"""The difference is that you simply have to be more in tune with everything EXCEPT the result of the shot when hitting off of mats. Not only is that not a bad thing, sometimes it's probably a plus.""""
end of the season and now everyone wants their turf to repair before the freeze. so the ranges are restricting us to mats.
I just go by the feel - I can tell if I don't hit clean, for those, pretty much ignore the ball flight and distance and just use the feedback from the connection
I think what's worse is a range where you get to hit off of "grass", but the turf is so full of repair that it's more like practicing out of the sand. Completely mucks up the feel. We have a couple places here like that - they just don't maintain a large enough area to allow them to properly rotate through the hitting area to let the turf repair right.
This describes most grass ranges around here (San Antonio). With every shot you hit, you get a mouthful of sandy dust and it's a lot closer to hitting off hardpan or even concrete than grass. I'll take mats, please.