T-buddy Summary Report: November, 2007

Recently GolfTest USA conducted a test on a new golf tee accessory called the T-buddy. It is a sleeve that fits over a standard wood tee. The purpose of the T-buddy is to help golfers maintain a consistent height when the ball is teed up.The following information was taken from the T-buddy website so that golfers can understand what the makers of T-buddy want golfers to know about the product. GolfTest USA makes no representation about the information contained here.

WHAT IS T-buddy™?
T-buddy™ is an advanced tee-up aid which is designed to help golfers tee up with confidence.

Height of a teed-up ball can vary from 1/8 of an inch on the average up to 1/4 of an inch for some golfers. The T-buddy™ eliminates any guesswork at this height. The ball will be at the same position every time giving golfers peace of mind.

T-buddy™ comes in 4 different lengths for all occasions: irons, fairway woods, hybrids, and small to oversized drivers.
Proprietary design features allow the T-buddy™ to properly engage the tee regardless of its size. Slide the right length T-buddy™ onto your regular tee, and push the T-buddy™ -equipped tee into the ground until the bottom flange of the T-buddy™ stops it. Now you are ready for your regular but carefree swing. T-buddy™ stays engaged under normal playing conditions.

T-buddy™ LASTS & LASTS
If the tee breaks, slide the T-buddy™ off and use it on another tee. Length of the new tee should be at least the same as the broken one. T-buddy™ is made of a resilient plastic and will last for months. This plastic also protects the tees. Golfers using T-buddies replace the tees once about every four rounds. Meanwhile, golfers using wooden tees use about 3.5 tees per round.

The Actual Test and Results!!!

25 Testers were asked to use the T-buddy for a month when playing rounds of golf and while practicing at the range.

The results of the test are as follows:

*** After using the T-buddy for the past month instead of your tee which tee do you prefer.
Your Tee: 9 T-buddy: 16
By a margin of almost 2 to 1 the testers preferred the T-buddy. This number indicates that most golfers felt the T-buddy was superior to other types of tees for various reasons.

*** On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best how much did the T-buddy help you tee the ball to the consistent height you preferred? 8.3
The average rating of 8.3 indicated that most testers felt the T-buddy was very beneficial in maintaining a consistent height.

*** On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best how much did your confidence increase using the T-buddy? 6.7
Most testers indicated that the T-buddy was a moderate help increasing their confidence hitting shots off the T-buddy.

*** On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best rate how easy was it to use the T-buddy: 8.2
Almost all the testers indicated the T-buddy was very easy to use.

*** On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best rate the “Durability” of the T-buddy: 8.6
The testers rated the durability very high.

*** On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best rate the “Quality” of the T-buddy: 8.6
The testers also rated the quality very high.

*** On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best how “strongly” would you recommend the T-buddy to other golfers: 7.6
Most of the testers felt they would recommend the T-buddy to other golfers.

*** On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best how “likely” will you continue to use the T-buddy: 7.1
The majority of testers indicated that they would continue using the T-buddy.

*** On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best do you feel the T-buddy helped you hit more consistent shots off the tee. 7.2
Some of the testers felt that the T-buddy helped them hit more consistent Tee shots.

*** Were your drives off the tee longer using the T-buddy?
Yes: 2 No: 4 The Same: 19
For the most part the testers did not feel that using the T-buddy helped them hit longer shots.

*** Were your drives off the tee more accurate using the T-buddy?
Yes: 7 No: 3 The Same: 15
There was anecdotal evidence that some of the testers hit more accurate shots while using the T-buddy.

*** What other colors you would like to see used for the T-buddy?
Light Blue, Lime, Fluorescent Green, Purple, White

*** What did you like best about the T-buddy?
Comments made regarding the best features of the T-buddy.

Consistent height, easy to use, didn’t break tees, liked the long ones for use with the driver, easy teeing of the ball, easy to find in pocket, durability, it makes it so much easier than having a pocket full of tees to carry,

*** Is there anything you would change about the T-buddy?
Comments made regarding things the testers would change about the T-buddy.

*Make a more durable tee, *make the short T-buddy shorter, *more resilient plastic,

*** What size did you use the most? X-tra Tall ( 13 ) Tall ( 11 ) Medium (1 ) Short ( 0 )

*** Taking in to account all factors that are important to you about a golf tee on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best how would you rate the T-buddy”Overall”: 7.4

Most testers felt that the T-buddy was an excellent golf accessory and that many golfers would find it was useful and beneficial in helping to improve their golf game.

Final Summary:

After the test was complete, GolfTest USA gathered 10 single digit handicap golfers (7 men and 3 women) and had them hit ten shots each with the tee they normally use and ten shots with the T-buddy. Each shot was measured for total distance and dispersion from a center target line.
The results of that test are as follows:

Average total distance: Testers Tee: 246.7 yards T-buddy: 248.8 yards
The results showed that using the T-buddy produced slightly longer drives however the difference was less than 1% (margin of error for a sample size of 10 testers is 3%) which is not enough to conclude that the use of the T-buddy produces longer driver tee shots. If the test was conducted at least 3 more times and produced the same or longer results than it could be statistically concluded that the T-buddy was a contributing factor in longer drivers.

Average total dispersion: Testers Tee: 11.3 yards T-buddy: 10.6 yards
Drives made with the T-buddy produced 7% more accurate shots than with other tees. The margin of error for a sample size of 10 testers for dispersion is 5%. Thus it can be concluded that the T-buddy contributed to more accurate shots during the test. Based on the test results it is fair and reasonable to state that the T-buddy helps golfers hit more accurate drives.

Overall, the testers found that the features and benefits of the T-buddy make it a golf accessory that will be useful to a substantial percentage of golfers. GolfTest USA has determined that the T-buddy is a golf product that is of superior value, performance and quality. GolfTest USA has confidently awarded the T-buddy its”Seal of Excellence”.

The GolfTest USA Testing Staff

For more information on the T-buddy (“U.S. Patent Pending”)
go to www.t-buddy.net.