Best Golf Mat 2022

If you are in the market for a golf mat, then we recommend checking out some of these models

Best Golf Mat

Best Golf Mat

Having a good golf mat is essential for someone who is looking to practice at home, in a studio, anywhere with an outdoor space or even at the office! A good golf mat is one of the best golf accessories (opens in new tab) you can have if you're looking to get as much practice in during the winter to keep your game ticking over.

You might be looking for a golf mat to protect the lawn at home while you hit a few, you might be looking to have one to use to protect the fairways in winter or you might be looking for a golf mat to practice your putting stroke on. In this list, we have combined a number of different of the best golf mats to suit all abilities, budgets and practicalities. We have some affordable options to help you work away at your game as well as some mats that are more of an investment.   

Whether you want to work on your putting or your putting stroke the best golf mat designs on the market are there to help you at home or out on the course. Additionally also take a look at our guides on the best golf net (opens in new tab), best golf launch monitors (opens in new tab) or the best golf training aids (opens in new tab)

Best Golf Mat

Hitting Mats

Champkey Golf Mat

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A great all-round golf mat that comes in three sizes

Specifications

Size: 3 sizes (8" x 17"; 13" x 17"; 1.5ft x 2.2ft)

Reasons to buy

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As close as possible to interacting with real grass
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Ideal, portable size

Reasons to avoid

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Some might want a bigger hitting space

During testing we found the Champkey Golf Mat to be well made. The artificial grass isn’t too long or heavy so you get a realistic fairway-like feel as you strike the ball. It is also a good weight - heavy enough not to fly up off the ground as you hit the ball but not too onerous to carry and move around. It also sits flat on the ground which is great if you're concerned about it lifting or bouncing when you hit it.

For us, one of the big keys to this mat is the size. While it does come in small, medium and large sizes, it is compact, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space on the lawn and is easy to store. We thought it provided ample room for the club to interact with the mat through impact and would be great paired with one of the best golf nets (opens in new tab).

SKLZ pure practice mat

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SKLZ Pure Practice Mat

A great mat for practicing different lengths

Specifications

Size : 63.5cm x 40.64cm

Reasons to buy

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Durable and well made
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Three lengths

Reasons to avoid

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Ideally needs to be paired with a proper net

SKLZ make high-quality products, (with the Grip Trainer being a particular favorite of ours, so much so it made our best golf training aids (opens in new tab) guide), and this mat is no exception. It is durable and feels well made whilst the three lengths of cut offer something a little different on each shot. 

The tee turf, as you would expect with the name, holds tees nicely. The fairway cut simulates long and short iron shots from the middle of the fairway with a tight lie, whilst the 1st cut rough for practicing ball striking in deeper lies and improving recovery shots.

ON PAR Tri Turf Mat

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ON PAR Tri Turf Mat

Excellent for working on playing from the rough

Specifications

Size: 25" x 16"

Reasons to buy

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Three options
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Foam base
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Easy to transport

Reasons to avoid

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Not the biggest

This has been designed to encourage you to work on your driving, chipping and fairway shots. There is 35mm rough grass which is ideal for chipping and iron shots (when you miss the fairway!), the same length to get a peg in the turf to practice your driving and the more compact 16mm turf to simulate your iron (opens in new tab) and wedge (opens in new tab) shots. The beauty of this is that it’s perfect to transport around the place, has a foam padding base so you don’t feel like you’re going to do yourself an injury and has a non-slip backing material. It is simple and will give you hours of fun and functionality, helping you to improve your skills as a golfer.

Fiberbuilt Flight Deck golf mat

Fiberbuilt Flight Deck

Round shape makes it great for portability

Specifications

Sizes: 21.25" x 13.5"

Reasons to buy

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Portable
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Stabilisers make this really solid on the ground

Reasons to avoid

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Not the highest quality astroturf

The flight deck is a portable and affordable oval-shaped hitting mat. It uses the same ‘turf’ as the larger footprint studio mats and these are built to avoid turf shock. It sits in a heavy-duty base with bumpers to protect your clubs which is a pretty unique trait of this golf mat, that helps to prevent wear and tear on your golf equipment (opens in new tab). It also includes stabilizer holes to fix the deck down and with an adjustable tee, whatever club you want to hit, you can.

Champkey Impact Surface Mat

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Champkey Replaceable Golf Impact Mat 2.0 Edition

Great for seeing your swing arc

Specifications

Sizes: 13" x 17"

Reasons to buy

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A handy too to help you analyse your swing arc
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Replaceable mat
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Cushioned 

Reasons to avoid

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will not allow you to replicate different lies

Finding yourself slicing the ball? Or are you hooking your shots more often than hitting them straight? Well that all comes down to how your swing arc is coming into the ball on impact and if you've ever wanted to stop slicing the ball, then changing your swing arc to ensure you're hitting the ball on line and through the middle is the way forward. That's where this fantastic mat comes in. 

Featuring an impact mat, Champkey have designed a product that will show you the angle that your clubhead is coming down on the golf ball. That in turn allows you to see the direction of your swing arc and thus alter your movements. You'll also be able to utilise the handy alignment lines printed on the mat to help you keep your shot in line and your club coming straight through the golf ball. So for those looking to seriously improve their ball striking - this is the mat for you. 

ENHUA GOLF Hitting Mat with Ball Tray

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Enhua Golf Hitting Mat with Ball Tray

Great for convenience and efficiency

Specifications

Size: 24" x 17"

Reasons to buy

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Excellent for practicing from different lies
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Convenient ball holder

Reasons to avoid

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Not as big as other mats on this list

Another great mat that features several different lengths of artificial grass you can practice from, the Enhua mat also delivers in convenience too thanks to its handy golf ball holder. Fed up of having to chase golf balls around your range bay or living room? The Enhua keeps them all neat and tidy in this handy little golf ball holder that makes it easy to tee up your next shot. Paired with one of the best golf nets (opens in new tab) in your backyard, this is certainly one of the best golf mats on the market right now. 

Champkey Pro Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat

Champkey Pro Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat

Three different grass types is great for practice

Specifications

Sizes: 24" x 24"

Reasons to buy

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Practise off three different lies
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Compact and portable

Reasons to avoid

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On the heavy side

This is a great option for a portable mat that offers you three different types of surface to hit off. The three turfs mimic the fairway, first cut and rough and give you the option to hone your skills of a number of surfaces, not just an easy fairway lie. This is a great option for chipping (opens in new tab) if you want to protect your lawn but still practice your short game out of some dodgy lies, rather than just the bare lies often found on most golf mats.

Putting Mats

Perfect practice perfect putting matEditors Choice 2022

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Features excellent alignment tools

Specifications

Size : 9'6" in length

Reasons to buy

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High-quality materials
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Golf ball comes right back to your feet
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Two ball return holes

Reasons to avoid

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Needs a large space to use effectively

Who better to advertise your product than the newly-crowned Masters champion Dustin Johnson (opens in new tab)? This features train track alignment lines, an auto-ball return and the hole is a reduced size to help narrow your focus. This can run at up to 14 on the Stimp meter – it features a unique crystal velvet material to produce a great pace – depending on the underlying surface and you can take it anywhere on your travels as it simply rolls up.

When a putt is holed, the ball rolls down the side track and right back to your feet, so no back pain. Also if you need to update your flat stick, then be sure to check out the best putters (opens in new tab) on the market too.

Pure 2 Improve 3.0 Putting Mat

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Pure 2 Improve 3.0 Putting Mat

Very easy to store

Specifications

Size: 65x300cm

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of options
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Well put together 

Reasons to avoid

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No gradients

This will help to make putting fun again. You can work on your alignment, speed and distance control and it has dots located around the three-meter mat to get you hitting from different angles rather than hitting the same putt over and over again. If you're looking for a golf ball to pair up with those alignment tools, pair this mat up with the TaylorMade TP5 Pix (opens in new tab) or the TaylorMade Tour Response Stripe (opens in new tab). It provides instant feedback on where your weakness might lie and it is built from a quality construction so it should last you forever. And it’s easy to roll up, too, so you can have it in the boot of the car for when you fancy rolling a few putts. 

PuttOut Putting Mat

PuttOUT Putting Mat

Great alignment tools

Specifications

Sizes: 240 x 50

Reasons to buy

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One of the best putting mats on the market
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Great for pace control

Reasons to avoid

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Need a lot of space to use

Complete with printed alignment guides, target points and distance markings, the mat replicates a medium-to-fast green. Improve your putting stroke and work on drills in the comfort of your own home. It runs at exactly 10 on the stimp meter, which gives you a consistent and relatively faced pace green to practice on and translates into more putts holed when you get out onto the course. Interestingly, we found this mat runs faster when placed on a hard floor rather than carpet so, if you have the room, you can alter the pace slightly.

Pair this with the PuttOut Pressure Trainer (opens in new tab) - a device that acts as a golf hole and fun drill - and you've got yourself an ideal home putting studio to work on the most important part of the game from the comfort of your own home.

Wellputt Start putting mat

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Wellputt Start Putting Mat

A great putting mat for honing in on your distances

Specifications

Sizes: 3m x 35cm

Reasons to buy

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Tour validated design
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Long at 10 feet
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Good for pace control

Reasons to avoid

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Not as helpful with alignment

We have been fans of Wellputt mats for a while now because of the overall quality on offer. Endorsed by Jordan Spieth's coach Cameron McCormick, the Start Mat will improve distance control thanks to the three targets at different distances. Additionally, the mat measures at three meters in length which is a very good length and it stimps at 10 as well. We like the fact the Wellputt Putting app is included because it comes with over 50 instructions on how to improve your putting game.

Rife Deluxe Edition Training Putting Mat

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Rife Deluxe Edition Training Putting Mat

Great ball return system

Specifications

Size: 3m x 35cm

Reasons to buy

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Automatic ball retrieval
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Lightweight and portable

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of variety of putts

Rife is a highly respected name in the putting game – it makes some high-quality putters – and it has now produced this excellent putting mat. It’s great value (opens in new tab) and it features an automatic ball return so you can hit putt after putt after putt to build a better stroke and confidence. One half offers a smaller hole with an alignment line to nail down those short putts while the other offers a better option of knocking it in. Lightweight and portable and great for the home or office. 

The Breaking Ball Putting Mat

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Excellent for gauging distance

Specifications

Size : Two sizes (7.5 x 1.6 ft) & (11 x 2.2 ft)

Reasons to buy

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Great roll and quality balls
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Brilliant packaging, will last a lifetime
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Three options of ball and mat length

Reasons to avoid

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A little on the pricey side

This putting mat comes with three revolutionary breaking balls that are weighted differently to replicate three severities of break. The green ball has a slight break, the red ball has a medium break and the blue ball has a heavy break. Inside the ball is a screw and, if the screw is on the right, the ball will break left to right and vice versa. Previously, golfers have only been able to practice straight putts from the comfort of their own home, which you can of course do here using a normal ball, but the breaking balls add another dimension to your practice which should stand you in better stead when over a tricky six-footer on the course next time out.

Inesis Putting Mat With Ball Return, putting mat with golf holes, putting mat with ball return

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Inesis Putting Mat With Ball Return

Best for value

Specifications

Length : 8.2ft

Reasons to buy

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Two holes, one smaller than the other, allow for great practice
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Two rolling speeds

Reasons to avoid

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One of the rolling speeds feels too slow

Inesis are known for making high quality, useful golf products at a very competitive price and it has achieved that once again with this putting mat. The name is fairly self-explanatory and the best feature about this mat is that it returns the ball to you, allowing for non-stop putting. It has two different rolling speeds on either side - one of which has an alignment aid - as well as two different holes, one of which is much smaller than regulation to allow you to really hone in your putting stroke and accuracy.

We love the two different holes and the smaller one makes the hole out on the course look huge! We've got mixed feelings about the two rolling speeds though as one of them feels far too slow for what you'd have out on the course. However, if you find yourself playing on lots of different greens at different paces, this might be useful for you. At this price, it's one of the best putting mats out there.

Champkey Puttech Pro Putting Mat, putting mat with golf ball, putting mat with golf hole, putting mat with hazards

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Champkey Puttech Pro Putting Mat

Best for pressure putting

Specifications

Length (ft): 10
Stimpmeter: 9-11

Reasons to buy

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‘Hazards’ behind the hole are good practice guides
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Ball comes directly back to you

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most premium materials

Despite the 'hazards' behind the hole on this Champkey putting mat looking slightly rudimentary, they actually provide a great practice aid when using the putting mat. The slight incline towards the hole means you have to hit the ball hard enough to get to the hole, but obviously not too far that it lands in a hazard. This is great for practicing a good acceleration of the putter and encourages you not to jab or decelerate the blade.

At 9ft long, it's a good size but you'll have to have plenty of space to use it properly. No matter where the ball ends up - hole, water or sand - it will also conveniently roll back to your feet for you to go again.

How we test golf gear

When it comes to testing golf mats, our comprehensive methodology (opens in new tab) revolves around, as you would expect, playing a lot of golf. We feel putting golf products to the test on the golf course, on the range and in practice is the best way to find out how usable and well-designed these golf accessories really are.

On that note, we feel it is particularly important to use all golf mats in different conditions, whether that is in your living room, on your patio, or even on grass. We look out for several features when we test golf mats, including the durability of the artificial grass, how similar the mat feels to real conditions and how convenient they are to use. The final point we should mention is no manufacturer can buy a good review. This is because our testing team tells it how it is and we seek to be as insightful and honest as possible.

What to consider when buying a golf mat

There are a number of different golf mats on the market, with each boasting an array of different features that you may want to look out for when you purchase your next golf mat. But which one is right for you? Well, there is a lot of choice out there but we recommend keeping in mind the below tips to make sure you make the most informed choice. 

1. What do you want to practice? 

First, if you’re looking to focus on a specific part of your game, then there will be a golf mat for that. Hitting mats like the ones above will help you work on full swings, chipping, pitching and more shots of that nature. Whereas if you want to work on your putting, there are loads of designs for that which will help in terms of alignment, pace control, stroke technique and so on. 

2. Size 

As you have seen, the best golf mats come in a variety of sizes. If you want models with a larger, or smaller footprint, there are designs out there for you. The thing to be aware of is how much space do you have to work with? This will then dictate which model to go for. Obviously, the above point on what you want to practice will also dictate the size of mat, because putting mats tend to be significantly larger than hitting mats. 

3. Grass type

As we've seen above, some of the best hitting mats come with varying types and lengths of grass. That means you can practice all manner of shots and hone in on how you play from tougher lies or from the rough with your putting mat. On the other hand, you may also just want to use a mat with one type of grass to hone in on your wedge-play or long irons. 

4. Convenience

Linking with the above point, how convenient do you want the mat to be, primarily in terms of how easy is it to store and put away. Some of the models above, like the PuttOUT Putting Mat roll up conveniently and easily in a bag, whilst hitting mats tend to be thicker and take up a bit more room. 

5. Durability 

The good thing about mats is they should last a long time because all you are doing on them is using them for their very purpose, practice. That being said there are still models out there which wear down too quickly which is why we have collated the models above because none of them should do that. Just be aware of cheap materials used on mats because they won't perform well in the long term.

FAQs

Is a golf mat worth it?

Definitely. As we've all seen over the various lockdowns (and the surrounding videos) we can all find space to hit a few balls. You can practise all different parts of your game and you can really keep your game ticking over. You can take it anywhere, you don't have to ruin your lawn and it will last for years. The more durable the better is a good approach. 

Which golf mat should I buy?

It depends on a) what you want to practise and b) how much space you have. If you're looking to focus on a specific part of your game, there will be a mat for that. We have a great guide on the best putting mats to guide you through even more options on the market.

If you're practising chipping, then one of the smaller mats will be ideal to use to protect the lawn. Maybe you want to check out our best golf nets guide to accompany the mat too.


Is a putting mat worth it?

Again, definitely. Putting is around 45 per cent of the game and plenty of us arrive on the 1st green feeling like we've never had a putter in our hands before. Go to any tour event and the putting green will be packed, go to your local club and we'll all be hitting three putts to the same hole and then straight to the 1st tee. This is a great way to nail down that putting stroke and get the fell of rolling the ball properly – and then seeing more putts drop!