T35 AND T40 HITTING MATS
If you've hit shots at a driving range you'll be familiar with the type of mat where the clubhead skids through and you end up with a great result regardless of strike.
In contrast, there are other thicker pile mats that offer a more realistic feel, encourage quality ball striking but are extremely punishing on fat shots and can be quite jarring on the body.
For the UK and European markets, Hybrid Me offers the T35 and T40 hitting mats.
They are both tee turfs (approx 4cm thick including the foam shockpad backing) and both accept a real golf tee(although for simulator usage we recommend using Birtee Pro tees or winter tees that sit on the surface of the mat). These tee turfs provide a realistic feel for hitting down and through the surface at contact and providing excellent feedback on fat shots. They also provide a nice roll for putting so that you do not need to have two different surfaces for simulator usage.
There are some significant difference though.
The original mat from Hybrid Me 'T35' is less dense, which protects the body from jarring making it a more comfortable mat to play with whilst still punishing fat shots and improving ball striking. The downside is that the hitting area does show a wear pattern quite quickly where the fibers are softened, are even nicer to hit through(in my opinion) but can cause the ball to deviate a little when putting from that area, which could be a concern for systems like SkyTrak where you need to put and hit from the same spot (lesser so for GC2 or other systems where you can align a put on a fresh section of turf just to the side. The softened fibers do however provide an idea surface for those golfers who suffer, or have suffered from elbow or joint pain and are looking for a nice surface to hit from that isn't too jarring.
The new tee turf for 2020 from Hybrid Me is T40, which is just a little more dense than T35 but is more durable and doesn't show the same wear pattern. It is slightly firmer under foot and is more suitable for commercial usage where the wear pattern isn't desired. It retains the lovely feel of T35 and is now our recommendation for the majority of users.
Many golfers, including myself, like a firm stance area, to fully utilise the ground and to use the T40 or T35 for the hitting surface. This is where we offer a range of options depending on your plans so you can have the best of both worlds.
One option is simply to purchase a 1.5m x 1.5m range/stance mat that offers a durable, firm stance area and then just pair that up with a 1.5m x 1.5m T40 mat.
If you are looking to raise your subfloor using wood or foam/rubber tiles then you may simply want to drop a smaller hitting strip into your floor and just stand on whatever artificial turf you are placing down. Here - an affordable 30cm x 120cm hitting strip of T40 or T35 will do the job nicely.
If you just want a heavy duty, standalone mat with firm stance and lovely hitting surface we have the Hybrid Me Combi Mat that includes a heavy duty rubber base, a 1.5m x 1m firm stance area and a replaceable 1.5m x 0.5m T35 hitting strip ensuring you don't have to replace the whole mat due to future wear and tear, just the hitting strip.
More details including photos of the Hybrid Me T35 Combi Mat can be found here.
View our video below to see a comparison of the TrueStrike, T-35 and Country Club Elite® Real Feel Golf Mat ™.
T35 and T40 mats are priced at £300 for a 1.5m x 1.5m section or £85 for a 1.2m x 0.3m hitting strip including delivery to mainland UK.
For a firmer stance mat and hitting area combined we have two options:-
T40 firm bundle (includes a 1.5m x 1.5m T40 mat plus a 1.5m x 1.5m range/stance mat) - costing £500
T40 left/right bundle (includes two 1.5m x 1.5m range/stance mats for left/right handed use plus a 0.3m x 1.5m T40 hitting strip which can be placed down the middle of the strips) - costing £600
We also offer a selection of durable range mats with thinner pile - should you not wish to use the tee turf type surfaces.
The T35 Combi Mat is priced at £500 plus postage (the mat is approx 50Kg) so we would provide a quotation for delivery, on request.
Please contact us to discuss the Hybrid Me mats and your requirements and we'll be glad to provide advice on which mats will best fit your needs.