I recently ordered the small (20″ x 30″ ) Country Club Elite golf mat from Real Feel Golf Mats.
I’ve heard about a lot of mats that promise to give you the lush feel of hitting off a fairway and being able to “take a divot”. I was a bit skeptical but I knew I needed to try it. The mats at my local range were so hard that I think I was developing tendinitis in my shoulder. At home I had a small Hank Haney mat that I hit off and it was really getting chewed up. The mat was only 1/4″ of an inch thick at most and I would find little tufts of mat all over the floor that needed sweeping up.
I knew when I took the first swings that this mat was different. When you hit into it, you get this real resistance as the club digs into the mat. It handles fat shots realistically. I find typical range mats provide a false sense of security because you can hit the ball so fat and because the club just bounces off the mat you can still end up with decent contact. It’s not like that on the golf course.
I like being able to stick tees into it because I can practice drills like the gate drill where you put a couple of tees in the ground and have the club go through the gate.
The 99 dollar 20×30 mat was perfect for me because I already have a stance mat. If I didn’t have a stance mat I would definitely have needed to buy one as you really want to be on the same level as the CCE Mat.
The experience of hitting off this mat is really a lot like hitting from a nice fairway and more importantly you really do get a feel for hitting down and through the ball. I also feel it making a big impact on my body. It is a relief hitting off this mat. My shoulder feels much better. Overall I rate this mat a 5 out of 5. The quality is outstanding and should hold up to years of use unlike the Hank Haney mat which gets shredded within weeks.
Below is a picture of the shredded up Hank Haney mat.