Champkey Golf Mat

The Champkey Golf Mat could be a handy accessory for golfers looking to practice at home - Neil Tappin put it to the test!

Champkey Golf Mat
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Champkey Golf Mat is a well made piece of kit. It provides a good lie to hit from, allows you to tee the ball up at different heights and does a good job of protecting the lawn.

Reasons to buy
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    Good size and weight. Provides a realistic feel as you strike the ball.

Reasons to avoid
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    The compact size might be too small for some.

The Champkey Golf Mat could be a handy accessory for golfers looking to practice at home - Neil Tappin put it to the test!

Champkey Golf Mat

With so many golfers currently stuck at home, many are turning to creative ways of getting their golfing fix. If you have enough room to swing a club in your garden, a golf mat can be a useful accessory. 

We wanted to test the Champkey Premium Turf Golf Hitting Mat out for ourselves to see what we were able to get for the £32.99 investment. So we ordered one from Amazon and it arrived within a few days. We tested it at home, hitting shots into a net.

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The first thing to say about it is the Champkey Golf Mat is well made. The artificial grass isn’t too long or heavy so you get a realistic fairway-like feel as you strike the ball. It is also a good weight - heavy enough not to fly up off the ground as you hit the ball but not too onerous to carry and move around. It also sits flat on the ground.

There is a well-designed space for you to put a tee in (a pack of white tees comes with the mat) and as the hitting area is slightly raised, you have the ability to tee the ball up at different heights. 

Champkey mat tee

For us, one of the big keys to this mat is the size. It is compact (some may prefer a slightly bigger option) so it doesn’t take up a lot of space on the lawn and is easy to store. We thought it provided ample room for the club to interact with the mat through impact.

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All in all, we were impressed by the quality of the Champkey Premium Turf Golf Hitting Mat. Whether just practising your chipping, working on your swing mechanics or hitting balls into a net, it does a good job of protecting the grass and provides an ideal lie to hit from. For the £32.99 we paid, we’d say this offered good value for money.

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Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X