Golf is a game in which you must seize every advantage you can get. By paying attention to a lot of seemingly inconsequential things you may make a very consequential difference in your score. Consider the simple matter of where you should place the ball on the tee. It may appear unimportant, but it isn't. The first thing to find, of course, is a good flat spot. On a reasonably well-kept course the tee will be uniformly flat, so you have a choice as to which side of the tee to use. The decision is an easy one, but few golfers know how to make it. If there is trouble on the left side of the fairway you should hit from the left side of the tee. This enables you to aim toward the right side of the fairway and away from the trouble. If there are hazards on the right, tee up on the right. When there is a crosswind, it, too, becomes a factor. When the wind is left to right, tee up on the left side and try to fade the ball slightly with the wind, thus getting as much yardage as possible out of your shot. If the wind is right to left, use the right side of the tee and attempt to pull the shot a little, again giving the wind a maximum chance to carry the ball while still keeping it on the fairway.