Types of Golf Tees

By Dee Dee (Ford) Smith

Tees are an essential tool in the game of golf. The tee is used to elevate and keep the golf ball still for the golfer to more easily make contact. Many designs and styles of tees have been created to assist the golfer in improving their game.

Using and Selecting Tees

The tee can only be used as an aid on the first shot of any given hole. Some tees are designed to help the golfer get more loft and/or distance. Golfing instructors also say tee height can aid in correcting a bad habit such as a hook or slice.

Golf Tee Sizes

A golfer typically selects a tee size based on the club he will use for the shot. If using an iron, he might choose a shorter tee, while he might use a longer tee when using an oversized driver.

Wooden/Bamboo Tees

Wooden tees are the most common. If one has a tendency to break lots of tees, the wooden tee might be the best option as it is most economical. Bamboo tees have been introduced. They cost slightly more, but they are more environmentally friendly.

Plastic/Rubber Tees

Plastic tees are designed like wood tees, but they are more expensive and break just as easily. Rubber tees aren't very popular, but they don't break.

Specialty Tees

There are many specially designed tees available. The step down or right- height tee is designed to aid in proper ball height. The martini, launcher, brush, flex or zero friction tees claim to aid in longer drives and improve accuracy. Other specialty tees include the hybrid (for use with hybrid clubs) and the adjustable (allowing the golfer to adjust the height).

About The Author

Dee Dee (Ford) Smith has been a freelance writer for over a decade. Her writing specialties include food, travel, golf and career stories. Smith writes most often for eHow.com and GolfLink.com, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in organizational psychology from Wilberforce University in Ohio.

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