- The History Of The Tee
- Reviews of the Best Golf Tees
It almost permits you to cheat a little, legitimately, of course. Using the best golf tee will give you an advantage off the tee box. By current estimations, there are 2 billion golf tees used in the U.S. market each season!
The History Of The Tee
Ever since the game of golf was conceived golfers required the ball to be raised when using a driver off the tee. In the beginning, a small pile of sand was scraped together and the ball located atop of it.
In the first set of golf rules published in 1744 (“Articles & Laws in Playing at Golf”), the rules read that:
“your ball must be ‘teed’ from the ground.”
A phrase that is still in use today centuries later
The scraping of sand together became cumbersome and two Scotsmen, naturally, named William Bloxsom and Arthur Douglas created portable tee and patented their design – British patent document (No. 12,941) is dated 1889.
Later an improved tee that penetrated the ground was designed and built by George Franklin Grant in 1899. George Grant did not produce any of his patented tees and Willian Lowell of New Jersey patented the one-piece wooden peg with a flared, concave head where you could position your ball.
In Rule 11 (Teeing Grounds) of the modern Rules of Golf, it stipulates that “A ‘tee’ is a device designed to raise the ball off the ground”.
Tees may not exceed 4 inches in length, may not indicate the line of play and it is not permissible for the tee to influence the movement of your ball.
Golf Tee Lengths
As per the rules of golf, the tee may not exceed 4 inches in length. Most tees vary in length between 2 ¼ inches and a maximum of 4 inches. The most commonly used length is 2 ¾ inches.
Ultimately the length of the tee that you play is up to personal preference and style of play. Longer tees generally produce more distance and shorter tees are more likely to improve accuracy.
Golf Tee Basics
The elementary structure of the tee should let you insert it into the turf with little effort and have a head that will store the ball and prevent it from falling off. The concave-shaped head is the most frequently employed form. This basic shape comes in a variety of colors and materials.
Producers of golf tees devote significant sums to produce a product that will provide golfers with an advantage through the use of a range of materials and adaptations of the basic shape.
Benefits achieved through these adaptations are tees that fight your slice, reduces friction, and materials that are biodegradable for protecting the environment.
When using a driver off the tee it is imperative that you use a tee to enable you to strike the ball while the driver is on the up to achieve more height and distance. When playing irons off the tee the raised ball position creates a better prospect for a clean strike and diminishes the odds of a thin or fat strike.
Most golfers take the tee for granted and pay little interest in what the tee that they use. On some short holes, many golfers tend to look for broken tees laying around to use rather than using one that is still of full size.
By paying more interest in the selection of a golf tee you can gain extra distance off the tee, possibly better accuracy, and reduce your score.
Materials Used For The Construction of Tees
Wooden tees are the most-used tees by all levels of golfers as the can be shaped and personalized to your preference and are biodegradable. Adding paint and other personalization marks to a wooden tee is simple.
The use of bamboo is turning out to be enormously popular in several fields such as building and construction. It is no surprise that they are growing in popularity for golf tees as they are tougher and thus outlast wooden tees. Bamboo is also straightforward to grow and harvest while it is exceptionally eco-friendly and less costly than wooden tees.
The use of plastic has become popular after the introduction of plastic in the use of everything even though it is not eco-friendly and takes decades to break down once it is in the ground. The major benefit gained from plastic tees is that they reduce the friction at impact with the ball and robustness as they don’t break easily but instead bend under stress.
The use of rubber tees is largely restricted to driving ranges or areas where you will find tee mats and they will not be fitting for use on the golf course.
The most commonly used styles of golf tees are:
The standard tee is the most widely used tee by golfers of all levels including professional golfers and is mostly produced from wood ranging from 2 ¼ inches to 4 inches. They are basic in shape and performance and can legally be used in competition
The biggest fault in a golfer’s swing, especially beginners, is the slice where the ball starts out straight and the bends sharply to the right. This is amplified when using a driver off the tee and results in a loss of distance.
Manufacturers have taken on the challenge to produce a tee to counter the slice to an extent. This resulted in a standard tee and feature a cup at the back supporting the ball once placed onto the tee. When contact is made between the club and the flap it reduces the sidespin that causes the slice quite dramatically. This is not permitted for competition play.
Brush tees are made with a plastic base of various heights and colors then topped with soft bristles that are strong enough to keep the ball atop. These bristles cause a huge reduction in friction at contact and an increase in distance.
Zero Friction Tees
These tees are remarkably similar in shape to standard tees with the main difference being that the top has between 3 and 6 columns that the ball lies on thus lessening the contact area with the ball. This results in less friction and more distance.
The number of tees available makes it an exceedingly difficult decision to ensure that you buy the one that will suit your game the best.
Reviews of the Best Golf Tees
1. Pride Professional Tee System
- Low-Resistance Tip for Less Friction makes it easy to push the tees into the ground
- Different tee lengths linked to different clubs
- Comes in plastic or wood
- 100% Natural Hardwood
- Leading choice on the PGA Tour
- Consistent height
- Wooden versions of the tees break easily
- Possible to transfer white paint onto clubs
The Pride PTS (Professional Tee System) is a proprietary color-coded tee system whereby the length of the tee can easily be identified and whether it is appropriate for the club in use.
It is claimed by the company that the Pride Professional Tees are employed by more professionals than any other tee. This has not been impartially authenticated but it would not amaze us considering the excellence of the tees and the consistency that can be expected from tees that are the exact same height every single time.
The PTS Tees come in classic white plastic and standard hardwood in the color of the wood. There are 5 standard lengths for different applications, but it is up to your individual choice to select the clubs that you want to link to every length.
The first 3 lengths are aimed at drivers, the fourth at fairway woods and long irons and the fifth are aimed at hybrids and the shorter clubs in your bag.
- The first and longest tee measures in at 4 inches and is ideally suited for drivers with the large 460 cc heads. This will provide extra distance when teeing the ball up so much higher.
- Secondly, there is a 2 ¼ inch tee that is more appropriate for medium-sized drivers in the 400-cc range.
- Thirdly there is a 2 ¾ inch tee for the small-headed drivers
- Fourthly there is a 2 ¼ inch suited for a fairway wood, hybrids, and longer irons
- Lastly, there is the 1 ½ inch tee more specialized for hybrids and irons.
There is an exclusive color system connected to the various lengths and it will be straightforward to identify the depth that each tee has to be driven into the turf. To make it more cost-efficient you are able to buy small quantities of the various lengths to offer a range of tees for the different clubs.
The Martini tees manufacturing plant is based in Michigan, USA and conforms to the USGA Rules of Golf making it legal for tournament use in competitions run under the USGA Rules of Golf.
The tees are manufactured from a polymer blend making it practically indestructible golf tees that will almost certainly outlive wooden tees by a considerable time.
The design of the Martini tees makes them safe for use by all clubs as it will not damage the base of your woods and irons.
Martini Step-up tees feature a large cup design that tilts towards the target thereby reducing the clubhead resistance by up to 20% at impact. These tees have been independently proven in laboratory test to result in longer and straighter drives compared to the average wooden tees
Each pack includes 5 identical tees of 3 ¼ inch in length and is marked for consistent depth on the tee box.
3. Four More Yards Golf Tees
- Excellent longevity
- Less friction yields less spin off the tee
- Assorted sizes available
- Increased control through the reduced spin
- The best option for large-headed drivers
- Color bar designates tee length
- Consistent height of the tee
- Expensive unit cost
- Problematic to press into the ground
- Tricky to find if they bounce out of the ground
Four More Yards tees are manufactured from plastic with an elastomer crown and have a flexible six-prong top which is intended to flex at impact thereby lowering friction for more accurate drives that travel like the name indicates “4 Yards More”.
The elastomer crown flexes at impact to reduce resistance and the polymer stake grips the turf for extra stability. This is also the only tee that has proven that it increases distance while evaluated by robots.
The six-prong top reduces friction when compared with the basic design that has a hollowed-out tee top. The combination of materials and the flexible design allows the manufacturer to guarantee a minimum of 100 shots off the same tee without it breaking. This is good for your budget and the environment.
It is available in 1 ½ inch, 2 ¾ inch, and 3 ¼ inch lengths. The longer tees are ideal for drivers and fairway woods while the shorter tees are more appropriate for hybrids and irons. Ideal tee height is consistently attained through the usage of solid color on the bottom of the tee.
The soft top creates some struggle to push the tee into harder turf and is not easy to track once it has bounced off the turf. A constructive point is that the ball is more likely to stay unmoved by windy circumstances when you tee it up.
White is the primary color for the 4 More Yards tees.
Bamboo has become extremely popular over the last couple of years and it up to 7 times stronger than wood resulting in fewer broken tees laying on the tee box.
Although it is pricier than wooden tees your cost per shot is reduced due to the longevity of the material. Bamboo grows very fast after being harvested and is, therefore, a more renewable resource than traditional wood and thus more environmentally friendly. As bamboo tees are kept in their natural color there is no chance of it depositing any paint on your golf clubs.
Being so much stronger than wood the bamboo tees pierce the turf effortlessly.
VersaGolf tee is only offered in one size, 2 ¾ inches, and that does not compare well with most of the competition. Since it is only available in one size the offering of a bulk pack of 500 tees will last for multiple seasons.
Ackbrands golf tees are available in plastic or wood depending on your liking and are marked in ¼ inch segments to allow reliability in the depth at which the tee is penetrating the turf thus catering for the preference of any golfer.
The reliability in the elevation of the ball provides you with certainty that your swing will deliver unfailingly good contact between ball and club.
The golf tees are 3 ¼ inches in length and contain printed measuring lines running the circumference of the plastic tee body at ¼ inch intervals. Once you have established the most appropriate height selections for your various clubs, you can insert the tee at the specified height consistently when inserting the tee into the turf. The consistency in height will create a more consistent and reliable trajectory of the ball.
This is one of the best performing tees in the game of golf and has been the top-performing tee on the PGA Tour since 2005 and has lead golfers to 70 wins and in excess of 320 top 10 finishes. It has also been proven to add a couple of yards onto tee shots as well as improve preciseness for all golfers.
The Zero Friction Tour 3-Prong tees are made with bio-composite materials and based on the basic design with three pillars for reduced resistance on the golf ball. The reduction in the number of contact points with the golf ball, the Zero Restriction design aids golfers in being longer and straighter off the tee.
It is not only on the technical side that it stands out. The Tour 3-prog is available in a multitude of colors and in lengths of 1 inch, 2 ¾ inches, and 3 ¼ inches.
As a windfall, the manufacturers have included a bonus Zero Friction item in every package.
Selecting the right golf tee is frequently ignored and golfers purchase any tee that conforms to the basic shape without considering the advantage that they can get by investigating and buying the most suitable golf tee.
Looking at the number of golf tees laying on the tee boxes it is clear that some thought about the environment should be considered when selecting tees. Plastic tees do present less friction and thus more distance, and they are more robust since they are less likely to break but rather bend when under a lot of pressure.
In our opinion and experience, the Pride Professional Tee System is the most flexible of the tees evaluated as they cover more lengths and clubs and reduce resistance. This is backed up by their popularity, particularly with the pros.