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Old 04-10-2011, 05:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wooden tees?

So what sort of tees do you use?

Many years ago I read an article about what plastic tees do to the blades on the mowers, and the damage to the micro-ecosystem. Whether there was any truth in the article, or quite how much life is taken off the cutter blades who knows? Anyway, after reading it I changed to wooden tees and have used them for almost 30 years now. Yes they do break but when they do they are then used on par 3's for a few tee shots.

Invariably I end up with more broken tees than I need but then they get "recycled" and are used to peg down divots to stop the birds turning the divot over when searching for food.

So my tip for today; if you don't mind going through a few more tees than you would normally use, change to wooden ones. You'll help increase the life of the mowers. You'll improve the micro-ecosystem. And you'll get to peg down divots, giving them a better chance to knit back into the fairway.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Tees

Thanks for the advice.

I have always used plastic tees for my driver tee shots and wooden ones on par 3's hit with irons. I never realised that plastic tees were doing any damage. The interesting thing is plastic tees can break just as easy as the wooden ones.

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I never gave it a thought until now. I use the wooden tees if they break; super glue and duct tape work. Ive seen the brush tee and one other that has a stop for perfect height on the ball. Brian it just seems that anything we do or use to have fun with has an impact on some thing. I wouldn't be surprised if some group rise up and protest against golf courses.
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I'm a bit the same as KrudlerAce I use a plastic one for my driver/3 wood and use wooden ones for tee shots with my irons. When I started playing I drought 100 wooden tees of ebay for like 5 bucks the were a bit cheap and nasty for breakage but the supply lasted for ages. I've tried all different sorts of tees wood plastic brush set height ones and have come back to just your standard looking tee I have a long one for drives and short ones for iron tees shots. I had never really thought about the environmental impact though.
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I had heard that plastic tees can ding the club face of the drivers, now I don't know how true this is, but I always use wood
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I had heard that plastic tees can ding the club face of the drivers, now I don't know how true this is, but I always use wood
Um.... no. If anything was going to hurt your driver it would be the ball. The ball is harder, heavier, and has more inertia than any tee.

I use wood tees simply because they are free. I haven't bought a tee in more than 20 years. I find them lying all over the tee boxes. Why should I buy something when others leave them lying around for me to just pick up?

As far as breaking, I can sometimes use the same wood tee for more than 18 holes. I seem to be very gentle with them. Quite often, I put the same tee back in the bag after the round that I took out to start it, along with 3 or 4 others that I picked up along the way. My tee pocket runneth over.
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I never gave it a thought until now. I use the wooden tees if they break; super glue and duct tape work. Ive seen the brush tee and one other that has a stop for perfect height on the ball. Brian it just seems that anything we do or use to have fun with has an impact on some thing. I wouldn't be surprised if some group rise up and protest against golf courses.
The course I play at is surrounded by SSSI, Special Site of Scientific Interest. It's a links course, immediately behind sand dunes and is alive with creatures and critters, and one of the few sites in England of a particular Orchid. Everything we do needs special permission before we even apply for local planning permission. We've been exceptionally lucky with funding for various projects that not only improve the course but also significantly improve the local flora and stabilise the dunes.

Our current project is to build a Sand Martin nesting area into the side of a mound we're building at the end of the course, all of it funded by the club. Every tree hugger in Christandom wants to block the project without even asking if we've approached the various bodies for approval.

And relax 2,3,4 - don't get me on about bl00dy tree huggers
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I was always told to use the wooden tees because it produced a better shot. I can't remeber why though.

Edit: I just thought. Did my old golf teacher have shares in a wooden golf tee factory?

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I've always used wooden tees, not for any particular reason. I suppose the ecological reasons are as good as any I've heard for me to keep using them.

Someone gave me a set of 3 brush tees and they're OK, but nothing I see as an improvement. They are currently sitting in a drawer doing nothing.

I've occasionally used a plastic tee when I come across one, but again, no reason for it and I can't see or feel a reason to prefer one material over the other.

The fact is, with few exceptions, the ground in my part of town has a fairly high sand content, so it's softer. I can use one tee for all my drives and still take it home in my pocket. I'm more inclined to break a tee with an iron on a par three, when the tee is shoved much farther into the ground.

And Broken Tee - duct tape??? LOL...
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ive always just used whatever tee i grab. Ive always bought wooden ones, with no particular reasoning behind it, they were just the ones I grabbed when I was grabbing them. If I come across a plastic one somehow I use it. I never thought about it.
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What the heck kind of special high dollar tees are you guys using where they are so expensive your taping them back together and putting so much thought into it? In the overall scheme, with the cost of the game, I find tees are so inexpensive as to not worry about them. I mean, this broke golfer is trying to figure out how to come up with the money to buy a 300$ driver and then figuring out how to keep my wife from killing me if I pull it off.
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