sdandrea1 I'd like to hear the technical explanation on how any tee can affect distance. I may be wrong, but:
There is very little (insignificant) friction between the tee and the ball, right?
The driver head hits and launches the ball well before the driver strikes the tee (if it strikes it at all), right?
The way the ball sits on the tee does not affect launch angle or spin, right?
It matters a bunch, between the ears !
I remembered the first time I tried a different tee was the Stinger Tee. It broke easily because of the skinnier neck. Had also tried the plastic tees when I played overseas 30 + years ago. I guess the marketing effort made the plastic tees popular again.
Long time ago, there were just two choices on the golf tee, the short tee and the long tee ( think it was 5/8th" ).
Now we have dozens choices at anytime through the revolving doors of changes.