Golf tees are those small little pegs that you stick into the ground and mount your golf ball on. It raises it up off the ground so that you can hit the ball from a lower angle without striking the ground.
It also keeps it out of the grass which can dampen the impact and severely cut the distance you get from your swing. According to the rules, a tee can be no more than 4 inches long and its design cannot influence the movement of the ball or show the indicate line of play. Most importantly, you can only tee up inside the golf tee box (the starting point for a hole on the golf course).
This article will talk about what and how to use golf tees as well as different golf tee aids and tools.
Here are some tips for beginners to use golf tees effectively:
It’s easy to overlook the value of a quality golf tee. You also want to make sure the tee conforms to the regulations: no longer than 4 inches, no indicators, and nothing that will affect the movement or direction of the ball.
Its purpose is to keep the ball off the ground. But with that simple task, there are a lot of things to consider. For example, standard golf tees do have some friction which decreases the lift and distance of your ball somewhat.
It’s not as much of an effect as playing directly from the ground but it’s enough to consider getting pronged tees that decrease the amount of contact area between the ball and the tee (and so decrease friction).
3-pronged tees have the least friction but they do sacrifice balance to achieve that so for a beginner or high handicap player, we recommend a tee with 4 or 5 prongs to increase balance while still decreasing friction.
In addition to low friction, look for durable material. Wooden tees can snap relatively easy and a tee breaking on impact will seriously affect distance and direction of the ball. Beginners should look to durable plastic tees since there is a decent chance you would break a lot of tees while you train if you stuck to wood.
If balance and aim is more of a concern than distance, go for something with a wider top. If you’re practicing on a simulator mat, you’ll want a special golf tee for mats that has a sturdy base that grips the mat. There are also “tee claws” that can be attached to your regular tees so that you can use those to play on a mat.