2020 Golf Net Buyer’s Guide

PLEASE NOTE: Due to increased demand stemming from COVID-19, we were not able to obtain some popular hitting nets for this guide on the best golf nets for 2020. We will update this guide as more models become available.

They say practice makes perfect. Right now, many of us have plenty of time for practice but access to the range is limited. So, as we did with putting mats, we put together an emergency guide to help you find the best golf nets for 2020. Not only will a hitting net help you maintain your game during quarantine but it will also give you another practice option once things return to normal.

The nets we tested offer features like ball returners and sound dampers. Some models were easier to set up and use than others. The right net will offer the ideal combination of features for the practice space you have available.

Whether you’re looking to buy a hitting net today, buying advice to get started or just want a closer look at what’s on the market, this guide will help you find the right gear to fit your needs.

CrocBox - A Unique Semi-Permanent Solution

CrocBox - A Unique Semi-Permanent Solution

For those looking to create a semi-permanent outdoor practice space, the CrocBox Golf Hitting Net offers a unique solution. It's designed to be installed underground. At 70 pounds, it's an absolute beast (not the least bit portable) and it takes some work to install. The initial setup requires both time and effort (digging), but once it's installed, popping the net out of its sub-terranean box takes seconds, allowing you to start practicing in no time at all. Side netting add-ons, as well as replacement netting, are available. Word of warning, the metal frame isn't padded on the hitting side, which can sometimes be an issue.

It's the Wedge, Not the Driver

While many assume that it's the higher speed of the driver that puts the most strain on a hitting net, it's actually the greater spin produced by higher lofted clubs that will slowly chew through the netting. If you plan to hit a significant number of wedge shots, consider a net that includes a nylon or fabric target to protect the netting. For added insurance, practice with a new scuff-free ball.

Features That Matter To You

Ease of Use

If you only have an hour to squeeze in a practice session, you don’t want a net that requires 20 minutes to set up and another 20 to take down. If you’re looking to maximize every moment of practice time, you may want to sacrifice features for efficiency.

Size

Whether indoors or out, size matters. While there is some logic in buying the biggest net possible, if you’re working in a limited space, a 10-foot by 10-foot net may not be practical or even viable. If space is an issue, measure first, choose a compact feature-rich net and be sure to allow for a couple of extra feet behind the net.

Durability

There are several elements that make a more durable net but everything begins with the supporting structure and net itself. The strongest structures can hold up to the fastest swing speeds and won’t disintegrate if hit by a wayward shot. The frames for most hitting nets are made from either aluminum or fiberglass and should resist rust and corrosion. When the net itself is too thin or flimsy, it won’t be long before balls start flying straight through.

Stability

Stability is another factor that makes for a quality hitting net. The best golf nets for 2020 not only stay in place shot after shot but they should be able to withstand a reasonable amount of wind. In windy conditions, we found that single-piece nets can produce something of a trampoline effect, causing the ball to spring back at you at greater speed (and distance). That same design can also act as a wall, putting additional strain on the frame. With enough wind, these same designs can become airborne. Traditional net designs with large holes and less fabric allow air to pass through. These designs are more stable in the wind. Many of the models tested can be staked to the ground for greater stability.

Spornia SPG-7 - Fastest Set Up

Spornia SPG-7 - Fastest Set Up

The Spornia SPG-7 spring to life system opens at the touch of a button allowing you to start practicing within seconds. Its sturdy structure maintains stability even at higher swing speeds and returns the ball at a comfortable speed. Add-ons like a side net to catch those occasional wayward shots will increase the functionality.

Golf Net Features 2020

 ProductHeight & WidthBall ReturnReplacement PartsSwing Speeds (mph)Weight
Ajillis 3 in 1 Golf Net

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11' x 7'NONOSlow - High13lbs
Amazon Basics Hitting Net

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10' x 7'YESNOSlow - High17.8lbs
Costway 3 in 1 Golf Net

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7' x 10'NONOSlow - High14.5lbs
CrocBox

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10' x 9'YESYESSlow - High70lbs
GoSports Golf Practice Net

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10' x 7'YESYESSlow - High15lbs
Izzo Tru Vu Trainer

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7.5' x 7.5'YESNOSlow - High15lbs
Maxfli 8FT Instant Net

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8' x 8'YESYESSlow - Med16lbs
Net Return

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7.6' x 8'YESYESSlow - High32lbs
Powernet

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10' x 7'YESYESSlow - High15lbs
Proactive Sports Golf Practice Cage

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7' x 12'NONOSlow - High16lbs
Sklz Quickster Sport Net

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8' x 8'YESNOSlow - Med15lbs
Spornia SPG-7

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7' x 9'YESYESSlow - High20lbs

EXPERT TIP - Reducing the Risk of Damage

If you are a beginning golfer or your hitting space is in close proximity to things that can be easily damaged, we suggest practicing with foam balls to minimize the risk from stray shots. Once your more comfortable in the environment, step up to real golf balls.

More Tips

  • Unless you’re practicing outdoors with plenty of grass to destroy, consider purchasing a hitting mat as well. It won’t be long before you’ve ripped up the grass in your hitting area.
  • If your practice area is outdoors and the ground is too firm for stakes, use weighted objects that hold the structure in place.
  • Practice like you play. When hitting into the net, you want to carry out your same pre-shot routine to ensure better muscle and mind memory.
  • Set up your practice net in a safe spot with extra room behind to ensure your golf ball doesn’t hit whatever is behind it.
  • Before purchasing a net, take the time to research what accessories and replacement parts are available. Some companies don’t make replacement parts, which means if anything breaks, you’ll need to replace the entire net.

2020 Golf Net Results

 ProductDurabilityPortability + StorageStabilityEase of UseFeaturesTotal
Net Return Pro Series V2

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1st10th1st1st3rd91
Spornia SPG-7

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2nd10th3rd2nd1st90
Amazon Basics Hitting Net

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4th4th4th3rd5th85
GoSports Golf Practice Net

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4th4th4th3rd10th84.5
Costway 3 in 1 golf net

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7th1st7th7th4th83
Proactive Sports Golf Cage

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7th1st7th7th5th82.5
Powernet

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4th4th6th3rd12th82
Ajillis 3 in 1 golf net

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10th3rd11th7th2nd79.5
CrocBox

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3rd12th1st12th5th79.5
Sklz Quickster Sport Net

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10th4th10th10th5th78
Maxfli 8FT Instant Net

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9th4th7th11th10th77
IzzoTru Vu Trainer

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12th4th12th3rd5th76.5

EXPERT TIP - Distance From Net Is Important

Depending on what ball return net you choose, along with weather conditions, can determine how fast the ball comes back at you. So don't swing too close otherwise you might get a ball to the body.

Best Golf Nets for 2020 – FAQ

Q: How far should I set up away from the mat?

A: A good rule of thumb is that the larger the net, the farther back you can hit from. For a smaller net, your hitting area will need to be closer. The net itself is also a consideration. The tighter the net is, the faster the ball will come back at you. The ideal amount of rebound will return the ball to your feet at a safe and comfortable speed.

Q: Should I get a net with sides attached?

A: All golfers hit bad shots, so consider add-on options to contain those wayward shots. We strongly recommend choosing a net that offers side nets that extend closer to the hitting area. They can reduce damage and danger should the dreaded “S” word makes an appearance.

Q: Can I use my golf net for other sports??

A: Some of the best golf nets for 2020 can be used for baseball, football, and many other sports. We advise referring to the manufacturer to determine if your net is suitable for other sports.

How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect hitting net to fit your needs.

To do that, we employ a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no detail unchecked, and no stone unturned.

Our Metrics

Hitting nets are tested head to head using rigorous protocols.

The metrics we consider when rating Hitting Nets include Durability, Ease of Use, Features, Portability + Storage, and Stability.