I recently bought this mat and net:
Thankfully, the mat was $70 off on a cyber monday deal. It’s still a pretty decent price at $270 on costco considering the manufacturer wants like $400 for it on their website.
Personally, I wasn’t going to go cheap with the mat as there are a ton of horror stories on mats causing injuries etc. (particularly the County Club Elite) Since I’ve got a bit of a bad back, and have had issues with hitting off of mats in the early season, I wanted something I knew was less likely to cause issue. I’ve been hitting a ton of balls off the mat the last couple of weeks and have zero complaints for feel and performance. I also like that it breaks down into five piece for easy storage.
Check out golfsimulatorforum.com for a variety of reviews. They also have a bunch of DIY hack options for making cheaper mats more comfortable to hit off of.
I also really like the Spornia net I bought. It’s great for the garage and the setup/takedown is super easy. Once you get the hang of the folding part its really quick. The first couple of times its a bit annoying but its really easy now. I was stuck using an old net for a week or so while waiting for the Spornia and I couldn’t have been more annoyed by the old setup. I love the fact that the Spornia is basically a self contained unit. Unfold it, put three poles in (if you have the roof model) and that’s it.
An additional feature of the Spornia net is the ball return. Super handy having the ball return basically right back to your feet. The cheap net I was using prior had a ton of bounce back and balls would either go bouncing around the garage. Not sure how the Rukket is, and maybe its better at keeping them at the bottom of the net, but you’re still going to have to go collect them when done.
I knew I wanted something that was quick for setup and take down, and I can go from a functional garage to hitting balls in about 2 minutes.