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The drivers that the Top 10 longest hitters on the PGA Tour are using

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s longest golfers use to bomb their tee shots? Here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving distance on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Cleveland: 2
  • Callaway: 1
  • Nike: 1
  • Ping: 1
  • Titleist: 2
  • TaylorMade: 3

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2014-2015, the specifics of their drivers, shafts and how far their average tee shots flew.

*Denotes photo is not the player’s gamer driver, but a stock image

10. Keegan Bradley

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Driver: Cleveland Classic 290 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 63X Tour Spec
Average driving distance: 306.1 yards

9. Patrick Rodgers*

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Driver: Nike Vapor Fly prototype (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 (X-Flex)
Average driving distance: 307.7 yards

8. Brooks Koepka*

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Driver: Titleist 915D4 (9.5  degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage S 70X
Average driving distance: 308.2 yards

7. Tony Finau*

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Driver: Callaway XR Pro (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8X
Average driving distance: 309 yards

6. Charlie Beljan

CharlieBeljanDriver

Driver: Cleveland Classic 290 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Miyazaki B. Asha 5X
Average driving distance: 309.8 yards

5. J.B. Holmes*

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Driver: TaylorMade M1 430 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 83X (Made for J.B. Holmes)
Average driving distance: 309.9 yards

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4. Adam Scott

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Driver: Titleist 915D5 Prototype (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80X
Average driving distance: 311.6 yards

See all the clubs Adam Scott is playing

3. Jason Day*

TaylorMade460

Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (10.5 degrees, adjusted to 9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 70X (tipped 1 inch)
Average driving distance: 313.7 yards

See all the clubs Jason Day is playing

2. Bubba Watson

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Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.25)
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Rocket Pink X-Flex (tipped 0.5 inches)
Length/Swing Weight: 44.5 inches, D4
Average driving distance: 315.2 yards

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1. Dustin Johnson*

TaylorMade460

Driver: TaylorMade M1 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661X (tipped 1 inch)
Length/Swing Weight: 45 inches, D7
Average driving distance: 317.7 yards

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  1. bim

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

    i don’t understand how a left hander can get into this list

  2. Stephen A Davis

    Jun 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Guys- like most people you tend to focus on what a pro is using- not me- I want to know who that 70 year old is doing to hit 350 yard drives, and 9 irons 200 yards! Me I am 70 years old in July 2017, I use a Taylor Made 2013 head with my replacement shaft which is an EXTRA stiff graffalloy x65 gram extra stiff shaft. I hit it 245 yards with a 5 -10 yard draw, nine iron 135 stiff shaft yards made by yards Gigagolf , TRX PowerMax Slot Irons. with a solid 8 handicap. Who give a rats behind on all the million dollar precision clubs which , except touring pros can obtain. Where the news on my style of Golf that real golfers need. not bragging, but I ain’t half bad. Plus I use
    A U S MADE TAPE MEASURE ( real feet) ((not a Chinese foot) TO CHECK MY YARDAGE, NOT TV HYPE!

  3. Merle

    Jan 18, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Appreciation to my father who stated to me regarding this weblog, this website is truly awesome.

  4. Tourgrinder

    Dec 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Bad attention to detail by Golfwrx. Not a big deal, but I wanted to see where both Day and Johnson placed the movable weights on the M1. Then I noticed the photo shown is the same photo, most probably a TM stock photo and not the actual M1 head of either golfer. And I here I thought Golfwrx was into full and complete details and real, true photos of the actual clubs. The Cleveland photo shown is most likely a stock photo as well, although not as objectionable because of its nature.

  5. Benny

    Dec 26, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I loved this article. So much that I searched hard for a Tour Issue Cleveland. I went right toYTC’s (your tour collection) ebay site and bought a Tour Issue Cleveland 290 Classic 9.0 / 2* open, (thanks Marc for the deal)! Lets hope I can bomb it like Keegan come spring…

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  7. SeanM

    Dec 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Eight different drivers among the 10 longest hitters. Further proof that it’s the “Indian, not the arrow”. These 10 guys could play any one of those 8 drivers and still land in the top ten longest.

    • JohnTNO

      Dec 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Really don’t think Bubba could 😉

      • Jack

        Dec 23, 2015 at 11:04 pm

        I think he’ll still out drive me with my right handed driver though!

    • Gorden

      Dec 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      It is the Indian with a team of fitters for each one….as for we armatures it is up to how you feel about the company who’s name in on the product. IE, if your a Callaway guy or a Ping fan you will find the Cleveland and Taylormade a piece of junk, as if your a Cleveland guy you find Ping and Callaway nothing but a waste…….that is the fun of golf play what you like because that is what your going to play best with (unless your under 18 years old with a lot of professional swing coaches leaning you to one club or the other, the Country Club kid with access to every club on the planet).

  8. justincase

    Dec 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This is a Lazy report. How about the lengths of the drivers and the swingweights of each one. Grade: D

    • Matt Tippin

      Dec 26, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      It’s awesome when morons like you ask for things that are stated in the article. justincase you get an F.

  9. Carlos Danger

    Dec 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Im always amazed at the weight of the shaft the Pros who use the Cleveland Classic have. 50-60 grams

    Im no pro, but I hit it a long ways and would have no idea what to do with a club that light…maybe I should try:)

    • Tom

      Dec 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      justincase all the info is available in the above article just piont and click.

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  11. JJ

    Dec 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    it should be noted how the PGA tour calculates “Average Driving Distance”, Two par fours or fives are selected for each round. The holes chosen are ones that play down wind and down grade. The tour takes the average distance of those two drives, Not saying that the above players don’t bomb it, but the numbers are slightly distorted to help sell equipment and advertising.

    • Jack

      Dec 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      That’s interesting. But it’s still very hard to average 300 yards. Occasionally bomb a 300 yarder possible, but average!

    • Pete the Pro

      Dec 24, 2015 at 6:51 am

      Nearly right. The figures are collected for various reasons. One of them is to better inform golfers about performance. If the manufacturers failed to capitalise on the better results, it would be unusual. In my view, there is nothing wrong in trying to sell golf equipment. Golf instructors, for instance, use data collected to help inform their clients. Club fitters use the data to assist golfers get fitted with the best clubs for them. Measurement is two holes but they need to be wider faiways on a good driving hole where the players are most likely to use the driver. Data becomes complex if it’s a narrow par 4 and half the field hit 3 wood, hybrid and longer iron for position.

    • mhendon

      Dec 24, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Well unless they’ve changed the way they choose the two measuring holes you’re wrong. As I’ve always understood it they try to choose two hole in opposite direction so one is down wind and one into the wind and generally they try to choose flater holes where the majority of the field will hit driver.

  12. Jon

    Dec 23, 2015 at 10:22 am

    That is somewhat of an eclectic mix, especially with Cleveland having to representatives in the mix and Callaway with just one. The one item I would like to know is the playing length of these drivers. How many are 45″ and under? Or 45″ and over?

    • Tom

      Dec 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      you must be using an app that doesn’t allow you to see ( it’s there) the information your requesting?

      • Jon

        Dec 24, 2015 at 9:48 am

        Sorry, my bad. I guess 2 of the 10 are listed and the 2 that are listed, Bubba & DJ, are the ones I didn’t look at.

  13. Simon

    Dec 23, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Cleveland classic is still a beast of a club.

  14. Liv2Golf

    Dec 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    One thing is very apparent. There is no magic club, shaft or swing that creates power & distance. You just have to find what works for you!

  15. Chuck D

    Dec 22, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I like seeing Kuro K representing with 3 shafts in the mix!

  16. emb

    Dec 22, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I find it funny that there are two cleveland drivers on here and I have literally never seen anyone, anywhere, EVER, using one. Not saying its not a good driver as obviously its being used well by many pro’s, just I’ve never seen anyone who’s not a pro using one.

    • cody

      Dec 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      it is what i play.

      • Carlos Danger

        Dec 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm

        has he ever seen you?

        • cody

          Dec 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm

          no, but i was simply stating there is at least one person out three. On this forum at one time it was very popular. up there with a 9016d

    • Regis

      Dec 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Not that I count for much but I gamed a few Cleveland Drivers recently including the 588 and the Black. They are great drivers, especially for the money and especially for lower swing speed golfers. The only problem I see is that a some of their recent offerings are not adjustable and although they come with very good stock shafts-Matrix Black Tie and Mitsubishi Bassara E Series they do not offer the wide variety of stock shaft options that are offered by the big sellers. They are also not a big presence in big box stores. But I see a few in guys’ bags and any Senior or low SS player should seek them out.

    • Tom

      Dec 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      One of the best kept secrets.

    • Jack

      Dec 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      It’s a good club. I’ve tried it before, and it’s well regarded. I think the styling is a bit classic, but that’s intended!

    • tiger168

      Aug 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      how arrogant of opinion and close minded golfer!

      I always pay respect to other golfers on the course and praise their good drive with whatever big stick they have at the time.

      I also do that in the parking lot when people bring classics to the courses. Nice driver, I always say, And you will hear a lot of interesting stories and make a lot of friends.

  17. Jack

    Dec 22, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Are these more what we shouldn’t be using then? Yeah I know we need to get fitted etc to be sure, but I’m pretty sure most of us’ swings are nothing like the pro’s. I went to an indoor range last night (don’t know how accurate but it’s close) I can max out 260 in no wind, flat conditions, but my average is only 220. Yeah those mis hits and hooks count too. These guys all average over 300. I used to tell people that I hit 250 when people ask (but of course they didn’t say average LOL). But max and average really is not the same thing. Changing up my swing so hopefully will get some consistency and distance gains.

    • Ian

      Dec 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      If this helps you as much as it’s helped me you can check out an iPhone app (also works on newer iPads) from the app store: Perfect Form Golf.
      For the price of a bucket of balls it helped me to acquire tempo (since mine was crap), this allowed me the timing to finish my shoulder turn, get my hands extended but with relaxed wrists, then get my elbows in front on the down swing with the net result I got huge distance gains.
      But since the effort level had dropped I could also keep accuracy. Your mileage may vary but I went from 200-220 to 285-300 (yeah, I know, my golf buds didn’t believe me either until they saw it for themselves). I then used the app to compare my irons, chipping/pitching, and even putting to a 3D motion capture avatar of a pro swing against mine in slo-mo, and got improvements there as well.
      For whatever reason actually seeing the differences overlaid, versus being told about them seem to be the key to getting really fast improvement. My swing is a work in progress and winter up here slows things down, but I was pretty much blown away at how far from a decent swing mine actually was, and how quickly I could start bringing the pieces together for decent tempo and kinetic sequence. Like I say, your mileage may vary but I guarantee there will be some significant component that you will be able to modify to get closer to your goal.

  18. Joey5Picks

    Dec 22, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I want to know what kind of socks the shortest hitters wear so I can avoid those.

  19. mhendon

    Dec 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I find it interesting both Titleist players are using prototype models not available to the public. For years people ragged on taylormade for that very reason. Oh and if I’m not mistaken I believe Keegan is using a Srixon driver unless he went back to the Cleveland.

    • Tim

      Dec 22, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Went back to the cleveland, but he’s using a 53 gram shaft made specifically for him. Not the 63 it says above.

    • emb

      Dec 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      D4 is available at retail thru titleist’s MOTO program

    • Prime21

      Dec 22, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      The D4 is available, pay attention.

      • mhendon

        Dec 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

        I actually knew that and figured I get corrected on that one. But to me if its not in retail and it’s a major up charge to get it then it’s still an exotic head similar to what Taylormade was always complained about by so many WRX’ers.

  20. jon

    Dec 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    guys, he’s just the listing clubs that the top 10 longest hitters use, he’s not saying that the top 10 hitters have gotten in this list BECAUSE of their clubs.

  21. tom

    Dec 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Pretty cool there are two Cleveland Classics on there.

    • Tom

      Dec 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      I agree. Absolutely love my Classic 290 even though I only hit it 250.

  22. DJ

    Dec 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Is Rory not on here due to not enough rounds or what? With koepka and finau going Nike, they will have 4 guys on this list if you include Rory

    • Benny

      Dec 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Thats correct. Rory was shown in the putting article but was the only one not to have Strokes Gained Putting because he did not meet the approved amounts.

  23. Tim

    Dec 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Get Tom Stickney on here to write a real article about what these 10 guys do similarly in their swings. They could all hit it the same if you swap the sticks…

  24. Chris

    Dec 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I am nearly positive the shafts Jason Day, Adam Scott, and Brooks Koepka are using are the kuro kage xts, not the regular kuro kage tini.

  25. cody

    Dec 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I like seeing the cleveland on there. That is what i play. mine is the tour version as well with a 3 degree open head.

  26. Michael

    Dec 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Silly season on WRX.

  27. Johnny Utah

    Dec 22, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    What I would like to see is:

    The grips, the shafts, the wedges the top players are using.

    • Andrew

      Dec 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      There’s a link under each player about showing their WITB.

      Pretty sure though you’ll mainly find wedges by their sponsors, golf pride tour velvet and some variant of Dynamic Gold Tour Issue across all the players

    • Prime21

      Dec 22, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Geez, I guess they better do an article on that then, cause you’re quite important. You do realize they have a WITB on EVERY player right?! R E A D

  28. Ryan

    Dec 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    So they are playing what they are paid to play… WOW.

    The putter article was a little more significant, as some were using a non sponsored brand… this is one, i dunno.

    What is next? “The HATS the least tan players on tour are wearing?”

  29. juels

    Dec 22, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Um… These guys could all hit Tour Exotics, Mizunos, Wilson or any other brand that still releases quality equipment and still be in the top 10….

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2021 Callaway Epic Speed Launch Day Report: Everything you need to know about the new equipment from Callaway

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It’s the official launch day of the all-new Callaway Epic Speed line of metal woods, which includes both driver and fairway wood models—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic LS. To summarize the newest releases, Callaway engineers are taking their artificial intelligence as far as they ever have by using it to optimize both the face and body of the driver to deliver forgiveness and distance increasing ball speed across the face like never before.

If are looking for in-depth information, on the ins and outs of the new designs and the technology that makes them possible, check out our full launch pieces below.

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.

2021 Callaway Epic Max driver

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown lighter with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.

2021 Callaway Epic Max LS

Out with the Sub Zero and in with the most playable players driver Callaway has created. With a neutral shape and weight configuration that is the more fade bias of the Callaway family, the new LS has a very high MOI (8,400+) for a tour-inspired driver. The idea was to give high speed players something fast all while mitigating the big miss better players fear. Yes, we all fear a big miss, but at high speeds, the foul ball is, well, a bit more foul. The new triaxial carbon crown saves 13 grams of weight, which was redistributed to increase MOI and lower CG.

Perspectives from the GolfWRX forums

  • bcflyguy1 – I’ve also found the Max head to be excellent when lofted down and weight pushed to the toe; becomes surprisingly neutral when configured as such. Obviously can see where many will prefer the more muted sound/feel and compact footprint of the Speed head or may need the greater fade bias from the Max LS and its Trip Diamond-ish shaping. However, the Max offers a VERY rare combination of tons or horsepower but with sufficient traction control to keep even me from figuratively wrapping it around a light pole.
  • noodle3873 – Just got back from hitting balls. My local Pro was breaking in his Epic LS 9° against his Mavrik SZ TD 9°. Both heads were built/hotmelted to the same weight. He was using GC Quad and brand new Srixon range balls (not ideal but numbers are like for like). On average he was getting more launch, more ball speed and a couple more yards out of the LS.
  • mtp –  I hit the whole lineup today. Not a fitting.  Just trying them out. Was using the HZRDUS Smoke Green. LS was best for me. Prefer the shape, sound and feel over my current Sim Max.
  • zeke66 – This thing is a beast. Hit it with a Paderson ballistic tp. I was swinging awful with all 3 drivers I was hitting including gamer, and wouldn’t leave the hitting bay until I started hitting it better. So I grabbed the Max Ls 9.0 and worked through it. Average ball speed was around 177 low 120’s with spin around 2100-2200, launch 12-15. When you catch one on the screws… it goes as good as anything I think.

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GolfWRX’s resident equipment tester, Brian Knudson of the Club Junkie podcast, had this to say

Epic Max driver: A lot of draw bias, but easy to launch high and takes some right side out even with a neutral weight. Sound and feel are improved over Mavrik, much more muted and solid feeling. Center strikes are hot, and even misses carry some good ball speed.

Epic Speed driver: The best looking of the Epic drivers. Offers the most penetrating flight. Seems to be pretty low spin and easy to work the ball in either direction. Misses don’t stay online as well with more curvature. It is long and going to be a really good option for skilled players.

Epic Max LS driver: Very forgiving and offering a straighter flight than Max. Slightly lower trajectory as well. Toe misses hold their line better than the other two. Shots low on the face don’t get up as high as expected but still carry. Misses off-center still have good carry distance

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Best utility iron of 2021 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing 2021 utility irons. WRXer ‘Krod10359’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“Just want to know your opinion on what new utility iron you have hit this year. Looks like a lot of solid offerings out right now from Ping, Srixon and Callaway. Let me hear what you have to say about these clubs.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts 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.

  • hypergolf: “This…(photo above)”
  • TigerInTheWoods: “Sim Udi is a beauty. Launches a bit higher and is a bit more forgiving than the P790 UDI which was really the benchmark for this kind of club.”
  • craz-e: “Hard to go past the Srixon for performance and value. The current offerings from Titleist (u500 & u501) and Mizuno (HMB) are also great options and worth trying.”
  • Golfingfanatic: “The new Callaway one is pretty good.”

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2021 Callaway Epic driver: Epic Speed, Epic Max & Epic LS drivers

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Callaway Golf introduces new Epic driver lineup for 2021—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers—giving us the best of everything.

When it comes to a hot face, Callaway Golf has been at the top of the heap since its introduction of Jailbreak Technology back in 2017. In simplest terms, Jailbreak allowed Callaway to vertically stiffen the face, which allows the face to absorb a ton of energy and release it right back into the golf ball.

When Epic hit the market, it was instantly the driver of that year due to its ball speeds and forgiveness across the face, but most importantly for Callaway, it gave the company a strong foundation to build from for models to come.

In 2020, with the help of artificial intelligence, Callaway engineers were able push that idea a bit further with the successful Mavrik line. This time, artificial intelligence took Jailbreak and found ways to make it even more efficient with the addition of the Flash Face.

Now, in 2021, using every piece of tech at its disposal, Callaway officially launches the new 2021 Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers.

The new AI-designed, carbon-loaded, MOI machines are the culmination of now four iterations of Jailbreak technology, and in my opinion, Callaway has its fastest but more importantly—most golf-course friendly—driver ever.

Let’s dive in…

The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

New 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver

The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.

New 2021 Callaway Epic Speed Driver, Cyclone Aero Shaping

In addition, the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and the new look Jailbreak Speed Frame create stiffness not only vertically across the face but east and west as well. The result? Speed, stability, and a ton of forgiveness.

The new 2021 Callaway driver, face on

“Spin robustness” is another key term in the 2021 Callaway campaign. What this means for us is giving players spin where we need it (i.e. off the heel spin stays down, off the toe spin stays up, out of the middle the ball goes forever).

Another key aspect to notice across the line is the enhanced composite crown. The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver has a triaxial carbon crown that covers even more real estate allowing Callaway to redistribute 16 grams of discretionary weight. The larger carbon surface area also innately created a way for Callaway R&D to make the Epic Speed a bit more draw friendly without having to add external weight to the heel.

Callaway Epic Speed driver, address

2021 Callaway Epic Max driver

Sole view of the new Callaway Epic Max driver

Yes, the new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.

The New 2021 Callaway Epic Max Driver, Sliding weight

The New 2021 Callaway Epic Max Driver, Address

2021 Callaway Epic Max LS

Incorporating the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and Jailbreak technology, Callaway has created a new more forgiving profile in a players driver.

Out with the Sub Zero and in with the most playable players driver Callaway has created. With a neutral shape and weight configuration that is the more fade bias of the Callaway family, the new LS has a very high MOI (8,400+) for a tour-inspired driver. The idea was to give high speed players something fast all while mitigating the big miss better players fear. Yes, we all fear a big miss, but at high speeds, the foul ball is, well, a bit more foul. The new triaxial carbon crown saves 13 grams of weight, which was redistributed to increase MOI and lower CG.
Like Epic Max, LS also has a sliding weight to tune in adjustability.
Inspired by the Triple Diamond tour heads of the past, Callaway decided to go away from cranking spin down to oblivion and offer a driver that was actually closer to what the tour leans towards. Yes, they love a low spin head, but not too low spin. The Triple Diamond heads were basically a Sub Zero shape in a higher MOI profile. If you go through our tour photos, you will see more Triple Diamonds than anything. Obliterating launch and spin sounds good for Trackman, but it’s hard to play that way on the golf course all the time.

Initial Tour Reaction

I had a chance to chat with  Callaway’s PGA Tour Manager Jacob Davidson on the early response and this is what he had to say.

JW: In early testing, what is the first thing players are seeing with Speed and LS?

JD: Early feedback from the tour guys has been a noticeable difference in an increase in ball speed across the face but more importantly the dispersion has tightened down range. Many guys have also quickly fallen in love with the sound of the new metal woods.

JW: What most excited you with the new line?

JD: We knew early on with this product launch that we had an exceptional driver. To start- the look of the heads and the shaping allows the clubs to sit beautifully at the address position. From there the overall feel and sound matches exactly what tour guys prefer. The guys we have worked with have converted into the new woods extremely quickly with very positive feedback. For us, we are excited to have some great starting lines, a competitive ball speed advantage, and an increase in forgiveness.

We are constantly studying what makes world class drivers of the golf ball world class. After much research, we determined the ideal spin/ degree of launch and worked closely with our R&D team to reach these numbers. We were absolutely amazed to see what they came back to us with. Using AI they were able to figure out how to increase the MOI in this line of drivers while also focusing on more ball speed. It truly is remarkable the new frontier of technology we are using in our drivers to help our players play their best golf.

Overall Thoughts

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Epic Flash (acoustics), and Mavrik was solid but didn’t blow me away. This new 2021 Callaway Epic line of drivers is exactly what players want: a golf club that is playable all while providing the distance and performance we have gotten used to over the past few years. It’s a new trend in the market that I’m loving. Drivers are becoming golf course friendly again. We tried to kill spin—when ultimately it was our best friend in the long run.

Specs

At Retail: 2/18

Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees (Epic Speed) 9, 10.5 degrees(Epic Max & Epic Max LS)

Price: $529.99

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