Best Putting Aids 2022

If you need some help on the greens then here are some putting aids to help.

Best Putting Aids
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Best Putting Aids

Putting is arguably the most important facet of the game of golf. You can drive it well, flush your irons, have a sublime short-game, but if you cannot put the ball in the hole on the green then it is all pointless.

Brands know this which is why many of them spend incredible amounts of time and money on creating the best putters for you whether they are blades, mid-mallets or mallets. But in modern golf there is a lot more attention on technique too with the creation of specific putting aids. This is where this guide comes in.

Why You'd Want To Buy A Putting Aid

So then why would you want to get one of the best putting aids out there? Well one of the best things about putting is, it is the one part of the game that can be practiced pretty much anywhere which makes a good putting aid one of the best golf accessories (opens in new tab) you can think about buying.

There are loads of different types of aid too so whatever you need to work on - whether that be feel, stroke, swing path, grip or confidence, there is something for everyone. Ultimately if a player is a better putter, then chances are they will be able to bring their handicap down and there is no better feeling in golf than holing a putt. So when looking at putting aids it is worth having a think about what will help you.

If you are after a putting mat, do you need a hole at the end so it feels like you are holing more putts, or just a flat mat to work on your stroke or pace control? Or maybe a putting mirror so you can actually see what your stroke is doing throughout?

We have looked at what we think are some of the best putting aids below, all of which will conveniently store away and be used pretty much anywhere so you can practice anywhere too. That way if you have a spare 10 minutes, you can go and work on your game. For more buying guides around putting and practice, check out our comprehensive pieces on the most forgiving putters (opens in new tab) and best golf training aids (opens in new tab) too.

Best Putting Aids

PuttOUT Putting Mat, grey putting mat, golf mat

PuttOUT Putting Mat

Top pick

Reasons to buy

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Multitude of drills 
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Great for perfecting your putting stroke 

Reasons to avoid

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Not as good without investing in the full PuttOut Home Practice Studio

We have been fans of PuttOUT products for a few years now and one of the best is this mat. It has printed alignment guides, target points, distance markings and replicates a medium-to-fast green so there are lots of things you can work on here.

It measures just under eight feet in length, has a stimp reading of 10 and rolls up neatly into a bag with a strap for easy transportation. The tacky surface on the underside ensures it stays in position and our testing has shown it be hard wearing and high quality. Additionally for more putting mats have a read of our best golf mat (opens in new tab) guide.

Perfect practice perfect putting matEditors Choice 2022

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Tour-validated model

Reasons to buy

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Lots of lines and checkpoints to hone your putting stroke 
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Quality materials throughout 

Reasons to avoid

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Need a flat floor with a lot of space to use

With Dustin Johnson (opens in new tab)'s name on the box and after seeing several adverts for this mat, we recently tested the 9ft version to put it through its paces, and we were not disappointed. There are shorter versions available for those who are conscious of space but we were very happy with the performance on offer here.

The mat is relatively fast - quicker than the PuttOut Mat mentioned above - but not ridiculously quick. The slight incline toward the hole also makes you have to hit the ball nice and firm, a great way to practice putting pace which you can translate into more putts holed on the golf course. The various lines on the mat helped create clear visual aids which helped alignment as well as the start line of the putt, and path of the stroke.

Once a putt is holed, the ball conveniently comes back down the wooden runner on the right so you don't have to march back and forth every time you've holed a putt.

Pure 2 Improve Golf Putting Mat, long putting mat, portable putting mat

Pure 2 Improve Golf Putting Mat

Best for pace control

Reasons to buy

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Loads of alignment aids 
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Can try plenty of different drills 

Reasons to avoid

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No hole at the end

Another mat to make this best putting aids guide is this Pure 2 Improve model. It comes in two fairly large sizes - 3 meters and 5 meters - which makes this a great putting mat if you're looking to improve your pace control and longer, lag putts.

There isn't an actual golf hole at the end of the mat, but we found the big target area is great for practicing those longer putts where you are just looking to get the ball within gimmie length, rather than holing it outright. The various target area and alignment tools on this mat allow for varied practice sessions with the putter to work on different elements of the stroke.

PuttOut Premium Pressure Putt TrainerEditors Choice 2022

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PuttOUT Premium Pressure Putt Trainer

Best putting game

Reasons to buy

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Gives better understanding of pace control 
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Requires a lot of practice 

Reasons to avoid

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Not that much versatility

Another top notch PuttOUT product is this premium trainer. It has been designed to simulate the exact conditions of putting into a real hole by returning the ball the same distance it would have gone past.

Hit a perfect putt and the ball will stay in hole up the curved ramp but don’t expect to experience this all too often. It’s incredibly difficult to do, which is good in a way as it really narrows your focus on achieving perfect line and pace but it is certainly a frustrating way to pass the time.

It won’t return your ball all the way back to you, like the Perfect Practice Putting Mat does, but it still does a good job of rewarding good putts and punishing bad ones

Anywhere Golf Hole Training Aid, golf hole, putting game, green putting practice design

Anywhere Golf Hole Training Aid

Best fun aid for all levels

Reasons to buy

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Good to see ball go in a hole 
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Can play fun putting games 

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to get hold of

As you can tell from the other selections in this best putting aids list, they are often very simple and this Anywhere Golf Hole is a case in point. If you are the kind of golfer who wants to see the ball go in the hole then you will love this design. Available in several colours, this silicone aid's slight incline promotes perfect speed and lets you practice your putting anywhere.

It is the same size as a hole so really does replicate putting into a real one - we're big fans of this for chucking down on the carpet at home to roll a few balls.

Pure 2 Improve Putting Mirror 21", putting mirror,

Pure 2 Improve Putting Mirror 21"

Allows you to work on your stroke

Reasons to buy

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Will aid consistency and alignment 
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Visual learning 

Reasons to avoid

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Can be confusing to use

Some of the best golf aids are really simple. Pure 2 Improve has created this mirror so it's small enough to fit in your bag, therefore you can take it to the putting green to work on your stroke and improve your alignment.

It does so by providing feedback on your eye-line and head position as well as your ball position in relation to your stance. This kind of help is important because good alignment means more consistency which can create more holed putts.

puttout alignment

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Ideal for getting on plane

Reasons to buy

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Works for any putting stroke
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Almost endless amount of drills to be done
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Works indoors and outdoors

Reasons to avoid

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Instructions and drills are placed on the packaging rather than a separate booklet.

Another stellar PuttOUT product to make this list is this alignment set. This set comes with two putting gates made from aluminium with accompanying weighted rubber feet, two alignment sticks and a putting plane board. Together, these complete what we think is one of the most comprehensive putting plane tools currently on the market.

How does it work we hear you ask? Well by putting the alignment sticks though the gates and adding the putting plane board, you can create the perfect path and arc to practice at home. Holding the putter shaft against one of the four angles makes the stroke feel more repeatable. A tool that has a multitude of drills, our only nit-pick is the drills are printed on the packaging, not on a little guidebook. 

Ideal ball for putting feedback

Reasons to buy

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Strong ball flight
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Good greenside spin control
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Clear alignment tool

Reasons to avoid

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The garish design may distract some

TaylorMade love to start new trends and the Tour Response (opens in new tab) Stripe epitomizes its commitment to developing new golf technology. Similar to the TP5 Pix (opens in new tab) released in 2021, the standout feature of this golf ball is its striking design that looks to assist golfers with their alignment on the greens. The inclusion of the big yellow stripe around the ball might not be to everyone's taste, but it does have a purpose of assisting golfers in calibrating the angle of their putts while also helping players assess the quality of that stroke. 

For example, when we hit a putt sweetly and at the right speed, we noticed the strip cleanly rolled end-over-end. When we hit the ball crooked, the yellow line turned to a blur around the golf ball. This level of instantaneous feedback is a unique feature of this golf ball and can really help you save shots around the greens. 

The performance elsewhere in the golf ball is good as well, because we included it in our guide on the best TaylorMade golf balls (opens in new tab) too.

PuttOUT compact mirror

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Highly convenient and gives immediate feedback

Reasons to buy

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Scratch-proof and shatterproof
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Can hold in place on any surface
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Comes with a protective carry case

Reasons to avoid

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Larger mirrors are available

Our final pick is this mirror from PuttOUT. Whether it's to look at where your eyes are lined up or checking the arc of your putting stroke, a good putting mirror is an essential if you want to keep your putting game in check. 

Usable on any surface, this model is one of the best out there. It is smaller than other models but we found this made it easy to carry in the bag, and the fact it comes with a carry case sweetens this aspect. 

How we test golf gear

At Golf Monthly we test golf gear with the same ethos because we aim to be as thorough and transparent as possible because this will better inform us on the quality of products, and therefore we aim to inform you as well. 

A crucial part of this ethos is simply by using the products properly, whether that be out on the golf course, or in the case of training or putting aids, on practice areas, driving range or at home. We feel this is a good way to see the performance of the products, test the manufacturers claims, and see what the product is like in the real world. One final point worth mentioning is that no manufacturer can pay for a good review, because our team tells it how it is. 

What to consider when buying a putting aid

What factors should you think about when looking at the best putting aids? We take a look below.

Design - This is the most important factor you need to think about and what we mean here is what form of putting aid are you after because different designs do different things. If you want to work on your stroke mechanics then a putting mirror is the way to go, or if you want to get better in terms of feel and pace control there are a couple of good mats above.

Alternatively if you just want a fun game, or build your confidence by seeing the ball go into a hole, then there are a few models above which will deliver for you.

Durability - A good golf putting aid should be strong and durable because we want to use them all of the time, and we want to take them anywhere so we can practice anywhere. As such putting aids are often made with strong plastics or other materials that will not break for a long time.

Portability - As we mentioned above putting aids have to be easy to pull out or put away. They have to be easy to carry or fit nicely in your golf bag too if you see yourself using yours anywhere.

Where are you going to use it? - Have a think about where you want to use your putting aid. Indoors? Outdoors? On carpet? On wooden flooring? This will then dictate which models above you want to go for.

Price - Thankfully most putting aids are not too expensive these days so everyone has the ability to work on their putting. That being said there are models at different price points so it is a question of how much you want to spend.

FAQ's

What putting aids do the pros use?

When we have been out on Tour we have seen professionals using a variety of different putting aids. Some decide to simply use tees and alignment sticks whilst others use putting mirrors. We believe some also use putting mats and practice greens in their own homes as well. 

How do you practice putting in golf?

There a variety of ways to practice putting these days because there are several different elements to putting. As such the answer to this question will entirely depend on what you want to work on. If you want to work on your stroke, then a plane device or mirror will do the job, whereas if you want to practice with games then an aid with a hole will work here. Additionally there are devices for alignment, pace control, posture and several other facets to putting as well. 

If you enjoyed this guide on the best putting aids, check out the Golf Monthly website for more of this content.