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Golf Mats

Postby CintiGolfer » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:34 am

I have had three different mats for my sim.

First - Ulti Mat 2 (https://www.golfsimulatorguys.com/colle ... atform-mat)

I bought this mat when I got my Optishot (I only had the Optishot for a few months before I upgraded to a real launch monitor). I bought this for a few reasons:
-It had a better insert than the default Optishot top.
-The insert was replaceable so if I upgraded to a real launch monitor, I could just replace the insert with a solid piece.
After some time, I started to develop some pain in my right elbow with this mat.

Second - Divot Action insert (https://www.customdesigngolf.com/divota ... -mats.html)

The Ulti Mat 2 is relatively thick (approx. 2.5 inches). Rather than try to re-cut the opening and build a sub-structure to fit a Divot Action insert, I ordered the entire Divot Action mat. When it arrived, I was very surprised at the color mismatch between the mat and the insert. The insert had a nice dark green color, but the match was a very bright green. Since my sim room doubles as our movie room, my wife said that the bright green had to go. I returned the mat portion, kept the Divot Action insert, and custom built a stance mat. I ordered a heavy exercise mat from Amazon and some turf from a local flooring company. I can't remember the turf manufacturer.

The Divot Action insert cured my right elbow pain. After about 9-10 months of limited use, I started to get no-reads when putting in JNPG. This was due to a high launch angle since the ball was bouncing out of the worn areas on the Divot Action insert. I started using a Dave Pelz putting tutor for a while to cure the bouncing putts. This completely removed the no-reads in JNPG.

Since it looked like I was going to have to replace the insert every 6-9 months of normal use, I decided to switch again to reduce costs.

Third (and hopefully final) - Fiberbuilt (https://athome.fiberbuiltgolf.com/colle ... rmance-mat)

I've had the Fiberbuilt mat for about 6 months now and really like it. I still have no pain in the elbow. It still reduces ball speeds when you hit it heavy. It is probably easier to hit flop shots (but I still don't hit too many of these since I don't want the ball to hit the ceiling) than the other mats I've had. I've noticed that the spin rates have increased slightly with the Fiberbuilt mat compared to the other two mats. I've not taken my SkyTrak outside to hit on real grass to get a comparison but according to Fiberbuilt it should be very close.
http://fiberbuiltgolf.com/commercial/fiberbuilt-grass/
https://blog.trackmangolf.com/mats-vs-g ... ifference/
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Re: Golf Mats

Postby schmidt61059 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:26 am

I'll add my limited experience.

I got a Country Club Elite (CCE) at first based on reviews I read on various golf sites. I didn't experience the elbow or wrist pain that some do, but I found it very punishing to fat shots, and hence rather unrealistic. I also found hitting any kind of high-spinning wedge shot difficult. It's like you're hitting off of a hard, tight lie all the time.

So I got a 1x3 Fiberbuilt hitting strip, and placed it beside the CCE. It produces what seem like much more realistic results to me, especially for short game shots. The downside, for sim use, is that putting can be erratic. I've tried placing various surfaces on top of it. I currently use a piece of an old putting mat I had. The problem is that my SkyTrak has problems reading from that surface since it's a bit reflective.

If I had it to do over, I'd just get one of Fiberbuilt's systems to start with.

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Re: Golf Mats

Postby clevited » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:43 am

Anyone know where to buy fiberbuilt at lowest cost? Is there a fiberbuilt copy out there for more reasonable cost but equivalent quality?

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Re: Golf Mats

Postby Zmax » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:07 am

clevited wrote:Anyone know where to buy fiberbuilt at lowest cost? Is there a fiberbuilt copy out there for more reasonable cost but equivalent quality?



Going straight to Fiberbuilt site is pretty cheap if you only need the 1X2 or 1X4 panels.
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Re: Golf Mats

Postby Zmax » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:09 am

I'm using the Dura Pro 3D golf mat now. It's 1X2' for about $70 shipped. Loving it so far.


https://www.dwquailgolf.com/training/highTechMat_with_Ball_Tray.html
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Re: Golf Mats

Postby kubota » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:09 pm

Add me to the list of guys that really like the CCE but as a high handicapper am literally feeling the pain from mis-hit/fat shots. I've been putting up with the left elbow pain (I'm a righty) for a while, but now that my right shoulder is starting to ache, I've got to try something else. Starting with Zmax's DW Quail mat. Here's hoping!

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Re: Golf Mats

Postby clevited » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:22 am

Zmax wrote:I'm using the Dura Pro 3D golf mat now. It's 1X2' for about $70 shipped. Loving it so far.


https://www.dwquailgolf.com/training/highTechMat_with_Ball_Tray.html



Would you say its pretty comparable to fiberbuilt or is it a different animal entirely? Any wrist pain? Too much punishment or too little on fat shots?

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Re: Golf Mats

Postby Zmax » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:06 pm

clevited wrote:
Zmax wrote:I'm using the Dura Pro 3D golf mat now. It's 1X2' for about $70 shipped. Loving it so far.


https://www.dwquailgolf.com/training/highTechMat_with_Ball_Tray.html



Would you say its pretty comparable to fiberbuilt or is it a different animal entirely? Any wrist pain? Too much punishment or too little on fat shots?


Fat shots are punished for sure but a little more forgiving compared to the CCE. No wrist pain yet and I tend to take big divots with my wedges outside. I like it better than the Fiberbuilt. FB makes it too easy to hit down and thru IMO. The 3D mat feels better with irons and woods. And putting is good where you can't roll the ball well on FB.
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Re: Golf Mats

Postby clevited » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:54 pm

Zmax wrote:
clevited wrote:
Zmax wrote:I'm using the Dura Pro 3D golf mat now. It's 1X2' for about $70 shipped. Loving it so far.


https://www.dwquailgolf.com/training/highTechMat_with_Ball_Tray.html



Would you say its pretty comparable to fiberbuilt or is it a different animal entirely? Any wrist pain? Too much punishment or too little on fat shots?


Fat shots are punished for sure but a little more forgiving compared to the CCE. No wrist pain yet and I tend to take big divots with my wedges outside. I like it better than the Fiberbuilt. FB makes it too easy to hit down and thru IMO. The 3D mat feels better with irons and woods. And putting is good where you can't roll the ball well on FB.


Awesome, I am a digger with wedges so I will keep that one in mind when I finally decide to buy a good insert. The putting off it would be an improvement too.

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Re: Golf Mats

Postby bpep » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:32 pm

Any thoughts on the TrueStrike mat? I'm thinking of just buying the gel section and finishing the rest of the tee box around it.

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Re: Golf Mats

Postby mxwoodman » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:28 pm

I've been hurt for a long time with a shoulder injury.

I wanted to start hitting some balls last year around this time and I have the CCE mat - I love that mat but I knew I need something that wouldn't hurt so much and I'm so sick of the doctors and PT.
So I ordered the TrueStrike gel part and cut a slot in the CCE mat. So I had the TrueStrike before. And I like it ok but I still like the CCE better.

So my shoulder still needs to be repaired but I'm able to still hit balls - at least a few rounds a week.
But I went to the fiber built insert and I like it more than the TrueStrike and it's just nicer to my jacked up shoulder and it feels really good, but putting not soo much but I'm not into to putting on the sim.

One thing about the CCE some of my buddies suck on the sim and think it's my GC2 but it's the mat - they play great outdoors just indoors messes them up, so the fiber built is more forgiving maybe they won't suck soo much now.

Guess I'll have to try Zmax suggestion - Golf on


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