I would like to find some type of paint or chalk or powder or
something that I can use on a practice mat (and even on grass) to show
me exactly where the sole of my golf club is making contact.
I am trying to get a mark more or less like what I get when I hit out
of sand. After a sand shot, there is a "divot" or mark in the sand
that shows exactly where the club first made contact, about how deep
it went, whether it was straight, and where it left the sand. The
image isn't perfect because the sand doesn't stay put, but it's pretty
I have a practice mat at home. I've tried various materials on the
mat, but none of them are quite right.
Flour worked the best. I sprinkle a little flour on the mat leaving a
white area about 12-15 inches long and 4-5 inches wide. I place the
ball in the middle of the flour and hit away. The club takes out the
flour leaving a pretty good mark. The main problem with this is that
it's messy. The flour settles down into the pile of the mat and builds
up. When I go to put the mat away, it leaks flour all over the place.
I also tried coarser stuff like potato flakes, but all were messy in
one way or another. The flour left the best mark.
I bought a can of marking paint called Precision Line by Rustoleum.
It's water-based and says it's for use on pavement and grass. The
first time I tried it, I got to close and moved too slowly. I got a
think mess, but it did wash off fairly well with water while it was
still wet. After I got the hang of it, I was able to lay down a light
coat, which worked pretty well. The main problem with this is that it
gets on the club and the balls and does not completely wash off the
Can anyone suggest a spray paint or a spray powder that might work
better than these? I'd prefer a powder to a paint. Is there a spray
powder that is just slightly sticky so that it would stick to the top
of the mat fibers and not settle down into the pile?
Another idea I had was to build a sand box to hit out of. The sand
would need to come right to the edge and I'd need another platform to
stand on. It would also be messy.
Any suggestions appreciated.