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J.R. Mats was the first to introduce a golf mat that could take a real tee at the 2006 PGA show and although that's what got the initial attention the "Real Feel" quickly became the reputation of This great golf mat.
Mike Bender - PGA Teacher Of the Year
Golf Digest Top 4 Golf Teachers
Almost like taking a divot - replicates what you get on the course.
Todd Kolb, PGA Professional
2008 Minnesota PGA Teacher of the Year
Very Realistic. It helps me with my teaching. The best part is that it's exactly the same reward and penalty for accurate ball/turf contact.
Brian Manzella
BrianManzella.com
We use Mats for 'Driver Drill' in our golf schools. They have a great feel. I've been incredibly pleased with the product and would recommend it to anybody.
David Lee
Gravity Golf
The Best Mat for indoors - they are Fantastic! I really like that if you do hit behind the ball - you know that you did.
Steve Dresser
Dresser Golf
Tremendous feedback - Our Members are using the range more and having more fun. The mats take a real tee and let you go down and get the golf ball.
Jeff Haluner
PGA
21 years in the range business - This golf mat has the best feel of any we've ever used.
Paul Zadorian
Sand Bagger Driving Range & Golf Shop
We use the Country Club Elite® Golf Mats I'd recommend them. We have been very happy with them and Jay's other products.
Tom Spargo, Spargo Golf, RI
I can't imagine a better golf mat. New Practice Tee, Mike Bender Golf Academy"I can't imagine a better golf mat."
New Practice Tee
Mike Bender's Golf Academy
We are happy to be using the Country Club Elite Golf Mats at our indoor facility. They are the closest thing to being outside on the fairway. These mats provide a very realistic playing surface and the 'give' helps reduce the shock at impact most driving range mats have.We are happy to be using the Country Club Elite® Golf Mats at our indoor facility. They are the closest thing to being outside on the fairway. These mats provide a very realistic playing surface and the 'give' helps reduce the shock at impact most driving range mats have.
Tim Norris
Head Coach K-State Men's Golf
Veronica practicing on Butch Harmon's Personal Golf Mat in Las VegasVeronica practicing on Butch Harmon's Personal Golf Mat in Las Vegas
Veronica won the 2012 Las Vegas City Junior Golf ChampionshipCongratulations! Veronica won the 2012 "Las Vegas City Junior Golf Championship" G13-14 Veronica shot nearly even par golf from the regular tees, recording 9 birdies in the two days, and winning by a record 15 shots.
Twenty-four CCE 5' x 5' Golf Mats butted together to create a tee line look. Installed on a crushed stone base, located at Huntington Valley CC, PATwenty-four CCE 5' x 5' Golf Mats butted together to create a tee line look. Installed on a crushed stone base, located at Huntington Valley CC, PA
Miami Beach Golf ClubMiami Beach Golf Club
Severna, MD & Jon Fox, TXSeverna, MD & Jon Fox, TX
90 Yds. to the Pin. CCE Mat set on 2 inches of crusher run rock base for drainage.90 Yds. to the Pin. CCE Mat set on 2 inches of crusher run rock base for drainage.
The feel on impact of the ball and club is unbelievable. If the contact is good, it feels like the fairways I play on and if contact is too heavy, you will feel the difference...The feel on impact of the ball and club is unbelievable. If the contact is good, it feels like the fairways I play on and if contact is too heavy, you will feel the difference...
It looks and feels awesome. You can not even tell that he hits off of it. I thought that you would be able to see scuff marks, but not at all. It feels like a plush fairway on a resort course... not hard on the feet at all...It looks and feels awesome. You can not even tell that he hits off of it. I thought that you would be able to see scuff marks, but not at all. It feels like a plush fairway on a resort course... not hard on the feet at all...
...because of the depth of the artificial turf, I can practice on my deck without any problem or feeling of hurting my left elbow when I hit down on the ball, thus encouraging effective ball striking....because of the depth of the artificial turf, I can practice on my deck without any problem or feeling of hurting my left elbow when I hit down on the ball, thus encouraging effective ball striking.
90 Yds. to the Pin. CCE Mat set on 290 Yds. to the Pin. CCE Mat set on 2" of crusher run rock base for drainage.
Deluxe Combo System at Hillwood Country Club, Louisville, KYDeluxe Combo System at Hillwood Country Club, Louisville, KY
Jay, I am more than pleased with my mat. I was very impressed with the quality. It is so dense, you can bury your fingers in it. It holds tees in different positions very well.Jay, I am more than pleased with my mat. I was very impressed with the quality. It is so dense, you can bury your fingers in it. It holds tees in different positions very well.
Thanks for the great golf mat Jay! It is as close as I've seen to acting like the real turf. I have added it to my golf teaching bag.Thanks for the great golf mat Jay! It is as close as I've seen to acting like the real turf. I have added it to my golf teaching bag.
AfghanistanAfghanistan
Thanks To My New Golf Mat I've Lowered My Score by 5 Strokes.Thanks To My New Golf Mat I've Lowered My Score by 5 Strokes.
The NO CONTEST Best Golf Mat. I use it. Wouldn't use anything else.The NO CONTEST Best Golf Mat. I use it. Wouldn't use anything else.
My personal barefoot beer drinking driving range.  I really enjoy the new mat. I am able to hit down & through the mat. It's the same feeling as hitting off a well maintained high end fairway. I am sure to get many years of enjoyment out of this backyard golf upgrade.  I started at 9AM and finished about 3PM.  I got everything for the install at Home Depot for about $200. I love it, Thanks for everything.My personal barefoot beer drinking driving range. I really enjoy the new mat. I am able to hit down & through the mat. It's the same feeling as hitting off a well maintained high end fairway. I am sure to get many years of enjoyment out of this backyard golf upgrade. I started at 9AM and finished about 3PM. I got everything for the install at Home Depot for about $200. I love it, Thanks for everything.
During the winter months here in Colorado I can now go 'hit the range' regardless of the weather outside.  It's very convenient to have the setup right here so I don't waste the time driving to a range and back again. Finally, what I find myself doing now is reading articles or swing tips online, then being able to head right into the garage and practice what I just read. It is as convenient as having a full range in the backyard! I like the feel to stand on and when swinging through the ball. It has the feel of a fairway, and if I hit it fat, I know it. I also love the fact that I can put a tee in the mat and hit my driver. I am very happy I found your site on the web and ordered the mat from you.During the winter months here in Colorado I can now go 'hit the range' regardless of the weather outside. It's very convenient to have the setup right here so I don't waste the time driving to a range and back again. Finally, what I find myself doing now is reading articles or swing tips online, then being able to head right into the garage and practice what I just read. It is as convenient as having a full range in the backyard! I like the feel to stand on and when swinging through the ball. It has the feel of a fairway, and if I hit it fat, I know it. I also love the fact that I can put a tee in the mat and hit my driver. I am very happy I found your site on the web and ordered the mat from you.

Archive for July, 2008

Like Playing on a True Fairway?

Posted in: Blog by Jay on July 14, 2008

The Practice Mat that Gives…
By Annie Gladue-Latham
8 July 2008

If someone told you a golf mat existed that was designed to absorb the blow of a golf shot just like playing on a true fairway, would you be curious to try it out? I know I would.

I’m not a big fan of going to the driving range to practice. My aversion is due to the proliferation of facilities that “feature” hard mats on top of a cement surface. My argument is that hitting off a mat does not even remotely resemble the feel of hitting on a real golf course. Needless to say, that limits my practice options. But on the other hand, that also means that I am constantly on the hunt for viable alternatives.

I recently discovered a website called RealFeelGolfMats.com. The name alone got my attention.

So what’s the big deal about this particular golf mat? According to the website, with the CC Elite, you can swing “down-and-through for realistic practice.” And, it takes a real tee (no more mucking around with those rubbery ones that really don’t assimilate anything you’d use on course). Specifically, the CC Elite’s Long Dense Fiber System, which consists of “spring-set” grass like fibers that move, absorb, and dissipate the downward blow of a golf-shot, actually simulate the feel of taking a divot.

Sounded almost too good to be true. So I contacted the company, JR Mats, Inc. and interviewed the founder, Mr. Jay R. McGrath (JRM), so I could get the scoop about the CC Elite.

AL: Your website mentions that you’ve been making high-end commercial golf range mats for over 14.5 years. Congratulations! When did you have your “aha!” moment for the CC Elite T-Turn Golf Mat?

JRM: Well I had been making very durable driving range mats and commercial “brush like” entry matting for years, but when we converted to “high pile” tufting machines, this enabled much thicker turf – mostly being used for football fields and sand-filled putting greens. Then we tried some sand filled tee lines that were received well by customers because they would accept a real tee – but the sand was hard on the clubs and it compressed over a short period of time to become very hard. I knew if we could make this thick turf dense enough that it wouldn’t need sand we’d have a winner. I introduced the first Country Club Elite Mat at the 2006 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and it was an instant hit.

AL: At what point did you decide to make a consumer product?

JRM: I had people e-mailing me left and right wanting to buy Country Club Elite Mats for personal use because they had used them at a golf school, academy, or country club that was using our product. I run a small company (lean on people) so the easiest way for me to do this was to put product on line.

AL: I noticed that your smallest size was a 10” x 30” hitting strip for $51. Talk to me about the different sizes you offer.

JRM: The 10×30 is a portable size. I have customers who take it to the driving range with them and they use the hard range mat to stand on and hit off of the Country Club Elite Portable Hitting Strip. You can also use it in the backyard or take it to the park and place it so that you can work on uphill, downhill, sidehill lies, etc. If you want to stand on the mat a 3×4 is great for chipping and iron practice and a 3×5 will accommodate every club in your bag. Commercially the 5×5 is most common because you can rotate it 4 ways for extra wear and durability.

AL: What about the weight? How transportable is this mat?

JRM: The CC Elite weighs 2 pounds per square foot. So that means that a 3×4 mat weighs 24 pounds and a 5×5 will weigh in at 50 pounds.

[Note: To put that in perspective… Most airlines have a 70-pound limit on golf clubs. And your carry-on bag (which must fit under your seat or in the overhead bin) cannot weigh more than 50 lbs.]

AL: Wouldn’t it be hard to carry?

JRM: Actually, I use two bungee cords around the rolled 5×5 mat as handles to carry it around at trade shows.

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Mr. McGrath also told me that notable users of the CC Elite include Annika Sorenstam, for use at her golf academy, the Mike Benders Academy (Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher), the Steven Dressers Academy (a Golf Magazine Top 25 Golf School), and at Merto Golf and Fitness (a David Glenz Academy – Golf Digest top 50 teacher).

Pricing starts at $51 for the 10″ x 30″ Hitting Strip. A 3′ x 4′ mat runs $239 and the 3′ x 5′ is $299. The 5′ x 5′, which is the entry point for the commercial mat, runs $499. The mats come with a 365-day guarantee. Mr. McGrath states on the website, “…Swing as often as you like, because of its quality construction – I guarantee that you can’t wear this mat out right up to the last day of my 365-day guarantee!”

Conclusion:
I’d say that the CC Elite is definitely worth looking into and maybe, it’ll beckon you to practice, practice practice… which is a good thing.