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I really enjoy a game of golf with my friends when the weather is decent, and when I occasionally find myself with a spare 4-5 hours to play a full round. My game is not the best, but I am gradually improving, and just last weekend I hit my best round to date.
There is such a vast array of different golfing equipment on the market today, some of which can be very expensive indeed, but most of it is there to help improve your game in some way or another - no matter how minor it may seem at first.
Golf tees are one of the accessories that most players tend to keep a good selection of in their golf bags. There are all different types, from small to oversized, different textures, colours, and usually they tend to be made from either plastic or wood with a cup shape at the top of them to hold the ball in place. The general aim of a golf tee is that it will be positioned into the ground and a golf ball will then sit on top of it, therefore elevating the golf ball into the air, and allowing the full face of the golf club to make a good contact with the ball.
My latest (and favourite to date) golf tee is one which my brother gave to me, a few months back. It is called a Brush - T3 wood tee and to look at it is just like the picture at the top of this review. My brother had purchased a pack of 3 of these tees and really had not got used to the feel of them, and so decided he would stop using them, and so I gratefully took them off his hands!
As mentioned above the idea of the tee is to elevate the golf ball off the ground especially when using a large faced club such as a driver. The idea behind these T3 Brush tees is that they allow the ball to sit on a fine bristled brush, as opposed to a solid wooden or plastic cup on basic tees. This makes the ball feel as though it is floating in the air, as it offers no resistance when struck by the club. Usually when striking a golf ball off a plastic or wooden tee, there is a resistance or interference between the cup of the tee, and the ball, and this in theory can distort the direction and flight of the ball somewhat.
The Brush T3 tees hold the ball up by a combination of fine bristles which still provide raised support for the ball, but help the contact between the ball and the tee to be more flexible and less noticeable. The makers of these tees claim that this reduction in resistance can achieve straighter and longer drives (up to 7 yards longer according to their independant testing).
~~~~~ My Findings when using the T3 Brush tee ~~~~~
At first I could totally understand what my brother had said to me when he first gave me the tees, as there was quite an unusual feel to these tees as the driver strikes the ball. There is definately a feeling of less resistance, and at first I was really unsure as to whether I had actually made a proper contact with the ball or not. This is something that I soon became used to though - probably because I have not had a lot of experience at the game, and so I was not too accustomed to the feel of a traditional tee.
I have not noticed any change in length of my driving, but I do feel as though I am making a better contact with the ball when I use the T3 brush tee, which seems to be slightly improving the direction that me shots are going in. Another plus is that one of these tees will last a long time, as they stay in the original position in the ground after the shot, and do snap like a wooden tee or distort in shape like a plastic tee does (assuming you manage to find it after it has flown off in some direction or another).
Cost wise my brother paid £3 for 3 of these tees, which is a lot more than the traditional plastic or wooden cup style tees, but I have now used the same original Brush T3 tee that my brother gave to me for 3 consecutive rounds, meaning that there is definately some value in there if they do always last that long!
Overall I really like the feel of these tees, and I think I would find it difficult to go back to a 'normal' tee now!
A thumbs up from me!
Thanks for reading
© L500589 2011
I never thought that, in my few years as a golfer, there would ever be any real innovation with tee technology. I mean, a tee is just the plastic or wood 'rest' for the ball at the start of the game. What more could or would be needed?
But then I heard of Brush T's and I found the idea so intriguing I just had to have them.
Brush Ts are a new tee - a plastic peg which is pushed into the ground like a regular tee, but instead of a 'cup' to rest the ball on, it sits on long plastic bristles instead. The idea here is that as the ball is sitting on the bristles, it evens off the mass and provides less resistance on your swing, with the end result (supposedly) being that your shot will result in a longer distance.
The Brush T's are available in four different packs of three -
Blue - for 3 wood, fairway shots.
Black - for driver shots, and short fairway use.
Orange - for oversized club heads.
Or, you can have a pack of one of each. A pack of three Brush T's is available from the Brush T website for £3.95, quite fair I thought, OK a lot more expensive than bog standard plastic tees but there is a lot more work in these tees and if they live up to their promises then surely it's worth it.
So, on trying my Brush Ts (I used the blue ones), I found them to be sturdy and well made, and the rim around the middle of the tee allows for even height on each tee placement. The ball is placed on the brushes and rests there well, and feels good to the swing, but it is very difficult to accurately tell whether it is improving my shot or not. If it is, I don't think it's making much more than a few feet of difference.
The tees are certainly interesting and stay in place far more than your regular tee so in theory will last you longer (and given the price increase over a normal tee you would expect and want them to.) They are interesting, but I am not sure if I'd rush out and buy more if mine became lost or damaged. I do use them, as I have them, but overall I can't say that I'd really notice if I was using a regular tee. They're a good idea, and maybe a professional might be able to ascertain any real improvement to their shot, but for the leisure player like myself I am not at all sure that they are necessary.
They would make a fun and different gift for the serious golfer or one who likes quirky golf accessories, and are inexpensive enough to try if you want to see if they are right for you. Overall I think they're different, work well, but I am unsure if they really do improve my game. I will give them three out of five stars for being a different take on a simple item used every day in golfing, which may be of more use to some than others. They are well made, look good, and reasonably priced.
A golf tee is obviously a necessity for any golfer, just as chalk was for snooker in one of my earlier reviews. They come in all sorts of shape and sizes and allow the player to place the ball at a height on their first shot, generally a shot which requires a driver or wood, which are clubs that have large heads and so the ball needs to be placed in the air. These brush tees, replace the plastic or wooden top with a brush like top, which allows you to hit the ball far cleaner and also increases distance.
The effect on the game isn't massive. The transition to this tee peg is not going to turn you into tiger woods over night, but it may give you more precision and more length on tee shots. You can certainly feel a slightly cleaner hit of the ball, and that is something which can produce dividends later on in your rounds after 12-15 tee shots.
These retail at about £4. This makes them considerably more expensive than normal tee pegs, as for that money you can usually get hundreds of wooden pegs, rather than the 3 you can get with these packs. However, if you believe its worth it, then it can improve your game.
A big advantage with this product. These tee pegs report to be indestructable, rather than the wooden ones which crack every time you play, so that makes them slightly better value for money when considered over the longer term.
A good peg, that gives you an alternative starting point in the game of golf.
Golf is one of my favourite sports. I don't get to play as often as I would ideally like, but when the summer months roll around I'm out there as often as possible. One thing I have learned over the years is that the equipment you use makes a massive difference to your game. Play with top of the range clubs and balls and your scores will slowly come down. One area of equipment I have never paid much attention to however is my golf tees. I have always just made do with the humble plastic golf tee. These suit me just fine and I've never had any issue with them. Then I tried these, the Brush-T.
The Brush-T is a rather unusual looking little thing. A first glance you would be hard pushed to recognise it as a golf tee at all. The tee has a simple sharp section that you place into the ground, then it has a series of bristles that come up to where you place your ball. So you pop your ball on the bristles and swing away. The idea is that it feels as though you are hitting your ball out of thin air. It is quite an odd sensation at first but not a bad one at all.
According to the makers of the Brush-T these tees will give you more shot control and better accuracy with your shots. To be honest I'm not really convinced that is true, but they certainly don't make your game any worse. One handy features of the tee is that it stays in the ground. You won't be constantly going looking for your tee after it flies off over your shoulder, nor will it snap like some of the wooden ones do. You can simply hit your ball then pick the tee up out of the ground.
Each tee also comes with a little protector that you place in between the bristles to keep them safe. You also get a little holder, the idea behind this is that you can slip it onto your belt and it is easy to retrieve your tees when you need them. Although this review is for the 3 wood tees you can also get them in driver or oversized sizes. This means it may be and idea to get a set of each depending upon what club you will be using to tee off with.
A pack off these will set you back around £4. Certainly not bad value, but it really depends upon how long they last. I can't remember the last time I bought plastic tees, they seem to last me forever, whereas I imagine these tees will start to wear over time. Overall though I would say these are quite a nice little addition to a round of golf. While they won't bring your scores down, they will provide a nice easy method of teeing up your golf ball. The sensation of hitting your ball out of the air is a good one and who knows, maybe it will help you improve your game ever so slightly.
"Golf Tee: noun; A small peg with a concave head which is placed in the ground to support a golf ball before it is struck".
Many years ago, the humble golf tee was simply a mound of dampened sand, upon which a golfer's ball was placed. It wasn't until the 1800's that the modern day golf tee appeared, and at the turn of the century, a number of patents competed to be the most effective, and ultimately the most popular design. Since the 1800's, the general design of the tee has remained fairly constant - that said, there have been a few variations to its shape and the materials used in its production over the years. One such variant is the 'Brush-T', which uses a series of bristles rather than a plastic cup to mount the golf ball - imagine a stumpy toothbrush with its bristles facing upward and you'll get the general idea.
In terms of price, you can purchase a three pack of Brush-T's from Amazon for £3.99 - yes, compared to regular golf tees, that's a lot of money to pay - but the Brush-T's claims greater distance and more accuracy on your shots. Brush-T's come in three different sizes - 'Driver', '3 Wood'. 'Oversize', and 'Extreme' - I personally use the 3 wood size even for my driver, as it's seems to be the exact height that I like to tee up the ball.
Placing the Brush-T into damp ground is fairly easy - although on a dry Summer's day when the teeing area is hard, it's actually more difficult to get the Brush-T in than a regular tee - the bristled top isn't especially easy to push down into the earth. So why does the Brush-T claim to be better than a regular tee? Well, on its transition through the tee and onto the ball, the clubhead faces less resistance from bristles than plastic, resulting in more distance on your shot - "During the drive, your club is traveling at up to 98 miles per hour and anything that touches it at that speed is going to have an effect". In practice, whilst I admit that the Brush-T's concept is an interesting one, if the golf ball does travel extra distance, it's certainly not something that i've personally noticed.
Where the Brush-T *is* better than a regular tee is in regards to its longevity - in the past i've actually gone a couple of months using the same one - something which would be unheard of for a normal plastic or wooden tee. Similarly, as they are larger than regular golf tees, it is much harder to lose a Brush-T after playing your shot. Overall then, I would recommend the Brush-T as a well made piece of sporting equipment which is less of a disposable item than the regular golf tee - whether it will add distance to your game is another issue altogether.