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Faldo says we should get rid of the tee

Discussion in 'General Golf Talk' started by azgreg, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    He wants to see more errant tee shots? Penalizing players seems counterproductive. He suggests banning tees and reducing driver size but doesn't mention changing the ball.
     
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    ualtim Carrollton, TX Supporting Member

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    Greenskeepers are going to love this idea.;)
     
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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    Good point, as well. If he was spitballing that would be one thing, but he put some effort into this dumbass idea.
     
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    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    Nick shouldn’t give interviews when drunk.
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    Lol, this is truly funny.
     
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    SiberianDVM I love Hooters Moderator

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    The pros hit their 3 woods 280+ off the deck. I don't think taking their tees away is going to accomplish much.
     
  8. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Laura Davies seldom used a tee. She would bang the driver into the tee box and set the ball on the "mound" she made. She was a rather "big boned" lady and hit the ball a mile... with no tee.
     
  9. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Ken Venturi would do the same. He said he would do that when he absolutely couldn't go left.
     
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    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    Her driving average was 252 yards.

    I don't think there's an equalizer. Some people just bomb it. It's what they do.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Back then, wasn't the 252 in the upper tier of driving distance for ladies? IIRC, Davies' tour time was before the 460cc drivers, etc. Some of her career was probably before the titanium use in drivers.

    She always seemed happy, but there was some hint that you didn't want to mess with her. Helen Alfredson was active back then. Alfredson was always screaming at herself and everyone knew when she hit a bad shot. Davies just played steady and stoically, but when she went after the ball that entire "hulk" of a lady really put a hurt on it.
     
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  12. IrishGolfer

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    When it comes down to it, we do need to think about some sort of limit on distance. Otherwise, you build 8K yard courses. You either limit the ball or the club technology, which are never going to happen due to the $$$ involved. Taking the tee away is interesting and different. I rarely use a tee on a par 3 and I can hit the driver off the deck where I have a decent lie. On the tee, I also do "a Laura" and bump the ground up a little to tee it up. It makes me commit to it.
     
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    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    I have posted stats elsewhere about PGA Tour driving stats. From memory the longest driving distance was recorded around 2010, perhaps earlier.

    When it comes to golf, emotion often becomes reality. I remember vividly the hoo-ha about box grooves on wedges and anchored putters.

    I’m fine with the way things are. Sports evolve. I’m tired of commentators waxing nostalgic about how much better things were in their day.

    When it comes to Laura Davies, I have followed her live. Her hacking up the teeing ground to make a mound was plain annoying. It came across as old school arrogant, like she was too good to use a tee.
     
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    Some of the guys that play with me tut as well when I make my mound. They say I'm hacking up the tee, but on par 3s I'm taking a divot regardless, tee or no tee. On a par 4 where I hit the hybrid or 3 wood off the tee, I guess its just a confidence thing with me to stay down on the ball. It's the opposite of arrogance.
     
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    This is the only thing I can see being viable. Clubs already have limits, the ball is the only thing that's been a free-for-all.
     
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    Meh distance is only an issue for pros and top amateurs. The way the tour is now, most weeks it comes down to a putting contest anyway. Grow the rough, narrow the fairways, let the fairways play a little softer so the ball doesn’t act like it’s landing on a runway. I bet some of these old “short” courses become less obsolete.
     
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    YES!!! This very much so Jim. I couldn’t agree more, I can’t remember where I heard it, but someone said, once you make a tour pro start to think. They get into trouble... deeper rough and narrow fairways would get into a lot of heads.
     
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    I like tees..especially Martini tees...
     
  19. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    ejdahl21 Never Lay Up Supporting Member

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    "Gimme some of those naked lady tees, a dozen of those orange balls and … ooohh this hat.
    I bet you get a free bowl of soup with it...but it looks good on you."
     

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