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GolfWRX Spotted: Callaway Mavrik drivers and fairway woods for 2020

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Say hello to Callaway Golf’s newest driver and fairway woods for 2020—Mavrik and Mavrik Sub Zero.

We just spotted the new Callaway Mavrik drivers on the USGA Conforming List, which for those that don’t know, is a publicly available database that allows tournament committees to check the conformity of any club that might be put into play during an event. Every single OEM has to submit each variation of a club to the USGA before it gets deemed legal for competition.

For the new Callaway Mavrik to show up on the USGA List on an “off week” for the PGA Tour, beyond the Tiger Woods’ hosted Hero World Challenge, means that there is a very good chance we could be seeing this in a few bags this week, not just in the Bahamas but on the European Tour as well.

What’s New With The Callaway Mavrik Line?

First up, there is the confirmed continuation of the now traditional Callaway “standard” model along with a lower-spinning, lower-MOI Sub Zero version. What is difficult to tell on either head is the geometry compared to the Epic Flash. If Callaway is going to work along what has been their standard practice over the last couple of years, the new Mavrik should be slightly shallower and longer heel to toe like the Rogue which would offer a total boost to overall forgiveness.

Callaway’s JailBreak face technology is predominately featured on the sole, and again this is an assumption, but with the success of last year’s A.I. designed Flash Face, it would be hard to believe that the team at Callaway would be abandoning that.

The most noticeable difference so far compared to the 2019 Epic Flash is the lack of any movable weight track along the back of both Mavrik driver models. They look to have the same adjustable hosel but no adjustable CG, beyond the potential of move a heavier weight to the rear of the Sub Zero head.

I must admit that compared to the Callaway Epic Flash the new Mavrik drivers look to be trending towards a slightly more subdued overall graphic scheme but that has very little to do with the technology and is just an observation. We have heard unconfirmed rumors that the main accent color will be orange, but until we have a clubhead in hand, this is just a rumor.

Mavrik Fairway Woods

Just like with the drivers, any technology included in the Mavrik fairway woods beyond what we can see are up to the imagination.

We know that we will have a standard and a Sub Zero model, and that unlike the previous Epic Flash fairway woods, the Mavrik heads will NOT be adjustable at the hosel. The interesting thing about the hosel is that Callaway has been producing non-adjustable versions the standard retail (adjustable) heads on tour for a few years now, and this could mean that as far as fairway woods go, there is potential for increased forgiveness from freed up mass when the adjustability is removed—at that point it becomes a fitting want versus a performance need with either one being the better option depending on the player.

Keeping You Updated

Until more details emerge we will have to continue to speculate, but you can see what other golfers are saying about the new Callaway Mavrik driver and fairway woods in the GolfWRX forums here: GolfWRX Forums: Discussion the All New Callaway MAVRIK

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Jim

    Jan 10, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Looks like a$149 driver from Wal-mart. Unappealing and not the driver you’ll
    See at country club or tour player bags….

  2. Ro

    Jan 7, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    I tested the new Mavrik Driver today and it is Orange & Black and very forgiving, omg…couldn’t miss. I was hitting indoors but I was very pleased with the response. The sweet spot is huge. I currently have the Rogue driver, but have not ordered this new toy

  3. need my fix

    Dec 17, 2019 at 10:16 am

    i was wondering if anyone had any opinions on matt kuchar

  4. JAS HERRINGTON

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I`d buy it, if it wood stop my hook. Gosh I hate 2c it go lef.

  5. Trevor Green

    Dec 6, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Introducing, the new Callaway M2

  6. Charlie Waffles

    Dec 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Let me guess…

    1. longer
    2. more forgiving
    3. better sounding
    4. increased MOI
    5. less spin

    Now let me go and read the column and see if I’m right. #justchasingafewyards

  7. Low Tier God

    Dec 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    No APW. So, this is the Rogue’s replacement?

  8. Jerkeejoe

    Dec 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Gotta love the hard on for names and color schemes on here. Who cares what it’s called or what color it is if it performs?

  9. joe

    Dec 3, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    The author of the article doesn’t know that the color isn’t rumored to be orange. It IS orange. The Callaway representative has been bringing them to retailers around Denver for almost 2 months and every single person I know has hit this club. It’s definitely orange. A bit more muted than the flash… And looks cheap as hell.

  10. Joe

    Dec 3, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Total Callaway, Pick a terrible name and mis-spell it in a block sans-serif font. Are we sure this isn’t their second-tier line which they sell at Sam’s Club?

  11. gurn

    Dec 2, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    SHHHH My used Epic Flash just dumped in price

    • JP

      Dec 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Your Epic Flash just appreciated in price! This mavrik driver isn’t going to move the needle at all imo.

  12. Andrew M Prutsok

    Dec 2, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Grayscale was a bold move.

    • JP

      Dec 3, 2019 at 5:33 pm

      Seriously? Haha. That’s the pic from the USGA conforming list. That’s not how the clubs will look. Haha.

      • Joe

        Dec 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm

        Seriously, the joke went right over your head and you’re laughing at him?

  13. Rich Douglas

    Dec 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Given the physical limitations placed on clubs by the USGA, it would seem manufacturers are running out of potential performance improvements. If that’s the case, a normal market would be saturated with competing clubs, all performing in a similar manner.

    If this is becoming the case–and I think it is–the choice will come down to two factors: fit and price. Which club is best for you and how much does it cost? Even the first factor will become largely irrelevant to the second–fit will not drive cost.

    Will costs come down? Two forces act against this: an unfair marketplace and perceptions driven (and distorted) by advertising, commerce’s propaganda arm.

    As we know, there is no real competition at the retail level. Prices are set by the OEMs and enforced with supply agreements. There is also very little competition on price between OEMs; they function as a cartel.

    Couple this with factors like reputation and advertising and you get a skewed market with a huge informational imbalance (between OEMs and consumers). Retail outlets don’t help–they make things worse.

    I used to blindly go with one TM driver after another–until the SLDR showed to be a real dud. Then I finally got fitted. Thinking I was going to buy another TM or the latest from Callaway, I instead went with a Titleist 917D3 and a custom-fit shaft–something I would not have predicted. I won’t switch because (a) this club fits and (b) there really is no compelling reason to switch.

    I did the same with irons, going to Wishon Sterlings. Never going back. And as we know, there really hasn’t been a lot of innovation, nor improvement, in iron design since multiple-material and slotted designs became the norm.

    If I ever switch from the Titleist driver, it will be to go to a shorter shaft, something I could do in any club. So I’ll get fit with the latest because I’m switching anyway, and that will be that.

    • Tryhard

      Dec 5, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Holy. Is there no character limit on comments? Dude just went off and wrote his own article.

  14. Val K

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I want an Iceman model.

  15. Marshall

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Not to be negative, but these couldn’t look more “blah” and uninteresting. I’ve been a fan of the last few iterations of drivers from Callaway, but these definitely have a less-than-premium vibe to them.

    However, I guess that matters only little if they play better than what is currently out there.

  16. John

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Pretty basic looking. Should come with a goose neck hosel.

  17. HDTVMAN

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Here we go again…$500+++…get you platinum cards out!

    • Jack Nash

      Dec 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      You got it. Was thinking the same myself. Guess they just want to beat Taylormade to the punch.

      • jgpl001

        Dec 3, 2019 at 4:45 pm

        Surely there isn’t an M5 or M6 replacement due already…

  18. dat

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    MEH-vrick

  19. Cody Reeder

    Dec 2, 2019 at 10:48 am

    You guys really should start giving credit in your articles to the forum individuals that post this info. Its the right thing to do.

  20. DJ

    Dec 2, 2019 at 10:30 am

    It is the new Rogue – same design

  21. Eric Hutchens

    Dec 2, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Terrible Name. Is it a Top Gun product placement. Not a fan at all, even if it’s a good driver. Where are you Harry Arnett?

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

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.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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Today from the Forums: “Pull cart recommendations?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at pull carts currently on the market. Bogeygolfer55 is looking for a quality pull cart for less than $300, and our members have been giving their recommendations in our forums – with Clicgear proving to be a popular option.

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.

  • Yuck: “I have had a clicgear 3.5 for nearly four years now. Holding up well with well over 200 rounds on it so far.”
  • Hawkeye77: “I had a Clicgear and liked it a lot, but my daughter “appropriated” it. Came upon an article a year ago about the Blade IP. Ordered one. It folds flat instead of into a cube which I like, and when I take it out it is quicker to get ready to go, and easier to take down. That doesn’t mean the Clicgear was particularly difficult, but it was more involved and 4 pounds heavier – don’t mind pushing a lot less weight.”
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Entire Thread: “Pull cart recommendations?”

 

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