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Callaway Epic Flash, Epic Flash Sub Zero hit USGA conforming list

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Speculation has been rampant in the GolfWRX forums for month that Callaway’s 2019 driver offering will be called the Epic Flash. And it stands to reason that, like the Rogue, the company could offer a Sub Zero version of the driver.

Today, the Epic Flash and three versions of the Epic Flash Sub Zero hit the USGA’s conforming list. While we have no official information beyond the photos at present, we’re happy to present those for your speculative and viewing pleasure.

Epic Flash

Epic Flash Sub Zero V1

Epic Flash Sub Zero V2

Epic Flash Sub Zero V3

All models feature a sliding rear weight, similar to what we saw in the original Epic. Not surprisingly, the company incorporates its ball-speed boosting Jailbreak Technology in all four models. As with the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, the Flash Sub Zero looks to feature a forward-placed weight.

Also interesting to note, as Andrew Tursky pointed out on Twitter, the single, double (an no) diamonds graphics near the hosel. The drivers are also rumored to included a successor to X-Face VFT: “Flash Face” technology.

Let us know what you think about the photos, GolfWRX Members? Do you think more than two Sub Zero models will come to retail, or are some of the models Tour only?

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  1. Benny

    Dec 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    It’s marketing fellas. Nothing new here but the same driver from last couple releases with mew name and looks. But thanks for warning all of us minions.

  2. Tony Lynam

    Dec 10, 2018 at 7:56 am

    This article is worthless without pictures of the club faces.

    • ogo

      Dec 18, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      Club faces are all the same… everybody wants to look at the sole with the sculpturing, fancy coloring and weight shift channels….. the gearhead’s delight… 😮

  3. Steve

    Dec 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I hit a pile of the latest drivers yesterday and came to one clear conclusion. There’s no need for me to carry a driver. Sticking with my RBZ2 3-wood

    • Speedy

      Dec 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      If it’s a strong 3W, it might be a reasonable replacement for some drivers. Otherwise, I see the lost yards, a higher traj, and more hook movement as undesirable.

  4. Tom54

    Dec 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    At a glance from these pictures can anyone see any differences from the 3 Sub Zero models shown? I just bought a Rogue sub zero model and am happy with it. No need for me to get the latest.

  5. dave

    Dec 5, 2018 at 11:39 am

    yes….finally a sub zero with adjustable weight port to move toward the toe…

  6. Bill O

    Dec 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Hopefuly one of the Sub Zero models will be 440 cc. Still using my XR16 sub zero. Does anyone know of a good 440 cc driver out there? Thanks.

    • Benny

      Dec 22, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Bill stay strong man. That XR SZ is one of the best. No need to change for several years!

  7. Mark

    Dec 5, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Any official word on what they will retail for? I have heard it’s going to be around $599, but that was just speculation from my friend that works in the golf retail business.

  8. ollyolly

    Dec 5, 2018 at 1:37 am

    When my Cally driver FLASHES through the ball the distance is of EPIC proportions… 200+ yardlets… PPOOOWWWWW

  9. ogo

    Dec 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I need help cause I suffer from New Golf Club Obsessive-Compulsive Buying Syndrome.
    When new models come out I can’t stand looking at my old obsolete clubs… I gotta have those new beauties in my WITB arsenal of golf destruction. It’s driving me nutty!!

  10. Scheiss

    Dec 4, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Well, these will be forgotten in….. wait for it…… a flash
    lol

  11. Mad-Mex

    Dec 3, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Does it mean my XR-16 is no longer any good?

    • lance

      Dec 3, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      Put it in your garden and use it as a stalk to grow tomatoes… 😮

    • CAROLINE

      Jan 9, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Still see the XR-16 being pounded close to 400 yards at long drive contests…so safe to say until you need more then 400 yards your XR is good to go…

  12. ogo

    Dec 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    EPIC… FLASH… SUB… ZERO….. (with “Flash Face technology”)… how can ya beat that??!!!

  13. Hamish

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The only flash is the graphic design & marketing

  14. Speedy

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    How many orders has the North Pole received?

  15. Tom

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Wow!! so different, game changing….will be closed out in 4-6 months….hahahaha Sellers be Sellin!!

  16. dat

    Dec 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    epic flash in the pan, on sale for half price in a year.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Masters fashion commentary”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from manku who opened the forum for a discussion on the best and worst of fashion exhibited at the 2019 Masters. Our members discuss the good, the bad and the ugly on show at last week’s opening major of the year, with some items, such as Adam Scott’s pleated pants, dividing opinion.

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.

  • alecfeltman: ” Adams pants worry me. Go back to the tailored slim version. He was dressing like a king until the masters. Rory looks great. Good fit and style. I’m a fan. I don’t understand the new cotton shirts from Nike. Jason Day on Thursday was odd, Friday he did good. TW – I’m a fan this week. I still don’t get why Patrick Reed is sponsored by Nike? That guy needs to wear some brand like Loudmouth. Koepka loves those crazy hats – I dig it. What is the connection between Nike “Snake Pack” and Augusta? I don’t see it. Can someone explain?”
  • elpadidji: “Went here after I saw Adam Scott, thought he looked super good. Got some Arnold Palmer vibes from him.”
  • hardcalier: “Kind of a bad week for fashion in my opinion. Adam Scott’s pants were super baggy like 3 out of 4 days. Tiger looked like he dusted off his wardrobe from 15 years ago. Fortunately, his game from 15 years ago came with it. Adidas stuff is pretty plain, never looks great but never looks awful either. Jason Day looks a little heavy in plaid. Koepka’s print hats were terrible.”
  • Yanki01: “Adam Scott who usually keeps it simple and clean looked hideous. Same for Jason Day and the yellow pants. Not sure if it was the old school look he was going for, but the AM shoes didn’t flow well. Some classic shoes maybe would have helped with some trimmed pants. Justin Thomas was best dressed and usually always is.”

Entire Thread: “Masters fashion commentary”

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Honma T World 747 Rose Proto MB irons are coming to retail

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When Justin Rose signed with Honma in at the beginning of January, speculation ensued as to which irons the Englishman would play. Quickly, we learned Rose would game T World 747 Rose Proto MB irons — and he took to the clubs quickly, winning the Famers Insurance Open later that month.

So, clearly, the S20C mild steel irons work for Rose, as they’ve been in his bag since that point, but will they work for the general consumer? Up until this point, we’ve been unable to answer that question, as the irons were tour only. With today’s news, however, we now know Rose Proto irons are coming to retail.

According to the company, the irons, which are forged at Honma HQ in Sakata, Japan, are the result of several months of testing and modification in conjunction with Rose.

The world No. 2 had this say: “The idea of having a hand in the collaborative design process for my set of clubs was extremely exciting. Working with the Honma master craftsmen to create an iron that felt and looked great for me was one of the biggest thrills of my career.”

The irons feature varying CG throughout the set to achieve Rose’s preferred trajectories and a combination satin front and mirror back finish, as well as blended muscleback design.

Full specs below.

Rose Proto MB irons will sell for $175 USD per club and will come in a 4-10 iron set configuration. The company will also offer a 3-iron separately.

 

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Spotted: Dustin Johnson with new Fujikura Ventus prototype at the Masters, RBC Heritage

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Beyond the obvious big news of some guy named Mr. Woods winning his fifth green jacket this past weekend, there were some pretty interesting developments with another player that runs on a first name basis or at least initials: DJ switched drivers MID tournament and had a new Fujikura Ventus prototype shaft to go along with his new TaylorMade M6 as he took on Augusta National Saturday and Sunday.

We don’t have all the details yet, but from what we have heard so far this new Prototype Black Ventus is an even lower launching version of the blue Ventus currently available. If history is correct, and we are looking at a line extension, then the colors tell a lot of the story. The Atmos line features both a blue and black version with a final higher-launching red version to round out the series in what Fuji calls their color-coded launch system to make fitting and product recognition just that much easier.

Photos of the “black” prototype via Fujikura.

It’s not unusual for shaft companies like Fujikura to bring out prototype profiles utilizing technologies from their newest lines to try and get them into the bags of more players. Fuji’s newest technology is VeloCore, and we have already seen it adopted at a high rate. Here is some more info from Fujikura to explain the technology

“VeloCore is a multi-material core comprised of ultra-high modulus Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber (about 150% stronger and more stable than T1100g) and 40 Ton bias layers that are the full length of the shaft for incredible stability. VeloCore Technology promotes consistent center-face impact and provides ultimate stability, tightening dispersion and increasing control. The result is a shaft that maximizes the MOI (moment of inertia) and ball speed of your clubhead through the reduction of twist during the swing and at impact, especially on off-center hits.”

This makes sense, considering any contact made beyond an absolutely perfect (almost impossible from a physics standpoint) strike in line with the COG of a driver head traveling at 120 mph will result in twisting at impact — MOI is maximized in driver heads to increase stability along with spin with Ventus and VelocCore, Fujikura thanks to their Enzo system, is better understanding how that relationship works with the shaft to produce new and better products.

Anyway, since we know DJ deviated from his traditional Fujikura Speeder Evolution II Tour Spec driver shaft for his weekend rounds this past weekend, we can expect to see it again this week at the RBC Heritage this week at Hilton Head, and we’ll have our eyes peeled to see where else this shaft pops up on tour.

Johnson teeing off during Wednesday’s RBC Heritage Pro-Am.

 

 

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