Something very important to consider, which is often overlooked by a lot of new and intermediate golfers is where they should tee up their ball on the tee box. Most people just walk up and find a clean place, without a lot of divots between the two markers and put their tee in the ground.
First, let’s look at your current swing and the ball flight associated with that swing. Do you have a natural draw or fade that we need to consider? If you have a bit of a draw (a right handed player will hit their ball naturally right to left). Another thing to think about is that most golfers tend to be visual players. If you fall into this category, then you are going to want to set up on the tee box so you have the best view of the landing area you are likely to be aiming for. Give yourself the best chance to see the success you will have and you will have it.
So, if this is your type of normal shot, you will want to tee up on the left third of the tee box, which will allow your ball to draw back to the center of the fairway. Be sure to not tee up too close to the tee box markers as this can sometimes be a bit of a mental concern for a player.
In direct comparison, if you tend to fade the ball more (a right handed player will hit their ball naturally left to right) then you will want to reverse the above mentioned directions and use the right hand side of the tee box more.
A few more things to consider when deciding where to tee up your ball on the tee box are the hole itself and any potential hazards on the hole. Is the hole you are playing a dogleg hole? Does it dogleg to the left or the right? Where in your shot does the dogleg come into play, if at all?
If you are playing a hole that doglegs to the left and you feel your drive can put you in a position to “cut the corner” and thereby saving yourself a stroke, then you will want to tee up on the right hand side of the tee box. Also, if you have a natural draw to your shot then this is even a better example of why to tee your ball on the right hand side of the tee box. By teeing up on the right hand side of the tee box and your natural draw, you give yourself a great opportunity to shorten the hole considerably.
Take these guidelines into account and adjust them to your game; whether your fade or draw; whether you are playing a dogleg left or a dogleg right; whether you are playing a par five or a par three.
By simply understanding these few tips and strategies you will be able to save yourself strokes on the course and make the game all that much more fun to play.