Golf mats are part of every golf range. They are designed to simulate the playing surface of the course, but I am not sold. Mats are synthetic and come in various lengths. The different fibers add to the feel, but again, I am not sold. There are some exceptions, but for the most part I would rather practice off of grass.
Most golf mats are set on a cement slab with a rubberized mat placed on top. There is some cushion between the surface and the cement; but that varies depending on the type of mat. The mats I used were low cut with rubber tees sticking out of a hole. I am not a fan of these tees and so I use the TEE CLAW. It is a great device and it works for me.
As you can tell, I am not a fan of golf mats. I cannot replicate the same feel on a golf mat as I can on grass. Also, most shots off the mat appear to be hit well; however the same shot off grass would be considered a flub. I think golf mats provide a false sense of a players ability. They make poor shots better.
Now, I am not anti-golf mat. I believe that early in the season golf mats are fantastic. They allow fanatic or grateful golfers an opportunity to start golf earlier than waiting for the grass to grow. So, there is some utility to golf mats, but I will have to say that overall, golf mats do not work well for my game.
What do you think? Do you use golf mats when you practice? Do you prefer grass or golf mats?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!