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2020 Callaway Mavrik irons: Mavrik Pro, Mavrik, and Mavrik Max



New for 2020, Callaway has three new iron models: Mavrik Pro irons, Mavrik irons, and Mavrik Max irons.

The Callaway Mavrik irons are taking total iron set performance further than the company ever has before, with the help of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and precision engineering.

For at least a half decade, Callaway has been one of the undisputed leaders in introducing new technology into the iron category, starting with the original Apex and Apex Pro. You could even argue that the Apex alone created an entirely new category for irons that produce tremendous ball speeds without sacrificing a player-preferred appearance.


Mavrik Pro Iron (left), Mavrik Iron (center) and Mavrik Max Iron (right)

2020 Callaway Mavrik irons: What’s new

Artificial intelligence has allowed Callaway to go way deeper than the company ever has before when it comes to better understanding what it takes to make golfers more consistent. Heck, they even made a video about it—it’s funny too

Callaway, like other OEMs, also knows that when its comes to irons and iron designs, one size doesn’t fit all—and it doesn’t take a supercomputer to figure that out.

The Technology (behind the faces) of Mavrik Irons

Imagine going through a custom iron fitting, and after checking off all the conventional required specs like length, lie, loft and shaft flex, going through one more final step to get fit for your iron faces based on impact point and common misses.

This is what Callaway is trying to achieve by using A.I. to uniquely design each iron face for every loft in each model in the Mavrik iron lineup from top to bottom—it’s an impressive feat when you consider the total of 29 different clubheads spaced out over three models; the Mavrik, Mavrik Max, and Mavrik Pro.


360 Face Cup with A.I. developed Flash Face: The 360 face cup is not new to Callaway irons but never before had engineers attempted to bring the Flash Face technology to irons. The Epic Flash driver was the original test subject, and once it was a proven concept, it was time to share the technology love with other products in the line as innovations developed. This technology application, along with actual engineering from the design team, has allowed the Mavrik irons to carry more robust ball speeds over a larger area of the face.

It’s like boosting iron MOI with face technology without having to adjust mass properties, leading to higher peak heights, more carry, and more distance, especially on mishits. Speaking of mass properties…

Tungsten Energy Core with Urethane Microspheres: Precisely locating the Center of Gravity (CG) of any golf club is a vital component to performance. By using materials like tungsten, Callaway, can do a better job condensing more mass into a smaller area to boost MOI and improve launch conditions. This technology was first introduced in the premium Epic line, but as the technology has been refined, it has allowed Callaway to combine this with the new Flash Face in the Mavrik irons to deliver a better performing iron to a new segment of golfers.

And there’s another reason: Historically, golfers have said that nothing feels like a solid forged club, the reason being sound = feel, and clubs that were hollow or had a large cavity felt hard, louder, or literally sounded “hollow.” This is where the urethane holding the suspended tungsten core in place allows the face to remain unsupported but has precisely positioned contact points to keep vibration frequency low to give the irons a powerful muted sound preferred by most golfers—without having any adverse effect on ball speeds.

With each iron having a different face, along with a uniquely tuned suspended tungsten core, manufacturing the Mavrik irons takes much greater precision—but this is a part of the industry where Callaway has pushed the envelope before, including the MD5 wedges that require more tool changes more often to keep wedges right up to the legal limit.

Meet the models and their specs

Callaway Mavrik


The standard Mavrik iron incorporates all of the new technology into a great-looking, midsized, game-improvement package and is also the longest of the three models.


Like similar irons in the category, it has a healthy amount of offset, but the hosel transitions do a nice job of hiding it as best as possible from address.


The Mavrik irons also feature a progressive sole to help with ground interaction at slower speeds into the turf with shorter irons—just because your irons are hollow doesn’t mean they still can’t finesse inside 150 yards if needed.

Callaway Mavrik Max


Common thinking would have you believe the Mavrik Max irons would just be Callaway’s way of creating a juiced up, stronger lofted, bigger version of the Mavrik to offer the “longest iron ever” handle in an attempt to get you hitting your 8 iron 200 yards, but stop right there!

The Mavrik Max lofts are weaker than the flagship standard Mavrik—on average 2.5 degrees weaker in loft across the set. They also have no intention of calling it the longest iron in the series—that title belongs to the standard model.


The Max fits a huge growing need in the game improvement category to help golfers at slower swing actually increase spin and launch angle. Spend enough time in iron fittings and it doesn’t take artificial intelligence to have you figure out too many golfers don’t launch the ball high enough or with enough spin to maximize carry distance or hold greens. The biggest reason for this beyond just clubhead speed is the modern low-spinning multi-layer golf ball. Lower spin is great for the driver, but as loft decreases in the mid-irons many players struggle to hold greens. With all the technology packed into the larger profile of the Mavrik Max irons, you can expect for these to be very popular.

callaway mavrik max iron sole

But wait, there’s more…

I know I said The Mavrik offers three new models that was a bit of a lie. There is a line extension within the Max resulting in five total models available…

Mavrik Max Women’s, and Max Women’s Lite

This is not just a new paint job and call it a day set of irons. The Max W (women’s) set is a re-engineered with flatter lie angles a different placement of the tungsten in each iron head to further optimize launch and spin for women players. Just like with many of their male counterparts women with generally slower speeds have even more trouble creating enough spin and launch to improve carry and the ability to stop the ball on greens.

The Mavrik Max Lites are the final set in the lineup. To make these as lite as possible for players that struggle to control heavier clubs, Callaway has taken away the tungsten in favor of making the heads lighter. They still have the urethane microspheres to keep feel inline with the other models but, rely on conventional weight placement to boost MOI.

Callaway Mavrik Pro irons

callaway mavrik pro cavity

This is the most self explanatory of models in the Mavrik irons family. The Pro combines every bit of technology as the more game improvement models but in a sleeker package. Callaway engineers picked out little bits of each of the most popular smaller style heads in their entire line up from Apex to Rogue Pro, to create the ultimate package for players that don’t struggle with creating spin or launch.

Callaway Mavrik Pro topline

The Mavrik Pro offers a more compact look with a shorter heel-to-toe blade length. There is also less offset to create a confidence-inspiring look from address. Flip it over, and you’ll also find a thinner sole with a rounder camber for increased playability in various turf conditions.

Maverik Pro Sole 2020 Callaway

Greater speed, greater forgiveness in a smaller package is what Mavrik Pro is all about.

Specs, pricing, and availability

MAVRIK Iron Loft Specs

Stock Shafts

  • Standard Mavrik – Steel: True Temper Elevate 95. Graphite: Project X Catalyst 55g, 65g, and 75g
  • Mavrik Max – Steel: KBS Max 80g, Graphite: Project X Catalyst 55g, 65g, and 75g
  • Mavrik Pro – Steel: True Temper Elevate 105, Graphite: KBS TGi 90


Standard and Max models are $799.99 for steel and $899.99 in graphite in seven-piece configurations.

The Mavrik Pro is $899.99 in seven-piece configuration in steel.

Availability begins January 14 for fitting tools and pre-orders, with product available at retail starting February 6th.


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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.



  1. Broomsticker

    Jan 15, 2020 at 8:39 am

    A 27* 7 iron and a 41* PW. Just stop already.

  2. Brian

    Jan 15, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Why can’t Callaway make a GI iron that isn’t offensively ugly?

  3. Charlie Waffles

    Jan 14, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    This is what Callaway is trying to achieve by using A.I. to uniquely design each iron face for every loft in each model in the Mavrik iron lineup from top to bottom—it’s an impressive feat when you consider the total of 29 different clubheads spaced out over three models; the Mavrik, Mavrik Max, and Mavrik Pro.

    Wish Callaway would show us the inside of their irons so we could see the AI face. That won’t happen…..

  4. Weasel pNess

    Jan 14, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Yea im gonna go with Callaway took a step (or 3) backwards with this whole line.

    Not sure why but the thing thats sticking in my head is they look very Cobra f-7ish

  5. the dude

    Jan 14, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Pro’s look pretty good at address…..the backs of them all are very cheap looking….

  6. Rory O Donnell

    Jan 14, 2020 at 10:43 am

    They look terrible – I’d rather they use common sense / REAL intelligence

  7. Karsten's Ghost

    Jan 14, 2020 at 4:29 am

    There is no AI involved. Maybe some machine learning… they might have someone doing some Python somewhere, but it isn’t AI. Ultimate marketing nonsense.

    • dat

      Jan 14, 2020 at 9:19 am

      AI doesn’t even exist outside of seriously advanced applications. The rest is just software programming automation. It is all fluff, which is something Callaway is particularly egregious about.

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Whats in the Bag

Anirban Lahiri WITB 2020



  • WITB accurate as of January 2020

Driver (two models): Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees, D4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 M.S.I. 60 TX


3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, DS OptiFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX


5-wood: Ping G410 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX


Hybrid: PXG 0317 X (22 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi MMT UT 105 TX


Irons: Srixon Z 785 (4), Srixon Z 945 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7  (50-12M)
*We were unable to photograph Lahiri’s other wedges

Putter: Toulon Design Austin Stroke Lab

Putter: OnOff Prototype


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A Deep Dive: The equipment timeline of David Duval, 1993-2001



Like Tiger, David Toms, and Fred Couples there are certain players that I have been obsessed with for years. If you go to my Instagram, you can see it in plain sight. When it comes to DD it was more than the what, it was the why, the how that sparked my curiosity. Let’s face it, in 2000 with the Mossimo gear, Oakley shades, jacked-up physique, and on Titleist staff, was there ever a cooler looking player?

No. There wasn’t or isn’t.

That’s where my interest in Larry Bobka came about. I saw David and Larry walking the fairways of Sahalee at the ’98 PGA Championship.

At the time, I was already knee-deep in David Duval fandom but that experience took me over the top. Bobka had a handful of clubs in his hands and would pass DD a 970 3-wood, Duval would give it a rip and the two would discuss while walking down the fairway. Of all my time watching live golf, I have never been so awestruck.

This is an homage to David’s equipment during his prime/healthy years on the PGA Tour. From his early days with Mizuno, into the Titleist days, and finally Nike.

1993-1995 Mizuno

*This was an interesting time for Duval from an equipment standpoint. The pattern of mixing sets to put together his bag began and it was the time he transitioned from persimmon (Wood Bros driver) into metal woods. It was also the beginning of his long relationship with Scotty Cameron, a relationship that still stands today.

What was in the bag

Driver: TaylorMade Tour Burner 8.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (*he also played with the Bubble XHKP Prototype)


King Cobra @14 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

TaylorMade Tour Issue Spoon @13  w/ Dynamic Gold X100


1993: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1994: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1995: (2,3) Mizuno TC-29, (4-PW) Mizuno TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Mizuno Pro (53, 58) with Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport (35 inches, 71 lie, 4 degrees of loft)

Ball: Titleist Tour Balata 100

Glove: Mizuno Pro

1996-2000 Titleist

The beginning of the Titleist years started off quietly. There wasn’t any new product launched and David wasn’t quite the star he would become 12-18 months later. However, it gave Titleist the opportunity to get to know DD and his overall preferences, which aren’t dramatic but certainly unique. He didn’t win in 1996 but did qualify for the Presidents Cup Team and finished that event off at 4-0. So the buzz was going in the right direction and his peers certainly took notice.

It was 1997 that things took off on all fronts and it was the year that Titleist made David Duval the face of the DCI brand and with that decision spawned the greatest cast players cavity ever: the 962B—and also equipped David Duval to go on a 3-year run that was surpassed by only Tiger Woods.

Hence the deep dive article I wrote up earlier this month

What was in the bag



TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype


TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

King Cobra Deep Face 9 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100, True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ Fujikura Prototype X


Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

1999: Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) @ 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

2000: Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X



King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100


King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100


Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Callaway Steelhead 3+ @13 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Titleist 970 (Dark Grey Head) @13 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (only tested this one)


Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Cobra Gravity Back 14.5T w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X



(2-PW) Titleist DD Blank Prototype w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

(2-PW) Titleist DCI Black “B” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

*This prototype set was a blank set of the DCI Black “B” but with sole modifications. 

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: (2,3) Titleist DCI Black (4-PW) Titleist DCI 962B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

*David liked the original prototype version of DG Sensicore X100 that had weight removed from the center of shaft to create better feel and a slightly higher trajectory

24 Feb 2000: David Duval watches the ball after hitting it during the World Match-Play Championships at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport


1996: (52 @53, 58) Mizuno Pro, (56 @57) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1997: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG, (58) Titleist Bobka Grind, (57 @58) Cobra Trusty Rusty w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1998: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTGw/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1999: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

2000: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400


1996: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport 1 35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft, Scotty Cameron Long Slant Neck Laguna Custom (double welded neck)

1997: Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2, Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

1998, 1999, 2000: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

2001: Nike Golf and The Open Championship

The relationship with Titleist Golf ended quickly and when David showed up to Kapalua with a non-Titleist stand bag the rumor mill went nuts. The story (although super speculative) was that David opted out in the middle of a $4.5 million per year deal with Acushnet, a lawsuit followed, but Davids’s stance was that he had a marquee player clause that allowed him to walk if he wasn’t “marquee” aka highest-paid.

Apparently he had a point, Acushnet had recently inked big deals with Davis Love and Phil Mickelson leading someone on the outside to do the math. However, I’m not an attorney, wasn’t there, and have no clue what the legality of any of it was. Point is, he walked and landed at Nike with a new head-to-toe contract. 



Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975E Prototype 8.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Nike Titanium w/ True Temper EI-70 II Tour X (pictured below)

Nike Titanium Prototype 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (featured image)


Callaway Steelhead Plus 4+ @15 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Nike Prototype @14 degrees w/ True Temper EI-70 Tour X

Sonartec/Excedo (SS-03 head) Driving Cavity @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X


(2-PW) Titleist 990B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

(2-PW) Nike Prototype “DD” Grind MB w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

(2) Titleist DCI Black w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)



(53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

(53,58) Nike DD Grind w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip


Over the years the one constant was David’s iron and wedge specs. As a shut-faced player he has always favored traditional lofts in his irons. However, a cool thing to note is his lie angles remained constant 59.5 (2-4), 60 (5-9). The running theory here was being a shallow (low hands) and shut faced player, keeping the lie angles at a constant (flatter) lie angle allowed him to feel like his angle of attack could remain the same for each iron. It’s just a feeling but that’s what he did. If the “why of it” is true, it looks like he was doing Bryson things before Bryson did.

David Duval Iron/Wedge Specs


  • 2-17/59.5/40.25/D5
  • 3-20.5/59.5/39 1/6/D4
  • 4-24/59.5/38 9/16/D4
  • 5-27/60/38 1/16/D4
  • 6-30.5/60/ 37 9/16/D4
  • 7-35/60/37 1/16/D4
  • 8-39/60/36 9/16/D4
  • 9-43/60/36 5/16/D4
  • P-47/61/36/ 1/16/D5
  • GW-53/62/35 5/8/D4
  • LW-58/62/35 9/16/D6

Whew…since this prolific run, David transitioned into some interesting projects with smaller companies like Scratch, B.I.G Golf (AKA Bio-engineered in Germany), back to the mainstream with Nike, and most currently Cobra Golf.

I hope you all enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, Duval is not only fascinating from a career standpoint but digging into the equipment of DD has been quite the experience.

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“Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?” – GolfWRXers have their say



In our forums, our members have been discussing irons and how to hit your numbers consistently. WRXer ‘Hubb1e’, who is a 15 handicap, is having issues and says:

“I recently upgraded from 20 year old Taylor Made 360 irons to a set of custom-built Callaway Apex 19 Forged irons. Old irons were traditional cavity back. New irons are categorized as players distance irons. Both have the same fit.

My new 3 iron will go 230 yards or 130 yards and not even make it far enough to reach the fairway. My new 7 iron will typically go 160 yards but will often will fly 175 yards or drop out of the air at 120 yards. I can’t control the distances of my new irons, and I spent a fortune custom fitting them to my swing. Why is this happening? This was never an issue with my old irons. A bad hit would go 10-20% shorter, but I never had balls fly over the green or completely fall out of the air. What is going on with my new equipment?”

Our members offer up their solutions in our forum.

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.

  • ThreeBoxers: “Strike quality is your answer. Tech or no tech, irons will not have 50-yard distance discrepancies. Not super familiar with the Apex irons, but they’re pretty forgiving no? You might lose 10 yards on toe or heel strikes but 40, 50? You’re probably hitting it heavy. If they have a beveled edge, it may mask the feeling of hitting it fat a bit, but not the result. My Mizunos have a pretty aggressive front edge grind which helps a ton on heavy shots. It’s the difference between landing 15 yards short and 50 yards short. +1 on using foot spray to check impact.”
  • extrastiff: “It also would not hurt to check your swing speed. Even strike being terrible that’s a large discrepancy. Maybe your last build had a weight that helped you get consistent swing speed.”
  • WristySwing: “I would say inconsistent strike is the biggest issue. Now that can mean a couple of things. It could mean you, as in the person swinging, are not hitting the ball properly because of inconsistent delivery. The other option is the fit is bad, and it is causing you to be extremely inconsistent because you cannot feel the head. It might be a little bit of column A and column B. However, I would lean more towards column A in this scenario because even a horrifically misfit set someone could get used to it eventually and not have 100 yards of discrepancy in carry shot to shot. I’ve seen people who are playing 50g ladies flex irons with fat wide soles who are very shallow and swing a 6i 92mph still not have 100 yards of carry flux with their sets. If your miss is toe-side 9/10x that is because you are coming too far from the inside. When you get too stuck on the inside you typically stall and throw your arms at it. When you break your wrists (flip)/throw your arms at it you get a very inconsistent low point average that often manifests in extremely fat or thin strikes….typically fat since your squat and rotate is out of sync with your release. As others have said, get some impact tape/foot powder spray and see where you are actually making contact. Then if you can get on a video lesson and see what the issue is. As of right now, we can all only assume what is going on. If your low point control is good, you don’t get stuck, and you are hitting it in the middle of the head — then fit comes into question.”
  • larryd3: “I”d be on the phone to my fitter and setting up a time to go back in and see what’s going on with the irons. You shouldn’t be getting those types of results with a properly fit set of irons. When I got my fitting earlier this year at TrueSpec, the fitter, after watching me hit a bunch with my current irons, focused on increasing the spin on my irons, not on distance but on consistency. So far, they seem to be working well when I put a decent swing on them.”
  • fastnhappy: “One possibility that wouldn’t necessarily show up indoors is sole design and turf interaction. You may have a real problem with the newer clubs because of a sole design that doesn’t work for your swing. That’s hard to tell when hitting inside off a mat. If so, you’d see major distance inconsistency because of strike. The feedback I’ve seen on the players distance irons is exactly what you’re describing… difficult to control distance.”

Entire Thread: “Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?”

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