Understanding Golf Practice Range Mats

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There are a few points worth remembering about the practice mats you’ll find at most ranges…

Understanding Practice Range Mats

A lot amateur golfers will tell you it’s much easier to play off grass than a synthetic surface. However, you’ll get away with a lot of poor strikes from a mat that would be disastrous on the golf course (which is one reason I believe a lot of golfers struggle to transfer their range game to the course).

Video Summary
– The best practice surface is grass, so if you have a grass range available to you, use it. Range mats can encourage you to ‘clip’ the ball off the surface but taking a divot is an important part of solid, crisp ball-striking. The shape and direction of your divots can also give you good feedback about your swing.

– If you hit slightly behind the ball (called heavy or fat shots) on a range mat, the club will bounce off the mat and still make a reasonable contact with the ball. On grass, the same swing would send the ball just a few yards down the fairway. Listen for the sound of the strike and discount heavy strikes as bad shots that you’d be punished for on the course.

– Don’t fall into the habit of ‘clipping’ the ball off the surface of the mat. For a good strike the club should be bottoming out and brushing the synthetic turf after the ball.

Comments

FairwayJack says:

thanks ..good vid …any advice on how to hit a golf ball off a mat without injury ?? …hitting off a mat makes my elbow sore …I'm ok on grass tho

LLWarmJaY says:

This video helped me today, glad to see your making content again.

Dave Bucks says:

it can be such a false economy hitting off mats but Mr.Frediksson that is a great idea too

Joakim Fredriksson says:

Place some feedback behind the ball like a towel can also be very useful

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