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

Credits

Starring: Kathryn Newton

Transcript

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