OVERALL RATING: 89. GRADE: B+. The Callaway Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat combines an excellent putting surface with some unique teaching tools, such as a smaller than regulation cup and alignment and backswing markings. It is the widest of the entry-level putting mats that we tested, which, combined with the moveable cup, provides some leeway to putt at different angles.

There isn’t much to the product outside of the surface (the mat is completely flat, and there is no ball return mechanism), but the quality of the surface makes it a nice product for practicing at home or in the office and worthy of a spot on our Best Office Putting Set.

Teaching Value



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97/ A+


There are only two simple steps required to set up the Callawy Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat – unroll the mat, and then affix the “cup” wherever you want to place it, using the velcro on the bottom of the “cup.” We call it a “cup” because it isn’t a hole, but rather just a raised semicircle with a target (the Odyssey logo, to be more precise) painted on it. The end result of your practice should be the same, but if you crave the sweet sound of a golf ball dropping into a cup, you won’t get it here.

The mat is thick enough that it lay flat immediately upon unrolling, without requiring us to place any heavy books on it to smooth it out.

88 / B+


The Callaway Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat markets itself as promoting better putting through:

The Callaway Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat’s teaching tools struck us as helpful, although, as noted above, each one is executed in a way that is slightly odd.

84 / B


The fun factor in the Callaway Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat is relatively muted, since it’s just a basic flat mat. Without any nifty gizmos like an automatic ball return, what you’re left with is a basic surface on which you can practice your putting stroke. After having experimented with other mats that shoot the ball back to you, we’ve discovered that it’s a lot more fun to practice when you don’t have to take those few steps to retrieve the ball after every putt.

94 / A


The Callaway Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat is the best constructed product among the entry level putting mats we tested. The loom woven carpet provides a consistently smooth surface on which to roll putts. The backing of the putting surface is rubber, keeping it from skidding.

Interestingly, the graphics printed on the mat seem to be oriented toward left handers. It doesn’t really affect the way the product is used, but just struck us as odd.

Finally, the width of the mat (1’10”) results in the front part of your feet being on the mat, and the back part being off. Contrast this with the other entry level putting mats we tested, which are so narrow that the entire foot is usually off of the mat. This probably isn’t the end of the world, but it can be a bit disconcerting. The mat is 8 feet in length, which, combined with its width, makes it the largest entry level putting mat we tested.

88 / B+


The Callaway Golf Odyssey Marxman Putting Mat comes at a pricey MSRP of $69.99, but the excellent construction makes it feel like a premium product. The lack of features, however, keep it from achieving a top score in value.

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  1. I received this for Christmas and immediately rolled it out in my den. I practice on the rug about 15 minutes per day at each spot.

    What a great way to focus on your stroke and not “peek”. Listen to the sound of the ball striking the backstop.

    Really is worth the money, mine was on sale for less than $40.00 plus an additional 25% off.

    Take on your overnight trips, worth the time and your friends will be amazed at your improvement.

    Thanks for your good information.

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