The Callaway FT Launch Zone Hitting Mat is the best small golf practice mat that you can buy. Whether practicing in a backyard or basement, golfers need a practice mat to protect the grass or floor they are practicing on as well as to simulate a more realistic fairway feel for their swing.
This Callaway golf practice mat offers a base made of heavy, ultra-durable rubber that protects and minimizes slippage on grass, dirt, or floors while also having a durable “True-turf” surface giving a more authentic playing feel to the mat.
The Mat comes in two sizes: 8″ x 16″ x 1″ inches and 12″ x 24″ x 1″ inches in size. Either size is large enough for full swing practice while being small enough for easy storage. The heavy base counterbalances the size of the mat to prevent unwanted movement of the mat over repeated swings.
One of the most important benefits of the heavy base is the amount of protection it offers when a golfer “takes a divot.” This cushioning effect protects your clubs, but more importantly, it saves your wrists and hands from the impact of your practice sessions.
Many golfers have developed arm and wrist problems hitting off of thin mats that have been placed on hard surfaces. Their bodies absorb most of the shock and vibration from grounding the club. This mat can help prevent those injuries.
The Callaway FT Launch Zone Hitting Mat also comes with a patented tee holder that can hold any tee. The tee holder can easily be replaced with a fixed height rubber tee (not included).
Editor’s Note: I have had one of these Callaway golf practice mats for more than three years, and it sits in my backyard year-round. It gets a good deal of use three seasons a year, and it is still in great shape!
Summary: Why Buy The Callaway FT Launch Zone Hitting Mat? The FT Launch Zone Mat is a small golf practice mat with a heavy, rubberized base to protect a golfer’s arms and clubs. It has a high quality, fairway-like surface for practicing full strokes, chipping, and pitching. Its size and weight make it highly portable yet realistic in terms of feel. The Launch Zone hitting mat comes in two sizes, is durable, and should last for years.
Pros and Cons of the Small Golf Practice Mat
- Two sizes to choose from: 1 x 2 feet and 8 x 16 inches
- Durable, heavy-duty rubber backing prevents slippage and adds cushioning
- True-turf grass that has a true fairway or tee box feel
- Tee stand height is not fixed so that you can adjust the tee to your preference
- The mat is not a full size driving range mat. The hitting area of the smaller size is comparable to the size of a piece of legal paper
- A fixed height rubber tee is not included in the purchase
- As with any mat that a golfer doesn’t stand on, the surface of the mat is 1″ inch higher than ground level
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW BIG IS THE MAT?
The FT Launch Zone Hitting Mat comes in two sizes: 1 ft x 2 ft, and 16 in x 8 in.
IS THIS MAT DESIGNED TO PREVENT INJURIES, SUCH AS ELBOW AND WRIST PAIN, CAUSED BY HITTING ON HARD SURFACES?
The FT Launch Zone Hitting Mat does a much better job than most thin mats in preventing elbow and wrist pain. The heavy, rubberized base absorbs most of the impact of “fatted” golf strokes.
CAN YOU USE FIXED HEIGHT RUBBER TEES ON THE MAT?
Yes, the tee holder that comes with the mat can be removed and can be replaced with fixed height rubber tees (purchased separately).
DOES THE MAT LEAVE ANY GREEN RESIDUE MARKS ON THE CLUBS AFTER USE?
The mat should not leave any marks.
For folks interested in a bigger hitting surface to practice on, please read our review of our favorite larger golf mat here.