Golf is considered a gentleman’s game were rules and sportsmanship are expected when players are out on the green. Yet there is one thing that can cause all types of players to lose their composure, and that is the debate of whether to use a wooden tee or a plastic tee.
Traditionalists will stick with wooden tees for a number of reasons. Wooden tees come in various colors that include natural to bright fluorescent to make it easier to locate on the grass. These tees are very strong and can be pushed into hard ground without bending or breaking. The tees are also relatively inexpensive when compared to other varieties. So people could stock up on as many of them as they can for the entire year.
Yet there are some common problems with tees. Using a tee with a natural grain color could sometimes make it hard to be located along the grass. When selecting the tees with bright and fancy colors, the colors can mark up the driver as the golfer had to spend time rubbing off the colorful marks. Also, wooden tees can easily break, especially in drier weather.
Some modern golfers today prefer plastic tees. Plastic tees are more durable than wood. They last longer during an average day on the golf course. They can come in the same colors as wooden tees so they can also be easily spotted on the grass. Another benefit to plastic tees is that they come with zero friction versions. Zero friction plastic tees have three prongs on the top to support the ball. This design allows for less surface to be in contact with the ball so there is less friction when the club comes in contact.
Unfortunately, plastic tees are not without their drawbacks. While they are durable, these tees can easily bend and lose their strength from wear-and-tear. A golfer can spend more time trying to bend a plastic tee back into shape than trying to hit the ball off the top of it. Also, plastic tees can be difficult to push into the hard ground.
When it comes to selecting the right tee to use out on the course, it is a personal decision. You should use whatever tee that you feel comfortable with and one that is just right for your budget. The most important thing to remember when using the tees is to clean up after yourself if the tee becomes broken. Golf can still be a gentleman’s game for every person who plays if they take the time to clean up after themselves. Keep the course clean by picking up your broken tees and tossing them away in the available trash receptacles.
Source: River’s Edge Golf Blog