Stinger Tees

Stinger Tees – yet another tee that helps you hit the ball further. The difference? These actually make sense, and are affordable too!

Ever since seeing The Golf Channel‘s Playing Lessons from the Pros with Cobra Long-Drive Champs Jason Zuback and Brian Pavlet, I’ve been intrigued by the “Stinger tee.” Zuback and Pavlet recommended it as “necessary equipment” that gives them an advantage. When LPGA cutie Laura Diaz professed to using the same tees in her Playing Lesson I had to give Earl Weiss, owner of Stinger Tees, a ring.

A few days later, I had my grubby paws on some 2¼” and 3″ Pro XL Competition Stinger tees. The tees are as attractive – the natural wood grain doesn’t leave paint marks on my clubs – as they are functional. The thinner tees are easier to stick into hard ground and the sharper points make these tees great groove cleaners. My course’s superintendent is a fan of Stinger tees too: “they don’t chew up our mower blades as much as thicker tees or those damned plastic tees.”

The theory behind the Stinger tee is the same as we’ve seen with the Epoch and Brush-T: less tee touches the ball, minimizing clubhead deflection and drag. The ball launches with less resistance and lower spin.

Long drive champions opt for the competition tees, which are made from slightly harder wood with less grain and smaller tops. Stinger tees snap more easily than regular tees, but if you’re striking the ball well they don’t break. In practice, trying not to snap the tees resulted in smoother swings, much as the Brush-T encouraged a “sweeping” motion. I found that even the 2¼” tees worked well for my oversize (365cc) driver as well as my 3W and irons. The trick for the driver is simply not to stick them into the ground too far. A good swing plucks the tee out of the ground, flicking it in the air just like you see on TV. 🙂

The Stinger tee is available in just about as many models as you could possibly want:

Stinger Tees

From left to right, you see a standard tee (2-1/8″), a 2¼” Stinger, a 2¾” Pro XL, a 3¼”Pro XL, a 3″ Pro XL Competition, and a 4″ Pro XL Competition. The

Stinger tees have been tested to deliver +2 MPH more ball speed and -500 RPM backspin. The trajectory was higher and the balls carried further. “High launch, low spin” is the mantra of long driving these days, and Stinger tees yielded 14 additional yards in independent testing.

Obviously, nobody can reproduce a swing like an Iron Byron testing machine, but the facts speak for themselves: 14 extra yards is a sizable leap. Stinger tees are used by a number of long-drive champions, men and women tour players, and this humble reviewer.

Stinger tees do what they claim to do better than any of the other tees: they don’t break anywhere near as frequently as epochs and they’re a lot more inexpensive than Brush-Ts. Even on days when you’re not hitting the ball well, at least you’ve got some good groove cleaners! Besides, Stinger tees cost little more than regular tees – you can pick up 1000 3″ competition Stingers for $53 (including S&H) – 500 natural 3¼” tees from cost $19. College golf teams? Save 20% on your Stinger tee purchase, and purchases of 500 are also available.

That having been said, I have but one question for you: why aren’t you playing Stinger Tees? You should be.

9 thoughts on “Stinger Tees”

  1. I’ve used the Stinger tees but they do not even compare to Launcher Tees. Launcher tees get better performance and they are virtually unbreakable. I would break about 10 stingers a round! I’ve been using the same launcher tee for 8 months!!

  2. Golfers go through stingers way too fast. Launcher Tee is unbelievable. Just did a search to see what others are saying about this tee and came across this site. I think Launcher Tee is pretty new. I don’t know anyone that has broke one yet. Blows stinger out of the water.

  3. I used Stinger Tees for a while. If they made the heads on the tees larger, I would still be using these. The ball blows off the tiny cupped tops on windy days and aggravates me. 😡

    I prefer wood tees because they tend to crack before they malform. That way, I know for sure when to retire one. From observation, the Stinger tees seem more durable than the common stock of plain wood tees. I also believe that they offer a little less resistence to the leading edge of clubfaces than other wood tees. On an last note, they are also perfectly symetrical no matter which way they are rotated in the ground. I feel as though a tee that is not that way may produce an improper trajectory bias.

    I have never seen a significant positive change from a tee to my ball fight beyond that of using the common type. I still like to think I have an advantage with my special choice of tees, though. 😉 The only thing I have noted that can clearly improve on a wood tee is how far it is has to be poked into the ground. In my experience, between a really long tee and a really short tee that hold the ball up the same distance from the ground, the short tee feels better and seems to fly with a better trajectory.

    A common, normal-size headed, wood tee that is just the right length to stay in the ground seems to currently satisfy me. A person can take a normal tee and shorten it with a pencil sharpener to get just the right length required. I buy Accuity brand 1 3/8” tees for using with almost every club. I use the common 2 1/8” tee with the rest. Pencil sharpening a bunch of tees hurts my fingers.

  4. I have been using the tees since the Zuback playing lessons from the pros and I love them. As far them breaking to often, doesn’t really bother me, I just use them for par 3s. I’m not familiar with the launcher tees but I did use zero friction tees and they seem to work good for woods but if I’m on a par 3 I have to bury the tee in the ground.
    I agree putting the ball on the tee can get a little frustrating but after a while you get used to is.
    Stinger Tees for me!

  5. Could somone please explain to me how less friction between tee and ball equates to less spin. Surely it would be logical to think that the higher the friction on the under side of ball when hit should result in less spin not more. Should not a tee with a large surface contact with the ball be better for long drives ? I would be very interested in comments regarding this.

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