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Poll Results: Do you hit off the grass or mats when you go to the range?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 50% (54)
    Always off the GRASS - I want realistic conditions
  • 7% (8)
    Always off the GRASS - This is all my range offers
  • 0% (1)
    Always off the MATS - It's cheaper
  • 0% (0)
    Always off the MATS - I like the feel of the mat
  • 0% (1)
    Always off the MATS - I don't want to clean my clubs when i'm done
  • 16% (18)
    Always off the MATS - This is all my range offers
  • 11% (12)
    I switch it up but mostly off the GRASS
  • 4% (5)
    I switch it up and it's 50/50
  • 12% (13)
    I switch it up but mostly off the MATS
  • 0% (0)
    It doesn't mater to me at all. I have no preference
107 Total Votes  
post #253 of 258

My home course actually has a very nice practice area. Two chipping greens a putting green and a long range where they post laser distances to flags on a dry-erase board each morning. The problem is the way people use it. I right handed golfer will hit random shots all through the stall and leave it pock marked and it's toast until they move the stalls. Worse is the rangers don't police it so people that don't want to hit in the stalls full of divots move to random areas away from the stalls and hack that grass to bits as well. Honestly I am fried on golf right now. I can't stand the way people behave at the golf course. It's just a giant bummer of entitlement and selfish behavior lately. The atmosphere seems to be more amusement park than golf course.

post #254 of 258

I voted "switch it up but mostly grass". This has been my trend only lately. I don't really like mats because if I chunk a shot it really hurts the wrists, while on grass I barely feel it in the hands.

post #255 of 258

I noticed in the poll that an option was hitting off of mats to avoid cleaning clubs. I would just like to point out that, at least every time I've hit off a mat at a course, after I'm done hitting off a mat I have to use a heavy bristled brush with thorough scrubbing to get rid of the green plastic film that accumulates on the bottom of my clubs. That's likely caused by cheap mats, but it's easier for me to just wipe down each club with a damp towel after hitting on grass than it is to try and remove the plasticy residue from the clubs after hitting on mats.

post #256 of 258
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Originally Posted by Pretzel View Post
 

I noticed in the poll that an option was hitting off of mats to avoid cleaning clubs. I would just like to point out that, at least every time I've hit off a mat at a course, after I'm done hitting off a mat I have to use a heavy bristled brush with thorough scrubbing to get rid of the green plastic film that accumulates on the bottom of my clubs. That's likely caused by cheap mats, but it's easier for me to just wipe down each club with a damp towel after hitting on grass than it is to try and remove the plasticy residue from the clubs after hitting on mats.


Ditto here. It's definitely not any cleaner. Plus, any dirt that gets embedded in the mat ends up on my irons.

post #257 of 258

The problem with finding "some secluded spot" is that you will never get lies like you do on a fairway, and if you do, they obviously care enough about their grass to get really peeved when you start carving pelts out of it. 

 

But as for mats, there are mats and there are mats. I like hitting off of a brush mat, but hitting off of a bouncy rubber slab is a recipe for a few weeks of PT.

post #258 of 258

If I have a choice, I'll only hit driver off the peg on the mat. If it's anything else, I want grass. The only exception to that this year came when a particularly fancy pants course decided the grass tees were too damp. Not like the course itself wasn't just as damp. I let it bother me too much and played a crappy, expensive round that day.

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