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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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Chris Baker WITB 2020

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  • Equipment accurate as of January 2020

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Triple Diamond (9 degrees, D1 setting)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 65

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, NS setting)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 75

5-wood: Cobra King F9 Speedback Tour (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Regio Formula M+ X 75

Irons: Cobra King F9 Speedback (4), Miura MC-501 (4-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S, 60-06M)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130 (50), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56, 60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron TSB Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke SS2R

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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All-new Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw and tour-inspired T-Grind wedges

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Callaway is adding to its successful Callaway Jaws MD5 lineup with a new grind and a new look: MD5 Raw and T-Grind wedges.

The Callaway Jaws MD5 story

As we covered in the original 2020 Callaway MD5 launch piece, these wedges are more than just a stepping stone for the engineering team at Callaway, and instead are a complete evolution of how they design and manufacture their wedges. Here’s why: By reinventing the overall groove shape compared to previous models, they have succeeded in increasing both spin and total control on full and less-than-full shots.

The proprietary groove design of the Jaws wedge gets the contact radius right to the limit set forth by the governing bodies. How closes are we talking?” So close that the initial response from Callaway’s manufacturing partner was “Sorry, we just can’t do this” because the failure rate was close to 50 percent of heads becoming nonconforming.

The solution for Callaway? Changing the cutting tool used on the grooves every 15 wedges. Sure, you could attempt to get more life out of each tool, but when you have everyone from recreational players to the world’s best putting them in play, you can’t make sacrifices.

Callaway 2020 MD5 JAWS Wedge Grooves

2020 Callaway Jaws MD5 wedge: groove detail

The end result is the MD5 Jaws spins over 10 percent more on shots hit around the green compared to the Callaway MD4 and launches lower by one degree. Lower launch is important, because if you talk to any short game coach with a launch monitor, or Roger Cleveland, in Callaway’s case, you will quickly realize that being able to control launch with a wedge is just as important as it is with a driver. A lower-launching wedge means the coefficient of friction is higher since the ball isn’t riding/sliding up the face—and boom, you have a greater ability to hit the “low checker.”

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The raw finish

After many years of limited retail availability, raw wedges have come back in style in a big way thanks to more golfers understanding the benefits of an unplated wedge—it also helps that the most popular finish option in professional golf is raw and unplated too.

The Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw is made from 8620 mild carbon steel to offer a soft feel. Over time, the unplated finish will patina to reduce glare—nothing worse than trying to hit a wedge shot on a sunny day and having the full reflection of the sun nearly blind you in the process.

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The Raw MD5 maintains all the other design features of the already available MD5 wedges, including the four ports and medallions on the back of the head to raise CG for greater trajectory control—but also gives golfers the added option to customize through Callaway Customs.

The T-Grind story

Just like how raw finishes have grown in popularity, so have wedge grinds that offer greater versatility on full and partial shots around the green. The new T-Grind (available in 58 and 60-degree lofts) is a popular choice because it has a higher measured bounce in a standard neutral playing position, but thanks to the crescent sole with heel, toe, and trailing edge relief, the leading edge can get closer to the ground on shots played with an open face.

This puts bounce where you need it and takes it away from places you don’t. Compared to the similar-looking X-Grind (available in 54 and 56-degree lofts) the T has less bounce which can also help players that are more shallow or play in softer more lush conditions.

The new T Grind will also look different from address compared to the standard higher lofted MD5 wedges because they have a slightly thicker topline to raise CG for controlled ball flight.

Availability, Specs & Pricing

The new MD5 wedges will be available for purchase at retail and online starting June 4, and the retail price is $159.99

Lofts – (Italicized are the new grind options)

Right Handed:

  • 50° S Grind,
  • 52° S Grind
  • 54° S and X Grind
  • 56° S and X Grind
  • 58° S,  X, and T Grind
  • 60° S, T, and X Grind
  • 62° C Grind

Left Handed:

  • 52° S Grind
  • 56° S Grind
  • 60° S Grind

The wedges come with 3 premium stock shaft options, Steel: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200. Graphite: ProjectX Catalyst 80, and UST Recoil wedge F1 ( Ladies flex only )

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges. WRXer ‘hammergolf’ wants to hear from single-digit players who are currently playing the wedges, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the clubs with plenty of praise for the wedges in our forums.

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.

  • cfmgolf: “I am definitely a believer. Tried it on a whim at a PGA SuperStore in FL last fall and was stunned by the consistency of it. Changed from a RTX3 to the CBX2 in my 52* gap within a couple of weeks. Now that we are back in OH for the summer, I changed out 3 wedges (Ping Glide 3.0, and 2 of the RTX 4’s) for an entire bag of the CBX2’s. I am trying the full face in my 56* and found it to be very good also. Biggest benefit for me has been the consistency of the CBX line. Shots out of the rough that can be high on the club don’t really lose much – i.e. more forgiving. I go between a 6-8HCP, and short game is my strong point. Very happy with them so far.”
  • JCRay33: “6 handicap here and bought a couple CBX’s (54 and 58) from 2nd swing a couple months ago and absolutely love them! Way more forgiving than typical blade wedges (had vokeys before) and great feel as well. It’s easy for ego to get in the way and not want to get these, but once you realize, all that matters is performance the choice is a no-brainer and results speak for themselves really.”
  • mortimer: “CBX2 50. Excellent gap wedge for full, 3/4 shots and chipping. Forgiving, consistent and more than acceptable spin numbers. Also offset is fine to my eye. Having said all that I would not game a 58/60 degrees one if you like to manipulate the face for different shots around the green as I do. Intrigued though with the new full-face but have not seen one in person yet.”
  • Simp: “I have a set of 58, 54 & 50 raw CBX2’s allegedly tour issue, and I love them. The 58 has a grind that is lovely. I’m a 0 FYI.”
  • nicelife: “I have Srixon irons and Mizuno T20 wedges. I found the CBX2 50 was the perfect transition club between sets. LOVE the Srixon/Cleveland V-Sole. Visually the face has more grooves than I would normally like to look at, but its performance more than makes up for it. I really like the satin finish. So much so I’m thinking about refinishing my irons. Go for it you won’t be sorry.”

Entire Thread: “Cleveland’s CBX2 wedges”

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