Epoch Golf Tee
By Kickntrue on 3/18/09
The Epoch Golf Tee from Evolve Golf is designed to help you get the most out of your tee shots. Surprisingly, not all tees are. If I only had once sentence to sell you an Epoch Tee I'd give you this, the Epoch tee is one of the most used tees throughout all the major tours including 34 winners on the PGA Tour. To make it better, Evolve Golf pays no players to use it.
While Tiger Woods can use a driver with a certain shaft and that same hundred dollar shaft will do nothing for you, I feel like a tee's positive properties can be transfered equally to our game. Tee's are admittedly hard to test because our swings just aren't consistent enough to do anything worthwhile, but when they put the Epoch Tees in front of Iron Byron (mechanical testing) the results are clear.
Performance testing was conducted at an independent R&D laboratory in Scottsdale, AZ. The test was conducted at a swing speed of 90 mph using a swing robot and launch monitor in a controlled test environment.Evolve Golf even provides a nifty chart where you can choose a swingpeed and it shows results from a standard wooden tee side by side. (here)
So how does it work? The "secret" is the four pronged approached that are perfectly spaced to hole your golf ball with the least resistance possible. Tee tee only holds a ball on the outside of it's dimples and the ball never actually cradles into the tee (think engagement ring setting). The prongs are also set wider spanning multiple dimples which gives them a lower amount of friction than say, a Zero Friction Tee (does that make them "negative friction tees?).
Not convinced? Look- tees are a fact of life for golfers. You're going to buy SOME tee and while $1 for a pack of 20 wooden tees seems like a good deal consider how they break and you'll soon realize spending a bit more for Epoch Tees is a better buy. I've played entire golf seasons with a small bag. Plastic tees used to break a good bit but it seems Evolve has addressed it and it is rare to see a tee break. Also, the wooden tee industry sacrifices 300,000 trees a year. All evolve tees are made from recycled products to not only be tougher than wood but way more environmentally friendly.
Epoch Tees from Evolve Golf
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How does the USGA determine whether "specialty" tees like this are approved for tournament play? I presume these are, but there are other tees out there that are deemed "illegal". What makes this one legal?
Good question... Don't have a great answer, but do have Wikipedia.
"According to the R&A rule book, for a tee to be legal, "It must not be longer than 4 inches (101.6 mm) and it must not be designed or manufactured in such a way that it could indicate the line of play or influence the movement of the ball."
i need some of those
If someone believes they will score better based on the type of tee they use, well then they have bigger problems!!! Oh wait, that's ALL golfers, right??? :-)
I will have to get me some of these. Then the only trees I will be threatening are the ones on the golf course.
I use these tees and they do make a difference. I picked them up because of the prong affect and a higher stance for the ball. There is no resistance when hitting off these tees. With a traditional tee it always felt like I was hitting out of a cup, you can feel the resistance. I still have the same pack of tees from last season and will probably last into the season after this one. They don't break. I had no idea they were made from recycled material. One more reason to make the switch.
unless you're scratch, it makes no f*****g diference what tee ur using. get real hackers. fix ur swing. not ur tee. lol
I just like these tees because they last forever. i don't hit irons off of them, just use broke tees. but ive never broken one with a wood. i also like the way it holds the ball up and not cup it. But like most things, its preference. Won't do miracles for the score but may at least help with confidence.
Tim Horan says:
I have not heard of these tees. I hope that they are made of sturdier stuff than the Zero Friction tees. I was spending almost as much on tees as balls.
Les Page says:
I have been using the Epoch for about six months (3 rounds per week.) Still have 33 of 40 long and 2 of 10 short, more lost than broken. Different tee, same game. Switched from Zero Friction which had the same breakage rate as wood. I won't be buying tees for sometime. Excellent product.
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I use these WEDGE TEES, because ONE will last forever, or until you lose it. Saves on pocket clutter. They're flat, and brightly colored, so it makes them easy to spot. I agree with karvoload, scientifically, they don't do a damn thing, but I like the simplicity and crap reduction in my bag and pocket.
karvoload is so right... A tee is such a minute part of the game (other than maybe the heigth) that is isn't worth even talking about it. They last forever... that is about the only thing beneficial... and how many times do you have tees in your pocket that end up in the bottom of your bag anyway that if you really searched hard enough I am sure we call could find enough for a round.
I have been using this tee for 6 months now, and am still on the same bag of 50 that i bought for $8. I think i have more than half left. I also use these to hit on the range (off grass) and they last a LONG time. I have noticed a bit of difference off the tee, especially with driver, but not with irons. Buy them for the cost-effectiveness, if not game improvement (I am with karvoload on that one, fix the swing, not the tee).
GÇó The epochGäó improved total distance by 2.81 yards.
GÇó The epochGäó improved target line accuracy by 3.34 yards
GÇó The epochGäó improved ball launch speed by .59 mph
GÇó The epochGäó reduced side spin by 51.67 rpm
Even if you could replicate this exactly, and we can't, think about it: 2.81 yards further drives? Increased accuracy by 3.34 yards? .59 increased ball speed? Reduced side spin by 51.67 rpm? What does this translate to in real-life? NOTHING! LOL!
Did you notice the claim... "Improved TOTAL distance by 2.81 yards" TOTAL...meaning total of distances hit off the tees during a round? This translates to 5.62 inches per hit. Maybe they should advertise "Hey guys, get an extra 5.62 inches!!"
Doesn't matter much to me but the wife might be happy with that!
I used the Epoch tees all last year and really like them. I think I went thru maybe 6 of them. I only remember breaking 1 or 2 - the rest - I just plain lost! Even if the performace claims are just hype, these tees are extremely durable.
Be careful if you tend to get steep and get under balls. A broken one of these will rip right through your crown. I've got a sweet tropy from when I used to play these things.
I love these tees it beats carrying a bunch of wood tees. The one thing that i found if you bend the tees in all directions, thus warming up the plastic it makes them all most impossible to break.
@Howzit *rim shot* haha good one!
In general though, i've found no problems with the zero friction tees. I bought a box of them for like 5 bucks and they lasted through 2 seasons so far. i am down to my last 3 though. Oh well, 5 < 8 so i think they're the better deal for me. These sound like just another gimmick trying to market off of distance and accuracy. Really -- even with a wooden tee -- how much force is being exerted on that ball? You're swinging a huge tin can at it at say, 90mph, which is translating energy through the ball and launching it at about 110mph. Next time you see a car -- hell even a friend on a pedal bike-- driving down the street, toss a tee at them and see what happens to that 1/4 oz piece of wood or plastic. I doubt it's going to slow them down -- they probably wont' even notice.... unless you hit them in the eye. Don't do that. .
oops! I was trying to say I found a eco-friendly biodegradable plastic golf tee that decomposes in 24 hours.
I didn't believe it until I got a hold of some and decided to disprove this but once I put the tee in one of my wifes planters in the house and added water it was almost gone in 9 hours.
I took it out on the course and figured it would break but it lasted all round.
I've been trying to contact the company again cuz I want to invest if I can but the company is so new their site goes up and then back down frequently.
Check it out at www.swingnutsgolf.com
Coolest Tee I've ever seen or heard of and talk about saving trees.
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