Among the many wonderful aspects of golf is the fact the game can be played at almost any age. If you can handle the physical requirements of the game, you can play for the rest of your life.
It is also true that you can play the game for years and never learn everything there is no to know about golf. Much in the way your muscles atrophy if you stop working out, your golf game will suffer without continuous practice.
A good way to practice is to split your session into thirds. One third should be devoted to putting. Another third should be for shots within 100 yards of the green. And the final third devoted to full swings, including your irons, fairway metals, hybrids, and drivers.
There is a problem with that for many golfers, who only have time to play on the weekend. Making it to a practice facility cuts into the time for actual play. Practicing on course, in most cases, is frowned upon.
The workaround for this is to practice at home. Most of us cannot install a full practice facility at our homes. The best many of us can do is to find a small strip of turf for practicing putting.
As for chips, pitches, and full swings, the best way to turn for many is to purchase a golf net or cage.
These come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and prices. Before you begin shopping for a practice net, you need to determine a few things.
First, try to be honest with yourself about how committed you are to being a better golfer. How much time you are willing to invest is directly tied to how much money you are willing to spend on a practice net.
Second, you need to try to figure out where you will be setting up your practice net. Do you have room in a garage, or inside the home? You will need a tall enough ceiling to accommodate a swing with your longest club, the driver. The room will need to be wide enough to handle the net, which is often 10 feet.
If you cannot practice indoors, you likely have some place outdoors to put a net. The net will deteriorate faster exposed to the elements, and cold or wet weather could limit your practice time, but outdoors is often the only choice for some golfers.
Practice at home may likely will not be all you need to be the best golfer you can be. It could, however, get you much closer than you will be with practicing at the range only.
Here are some popular and wide-ranging choices for golf practice nets.
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Rukket Haack Golf Net
This net is endorsed by the legendary coach of the Georgia Bulldogs golf team, Chris Haack. Haack has coached numerous players that have gone on to professional success, along the way leading Georgia to two national championships and eight Southeastern Conference titles since he took over the program in 1996.
No doubt Haack’s players spend many hours honing their games. You can do the same with this net that is large enough (10 feet wide, seven feet tall, and three feet deep) to capture even your worse shots.
The netting is sturdy enough to ensure years of use and is lightweight enough to be carried to different locations with ease.
- Nice size
- Side nets not included
The Net Return Pro Series
As the name suggests, this net will return the ball to your feet, a time-saving feature that is not the only benefit of this high-quality cage. It is made of a lightweight but strong tubular steel frame that is easy to assemble and disassemble. That makes this a portable net good for use both indoors and outdoors.
If you have kids that play soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, or other sports, this net can handle those uses too.
- High quality construction
- Automatic ball return
- Assembles in five minutes with no tools
- More expensive than many similar nets
- Does not come with mat
Ajillis 3-in-1 Set
Comes with both a large net for full swings and a smaller net for chips and pitches. A mat completes the set as the third piece. This offering from Ajillis may not hold up as long as some of the others on this list, but it is considerably more affordable.
- Low price
- Additional chipping net
- Ease of assembly
- Construction not of highest quality
JEF World of Golf Ultimate Training Net
This 7 feet by 9 feet net is easily portable, making it a good option for indoors or outdoors, or even on the road. Made of nylon and fiberglass, this net is plenty durable. Like some others on this list, this net can do extra duty for other sports.
The target on this net is removable.
- Easy setup
- No ball return
Galileo Golf Net
This is a fully contained set that is a good choice for those seeking the intersection between bargain-hunting and quality. The support rods are made of fiberglass. That is not as sturdy as iron pipe, but also will not rust and is much lighter.
The net is designed for the ball to gently roll down the netting to the floor without bouncing. While that is not a true ball-return system, it does make for easy retrieval.
The company says this net can be set up in two minutes. That set-up time, combined with a carry bag, makes this a portable set.
- Company offers 60-day returns and lifetime warranty on parts.
- Is self-contained and lightweight
- Is portable
- Not as sturdy as other nets
This golf practice net gets high reviews on Amazon and it is easy to see why. It rivals The Net Return’s Home Series nets in performance and quality, all at less than half the price.
Like the other high-end nets, the Spg-7 sports an automatic ball return. This one promises to return the ball to you without the ball ever hitting the ground. It also has a noise-reduction target. Those two features ensure quiet performance that your neighbors or housemates will love.
It comes with two circle targets to practice your chipping. It has a large five-foot by five-foot target area for full shots.
If the seven-foot high net does not give you enough confidence, then you can order a roof attachment that extends the height to nine feet.
- Great value
- Automatic ball return
- Sound deadening
- Would be better to get higher net without adding roof
Dura-Pro Golf Cage
This is an actual cage, and not just a net to hit into. At 10 by 10 by 10 feet, none of your wayward shots are making it out of this monster. A baffle in the form of two separate nets at the back prevents even the most forceful drives from escaping.
This cage is great for many other sports, so if you have kids who play other sports, this fits the bill.
There is one rather large downside. The cage does not come with the steel conduit needed for the frame. You will need to purchase 12 of those 10-foot sections separately.
- Huge size will capture any shot
- Baffle helps keep shots from escaping
- Versatile for other sports
- Steel conduit not included
The Quickster gets its name from the quick setup, which allows for great portability. The height on this net is adjustable from six to eight feet.
The company promises it can be erected in just 90 seconds. That may well be true. The downside to that quickness is that it relies on four ground stakes to ensure stability. That makes this one a poor choice for indoors.
- Super quick to erect
- Adjustable height
- Needs stakes to maintain stability
The wide range of options you have for practice nets, everything from a full cage to those intended just for chips and pitches, can make your choice difficult.
Those included here offer a narrower range, all allowing for full swings. Even then, you have plenty to choose from. Which one is right for you?
If you want the best of all worlds without regard to price, The Net Return’s Pro Series is your best bet. Second in this category is likely Spornia’s Spg-7.
If you are looking for better value, try the Rukket Haack Golf Net.
If you want a full outdoor cage, Dura-Pro’s Golf Cage is as good as it gets. Be aware you will need to purchase support poles separately.
Several of the other choices can be good for those on a budget, or who are not yet ready to commit to the game.