Another option in the shorter tees movement?
The U.S. Golf Association and the PGA of America, by way of equipment executive Barney Adams, garnered a lot of attention recently by announcing an initiative to get golfers to play their games from a more reasonable (a.k.a., shorter) set of tees. The Tee it Forward program
includes a recommended chart for course lengths based on driver distance.
The announcement sparked an e-mail to me today from Chris Mile, president of Miles of Golf in Ypsilanti, Mich., one of America's 100 Best Clubfitters
. Mile actually researched the question more than a year ago, and came up with a unique formula that is at once sophisticated and simple. His answer: Take your driving distance and multiply it by 28.
It's worth a read. My favorite line: "Shouldn't the length of the course be adjusted by your handicap? NO. There are tons of examples of high handicap golfers who can hit it a ton. Are they going to like playing a real short course? The same for a low handicap golfer who is a short hitter. Will he or she enjoy hitting fairway woods into most par fours?"