I’ve always been curious about the TrueStrike golf mat because of its unique design which includes a gel section underneath the hitting surface.
It’s carried at most of the golf simulator specialty sites like Carl’s Place, Indoor Golf Shop and Top Shelf Golf.
After testing most of the popular golf mats and hitting strips to find my favorite I finally got my hands on a TrueStrike single hitting mat. I unboxed it, assembled it and started hitting shots in my garage golf simulator.
Unfortunately I found the TrueStrike golf mat to be a little disappointing. This may be the first negative review I’ve had to write.
In this TrueStrike golf mat review I’ll do my best to describe the mat and why I was disappointed so you know what to expect. I’ll also try to provide some alternatives to the TrueStrike mat that I found to be better options (at least for me).
Table of Contents
TrueStrike Video Review
TrueStrike Golf Mat Quality
The TrueStrike mats are modular and made up of different component sections that interlock together. That way you can replace individual sections as needed or reconfigure your mat to a different size without buying a whole new mat.
That sounds like a cool feature and it is…but…I’m not sure how much it’s actually needed. Most golf mats have a replaceable hitting strip which is the part that matters most and will wear out fastest.
So other than the hitting strip I wouldn’t think you’re wearing out other sections much at all.
And how often are people needing to change the size of their mat? I’m sure it’s come in handy for someone that has moved and now has either more or less space for their golf simulator but I can’t see that happening too often.
I found the assembly of these sections to be kind of annoying. Each section has tracks that come out from each side and interlock with the next section. Some pieces didn’t seem to fit together too well at one end or the other.
The outside edges are covered up by a piece of plastic edge trim on one side and a ball tray on the other. Since these only interlock on one side they include screws to be used as additional security.
Overall it took me probably 20 minutes on the floor trying to fit each piece together multiple times until I was satisfied with the fit. Of course that’s not that big of a deal and you’re really only going to assemble it once.
I found it annoying just because it seemed like such overkill compared to most other golf mats which simply fit together in 2-3 pieces or less with basically no assembly at all. The TrueStrike mat just seems unnecessarily complex for a golf mat.
On top of that, each Range Mat section had what looked like two gouges in the turf that I originally thought were damage until I noticed they were all identical. It appears that these were tee holes to insert the included rubber tee holder from underneath the plastic.
This was detailed in the instructions but underneath the mat sections there were no holes in the plastic! So I’m assuming they no longer make them this way but still have holes in the turf for no reason OR I’m doing something very wrong.
Nevermind the annoying assembly, I was mostly curious about the “gel section”. The idea of a hitting strip made out of gel seemed very intriguing.
After unboxing the gel section and taking a look, there’s not much to see. You can see that the turf on top is slightly different than the stance sections. Flip it over and there are some small holes in the plastic that expose the foam underneath.
For the most part I couldn’t see or feel anything like gel. Oh well, it’s not for poking at with your finger it’s for hitting. Time to try it out.
TrueStrike Golf Mat Feel / Realism
After hitting some easy wedge shots and a few full swings my initial impression was unfortunately – unimpressed again.
While I wasn’t impressed with the feeling of hitting shots on the TrueStrike mat, it wasn’t necessarily negative either.
There wasn’t anything that felt like it would hurt. No “turf shock” or vibration up the shaft into my arm. The turf wasn’t too grabby. It all felt fine, pretty much like a typical golf mat you might find a driving range.
Maybe my expectations were too high or I was still slightly annoyed from piecing together the mat.
I can say for sure that I did not care for the sound it makes when hitting or the feel of standing on the mat.
It sounded like I was hitting off a piece of plastic, which I basically was. My feet landed right on the seam between two pieces of the range mat section and I could feel a little bit of play between the panels.
Overall, those two things made the TrueStrike mat seem kind of cheap, which it definitely is not.
To sum up this section: hitting off the TrueStrike mat was just ok, nothing bad. The rest of the sounds and feels of this mat made it feel like a plastic toy.
Fit Within a Golf Simulator Space
I assumed the True Strike golf mat was going to fail this category for me and it did. I don’t like the look of it and maybe that made me raise my expectations for the other categories.
The main thing I don’t like about the look is the outside trim around the edges. It’s big and round.
Not only do I not like how that looks but it makes it a little more complicated to try to match up your simulator flooring and putting turf compared to other mats that have square edges.
I have seen a few photos of people that have accomplished this flush look with a TrueStrike golf mat but most people use it as a standalone mat that sits on top of any turf.
One positive of the round trim is that it made it pretty easy to roll my golf ball back up the mat with my club. A big plus for us lazy sim golfers!
My last note on the look of the TrueStrike golf mat is just to point out the logos all over the mat. I prefer a clean look that blends in but some may not like the logos all over this thing.
I ordered the TrueStrike single golf mat but didn’t pay attention to the size.
The photos clearly show that it has two sections on the stance side and one section on the opposite side of the hitting section.
If you’re using a radar launch monitor like the Garmin R10, Flightscope Mevo Plus, or Trackman you won’t need that space on the mat but you may need to build some flooring that matches the height of the mat as mentioned before. For more on that check out Mevo Plus Setup examples.
I placed my Foresight GCQuad right up against the edge of the mat in order to have just enough distance from the launch monitor to the middle of the hitting section.
Then I realized that if I left the launch monitor there on the very far edge, I still didn’t have enough room to swing a driver. The only way I could swing driver is to tee up the ball on the range mat section where my launch monitor was sitting, which of course won’t work.
So the only option is to place the launch monitor off of the mat and on something else (maybe some extra foam tiles I have) but then the ball tray is in the way. That means I would need to swap the edge trim and the ball tray so that the ball tray sits behind me instead of in front of me!
Now I don’t really care to have a ball tray because I prefer to use one golf ball at a time in the simulator but at this point I’m totally done with this plastic golf mat that’s too small to sit my launch monitor on.
My final word on the TrueStrike golf mat review is that it’s not bad when it comes to the hitting part but it is pretty bad in every other aspect. For almost $1000 you can get a much better golf mat in the same price range or less. See my suggested TrueStrike alternatives below.
Pros and Cons
- Modular so it’s easy to replace sections and/or reconfigure the size
- Hitting section feels good. Nothing that should cause any pain or injuries.
- Interlocking pieces are annoying to assemble and leave a bunch of seams
- Feels very plastic (to stand on) and sounds like plastic when you hit
- Round trim makes it a little more difficult to match up flooring/turf in your simulator
- Single size is too small to fit a launch monitor on
TrueStrike Golf Mat Alternatives
The SIGPRO Softy mat is simple and feels fantastic. The clean edges make it much easier to blend into your simulator space and the SIGPRO Softy hitting strip feels fantastic. Like a soft fairway. It’s available as a hitting strip, 4’x7’ golf mat, and 4’x10’ golf mat.
Fiberbuilt Player Preferred Golf Mat
The Fiberbuilt Player Preferred Studio mat is a solid choice for any home golf simulator. It does utilize a rubber base which is easy to assemble but still has very clean, thin edges. The hitting section is a gigantic 2’x4’ which lets you utilize much more of the hitting area provided by premium launch monitors like the GCQuad and Uneekor EyeXO 2.
- Multiple sizes and configuration
- Real feel
- Large 2ft x 4ft hitting area
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