Tomahawx Golf Tees
By Kickntrue on 7/28/08
If you want a quick lesson in "how to win favor with oobgolf"- do what Tomahawx did and just send me stuff out of the blue. This is not a "review" as much as a heads-up of a new product since I haven't tried the Tomahawx tees out yet, but they definitely look interesting.
It always amazes me how big the golf tee market is and how much technology is in what seems like such a simple part of the game. While I personally think some of it hoopla- I must admit I have been known to have a lucky tee or two in the past and carry notions that a certain type works better than another, so...
The Tomahawx uniqueness is mostly in the "ground-end" of the tee which is shaped like... (are you ready for this?) a tomahawk. Here- I'll let them say it.
Tomahawx Golf Tees are a patent pending "revolutionary" low-ground, resistance-free golf tee. Specifically engineered as a uni-body single component design offering the high performance characteristics today's golfer demands.
Get it? While I'm not necessarily convinced that a tee that doesn't slice out of the ground causes me to hit the ball less. I mean- if you swing in a way that the tee makes you lose distance or accuracy you may want to pick up a new sport. That said- if it doesn't break- and looks cool when I carry it then that's good enough for me. I'll keep you posted.
Tomahawx Golf Tees
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as far as i'm concerned, it's needless technology. Seems like it would keep the tee from breaking, but those Zero Friction tees are just as good. i have to work really hard to break one of them.
Also, this looks like a P.I.T.A. to get into the ground if it were a dry day. More surface area = push harder = more broken tees.
I did forget to mention the prospect of a "vector based" tee. Since this thing has to rotate on a pivot point, what happens if you're askew putting it into the ground? does it provide launch friction then? impart spin? does it have to be put into the ground perfectly down the intended target line? I'd like to see these questions answered. the website doesn't do much for me.
At least their website looks decent.
I too wonder what happens when the tee is off. Or if you have it lined up right, but most golfers swing outside in, not straight on. Seems like it would create more friction than a standard tee. Make a tee with a small explosive device in the back to give the ball a little extra boom, then we're talkin.
Is it just me or don't you strike the ball first, meaning the ball is 1-3 feet into the air by the time you get to the tee. Also if you hit the ball on an upward stike with your driver as you should, then what friction can a tee possibly cause that would effect your shot?
Mirad is correct to an extent.
In reality the ball is compressed nearly 25% upon impact before it barely moves any forward distance. At this point the driver, ball and tee are at a critical point of allignment. If in harder ground, the tee is going to break or at minimum cause some force of resistance to the driver. Tomahawx simply "gives-way" allowing the driver and and ball to do what they are intended,a directional explosion of energy to maximize the distance unimpeded by a tee.
in addition to above, I have to confess...I'm the inventor of Tomahawx, Mark Schneider. I'm by no means a rocket scientist, but i've lost many sleepless nights dwelling on the details of such things. Bluntly, my goal for Tomahawx is to simply get the hell out of the way. My intent was to match the characteristics of other performance tees with brushes, bristles, springs and hinges but with a simple unique single peice design. I appreciate the feedback and welcome any direct contact, feedback or testimony regarding...firstname.lastname@example.org
You bring up a valid point about the ball being compressed. I saw a picture taken at the nanosecond that the driver impacts the ball, and it looks like it bulges. Perhaps a tee that snaps DOWN would get out of the way better. You press the tee in the ground, then pull up the spring loaded outer sleeve to cock it like a pistol. I've been thinking about this one for a long time, I have drawings, Can you manufacture it for me?
The Tee market is VERY crowded indeed. People IN the business have all but call me a fool for getting in it. What you described may be close to this:
but they are multi component high cost to manufacture and retail for about $2 -$4 PER TEE!
My design is similar to a giveaway ballpoint pen, cheap, only 3 parts. The pointy end has a tab on it that you hold it in the ground with your index finger, whilst you pull the ball platform up against spring tension with your thumb and middle finger to latch. Slight movement of the ball being struck snaps the platform DOWN and away from the ball and club.
schnide, i think you have something pretty interesting. it makes sense and at the same time its simple.
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