2021 GOLF HITTING MAT BUYER’S GUIDE
*Note – some hitting mat companies were not included due to inventory issues. The mats in this buyers guide were available to be tested at the time of testing*
If you have a hitting net, you need a golf hitting mat to save your precious grass or carpet.
Golf mats have evolved, allowing you to keep your wrists intact instead of shattering them every time you hit a ball. There are also mats on the market that can replicate grass for those weekend warriors and practice addicts.
We tested the most well-known golf hitting mats to provide you with the best information possible. Manufacturers included Rukket, Swing Turf, Wittek, and Safeplay. They offer an array of price points, different grass types, and features.
Breaking Down Hitting Mat Details
Whether you’re looking to buy a new hitting mat today, looking for some buying advice, or just want a closer look at what’s on the market, this guide will help you find the right mat to fit your needs.
Rukket Golf Standing Turf Mat
- The Rukket Standing Turf Mat is an add-on for their Twin Turf and Tri Turf mats.
- The Standing Mat places the golfer to be on the same level as the hitting mat.
- This is a better setup as the golfer doesn’t need to change their swing to accommodate for simulated uphill or downhill lies.
- If the mat isn’t grounded, it can slip during the swing.
Rukket Golf Twin Turf Mat
- The material feels just as tight as those lush fairways.
- When hitting on the rough side, it doesn’t react the same way into the grain as real grass.
- Also of note, the mat will move a lot when hitting into the grain.
- Hitting with the grain can be beneficial but you tend to hit flyers.
- Its portability is good and doesn’t take up much space.
Rukket Tri Turf Mat
- The fairway portion of the mat is lush and feels like a fairway.
- The”second cut” of turf reacts well with different shot types.
- The rough is like its Twin Turf brother as it sticks when hitting into the grain and the mat moves.
- You can get the odd flyer when hitting with the grain like you would on the course.
- Portability is good and doesn’t take up much space.
Rukket XL Tri Turf Mat
- The mat is the same as the Tri Turf but bigger.
- Being larger helps keep the mat stable and reduces sliding.
- Size matters, so we’d lean towards the XL over the regular Tri Turf.
Swing Turf Mat
- If you’re looking for a plush hitting mat, the Swing Turf Mat is certainly that.
- It feels soft under your feet but compact at the same time.
- During your swing, your feet might slide a bit until the mat is broken in.
- After a few uses, your feet will be much more stable.
- The ball interaction feels just like hitting off country club fairways.
Safeplay Golf Monster Mat
- The Safeplay Monster Mat is another mat that offers plush fairway feel.
- This mat will react to every type of shot you hit. For example, if you catch it heavy, the shot will be considerably shorter than a well-struck shot.
- The Monster Mat has more grain to it than other hitting mats which can cause a flyer from time to time.
- Although the mat feels plush, it is dense enough to allow your feet to remain stable.
Wittek Mega Mat
- If you like a slightly firmer mat with some give, the Mega Mat is the one for you.
- The fibers are a little smaller but with those smaller fibers comes fantastic stability.
- You have to make sure the mat is secure; otherwise, it will move while you’re swinging.
- This mat is durable. Its shorter fibers and overall construction make it firmer than the plushier alternatives.
- It comes with eight tee holes already cut, which is good for tee shots.
- A downfall to this mat is when you catch it heavy, the club bounces through, reducing the penalty for a mis-hit. Yes, you will lose some distance, but it’s not as much as you would off real grass.
BEST HITTING MAT 2021 - FEATURES
|Product||Type of Lie||Available Sizes||Warranty|
|Rukket Standing Turf Mat|
|Fairway||One size fits all||Lifetime|
|Rukket Twin Turf Mat|
|Fairway/ Rough||25 x 16 IN||Lifetime|
|Rukket XL Tri Turf Mat|
|Fairway/ Rough||36 x 24 IN||Lifetime|
|Rukket Tri Turf Mat|
|Fairway/ Rough||25 x 16 IN||Lifetime|
|Safeplay Golf Monster Mat|
|Fairway||3 - 100 FEET||2 Year|
|Swing Turf Mat|
|Fairway||4'x5' - 4'x9' FEET||1 Year|
|Wittek Mega Mat|
|Fairway||59' x 59' IN||1 Year|
|Fairway||59' x 59' IN||1 Year|
EXPERT TIP - Hit On The Same Level
Make sure you and your mat are on the same level. If not, you could be hitting on a slope because the ball is above or below your feet. This will change the lie angle, strike location and possibly your swing path.
FEATURES THAT MATTER
Stability is broken down two different ways: Foot stability and mat stability.
Foot stability occurs when swinging. Our testing showed that, on some mats, your feet can move up to two inches, which is significant. This is due to the thickness and softness of the material.
The second consideration for stability is the mat itself. Does it move when you’re hitting?
If you don’t have a designated spot where the mat is dug into the ground or attached to the floor, the mat can move based on how fast you swing. For example, if you have a two-piece mat where you stand on one piece and hit off the other, you could get double the amount of movement.
A mat that is stable in both aspects will remain stable on the floor and keep your feet stationary.
Those who want the most stable hitting mat should consider Wittek Mega Mat and Swing Turf Mat.
A hitting mat should last thousands, if not tens of thousands, of shots. Less durable mats will quickly develop a dip in the hitting area that acts like a divot, making it harder to hit off.
Golfers who want the most durable mat tested should look into the Wittek Quattro and Swing Turf Mat.
Real Life Feeling
When it comes to hitting mats, everyone wants to get as close as possible to the feel of real grass. Some mats can allow a chunked shot to look good because the club bounces through rather than dig. The result is a shot that’s hit much better than it would be off grass. Choose a mat that has a consistent feel and realistic turf interaction.
Those golfers who want the most realistic mat should consider Swing Turf Mat and Safeplay Golf Monster Mat.
- Where your hitting net is located can determine what mat you choose. If you’re hitting inside, you might want to look into a 5′ x 5′ mat. If your net is outside, we suggest looking at a smaller, more portable mat.
- Look for a hitting mat that keeps your body and the ball on the same level. You probably don’t want the ball above or below your feet for most of your practice time.
- Depending on what shot you want to play, consider a mat that simulates hitting out of the rough, second cut, and fairway.
- Ensure whatever mat you use is anchored and stable and will not move during your swing.
- There are mats on the market that can simulate certain types of grass. Ideally, you should buy a mat that best matches the grass on your course.
The Best Hitting Mat – FAQ
Q: Do hitting mats cause injuries?
A: Firmer mats can cause wrist and elbow injuries because of the shock factor. However, most modern golf hitting mats have shock absorbers built in to help prevent injuries. Mats with more fibers typically have more give.
Q: What sizes do golf hitting mats come in?
A: The standard one-piece mat ranges between three and five feet long and four to eight feet wide. Portable mats can be as small as a foot wide and a foot long.
Q: What size hitting mat should I buy?
A: Most driving ranges use mats that are 5′ x 5′. Buy golf practice mats based on your height (or the height of the tallest person who will be using it). If you have or are planning to have a golf simulator, we recommend at least 5′ x 5′.
2 years ago
Interesting comments section. Not sure I agree with the premise that being “penalized” for a fat strike is somehow going to help me improve. That happens to me on the course, and if anything, it reinforces my swing yips. I have the Country Club Elite mat, and if I pay attention, I can tell whether I catch a ball fat. That’s all I really need. Focusing on getting more shaft lean, a shallower strike path, and a freer release has the hcp headed down again. Seriously, how often do you need to take a really deep divot? I play munis that are far from pristine, and it’s still pretty rare that a swing with a steep angle of attack yields a better result. Maybe when the ball is in deep, clumpy rough or a bad divot. And re: injuries, if you swing hard enough (or get old enough) you’re going to get them. It happens to the pros, and they have better swings, better conditioning, and play better tracks than I ever will. I really love bashing balls, but when it comes to playing better and staying healthy, I have really had to learn how to practice smarter, and that means being more “intentional,” doing drills, and spending a lot less time swinging from my heels.