Early results promising for 'Tee It Forward'

USGA President Jim Hyler says Tee It Forward is showing early signs of success. Here he is photographed at the PGA Merchandise Show.

USGA President Jim Hyler says Tee It Forward is showing early signs of success. Here he is photographed at the PGA Merchandise Show.

Tee It Forward, an initiative urging golfers to play from appropriate tees, promised to make the game faster and more enjoyable for its participants.

Early results indicate it’s delivering on its pledge.

Based on the premise that many golfers tackle courses at lengths beyond their ability, Tee It Forward recommends more suitable tees according to a player’s typical driving distance. The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association promoted the initiative from July 5-17 and surveyed consumers at participating courses nationwide.

Among the findings:

• 70 percent of the respondents said they found the game more enjoyable;

• 90 percent said they played faster or at about the same pace;

• 91 percent said they were likely to recommend Tee It Forward to a friend and would likely use it again;

• 52 percent said they were likely to play golf more often knowing they could use Tee It Forward.

“We see this initiative continuing on well into the future,” said USGA President Jim Hyler in a statement. “I’m a prime example of someone who was focused on playing a 6,600- or 6,700‑yard golf course. Once I moved up to about 6,200 yards, I said, ‘Wow, this makes a difference. It’s more fun.’ ” 

According to a separate PGA of America survey, more than 1,900 facilities registered for the initiative’s promotion. During that period, a total of approximately 237,000 golfers – or an average of 123 golfers per facility – followed Tee It Forward guidelines. Though the campaign has ended, PGA and USGA officials advise golfers to use Tee It Forward whenever they play. (For more information, visit PlayGolfAmerica.com/TEEITFORWARD.)

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