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

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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!

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