My Golf Instructor

Get Answers To Your Golf Questions From a Top 50 Instructor

Sign up for the Ask Maria Featured Question of the Day
By clicking Sign Up, you agree to our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy.

Today's Featured Question:

Does it matter what side of the tee box I stand on when hitting a tee shot?

Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

Commonly pros will tell you to tee up on the same side of the box as where the trouble lies in the fairway. This is good advice as you want to feel like you can aim away from the trouble. You must also consider the best angle of attack to the pin. You need to land your ball not just away from any potential trouble (water, woods or sand), but also in a spot that will give you a clear shot to the pin. Keep in mind your natural ball flight. If you are a player that curves the ball from left to right naturally, you would want to set up on the right side of the tee box to open up the left side and give your ball room to curve. The opposite is true if you curve from right to left.

With that being said, I don't believe any high to medium handicap players should ever aim at trouble even if they think they will curve the ball. It's just way too risky. Always go for the reward, not the risk!

Thanks for the question and let me know if you have any others.

By:

Other Related Tips on Rules of Golf
Who is Maria Palozola?
- Top 50 LPGA Instructors in the World
- A Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois
- A Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest

All Student Questions

Golf Questions by Category

Latest Video Responses

How long will it take for golf fitness drills to make a difference in my golf swing? Will I notice better distance or more accuracy first?
In Golf Fitness Tips. Mar 12.
 
What is the most common injury in golf and how can it be prevented?
In Golf Fitness Tips. Feb 19.
 
My putts seem to go right of the hole most of the time..........what am I doing?
In Putting Tips. Asked by Mary R. Feb 11.
What is the difference between being in good shape and being in good golf shape? I"m thin and consider myself fit as I run and workout, but does it need to be golf specific?
In Golf Fitness Tips. Feb 5.
 
I need to get my swing more consistent. Also, I need to learn how to read greens correctly. Thanks in advance.
In Putting Tips. Asked by Andre R. Jan 29.
 
How can I hit low flighted, high spinning pitches with little to no divot? Higher pitches with medium spin are no problem for me. So I have my basic pitch shot.
In Chipping Tips. Asked by Marc C. Jan 21.
I am inconsistent with my chips and short pitches. Can you offer suggestions?
In Chipping Tips. Asked by James N. Dec 19.
 
What is the most important muscle for power in the swing?
In Golf Fitness Tips. Nov 21.
 
I have trouble with bunker shots around the green where I have to carry the ball a long distance. What is your advice?
In Bunker Tips. Asked by Mike C. Nov 14.
I have a problem with bunkers. I hit fat shots.
In Bunker Tips. Asked by Mike D. Oct 21.
 
I've been having trouble lately with hitting my intermediate range pitches heavy (25-100 yard). I suspect an early release is the problem. Any tips or drills to create more consistency in this part of my game? Wyatt BoothRaleigh, NC
In Chipping Tips. Asked by Wyatt B. Oct 3.
 
How do I consistently get out of green side bunker?
In Bunker Tips. Asked by Bob M. Sep 26.

Latest Answers

Who is Maria Palozola?
- Top 50 LPGA Instructors in the World
- A Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois
- A Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest
- More about Maria
- Golf Questions
Golf instruction made simple
Golf Overview
Overall Game
- Getting Started
- Equipment
- Golf Fitness
- Junior Golf
- Mental Game
- Practice
- Rules of Golf
Short Game
- Bunkers
- Chipping
- Pitching
- Putting
Full Swing
- Pre-Swing Fundamentals
- Shot Making
- Diagnosing Problems
- Driving
- Hybrids and Woods
- Irons
Playing Golf
Ball Striking
- Fitness (78)
Basics
- Course Management (82)
- Getting Started in Golf (75)
- Practice (66)
Course Management
- Club Selection (66)
- Equipment (107)
Driving
- Driving (68)
Putting
- Putting (127)
Rules
- Golf Rules (69)
Short Game
- Bump and Run (72)
- Chipping (82)
Problems
Ball Striking
- Chunking (79)
- Distance Control (86)
- Fat Shots (92)
- Flipping (48)
- Poor Accuracy (118)
- Slicing (48)
- Thin Shots (85)
- Topped Shots (52)
Distance
- Lack of Distance (108)
Putting
- Putting Accuracy (72)
Swing Plane
- Blocking (50)
- Inside Out (56)
- Outside In (59)
- Over the Top (49)
- Pulling (54)
- Pushing (66)
- Releasing Early (47)
The Swing
Grip
- Grip (65)
Setup
- Alignment (55)
- Balance (50)
- Ball Position (80)
- Posture (77)
- Setup (117)
Swing Plane
- Backswing (84)
- Controlling Trajectory (47)
- Divot (48)
- Downswing (67)
- Impact (103)
- On Plane (85)
- Path (84)
- Power (71)
- Shaft Plane (63)
- Swing Plane (112)
- Weight Shift (79)