During the five months of cold snowy weather to come, I am going to dedicate some of my time to putting and chipping in my basement. I have all the kit to putt, but do not have a chipping mat. I looked around for a great deal and have not found one that suits my needs for the price I want to pay. So, I think I am going to try and build one!
It seems that most players chip and putt in their house. I already putt, now it is time to get with the program and start chipping:
I already have an idea on how to build what want, but I am still researching the idea and materials required. It will take a bit of time, but I think it will be worth the effort.
To logic behind building a chipping mat stems from my requirements to duplicate chipping on the course. Having never chipped indoors before, it took some time to refine what I was actually trying to achieve. In order of priority, here is how my decision making process went:
- Space. I have limited space in my basement to set up a chipping area. Hence, I will not be taking full swings, but chipping from the knee or waist. I envision chipping the ball into my chipping net on the fly with the ball never going any higher than my head.
- Ball / Foot Relationship. I want to be standing on the same level and material when hitting the ball. I have looked at the smaller mats on line and the ball sits about an inch above my bottom of my feet. I think that that one inch will make a difference so I thought being on the same level was important.
- Hitting Mat. I will try to simulate a softer hitting mat. I have have an idea on how to do this and I think indoor / outdoor carpet will make a good surface to chip from. I do not plan to take divots, so this should work. Additionally, the mat has to remain flat at all times, so I image glue will be involved somewhere.
- Cost.For the size of mat I want and hopefully quality, building the mat appears to be the best option. The size of mat I am looking for will allow my stance and set up to be on the same level, so I think a two foot by four foot area. As I gather my supplies, I will refine the size of the mat.
- Materials. As I said earlier, I plan to use indoor /outdoor carpet, Foam squares used to make a workout surface, glue (this is a touchy item and if I can avoid using the glue I will – mostly for portability of the chipping mat), and some sort of any slip material to keep the base in place; although the last item may not be needed if I am standing on the home-made mat. I have the tools to make it all this happen. So I think by building my chipping mat, I will save a fair bit of money in the long run.
Making a chipping mat will be a small project for the month or so. I expect I will be to be finished before or just after Christmas. I already have a chipping net and some practice balls (plastic for now) so there is no expense for extra golf equipment. I think this will work out well, it is just a matter of getting motivated to go out in the cold.
Have you ever made and indoor chipping mat? If so, any suggestions?
I am a grateful golfer. See you on the links.