Originally Posted by colin007
Originally Posted by GlasgowsGreen
I've tried putting tape just behind the ball and it works really well. You can quickly reuse the same bit of tape over and over again as well so it's actually pretty convenient.
Another method is putting tape about 6 inches in front of the ball. You then hit the ball and try and take the tape away as well. This is excellent way of intuitively stopping yourself from flipping and ensuring that you take a divot after contact.
You could still hit it fat that way.
8i/9i and longer should be about the same as grass, except for the fact that it's a perfect lie and it hurts the wrist after impact a little more.
As for me, I love hitting wedges off the mat. No fat shots!
Seriously though, I did see a competitive amateur or lower tier pro last night that was practicing with his 52 degree on the mat. His coach and father were there commenting on the strikes. So, I suppose you could still hit off a mat with a 52 degree wedge and successfully determine how good was the strike.