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Need suggestions for a good indoor mat under $250


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#1 MixedBag

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 04:24 PM

Just seems to be a lot to choose from and I don't trust Amazon reviews.  Is 3'X5' big enough?   I've considered just buying a decent Dura-Pro Plus mat with the FairwayPro Divot Simulator?  Would that be a good combo for concrete floors?  Thanks


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 04:38 PM

I did extensive testing on this, have a bunch here from Fiberbuilt all the way to cheap astroturf. It depends on what you need. For putting a good Pro Putt type green is worth it. For hitting mat honestly I have a $20 square yard from dept store that hits better than the $800 Fiberbuilt system, and shows no wear after months of usage. My two cents, YMMV. :)

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 04:44 PM

It will be a hitting mat only.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:00 PM

I bought this 4' x 5' one a few months ago and I'm happy with it. "usaturf" on ebay.

https://www.ebay.com...872.m2749.l2649

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:07 PM

View PostEven Further, on 11 October 2018 - 05:00 PM, said:

I bought this 4' x 5' one a few months ago and I'm happy with it. "usaturf" on ebay.

https://www.ebay.com...872.m2749.l2649

I found this one on Amazon as well.  Have you seen any issues with shock absorption?  I plan on using mainly for irons on my garage floor.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:22 PM

No shock issues. I did get the one with 1" turf, then foam layer under that. Some are .50" or .75" turf.
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:25 PM

Thread jack - looking for putting mat.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:41 PM

OK so here's what's beside me right now. A multi-hundred-dollar Fiberbuilt hitting mat and a $15USD dept. store turf. I've spent a few months testing them, I'd just as soon hit off the $15 mat to be honest. And I like it because it's small so you can put it outside, or patio, etc. Not as bulky, and probably more realistic. No shock issues. Just get one square yard of any quality turn or synlawn IMO. I have a ton of Fiberbuilt stuff here, it's durable enough but I don't think it's organic, i.e. it builds a bad stroke IMO. I would avoid it. The cheaper mat seems to build a swing that translates perfectly to the actual course. I stopped thinning them greenside about a month after starting using it. Did not experience any such change from the Fiberbuilt, they have an artificially soft dynamic. A bit of shock is good, that's how real ground works. Worst case a cheap yoga mat beneath it for tiny bit of cushion.

The cheap mat shows zero signs of wear after thousands and thousands of shots.

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If you don't need durability the birdie ball mats are best bang for buck, you can get a nice long one for $99 that hits real decent. If you can't get a big one just get a 10' self return for $30, some have two lanes for two speeds, they are fine. I bought a Big Moss, heavy, and decent but probably wouldn't buy another. I have a 20 x 3 Pro Putt by Rymar green in my hallway and a 8 x 15 in my sideroom. Photo below, so good, I love this green. It's amazing product, well worth the price.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:53 PM

I picked up this one from Amazon about 2 years ago.  Price went up a little bit since but it still looks new, has a little bit of cushiness/thickness to it, and you can put a tee in it if you want to hit off a tee....

https://www.amazon.c...customerReviews

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:18 PM

where did you get the $15 turf from?

View PostGimmieHendrix, on 11 October 2018 - 05:41 PM, said:

OK so here's what's beside me right now. A multi-hundred-dollar Fiberbuilt hitting mat and a $15USD dept. store turf. I've spent a few months testing them, I'd just as soon hit off the $15 mat to be honest. And I like it because it's small so you can put it outside, or patio, etc. Not as bulky, and probably more realistic. No shock issues. Just get one square yard of any quality turn or synlawn IMO. I have a ton of Fiberbuilt stuff here, it's durable enough but I don't think it's organic, i.e. it builds a bad stroke IMO. I would avoid it. The cheaper mat seems to build a swing that translates perfectly to the actual course. I stopped thinning them greenside about a month after starting using it. Did not experience any such change from the Fiberbuilt, they have an artificially soft dynamic. A bit of shock is good, that's how real ground works. Worst case a cheap yoga mat beneath it for tiny bit of cushion.
where did you get the dept store turf?  would def pick one up for $15.

The cheap mat shows zero signs of wear after thousands and thousands of shots.

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If you don't need durability the birdie ball mats are best bang for buck, you can get a nice long one for $99 that hits real decent. If you can't get a big one just get a 10' self return for $30, some have two lanes for two speeds, they are fine. I bought a Big Moss, heavy, and decent but probably wouldn't buy another. I have a 20 x 3 Pro Putt by Rymar green in my hallway and a 8 x 15 in my sideroom. Photo below, so good, I love this green. It's amazing product, well worth the price.

Edited by poktangju, 11 October 2018 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:32 PM

This is the cheapie I use. I bought two, one for outside, one for inside, hit them all summer as well as the Fiberbuilts. I expected this to be dead by now, they look brand new: https://www.rona.ca/...-green-11445001

That's CDN$ so it's like 19 cents American or something like that. :D

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 08:05 AM

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 09:50 AM

Costco sells this Fiberbuilt mat for $270 https://www.costco.c....100461497.html

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 10:14 AM

View PostMike90210, on 12 October 2018 - 09:50 AM, said:

Costco sells this Fiberbuilt mat for $270 https://www.costco.c....100461497.html

Flight station. More than a mat, holds training rods in various angles, etc. I think a cramped mat builds a bad stroke, I avoid those. YMMV.

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