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4 Budget-Friendly Ways to Practice Golf

Updated: Aug 5, 2023


golfer admiring his beautiful tee shot

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I'm undeniably a golf-obsessed dad. I absolutely love golf, but my skill level took a nosedive when I became a dad. Primarily because:

  • The driving range is expensive and hard to fit into your schedule

  • I play 80% fewer rounds of golf

  • I was never even good at golf in the first place

My friends and I played 4-6 rounds per week back when I was kid-free and had no responsibilities... I kind of miss those days. It'll be 20+ years until I can play that much.


To scratch the golf itch, I have found several budget-friendly ways to practice golf at

home during naptime.


If you're building out your at-home practice setup, take a look at these budget-friendly options!


PERFECT PRACTICE Putting Mat

My wife bought me the Perfect Practice Putting Mat as a quasi-sadistic birthday present and it's a great tool to practice your putting stroke. The set-up and take-down processes are quick and painless, no tools needed. The Standard edition has a max putting distance of 9' 6". They also offer a Compact edition (8') or Extra Large edition (15' 6").

product image of perfect practice putting mat

All editions feature a regulation-sized hole and a reduced-size hole to improve accuracy and precision. The ball return track comes with 4 individual pieces that have magnets on the end so you can remove a piece if you are working on shorter putts.

The Perfect Practice Putting Mat has an average rating of 4.5/5 Stars on Amazon, with the biggest critique being the value for the money.


There are knock-off versions of the practice mat that are considerably cheaper, but I can't personally attest to the quality. A lot of these products have similar average ratings, which suggests that they likely perform equally well.

CHAMPKEY Double-Sided Chipping Net

Chipping is my favorite golf skill to practice, but I live in Minnesota, so can't exactly practice outside year-round.

CHAMPKEY double-sided chipping net

Insert the CHAMPKEY Double-Sided Chipping Net! It's made for indoor and outdoor use and includes a hitting mat and 12 foam balls. One side of the net is designed for accuracy training with several small pockets to aim for. The other side is a standard net that is geared for long-distance training.

The CHAMPKEY Double-Sided Chipping Net is very stable when using foam balls. If you use real golf balls the net may shift depending on how far you are hitting from. This net is perfect for how I practice my chipping and the 4.4/5 Stars rating on Amazon is well-deserved. There are plenty of different alternatives on Amazon depending on what net shape you are looking for.


Full Disclosure: If I was buying a new chipping net today, it would be the SAPLIZE Golf Chipping Net because it is ~$10 cheaper and comes with a 3-tier mat.


GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net

When you want to bring out the big clubs, the GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net is a great, budget-friendly option. It's 100% an eye-sore, especially compared to its competitors, but it's half the cost and works just as well. It's less impacted by wind than competitors with more elaborate design.

The setup is quick and easy and comes in 10'x7' or 7'x7' hitting surfaces. Both options come with a storage carrying bag and it weighs just over 15 pounds.

The GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net is marketed as indoor/outdoor, but I don't trust my golf swing enough to use it in the house. You can also use the net as a soccer goal or batting practice. You'll likely want a few stakes to anchor the net to the ground if you plan to leave it set up. This net boasts a 4.5/5 Star Amazon rating and has thousands of reviews.


The biggest issue with the hitting net compared to the driving range is that you can't tell how far you hit the ball or where it went. The solution is to pair the hitting net with a launch monitor or golf simulator. The good launch monitors usually retail for $300-$600, but if the alternative is spending $10-15 each time at the driving range you'd break even fairly quickly.


Golfguru 5x4ft Golf Hitting Mat

We lived in a townhouse without any usable grass when I bought my GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net so I also had to buy a hitting mat. Real grass wins 100% of the time, but if you're in a similar position or want to practice inside, the Golfguru 5x4ft Golf Hitting Mat is a great option.

golfguru 5x4 ft golf hitting mat

It's easy to use for both righties and lefties and my favorite feature is it comes with the tee holes and a variety of rubber tees. Most importantly, it's large enough to stand on while you hit. Competitor mats only fit the ball so you're hitting with your feet on carpet or cement. That isn't worthwhile practice!

To no one's surprise, it also has a 4.6/5 Star Amazon rating and I have not had any complaints with my mat.


It's All in the Hips

Hopefully, these golf practice tools, paired with whatever drills and programs you use, can scratch your golf itch and improve your game! I plan to use all of them over the next several years to get my little ones interested in the game of golf and I hope you do the same!


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