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Callaway GBB Epic and Epic Sub Zero Fairway Woods: What you need to know

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With Callaway’s new GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero drivers, the company is relying on a new technology called “Jailbreak” to offer breakthrough performance. With its new fairway woods that have the same names, the company is using a new-and-improved version of a tried-and-true technology, its Hyper Speed Face Cup, to deliver better performance.

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Callaway’s new fairway woods used the company’s latest Hyper Speed Face Cup technology.

Now in its fourth generation, Callaway has been using Face Cups to give golfers more fairway wood distance since the company launched its X Hot line in 2013. What’s new with the latest version of the technology is that the Face Cups now have a thinner rim on their inside edge. Callaway says it “flexes and releases more uniformly and efficiently at impact to increase ball speed across the face.”

Here’s what else you need to know about Callaway’s new GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero fairway woods (both $279.99), which will be in stores January 27.

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  • The GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero borrow new technology from Callaway’s new drivers. They use the company’s triaxial carbon fiber crowns, which are 78 percent lighter than the all-steel crowns used on the company’s XR ’16 fairway woods (Epic Crown = 5.8 grams, XR ’16 Crown = 26.5 grams). Callaway used the reclaimed weight to make the fairway woods more forgiving.
  • They use new aerodynamics, too. Last year, Callaway debuted a technology developed with help from Boeing to improve the aerodynamics of its XR ’16 metal woods. They were called “Speed Steps,” raised portions on the front of a club’s crown that help golfers swing the clubs faster. Both the GBB Epic and GBB Sub Zero employ Speed Steps.
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Callaway’s Epic Sub Zero fairway woods use two adjustable weights (22 and 3 grams) to help golfer’s tweak launch conditions for better performance.

  • Two distinct models. Like Callaway’s GBB Epic Sub Zero driver, the GBB Epic Sub Zero fairway woods use two adjustable weights (22 and 3 grams), which allow golfers to position center of gravity more forward or more rearward in the club head. The heavy-weight-forward position is the lowest-spin setting. The heavy-weight-back position creates a higher ball flight and adds forgiveness. The GBB Epic offers an even higher trajectory, as well as slightly more draw bias in its neutral setting.
  • GBB Epic Sub Zero Lofts: 13.5 degrees, 15 degrees, 18 degrees

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  • GBB Epic Lofts: 14 (3+), 15 (3), 18 (5), 21 (7), 24 (9), 20.5 (Heavenwood)
  • Both fairway woods have adjustable hosels. Callaway’s Opti-Fit adjustability hosels offer golfers a 3-degree range of loft adjustability, as well as two different lie angles (standard and draw).

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  • Stock Shaft Options: Project X HZRDUS T800 Green, Fujikura Pro Green, Diamana M+ Green and Aldila Rogue MAX. Several more shafts are available at no extra cost from Callaway.

From the Forums: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Callaway’s GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero drivers and fairways.

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  1. Brent

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Looks just like the Titleist 915F.

    • golfraven

      Jan 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

      I fully agree with you! Titleist hasbeens.

    • JGOLF

      Jan 6, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Minus the visible weight and speed channel.

  2. Sean

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I am a big fan of the fairway woods.

  3. Kevin

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

    From the bottom, the SZ version almost looks like a hybrid.

    • Nd

      Jan 4, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Yeah. And it’s got grooves on the face like an iron too

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PXG launches new 0311 ST Gen4 blade irons

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PXG has unveiled its new 0311 ST Gen4 blade irons crafted for the low handicap golfer who craves greater workability, enhanced control, and exceptional feel.

The new additions from PXG are triple forged from a strong 6280 carbon steel and are engineered to offer players a varied clubhead design supporting extreme workability in the scoring irons and more forgiveness in the long irons.

Speaking on the new 0311 ST Gen4 blade irons, PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons said

“We spent a lot of time working with our tour players and other talented golfers to understand how we could pack more performance into our solid-bodied blades. We’ve integrated everything we learned into our new PXG 0311 ST GEN4 Blades. 

And, while these beauties might not be for the faint of heart at address, they certainly deliver total control for those who can swing them.”

With less offset throughout the set compared to its predecessors, PXG has introduced a varied blade length across the short, mid, and long irons with the new tour player-inspired designed irons.

The 3 through 5-irons present a slightly larger profile and small cavity in design to boost the moment of inertia (MOI) and forgiveness.

The 6 and 7-irons offer a thin topline and moderate blade size in a bid to provide exceptional face control and maximum workability, while the 8-iron through gap wedge feature a thinner topline and shorter blade length engineered to get the ball out of the rough with ease and accuracy.

In addition, the PXG 0311 ST Gen4 Blades also incorporate the brand’s Precision Weighting Technology, which leverages a large weight located near the center of gravity (CG) on the back of the clubhead, offering golfers various head weight configurations during a fitting. 

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“New PXG 0311 ST GEN4 Blades have cleaner lines, more forgiveness, and have increased my distances shared. They gave me the confidence to shoot my lowest score ever – 60 – at the 2021 Barbasol Championship!” – PXG tour professional and PGA TOUR winner James Hahn

PXG’s 0311 ST Gen4 Blades are available in Chrome or Xtreme Dark. The Xtreme Dark provides a matte-black aesthetic leveraging a Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) Coating, which significantly increases the surface hardness of the finish in design for improved wear resistance over time. 

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Ping i210 vs Glide gap wedge – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been comparing and contrasting Ping’s i210 GW with the brand’s Glide GW. WRXer ‘Joe40’ is on the hunt for a 50-degree wedge and says:

“I recently bought a set of i210 irons 4-W. I’m now thinking I might like to add a 50* wedge (next wedge is a 54/8 Mizuno T20). Not sure whether to go for the set U wedge or the 50* Glide 3.0? I have the AWT 2.0 shafts in the irons.

Any thoughts on what, if any, differences I might notice?”

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.

  • nostatic: “Bounce is different by a degree (i210 has more), my hunch is the perimeter weighting is more on the i210. It looks like the elastomer insert area is smaller on the Glide 3.0, at least compared to my Eye2 grind. But I think they’d be more alike than different, at least compared to other wedges.”
  • ilikegolf26: “I’d go with the i210. The glide is a little inconsistent for me in terms of distance control, plus 12-15 years ago that loft was almost a PW anyway and would have been part of the set.”
  • jbandalo: “I went with Glide’s for my PW and up as they are more versatile. If just using the gap wedge for full shots only, I’d go with the set wedge. If you need to flight shots down, chips etc., I’d go to the Glide.”
  • Tupperwolf: “I have the U-wedge in my i210 set, and it’s one of my favorite clubs. I agree with the above that it’s basically a traditional loft PW, and I treat it as such.”

Entire Thread: “Ping i210 vs Glide gap wedge – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (08/6/21): Sub70 699 Pro irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of Sub70 699 Pro irons.

From the seller (@circa3182): “699 Pro Irons – $450 shipped – KBS Tour 120 black stiff shafts – Lamkin Crossline grips. Pictures tell the story. In great shape.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Sub70 699 Pro irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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