Senior Golfers Beginner’s Equipment Guide: Top Practice Mats for Golfers Over 50

If you want to become a better golfer, you are going to have to practice. Unfortunately, if you practice in the same spot all the time at your house it is very likely that you are going to ruin your lawn. Luckily for you though, golf practice mats are available for purchase. These products will allow you to practice your game without having to worry about your lawn and potential damage to clubs due to rocks or other debris.

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Best Practice Mats for Seniors

FORB Launch Pad Golf Practice Mat Review

FORB Launch Pad Golf Practice MatIf you are looking to get a practice mat for a low budget price tag, you should definitely take a good look at this one. This is a mat that has a 2 in 1 fairway/ rough design. The turf comes in a compact size at just 24 x 12 inches, but this product is more than capable of being able to improve your golf game. You may not be able to stand on this mat, but you get the benefit of a design that is light weight, compact and easy to pick up and play on in a matter of seconds.

Pros:

  • The mat has both 1/3 inch artificial turf to resemble a fairway as well as 1 inch thick turf to resemble a real life semi- rough
  • The design can be used both indoors and outdoors due to its small portable design
  • The unit comes with a rubber tee so that you aren’t constantly snapping your wooden tees on the unit
  • The unit’s size may be small, but it can help you to line up properly with the ball, which is great for practice
  • The low budget price appeals to a lot of golfers and is definitely something that makes this unit stand out
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Cons:

  • The unit’s small size may cause you to have issues with the mat staying in one location

Verdict:

If you don’t mind moving this little mat around, you are likely going to be a fan of this design. This may be a tiny mat, but it is extremely good for practicing thanks to its multi-turf design. The unit is extremely easy to carry around and you will run into no issues when setting up this mat. The fact that this mat comes with a rubber tee for this kind of a price is truly ideal and the built in tee will definitely save you some money and a sore back over time.

FORB Academy Golf Practice Mat Review

FORB Academy Golf Practice MatIf you want a really big mat that allows you to be able to just throw a ball anywhere you want and be able to hit the ball, you are likely going to like this design. This large piece of turf is 5 foot by 3 foot, which is large enough to easily fit your whole body and club on the mat for a shot. The design comes with rubber tees, which are great for saving money and for a consistent platform for your shots each and every time. The grass is ½ inch thick and if you are looking for something that replicates a real golf fairway, then you are looking in the right place.

Pros:

  • The design rolls up and rolls down, which helps to make the mat more portable
  • The unit works for both indoor and outdoor use
  • The mat has a very good price tag for being this large, which is great if you are looking to save some money
  • The mat comes with a total of three rubber tees to practice on so that you don’t waste your own wooden tees
  • Due to the size of this mat, you don’t have to worry about the underside as the mat will not slide around
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Cons:

  • The larger size of the mat is a little bit more difficult to store even though you can roll the mat up if you desire
  • There is only one type of turf built into the design of this mat, which means that you only get to practice relatively easy terrain shots

Verdict:

If you can find a spot to store a larger practice mat, you are not going to be disappointed with one of these mats. This is a massive mat, which allows you to be able to golf at pretty much any location that you desire. The turf on this mat is quite good for practicing fairway shots on, due to its small length. With the tees that this unit comes with, you are not going to have to worry about breaking a whole bunch of tees if you decide to get one these. It is awesome that this mat is such a low price tag for its size, you will certainly have a hard time finding something comparable on the market to this mat as it really is a good deal.

–> View more mats in our guide on the best practice mats for backyard and home use

Things To Consider

Here are the things that you should look for if you want to be able to pick up a quality practice mat:

Portability:

One thing that you should make sure that you consider when buying a practice mat is how easy the mat is to move around. The size of the mat does matter, but what is more important is how the unit can be moved around. If the unit is large, but rolls up, it is likely going to be less of a pain than a bit of a smaller practice mat that doesn’t. Look for something that is light weight in design and that allows you to be able to pick up and play in a matter of minutes.

Turf:

This is an aspect of a practice mat that you are definitely going to want to think about. If you want to be able to practice hitting off of harder terrain instead of always hitting off of something smooth, you may want to get a practice mat that has thicker fake grass in its design. Some greens attempt to imitate actual rough, which is ideal if you want to practice golfing in some more difficult situations. One other thing that you may want to keep your eyes peeled for in terms of the turf of a practice mat is if there is any tees incorporated into the design. Tees can cost a fair bit of money if you are constantly breaking them, not to mention, you will also have to do a lot of bending over if you are constantly breaking tees while practicing. A built in tee can save you a lot of hassle and it is definitely something you might want to keep on the lookout for.

Size:

One thing that changes a lot from product to product is the size of the mat. You will want to think about how large of a mat you want to purchase as some mats will allow you to stand on the unit and some will not. A lot of golfers don’t like standing on different turf than what their ball is on, which you may want to consider. The other thing that you will want to think about is where you are setting up the practice mat and if you have the room for a large size practice mat in that location. Sometimes it is just best to save some money and go with a smaller mat, but that is a decision that you are going to have to make. Either way, just make sure that you have some kind of a mat so that you don’t ruin your lawn.

Underside:

One aspect of a practice mat that a lot of people overlook is the bottom of a mat. If the bottom of the mat is flat, this is a good indication that it is not a quality mat. You want to get a mat that has some kind of spikes or at the very least, a rugged bottom on it so that the turf doesn’t move around when you hit the ball. If you choose not to look at the underside of a mat when you are purchasing, you are likely going to regret it as it can actually diminish the quality of your shots, especially on mats where they are so small that you can’t stand on them.

 

Brayden Longland
 

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