap, and an assessment of slope rating, and all that. But I think it would be a good addition for groups that often play together, small informal leagues, and especially golf outings, where a lot of non-regular golfers come out for a day of "fun."

    The Thee Fitty rule should make it possible for pre-Senior golfers to have fun, by making it realistically possible to get a par on basically every hole.

    I have spoken.
     
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    Here is another answer:

    Swing harder, you get it through

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    Just found a Par 3 course where the longest hole is about 220 yards and never have to worry about that other stuff and just have fun!

    I used to be a scratch golfer back in my late 20's and then had to quit playing when I messed up my back in a car accident. It sucks I know.
     
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    Swinging "harder" does not result in the ball going any farther, and the loss of accuracy more than defeats any benefit that might otherwise be derived.
     
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    Have you lost mobility in your hips? That's what it sounds like to me. You're not shifting your weight effectively. That's where at least 80% of the power is coming from, much more so than arms or club speed. Same as in baseball, you could maybe only be able to bench 90 lbs, but as long as you have a good stride (transfer of weight) you can still hit homers.
     
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    Simple physics telly you that to hit the ball further you have to swing harder, faster, all things being equal, like using the same club. Swinging harder doesn't mean loss of accuracy. Trying to guide the ball causes more inaccuracy then does swing hard.
     
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    You can swing as hard as you want, if your not transferring weight and opening your hips...the ball is not gonna go very far. You could swing full strength and hit right on the sweet spot every time, you will still get farther with a slower steadier swing if your transferring weight properly. What physics actually tells us is force=MASS x acceleration. Important factor there being mass. Not much weight to your arms alone, a lot more weight when you're using the rest of your body, and then you don't need as much acceleration to create force, so you can concentrate on following through and hitting a nice balanced swing. Vs trying to swing harder and not following through enough or throwing yourself off balance, which is what usually happens.

    Also make sure you're hitting the ball on a 45 degree angle with your driver (on a non windy day of course). Maximum trajectory outcome. If you're not, check with your tee height, grip, stance, etc. I am no scratch golfer, but I do have good long game, but usually fuck up with a short chip, or awful putting. And now that I have a boat, I'm usually spending my free time there instead of working on my short game.
     
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    No matter how smart or talented or flexible you are, you are going to lose distance with age.

    Final rule assumes good, accurate drive is max 200, accurate fairway shot is max 175.

    If the hole is a par 5, over 550 yards, or

    If the hole is a par 4, over 375 yards, or

    If the hole is a par 3, over 200 yards,

    Move to the forward tees, if doing so will bring the yardage within those guidelines.

    Golf is supposed to be fun, and a challenge, not an exercise in futility. A par should be feasible for every golfer on every hole.

    I have spoken.
     
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    What type of equipment are you using.......
     
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    Go ahead and hit from the lady's tee box.
    With todays rules on gender you can you be a lady at tee time and be a man at the clubhouse after you play your eighteen.
     

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