Turn your home into a practice area with the Best Golf Practice Nets available.
Golf practice nets used to be the reserve of the truly obsessed golfer, a man or woman so dedicated to improvement they couldn’t possibly venture out into the garden without practicing a few chip shots or hammering a few drivers.
Whether you just want something small to chip into or are looking at a professional set-up that allows you to practice every shot in the book, there are plenty of options and prices to suit every budget.
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A good golf practice net is always a handy thing to have in the house or garden, to polish up your game when you don’t have time to visit your golf course or driving range.
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But let’s start with the best golf practice nets. All the sizes are listed as height x width x depth.
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It is compact but it won’t take you long to work out the optimum striking distance and it is plenty wide enough to cope with even the worst mis-hit. It also feels nice and sturdy once it’s ready for use.
The black target helps take the sting out of even the biggest drives so there are no safety concerns and it is a golf practice net that is relatively quick and easy to assemble.
|Size||7ft x 10ft x 5ft (max)|
The cage wouldn’t look out of place on the practice ground of any golf club. It is made of hard-wearing steel while the premium mesh netting is rot proof.
It is also freestanding so relatively easy to move should the need arise but it is so sturdy there are no concerns about it being blown about in a storm.
|Size||10ft x 10ft x 10ft|
There’s a mat with two rubber tees (1″ and 2″), which means you can practice indoors or protect your grass if using it in the garden, and 12 limited flight impact balls. The mat even features two surfaces, designed to simulate fairway and rough.
The advantage of having such a relatively small net is it takes no time at all to set up for use and dissemble afterwards. Also now it is available for a lot less than the RRP.
|Size||7ft (max) x 7ft x 4ft (max)|
The chipping curtain, which includes three pockets and a target, also gives added protection when hitting longer shots.
At seven feet deep it does take up a lot of space but it is deceptively sturdy although it is not one of the easiest to constantly put up and take down.
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|Size||10ft (max) x 7ft x 7ft (max)|
Comes with a built-in ground sheet and is very easy to assemble and disassemble. The carry bag makes it easy to transport and is large enough to ensure you don’t have to worry about clearing the net with short irons.
|Size||7ft (max) x 10ft (max) x 5ft|
It’s size – and lack of depth – means it will do the job in relatively small gardens but a handy option if you want to use it indoors.
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|Size||7ft (max) x 8ft (max) x 3ft (max)|
The 5-ply knotless meshing is super thick and tear resistant so this net will plenty of years for even the most vigorous of practisers.
It is also surprisingly easy to put up and the target is actually fairly useful. Large and can be easily moved about.
|Size||7ft (max) x 10ft (max) x 5ft|
However it is ideal for golf and is deceptively sturdy. Folds down into a very small size.
|Size||7ft x 10ft x 3ft|
We’d recommend you largely ignore the ‘pitch zone’, ‘chip’ and ‘lob’ labels and just use the targets to practise three different trajectories of shots – low, medium and high. Having targets like that makes your golf practice net session far more valuable than aimlessly bashing balls.
The PGA Tour Pro Driving Net is bigger than average so you’ll need a reasonable amount of space to use it, but it packs away easily for storage when not in use.
|Size||7ft (max) x 10ft x 5ft|
The steel-tubing frame is designed to be durable (the makers claim it is corrosion free) and super sturdy and the large net is relatively easy to put in place.
You also get a moveable target which is particularly helpful if you know your launch angles.
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|Size||3m x 3m x 3m|
The chipping net itself is just under two feet in diameter and it couldn’t be easier to fold away for storage when not in use.
|Size||20" diameter hoop|
The golf net automatically pops up for instant use and comes with a carry bag for easy storage.
|Size||88cm x 82cm x 80cm|
Are golf nets worth it?
If you can’t get to the course or driving range, a golf practice net is the next best thing. There’s no denying that hitting golf balls into a net isn’t as useful as being able to see the ball flight, but you can use targets in your net to focus on start lines, which can translate to more accurate shots out on the course. Also, you can get a launch monitor that gives you all the information you need about each shot, and, depending on your budget, shows you a visual representation of the ball flight. If that sounds like your cup of tea, check out our list of the best home golf simulators.
Alternatively, if you’re working on anything technical in your swing, not being able to see the ball flight can actually be an advantage, because it enables you to focus on the movement you’re trying to practise, rather than subconsciously trying to hit a good shot.
Plus, when it comes to chipping, not many of us have the luxury of being able to visit the short game area every day, but spend even 5-10 minutes a day in the garden or house with a chipping net and your scores on the course are likely to drop. You’d be advised to add one of our best putting mats to your set up to help you even more.
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How far should you stand from a golf net?
Some golf practice nets will come with guidance on the ideal distance to stand from the net. Otherwise, it really depends on the size of your net, how much space you have to play with, and how confident you are in your ability to hit the net!
The safest bet is to place the ball as close to the net as you can without hitting the net or its frame with your club on your follow-through.
If you want to check whether you’re standing the right distance from your net, imagine the worst shot you’ve ever hit and whether it would still find the safety of the net. If not, move closer! A larger net gives you a wider margin for error.
Check your surroundings, too. If you did happen to miss the net, will your ball go smashing through your neighbor’s window, or just into some thick bushes? Let’s face it, we all saw those lockdown videos where people got it horribly wrong.
How much should you spend on a golf practice net?
We’ve found useful chipping practice nets for as little as £10, but if you want a golf net you can hit full shots into, you’re looking at spending at least £50.
The £80-100 price range will get you a better quality practice net, perhaps with some targets to aim at.
If you want a more robust golf net that you can leave up when not in use, expect to spend £300-500.
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