Tee It Forward

By The PGA of America
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June 22-23, 2013
Golf facilities nationwide

Do you wish your approach shot to the green was just a bit easier? Would you rather hit an iron into the green instead of a longer club? If you want to play faster and have more fun, go ahead and move up a set of tees this weekend! When you TEE IT FORWARD, you'll hit more lofted irons into greens, putt for birdies and pars more often, and play faster and score better!

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The world's best players score well because they hit shorter clubs into the greens than you do. So why not join them -- TEE IT FORWARD from a distance more suited to your game, instead from a back tee box that just doesn't match up with your strengths and abilities.
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May 24, 2011: To help golfers have more fun and enhance their overall experience by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities, The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association have partnered to support "TEE IT FORWARD," which encourages all golfers to play the course at a length more appropriate for their average driving distance.
February 28, 2013: Though there are few witnesses to the much-heralded round between Tiger Woods and President Obama, the story is that Woods -- as part of the friendly $5 wager made among the group -- had to employ "TEE IT FORWARD" during the round.
August 16, 2012: Tee It Forward is off and running, especially at private facilities. The big challenge ahead, industry officials say, is getting it implemented at more public courses and reaching less-than-avid golfers. The good news is, those casual golfers are likely the ones who could most benefit from playing from forward tees.
June 1, 2012: More and more golfers are expected to tee it forward and have more fun playing golf thanks to an expansion of the "TEE IT FORWARD" program. Initially introduced for a two-week period in 2011, TEE IT FORWARD is now a year-round initiative with a special focus in June.
June 26, 2012: The Golf Association of Philadelphia adopted TEE IT FORWARD for its spring and fall net championships, and feedback was nothing but positive. The opportunity to play from tees appropriate for each player's driving distance increased participation, improved scores and enriched the experience for many golfers.
June 6, 2012: The leaders of some of golf's most influential organizations gathered at Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Va., to promote their support of TEE IT FORWARD, which encourages golfers to have more fun by playing from tees that better align with their ability. While Augustine can be played at more than 6,700 yards, the yardage was moved up to about 6,000 yards for the men and 4,000 yards for the women.
April 3, 2012: Golf legend Jack Nicklaus, PGA Tour Professional Dustin Johnson and 2010 U.S. Women's Open Champion Paula Creamer will return to serve as spokespersons for TEE IT FORWARD, a joint PGA of America and USGA initiative encouraging golfers to have more fun by playing from tees that better align with their ability.
December 14, 2011: Following the successful pilot launch of TEE IT FORWARD in July 2011, The PGA and USGA are encouraging golfers to continue to tee it forward. More than 1,900 facilities registered in 2011 with an average of 123 golfers per facility (nearly 237,000 nationwide) playing from forward tees during the promotional period. Additionally, a survey of more than 3,000 consumers who experienced the program showed that 70 percent found their round of golf more enjoyable and more than 90 percent said they would recommend TEE IT FORWARD to a friend.
June 29, 2011: TEE IT FORWARD encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance. Golfers can have more fun and potentially speed up play by utilizing tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment.
June 15, 2011: Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf, provided the concept that led to TEE IT FORWARD. His idea: By playing from forward tees, amateur golfers have the chance to play the course at the same relative distance as a touring professional. The playing field is leveled by giving golfers the chance to play from distances that are properly aligned with their abilities.