8 Best Putting Mats | March 2017

8 Best Putting Mats
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We spent 33 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. What's the best part about getting promoted into an executive office? No, not the bigger salary. It's the ability to put down one of these putting mats and practice your golf game anytime you like. For those without an executive office, they work equally well at home when it's too cold and wet to use your local course's putting green. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best putting mat on Amazon.
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The Jef World Of Golf Hazard Deluxe brings the on-the-green experience to your home for less than $30, making it a great item for child golfers who need some practice. It has a small water hazard and a bunker to make it more fun and a handy ball return channel.
  • slope insert is easy to clean
  • difficult to get it to lay flat
  • overall quality is poor
Brand JEF WORLD OF GOLF
Model JR105
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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The Callaway Golf Executive is quick to set up, making it great for sneaking in putting practice while at the office. It has a movable putting cup to help you sharpen your aim, and features premium foam to minimize folds and creases that can cause interference.
  • rolls up for compact storage
  • cup is smaller than regulation size
  • doesn't have any helpful guides
Brand Callaway
Model C10246
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The StarPro Pro-Am 5-Hole is good for both putting practice and family game night. It has a UV-resistant surface, so you can put it outside and it won't fade, and each of the five holes has a plug, allowing you to practice with between one and five holes at a time.
  • no ramp folds or unnatural platforms
  • seems a bit overpriced
  • doesn't have a bumper
Brand StarPro Greens
Model SP6X12
Weight 18 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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The ProAdvanced ProInfinity is unique in that it can simulate four different green speeds, so you can pick the one that is most like your local course to practice on. It comes with six foam wedges to create course breaks and a movable silicone cup.
  • lays flat even after being rolled up
  • shows a trace of your ball's path
  • includes a 20-page training book
Brand Pro Active
Model SPS003
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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The Sklz Accelerator Pro doesn't shift on smooth floors and has an uphill grade to help teach you to putt past the hole. It features helpful markings designed to show you how far to hold your putter from the ball for just the right speed.
  • durable edges will not fray
  • alignment guides help with accuracy
  • convenient automatic ball return
Brand SKLZ
Model ACP2-001
Weight 4.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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Shaun Webb's Indoor Mat was redesigned in 2017 based on user feedback and with massive input from the well-known golf teacher it is named after. It has a natural, slightly uphill elevation and an extremely realistic surface that feels just like practicing on the green.
  • 3-inch thick backing
  • doesn't retain foot impressions
  • deep cups catch balls well
Brand Shaun Webb's
Model pending
Weight 11.6 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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Retired semi-pros who cannot make it to a real course anymore will love the Putt-A-Bout Grassroots. It has a fun kidney shape, just like real greens, and built-in sand trap cutouts to catch missed shots. It also has three practice cups for a little variety.
  • great quality for the price
  • has a true roll
  • non-slip bottom keeps it in place
Brand Putt-A-Bout
Model PUTTPAR3A
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0
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The Big Moss Augusta has a realistic true roll downgrain similar to what you experience on real courses, and it gets wider near the holes, so there's less chance of balls rolling off it. It even includes break snakes, so you can make contours and customize it.
  • sets up in minutes
  • balls roll over it at a nice speed
  • includes a chipping mat
Brand Big Moss
Model pending
Weight 17.7 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

How To Improve Your Putting

Far too many golfers have known the agony of ruining their score through poor putting. You can watch a hole turn from eagle to par to bogie and beyond as you knock a golf ball inches past the hole in a painful series of missed putts, or you can practice your putting until it's one of the most reliable aspects of your game.

Great putting is all about steadiness and control, or in other words, about lots of practice and repetition. Unlike a power drive, which requires strength and flexibility, putting can be mastered by golfers of almost any age and physical ability. Mastering your putt is a great way to compensate for a weaker tee shot or fairway drive, and there's another benefit to focusing on putting as well: unlike practicing tee offs or driving shots, you can practice your putting almost anywhere, indoors or out. All you need is a putter, a golf ball, and a putting mat.

Before we discuss which putting mat can help you get the most out of your practice sessions, let's talk about basic putting technique. Once you have the ball on the green and within a few paces of the cup, your golf swing becomes more about rolling the ball than hitting it. Putting involves a gentle, steady touch that pushes the ball toward the hole, letting gravity and terrain help as much as possible.

If you're close enough to the hole, you should be gripping the club more with your fingers than with your palms. There's no reason for a firm, fist-style grip when it comes to a gentle putt. Stance is also very important when putting. Your non-dominant side (i.e. left arm for righties and vice-versa) serves as the guide, your dominant arm serves as the slow and steady propulsion provider. Try to move your putter through your ball as opposed to moving it to the ball; imagine a line that is traced from the ball to the hole and move your putter along this line. Many golfers achieve this by aiming not for their ball itself, but for an invisible point a few inches closer to the hole than the spot at which the ball actually rests. Aiming for this imaginary point will help you move the putter "through" the ball, thus sending it along the right trajectory to sink the shot.

Choosing A Putting Mat

When choosing the right putting mat for you, first consider why exactly you want a putting mat. If you are buying the mat just to have some fun in the office or in your living room, then it's hard to buy a putting mat that won't get the job done. If you're interested in a putting mat that will serve as a genuine practice tool -- one that will hone your skills and help you unlearn anything you're routinely doing wrong -- then you need to be much more critical when choosing a mat.

Let's assume for our purposes that you are more interested in improving your golf game than sinking putts for fun while on a conference call.

As even the smallest decent putting mat takes up a fair amount of floor space, considering a modular mat (some can be assembled and disassembled like puzzle pieces) or rolling mat is a fine idea when space in your home or office is at a premium. However, these mats can present various issues, too. A sectional mat may have little ridges or valleys between its pieces that can interfere with your shots, potentially making it hard to tell how well your are actually putting. Likewise putting mats that roll up for storage may have creases or bumps that prevent accurate putting.

Many putting mats have sloped surfaces, often with the cup set into a little hill at the far end of the green. These can be beneficial for practicing those difficult uphill putts, but they can also be limiting; after all, most greens are relatively flat, so it makes sense to practice on a flat putting mat.

Using A Putting Mat

Many modern putting mats feature detailed information printed right onto their surface. The lines and markings on a given mat can help you learn how large your putt swing should be from a given distance, they can help you study proper angles, and they can let you see what you're doing wrong by helping you to see where your ball consistently ends up (assuming it's not in the hole).

To make sure you are getting an accurate assessment of your putting prowess, make sure the conditions under which you use your mat remain as constant as possible. Set the mat up in the same place whenever possible (assuming you have to put it away at all, that is) and on the same type of surface, i.e. wood floor, carpet, cement, and so forth. It's important to control for variables when practicing a specific putt.

You can also use your mat on varied surfaces to create a variety of practice greens, moving your putting mat onto the rug, the kitchen floor, or even onto gravel or other exterior surfaces; just make sure to practice putting regularly on each surface, so you know how you feel on many types of terrain and avoid both false positives and false negatives.

And of course make sure to keep your putting mat clean and dry. The former improves your chances of accurate putts; the latter will extend the mats's lifespan.



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Last updated on March 29, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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