The True Strike Academy Golf Mat Review

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The True Strike Academy Golf Mat is designed for golfers who prioritize a central hitting position and offering an excellent hitting experience that minimizes joint pain. It is suitable for professional golfers and golf coaches, but it would also serve casual golfers well. However, it does come with a higher cost and may not fully replicate the feel of natural turf.

A friend has been using his golf mat for approximately two years and has occasionally complained about its impact on his joints, experiencing shocks during shots. Despite my attempts to persuade him to upgrade, he remained stubborn. However, he finally decided to make the switch with his new coaching job, and I was happy to assist.

After researching and testing various options, I settled on the True Strike Academy Golf Mat. I was particularly pleased with its joint-friendly feel and found it easy to assemble. The mat’s forgiveness, even on fat shots, impressed me, although I wished it were a bit wider, given its higher price. While the turf feel didn’t match some of the premium mats I’ve used, the overall performance of the golf mat was quite satisfactory.

For the rest of this article, I will delve into a comprehensive review of the features of the True Strike Academy Golf Mat. I will share insights on its performance based on testing, discuss the advantages of choosing this golf mat, and address any drawbacks. Stick with me; let’s get into it.

Specifications

SIGPRO Softy 4′x7′ Golf Mat

$1,058

  • Minimizes joint pain during use
  • Simple setup process.
  • Provides forgiveness, especially on fat shots.

The True Strike Academy Golf Mat is meticulously designed to elevate your playing experience while minimizing the risk of joint pain. Below is a table outlining some of its key features:

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GOLF MATSIGPRO Softy 4′x7′ Golf Mat
Dimensions52(L) x 80(W) x 2” (H)
Weight134 lbs
Price$1,058

Features

The TrueStrike Golf Mat is designed to replicate the durability and responsiveness of real turf when you strike it, providing you with a practice experience that closely mimics playing on a fairway.

I liked its modular construction. This allowed me to customize the mat according to my specific needs.

Another notable feature I appreciated was the “ruckable” top surface and a gel-filled divot-simulating subsurface. This innovative design accurately replicates the playing conditions of a natural fairway. The mat weighs 134 lbs, and its dimensions are 2″H x 52″L x 80″W.

Notably, the design incorporates a digit-simulating sub-surface that houses a nylon-armored polyurethane pillow with a closed-cell foam insert and silicone gel. This combination effectively recreates the sensation of taking a divot, allowing your club head to interact with the mat surface just as it would on real turf. This feature contributes to a more authentic and beneficial practice session as you aim to refine your skills and play like a professional on the grass.

Performance

I’ve got to say that the True Strike Academy Golf Mat is rock-solid, super easy to put together, and doesn’t budge an inch during use.

I tried it out with my trackman, and they were incredibly reliable and accurate, successfully replicating the sensation of hitting off real grass.

However, I must mention that the mat is a bit on the smaller side. Due to its limited space, I had to position my launch monitor off the mat.

For my garage setup, the True Strike mat is functional. I can consistently hit from the same spot and only need to replace the worn-out hitting section. It’s pretty forgiving on fat shots, especially when it sits on top of cement.

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That said, while I find this mat pretty decent, I’ve used others that offer better performance and come at a lower cost. I expected more for the price; you might want to consider alternatives that give you more bang for your buck.

Pricing Value

Admittedly, the True Strike Academy Golf Mat is priced at $1,058 and is available at the indoor golf shop. While it delivers decent performance for the cost, there are better alternatives at a similar price point that would provide a more satisfactory experience. It’s worth exploring other options that offer superior value and performance within the same budget range.

What I liked

  • Minimizes joint pain during use
  • Simple setup process.
  • Provides forgiveness, especially on fat shots.
  • Modular sections can be easily replaced and customized.
  • Suitable for consistent practice in a garage.

What I didn’t like

  • Relatively expensive.
  • Does not match premium mats in feel.
  • The size was smaller than most alternatives.
  • Falls short of the natural turf feel provided by some premium mats.

Comparison with alternatives

This mat provides decent performance for me, but I wouldn’t go for it at this price. Better alternatives offer superior performance, such as the SIG Pro softy and the Fiberbuilt 4′ x 7′ Single-Sided Studio Golf Mat.

The Sigpro softy falls within the same price range and offers superior performance, making it a great alternative for professional and casual golfers. The Fiberbuilt Golf Mat, on the other hand, is a more expensive alternative but will offer great functionality and super easy on the joints. Here’s a look at the key features of these mats side by side:

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GOLF MATTrue Strike Academy Golf MatSIGPRO Softy 4′x7′ Golf MatFiberbuilt 4′ x 7′ Single-Sided Studio Golf MatSIGPRO 4′ x 10′ Golf Mat
Dimensions52(L) x 80(W) x 2” (H)4(L) x 7(W) x 2.5” (H)4(L) x x 7′4(L) x 10(W) x 2.5” (H)
Weight134lbs21lbs 31lbs
Price$1,058$899.99$1,149$1,099
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True Strike Academy Golf Mat

True Strike Academy Golf Mat

  • Tailored for golfers of all skill levels.
  • Best investment for those looking to elevate their iron game.
  • Closest simulation to swings off real grass for authentic practice experience.
Buy Now For $1,058
SIGPRO Softy 4′x7′ Golf Mat

SIGPRO Softy 4′x7′ Golf Mat

  • It’s like hitting off the fairways
  • Turf Density made to be hit on everyday by everyday golfers
  • The Hitting Strip is Easily Swappable, don’t ever worry about replacing your whole mat.
Buy Now For $899.99
Fiberbuilt 4' x 7' Single-Sided Studio Golf Mat

Fiberbuilt 4′ x 7′ Single-Sided Studio Golf Mat

  • Perfect for home simulators, hitting into golf nets, or any home setup.
  • Maintains ball flight numbers close to real fairway grass conditions.
  • Eliminates club bounces off the turf, reducing the risk of injury.
Buy Now For $1,149
SIGPRO 4' x 10' Golf Mat

SIGPRO 4′ x 10′ Golf Mat

  • Allows golfers to swing down and through with irons, ensuring pure ball contact.
  • Provides the truest feel of the fairway during practice.
Buy Now For $1099

Final thoughts

What do I love most about this mat? It’s the ability to minimize those pesky joint pains. The forgiveness on those fat shots and the easy assembly, especially for my garage setup, were definite highlights. Yet, I found myself wishing for a bit more width for the cost it carries.

But here’s the truth: alternatives like the SIG Pro Softy and the Fiberbuilt 4′ x 7′ Single-Sided Studio Golf Mat showed up on the scene, offering a competitive game. The SIG Pro Softy, a bit lighter on the wallet, still delivers top-notch performance. I have come to love the SIGPro softy and would recommend it. The True Strike Academy just does not perform as well as the SIGPro softy.

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Fredrick

Hello, I'm Fredrick, and I have a genuine passion for golf. With over 15 years of immersion in the golfing industry, I've not only played the game extensively but also honed my skills in crafting informational guides on golf. Golf is not just a sport to me; it's a way of life, and I'm thrilled to share my expertise with fellow enthusiasts.