Re: Hitting off mats
I don't like mats, but all the courses here have them on the DR, some even got them on the tees. I've suffered from this by developing a swing where I try to sweep or hit the ball up. Hitting down feels so weird on a mat, but the thing is to get the right feeling and be consistent. I have used some mats which give in a bit, the hard ones are horrible to hit from. On courses with mats on the tees I usually tee it up slightly. I haven't tried much to use a low rubber tee on the range. Nothin like turf, but anything than a plain flat mat is an improvement.
What do you think about hitting the ball from the edge of a mat with just air after the ball? Not very realistic, but you don't get that hard bounce off the mat like you normally would. You feel when you hit a divot, but with a soft course it's not much. I've seen many videos on Youtube f.i. where players use the same divot over and over on the range. Hit one shot, take a divot, then place the ball right behind the divot for the next shot.
Those of you who can play off turf all the time ar lucky, if we could gather up some tips for those of us who is stuck with mats it could maybe be of great help. Come on!