While there were a number of solid choices, for the third year in a row, Tour Links was the clear winner, and our pick for the best indoor putting green in 2023.
For 2023, we considered over 21 indoor putting greens and mats from 12 different manufacturers. And below we’ve shortlisted the 6 best indoor putting greens for all budgets.
In Summary: which indoor putting green is right for you?
Before we go into more detail on the putting greens we picked (and why we picked them), let’s start with an overview.
Because the first question you’re going to want to ask yourself is simple:
How authentic do you want your indoor putting experience to be?
Or in other words, do you want to putt on an home golf putting green that feels like the real thing, with true roll, and undulations? Or are you happy with a basic mat that’s going to be an upgrade on practicing your putting on your carpet with a cup?
Let’s start by assuming you fall into the first category (although we will cover cheaper alternatives).
There’s no doubt in our mind that for the most authentic indoor putting experience, you’ll want to fork out for a Tour Links putting green. Because the fact is, Tour Links is as close as you’ll get to putting on a real surface.
Of course, that authentic experience is going to come at a cost. Depending on the size of mat you go for, a Tour Links putting green will set you back anywhere from $800 (4ft x 10ft) to the best part of $4K (14ft x 18ft).
If that seems like a big jump in cost, bear in mind that 4ft x 10ft is 40 square feet, while 14ft x 18ft is 252 square feet. You’re getting a lot more putting green.
If Tour Links is a little too rich for your budget, then in the mid-range, you should be thinking about a Forb putting green. They’re not exactly cheap, but it’s going to be a reasonable jump down in price from Tour Links, and the surface will roll reasonably true, if missing the “feel” you’ll get from a Tour Links green (more on that in a moment).
So how about an affordable putting green? Well, we’ve got a good option, but it does somewhat depend on your definition of “affordable”. With a budget of $300, the Big Moss Augusta is where you’ll want to invest your cash. Sure you can buy something that “looks” like a green for a lot cheaper, but our advice is to steer clear. Because generally they’re going to be made of cheap foam. Roll them up once to store, and you’ll never get them flat again (we speak from bitter experience).
If you’re looking for something truly cheap, then sorry, a putting green is not what you should be going for. We’d recommend going for a mat.
But the good news is there are two affordable indoor putting mats we’d recommend: the PuttOut Pro Putting Mat, and the Varispeed Putting Mat. There’s a lot of choice at the budget end, so we’ll explain why we recommend these two particular mats below.
And finally, if you want the latest in putting tech, then go for an ExPutt putting simulator. It’s not an indoor putting green as such, but for honing your putting skills, it’s going to be hard to beat.
Online stores that have indoor putting greens for sale
Check out our list of home golf / simulator golf stores that have indoor putting greens for sale at the best prices in 2023. Whether you’re looking for something to use at home, an office putting green or both, these online stores have a ton for sale.
Reviews: this year’s best indoor putting greens and mats
- Tour Links – best overall indoor putting green
- Forb – best in home putting green for mid range budgets
- Big Moss Augusta – best affordable indoor putting green
- ExPutt – indoor putting simulator
- PuttOut Pro – best affordable putting mat with ball return (separate purchase)
- VariSpeed – best affordable home putting mat with variable speed
The choice for the best overall putting green this year was relatively straight forward. Because Tour Links is trusted by the biggest names and brands in golf.
If a PGA tour golfer is working on their putting indoors, the chances are, they’ll be using a Tour Links green.
Demoing a new putter at the annual PGA merchandising show? You’ll be rolling your ball over a Tour Links green.
Watching a putting tutorial on the Golf Channel? You guessed it. Tour Links.
There are two factors that set Tour Links greens apart from other contenders: roll and feel. Putt on a Tour Links mat and your ball will roll in the same way it would on a PGA Tour caliber green. And when you’re standing on the surface, you’ll actually feel like you’re standing on a real green.
The importance of true roll is self explanatory. But why does “feel” matter?
Well, when practicing golf at home, you want to simulate course conditions as much as possible.
We’re tactile creatures — our bodies are highly tuned to sense when something feels different. And if you get your body (and brain) used to putting on a mat, it will start to believe that’s how putting should feel. Which means, when you get onto the course, subconsciously, you’ll know the difference. And since putting is arguably more mental than mechanical (see Bob Rotella) we want to remove as many elements of doubt as we can.
If you’re interested in how Tour Links replicate the feel of a real green, it’s all to do with their patented, moulded panels.
Were there any other contenders for the best indoor putting greens? Well, the closest would probably be Fiberbuilt. But at a similar price point, the Tour Links pretty much beats it in every important measure. And we’d also class Fiberbuilt more as a mat than a green.
Quite simply, if you want the best indoor golf putting green on the market, Tour Links should be your choice.
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Tour Links 4×12
Tour Links 8×12
Tour Links 4×10
If you have a reasonable budget, Forb make a range of indoor putting greens that are going to get you close to “real” putting. They’re not going quite at the level of Tour Links (certainly not in terms of feel), but roll is still relatively true.
The putting surface of their mats is manufactured from 12mm polyethylene, which does a great job simulating the characteristics and roll of a medium to fast green. And as a bonus, the putting surface is surrounded by 40mm rough, so you can even practice your chipping.
There are 3 sizes available, starting at “standard” which is 12ft x 3.2ft and includes 2 holes, all the way up to “XXL” at a whopping 20ft x 9ft with 4 holes/flags.
The surface materials are the same on each size, but there is a big price differential as you start to move up. Which makes sense as you’re going from a putting mat that’s 38.4 square feet on the standard, to one that’s 180 square feet on the XXL. So you’re basically paying for all that extra putting green. Fair enough.
When not in use, the mats roll up easily for storage.
All in all, Forb’s indoor putting greens are our pick for the best mid range greens this year. Whichever size you choose, you’re going to get a relatively authentic putting experience in your own home.
The Big Moss Augusta is not a “cheap” indoor putting green, but it’s as low as we would go price wise before jumping down to a mat.
Let’s be clear: your ball isn’t going to roll quite as well as on a Tour Links (or indeed a Forb) green. But it’s still going to run relatively true, particularly when compared with low-end mats.
The main problem with cheap mats is they start to wrinkle quickly, particularly if you’re regularly folding them up and putting them away. But the Big Moss has a rubber backed, multi-layered surface, which keeps those annoying wrinkles at bay.
With your purchase, you’ll get a “break snake”, which slips under the mat, allowing you to create multiple contours and practice those tricky 6 foot, right to left sliders.
It’s a 12 foot long mat, so allowing for a little room behind the cups — and assuming you want your trail foot to be standing on the mat — you’ll be able to practice putts of up to 10ft.
Coming in at around $300, the Big Moss Augusta is a solid choice and certainly one of the best indoor putting greens available.
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Big Moss Augusta
Big Moss Augusta
New for our list in 2023 is this nifty piece of tech from ExPutt.
Golf simulators have been around for a while, helping you sharpen up your full swing and play golf at home. But this is the first dedicated putting simulator we’ve seen on the market.
You’ll get real-time, on-screen feedback on your putts, and can simulate a variety of weather, course, and green speeds to get you ready for any challenge.
The Exputt uses an ultra-high speed camera to precisely measure the movement of both your putter and your ball.
And you can even connect to wi-fi and take part in online putting competitions.
If you’re looking for something a bit different (and are a tech junkie like me) then the ExPutt is a solid choice, and reasonably affordable considering it’s one of the best indoor putting mats on the market.
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Of course, being made by the same company, the Pressure Putt will fit perfectly on this mat for a great indoor putting experience.
It’s low-frills when compared to Tour Links and Forb putting greens, but the surface runs reasonably true, and simulates a medium-to-fast green with a stimp rating of 10.
The target points, alignment aids, and distance markings included on the mat allow you to work on a number of putting drills recommended by PuttOut. And they certainly know their stuff when it comes to indoor putting.
One slight negative is that the PuttOut Pro Mat is only 7.87 x 1.64ft. So no lag putting practice, but let’s be honest, it’s those 3-6 footers that make or break a round anyway.
This indoor putting green is budget friendly, so we’d seriously recommend buying a PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer at the same time if you don’t already have one.
For those on a budget, the VariSpeed indoor putting green has a lot going for it.
Firstly, it’s 10ft long, so you can practice those important mid-distance putts. For reference, PGA pros only make around 46% of their putts from 9ft, so don’t expect to make them all!
But what we really like is the variable speed. After all, every green you play on is going to be slightly different. And even the green on your home course can change depending on conditions.
With the VariSpeed, you’ll get 4 speeds ranging between stimp ratings of 7.5 – 13. Which unless you’re planning on a round at Augusta, is going to cover green speeds on most courses.
And one more cool feature of the VariSpeed mat is “visible ball traces”. Basically, when you take a putt, the ball will leave an imprint on the mat, allowing you to review the exact line your putt took. When combined with the included wedge — which allows you to add slope to your putting mat — this is useful for figuring out if you’re under (or over) reading break.
Overall, some really nice, unique features, in a compact, affordable indoor putting green. And it rolls up nice and neat for storage too.
Which Indoor Putting Green Do We Recommend?
If budget isn’t a consideration, then go for a Tour Links green. It’s an easy choice. Tour Links make the best indoor putting greens on the market today, period.
But if Tour Links is a little to rich for you right now, then a Forb or Big Moss is going to be a solid pick.
On a tight budget? Skip low end putting greens, and instead head for a putting mat from either PuttOut pro, or VariSpeed. And if you choose the PuttOut mat, we recommend combining it with a PuttOut Pro pressure putt trainer.
FAQ: Indoor golf putting greens
Are indoor putting greens worth it?
If you want to become a more rounded golfer, you’ll need to improve your short game. Practicing golf at home or in your office is one of the best ways to do that. So, putting greens for home use are certainly worth the money, especially for beginners and mid-high handicappers.
Which is the best indoor putting green overall?
You’ll see our top being the Tour Links home putting green here.
What’s the best cheap indoor putting green?
We pick the Varispeed putting system as the best cheap home putting green, and you can see why here.
Does a home putting green work on carpet?
Most of the best indoor putting green manufacturers build their mats so their work on carpet, tiles, wood flooring and more.
Is a putting green at home all I need to improve my short game?
It’s an excellent start. But alongside a putting green for your home or office, we’d recommended reading Golfer Logic’s guide to golf training aids.
Where’s the best place to buy home putting greens?
For cheap indoor putting greens, we’d head to Amazon. If you have a bigger budget and want a real feel, we’d suggest the likes of Top Shelf Golf, Carl’s Place, Rain or Shine and Shop Indoor Golf. You can read more about retailers we recommend here.
That’s it for our run down of the best indoor putting greens in 2023.
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