Farway Mats

LOS

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#1
Due to the groundkeeping staff no longer being able to use their normal insecticide to kill off "Leaterjackets" the commitee decided that on a "Voluntary" basis we would use faiway mats to reduce the number of divots and hopefully reduce the damage caused by birds looking for the leatherjackets. The starting date was today and they have been issuing mats free of charge https://www.fairwayproductsonline.co.uk/winter-fairway-mat/multimat .I took one out to the practice ground this morning and hit quite a lot of hooks with my 6 iron using the flat side and was much better with the other side though it felt like I was hitting from a slight uphill lie. It will probably take a while to get used to this.
Does anyone else use these on their course in the winter?
 

zombie

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Craigielaw - East Lothian
#2
Not my course fortunately LOS. I realise I'm lucky to play a links course that rarely has a winter tee, let alone a winter green in sight. Some other courses close to me have introduced mats though - Dunbar for one which is also coastal links.

I've never liked mats and would rather not play to be honest.
 

PaulBoy

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M3 c/w Oban Kiyoshi PRP / PX Hzrdus Yellow
#3
Not sure it would stop me playing completely (like the Z man!) but I wouldn't be too impressed if my clubs adopted this policy
It does remind me of my first experience at Ballyliffin GC in Donegal (host of this years Irish Open) - I took my son & 2x pals
from work over for a mid-week break there several years ago & had never played the course before - It was end of winter /
beginning of spring - When we booked in, the Pro told us "Winter rules are in play - Along both sides of every fairway there
is a white line - If your ball is between the white lines (i.e. on the fairway) you have to place your ball at the nearest point
outside the white line (i.e. off the fairway) and play from there!" - To this day I have never played anywhere where this version
of winter rules was played? - That said, when I have played Ballyliffin away from the winter months, the fairways have always
been in fantastic condition, as was reported at the Irish Open...
Paul
 

DCB

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Midlothian, Scotland http://www.merchantsgolf.com
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JPX 900
#4
We used mats like the one in the OPs post, not great, but, they did save a lot of damage to certain areas of the course. best mat I ever had was an offcut of 40mm 3G carpet from a sports pitch we had laid at one of our centres. It was like playing off a lush fairway. I could play almost every club in the bag off that mat. Someone eventually liberated it when I wasn't looking :-(
 

HAIRY ESSEX BLOKE

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Fabulous Frinton on Sea ESSEX
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MP53 4-PW MPT 10 51 & 54 deg various fairways & hybrids plus JPX 825 5 iron to PW and Hybrid, 5 Wood and Driver
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Mizuno MX700
#5
I found a tool called Divotend it looked strange, but is R&A approved and strange as it seems you do not change your swing to use it and you actually enjoy more spin it seems. The best device I have seen and used.
 
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PaulBoy

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#6
I found a tool called Divotend it looked strange, but is R&A approved and strange as it seems you do not change your swing to use it and you actually enjoy more spin it seems. The best device I have seen and used.
Looks a lot better than the multimat in the original post - See HERE
I like that you can use a tee with it - Some of the mats you have to use round here in winter can be a nightmare to tee the ball up on (?)
Paul
 

LOS

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England
#7
That looks a better size to carry round but I doubt that the club would pay the extra for those. We are allowed one initially and if it breaks they will replace it so they have bought, or prepared to buy, a lot of these. There are 2 Tee holes, one for castle type tees. mat1.jpg mat2.jpg
 

HAIRY ESSEX BLOKE

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Fabulous Frinton on Sea ESSEX
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MP53 4-PW MPT 10 51 & 54 deg various fairways & hybrids plus JPX 825 5 iron to PW and Hybrid, 5 Wood and Driver
Driver
Mizuno MX700
#8
I have a feeling if a club contacts the supplier they are given a special rate on bulk purchases, if you have the chance to try on do so you will be amazed at how natural it is to swing on. Good luck mate.
 

Varry Hardon

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Dukinfield
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ST180
#9
This is why I don't play at my club over winter.
Cannot be arsed with fairway matts at all.
 
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