Best Golf Hitting Mats 2020
Golf Practice & Putting Mats: Complete Guide With The Best Reviewed
If you are serious about building a home golf setup, getting the right golf mat is an important piece of the puzzle. There are varying levels of quality out there, and they can greatly affect your practice experience.
The main issue golfers will encounter with practice mats is different levels of durability and performance. As you would expect, the less-expensive models will not simulate golf course conditions that well, and due to the inferior nature of the turf they won't last as long either.
Additionally, many golfers will experience joint pain (commonly referred to as Turf Shock) from repeatedly hitting off harder surfaces because there is no "give" like real grass.
So while you can buy a hitting surface for less than $100, many golfers quickly realize that they did get what they paid for (which wasn't much).
At Shop Indoor Golf, we make sure to stock the best brands in the industry. If you're looking to get a golf mat that will last longer and perform like real turf, then it is worth investing more.
In the following sections we'll share what we feel are the best golf mat options, taking a look at the top brands and the pros/cons for each.
For more information about golf hitting mats, i.e. exploring the advantages of commercial-grade turf, be sure to check out the Buyers Guide at the bottom of the page.
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Best Golf Mat Overall
The Fiberbuilt 4' x 7' Performance Studio Mat is our best selling unit, and our pick for the best golf mat overall.
Fiberbuilt has been one of the industry's premier golf mat and artificial turf providers ever since coming to market in 1995.
Initially tailored to provide commercial solutions to golf clubs and facilities (including Golftec), Fiberbuilt has recently entered the residential golf market with their line of consumer golf mats and putting greens.
This Fiberbuilt golf mat has a modular design, and consists of a 4' x 4' stance mat, a 4' x 1' Fiberbuilt grass panel, and a 4' x 2' spacer mat that's a perfect place for your launch monitor or ball tray.
These mat sections all reside on a solid rubber frame which ensures you're hitting off of a sturdier foundation than that typically found in cheaper golf mats.
Fiberbuilt's proprietary grass is what truly separates this mat from the rest. It's been proven to be the closest thing to real grass on the market, and studies have shown that Fiberbuilt turf provides among the most accurate launch monitor readings.
Durability is another important element to consider. Each unit is made with commercial-grade quality meant to withstand the test of time. Fiberbuilt believes in its product so much, that each golf mat comes complete with a 300,000 swing guarantee.
Best Golf Practice Mat ReviewsFiberbuilt 4' x 7' Performance Turf Golf Mat
Best Indoor Golf Mat
When looking for an indoor golf mat, one of the more important considerations is portability. Chances are if you are indoors, you don't have a dedicated space for your home golf setup. If that is the case, you will need something flexible and lightweight that can easily be put down and taken away.
The Pro Turf Mat is the ideal solution. It is one of our more portable mats, and our pick for the best indoor golf mat. Lets take a look why.
At just 3/4" thick, the Pro Turf is thin enough to be rolled up and put away like a rug, yet thick enough that the turf provides realistic feel at time of impact. It weighs roughly 50 lbs. making it a lot easier to move than some of the heavier golf mats with solid rubber foundations.
It's also one of the larger golf mats for sale with dimensions of 6' x 10', but only weighs 50 lbs. making it a lot easier to move than some of our heavier golf mats that have rubber foundations.
In addition to using it as a golf hitting mat, one can also use the Pro Turf as an indoor putting green - in fact the surface rolls a 10 on the stimpmeter.
Priced at just $449 the Pro Turf mat is one of our more affordable golf mat options as well. The versatility it provides for indoor use, coupled with the attractive price point, makes this an ideal golf mat for your home setup.
Portable & Indoor Golf Mat ReviewsPro Turf Mat by The Net Return
Best Outdoor Golf Mat
When looking for an outdoor golf mat, you definitely want something that can withstand the elements.
The TrueStrike Single Golf Mat is designed for both outdoor and indoor use and is a favorite among many driving range and golf practice facilities. This, along with the unique gel-filled hitting surface, is the reason we voted it the best outdoor golf mat.
Let's start with the specs. This TrueStrike golf mat measures 52"L x 77"W and weighs approximately 110 lbs. Similar to the Fiberbuilt models, it has a modular construction that consists of six pieces: 1 edge trim, 1 ball tray, 3 range mat sections, and 1 gel section.
The gel section is unique to TrueStrike golf mats. It's designed to allow golfers to strike down and through the ball at impact, simulating taking a divot and recreating a natural fairway feel.
We really enjoy the responsive feel this golf mat provides. It is a must have when practicing at home for game improvement purposes. You'll know when you flushed a shot, and on the flip side you'll know when you chunked one.
The gel-filled subsurface also allows for safer hitting as it absorbs the strike, which is critical to preventing injuries and turf shock.
Priced at $789, it's one of our more premium golf mat options, and comparable alternative to the Fiberbuilt 4' x 7' mat we described earlier in the guide.
Outdoor Golf Mat ReviewsTrueStrike Mat
Best Cheap Golf Mat
We will start by saying this, when we say "cheap" we are referring to the affordability of the golf hitting mat, and not the quality. We want to be very clear about that. With that out of the way, let's get into what makes this hitting surface the best golf mat under $100.
The Flight Deck features Fiberbuilt’s 1” thick proprietary fiber technology, engineered design, and oval shape for real grass like feel and industry leading durability and injury prevention.
You get the same Fiberbuilt Grass found in the more expensive and larger Fiberbuilt golf mats, just in a more compact size. With its oval shape at 21.25" long by 13.5" wide, the Flight Deck helps teach swing path and alignment and has plenty of surface area to practice any shot.
You can use the Flight Deck on turf or grass alone, secure to grass with standard tees pushed through four pre-drilled holes, or secure to other surfaces.
It also comes with an adjustable golf mat tee system for you to practice tee shots with your driver or fairway woods.
If you're not looking to break the bank, but don't want to sacrifice on performance, the Flight Deck may be right for you. You could even upgrade to the Fiberbuilt Flight Deck Practice Station further down the road for a more complete setup.
Cheap Golf Practice Mat ReviewsFiberbuilt Flight Deck
Best Golf Putting Mat
This is one of Fiberbuilt's newest combo units, which is a 2-in-1 practice mat that includes a golf putting mat with a hitting mat.
Combining the Fiberbuilt 4' x 10' golf mat, with a 6' x 10' putting green provides you with 100 square feet of flexibility to make your golf game great. It's perfect for larger areas such as your basement or your garage.
As we've mentioned in this article, Fiberbuilt golf mats are well known in the industry for keeping your ball flight numbers as close to real fairway grass as possible.
Their putting greens run about a 9 on the stimp-meter and can be used for practicing your chipping too. The turf delivers realistic check and roll while chipping mimicking typical response one can experience on the golf course.
Best Golf Putting Mat ReviewsFiberbuilt 10' x 10' Combo Mat
Best Golf Practice Mats 2020 - Complete List
Fiberbuilt 4' x 7' - Best Golf Mat Overall
Pro Turf - Best Indoor Golf Mat
TrueStrike Single - Best Outdoor Golf Mat
Fiberbuilt Flight Deck - Best Cheap Golf Mat
Fiberbuilt 10' x 10' Combo - Best Golf Putting Mat
Golf Mat Buying Guide
More About Premium Commercial Grade Golf Mats
Fiberbuilt and TrueStrike have established themselves as two of the leaders in the golf mat space because the quality of their materials is much higher. You are getting a commercial-grade surface that will give you a much more realistic golfing experience.
It should be noted that both of these mats will require some assembly. Additionally, their weight does not make them very portable. Most models weigh anywhere between 100-150 pounds, which means you should expect them to remain in the same spot. The benefit is that you are hitting off a sturdier frame than lesser-quality mats. Both also feature modular parts that can be replaced in the future.
If you're using a mixed space, it might make sense to purchase the roll-up turf from Net Return. This is a quality material that can be rolled up and stored in the corner of your room when you are not using your practice space.
Let's take a closer look at both of our premium golf mat options and explore what makes them different.
Fiberbuilt has a proprietary blend of plastic fibers that try to simulate real grass on the course. Whereas most mats have a harder hitting surface, you can see in this video from their site that the club can glide through their surface quite easily.
Situated in the middle portion of the mat, the performance turf also allows golfers to place a regular tee on it.
The surface serves two purposes - to reduce the strain on your joints to prevent injury, and to offer realistic feedback on your golf swing. With many other surfaces out there, you won't get a true representation of how well (or poorly) your contact would have been on a real golf course. For golfers who are looking to practice more effectively, this is extremely important.
Fiberbuilt also guarantees that the surface can withstand 300,000 swings before showing any wear. One thing to note is that the ball will stand a little more upright on their hitting surface than other mats. Additionally, the club can glide underneath the surface much deeper than other mats. Certain golfers might prefer a firmer hitting surface that a model like TrueStrike would offer.
Each mat requires assembly with a rubber base. It provides a solid, but soft surface beneath the turf to stand on. This is another benefit that you get from a premium golf mat that you wouldn't expect from budget models. Overall, Fiberbuilt mats have been one of the bestselling products on our site. They are extremely durable, comfortable to stand on and provide one of the most realistic experiences on synthetic turf.
You can view of all of their models on this page.
Our other preferred premium mat comes from TrueStrike. Similar to Fiberbuilt, this is a commercial-grade mat that will give you a much better experience while you practice.
However, there are some key differences to note between the two brands - mainly on the hitting surface.
TrueStrike uses a silicon gel underneath their turf in order to simulate striking the ball on real turf. You can see a visual representation of how their system works in the images to the right:
The reason they use the gel is to minimize the amount of vibration and shock sent back up to the club, which will help prevent joint injuries over the long term. More importantly, the silicon has much more "give" as your club makes contact with the surface, which allows it to dig into the surface similar to how your club would on the golf course. They claim that the surface can withstand 55,000 golf shots before it needs to be replaced (you don't have to replace the entire mat).
The surface will look like most traditional range mats, and the ball won't sit up as much as the Fiberbuilt turf. Additionally, the club won't glide as much underneath the ball compared with the Fiberbuilt. It's not to say one surface is better than the other, it's just a matter of preference between players.
The TrueStrike mat uses a rubber base, similar to that of Fiberbuilt's.
You can view all of our TrueStrike models on this page.
Wrapping it Up
Getting the right golf mat for your indoor space is a crucial piece of the puzzle. If you want performance and durability it makes sense to invest in a higher-grade solution. Many times golfers will purchase inexpensive mats only to find themselves disappointed (and then eventually buy a higher-quality product).
Fiberbuilt and TrueStrike are the leaders in this space because they provide unique hitting surfaces, and are built to last.
To view all of our golf mat options you can visit this page.
Have More Questions? Feel Free to Reach Out !
This guide is intended to provide an overview of golf mats. We realize however that it may not answer every question that you may have. If at any point you find yourself with additional questions, or are just looking for product advice, give us a call at 866-723-0311. You can also reach us via email at Support@ShopIndoorGolf.com. Our team of friendly golfers are knowledgeable and ready to help with any and all of your launch monitor questions.