What side of the tee box should I hit from?

This is not very profound but an extremely underrated course management nuance that many, many golfers fail to take advantage of.

You always want to tee the ball up (whether it is a tee shot to a fairway, or a green on a par 3) on the same side of the tee box as the trouble.

In other words if there is OB left, tee it up on the far left side of the tee box.

It doesn’t matter whether your philosophy is to start the ball at the trouble and work away from it, start the ball away from the trouble and work the ball toward it, or you just want to hit a straight ball.

Teeing the ball up on the same side of the tee box as the trouble always creates and angle where you are playing away from the trouble, regardless of the type of shot you are hitting.

Grab a piece of paper and draw a simple straight hole with a tee box, fairway, green and OB left. Then draw lines from both sides of the tee box where the ball curves both ways into the middle of the fairway and you will see what I mean.

If there is trouble on both sides of the fairway, pick the worst of the trouble and tee up on the same side as that.

if there is bad trouble everywhere…then you better just hit a good shot. 😮




  1. Mike Z

    Agreed. I don’t know why this isn’t more intuitive for most golfers.

    What about holes where there is a sharp dogleg? Do you always try to play away from trouble, or line up to straighten out the hole?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      That is a good question. I still do it on the same side as the bad trouble. If there is no real trouble, other than rough or trees, then you may go to the side of the tee box that gives you a better angle.


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