We are not aware of any other similar independent test that has been conducted to date so we believe the results of this comprehensive tee test will be of interest to all golfers. Many of the companies that market tees make claims that their tees improve distance, help to maintain a consistent ball height, are eco friendly or are very durable. Thus we came up with 10 criteria that we had testers evaluate for each of the tees in the test. The testers were instructed to NOT compare one tee to the other tees in the test. They were directed to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best each tee in each of the criteria. We asked them to be fair and unbiased as best as they could be and to not be influenced by any of the other tees in the test when it came to rating each tee. Each tester was instructed to play one round of golf with each tee. At the end of each round they rated that tee so that their perceptions were fresh in their mind.
Once we had 60 testers rate each tee we reviewed the evaluations and picked the 50 testers that we felt rated all the tees in the fairest and most consistent manner to insure that the results attained had a statistically valid margin of error of +/- 3%.The results proved to be very interesting. Because of the different designs of some tees there were some criteria that had quite a wide range from low to high ratings. Some of the tees were made of plastic composites which made them very durable while other tees were made of wood and could never last as long as the plastic composite designs. A couple of the tees were designed to also be used as ball mark repair tools on the greens while some were not suitable to be used to repair ball marks at all. Some of the tees were designed to assist the golfer in maintaining a consistent ball height while other tees offered no markings. The surfaces on which the ball rests on some tees were designed to offer less resistance than a standard tee. There appear to be results showing that some tees did promote more distance of the tee. However because there was no actual scientific testing done we are not prepared at this time to say that it is in fact true.In the near future we will be writing an article focusing on the features and benefits of each tee in the test and we will also be filming a video demonstrating each of the tees. The article will be posted on www.golftestusa.com and will be made available to various golf publications in the US and around the world should they choose to publish it. The video will be available on our website as well as YouTube. We believe there will be a lot of interest from golfers wanting to find out how these tees performed when used by real golfers under actual playing conditions.
Based on the results we have awarded all the tees that participated in this test our GolfTest USA Seal of Excellence.
Whenever you see the GolfTest USA Seal of Excellence associated with a golf product you can be assured that it will be of superior quality, performance and value.
Here is the criterion that was used for the test. We are confident that the results will help golfers determine which tees would be best for them to try based on what factors are important to them when choosing a tee.
Golf Tee Test Criteria
1: Do you feel this tee helps improve the distance of your drives?
2: How easy is it to insert this tee into the ground?
3: Rate how much you like the design of this tee.
4: Rate how durable this tee is.
5: Rate how Eco friendly you feel this tee is.
6: Does this tee help you maintain a consistent ball height?
7: How easy is it to place the ball on this tee?
8: Is this tee helpful in fixing ball marks and cleaning the grooves on clubs?
9: Rate how strongly you would recommend this tee to other golfers.
10: Taking in account all the factors that are important to you in a tee rate it overall?
Overall Average: Once we compiled the results from the 60 testers we averaged all the 10 criteria to come up with an Overall Average for each tee. This number can be compared to see which tees rated the highest taking into account all the criteria in the test. When comparing the Overall Average it is important to keep in mind that one criterion for a particular tee may have an adverse negative effect when we calculated the Overall Average. Some examples follow.
1: A tee like the Zero Friction tee is designed to reduce friction thus increasing distance but in the process it is more difficult to easily place the ball on it because of its three prong design.
2: Because of the Brush Tee and Royal Tee designs they are not suitable to use for repairing ball marks.
3: The SuperAir tee has a very thin shaft which is fragile thus affecting it Durability rating.
To see how the tees were stack ranked in each criterion please click on the top of each column you wish to view.