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Golf Mat Buying Guide
Shopping for a golf mat can be pretty daunting when there are so many options available. Here is a list of features and specs to look for when purchasing a golf mat.
The Hitting Surface of a golf mat is one of the most important aspects to look at when you are in the market for a golf mat. Your hitting surface is something that will absorb the impact of a club (if you hit a chunky shot) without causing seriosue injury to you or your club.
Indoor / Outdoor Option
Depending on where you want to set up your golf mat, you'll need to know if the golf mat works in that area. Some mats are indoor only and others have the ability to be setup indoors or outdoors.
Just like any purchase, you want something that is going to last you. The same goes for golf mats. You are going to be using your golf mat frequently so you are going to want a mat that can take a lot of golf shots and hold up while doing so.
This is almost as important as your hitting surface when looking at a golf mat. The area that the golfer is standing needs to be firm enough for a full swing to be taken. Some golf mats have more "squishy" stance areas while others are firm and fairway-like.
Weight & Size
Golf mats can normally fit into most spaces. That being said you'll want to measure out your space and be 100% positive it will fit in the space of your choosing. Golf Mats that are heavier tend to be more durable but harder to move. Lighter golf mats are easy to move but may not have the durability of the heavier mat.
Along with the hitting surface, some golf mats have a specified area for you to tee up. Some golf mat hitting areas have the ability to take a real tee while others have slots for an adjustable tee to be inserted, and some do not have the option for either, which means you'll need to find an alternative tee system (Bir-Tee, Tee Claw).
For golfers who don't have a dedicated space for their golf practice area or simulator setup, you'll want to look at golf mats that are easy to move or "roll up". Golf mats that take some time to assemble may not be the best for a flex space area.
You get what you pay for. When it comes to golf mats quality is super important. Golf Mats can range from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand. Higher priced golf mats normally have better quality than some lower priced golf mats.
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The Indoor Golf Shop - SIGPRO
We are excited to say that we have finally have our our own lineup of Golf Mats for all uses. We have spent many hours putting all of our brains together to create what we believe to be the best golf mats on the market. In our warehouse we spend hours hitting golf balls everyday, all of that time and research has culminated in the creation of the SIGPRO Mat Lineup.Our 4' x 10' Mat is the perfect mat for everyone, right handed or left handed this mat will deliver the same feel and performance. Next, our 4' x 7' Mat is great for those with only right handed players, or those with limited space to work with. Finally, our 5' x 5' Fairway Series mat is perfect for those looking for flexibility, covered completely with Tee Line Turf, this mat really lets you play from anywhere.
Fiberbuilt has a proprietary blend of plastic fibers that try to simulate real grass on the course. Whereas most mats have a harder hitting surface, you can see in this video from their site that the club can glide through their surface quite easily. Situated in the middle portion of the mat, the performance turf also allows golfers to place a regular tee on it. The surface serves two purposes - to reduce the strain on your joints to prevent injury, and to offer realistic feedback on your golf swing. With many other surfaces out there, you won't get a true representation of how well (or poorly) your contact would have been on a real golf course. For golfers who are looking to practice more effectively, this is extremely important. Fiberbuilt also guarantees that the surface can withstand 300,000 swings before showing any wear.
One thing to note is that the ball will stand a little more upright on their hitting surface than other mats. Additionally, the club can glide underneath the surface much deeper than other mats. Certain golfers might prefer a firmer hitting surface that a model like TrueStrike would offer. Each mat requires assembly with a rubber base. It provides a solid, but soft surface beneath the turf to stand on. This is another benefit that you get from a premium golf mat that you wouldn't expect from budget models. Overall, Fiberbuilt mats have been one of the bestselling products on our site. They are extremely durable, comfortable to stand on and provide one of the most realistic experiences on synthetic turf.
You can view of all of their models on this page.
Our other preferred premium mat comes from TrueStrike. Similar to Fiberbuilt, this is a commercial-grade mat that will give you a much better experience while you practice. However, there are some key differences to note between the two brands - mainly on the hitting surface. TrueStrike uses a silicon gel underneath their turf in order to simulate striking the ball on real turf. You can see a visual representation of how their system works in the images to the right:
The reason they use the gel is to minimize the amount of vibration and shock sent back up to the club, which will help prevent joint injuries over the long term. More importantly, the silicon has much more "give" as your club makes contact with the surface, which allows it to dig into the surface similar to how your club would on the golf course. They claim that the surface can withstand 55,000 golf shots before it needs to be replaced (you don't have to replace the entire mat). The surface will look like most traditional range mats, and the ball won't sit up as much as the Fiberbuilt turf. Additionally, the club won't glide as much underneath the ball compared with the Fiberbuilt. It's not to say one surface is better than the other, it's just a matter of preference between players. The TrueStrike mat uses a rubber base, similar to that of Fiberbuilt's.
You can view all of our TrueStrike models on this page.
Wrapping it Up
Getting the right golf mat for your indoor space is a crucial piece of the puzzle. If you want performance and durability it makes sense to invest in a higher-grade solution. Many times golfers will purchase inexpensive mats only to find themselves disappointed (and then eventually buy a higher-quality product).
To view all of our golf mat options you can visit this page.
Have More Questions? Feel Free to Reach Out!
This guide is intended to provide an overview of golf mats. We realize however that it may not answer every question that you may have. If at any point you find yourself with additional questions, or are just looking for product advice, give us a call at 972-848-7491. You can also reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team of friendly golfers are knowledgeable and ready to help with any and all of your launch monitor questions.