It's labor day, labor night to be exact. I'm sitting here thinking about life, ya know the hurricane we have headed our way... (it's not, but I kind of wish it was if I'm being honest) and important things like that. Then I got to thinking even deeper... I played golf yesterday with Matt and we had a dandy time together as we usually do. Admittedly I am a good not great golfer and Matt is a touch worse than I am. It dawned on me that we always play the tips.... But why? Matt has only been playing golf for roughly a year or two... why in the world has he only played the tips?
Every weekend Trevor and I golf together and it never even crosses my mind to play up. So I asked him the last time why we never play up a tee and he replies "Because I ain't no bitch". Now to clarify that conversation was completely off the record and I'm sure he won't enjoy me writing this.
A couple weeks ago a group of us were playing and a couple people wanted to play a tee up, and I wouldn't allow it. I just couldn't stand the fact of playing a tee up. I though a huge hissy fit (sorry) and eventually got my way.
Is this a sign of us getting older? I hope not. I did some more research.
We've always played the tips, obviously in college and amateur events I always played the tips.
It appears according to Trevor that at our current age if we play up a tee it's us waving the white flag and we quit on life. He refuses to play down.
The other group I played with that wanted to move up a tee accepted that they just weren't good golfers and wanted to have a little bit more of a shot of a good round.
Then it dawned on me... it hit me. I FIGURED OUT WHY I CAN'T PLAY A TEE UP!
It's not because I'm getting old, losing my hair, my body aches, and I have a hard time accepting the fact that I am indeed getting older. All of those are true but don't matter in this instance.
I can't play up a tee because I am so DAMN competitive. Some say people have never met somebody as competitive as I am.... to that I usually tell them about Trevor.
Trevor and I might be arguably the most competitive people on the planet. We're best friends, but we've literally gone days without talking after a round of golf. It's brutal.
Playing a tee up is like going bowling and using bumpers. I want to know that I can play without any help. I don't want the easy way out. I want to push myself and the course usually pushes back and wins... BUT I gave it my best effort to win.
I'll take my chances and keep playing my tees. What are your thoughts? What tees do you usually play?