What Size Golf Mat Do I Need? - A Guide To Golf Mat Sizes


What Size Golf Mat Do I Need?

A Guide To Golf Mat Sizes

Golf mats come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. So which one do you need? This article is aimed at helping you decide! 

Technically, the size of mat you need just needs to be big enough to hold a golf ball with some extra space for your swing path. Something like the Fiberbuilt Flight Deck Golf Hitting Mat is a small hitting deck that you hit off of, but don’t stand on. There is really no required golf mat size. Rather, the size of your golf mat really comes down to preference. There are 3 categories of mat sizes you can decide between.

What Size Golf Mat Do I Need?

Now we’ll briefly discuss why you might want one size over the other.

Standard Size Golf Mats

These mats are the most commonly used. They range from 3’-5’ long and 4’-8’ wide. Depending on the materials and size of the mat, they will cost anywhere from $200-$1000. Aside from hitting decks and pads, these will be your most cost effective golf mat. They provide enough room to take a full stance with space left over for a launch monitor. The downside to standard size mats is that they don’t accommodate for left and right handed play as well as the bigger mats. Another con is that without a full turf covering from mat to net, the golf balls will land on your floor. If your golf simulator has wood flooring underneath, you could easily damage your floor after a few shots. Or if your hitting outdoors on concrete then balls will be bouncing everywhere. Basically unless you have carpet flooring you will want something covering the area where your ball lands.

Oversize Golf Mats

These mats are around double the size of standard mats. Usually between 8’-12’ long and 6’-10’ wide. The great thing about these mats is that they typically cover the entire hitting area from mat to net. This makes ball return a breeze and protects your floor ensuring the ball falls onto a matted area.  Many also feature a central hitting surface with a stance area for both lefty’s and righty’s.  This is crucial if you have a golf simulator that uses an overhead camera/sensor. Overhead systems are usually permanent and require a specific placing of the golf ball. Therefore, if you don’t have a central hitting area, it makes it difficult to accommodate to left and right handed golfers. Golf mats such as the Fiberbuilt Combo Golf Mat & Putting Green use the extra space of the mat for a putting surface. A great added feature and upgrade option to the standard golf mat.

Complete Cover Golf Mats

These probably don’t qualify as a golf mat. A better term might be a ‘hitting surface’ - as this option isn’t a single golf mat but an entire AstroTurf covering of a large area and sometimes the entire room. Oftentimes, these require some sort of custom build. They are the most costly golf mat option but they are by far the most professional looking and give you lots of flexibility. The downside to these options is that they are a lot more permanent - making it more difficult to replace if things get worn.

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Overall, the size of you golf mat will depend on how much space you have available and your budget. To learn about which golf mats we think are best, read our Best Golf Mats guide.

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