Callaway's last driver was Hannah Holden's favourite of the year - so what's in store for 2021? Our gear expert takes a closer look
Wondering what new Callaway player Jon Rahm is going to have in play at the top of his bag this season? Well the wait is over as the brand has now revealed their driver and fairway wood ranges for 2021.
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Callaway Epic drivers and fairway woods: First impressions
The Mavrik topped our rundown of the best drivers of 2020, so I was eager to see where Callaway were going to go in 2021. As soon as I got the Epic in my hands, I was right to be excited.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer…
Callaway Epic drivers and fairway woods: The line-up
There are three new models in the driver range…
Callaway Epic Speed: Callaway’s fastest driver to date, the Epic Speed has a distinctive cyclone shaping to reduce drag and increase clubhead speed.
Callaway Epic Max: Callaway’s most forgiving driver to date, the Epic Max has the lightest crown so weight can be redistributed to deliver a low centre of gravity and high MOI for maximum forgiveness. It also delivers a slightly draw bias flight.
Callaway Epic Max LS: For mid- to low-handicap players who want more speed, a neutral ball flight, and forgiveness in a low spin head. It is also the most fade-capable driver in the range. You can also add 14 yards of shot shape correction thanks to the adjustable perimeter weighting.
As for the fairway woods, there are two models in the range…
Callaway Epic Speed: After a fast fairway wood with a penetrating flight? This model features a forward centre of gravity to give a strong ball flight and long carry distances.
Callaway Epic Max: Want a fairway wood that is easier to launch? The Max has an oversized head, low leading edge, and shallow face making it easy to flight.
Callaway Epic drivers and fairway woods: The technology
Both the drivers and fairway woods feature a new updated Jailbreak structure called Jailbreak AI Speed Frame.
Callaway have again turned to their super computer to develop this.
Although the structures look different they both add stiffness across the face vertically, horizontally, and torsionally. The gives you more ball speed across the whole clubface.
Each model has a specifically designed club face which promotes the maximum speed, forgiveness, and spin robustness require for that club.
In the drivers the crown is made up of a light carbon which saves 16 grams compared to a traditional titanium crown. This weight can be redistributed to add even more forgiveness than we saw in last year’s Mavrik.
There is also an extra bit of this carbon on the toe which adds draw bias while saving weight to promote a powerful shot shape.
The Max and Max LS driver offerings feature sliding rear weights giving some serious adjustability when paired with the OptiFit hosel. In fact you can change your shot shape by up to 20 yards in this range.
Callaway Epic drivers and fairway woods: The details
Available: February 18, 2021
RRP: £499 (drivers); £299 (fairway woods)
Stock shafts: Mitsubishi MMT (Speed & Max LS); Project X Cypher, Project X Hzrdus Smoke IM10 (Speed & Max)
Driver Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12° (Speed & Max); 9°, 10.5° (Max LS)
Fairway Lofts: 13.5°, 15°, 16°, 18°, 21° (Speed); 13.5°, 15°, 18°, 20°, 21°, 23°, 25° (Max)
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align Black
More info: Callaway website