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Carl Kirkland

July 1, 2008

2 Min Read
Parting Shots: Tooled to a tee


A simple yet effective plastic part is helping many a golf game, and may be coming soon to a pro-shop or retailer near you.

You say you’re consistently hitting a Bin Laden—a golf shot that’s driven out of bounds, never to be found again? You say you’re always hitting a hairpiece—a divot large enough that you could wear it? You say your game’s off because you’re always hitting a mother-in-law—a golf shot that looks good leaving? Maybe you should use an innovative, new, injection molded polycarbonate golf tee trademarked the Adjustable Tee by its inventor Gilles Blais, founder and president of Maddon Inc. (Sturgeon Falls, ON; www.maddoninc.com).

The product is engineered for easy operation. You just turn the tee clockwise or counter-clockwise inside its stop plate until the desired height is reached. To insert it into the turf and adjust its height, you press down on it, while holding onto the top rim of the stop plate.

Early last year, Blais came to precision molder and moldmaker Precimold Inc. (Candiac, QC; www.precimold.com) with his idea. Precimold built the prototype tooling and ran materials tests. Once the final design was approved by Maddon Inc. it designed and built the production tooling, which was approved last fall.

Maddon Inc. promoted its new product at the Ontario PGA Show in late October and at the Florida PGA Trade Show this January. Wal-Mart Canada is now selling the Adjustable-Tee at selected stores. Meanwhile, a large Canadian golf products distributor now sells the product at more than 250 golf clubs and boutiques throughout Canada. And, recognizing the sales potential and benefits the product provides to their clients, prominent clubs reportedly are stocking the products in their pro-shop boutiques.

Conforming to both the USGA and RCGA golf rules, the product is available in white, pink, translucent, and opaque colors. Practically invulnerable, these PC tees also reduce “tee deck litter” caused by broken wooden tees. A package sells for about $7.

“Precimold Inc. has been involved in numerous projects with inventors over the course of its more than 40 years of existence, but there’s never been this much of a buzz over a new product manufactured here that’s directly destined for the consumer market,” says Daniel Marginson, Precimold’s GM.

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