Golf tees are an important tool in the game of golf. Without them it would be very difficult to have a good consistent shot from the tee box, with your driver, other woods, hybrids or even your irons on short par three holes. Tee height is the most important factor you need to consider when you are purchasing golf tees, discount golf tees, or other various types of tees. Most tees range from 2 1/4″ to 4″ in height. 2 3/4″ is the most commonly used size.
Some different types of tees we are going to look at are wooden tees, plastic tees, friction-free tees, brush tees, and anti-slice tees. All of these tees have different characteristics that might appeal to you, so even though wooden tees are the cheapest and most common you might choose another type of tee that suits you better or has less resistance than a wooden tee.
Wooden Tees (Most Commonly Used Tee)
Wooden tees are the type you are probably most familiar with since that’s what most golfers use. They are the cheapest ones you will find and the likeliest to be discounted after summer and fall golfing seasons. You can find wooden golf tees pretty cheap when they are on sale like $8-10 for 500 of them. Regular price for 500 of them is about $15-20.
Bamboo tees could be a good choice because they are just a little higher in price like $25 for 500 of them, they are rated at seven times stronger than the wooden ones, so they will last longer and they are more biodegradable. The bag of bamboo tees I had seen advertised on Amazon also included a cleaning brush for your golf clubs. They are also said to have less friction. With either type of tee the most common size is 2 3/4″ but some people like the 3 1/4″ tees because they help to maximize the launch angle for more distance with the over sized drivers that most golfers use today.
Plastic tees are very durable and have very good reviews, but they are more expensive than the wooden or bamboo tees. The best price I have seen on them is about $10 for a 2 3/4″ five prong design in a bag of 100 tees or $13 for 100 tees with a six prong design to keep the ball stable. If you want a tee cheaper than that there are some 3 1/4″ plastic tees that have a cupped top like most wooden ones in a package of 100 tees for $8.
There are many choices of plastic tees out there like a three prong zero friction design, or beveled tees that are designed for the same height every time they are pressed into the ground. There are measure tees that have measurement lines on them to set the depth insertion into the soil, and martini brand tees that have a wide cupped base for the ball to sit on for stability, but they are all more expensive than basic plastic tee designs in the bulk quantities.
Rubber tees are similar in price and construction, a package of 50 tees is about $8 and a package of 100 tees is about $15-18 depending on brand and tip material. They are made of plastic but have a rubber cupped tip to keep the ball in place. Rubber tees are usually 3 1/4″ in length and they are durable like plastic tees. You can find them easily after teeing of because of their bright colors. This type of tee is usually used with hybrid clubs or irons.
This type of tee is made to have a consistent height to tee off from, since it can only be inserted into the ground up to the base. The tip that the ball sits on is made of plastic bristles which gives you the least amount of resistance you can have and gives you the feel of driving the ball off the air, it can also help with gaining a little more distance. Brush tees are made of durable plastic and flexible bristles, they conform to the USGA rules of golf. Brush tees usually come in packages of 2, 3, or 4 and cost about $7-12 unless you buy multiple packages, but they still average just over $2 a tee.
Anti-Slice Golf Tees
The anti-slice tees are similar in price to the rubber tees, they are about $17 for a package of 100 tees and have a length of 3 1/4″. The whole idea of the anti-slice tee is to reduce the amount of spin on the ball by hitting the spoon shaped flap of tee which insulates the club face from directly hitting the ball. This type of tee is designed to eliminate a slice or hook before it has a chance of happening. Without the side spin you should get more distance too.
Which Tee to Buy ?
The tee you are most likely to choose is the wooden tee since it is the most commonly used and cheapest to buy, but don’t forget they break easily. If durability is more of a concern a bamboo or plastic tee might be a better option if you have a few bucks extra to spend. It would be a good idea to try out some different types of tees to find out what your preference is. You might find that you like the durability and design of the friction-free plastic tees, or that the bamboo ones are best for durability versus price.
The rubber tipped tees might work really well for you with your irons or hybrids. A brush tee could be a good choice because of the low friction design of hitting of the bristles of the tee, and if your one of those people who always slices you might want to try out the anti-slice golf tees, although I think you should work on correcting a slice or hook instead of relying on an anti-slice tee. There is no reason why you can’t have more than one type of tee in your golf bag, so make use of a couple different types if that helps you. Two of the best places to order golf tees online are Amazon and The Golf Warehouse.