While I don’t actually spend many a gloomy hour through the winter peering out the window and wishing the sun would peek out, I’m not opposed to those days when the rain gear can stay in the trunk and I can consider kicking the mud out of my soft spikes. So dreary old February gives way to March when you can expect two or three days of really, really nice weather, but it’s as hit and miss as my game. Now April is right around the corner, but the weather will be much the same… you get those tantalizing glimmers of spring; people sitting outdoors at little cafes, sipping on a cool beverage, laughing, carefree; nibbling on an order of spring rolls… why doesn’t anyone want to take the last one?
Oops… I digress as usual. The title of this article is “High Time for High Tee” for a reason so let’s get into that. Last summer I walked into a pro shop and asked for some tees and the kid at the counter handed me a bag of picks that were maybe 5″or 6″ tall… really big boys. I asked him if he had any that were a bit shorter; I feared trying to shove these down to a reasonable height would require a post hole digger or cause me to sprain a thumb or some other irritating malady that would play havoc with my game for weeks to come, if not forever. To my request he responded with a gentle smile, “You obviously have not embraced the new technology.”
“What technology? 5″ tees are technology?”
“No… the new bigger drivers.”
Oh, so that’s it. The drivers of today are bigger—like the size of your head or a VW bug bigger than the old Titleist D-something I had been proudly sporting for the past few years. It was kind of a Eureka moment on a couple of levels… those obnoxiously bigger heads require equally obnoxiously taller tees. Got it! AND… I’ve gotta get a bigger driver… or as my young friend said, I need to “embrace the new technology!”
So $2,000 bucks later, I am now the proud owner of new technology… a whole friggin’ bag full of new technology. Am I scoring any better? Of course not… but man, I can sure make good use of those high tees! Does that count for anything?