An improvement in any area can lower your golf score.

That could mean a new driver that is longer off the tee and more forgiving. It could mean irons that offer a penetrating flight on longer shots along with great spin on short ones. It could mean wedges that get effortlessly get you out of trouble spots around the green. It could mean a new putter that is more stable and allows for better results on off-center hits.

Of course, no equipment will make your swing better. That requires practice. Unfortunately, practicing golf involves time and/or space, two things many golfers struggle with. Practicing your full swing involves either an elaborate set-up somewhere in your home or a visit to the local driving range.

There is one part of your game that you can practice at home with minimal space and effort. That is putting, of course. The great news is that improving your putting is the best way to lower scores for a great many golfers.


At A Glance: Our Top Choices For Indoor Putting Greens


There are a number of practice putting greens that require little space, many of them quite affordable. Here are some of the best indoor putting greens money can buy.

OUR TOP PICKS

VariSpeed Putting System - Practice 4 Different Speeds On One Mat!
Best Overall
VariSpeed Putting Green System
  • Variable speeds
  • Traces your putts
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ProAdvanced ProInfinity Putting Mat - 4 Speed Golf Green Simulater - Giftbox Package -For Family - For Children - For Party
Best Training Aid
PROADVANCED ProInfinity
  • Durable
  • Highly adjustable
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Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green (9-feet x 3-feet)
Best Budget Choice
Putt-A-Bout Grassroots
  • Inexpensive
  • Simple design
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Big Moss Augusta Putting Green - 4 x 12 Feet
Big Moss Augusta
  • Larger than the norm
  • Two different cups
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Abco Tech Synthetic Turf Putting Practice Indoor Golf Mat – Life-Like Artificial Green Turf Grass – Includes 3 Bonus Balls – Long-Lasting Design (2.5ft x 10ft)
Abco Tech Golf
  • Nice synthetic turf
  • Durable backing
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FORB Home Golf Putting Mat 10ft Long - Conquer The Green in Your Own Home! [Net World Sports]
FORB Home
  • Foam base is durable
  • Three cups
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PuttOut Pro Golf Putting Mat - Perfect Your Putting (7.87-feet x 1.64-feet) (Green)
PuttOut Pro Golf
  • Markings lead to quality practice
  • Drills guide included
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SKLZ Accelerator Pro Indoor Putting Green with Ball Return, 9 feet x 16.25 inches (2687)
SKLZ Accelerator Pro
  • Alignment guides
  • Portable
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MESIXI Indoor|Outdoor Golf Putting Green Mat Portable Baffle Plate Auto Ball Return System Mini Golf Practice Training Aid Equipment Game and Golf Gifts for Men Home Office Outdoor Use
MESIXI Indoor|Outdoor
  • Two greens in one
  • Ball return system
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StarPro 10'x3' 5-Holes Pro-Am Professional Practice Putting Green. Realistic Practice of Your Set-Up and Putts All Over The Green. Not One Boring Direction. Indoor/Patio/Poolside. Lower Your Score!
StarPro Professional
  • Starball center target
  • Multiple holes
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Top Indoor Putting Greens


VariSpeed Putting Green System

VariSpeed Putting System - Practice 4 Different Speeds On One Mat!

As you play different courses, you are likely to encounter greens that vary widely in their speed. That speed is measured by a device called a Stimpmeter. Readings of below 10 are slower, with faster speeds registering a higher number.

For some perspective, the greens at Augusta National, home of the Masters, are estimated to be about 12-13 on the Stimpmeter. This putting green allows you to adjust the speed to four different settings, from 7.5 to 13.

It also allows for custom breaks to be added to your putts and shows traces of your putts.

This is a terrific practice tool, marred only by the raised lip surrounding the faux cup at one end.

Pros

  • Variable speeds
  • Traces your putts
  • Allows for breaks

Cons

  • Raised lip on cup
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PROADVANCED ProInfinity

ProAdvanced ProInfinity Putting Mat - 4 Speed Golf Green Simulater - Giftbox Package -For Family - For Children - For Party

The best part of the ProInfitinity mat is its ability to be adjusted in many ways. You can change the slope in five different ways in four different speeds.

Of course that is not an infinite number of ways but it remains a good practice tool.

Unlike most other practice greens, it has its cup in the middle of the long and narrow green. With its raised lip, that cup is ill-designed and ill-placed.

That’s a shame, because this is otherwise an excellent training aid.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Highly adjustable
  • Great training aid

Cons

  • Cup in middle of green
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Putt-A-Bout Grassroots

Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green (9-feet x 3-feet)

With a very simple and clean design, the Grassroots putting green is made with PEP resin. That is a polyester material commonly used in clothing. Here it provides a stable and durable base to putt on.

The three raised cups at one end and kidney-shaped design allows for several different angles to putt from. The end with the cups is raised but not as sharply as many other greens.

This is a simple and effective design that would benefit from a bit more room behind the three cups. There is but a few inches behind. That’s a negative when practicing speed.

Still, for the money, this is a good option.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple design
  • Durable

Cons

  • Little room behind cups
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Big Moss Augusta

Big Moss Augusta Putting Green - 4 x 12 Feet

At 12 feet by 4 feet, the Big Moss Augusta is slightly larger than most indoor putting greens. Still, it’s not so large that it cannot fit easily into almost any room.

Two different cups are staggered at one end of the green. While those cups and the size of the mat offers up different putts to practice, the raised end of the green is a concern.

It isn’t awful, but does not mimic real-world conditions.

Pros

  • Larger than the norm
  • Two different cups
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Creases may form
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Abco Tech Golf

Abco Tech Synthetic Turf Putting Practice Indoor Golf Mat – Life-Like Artificial Green Turf Grass – Includes 3 Bonus Balls – Long-Lasting Design (2.5ft x 10ft)

If not for a few design flaws, this could be an excellent mat. First, the good news.

The synthetic turf does a good job of simulating real grass. It is a nice surface to putt on. Also, the backing is substantial enough to deter creases from developing, a common problem area for portable putting mats.

Unfortunately, this putting green from Abco Tech is so narrow that you stand outside the turf to putt. That is an unnatural position and less than ideal. Also, one end is raised to allow for the recessed cups. That, too, is not something you are likely to encounter on the course.

Pros

  • Nice synthetic turf
  • Durable backing
  • Two cups, one smaller that helps refine your game

Cons

  • Too narrow
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FORB Home

FORB Home Golf Putting Mat 10ft Long - Conquer The Green in Your Own Home! [Net World Sports]

The 50 millimeter foam base should prevent any creases from forming in this portable mat. The mat comes in two sizes, 10 feet and 12 feet.

There are three different cups at one end of the mat, which is good. Those holes sit on an elevated surface, which is not so good. Still, that 2-inch incline is not as sharp as some other mats, reducing the ineffectiveness.

Pros

  • Foam base is durable
  • Three cups
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Inclined at one end
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PuttOut Pro Golf

PuttOut Pro Golf Putting Mat - Perfect Your Putting (7.87-feet x 1.64-feet) (Green)

There is plenty to like about this mat. Printed alignment guides and a completely flat surface combine to give you a realistic and substantive practice experience.

The surface speed is 10 on the Stimpmeter, a nice number that is squarely in the middle of most courses. Five drills are included to help your practice.

If only the mat were larger. The length is less than 8 feet. That’s not great. But the real problem is the width. At less than 2 feet, that means you will be putting from off the turn. Even though it’s a slight difference, you will be standing below the height of the ball.

Still, this is a good practice aid.

Pros

  • Markings lead to quality practice
  • Drills guide included
  • Flat surface

Cons

  • Too small
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SKLZ Accelerator Pro

SKLZ Accelerator Pro Indoor Putting Green with Ball Return, 9 feet x 16.25 inches (2687)

Here is an excellent example of a practice putting green that could have been better, but for a fatal flaw.

Three alignment guides help you hit straighter putts. An automatic ball return is good for the lazier among you. It is 9 feet long, plenty long enough for indoor use.

But a sharp incline at one end to allow for the cup is completely unrealistic. You can practice your alignment pretty well here. But speed and line are both important. The ramp makes practicing speed less effective.

Pros

  • Alignment guides
  • Portable
  • Automatic ball return

Cons

  • Severe incline at one end
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MESIXI Indoor|Outdoor

MESIXI Indoor|Outdoor Golf Putting Green Mat Portable Baffle Plate Auto Ball Return System Mini Golf Practice Training Aid Equipment Game and Golf Gifts for Men Home Office Outdoor Use

This is basically two practice greens in one. One on side is a green that is lighter in color, which provides more resistance than the darker side. Two cups on each side are intended to provide more precision to your stroke, as each is smaller than regulation.

An automated ball return makes practicing easier.

Unfortunately, there is a sharp incline before the cups that is the bane of putting mats.

Pros

  • Two greens in one
  • Ball return system
  • Precision practice

Cons

  • Too narrow
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StarPro Professional

StarPro 10'x3' 5-Holes Pro-Am Professional Practice Putting Green. Realistic Practice of Your Set-Up and Putts All Over The Green. Not One Boring Direction. Indoor/Patio/Poolside. Lower Your Score!

With five different holes, this green features a simple design that allows for putts from multiple angles. The surface has an awfully thin backing and the cups are raised slightly, but you can still get in some decent practice with this green.

Has a center focus target that helps with your alignment.

Pros

  • Starball center target
  • Multiple holes
  • Nice size

Cons

  • Cups are raised and not realistic
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Not all of these putting greens are equal in effectiveness, of course. What that boils down to are factors that range from the design to the materials used to the overall size of the green. Let’s take a look at some of the most important design elements.

Materials

A synthetic grass material, plastics, foam, and rubber are all common materials used in the construction of putting greens.

The faux grass should, as much as possible, mimic the real grass you find on greens on course. It should also be durable enough to withstand repeated use. If it develops grooves or if the grass becomes flattened in spots, that will reduce its effectiveness.

Worse, it could harm your game instead of helping it, enforcing bad habits instead of good ones.

Plastics are sometimes used for the cups and for a ball return, if the green has one. To be honest, if you see plastics used in a putting green, it is almost always of dubious quality.

Foam and/or rubber are used for a backing on the green. This is important as it has two jobs. The first is to keep the greens from the grooves we mentioned above. Secondly, many of these greens are intended to be portable.

The last thing you want is for the green to develop creases where it is folded or rolled up. A good backing material will help prevent that.

Size

There is a Goldilocks element at play here. You want a practice putting green that is large enough to practice a variety of length putts. You don’t want it to be so large that it will not fit in your home. Not everyone has a large basement or other large room that can be devoted to practicing golf, even on a temporary basis.

In other words, you want a size that is just right. Typically, that means something that is long and narrow, roughly 9 or 10 feet long and about 3 feet wide.

Cup Design

This is more important than it might seem on first glance. Ideally, you want a cup that mimics conditions on course. That is usually not practical. There are three types of cups typically used in practice putting greens.

First, you sometimes see cups that are similar to those on course. The problem here is that you would need to have a putting green that is elevated to allow for such a thing. That is not practical for the indoor greens we are talking about. To pull this off, indoor or portable greens have a raised area at one end to account for the cup.

This is something you never see on a golf course and turns this from the best to the worst choice.

Second, you might see some kind of raised plastic cup that you are supposed to roll the ball over a lip and into a recessed area. Again, not real-world conditions. Also, this has the effect of stopping putts that are going too fast. This is also not a great choice.

Third is a painted cup on the surface that you are supposed to aim for. This might seem counterintuitive but it is actually the best option. Putting guru Dave Pelz maintains the proper speed for any putt is one that will leave you about 17 inches beyond the cup. That is the perfect speed for both holding the line and allowing the ball to go in when it does not hit dead center.

It also leaves you a return putt you should make close to 100 percent of the time. If you have a painted surface on your practice green, you can perfect the speed of your putts, aiming to stop the ball 17 inches beyond the painted cup.

Three Putting Greens We Like

The VariSpeed Putting Green System is our choice for best overall. It allows you to practice at various speeds with a green that is made with high quality materials. Our only beef is with the raised cup. You can actually not install that cup if you would like.

The PROADVANCED ProInfinity Putting Mat is our top pick for best training aid. It is highly customizable for a variety of speeds and breaking putts. Again, a raised cup detracts from what is otherwise a great tool.

The best budget choice is the simple but effective Putt-A-Bout Grassroots putting green. It is the right size to fit anywhere and the raised end is more gradual than others that have an actual cup. It is far from perfect but offers good value for the price.