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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Callaway Driver – Epic Flash”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from tbomb who describes his experience with a new “Epic Flash” driver from Callaway. Despite not being due for release until next February, tbomb claims to have tested Callaway’s new driver, and he has got our forum members more than a little interested, stating how “The sound alone will make you excited. It’s a powerful sound, and the ball flies off the club face.”

Describing in great detail the appearance, from colors to crown, and performance of the new Epic Flash driver, tbomb reveals: “Launch was great, I played the 9* Epic Last year with 1*+, and this launched the same. May have been the shaft. Feel great. I hit 15 balls (straight out of the Pro Shop), and I nutted 12 of them. All on a rope. No more then 15 yards dispersion.

There may be no photos until December, but tbomb has disclosed plenty of information to get a feel for what the new Epic Flash driver will look like, describing it as “yellow and green” and a “bright club.” His overall impression of the new club from Callaway? “I feel confident saying this will be the driver for 2019.

Get the full rundown of the new Callaway Epic Flash driver here.

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  1. Connor Jones

    Nov 21, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Callaway is just shooting themselves in the foot with this. They keep releasing their “best driver yet” and sooner or later people are going to stop buying their stuff but we will see

    • Speedy

      Dec 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Yep, it didn’t work for sliced bread either.

  2. Kirby

    Nov 21, 2018 at 1:39 am

    So great to here all the “Amateurs” out there making comments on another club, the day you people are playing on tour I’ll be listening until then keep on amusing each other. The simple reason the club companies release new clubs every year is to make money, simple, honest truth..just as there are $250 up green fees on courses with no tee times available, there are plenty of players with $500 in their golf bag to buy any club they want.

  3. MauriceGer

    Nov 7, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Invest $ 1500 once and get from $ 3000 per month: https://tinyurl.com/makemoneyonline264621

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    Nov 5, 2018 at 12:09 pm

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  5. Pete O'Tube

    Oct 30, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    We need a ‘Who gives a d***’ between IDHT and Flop, because really, I don’t give a d***.

  6. Brandon

    Oct 11, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I bet I can still hit it past 90% of the people who go buy this with my used 80 dollar BioCell+.

  7. Tom

    Oct 10, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Epic Flush is more like it……

  8. JP

    Oct 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Yet none of the top ten PGA Pros that hit the driver the farthest this year used a Callaway. TM and Ping. So much for being the longest / hottest driver.

  9. Michael

    Oct 10, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    What? Removed the thread?

  10. Johnny Penso

    Oct 10, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    ….and the OP of the thread is gone…

  11. bill

    Oct 10, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    seriously pissed off at callaway and am going with another vendor in my shop next season. how many times do they tell us 2 year product cycle and then come out with a new driver every year. WE HAVE ROGUE. WE DONT NEED ANOTHER DRIVER LET US SELL THE ONES WE HAVE. Then no net down all year and they expect you to sell the previous model driver at full price. No thanks callaway. No flash for my course.

    • Paul

      Oct 11, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      No one is forcing you to upgrade every year. Callaway knows if they produce it, people will buy it, which they will.

    • Thomas A

      Nov 13, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Honda comes out with a new Accord every year. Do you feel pressured to buy the upgrade?

  12. Brian McGranahan

    Oct 10, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    That name though, terrible.

  13. Ardbeggar

    Oct 10, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I can hardly wait to get it. An additional 2 yards is worth every dollar.

  14. joro

    Oct 10, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Oh boy, another 500 Dollar plus Driver.

  15. Think Golf

    Oct 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Had the driver in my hands today, I can’t share any details however it will be another successful Driver that I promise.

  16. ogo

    Oct 10, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Color… size… sound… shape… wicked name… fancy exotic shaft… gearhead’s delight… soooo stoooopid … 😛

  17. Tom

    Oct 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    If this club conforms to the equipment standards, it will perform no better than anything else released over the past 7-8 years…..nutt’n new except another attempt to take the consumers’ money.

    • dave

      Oct 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      so wrong…the epic an rogue were much better all over the face along with great sound and feel….much longer than 917 line…not longer than my new ts3 but id rather have my epic back same shaft. hits toward the toe stay in the air longer with less dispersion. epic was first driver that reduce slight toe hooks to playable if not bombs….the m3 addressed this by opening the toe more but if you happen to push off the toe it was much much worse….different technology better result for callaway…i will say i never got along with my rogue..long as hell but not the control i had with the epic same shafts of course…

      • Tom

        Oct 10, 2018 at 6:39 pm

        What department do you work in at Callaway Dave?…..all BEE S lol!All heads are at the limits of the rules- ALL HEADS – even “open models” from China factories….

      • smo3131

        Oct 16, 2018 at 8:10 am

        Which shaft did you have in your epic and rogue drivers?

  18. Baz

    Oct 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    What a load of b*llocks

  19. Hurricane Michael

    Oct 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    “No more then…” It’s bad enough you trust a guy that doesn’t know simple grammar. But to repost it is truly dumb.

    • Benny

      Nov 22, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Isn’t there a couple billionairs who don’t have high school diploma’s? I know a guy who cannot even spell let alone worry about his grammar worth about $90mil. If trolling someone over their grammer is all you have than you are in trouple man…

  20. Dtrain

    Oct 10, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I always love how people describe a “powerful sound” “the ball flies off the face” “it sounds hot” “the ball is just exploding off the face”

    Please, this is just acoustics, nothing to do with actual performance, but then again we all like listening to different kinds of music….so….

    I do agree that a driver than sounds pleasing is more enjoyable to hit, but it really has nothing to do with actual performance.

    • ogo

      Oct 12, 2018 at 11:55 am

      FYI… A loud impact sound means you are losing energy… which means you are losing distance…. believe it because that’s the science.

  21. 2putttom

    Oct 10, 2018 at 11:09 am

    …” he new Epic Flash driver will look like, describing it as “yellow and green”

    Oregon Duck colors I like

    • JP

      Oct 10, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Does one of the brothers work for the post office?

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2 GolfWRXers put 4 Miura iron models to TrackMan test

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and WRXer Jackson Elliott had a chance to put four Miura iron models to the test.

See their thoughts on the Miura club testing below, as well as their TrackMan data. For all heads, Knudson used the Project X 6.0, and Jackson used the Ping AWT 2.0. Knudson is an 8.8 handicap, and Jackson is a 16. All clubs were 6-irons.

MC-501

 

BN: I love the look of blades, but know they don’t fit my skill level. These looked great with a small footprint, topline, and squared off toe. The back “muscle” has a great look that grabs your attention. The feel of the 501 is Miura soft and very solid. Responsiveness is phenomenal, you can really tell where on the face you made contact. For some reason this was the iron I had the tightest dispersion with, we couldn’t figure out what made that happen!

JE: I thought the 501s looked pretty good, they seemed a little boxier than I’m used to, but the top-down view was by no means a turn-off. The ball exploded off the head when I managed to find center face, but I hit more bad shots than good. Definitely a far cry in terms of forgiveness compared to my game improvement irons, but the extra distance I gained almost makes me think the decreased accuracy is worth it.

IC-601

BN: This is the iron that I was not sure of its identity. It is overall a small profile but has a good amount off offset. Ball speed was great and it might have been the longest of the bunch. I was surprised that the feel was so soft as most hollow designs have a bit of clickiness to them. These were the longest for me by a slight margin and were one of the higher launching heads.

JE: The top ridge of the head looked a little too thick and boxy to me. It was a little distracting at first, but I got used to it after a few swings. I thought the club performed very well. The carry was longer than I was expecting, and I was able to put it near the middle fairway more times than not. In terms of performance, I think this would be the most likely to find its way into my bag.

CB 1008

BN: I have hit these irons previously and they are a great feeling iron. I was very impressed with how soft these irons are, maybe even softer than the MC-501. These irons are great looking as well with the sharper toe and slightly larger footprint than the MC-501. These didn’t blow me away with wild distance or ballspeed numbers, but that isn’t what they were intended for. They are just a really good players iron. The only negative thing I could say would be that they mute a little too much and you have a harder time deciphering where you made contact on the face.

JE: I thought both the 1008 and 2008 looked great, and I’d willingly put either set in my bag right now. I had a very hard time feeling any major differences between the two, but both clubs felt good in my hands. The 2008s seemed to be a bit more forgiving when it came to mishits, and the trackman numbers tended to corroborate that. My carry numbers for both clubs were nearly identical, but a few yards longer than I expected them to be.

CB 2008

BN: These are the big brother to the CB-1008 and they have a slightly more rounded shape. I actually like a slightly more rounded toe, so these fit my eye well. Upon the first impact you can tell these have way more power than the 1008, ball feels like it flies off the face. Forgiveness is far better allowing much better numbers on off center hits. Feel is a slight bit lacking, but for a club of its design really good.

JE: (See previous response)

Dispersion plots, trajectories

Knudson’s dispersion

Knudson’s trajectory

Elliot’s dispersion

Eliot’s trajectory

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best 3-wood of the newest releases?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Kaexo, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel is the best 3 wood of the recent releases. Described as the “hardest spot in the bag to settle on” by one of our members, an array of different 3 woods get a mention in Kaexo’s thread.

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.

  • Phil6380: “Cobra F8 is the best I’ve hit. Something about those rails when hitting it out of the turf. I have no fear of hitting down when needed. It’s also my most consistent club off the tee BY FAR! I give up a little distance, but when I need to hit a tight fairway, or I’m not hitting my best, that’s the club I’m grabbing.”
  • calfan36: “King LTD is great if you have some speed/launch. Very low spin, very forgiving, and an amazing feel. Also, I love that I can play it shorter and easily add weight via the space port.”
  • aussieb: “The two best fairways of recent releases are the G400 and Epic SZ for different reasons. G400 for forgiveness and great launch conditions from just about any lie, plus it sounds extremely solid.  Might still make my bag if I can find the right shaft combo, the Epic SZ is better for me than the Rogue for adjustability, ball speeds and head shape.  I found it worked off the short grass better than anything, and if I miss the fairway, it’s more likely to be the hybrid or a layup.”
  • ChipNRun: “Reality check: for many golfers, the best 3W is a 4W – slightly shorter shaft for better control, and extra loft to enhance launch.”

Entire Thread: “Best 3 wood of the newest releases?”

 

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Bargain Challenge 2: Putting together a $500 set of clubs for a mid-handicapper

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Last week, I posted about what clubs you can get with $500. I built a set that I would use myself to show that even golfers with particular specs can find what they want for a decent price. Overall the feedback on the post was good, but I did want to follow up since one of the commenters put me up to a challenge. See below.

Well alright James, challenge accepted.

Challenge: A set of mid-handicap clubs with stiff shafts for less than $500.

Driver

Since I was going to be building a set of a mid-handicapper, my goal was to find a driver that got solid distance, but was also forgiving. I found this R9 460 in 10.5 degrees for $65. While the paint has seen better days, this should perform exactly how we want it to. Plus it is adjustable.

Wood

The 3-wood search stumped me for a bit. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to go with. I knew I didn’t want a strong three wood and I knew I needed something with forgiveness. After some searching I found a Ping K15 16 degree with a stiff shaft. While the loft is higher, I have found that many higher handicap amateurs can find good use out of a higher lofted 3-wood. On top of that, the K15 is an incredibly easy to hit and forgiving head.

Hybrid

I knew what most mid-handicappers would have a hard time hitting a 2 or 3-iron, so my mind immediately went to a 3-iron hybrid. After some searching, I stumbled on this Ping Rapture V2 with a stiff shaft. Historically, the Raptures have been really easy to hit which makes this a great addition to the bag.

Irons

I had the hardest time in this entire process finding irons. There were just too many to choose from. You had great player irons like the Ping S57 and you also had the super game improvement Adams irons. To find something slightly more in the middle, but still easy to hit, I went with the 2012 TaylorMade CBs. A great year for TaylorMade irons and easy to hit with the irons only going down to the 4. This is where someone can have some fun with their choices if they want.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was still hard this time around. Since the PW in the iron set was strong, I knew I needed a stronger gap wedge. I found a Callaway X-Jaws 50-degree for $24. Really, the entire point of the 50 is to have another iron and bridge the gap to the sand wedge. Speaking of the sand wedge, I went with the 56-degree Ping Gorge SS wedge. It has good grooves and will get the job done around the greens. For the lob wedge, I went with the Cleveland RTX 2.0 60 degree: A really solid wedge with good groves to give you the zip you need around the greens.

Putter

And finally, I went with another great blade putter for $55. Honestly, there were a lot of different options in the range from mallets to blades, so don’t be afraid to search around.

Total

In summary, anyone and any skill level and swing speed can find something in the used market. In fact, it was even easier to find clubs in stiff than X-stiff because most X-stiff clubs are custom and are in less demand making, them more rare and expensive than stiff clubs. Take a look, you never know what you may find.

Related: Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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