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Where I live there isn't great access to a nice grass range. I found a good enough mat range, but after 2 months of hitting off of the mats I'm having a lot of shoulder pain and I'm thinking it may be because of the cheap rubber mats that are just sitting on concrete.

I want to buy a strip to hit off of that I can place next to the mat, wondering if anyone has experience with mats like fiberbuilt or true strike and how soft they are? I know some of you guys do a lot of hitting off of mats.

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1 hour ago, jshots said:

Where I live there isn't great access to a nice grass range. I found a good enough mat range, but after 2 months of hitting off of the mats I'm having a lot of shoulder pain and I'm thinking it may be because of the cheap rubber mats that are just sitting on concrete.

I want to buy a strip to hit off of that I can place next to the mat, wondering if anyone has experience with mats like fiberbuilt or true strike and how soft they are? I know some of you guys do a lot of hitting off of mats.

I used a 20 x 30  mat from Real Feel. I hit on it a lot over the winter with no issues. The range mats can be really hard. There are better mats with silicone gel that are more expensive, but this one was cost effective and didn't harden up in the winter. They make smaller strips too.

 

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I second the "Real Feel" brand of mats. I've used them before with no issues.

I have a surgically repaired left wrist, and elbow, so for the most part I avoid mats as much as possible. The mat is not the problem. It's the hard  surface they are sitting on that causes most injuries.

I have made a few mats to practice off of, that offer me a 1/2-3/4 inch "give" to my impact. They duplicate taking a divot pretty well. It's just a permanently bowed, springy piece of plastic, with some synthetic turf glued to it. I saw one in a golf store for $79. Went home, and made three, very similar ones for under $20. 

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I have an "all turf" or "monster turf" and it's very soft and thick.  Not sure if they still are in business.  But it was super affordable and It's like new even after several winters of garage and basement hitting.

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4 hours ago, jshots said:

Where I live there isn't great access to a nice grass range. I found a good enough mat range, but after 2 months of hitting off of the mats I'm having a lot of shoulder pain and I'm thinking it may be because of the cheap rubber mats that are just sitting on concrete.

I want to buy a strip to hit off of that I can place next to the mat, wondering if anyone has experience with mats like fiberbuilt or true strike and how soft they are? I know some of you guys do a lot of hitting off of mats.

I really like my Country Club Elite.  It feels pretty good.

Words of advice: 1) work out and get stronger.  My problem pain area was tendonitis in my elbows, not my shoulders, but still, powerlifting has done wonders for me.  2) hit less down with your irons.  I still think you should hit the ball and then take the turf with a lot of speed; no question.  Just don't go DOWN excessively.  

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