Last month, we wrote a raw story on helping our environment by not having so much waste when it comes to wood tees and plastic tees that break so quickly. Its a real paradigm shift for sure. As so many are just mentally trained to use wood tees. When one becomes educated that not only is it good to save a tree, and its good to save some money, and its good to save someone from having to pick up broken tee parts, as that is a waste of time, and now we can proudly tell you, that there is a huge technical reason as well. The ball seat for which the ball is placed, does matter. Some have developed prongs, some have developed brushes to create a ball seat that has less surface space touching the ball. Why? Its proven the ball seat does impact the ball flight. If you talked about this 20 years ago, it would have been a good chat, but there was no proven way to show that the ball seat matters. With the micro science now existing in launch monitors, gps ball flight tracking, and with neutral robotic testing, its a FACT, the ball seat impact is now measured. I will never forget when we used Golf Labs to test our theory. (we flew from Seattle to San Marcos, California) and we met Gene Parente, who at the time, was doing independent golf robotic testing. The set up and the process was super cool. To see this big ole robot hit the golf ball, in a consistent and repeatable manner was impressive. Gene recommended a 82 mph club head speed. As most non-professional golfers, that is the average club head speed. (10 years ago) Maybe a little higher now with such amazing improvements in head design and even the golf shaft, Swing speeds are on the rise! Back to the test… he started off by hitting balls off a 1) Rubber Tee Head, then 2) Wood Tee Head, and then finally our 3)Our Tee, in what we called the Pro Launcher Tee. It took the average of 10 balls per tee, and the longest drive was by whom? Yes, our tee? There were so many ways to read the test data. What Gene told me, “your tee our performed the rubber tee, and of course the wood tee by a large margin” The wood tee had good stats, 2-10 drives were over 250 yards. We had 6-10 drives over 250 yards! Most importantly, we had more roll as well!
3 yards? Does that really matter? 5 more roll yards? Does that matter? So yes we had one ball that was 8 yards better then a wood tee. Does that matter? Yes it matters! Why did it happen? Because the ball seat is smaller then a wood tee head, and our surface is smooth, so there is less bite, So less friction at impact, means less resistance and that equals a better ball flight. This is what makes golf so special… golf is far from perfect, there is so much we cannot control… wind, how the grass is growing, and of course our swings are not perfect. However, when we are in the groove and we hit the sweet spot, good things happen. So why not use the best tee with the best ball seat! Now, ready for this, we actually developed a tee called Super Pro Launcher, the ball seat was even smaller. It took effort to balance the ball on the tee head as we went as small as you could go… and we tested this tee against our pro launcher! What happened? We had almost identical results, no significant launch distance or roll distance! Why? The ‘max’ for creating the perfect coefficient of surface was achieved with our pro launcher. Going smaller is not worth the battle to balance the ball and did not add any further distance. Our tee is a High Performance Golf Tee. We actually have a test you can do at home to prove this. See our video on this topic. Email us if you cannot find the video. What about prong tees? brush tees? We will say this, most of these don’t break after one or two hits. They last perhaps a round or two. So that is way better then the poor wood tee. Now of great interest to us, and told to us at last years PGA Show in Florida. When the ball leaves our tee, it is leaving a clean edge, a clean surface, which is better then leaving a ‘prong’ or a ‘brush’. I asked Gene if I should test against the other high performance tees…. he said. Save your money, as its not worth it. I would love our tee to be in a contest and we can call it the Golf Tee Olympics, bring on all challengers! I asked why do some tees claim 10 yards more distance? He said try juicing the robot to 140 mpg, you will get 10 more yards for sure. (Smile)
Conclusion – our ball seat is the best, and our tee body is the best. It will not break. Can our tee wear out? yes, and we will talk about that last month? What can happen to the tee head after its hit by a PGA monster hitter?