Golf tees are often taken for granted. Amidst the hue and cry about driving straight and driving long, people often forget about the tee. Using the correct tee and teeing at the right height can be the ultimate solution to straighten and lengthen your drive. Tees that crack at the slightest impact are another source of a headache.
So here we have selected and review the best golf tees that actually improve your game. We also explore the mysterious history of the golf tees.
Quick Comparison: Top 5 Best Golf Tees 2017
1. What Are Golf Tees Made Of?
The golf tees used today are made mostly of wood or plastic. The standard tee is 2.125 inches in height. The R&A allows golf tees to go as high as 4 inches. Wooden tees are more common. These are made of red cedar wood. Plastics used include high-density polyethylene or polypropylene.
Golf tees are now also made of biodegradable materials like animal byproducts or corn derivatives. This way the course doesn’t become a wasteland of plastic tees. Some of these tees are mixed with grass seeds and fertilizer to benefit the course they degrade in.
2. What Are The Types Of Tees Available?
1. Standard Tees:
Standard tees are made of wood. They have a nail-like structure with a shaft below a concave top. Most such tees are white in color. But you can find these in any color these days. You even get them in higher heights to fit the larger, more forgiving driver clubface.
2. Anti-slice Tees:
These tees look like one of those bus-station chairs without arm rests. These are made out of plastic with the molded backrest. The clubface hit this backrest rather than the ball. So the side-spin from the clubface is not transferred to the ball and the ball flies straighter in spite of your swing.
3. Friction-free Tees:
The major problem with basing the golf ball on any surface is friction. This force keeps the ball from taking off in a high flight. Friction-free tees reduce the contact area by springing 3-6 contact points from the top that balances the golf ball. This reportedly helps get the ball off the tee easily at a high launch angle.
4. Brush Tees:
This innovation borders on fantastic. The Brush tees are literally circular brushes with a plastic stake. The brush strands are strong enough to bear the weight of the golf ball. But they have very less surface contact with the ball. So the ball experiences less friction from the tee when hit. They allow the ball to fly longer and higher.
How To Select And Use The Best Golf Tees?
The following points are important while selecting the best golf tee for yourself:
It’s a personal choice. Plastic tees don’t break as easily upon impact as wooden tees.
- Specific purpose:
We mentioned many special-purpose tees here. If you prefer high-performance tees or anti-slice tees select them.
The height of the tee depends again on you and your golf clubs. You can use tees longer or shorter than 2.125 inches if they work for you.
You probably don’t want to shell out big bucks for tees unless they are special and help your game.
We have explained how high to tee up the golf ball here.
Top 5 Best Golf Tees 2017 - UBERGOLF REVIEWS
Zero Friction Tour 3-prong golf tees are game-changing in terms of how they differ from conventional tees. But they are nothing drastic like the brush tees which Richard and I had a hard time accepting.
The Zero Friction tee is basically a 3-pronged holder with a stake. The three extensions act as the gripping points for the golf ball instead of having the entire tee-top contact the ball. The low surface area of the tee in contact with the ball reduces the friction at the moment of impact. This allows the ball to fly straighter and farther.
The manufacturer claims that you will be able to hit 5 yards more and 7 yards straighter with these golf tees if you aim one prong at the target. When we used the tee, we hit 2-3 yards further in most shots and 1 yard closer to the ideal target line on an average.
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The Zero Friction golf tee is a great option for golfers with high swing speeds. These tees are much more durable than the usual ones. You can get through 3-4 months with just 5 of them. Relative to other tees, these are near indestructible.
An additional tee with a disk is supplied freely with the pack. The disk allows it to be teed at the same height consistently. These golf tees are made of bio-composite material so they may degrade easily in soil. Available in packs of 20, 30 and 40 tees.
The hype around Zero Friction tees is not justified for high-handicap golfers much. They might not get extra yards or straighter shots with these tees. Not all tee colors are available in all tee heights.
- Low-friction tees
- Highly durable
- Free consistent-height tee
- Made of bio-composite material
- Do not add much distance for high handicappers in our experience
Champ Zarma FLYtee golf tees remind you that golf is meant to be fun with their bright neon colors. They come in packs of 30 which will probably last us a few seasons.
These are friction-less golf tees. The top of the tee has 6 prongs that hold the golf balls with less contact than the standard tee. The ball remains stable on these posts.
Each pack comes with 10 pink, 10 orange and 10 green golf tees. These are highly visible to us on the course. If they fly off with the ball, they can be easily spotted.
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Champ Zarma claims there tees are 5x more durable than wooden tees. So they are great for all golfers but especially high-speed drivers. I have covered an entire season with just 3 of these tees. The top doesn’t come off easily even with high-speed swings. Because of the rigid body, they are also quite easy to tee up on hard ground in summers.
They sound expensive as a one-time investment. But given their longevity, they are actually much more economical than the pliable plastic tees that plague the market.
Each tee is 2.75 inches in length. We checked but we couldn’t find these golf tees in another size. Some of the larger driver faces are not covered by this tee height if you have to tee high. We wish there were more height options like with Zero Friction tees.
- Low-friction pronged top
- 5x more durable than wooden tees
- Comes in neon colors
- Made of eco-friendly material
- Available in only one height
The Pride Professional Plastic Golf Tees are highly durable plastic tees that seem to last forever. As the trend goes, these are low-friction tees for longer drives.
The top face of the Pride golf tees has four prongs that contact the ball. These reduce the friction otherwise faced by the ball with the standard tees. I even found that my drive went 2-3 yards further with these tees.
There’s a marking on the tees depicting their size. This will also help you tee up. The rigid structure helps you break through the hard ground on the course.
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The Pride golf tees come in packets of 50. These have ten 1.5-inch tees for irons, hybrids and low-profile. woods. Depending on the size selected, the other 40 can be 2.75-inches or 3.25-inches long. For drivers under 360cc, we bought the 2.75-inch tees combination. For drivers over 360cc, we bought 3.25-inch tees. They are also available in packs of 30.
The Pride golf tees are highly durable. It takes almost 100 drives to break one tee. Although these are expensive the average breaking vs. tee-hits quotient is very low. So they end up being more economical than cheap plastic tees.
These are hard plastic golf tees. Pride claims that these are environment-friendly. We can only imagine how. We suggest picking them up after they break and throwing them in recycle bin.
- Forty 2.75” or 3.25” tees + ten 1.5” tees
- Highly durable
- Marks on teeing up consistently
- Easy to tee up
- Don’t come across as particularly environment-friendly
The name itself speaks for these golf tees. The 4 More Yards plastic tees are expensive weapons in you vast arsenal to get a perfect shot.
These golf tees have a 6-prong flexible top that gently holds the ball without much contact. The low-friction lends the ball more accuracy and distance. Most of our teammates experienced either a boost in accuracy or in distance with these. The improvements were minor but they were there.
These are durable. It’s slightly more difficult to tee them than the others on this list. These are tournament-legal.
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We suggest these golf tees for people who are looking for miracles, i.e. the smallest thing that could improve their game. This includes low-handicap folks who just need that extra 2-3 yards to perfection. It also includes high-handicap golfers who have hit the plateau and need a tiny ray of hope.
One feature that particularly impressed me is the height gauge. It helped me tee up consistently every time.
These tees are available in four sizes differentiated by colors: green(4”), blue(3.25”), yellow(2.75”) and red(1.75”). Usually, these come in packs of four assorted or same color tees. These are expensive for a set of 4 even with their durability. We only bought them to test them. We can’t afford them for our day-to-day game. If you tend not to lose tees, these would be more economical though.
- 6-prong top lends accuracy and distance
- Highly durable
- Four sizes
- Available as assorted pack
- Slightly difficult to tee on hard ground
Martini Golf Tees are weapon-grade tees that would probably outlast many people’s love for golf. Shaped like a martini glass, these tees are closest to the conventional design on our best golf tees list.
These golf tees with a conical top stand 3.25 inches tall. They conform to the contemporary drivers with larger clubfaces.
The Martini tees are available in 11 colors or pack of assorted colors. These tees are virtually indestructible. We still have all five of them tucked away safely with over 100 drives on 3 of them.
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The Martini golf tees are especially suited for senior golfers as these are easy to insert into the ground. They also benefit all the golfers with forwarding tilting. Here you can tilt the golf ball almost 20% towards the target line to reduce club-resistance.
These tees are virtually indestructible. We still have all five of them tucked away safely with over 100 drives on 3 of them. They have added a couple of yards to my game. But not everyone on the team got the same outcome.
These golf tees are expensive. They come as a set of 5. But since they are so durable these 5 will last you through many seasons. The problem is finding the tees after you’ve hit them. You may end up irritating the teammates and players behind you while you search for your tee.
- Easy-to-accept conventional design
- Allows 20° forward tilting of the ball
- Highly durable
- 11 colors
- Expensive if you are prone to losing tees
- Other sizes would be appreciated
Trends Of Best Golf Tees in 2018
Once we rounded up the best golf tees, the pattern that emerged is not sunny for wooden tees. The low-friction plastic or composite tees are taking over the market and we expect to see more of these in 2018. These offer lower contact area and hence lower friction at impact. This results in straighter, longer drives. An added advantage of these tees is their durability. Each tee lasts through 50-100 drives. Wooden tees can’t hold a candle to that number.
Plastic tees are not particularly eco-friendly. But considering the life of these tees compared to wooden tees, we might actually be saving trees from being felled unnecessarily. However, we strongly recommend recycling the plastic golf tees.
The best golf tees have clearly evolved from tees that remained stalled in their designs for a long time. Zero Friction brought low-friction tees to the forefront. The pronged shape delivers on its promise of improving drive distance and accuracy although by small amounts. Its bio-composite, sturdy construction strengthens our conviction that we are not littering. They even add a marked tee in the mix for consistent height. All this at a highly reasonable price earns Zero Friction tees the top place. Other golf tees on this list offer similarly great specs. Stay ahead of the curve with these best golf tees.
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