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PuttOut Putting Mat Review & Alternatives

PuttOut sparked a new era of putting mats, but can this original putting mat still compete with the new options available?

In this PuttOut putting mat review we cover the medium PuttOut mat and share our thoughts on the slim putting mat and large mat from PuttOut. We cover trueness, speed, how good it is technical development along with alternatives you may want to consider.

The PuttOut mat provides a high-quality putting mat for golfers looking to improve their putting at home. It is small, compact and packed with some great features to improve your putting performance.

PuttOut Mat Review

Puttout matt in black and blue. The puttout matt has great alignment aids for your stance and putter face.

First impressions

The PuttOut putting mat comes in a nifty bag and rolls out with no fuss — a little flattening of the corners was required first time.

The putting mat has some great alignment guides for your feet alignment, ball position and putter face. Allowing you to keep on top of your putting basics during your indoor putting practice.

Let’s dive into the full PuttOut putting mat review.

Trueness

How true is the PuttOut putting mat? All putting mats will be influenced by the floor you use them on (and many are not flat), but we’d say this is in the top three mats we’ve covered for trueness.

This mat is pretty true, but with the thicker carpet pile compared to some putting mats, you’ll find it a little grainy, with some putts deviating slightly offline when the ball begins to slow down.

From time to time you’ll find the nap of the top surface sometimes adds a little deviance into putts (see the video below). This can be quick resolved with a brush of your hand or a vacuum of the surface up or down the putting mat.

Speed

If you read the PuttOut putting mat reviews you’ll see some mixed feedback, Puttout produced this mat to run at 10 on the stimp meter.

However, the true speed depends on the surface under the putting mat (carpet or hard floor). With fluffy carpet under the mat, the mat slows to under 8 on the stimp metre. Use it on a hard-level floor and you’ll be closer to 9.5 – 10.

Either setup results in a well-paced putting surface.

Size

The putting mat is 240cm by 50cm ( ~7.9 x ~1.64 feet). Small, compact and perfect to keep setup in an office or spare room. Six feet is the distance between the back set of alignment markers and the target putting circle. You can putt from further back, but 6-feet is the place where you can take full advantage of the alignment aids on the putting mat.

Practicing your putting from this distance is great for your stroke mechanics and adding in the PuttOut Pressure trainer can add an extra layer of challenge to your practice.

There is also a slim putting mat (240cm x 25cm) and a large putting mat (367cm x 67cm) available.

Portability

This small sized mat is super portable. It comes with a nice drawstring bag to keep your putting mat clean and rolled up and can be unrolled in a matter of seconds.

If you have stored this mat away for a while you may need a few heavy books to flatten the corners, but the main putting surface is good to go straight away.

Realism

The medium putting mat allows you to practice up to 6 foot putts. The putting surface is pretty realistic and when combined with the PuttOut Pressure trainer, you can have some really focused putting practice.

Without the pressure putt trainer, you can still enjoy some good practice, with a white hole as a visual to help see when your putts will hit the hole and how far past they would have rolled.

Putting mat alignment

The simple alignment aids on the putting mat are ideal. The line to square up your club face is complimented by a perpendicular line which fits in with the line on the back of your putter.

The edge of the mat works as a great guide for your feet, and if you wanted to go all out you could combine this with a putting mirror to check your shoulder and eye alignment.

putting mat review the PuttOut alignment system lets you know when you are set up for a perfect putt

Personally, I would like the middle line to continue all the way to the target, which would provide better feedback on the start direction of putts. However, the current setup works great for keeping on top of your putting basics.

Puttout Mat Review – Summary

Overall, this is one of the best putting mats out there, especially for the price. The alignment guides make keeping on top of your putting basics a breeze and, as we’ll see below, combined with the PuttOut trainer you will get a lot of useful practice out of this mat for many year.

If you want a great quality putting mat with a little extra distance then check out the alternative putting mats below

Alternative to the PuttOut Mat

The one downside to the PuttOut mat is the 6-foot range you are limited to. This is fine and is the best option for the space I have, but if you want a putting mat of similar quality, but with a range of 10 or 13-feet check out the WellPutt putting mat range here. Or check out our Perfect Practice Putting Mat review.

You can also check out PuttOut’s most recent additions to their putting mat range, including the PuttOut slim and the large putting mat.

PuttOut large putting mat with alignment aids

The large putting mat has markings that go back to 10 feet (pictured above), whereas the PuttOut slim is the same length as the original mat, but half the width.

PuttOut Slim mat

Happy golfing – Will @ Golf Insider

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Will Shaw, PhD, MSc, PGA Pro

Will is a PGA golf professional, with a PhD in Biomedical Science and MSc in Sports Biomechanics & Psychology. He spent 10 years lecturing part-time at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds in Biomechanics and Motor Control before becoming the Head of Golf for the University of Exeter. He currently runs Golf Insider UK, Sport Science Insider around wider consulting and academic roles in sport performance and motor control.

2 thoughts on “PuttOut Putting Mat Review & Alternatives”

  1. Hi Will, I would like to say one thing though, putting is nothing like the other shots required in golf. Off the tee and use of irons define your talent in golf. When it comes to putting, well, take a million people including nomads from Tibetan Plateau and a few golf pros for a 3 feet putt and the average success rate would be same thru all groups of people.

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    • Hi Ravi,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I agree up to 2-feet, however between 3 & 12-feet there is a notable difference between varying standards of players and the affect on score is directly measurable. As you state, little athletic prowess is required for putting, and few golfers practice putting well. Therefore it seems a great way for most players to invest in their golfing development. However, I do agree with you – if a player is taking 6 to get to the green they are best focusing their efforts elsewhere.

      I hope the golf is going well.

      Will

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