Yesterday I went out for my first round of golf. I kind of figured it was going to be terrible because it’s the first round of the year and I hadn’t swung a golf club since last September.

I went golfing with my girlfriend so I thought it would be a better idea to just hit from the same tees as her. But when I started I hit from the middle tees like I usually do. The first three holes went fine, but then on the fourth hole I shanked two drives into the woods that when I hit them didn’t even see where they went.

I decided from that point on I’d just hit from the short tees with my girlfriend. So essentially restarting the 4th hole for the rest of the round I played from the front tees and had the best 6 holes ever.

So from now on I will be taking the advice of the USGA and “Tee it Forward.” And really we all should be doing this. I was hitting greens, or at least around the greens, in two shots. That’s what you are supposed to do. If I was hitting from the middle tees I’d be making the green in 3 shots.

The USGA encourages playing a tee up to help in your pace of play and so that you can play more lofted shots on to the green. But really they should be saying. “Yo! You won’t have to hit the ball as far and you will probably do way better.”

I mean I’m not going to be a part of the PGA or probably join a golf league or anything, so why does it even matter what tees I’m hitting from. The goal is to hit the lowest score possible, so who cares what tee it is from.

What really needs to happen is we need to stop assigning genders to the tees. They are just the front tees and the middle tees and the back tees. If they were called that it wouldn’t be seen as weird. Sure if I’m in a scramble or whatever I might hit from the middle tees. But if I’m just out there by myself or with my girlfriend I’m going for the low score and hitting from the short tees.

Maybe when I learn to play a little bit better and I can figure out how to hit drives that don’t slice horribly into the woods or hit my irons that go 50 yards shorter than they are supposed I’ll hit from the middle tees. But for now, let’s hit from the reds. Who cares.