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January 2, 2006

bookofjoe invention exclusive: A fresh look at the kicking tee


Watching the slew of football games on TV this past week, I happened to look closely at a kickoff in a recent game.

The kicking tee went flying into the air on contact.

I then watched a few more kickoffs, paying close attention to the kicking tee, and saw that it was a round orange thing unlike the kicking tees of my youth, with their upright raised prongs supporting the ball.

I had the crack research team investigate further and they informed me that this round orange tee (above and below) is called the Kicking Kaddy.

It's supposedly superior to the old–school version.

As I recall, the kicking tee always went flying on contact back in the day as well.

But both the Kicking Kaddy and the old–fashioned version are failures from the get–go.



Because if the kicking tee moves at all when the ball is kicked, energy has been lost that should have gone into the ball and kick.

Even if one yard is lost from the unwanted friction, that's a yard that can make a difference over time, perhaps even decide the outcome of a tight game.

It's time for someone to take a fresh look at the kicking tee.

You could do worse than study the revolutionary epoch-3™ golf tee, a whole new approach to minimizing the effect of the tee on the subsequent shot.

Evolve Golf, creator the epoch-3 tee, claims that it reduces surface contact with the ball by 93% versus traditional wooden tees, increasing ball–launch speed and distance.


If you'd like to study the incumbent/Kicking Kaddy up close and personal you can get one for $19.95 here.

January 2, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink


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The golf tee mentioned works so well because the surface area of the golf ball that comes in contact with the tee is so small that there is virtually no friction. The problem with applying this concept to the football is that it is virtually impossible to stand a football on its tip with nothing supporting it.

Also noteworthy, when the kickers kick off using the tee, i.e. after touchdowns, fieldgoals, etc. they generally are not looking to put as much distance as possible into their kicks as is the case when we tee off when we play golf. Most NFL and Division 1A kickers have the ability to kick a ball into and over the endzone. So I think ideally, kickers are looking for a way to consistently kick a certain distance in a chosen direction rather than just kicking the hell out of the ball.

Posted by: Josh | Jan 2, 2006 1:34:49 PM

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