After long since promising, I have put together an article on how I built a chipping mat for less than $50. My mat is designed for short chipping practice in a relatively confined space. Since constructing my training aid in February, I have used it almost everyday for no less than 15 minutes. Additionally, my wife has made a habit of chipping everyday as she is planning to start playing golf again this year. This consistent effort to chip often is really starting to pay off dividends, but first how to build your own DIY chipping mat.
Before starting my DIY, I did some research and many of the videos I watched were did not meet my requirements. They were building much larger chipping mats than I needed or had space for and were designed for outdoor use (which I do not need). After thinking about it for some time, I had a simple design in my mind and headed to the hardware and rug store.
I found the perfect base as I wondered through Home Depot. These two pieces are used to create a sub-floor and as such worked perfectly because the plastic bottom acted as a shock-absorber for repetitive chipping strokes.
This is what it looks like together. Now my base is 2 foot by 4 foot. Perfect size to chipping and not taking up too much space in my basement.
The next step was to lay out my rug and place my platform down to measure the right size. An important note is that the rug has to be plush. I found that green indoor/outdoor carpet was not think enough and would not have simulated the fairway as well as the carpet I purchased.
Next, I outlined and measured the right size of rug. I used both scissors and utility knife to cut out my chipping area. Of note, I wore leather gloves and used a metal T-Square to ensure that I safely cut out the perfect piece I needed.
Next was applying the glue and press down the rug onto the base. I followed the instructions on the glue container to a tee. It worked perfectly. On a side note, I asked the rug professionals what glue to use and their recommendation could not have been better. I cannot express enough that when placing the rug, you should use something heavy and round to evenly set the rug – we do not need and loose areas when chipping.
The entire construction process took about 1 hour. I let the glue dry for 48 hours before using.
After completing construction, it was time to set up my masterpiece. I have limited space in my basement, so I set up my new chipping mat in the perfect spot. There was no chance of damaging anything or losing a ball.
You can see from the images that I do not chip the ball very high. It goes between 2 to 4 feet in the air and lands directly in the net. I generally range between 6 and 8. The most I sank was 10 of 12 balls. I have worked out many minor technical issues that crept into my short game. I can hardly wait until I hit the practice range and course this year.
As a recap this is what the entire process cost in Canadian money with tax included:
- Finding material – 2 hours.
- 2 x boards – $15
- Rug – $20
- Glue – $15
- Golf net and balls – free because they were a gift from years ago.
There you have it. For $50 and three hours of your time; you too can have the perfect short game chipping mat to use at anytime. It was very easy and I am extremely happy I finally made a training aid that I use on a regular basis. Tie this with putting after chipping; I expect great things in 2019.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!