Spurk Golf Mat Review
Spurk Golf's unique year-round mat was designed to provide golfers with a realistic summer-equivalent playing surface, split over two artificial grass lengths, helping to protect the course or practice area in winter without substituting quality.
Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently had the test to test it for himself and he has responded with feedback after using the mat.
Test & Review Feedback
As with most good things the concept is simple. There are teeth that fix the mat to the surface of the ground allowing you to strike cleanly from it. There are two different types of mat surface. There’s a close cut one that I found easy to use around the green and then there’s a longer depth of turf that during the course of our testing I found worked very well from sloping or gradient featured lies.
Many clubs protect their fairways during the winter by requiring players to use mats. They are not universally liked and they can cause some considerable controversy over their forced use.
I have certainly struggled in the past with some mats that curl at the edges and can certainly remember some shots were the mat has travelled further than the ball.
The guys at Spurk golf are both competitive golfers based within the Midlands area and they felt that they needed a much better- quality product to be produced. They played at a course that forced use of mats from the end of autumn, and wanted their product to be easy to use and carry. It had to be practical. I have to say that having tried it a number of times over the winter I do actually prefer it any other mats that I’ve ever used.
I also find it really useful as an alignment aid. The teeth cause the mat to sit flat to the turf and it has a very solid base. Another positive is the fact that there are two lengths of artificial turf available, the shorter one generally for use around the green; the longer one for sloping fairways.
When testing I found it to be excellent on sloping fairways. From an environmental concern and a course protection point of view no damage is done to the fairway by striking the ball. Feedback from greenkeepers that I have discussed the mat with has been overwhelmingly positive as the teeth gently aerated the fairway when being used.
The cost point is £20, feedback to date is very good with some northern courses renting them for £10 per round of golf and finding that they are becoming very popular with both visiting and local golfers.
For more information visit www.spurkgolf.co.uk.
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