Best indoor putting green
As a professional player and golf coach, I understand the importance of a sound short game and there is no better way to ensure that you are ready for action when you arrive on the course than an indoor putting green. So what is the best indoor putting green?
At best, an indoor putting green does not have to be an all-singing, all-dancing 30 foot by 40-foot area, like you see in many golf stores, instead it can be something as simple as a basic putting mat that you can roll-up and put away when not in use.
Owning an indoor putting green requires a good deal of research and decision making, from the size of the green you want to the speed you desire, the choices are many.
As with anything, the budget you have available to spend is also a determining factor in your choice and I will look to give some clear advice about how to choose the best indoor putting green for your home.
You need to consider the following 3 aspects:
- The best size of indoor putting green you want
- Do you want to be able to store it away
- What level of realism do you want.
Countdown to the best indoor putting green starting with number three.
I am going to rate my choices from third to “The Best Indoor Putting green”, based on my own personal experiences and feelings.
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3. The Wellputt Putting Matt
Starting with a mat that I personally own and although it is not technically a indoor putting green it is more than a worthwhile purchase.
The Wellputt 13ft Pro mat is the ideal mat for those that do not have a huge amount of space. It does not have an actual hole, rather a series of marked holes that act as the hole.
Available in a 10-foot version. The Pro 13-foot mat has two mat speed options, which means you can choose the faster or slower speed to match the type of greens that you usually play.
This is one of the features that I like about the Wellputt mats. Wellputt is a training mat, with a variety of training exercises that teach you how to improve your putting.
The mat is easily stored, rolled up and can fit anywhere in the house. There are a number of exercises that have been designed to be used with the mat, completing an entire package of at home putting training.
Starting at 149$ the 13ft Pro mat is a superb investment, with the additional exercise books detailing the mat specific exercises it really is a incredible piece of kit, that should be in the under-stairs cupboard.
2. Pro-putt systems
The Pro-putt system is a superb choice for those with more space and requiring one of the most realistic indoor putting greens available on the market.
In whatever space you are intending to use for your indoor green the Pro-putt team will design your indoor putting green to your exact dimensions and requirements that suit best.
The Pro-putt system uses a combination of TourPutt Ultimate turf, combined with “Miraset” nylon which creates an extremely dense and tight knit material that performs just like a natural grass green.
Combine this with the interlocking base panels and you have an indoor putting green that reacts, feels and rolls like a normal green grass.
Available with the optional addition of a fringe the Pro-Putt system can be used as a short game chipping practice area as well.
An average speed of 10.6, when used upon a hard-floor surface or the base panel system, the Pro-putt is more realistic than if the putting turf is used alone. It is for this reason that it takes second place in the top 3.
1. Best indoor putting green – Big Moss
The winner is the Big Moss putting green which hand-crafted, ensuring unbelievable quality.
As a professional I know that one of the biggest challenges amateur golfers face is correct alignment, and this is one of the major reasons for the choice of the Big Moss indoor putting green as the best indoor putting green available.
The Big Moss greens do not have any straight lines, which ensures the need for the golfer to align without any aids, just as they have to do on the golf course.
The material uses True-Roll technology which mimics Bent-grass greens perfectly, offering one of the most realistic indoor putting surfaces available on the market.
An additional benefit is the portability of the Big Moss greens which can be set-up and packed away in a few minutes without the need for tools.
To create an even more realistic experience the Break Snakes allow you to add undulations into your Big Moss putting green, enhancing further the realism of playing on a grass green.
As standard the Big Moss putting greens come in 24 sizes, although you can contact the makes to order a customized indoor green to best suit your every requirement.
With the additional chipping stations, you can create a complete indoor short game practice facility, which reacts identically as a real grass green would.
The price is also a real plus, with the basic model coming in at under 70$. Although I have chosen the Big Moss as my winner, the Pro-Putt system is a very close second.
I think the birdieball indoor greens are also worth a mention. Another company I must mention are Huxley golf, specialising in building and constructing outdoor putting greens the quality of the product is second to none. Although predominantly used outdoors there is the possibility of installing a Huxley putting green indoors, but it will cost you.
The Huxley greens are not cheap, but if money is no issue then add the Huxley Golf offerings into the mix.
What are the characteristics of a good Indoor Putting Green?
With so many different options on the market it is very hard to decide which putting green is right for you. You will want to find a putting green that has a fairly low cost without compromising the quality of the putting green.
When contemplating indoor putting greens the main thing to look for is the green itself. The fact that you are going to be buying artificial turf it is important that the green feels as real as possible. It should nearly feel like stepping onto your local course.
Cost of an Indoor Putting Green
One of the most important factors for the customer is the cost. Indoor putting greens generally range between $50 and $900 however large room sized models can easily exceed the $1200 mark and even cost as much as $5000.
If you can afford it and have the space then the sky is the limit in terms of your options but if not however it will pay to shop around and decide on a smaller low budget option.
What about the Putting green speed?
If you are playing at your local golf club every week then it is a good idea to have your indoor putting green aligned to the speed of the greens there.
Actual green speeds out on the course will vary from day to day because of weather, cut intervals and the likes but there will generally be an average that they run at.
For example if the greens at your local golf course have a stimp speed of 12 it would not make sense to have an indoor putting green with a stimp speed of 6 or 7. In this case come competition time you may find yourself over hitting a lot of your putts.
There are also indoor putting greens that you can buy that have variable speed so you can set it to whatever you want.
What is the best size for your indoor putting green?
When your trying to figure out the best size for your indoor putting green ask yourself, are you going to be focusing on your short putts 3-6 feet or do you want to putt over a larger distance and have some undulations etc.
Take for example there is no point in going out and buying a room sized indoor putting green if your primary intention is to focus on short putts.
What ever the final decision the customer must keep in mind that the larger the putting green is and the more features that it has the higher the price will be.