Golf tees are arguably the most useful piece of equipment in your arsenal. That is, after your clubs and balls! Golf tees, while optional, are cheap and can improve the length of your drive.
So, what is a golf tee? A golf tee is a tool that supports the golf ball, raising it off the ground. A golf tee is a narrow, two-or three-inch wood or plastic peg on which a golf ball lies in a steady and motionless position.
Prior to hitting the ball, you push the tee down into the turf on the teeing ground, leaving a piece of the tee above ground, and the ball is put atop the golf tee.
According to golfing regulations, a tee may only be used on the teeing ground, but the use of a tee is not essential. It is up to you to determine how high the tee raises the ball off the ground (although the length of the tee certainly plays a part) and relies on a variety of factors, such as the club chosen for the stroke.
You may think this is all you need to know about golf tees, but there’s more!
Accidentally Hitting the Tee
It’s an honored custom among golf players to yell “this is one!” or “it’s a stroke!” if a playing partner unintentionally knocks their golf ball off the tee. So what happens if you accidentally knock your ball off the tee? Is it considered a stroke? Are you automatically out of the game?
Don’t worry though, it is not considered a stroke. There is no penalty either.
A Ball on a Tee is Not in Play
You heard it here. Next time you’re out playing and your buddy gives you a hard time for knocking your ball off the tee, let him know that it doesn’t count!
Here’s why: A ball is not considered in play until a stroke is made from the tee. This means that, as long as it’s still sitting on the tee, the golf ball isn’t in play.
This means that even if you hit your ball with your club by accident, it still doesn’t count. You may be asking yourself, what makes a stroke count then?
What Counts as a Golf Stoke?
A golf stroke is judged by intention. Accidents happen. You drop your club, it hits your ball, and everyone argues that it was a stroke. It wasn’t.
If you intend to hit the ball, that is a stroke. When you line yourself up, judge your hit, and swing through the ball, that is a stroke. Whether you like your shot or not, if you intended to hit the ball, it counts!
Different Types of Golf Tees
In the past, tees only came in two selections. There were long and short tees, all made of wood.
Nowadays, there is an endless number of selections.
To utilize the different styles of tee, you must hit the opening shot of a hole. Tees can be constructed to provide the golfer with greater loft and/or distance, depending on the tee’s design. Tee height can also help address poor habits like hooking or slicing, according to golf experts.
If you’re like most players, you’ll choose your club size depending on how you’ll be hitting the ball. With an iron, you might opt to use a shorter tee, while with a large driver, you might use a longer tee.
There are five main types of golf tees:
It is most typical to use wooden tees. For those who tend to break many tees, hardwood tees may be the most cost-effective alternative. They don’t split as easy so you won’t have to buy as many.
Bamboo tees are newly available. Even if they cost a little more, they’re better for the environment. Bamboo tees tend to be pretty strong, and are hard to break.
Unlike wood, plastic tees are more costly and just as prone to splitting. I personally don’t see a lot of positives of plastic tees and would just opt for the cheaper wood option.
Rubber tees are the least popular option on this list. While they don’t break, they are more expensive than other options. Rubber tees also have a tendency to fly away with the ball after you swing.
There are a variety of tees that have been particularly created for different purposes. It’s designed to help you get the ball in the perfect place with the step down or right-height tee. Longer drives and better accuracy are claimed to be helped by martini, rocket or brush golf tees. Hybrid, adjustable, and other specialized tees are also available for use with hybrid clubs, as well as the hybrid (allowing the golfer to adjust the height).
What is a Golf Tee Conclusion
A tee is one of the most essential parts of golf. They are used mostly when you drive, and lift your ball a couple of inches off the ground.
While tees are completely optional, they are cheap and I recommend using them from time to time. It benefits the length, accuracy, and power of your shot.
Many professional golfers use tees and they are confident in the benefits of them.
My personal recommendation for tees is the margarita tee. These are brightly colored plastic tees that are nearly impossible to break, and improve the accuracy of your shot. My favorite part about the margarita tee is that I have never lost or broken one, as they are brightly colored and strong.
Now go get yourself some tees and hit the range!