The Tornado Tee is one of the numerous new tees on the market claiming to improve your performance in some way or another. Their claim is that the reduced spin will give you an extra 10-15 yards in distance AND reduce your side-to-side dispersion by 5-10 yards.
I have always been skeptical of these type of grand claims in any piece of golf equipment, and especially in tees - partially because I've yet to see a Tour player use anything besides a normal wooden tee. Regardless, I wanted to see for myself so I took these tees out to the range and the course this weekend to give them a try.
The tees sort of resemble a miniature badminton shuttlecock, with the top part being made out of a nylon mesh type material. There is a thicker plastic part at the connection point between the mesh and the nail portion, allowing you to tee the ball at the exact same height every time. [Note: You can also adjust the height of the mesh if need be, but I did not try it] The other plus, for me, is the durability. They came in a pack of four, and after a day on the range and one full round of golf, I still have four.
The biggest problem I have with these is that you cannot put the tee and ball down together in one shot. The tee has no structure to it, so you have to hold it by the base and put it in the ground, then put the ball on top of it.
As far as the performance claims, I didn't notice any difference one way or the other between these and the standard white wooden tees I normally use. So, since I'm not gaining any distance or accuracy, the extra work required to use them is not worth it for me.
However, I will keep these, as their durability will provide very useful on the driving range.
(Just wanted to add that I tried this out at the range today and it is perfect. The tee stayed in place the entire time I was using it. When pushed down, it was perfect for 3 woods, and after each shot, all I had to do was push the mesh back down. The tee itself stayed in place and lasted the entire session)