How To Get Off The First Tee
Everything you need to know about getting started in golf: How to get off the first tee.
Released on 3/1/2016
You figured out how to book a tee time,
get to the course and dress appropriately, right?
Okay, now you're on the first hole.
This can be a scary moment if you've never been here before
or it's been a long time since you played.
Don't worry, I'll talk you through it.
Let's assume the hole you're starting on
is either a par-4 or a par-5.
You can tell by looking at the score card
or by looking at a sign by the tee box.
If that's the case,
you're gonna want to grab one of your longer clubs
and hit the tee shot,
probably your driver.
Put on your glove, get a tee and a ball,
and grab your driver
or the club you feel most comfortable using,
not the putter though.
And let's go tee off.
First, choose what set of tee markers
you're going to play from.
You can choose any set, but once you choose,
you're supposed to play from those markers the entire round.
So, choose carefully.
I suggest you pick the first set of markers.
Most courses use the color red to designate these.
But just look for the markers that are closest to the green.
You have to tee the ball anywhere between the markers,
up to two club lengths behind the position.
You can't tee off in front of the markers you pick
and you can't tee off more than
about seven feet behind them.
If you're playing with other golfers,
decide the teeing order with a coin flip
or some other random way.
If other people in your group are teeing off
from different markers,
the order is determined by the golfer
farthest from the hole going first.
After the first tee, the order is determined by the golfer
with the best score on the previous hole going first.
So, you're up on the tee and it's your turn.
Make a couple practice swings,
relax and then step up to the tee.
If you've never teed a ball before,
the best way to do it is to put the tee
between your index finger and your middle fingers,
so the top of the tee is facing your palm.
Then grab a ball in the palm of your hand,
so the ball's resting on top of the tee
like I'm doing here.
Then, just put it in the ground.
How high should you tee the ball?
Everyone has their own personal preference,
but for the clubs within the biggest heads like the driver,
it's always good to tee it up
at least a couple of inches.
For irons, you can tee it much lower.
Now it's time to try and hit the ball down the fairway.
Many golfers get nervous at this point.
It's okay, I get nervous,
even Tiger Woods gets nervous.
Just remember that it happens to everyone,
and if you try and stay relaxed
and make a nice easy swing,
your chances for success are much better.