Updated: May 29, 2015
Golf Tee Reviews:Golf tees are the cheapest part of playing golf since they only cost about $5 for a pack of 50 or so. With all the other advancements in golf equipment, you would think that golf tees would eventually move from wooden or plastic ones to something more durable. My wish has finally come true with new Epoch-3 and Zero Friction golf tees. I am a 14 handicap and play about once a week for the last 4 years but I don't usually try different golf tees, I just hit with the traditional wooden tees like almost everyone else. I was recently playing a round of golf in California with some friends and I was introduced to the Epoch golf tees from Evolve Golf. They are very similar to other tees except that the top portion where the ball sits is a little different. Epoch tees have 4 prongs that essentially elevate the ball above the center of the tee so there is air beneath the ball. These newer designs are meant to create less friction at impact and give you further distance off the tee with more accuracy. I have played about 6 rounds since acquiring the epoch tees and have seen some decent results.
The newest golf tees are the Zero Friction Tees from Excel Golf which appear to one up the Epoch-3 tees. Their claim is that you consistently get 5 yards more distance off the tee and 7 yards more accurate so you hit more fairways. We found an excellent review for these tees on Thesandtrap.com and there tests (not scientific) didn't support the extra distance or accuracy numbers. They did report more distance, but the accuracy was just slightly better with the Zero Friction Tees versus wooden tees. The one thing I really like about the biodegradable golf tees from Epoch and Zero Friction is that they simply don't break very often. I was always going through a new tee every hole or 2 with the traditional wooden tees, they simply snap in half or the top head of the tee comes off. I constantly ask my friends - "Why can't they make a tee that doesn't break or that will at least last a round of golf". My friends remark that it's almost like tire manufacturers for cars - if they made tires that last forever they would go out of business. I see there point and certainly wonder how the makers of wooden tees will stay in business once more people switch to the Epoch-3 or Zero Friction tees that rarely break. When it comes to buying tees, there isn't a lot you need to know. Most tees come in multiple sizes so you can hit irons on shorter par 3's, 2 3/4 - 3/14" for drivers and some are even taller for the 460CC drivers. Many packages of golf tees come with a variety of sizes to fit your needs while others are specific to a particular size. When you are on the tee box of any golf course you realize how many broken wooden tees there and realize what a waste that is. The new biodegradable tees are not only more durable (less broken tees on tee boxes) but they will degrade much faster than other tees. Environmentally speaking, this is good for golf courses so that they don't become littered with broken tees. One other option for golf tees are the less traditional Brush-T which is made with synthetic bristles that are supposed to reduce sidespin and resistance. The Brush T's are expensive at nearly $8 for just 2, but they will last quite a while. I have used the Brush T and to me it didn't feel as natural as conventional shaped golf tees. I didn't get a "clean" hitting sensation while striking the ball with irons. No matter how you look at it, golf tees are becoming more durable and providing more performance for all types of golfers. You may end up spending only $5 for tees that last 2 or 3 years and be able to save money for things like golf balls and clubs. You can buy golf tees in almost any pro shop at golf courses and in national chains like Golfsmith. If you want to read what others have to say about the newest golf tees and see what the experts think see the two best articles we could find online both HERE and HERE.