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Pros and Cons of Golf Practice Mats

Golf practice mats are a popular training tool, but are they worth the time and money spent? Let's take a look at the pros and cons.


Training to improve your ability as a golfer is essential if you want to be playing your best.  But it also means that you’re going to need to invest in the right types of equipment to ensure that you’re really able to get the job done, and learn some valuable golfing skills.  With the right types of golf practice mats, you’ll be amazed at the variety of different places and ways that you’re able to practice your golf game.  In fact, they can make it so easy to practice anywhere, that you can find yourself bringing them everywhere to really get a feel for your swing.

However, most golf practice mats are not all they are cracked up to be, and you can have quite a few problems trying to play with them as well.  That’s why you always want to consider the pros and cons of any type of golf training aid such as these, so that you can get a feel if they are the right investment for you.  First off, here are a few of the pros of what a golf mat offers:

                -Easy practice anywhere.

The Number one thing that you’re going to find with any golf mats, is that they are easy to pick up and play anywhere, so that you can be sure you can capture the ideal realistic golf experience anywhere.  Because they are made from astro turn fake grass material, you can find that they feel authentic as well, and give you that feeling of swinging off a great maintained golf surface, as though you were really playing a game.  Plus it’s easy to roll them up and move them anywhere that’s most convenient for you to practice.

                -No maintenance required

Unlike maintaining your own grass that’s idea for hitting a golf ball, these mats never have to be trimmed or worked, and you can be sure that they are going to look their best at all times, so that you’re always ready to play a game. That way, whenever you want to use your golf mat to hit a few balls, you can be sure that it only takes you the time to roll out the matt, without any of the hard work that you would be looking at otherwise.

                -Versatility of mat choices

Whether you’re looking for a small golf practice mat for practicing driving, or if you’re looking for a long mat to practice putting, you can find just what you need.  That way, you can be sure that there is a matt out there for you that’s perfectly designed to help you adapt to all different types of golfing conditions.  What’s more, you can ensure that you’re able to find just the type of tool that’s going to fine tune the right part of your golf game.

However, where there are golf mat pros, there are always going to be some cons into the limitations of using such a training aid.

                -Golf mats don’t behave like real grass

One problem you’ll find with many golf training aids like these, is that while they are meant to capture the feeling of real golf, they fall a bit short in their attempt in most cases.  That’s because these mats are actually quite hard, and you don’t have the ability to drive through and under the ball like you would on the grass.  Because of the way that the mat will bounce your club around if it touches down, you can develop a natural likelihood of upturning your club too much to avoid the ground, which can lead to you changing your swing.

                -Some practice mats take up a lot of space.

If you were looking to use your golf training mat indoors, you’re going to find that they are not the most ideal for every household because of the amount of space that they actually take up. In some cases you can run into problems finding enough room for your mat throughout your home, especially if you have a long putting surface.

                -All surfaces are about the same.

A big part of golfing is adapting to different conditions, and learning to play beyond the elements or your surface.  But with golf practice mats you are always playing on the same type of surface at all times.  That’s why they can actually limit your game, and make it harder to adapt, because you’re  never playing on different types of grass that can have different actual feels for how you have to stand and swing.

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