Updated: May 29, 2015
Golf Mat Reviews:If you live in a rainy or cold climate, golfing in the winter can be nearly impossible. I currently live in the Portland, Oregon region and we get our fair share of rain and bad weather from about November until March. There are days where I can get out to the driving range or even play a round, but they are few and far between. I'm not the type of person that likes to hit bucket after bucket at the range to begin with, but keeping my swing in tune during the off season is a plus. A friend of mine in the Bay Area was showing me his golf mat with net in his garage and it seemed simple enough. I gave it a try and was surprised at how it felt. Certainly part of golfs allure to me has always been to get out and walk amongst nature for 4 hours and enjoy the outdoors, but when the weather is bad, being able to hit a few golf shots in your garage is actually kind of fun. Driving range mats are not that expensive but more importantly you need to find a net to keep all the balls you hit in a safe area so you don't break things around your house.
If you do plan on buying a driving range mat for home use, make sure you have a place designated indoors (usually your garage) or outdoors where you will be able to use it. You'll need ample overhead space so you can swing normally. Don't forget you will also need space for the net that you hit the golf balls into. I'm lucky since I have a double high garage making it easy to accommodate my golf mat and net. One of the finest products available to the home market is the Fiberbuilt golf mats which can cost up to $625 for a 4 foot by 6 foot mat. The smallest version from Fiberbuilt is 1'x4' and is $190. One of the most recognized testers of driving range golf mats is http://www.golftestusa.com/mats.html which regularly reviews the best golf products on the market. Their latest findings put the Perfect Lie at the top of the list, closely followed by Fiberbuilt and AstroTurf mats. Even professional golfers like Vijay Singh endorse golf mats, his mat runs $199 (Vijaysgolfmat.com) and has a "give" to it that feels like it should when making a divot on the course. We found the best netting products online at Sportnetting.com/mats.htm, even their golf mats are very reasonably priced ($350 or so) for a product that is similar in design to the Fiberbuilt mats. Some mats come with a ball tray to hold your practice golf balls and the mats have holes in strategic spots so you can put in a tee for shots with a driver or wood. The one big drawback to any home golf mat product is that you will not be able to tell where your shot ends up like you would at a driving range. The end result is really all that matters in golf and that is why hitting balls in your garage into a net isn't exactly the best feedback you can get. However, if this is all you have available to you during the cold and wet winter months, it's definitely better than nothing. Unless you are an avid player and want to hit tons of balls during the off-season, go with a cheaper home driving mat product since most seem to hold up just fine over time. We have listed a few of the top models down below with websites, prices, and descriptions on what they offer. You can browse the top selling golf hitting mats online here.