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Just now, Lacassem said:

Missed this entire thread! I am not in the market for a putting mat but completely forgot to follow this as I was interested. Great context and reviews on this folks. Will be in the market eventually when I have more space so seems like this could be a good option.

you definitely need space for this. i know birdieball has smaller offerings and from what i saw with the PuttUp, they make one hell of a product. 

i don’t think you can go wrong with any of their mats. but if you wait until you’ve got some legroom you won’t be disappointed at all with the PuttUp

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well, that’s just not true. none of you know who i am.  before all of that, though...thank you thank you thank you MGS and BirdieBall for letting me test out what promises to be a really cool new

Hello there fellow spies. To introduce myself, I’ll start with my name - Christopher Rants, and I live in Sioux City Iowa - where the leaves are starting to fall and snow will cover the greens soon en

Today my putt up arrived. I had to take my dog to daycare because although I measured out an area the mat is much bigger than you think once you get it. I got it built and moved to the garage so I can

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3 minutes ago, Chip Strokes said:

you definitely need space for this. i know birdieball has smaller offerings and from what i saw with the PuttUp, they make one hell of a product. 

i don’t think you can go wrong with any of their mats. but if you wait until you’ve got some legroom you won’t be disappointed at all with the PuttUp

I think like everyone on here the goal is to have a full blown golf room in the near future (probably not in the cards until I can’t golf anymore) but eventually a putting area and a minimum a net to hit into in the dog days of winter. For now my 2x10 true birdie gets the job done

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9 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

I think like everyone on here the goal is to have a full blown golf room in the near future (probably not in the cards until I can’t golf anymore) but eventually a putting area and a minimum a net to hit into in the dog days of winter. For now my 2x10 true birdie gets the job done

golf room (simulator room?) is definitely the dream someday. for now the putting mat in the basement will have to do 

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2 minutes ago, Chip Strokes said:

golf room (simulator room?) is definitely the dream someday. for now the putting mat in the basement will have to do 

Golf room IE. Bar, sim, darts etc etc lol

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5 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

Golf room IE. Bar, sim, darts etc etc lol

i’m with you man. this is why i wish my basement had taller ceilings. 

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With Christmas exploding at the house and now a massive dead tree in my living room, I've gone to a 'fast setup' with the PuttUp in which I just roll out the matt, put some of my kids toys down on the corners to weigh it down and smooth out the ripples, and then putt on the flat surface. I really can't leave it out that long without the kids destroying it or the wife yelling about how much space it takes up. Regardless, I do like how quickly the mat flattens out and I can get in 45 minutes of practice before the landlord starts to fuss. 

Once we get through the holidays and I get my living room back, I'll go back to the full setup. But it is nice to roll it out and be putting in a couple of minutes. 

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My oldest managed to take a small divot out of the mat this morning...I was a tad pissed so I'll take pics and post the damage later this evening.  

I've ordered the mat fill from BirdieBall and will post pics/videos of the repair process. It appears to be a simple fix. 

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Oooops! My Lab snuck into the garage after I'd set up my mat....

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Sounds like they have a repair kit for that kind of damage?  If so that is great to be able to fix it and save your investment.

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On 12/3/2020 at 10:59 AM, txgolfjunkie said:

With Christmas exploding at the house and now a massive dead tree in my living room, I've gone to a 'fast setup' with the PuttUp in which I just roll out the matt, put some of my kids toys down on the corners to weigh it down and smooth out the ripples, and then putt on the flat surface. I really can't leave it out that long without the kids destroying it or the wife yelling about how much space it takes up. Regardless, I do like how quickly the mat flattens out and I can get in 45 minutes of practice before the landlord starts to fuss. 

Once we get through the holidays and I get my living room back, I'll go back to the full setup. But it is nice to roll it out and be putting in a couple of minutes. 

Not just the annually reappearing arbor and shiny bits but also the trains that take up half of the space the PuttUp mat uses, golfing withdrawal is seeping in.  Trying to subdue it with more 19th hole activity, can't have that part of the game suffer too now the outdoor season is in full hibernation.

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3 hours ago, EasyPutter said:

more 19th hole activity

HA! Love it .. gotta keep those 12-/16-oz curls going 🍻

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5 hours ago, cksurfdude said:

Oooops! My Lab snuck into the garage after I'd set up my mat....

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Guess your lab wants you to go to the course to putt.  🤣🌨️❄️

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On 12/17/2020 at 10:55 AM, cksurfdude said:

Oooops! My Lab snuck into the garage after I'd set up my mat....

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Fill kit is free (+$6.99 shipping) on their site. I received mine about a week after I ordered it. My damage isn't as severe but still requires the fill kit. That...uh...wow...'man's best friend' huh?

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11 hours ago, txgolfjunkie said:

That...uh...wow...'man's best friend' huh?

Thanks for that info - def gonna order one.

Yeah I still love the little booger. Anything new on the floor, anywhere, instantly becomes his! I just look at the nail marks kinda like spike marks on the green - so it's more realistic now ☺️☺️☺️

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Well I was checking out this thread to see if anyone has dogs and how the mat was holding up... I didn't have to scroll too far as I opened right up to @cksurfdude and his puppy's prints.  

Did you end up getting/using the fill kit?  I'd be interested to hear how that worked for you.  I really like the idea of the birdieball mat, but I've got two pups of my own here that do not now boundaries, so this would likely happen to me too.  

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On 12/30/2020 at 2:14 PM, B.Boston said:

Well I was checking out this thread to see if anyone has dogs and how the mat was holding up... I didn't have to scroll too far as I opened right up to @cksurfdude and his puppy's prints.  

Did you end up getting/using the fill kit?  I'd be interested to hear how that worked for you.  I really like the idea of the birdieball mat, but I've got two pups of my own here that do not now boundaries, so this would likely happen to me too.  

Supposedly on the way. The mat is actually not in use right now - since I got the ExPutt! - but I'll try the repair and let you guys know.....

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I don't have the slip issue with the mat and my hardwood floors. Maybe it's the humidity that keeps the base layer snug to the floor. Maybe it's the weight of the guy hitting putts that keep it in place...maybe it's the fact that my kids probably spilled milk on the floor and it's now sticky and keeping the mat in place. Either way, no issues on my floors. 
I played a quick 9 the day before Thanksgiving and the greens were slick. I was pleasantly surprised by the pace of my putts. It wasn't a course I normally frequent so the reads on the putts weren't as good as I would like. I attribute the speed to the PuttUp.
I'm planning to play on slick country club greens this Tuesday. I'll spend my evenings on the PuttUp to prep. I'll report back on my progress on a round that could involve pre$$ure putt$.  
I am gonna be counting on that sticky milk on my doug fir floors lol thanks for the reviews everyone, very close to pulling the trigger on a 10x2 bball.

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I'll offer a follow-up to the BirdieBall PuttUp after a few months of ownership. 

Ease of Use: I store the PuttUp in the garage in the original box unless I'm using it. My use is about 3 or 4 nights/week for about 30-45 minutes. I don't want to waste time setting up flags, bumpers, etc so I grab two scrap 1x4x4 pieces of Home Depot's finest pine to weigh down both ends of the mat. The majority of the mat lays flat but the ends curl due to how it's stored. The wood strips don't really interfere with practice as the mat eventually lays completely flat after about 15 minutes. I roll it out, lay down the wood (no pun intended) and start putting in less than 60 seconds. When I'm done, I can pack it away just as quickly. 

Durability: This is surprisingly resilient to nicks, dings and scuffs from the kids and their toys. I don't leave it out very often for the kids to run all over it but sometimes I get lazy and the boys realize dad's prized golf practice aid is out for use. I do have a fill kit but I haven't had the need to use it just yet. The mat does a great job 'rebounding' to fill depressions on its own. I use the brush once a month so I don't get grooves in the turf layer from rolling the same putt over and over. 

Performance transferring out on course: If I don't arrive in time to hit a few putts on the putting green prior to the round, I might struggle with speed on the first few greens but I've noticed a significant improvement out of the gate with getting putts on line and making putts inside 6'. I really do see an improvement in tempo and my confidence that the putt will start on the intended line. Could that just be the fact that I'm practicing my stroke more frequently? Possibly. But practicing on a surface similar to an actual green does seem to be paying off. 

Overall: There has been a noticeable improvement in my putting during a time of year where it normally struggles. The ease of use and durability has been a pleasant surprise after my initial use and disappointment in how long it would take to setup and tear down. It's a keeper in my book! 

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Spring is in the air - time to fine tune the chipping 

 

 

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 BirdieBall makes a set of hole reducers.  I’m not wild about the half moon shapes that cover half the hole, but I really really like this style. The package had two of these, one as thick as the mat, and one twice the thickness - which for their regular mats you use an extra cup base and another ring to raise the mat up, but for the PuttUp works great for the deeper holes. 
 

So anxious to get out on the course, but between work, rain, and the fact our grass is just now starting to green up it hasn’t happened yet.  Trying to make the most of my inside practice - the chipping (above), varying my putting practice...

The mat has been with me all winter in my hotel (work’s home away from home).  Even when I’m not practicing I walk across it every day .  I gotta say, I’ve seen no damage, impact or wear and tear.  It just springs back.  Granted, I have no kids to take a divot out of it, and no dogs to try and dig a hole in it.  I stand on it while swinging my OrangeWhip, but make no ground contact other than my stance. 

 No signs of wear around the cups. The edges are still sharp  - though I don’t use the hole liners for all the cups.

 

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