Every golfer has to buy golf tees. Usually, they buy them by the bag at the pro shop before their round. Lately, more and more people have been buying Zero Friction Golf Tees. These new tees have several advantages over the old stand-by wooden ones which haven’t changed much since they were first used more than 80 years ago.
The first United States patent for a golf tee was issued to the Glaswegian David Dalziel on 8th September 1896. The patent was for a rubber tee with a flat base and slightly concave top, in combination with an artificial ground surface.
On 12th December 1899, an American dentist, Dr George F Grant, one of the first black graduates of Harvard College, was the first American to patent a tee that he had invented in 1898. It was a peg with a rubber top and was pushed into the ground, and is very close to the modern tee, but it did not have a concave head. He did not market it and neither this nor any other previous tee inventions caught on.
The first commercial golf tee, which is the one we know today, was the Reddy Tee invented at Maplewood Golf Club in 1921 by another American dentist William Lovell. First manufactured in wood and painted with red tops so that they could be seen easily, they were soon produced in a variety of styles and materials. The “Reddy Tee” made of white celluloid by the Nieblo Manufacturing Company, was patented in 1924. Although plastic tees are available, simple wooden tees similar to those made in the 1920s are still the most common type.
Zero Friction has developed a unique three pronged design with the major advantage being a greatly reduced area of contact between the tee and the ball. This reduction in surface area contact decreases the friction and therefore increases the amount of distance and accuracy of your drive. The maker claims an average increase of 4 yards in distance and up to 5 yards in accuracy. This is a huge advantage that you can gain without having to change your swing or your clubs.
The other advantage is that they are an environmentally friendly product made with recycled materials and they are safe for golf course mowers.
Any product that gives an advantage does not go unnoticed by professional golfers. Kenny Perry, 24 year veteran of the PGA and member of the 2008 Ryder Cup team uses Zero Friction Golf Tees. Since being introduced in 2005 professional golfers using them have had 50 tour victories and more than 300 top 10 finishes.
I think the facts speak for themselves, PGA golfers need every edge that they can get when playing on the tour. If they have chosen to use Zero Friction Golf Tees, then maybe you should too.