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Callaway GBB Epic and Epic Sub Zero Fairway Woods: What you need to know

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With Callaway’s new GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero drivers, the company is relying on a new technology called “Jailbreak” to offer breakthrough performance. With its new fairway woods that have the same names, the company is using a new-and-improved version of a tried-and-true technology, its Hyper Speed Face Cup, to deliver better performance.

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Callaway’s new fairway woods used the company’s latest Hyper Speed Face Cup technology.

Now in its fourth generation, Callaway has been using Face Cups to give golfers more fairway wood distance since the company launched its X Hot line in 2013. What’s new with the latest version of the technology is that the Face Cups now have a thinner rim on their inside edge. Callaway says it “flexes and releases more uniformly and efficiently at impact to increase ball speed across the face.”

Here’s what else you need to know about Callaway’s new GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero fairway woods (both $279.99), which will be in stores January 27.

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  • The GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero borrow new technology from Callaway’s new drivers. They use the company’s triaxial carbon fiber crowns, which are 78 percent lighter than the all-steel crowns used on the company’s XR ’16 fairway woods (Epic Crown = 5.8 grams, XR ’16 Crown = 26.5 grams). Callaway used the reclaimed weight to make the fairway woods more forgiving.
  • They use new aerodynamics, too. Last year, Callaway debuted a technology developed with help from Boeing to improve the aerodynamics of its XR ’16 metal woods. They were called “Speed Steps,” raised portions on the front of a club’s crown that help golfers swing the clubs faster. Both the GBB Epic and GBB Sub Zero employ Speed Steps.
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Callaway’s Epic Sub Zero fairway woods use two adjustable weights (22 and 3 grams) to help golfer’s tweak launch conditions for better performance.

  • Two distinct models. Like Callaway’s GBB Epic Sub Zero driver, the GBB Epic Sub Zero fairway woods use two adjustable weights (22 and 3 grams), which allow golfers to position center of gravity more forward or more rearward in the club head. The heavy-weight-forward position is the lowest-spin setting. The heavy-weight-back position creates a higher ball flight and adds forgiveness. The GBB Epic offers an even higher trajectory, as well as slightly more draw bias in its neutral setting.
  • GBB Epic Sub Zero Lofts: 13.5 degrees, 15 degrees, 18 degrees

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  • GBB Epic Lofts: 14 (3+), 15 (3), 18 (5), 21 (7), 24 (9), 20.5 (Heavenwood)
  • Both fairway woods have adjustable hosels. Callaway’s Opti-Fit adjustability hosels offer golfers a 3-degree range of loft adjustability, as well as two different lie angles (standard and draw).

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  • Stock Shaft Options: Project X HZRDUS T800 Green, Fujikura Pro Green, Diamana M+ Green and Aldila Rogue MAX. Several more shafts are available at no extra cost from Callaway.

From the Forums: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Callaway’s GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero drivers and fairways.

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  1. Brent

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Looks just like the Titleist 915F.

    • golfraven

      Jan 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

      I fully agree with you! Titleist hasbeens.

    • JGOLF

      Jan 6, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Minus the visible weight and speed channel.

  2. Sean

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I am a big fan of the fairway woods.

  3. Kevin

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

    From the bottom, the SZ version almost looks like a hybrid.

    • Nd

      Jan 4, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Yeah. And it’s got grooves on the face like an iron too

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What GolfWRXers are saying about this ‘filthy good combo’

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In our forums, our members have been responding to a driver combo which one of our members swears by. The WRXer in question is ‘QuigleyDU’ who has paired up Taylormade’s Original One (13.5 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Red 9x (Tipped 1″). On the combo, ‘QuigleyDU’ says he uses it as a second option off the tee and praises its launch qualities.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • b.helts: “It sure looks good. I love the smaller size and the profile of the Original One. Been looking for an 11.5 to make up a short bag. But the 11.5 are rarer than hen’s teeth.”
  • BlueDragonKorea: “The creativity to build this club.. wow!”
  • Puttersaurus Rex: “Glad I clicked. Nice looking build! I also play driver, then OO mini. My mini is the 11.5 turned up. With Motore speeder 6.1 – not as beastly, but such a fun club. Mine is 43.5″, and is used as a safe option off the tee.”
  • bladehunter: “Ventus red – the underrated red-headed stepchild of the Ventus line. I love mine in a driver. If you’re a guy who doesn’t have a positive AOA with driver, try the red. Gets it up and doesn’t spin.”

Entire Thread: “This combo is filthy good”

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Collin Morikawa WITB (2020 ZOZO Championship)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees @ 13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-14F @55), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider FCG

  • Hosel: Short Slant
  • Alignment: No line
  • Length: 34.25”
  • Lie: 69.5°
  • Loft: 2.5°
  • SW: D4

Grip: TaylorMade Red Cap
Shaft: KBS CT Tour

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

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Cobra introduces new 2021 King Tour irons with MIM technology

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It’s been quite a while (three-plus years) since we have seen any new players irons from Cobra Golf. The Rev33 “Rickie iron” was teased out over the last year, but the focus has mainly stayed on its Forged Tec line, which has done well in the very competitive players distance category.

So why the long wait?

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According to Cobra’s VP of R&D Tom “TO” Olsavsky it was for a very specific reason…

“A long time ago we had actually planned it to launch at the end of 2019 as we usually try to launch players irons in the fall. Between COVID-19 delays and the new breakthrough innovation MIM process, it took us a little longer but it’s been worth the extra time, player feedback has been amazing so we are confident it will succeed.”

Introducing new 2021 Cobra King Tour irons

Tech Story

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Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – face view

Metal Injection Molding AKA MIM is a term we have heard a few times over the past year. Cobra just recently implemented this process into its MIM wedge line. Essentially, it’s a process that allows OEMs to fine-tune a club heads shape and spec to the nth degree all while dialing in the softest feel possible. Seems awesome for a wedge and even better for an iron. To make it really easy to understand, it’s not cast, it’s not forged, its MIM.

The multi-material 1025 iron head has a tungsten weight inserted into the toe section that dials in the CG directly to the sweet spot. This practice is very popular—and almost essential at this point—Cobra has done this in the past with its previous players irons and it was first introduced as a head weight adjustment for Rickie Fowler years ago.

The final step is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) insert to ensure impact gives off that “Muscle Back” softness at impact, a good way for traditional players to try new tech and not sacrifice the familiar softness of a forged blade.

Who is it for?

According to Olsavsky

“The King Tour iron is designed for the range of Tour players to single-digit handicaps. It slots in nicely between the pure MB type irons and Players Distance. It’s also a slight merger between Forged Tour and Forged CB shapes, so hoping to cover both players that would have chosen one of these 2 irons.”

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Optics

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Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – topline view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – toe view

The new 2021 Cobra King Tour has a slightly shorter blade from the previous King Forged Tour iron based on comments from staff, the top line has been thinned out (a hair) and offset was increased to satisfy staff feedback.

According to Cobra Director of Tour Operations Ben Schomin

“The initial shape was developed years ago in the AMP Cell Forged iron and then transitioned with a few tweaks into the King Forged Tour. The shape in general was always well liked, but there was a common theme among R&D/marketing employees and players that the long iron blade lengths were a little long from heel to toe. We made some design changes to the MIM Tour iron that addressed blade length along with a few other feel enhancing tweaks. Overall it is a very eye pleasing shape.”

To make it really uncomplicated: the new 2021 Cobra King Tour is a simple, compact player cavity back designed to do its job. Cobra irons have always gone through the turf well, and now has a softer feel thanks to the MIM process. Players will get the MB feel in a CB iron.

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Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron – cavity view

The Tour

Cobra doesn’t have the biggest Tour presence in the world, but it does have some VERY unique minds to pick from for R&D.

“Like all of our new gear, we love to get input from our staff. In this case, having players like Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler and others giving specific feedback is always an integral part of the process. For example, Duf is as knowledgeable about what makes a good club as anyone out there. If he responds well to shape or feel we know we are in a good place.” -Ben Schomin

And we had to ask about BAD…Is this something Bryson would put in play? 

“At this time there is no plan to make one length out of this head. But who knows, if he gets fired up to play them we will make it happen. He seems to be doing fine with what he has in the bag now, lol.” -Ben Schomin

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2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Overall

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, these days any product that hits the market will be (for the most part) superb. Like its competitors, Cobra is offering a simple yet elegant players CB that will hold water with anything else.

The real question goes back to the players themselves: What are you looking for in your irons? Is it more distance (hopefully not), precision, turf interaction, curb appeal? We all respond to different parts and now more than ever there are options to satisfy your heart and your hands. This new Cobra iron has everything a player would want. So, get fit, and put ’em to the test.

Specs

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Per Cobra

The King Tour Irons with MIM Technology are available in a 4-PW set make-up in right hand only. 

A 3-iron and gap wedge are available via custom order. Each King Tour iron is equipped with a steel KBS $-Taper 120 shaft in the golfer’s choice of stiff or regular flex. In addition, each iron comes with a Cobra Lamkin Crossline Connect grip in black. 

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A wide selection of shaft and grip upgrades are also made available through custom order.  The stock steel set retails for $1,299 and will be available beginning October 30, 2020, on cobragolf.com and through Cobra’s entire network of off-course retailers/custom club fitters.    

 

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