2020 Golf Tee Test
Is there really such thing as a better golf tee?
Tee companies have been telling golfers for years that they can add distance and accuracy to your game. So, to see if there is anything to these bold claims, we put them to the test. We put 4 tees to a head-to-head test. We tested the 4 Yards More, FlightPath, Martini and the standard wooden tee.
For the better part of a century, the fundamental design of the golf tee has remained largely unchanged. A peg, a platform and, well, that’s basically it. A hundred years of history suggests that simple as it may be, it works pretty well.
As with any other piece of golf equipment, however, there are challengers. Wood gave rise to plastic, which spawned eco-friendly alternatives, and other alternative designs with fresh (and sometimes unusual) takes how on to best support a golf ball before you whack it.
Many of these revolutionary designs claim quantifiable performance benefits over their wooden counterparts: Higher launch, lower spin, more distance and straighter drives … if you’re willing to pay a moderate upcharge. But, do they actually work?
Golf Tee Test – Parameters
For this golf tee test, we compared a standard wooden tee to three popular alternatives – FlightPath, Martini and 4 Yards More.
- The test was conducted at MyGolfSpy’s test facility in Yorktown, Va
- Ball and clubhead data collected using a Foresight Sports GCQuad Launch Monitor
- All shots were hit with PING G410 LST driver and Bridgestone Tour B X golf balls
- For consistency, tee heights were normalized relative to ground level and tees were aligned in the vertical position
- In total, 120 drives were hit using each tee.
The tee manufacturers don’t make identical claims so we’ve noted here where specific claims were made or implied.
- The FlightPath tee launched slightly higher and produced a slightly higher trajectory than wood.
- We did find evidence to suggest that FlightPath provides straighter ball flight than any of the tees we tested.
- We found no reliable evidence to support FlightPath’s other performance claims.
- FlightPath’s billing as “The Unbreakable Golf Tee” is simply not true. Four broke over the course of this test – that’s more than the other wood alternatives.
- Of the golf tees tested, FlightPath proved the most difficult to tee up without the ball falling off.
- In this golf tee test, we found no evidence to support Martini’s distance claims.
- We found evidence to support a loss of distance.
- Data suggests a modest reduction in sidespin. However, it didn’t result in shots that were, on average, straighter than wood.
- The Martini tee is the easiest to tee up, which does provide a benefit for golfers with limited range of motion or shaky hands.
- The Martini tee is phenomenally durable and its larger design and bright colors make it easy to find on the tee box.
- There is a legitimate reason why it’s popular with senior golfers.
4 Yards More
- The data suggests that 4 Yards More is statistically identical to a wooden tee, we found no reliable evidence to support claims of improved performance.
- Durability claims appear to have some merit as we broke only a single tee over the course of the test.
- 4 Yards More is designed to achieve identical tee heights each time the ball is teed up. This could prove beneficial for golfers looking for greater consistency in their setup.
Golf Tee Test – Do They Live Up To Their Claims?
Golf Tee Test Takeaways
While we did find hints of a slight performance advantage for a narrow set of metrics, we found no reliable evidence to suggest any of the alternative tees tested provides any significant benefit over wood. Nothing here is going to give you 10 more yards, but you probably knew that already.
Where advantages do exist, they’re largely matters of convenience.
As with anything else, there are preference-driven reasons why you might choose an alternative to wood. That’s perfectly reasonable but the data collected during this tee test suggests that, if improved performance is your objective, you’re not going to find it by spending more on a golf tee.
A century later, wood is still the tee to beat.
Rene Norton7 months ago
In defense of the Martini tee and in agreement with several comments made 2 years ago, if the Martini tee is not leaning forward toward your target it will not perform as well as it was designed for. Also, if the tee is facing back from the target even the slightest, your ball will fly straight up, sideways left or right, or duff along the ground. I have visited Barton Hills CC in Ann Arbor many times and on one visit I had the opportunity to meet the designer and discuss the Martini tee with him. I have used this tee ever since. Please, watch this video. https://martinigolftees.com/why-martini
Andrew7 months ago
I play in 3 different senior leagues and Martini Tees are like gold for some of these guys . Simply because they are easy to get the ball to stay on , lol . Many have unsteady hands and bad knees or big bellies and it really helps them . Only thing is , they will look for them for 10 minutes if they didn’t see where they landed, lol .
Robin7 months ago
You’re not kidding. I know old guys who would prefer letting a group play through than give up the search for a missing Martini tee.
Emery7 months ago
Obviously this test is INVALID as you did not test naked lady tees!
John2 years ago
When it come to the Martini tee, your experiment design was flawed. The product info suggests putting it into the ground at an angle pointed toward the target instead of upright. I suspect that this will affect both spin rates positively but unfortunately you eliminated the opportunity to test that hypothesis by inserting it into the ground vertically.
Also, as others have pointed out, the Martini tee lasts for hundreds of rounds, so the single-use price comparison to a wooden tee is misleading at best.
There are many ways to lie with statistics and you have demonstrated two.
ryan2 years ago
yes, but they provided data. you’ve provided conjectures.
Bryan2 years ago
Thanks for the info on tees. It is especially helpful to know that for the most part stop over paying and buying into the hype that special tees can do for your game. Spend your money on more worthwhile things like lessons to improve the swing.
Mike in Pittsburgh2 years ago
I use Maxfli tees. They seldom break and go into hard ground easily. Used Martini tees and liked the ease of use (the head is so large it is easy to place the ball even if the tee isn’t straight up). The Martini tees are supposed to be pitched forward, not upright, so you tested them wrong, but the 1/4″ you gain is trivial. They are durable. That said, they aren’t worth the cost IMO.
Dr Tee2 years ago
How about comparing some wooden tees like the “stinger” which also claims or claimed increased distance
Craig2 years ago
I think we need to be resolved to the fact at this time tees make no difference.
Lance Kulman2 years ago
I have used many different types of tees and you are right in that wood tees still offer the best overall performance. I do however acknowledge 4 yards more as a great tee that is hard to break, lose or otherwise have to replace. Yes, they cost a bit more, but a four pack will last indefinitely for your tee shots. They also come in different heights/colors for those who need to tee it higher. I personally have found that I am more consistent because I can put the tee in the ground the same height each time. Therein lies the advantage to the wood tee. Oh, if you are wondering about how good of a golfer I am , 3 handicap.
Mike2 years ago
I’ve been using the 4 Yards More for a few years. For me I go about 20 rounds before it breaks. So I like the consistent tee height and being able to only put one driver tee in my pocket each round.
albatrossx32 years ago
If any tee gave you a distance advantage the USGA would have banned it as an aid. Dont fall for the hype on anything, because in the end there is nothing new in golf.
Eric King2 years ago
How about tees for golf mats( simulators , driving ranges and Topgolf/ Topgolf copy cats) testing for tees…. Sky
Dave2 years ago
Totally justifies my decision to buy a bag of 1000 wooden tees from Aliexpress for 10 bucks. Don’t reckon I will ever need to buy another one.
Golfinnut2 years ago
I knew specialty tees were a joke. Thanks for the confirmation.
Terry2 years ago
A few years ago, my daughter did a project for her school science fair on “Does tee height increase distance”. She was able to use a few trainee professionals and leading male and female amateur players to conduct the tests which was done using Trackman. She used tees marked 1 inch, 2 inch and 3 inches in height. All players hit at least 5 shots off each tee height to ensure they had 5 good shots to count.
The results showed that it was dependent upon the players swing path as to whether they gained distance or not. The main distinguishing feature was the cluhead’s angle of attack at impact. If it was a negative number the most successful tee height for them was the 1 inch tee as when they went to the 2 inch tee they lost around 5 – 10 metres in distance but when they used the 3 inch tee they gained back 90% of the distance they lost from the 2 inch tee but were overall slightly shorter than from the 1 inch tee height. None of these players gained distance from the tee height.
For the players with a positive angle of attack, all gained distance and those with the highest AoT (around 4.5 degrees) gained the most distance. On average distance gained from the 2 inch tee was 12 metres and a further 15 metres gained from the 3 inch tee. The longest gain from 1″ to 3″ tees was just on 50 metres. Needless to say, she is now using high tees when she plays.
Randy2 years ago
Please test the brush tee, consistent height, plastic lasts long, less resistance as ball is on plastic fibers. Thanks.
Ray Fouts2 years ago
I buy the 4 More Yard tee for their consistency and most of all Made in USA!. Heck even toothpicks r made in China
Carri2 years ago
I’m in a bad mood, so I’m gonna post this.
Why is “made in the USA” automatically a good thing? Think it through.
Money had to be invested in that plant to make plastic golf tees. Hopefully they make money, but it’s going to be pretty small, given the lack of any added value.
If the same money had been invested in an innovative industry that has higher profit/productivity then the workers and USA would be better off.
Let some less developed country make the low value add and use USA capital to invest in higher product/value added business.
It is the only way to sustainably grow your economy.
All this cheering for on shoring is uninformed at best and nationalistic BS at worst.
Stuts2 years ago
Is this Carri Underwood??? You’ve got the brain power of Carri Underwood. Yes, let’s bash “Made in America”. That makes sense. You should move to North Korea….they would love you there.
Scotty T2 years ago
Yes, “made in the USA” can be misleading and the lines are blurred. The big question is whether it’s an American company manufacturing in the USA.
A well run American company manufacturing in the USA is ALWAYS A GOOD THING! Any other combination generally amounts to a wash.
I am versed in free markets and global competition and the problem is that the world is an unfair playing field.
Yes, you are an American and your buying options are endless – Yet your buying decisions can certainly be self-destructive. Sorry, not a fan of decreasing our standard of living in order to increase another’s. – Whether it’s manufacturing raw materials or golf tees.
David2 years ago
You couldn’t be more wrong. Anything that benefits America is a good thing. Globalism is a real threat to this country. Give me “made in the USA” every time!
scott2 years ago
The best tee on the market are the ones i find on the ground. Plastic wood like one are the best they last longer but it does matter because I find tee on the ground in a cart or parking. We sell wood one for one dollar a bag ten tee in each bag at my course I work at.
Steve2 years ago
If my memory serves me, I thought you did a test several years ago where you confirmed that 4 Yards More did in fact go further. Or did I read that somewhere else?
sam jones2 years ago
I just use the tees I find on the teebox: I’m rarely disappointed: I almost always find a whole or only slightly broken tee that i can use, which I then keep if whole, or put into my trash bag if really not worth keeping. broken tees littering the teebox is one of my pet peeves: I treat them like ball marks on the green: I pick up mine and at least one other., and there is always at least one other.
Randy2 years ago
I used to do this as well but should not do this in pandemic and against health and club rules due to that.
Brandon2 years ago
I promise you nobody is going to catch covid from a golf tee. They more or less said like 6 months ago that surface transmission is very rare, and I don’t know anyone who goes around breathing on their tees anyway. Or a flagstick for that matter.
Dugan2 years ago
@Brandon. You could definitely catch covid from me if I had it. Cause I don’t know why, but I put tees in my mouth like a cigarette after I tee off. If it broke I would just toss it by the tee markers. Then if you picked it up and used it on a par 3…..! That’s why I never use tees laying on the ground.
Randy2 years ago
Brandon it is a fact you can and do catch it from objects, i.e. community transmission which is by far the most common reason to catch it now everywhere. it is a proven fact in many countries and will be made known in your area likely in February.. Yes droplets immediately and 15+ minutes later are the more majority cause but object transmission is occurring, plastic tees worse than wooden tees, same reason why you are not allowed to pick up lost balls anymore, the pandemic has changed our world unfortunately. If you do pick up balls or tees just carry around hand sanitizer to immediately wash the item and your hand and you should be ok., lots of golfers are now doing that.
Stuts2 years ago
I bet Randy voted for Slo-Joe and Kamel Face and probably attends the Church of Dr. Fauci!!! Here’s an article from WebMD about can you get COVID from the surface of an object. The chances are very slim. Let’s face it, we don’t know all the ways you can get this over-rated Virus. But Randy wants to scare us all from playing golf, and touching anything on the golf course. Randy, what about me picking my ball out of the hole, after someone elses ball was in their a 2-3 seconds and that person has COVID. Will I get it!!!!??? According to your thinking – probably. I played golf today and I found a couple of balls,. I picked them up and will add them to my shag-bag. But now I’m thinking I need to sterilize EVERYTHING in my bag, including the bag itself. My God, we can’t even enjoy golf without talking about picking up the COVID from a stray ball, tee, etc. We have turned into such a complete and total WIMP nation. I’m 73 and wash my hands so much, I found the answers from my 7th grade science test that had soaked into and under my skins from over 50 years ago. https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200903/coronavirus-on-surfaces-whats-the-real-risk
Stuts2 years ago
Randy, you have drank the Kool-aid…enjoy your long sleep as the DemonRATS destroy this country.
Randy2 years ago
Stuts not from US, sorry you did not vote for the Winning POTUS and VPOTUS. by what 6M or more votes, very big victory. Actually in my country and many others we are not allowed to pick up the ball that is why flag holes are raised or cups raised or have a foot operated mechanism to lift the ball out of the hole, invented in your country. All done by health orders by our Chief Medical Officer, not politically controlled or biased, it is a health issue. Dr. Fauci is a great asset to your country, very well respected as he is looking out for all of you to stay safe and healthy especially people in your age range., be grateful for Dr. Fauci..
Dawg Golfer2 years ago
I trust Dr. Pepper more than I trust Dr. Fauci….
sam jones2 years ago
I understand what randy is saying, but unless you are playing around with tees with your bare hands, then sticking your fingers in your nose or mouth, the risk of catching the virus from handling random tees on the teebox is pretty low. especially if you are using your gloved hand, the fingers of which you are even less likely to stuff up your nose. the real risk is in not wearing a mask, or in getting too close to others while talking, singing or otherwise forcing air out of your lungs. oh, and don’t forget not to stick the tees up your nose, either.
this is not a political issue, though some have made it one. it’s a public health/medical/science issue, and though that guidance has not always been consistent or correct, it has alwsys been much better than the wishful thinking that has come from our leadership.
john patrick2 years ago
I personally tried the flightpath. But after 3 or so rounds, threw them out. They would not keep the ball up on them and it just got to be too much of a hassle. Will never use them again.
mackdaddy92 years ago
Wow thanks for this test!
I have used the 4 more yards tees for the last 3-4 years. They do last a really long time and I do like the tee being the same height factor. I will continue to use them until I run out but the club gives free tees so these will be the last ones I buy after this test.
Tangent2 years ago
I have Essential Tremor. It’s embarrassing and demeaning to take 2 minutes to tee up a wooden tee. The Martini Tee saved my golf game. My experience is it costs me a few yards but the elimination of frustration is worth it.
Rick Barbare1 year ago
Ditto. My ETs are sometimes so bad I had to get help to set the tee. The martini tee avoids a lot of embarrassment, and probably saves my group ten minutes a round!!! Doesn’t help with putting…
Joel2 years ago
I like many other commenters here it seems, use plastic tees just for the longevity (mine would be most similar to the 4 more yards).
I’ve never believed I got a performance advantage or disadvantage from them, it’s just a matter of only needing my ADHD brain to remember to buy more tees once a year right at the start of the season.
Because the tee I actually have is sure better than hitting driver off the deck because I forgot to buy more!
Stuts2 years ago
You must play with some really cheap friends, if they won’t lend you a tee if you forgot to bye some to start the year off. Surely you must have a tee hidden somewhere in your bag (I’m amazed at what I find hiding in my bag – even money sometimes and part of a chili dog from last year)!!! You can always find tees on the driving range, or carry some “Gorilla” glue and glue a couple together!!! You obviously were not a Boy Scout…..as in BE PREPARED!!!!
Stuts2 years ago
Here’s CHEAP. I tie a string to my Martini Tee, then tie the other end to a metal washer, wrap the string with black electrical tape. It’s a nice contrast to my “pinkish” Martini Tee. Anyhow, with the string a weight I never lose the Martini Tee. After three years I still have the first Martini Tee I took out of the package. I’m 73 and at this rate I better put in my will who gets the remainder of my Martini Tees!!!!
Berni2 years ago
I did about the same thing. except I tied a long martini tee to a shorter martini tee for iron shots. I also put a washer between the 2 tees and a magnet on my driver head.
Jim Roberts7 months ago
Played in Korea maybe twenty years ago. The female caddies used the string idea. Waste not, want not.
Shannon2 years ago
I use 4 yards more not because I want 4 yards more, but I can use 1-2 tee’s through the entire season and they are always the same height. Tee it to low or to high and 4 yards is the least of your worries.
Russ2 years ago
I agree completely. I have broken one 4 Yards More tee this year, and I know the ball will always be teed up to the same height every time.
Richard2 years ago
I use rubber headed plastic tees. I’ve never broken one, I rarely lose one (easily less than 1 per round, almost always the smallest ones) and often find those lost ones later (e.g. in the next round). I use these only because I love the feel of these tees, compared to wooden tees, when striking the ball. For different tee heights I use three differently sized tees: smallest (1.5 in) for irons/hybrids, middle (2.something) for 3 wood and long (>3 in) for driver; then tee high for high shots and low for low shots. I tried brush tees and loved them, but they break regularly, just like wooden tees. I’ve never noticed any differences in distance or control (spin, height, etc) from different types of tee materials/shapes, etc.
Mike2 years ago
I just found one of those and I really liked it! I never thought that tees made that much of a difference & this article confirms it, good job guys! The best thing that I’ve gotten out of this article is the importance of consistent tea height. Some of these designer tees have markings on them, I’m going to ensure that the ones I play are similarly marked also.
T Mac2 years ago
I would like to know how the “Tornado Tee” rates in your comparison test. Most of the Long Drive competitors I have noticed/observed use this tee. I have used this tee for the past several years and I love it!. The “Tornado Tee” claims to add up to 7 yards to one’s drives.
Grant2 years ago
I use wood tees for putting practice. Placing 1 every three feet for about 6 tees. Putt to each one to practice distance. Other than that I use the 4 yards more just for convenience of only having a couple in the bag at once.
Gregg2 years ago
Thanks for the laugh. entertaining article I’ve tried them and almost always go to a wooden tee just for the fact that you can get it tee’d up in the first place .flight path was joke I can’t even give them away. I guit buying tee’s just pick them up off tee box ‘s for next round.
Mike W2 years ago
I’ve used the step tees for about a year now due to the ease of consistent height. I think that’s about the only improvement upon the good old standard wooden tee.
Mat2 years ago
The moment the article said, “For consistency, tee heights were normalized relative to ground level and tees were aligned in the vertical position” – I knew it was over.
These claims all centre around the inconsistencies of height. Pride Professionals are all marked so you can be consistent. Their plastic 3 1/4 are indestructible and work out cheaper than buying the wood ones. For the irons, buy the wood ones, assuming you don’t bother with scraps anyhow which are just as good.
There is a reason you get meticulous with your setup. The height on the driver face you make contact will inform spin totals.
Robert2 years ago
You can get plastic iron (very short) tees online, and they are very durable. So, you don’t even have to use wood tees for that.
Rusty2 years ago
I have sold myself on the fact that I always bomb my drive when I use a red tee: I am a full believer that a positive attitude wins the day! This way, when I pick out a red tee, I tell myself “yes! a red tee! I am going to bomb this thing! ” works every time!
Boyo2 years ago
PMA all the way!
JR22 years ago
Maybe just carry all red tees then? 😉
Mike2 years ago
Not Red, Green means go, BABY!!!!!!
Chal2 years ago
I use the zero friction tee simply for longevity.. I found myself breaking wooden tees constantly. I can get through an entire season with about 5 tees and I like not constantly having to replace tees.
David2 years ago
Chal, if you are breaking tees with your driver, you are hitting down on the ball. That’s a bad thing with a driver. The problem isn’t the tees, it’s your swing.
TonyG2 years ago
I use 4MoreYards for one reason only – consistent height as mentioned in the article. I am one of those people that wood tee up the ball, stand over it and know that it was too high or too low and not change it. Then if I missed the shot, blame the tee position. 4MoreYards eliminated that issue. Now I only have 9 or 10 issue, which is nice.
JACK RAGONESI12 years ago
Been using martini tees for years….only carry two tees, driver length and short tee…can’t remember the last time I made a purchase!
Joe Domill2 years ago
Nice Job, I have used all the tee’s tested and went back to the normal wooden tee’s. There wasn’t much improvement so why bother using the other tee’s..
WillieT2 years ago
Interestingly enough, I have tried most all these and my favorite is still the wooden tee., followed closely by the three prong plastic ones.. Do I see any difference in the tees themselves on the drives – not really. Just that the plastic ones bend and can be bent back. The wooden ones, if you break on the driver, become tees for the irons! (poor man’s 2 for 1). I do have a martini that has the height stop on it that works pretty well, but it really comes down to not so much an 1/4″ difference in tee height as it does a 1/4″ difference on where the ball meets the club face. Consistent height, consistent swing, consistent contact point equal ball going pretty much where you plan.
BillyBillyBilly2 years ago
Here is the real truth!! John Daly was asked about how to maximize distance and he said first step is to lean the tee forward as far as possible, like 1 inch. And when asked if that helped drive it farther, he said, well it’ll give you an extra inch….
MJB-Golf2 years ago
Fat Jack2 years ago
I’ve never purchased a tee in my life! They are plenty to be found for free around the tee box of any driver hole.
To those of you who are too proud, lazy, rich or near-sighted to acquire tees that way, thank you for buying them.. I owe you a beer!
Paulo2 years ago
Yeah but you’re too tight to buy them one
Mark2 years ago
It’s not a matter of being cheap, although it can become that when you realize that you may never need to buy another tee. After all, tees are getting pretty expensive for what you get. THirty years ago, I bought 1000 tees for $25, thinking that they would last me awhileI still have several hundred sitting in a bag at home – because I keep finding whole tees and broken tees (for irons & hybrid tee shots) on the tee blocks. People are really sloppy about retrieving their tees and I thank them for that. I have tried many different types and wooden tees tend to be the ones I use most often – unless I pull a plastic one out of my bag.
I also have hundreds of golf balls but that is another story..
Kev2 years ago
Why buy food when you can just go through your neighbour’s trash?
Boyo2 years ago
I’m with you. If they’re not on the tee, I pick up 10 to 20 at our grass driving range. I haven’t bought tee’s in decades.
Don2 years ago
I realize there was going to be no distance gain.from these.. I guess I was just too lazy with wooden tees to pay attention to how far I stuck it in the ground.. Pop ups, low liners etc. I found after receiving 4 yards more as a gift from daughter, that the consistent tee height, without having to pay attention is a big plus for me. Much more consistent for me. They are too high for iron shots on par 3’s use regular on those.
Rich Martin2 years ago
Thanks for the enjoyable read! When my play improves to the point that I’m certain the tee is the thing holding me back, I’ll look this up again.
Jess Robinson2 years ago
Anyone else here that:
A long time ago had a hundred tees in their bag.
Because they spent seasons upon seasons practicing more than playing.
Now chuckles a bit when they read this article and can think about how a single tee was enough for two sessions on the range and three rounds of play?
Or, is 100% confident that they will never, ever spend a nickel on tees for the same reason they won’t spend money on V1’s?
If the former is true, Thank You.
If the latter is true, Clock and Hawk.
Tom2 years ago
I’ve been playing golf for 60 yrs. now and have used every tee type ever invented. I play mostly with the same guys. One golf buddy played with the same plastic tee for a year and a half and I was with him when he lost it after a drive on the third hole. That lost tee ruined his round. That is the only time a tee type has ever made a difference in my experience!
Bill B2 years ago
The one factor that seems to have the biggest impact for me is consistent tee height. I use the same wood tee they use in the test and push the tee far enough where NO yellow is visible. Seems to work for me. The only other tee I’ve used is the “brush tee”, also for the same reason(tee height).
Gene2 years ago
I just read the best way to tee your ball base on club type, position in your stance and type of shot you’re trying to make. Tiger digs the tee box with his iron and they used to use a hand full of sand. My thoughts, whatever YOU’VE found gets the ball down the fairway the best… keep using THAT one!
Bill K2 years ago
Enjoy these equipment tests. Why would the Martini Tee be 8 yards shorter? Just wondering.
Steve C2 years ago
Just goes to show there is no magic pill. Also so much for truth in advertising. Maybe the standard wood companies will now put on their bags – “the longest tee in golf”. Does Bryson use a normal wood tee? I’m sure he has researched this.
Will Skeat2 years ago
To ALBATROSSX3: If you are breaking your wooden tees on every shot, you need to work on your swing. Tee a little higher and set up a bit further behind the ball for an upward swing path at impact.
Walter2 years ago
Can’t say that I’ve ever seen bamboo tees in the big box store(Canada), I’ll have to look next time. I’ve been using the height marked plastic tees that aren’t suppose to break…yeah right, ha-ha.
Steve2 years ago
Cocktail tees (with depth gauge) are almost more economical than wooden tees, and a lot less of a hassle overall. The package I purchased more than 3 years ago will probably outlast me, as I’m still using the 1st one out of a package of 4. Bags of wooden tees purchased over the years before I found the cocktail tee, if added up, cost me a lot more than the $4.25 cocktail tee package. They also eliminate one irritant found on most tee boxes, broken wooden tee pieces.
Distance, dispersion, length off the tee are equal to anyone (my age) I play with who still use wooden tees.
Mike Cahn2 years ago
Great Tee test! Over the years and trying all those boutique tees they just never match up to the basic one. One question. What was the tee height you used for driving?
Chris2 years ago
I like that MGS debunks these myths. Calling out companies for blatantly false claims (both big and small) is a service to the golfing community. Thanks!
Bernardo C.2 years ago
Not surprising that if you’re innovating in the “golf tee” space, you’re likely working strongly in the “dubious claims” department.
Steven M.2 years ago
I’ve tried both types of tees over the years. The plastic tees have mostly been tees found at the driving range wear I practice. Using a launch monitor I didn’t see any benefit in distance gained or dispersion. With that said, the tees I use are made from bamboo and are very durable compared to your standard wood tee.
bob2 years ago
I tried the 4 More Yards tees for a season and, unfortunately, just like the 4 More Inches product I also purchased around the same time, neither of them worked worth a damn.
albatrossx32 years ago
There was a facebook ad for a tee that out performed everything else, that is such BS, and I told the company as much, if a tee did all that the USGA would ban it, tee’s are pretty much tees,. I use plastic now, because they last, too many wooden tees break on every shot which is at least messy for the course.
Steven2 years ago
To me a tee is a tee is a tee. I don’t use or have bought any of the designer tees. Between all the scrambles I’ve played over the years and the fact that most of the time the players in front of me are too lazy to pickup their tees, I have more than enough tees. In fact I’ve given lot of tees to youth programs. I measure each tee shot with my club to ensure the best constant height.
Luis L2 years ago
Great test. Does MGS have any data points reflecting the overall impact of tees on ball flight, dispersion, length? I’m wondering how much actual influence tees have on golf. Consistent height and durability seem to be the deciding factors. I use the yellow (mid height) Pride Performance Professional tees with the four grooves. I find that this tee is thicker for greater durability and the yellow band helps with height consistency.
Dennis2 years ago
Results not unexpected – contact with the ball is so minimal and almost instantaneous at impact.
I tend to collect intact tees on the box, just to see where they’re from. Sometimes that’s a surprise!
BOBBY ROSE2 years ago
SINCE DRIVER DISTANCE IS THE #1 CONCERN FOR MOST GOLFERS (ESPECIALLY SENIORS LIKE MYSELF) I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A DISTANCE BALL TEST COMPARING THE MG SENIOR BALL AGAINST TITLEIST, CALLAWAY, BRIDGESTONE AND SNELL. AS A 9 HANDICAP I HAVE PLAYED ALL 5 AND FOUND THE MG SENIOR TO BE 10/15 YARDS LONGER THAN THE OTHERS INCLUDING SNELL WHICH I CONSIDER TO BE THE BEST OVERALL BALL ON THE MARKET. THANK YOU
Kenny B2 years ago
Why would you want to compare an illegal ball (MG Senior) to legal USGA approved balls to show that that it’s a longer ball?
Boyo2 years ago
Quit screaming. No one is listening.
Jerry Lynn2 years ago
I’ve tried Snell and don’t like them. ProV1x 10 yards longer and much better around the green.
Dennis Beach2 years ago
Should test the ones with 3 prongs. Been using for years-hard to break, launch mid high, launch straight. Feels like minimal resistance when stuck. I use the 3.25…
Tony2 years ago
I’m surprised as well. I use the plastic 3 prog 3.25 and they work great for me – but then it’s because 1. They don’t break and if they’re bent you can straighten them out. 2. I use the markings for consistent driver set up.
I thought the results between the different tee were statistically insignificant.
RT2 years ago
What was the tee height at set up ? Doesn’t height effect distance and spin?
RC2 years ago
I almost didn’t read the article because MGS didn’t include a teaser like “the results may surprise you”, which, we knew they probably wouldn’t. I did want to see the comments because I was curious to see how many others like myself use “step down” or other “consistent height” tees. Those I do find useful in my mental setup, because I know I’m teed up the exact same height every single time. The problem though, is whether or not that particular consistent height is actually optimized for my swing, bringing back some mental doubt when I screw up! I love/hate this game…
Mark Scott2 years ago
Great review and information. I just want to say I really appreciate that you review and test everything golf. Regardless if it’s center of gravity, tees or what is the best golf towel, you are much appreciate and the entire golf community should be so thankful you take the time and expend the effort to test and review so much in golf. Thanks for being on our side and believing in honesty, transparency and integrity.
G Money2 years ago
Bought Flight Path begining of the year. Hard to tee the ball and I didn’t see any distance gains. Bamboo Tee is best for me.
Stephen Pearcy2 years ago
There is a better golf tee. It doesn’t provide more distance or better accuracy, it just stays in the ground better. Why is that better? – think grass driving range and not having to chase your tee down range. Flexible plastic and properly placed ribs are the secret.
Max R.2 years ago
Brilliant! I use a plastic tee with graduated markings. That’s the only reason I defer to it as opposed to wooden or bamboo tees.
stephen murphy2 years ago
As a newbie golfer ( and a senior), consistent tee height is very important to me. However, several brands offer wooden tees with a stripe designed to position the tee at the correct height. My Pride Professional 3 1/4′ Tees cost $10 for a bag of 135 tees. and i get the same height every time. Cannot blame tee height anymore for my poor drives!
Junnah2 years ago
Thanks for the study. I’ve used all of these tees except for the Flightpath, not for the distance but for establishing consistency on the tee box. And yes the Martini tee multi-colors contrast nicely with the teeing area when you’re searching for the tee after driving the ball. Over the last 4 months, I remember breaking only 3 of them. I generally play 6 times a week here in SE Georgia..
Lewis2 years ago
What??? A golf product lying about gaining more distance? Probably a good thing because if a third of those lies were true I couldn’t keep my golf ball on planet earth.
Dan2 years ago
I have used 4 yards more tees for my driver (blue tee) and for my hybrids when I used them on long par 3;s (purple) for several years now. Their advantage is in two areas: durability. I played over 50 rounds WITH ONE TEE this summer. Second , and the more important advantage is they are made with a little ring of plastic that you push the tee into the ground until it hits the ring SO EVERY TIME YOU TEE UP YOU know exactly the height of the tee (for me exactly correct distance in the ground) These make the 4 yards more tee worth their cost, to me anyway.
don2 years ago
Why would you test a product in a way it’s not designed to be used? The Martini tee is designed to be leaned at the target. The only thing you proved is it needs to be used correctly to get the results you are wishing for.
Dennis Whitehead2 years ago
I was thinking the same thing. Recommend use is leaning forward, which is easy to do because of the large saucer. I would think this would make ball contact better.
Richard Amberg2 years ago
I play with a few fellows in a Senior Golf League who spend an inordinate amount of time looking for their fancy plastic tees. which certainly are attractive to look at from an artistic prospective but don’t do much of anything to improve their drives.. The time spent in lost tee searching drives me nuts! As I have the lowest handicap among the 20 men in my flight and use wooden biodegradable tees of 3 1/2 ” in length, so my tees seldom get ripped from the ground and although I do break many as a result. I don’t spend anytime looking for my plain, unpainted bamboo tee whatsoever. I just pick up the used tee and proceed with the game. Many of the seniors spend so much time looking for their tees that I find myself constantly nagging them to leave the tee box and get going. It is maddening at times. .So it is a bit of a vindication that your scientific examination of fancy plastic tees proves that they are more hype than anything. I can see the martini tee for guys with a physical handicap but that is another story..
Kansas King2 years ago
Interesting test. It would have been neat to see the Stinger wood tees tested as well with their small head. The Martini Tee results didn’t surprise me as you’re almost setting the ball in a bowl. It’s interesting the side spin and back spin numbers were higher for the Flightpath tees but they were less offline. That seems counterintuitive. It would be interesting to hear from someone with knowledge of ball flight dynamics, what factors or combination of factors impacts dispersion and why.
Llewelyn James2 years ago
Of course this is true but I wonder what extent the placebo effect can apply in this topic. I swear to god the first time I went out with a 4 yards more tee I absolutely crushed it. Forget 4 yards, I was hitting it an extra 15!
Mark M2 years ago
Thanks for the test, although the results are not unexpected. I would have been shocked if any of those claims were true. If you could use a tee to hit it farther and straighter I guarantee ever player on Tour would be using them.
A friend I play with started playing the Martini tee a few years ago after visiting & playing with his Grandfather in Palm Springs. Seems all the oldsters there used them because it was easy to tee up a ball with shaky hands.
He didn’t hit it any farther than normal and we gave him crap because he was more concerned with where his tee flew than his ball – those things are pricey ?
James2 years ago
Good write up, and it was interesting to see the results. I’ve been using 4 more yard tees since June and Arccos showed my driver distance and accuracy increased over wooden tees I was using earlier in the season (Same driver). I think that the consistent teeing height has been the reason more so than magic technology.
ryebread2 years ago
Great test. I’ve always found these claims dubious.
Having said that, there is one way that I do think that they could help with performance, and that is in promoting a consistent tee height via some sort of “can’t push it in too far” type function. For the average weekend hack, I would bet many don’t tee the ball at the same height every time, and likely tees it too low or too high.
If something like a “4 yards longer” helps with proper height and consistent tee height, then I think it could lead to better performance. I don’ think that’s the claim, but I do see that there could be some hidden benefits.
Sharkhark2 years ago
I only use a performance tee for consistent height. That’s all I knew nothing else would be truly affected.
I did always wonder if the Martini design my wife bought for me was impacted by the large cup and it appears my concerns were warranted.
I use a design with the stripes on the tee to ensure consistent height that’s it.
Scott C.2 years ago
I’ve been kind of curious about this. I used to work at a box store that sold golf products and was always asked what tee to get, especially around this time of year. My honest answer was always based on durability. I found a box of store brand tees that last me pretty much the entire year. The don’t bend like other plastic options and they rarely break. I typically lose them on the tee box, not break them. I think in all of the rounds I have played, I’ve broken one. I use wood on the range and the plastic on the course.
Kevon2 years ago
I use the four yards more tee and have for years. I see no improvement in performance but I like it because I can keep one tee in my pocket, I get consistent teeing height, and I can use the same tee for about a year. The only disadvantage is you can’t use it to repair your divots. I use a divot repair tool anyway.
Roger Brossard2 years ago
I have tried some different plastic tees and found some put cuts in club faces specially in Driver. Always end up going back to wood tees. Brake a few more but will stick to them.
Christian R.2 years ago
Thanks for your post, I’ll try to find Bamboo tees.
Wayne2 years ago
What about step down tees?
Gary2 years ago
I used a white wood step down tee for a long while to insure a consistent height on my driver. Then, I went to the step down Martini tee because of the durability (Yes, I am a senior!). I still use it with the white wood step down tees. One thing that was not mentioned was that Martini tees tell you that you should tilt the tee forward to minimize the driver hitting the plastic on the tee. I am skeptical that this would make a difference but it was not mentioned as utilized in testing the Martini tees.
Christian Rouillard2 years ago
This study confirms what I tried with the 4 more yards tees. The only advantage for me was the fact that they are more durable than the wooden tees but cost 29 times more so I went back to wooden tees.
Mike Ehlers2 years ago
Thank you for this study. Always wondered. I did switch this year to the 4 more yards tee for the consistency of tee height which I believe is helping me in my setup and overall performance because of that consistency. I still carry a wooden tee to adjust the height lower when needed.. I am a fan of MYGOLFSpy!
Dtrain2 years ago
Just as I always expected, complete and total BS. The wooden tees are the best, I like plain white or natural wood. The only real consideration is if you pick the correct length for your desired AOA.
Ned2 years ago
Any chance you guys will ever try an update to pair the small-headed wooden tees (like the pin-head size stinger) against a regular wooden tee (although I suspect we’d get a similar outcome)?
Andrew2 years ago
I’ve been using the Martini Tee’s for about 4 years. They look kind of stupid. And I wouldn’t give any credence to any distance gain or lost. But I bought a 4 pack 4 years ago, and I’ve still got 2 tees left. I broke one (after a year and half of use) and I lost one.
These things are so durable, I’m not sure how their business model works.
Rob2 years ago
I appreciate all the time and effort but honestly would have rather seen an update to the center of gravity locations charts than a test of tees. Let’s be honest, everyone already “knew” there wouldn’t be any benefit to a different tee…