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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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Best golf gifts on Amazon

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To supplement our holiday gift guides, we thought we’d give our readers some of our best picks for best golf gifts on Amazon. We’ve included 12 items to help you in your holiday gift selections, with a bonus extra for our friends in the UK!

So whether you’re looking for ideas for gifts you want to give, or even better receive, we have you covered!

Best golf gifts on Amazon

The Golf Father Gift Ceramic Coffee Mug

From the listing: “Do you need a gift idea for Christmas, Valentine’s day, anniversary, birthday, family occasion, or father’s day? This novelty mug will make a great gift for your husband, boyfriend, brother, uncle, grandparents, co-worker or friend.”

Price: $8.45

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Titleist Pro V1 Christmas Golf Balls – 3 Pack (Amazon UK)

From the listing:Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls – 3 Pack – Printed with christmas motifs. Total performance for all golfers with the combination of exceptional distance, the best short game spin and control, and very soft feel. Exceptional Distance | Drop-and-Stop Short Game Control. Very Soft Feel.”

Price: $22.50

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Nike Men’s Academy 18 Drill Top

From the listing:Sweat-wicking Nike Dry-FIT Technology. Half-zip design. 100% Polyester. Machine Wash. Fastening: Zipper. Academy 18 Drill.”

Price: $49

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GoSports CHIPSTER Range

From the listing:Includes 3 Chipping Targets (12 inches, 18 inches, 24 inches) for practicing at varying distances and directions. Targets setup in seconds and neatly store in the included carrying case. Use outdoors with real golf balls or indoor with foam balls.”

Price: $29.99

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Titleist Players Men’s Golf Glove

From the listing:Ultra-thin, for maximum feel and lasting performance. Premium, quality fit means a seamless connection to your club. Utilizes proprietary breathable fabric for comfort and support. Satin reinforcement at cuff and thumb for strength and durability.”

Price: $30

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2020 Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls

From the listing:Chrome Soft takes Tour performance to another level; We’ve reengineered every aspect and element in the ball for more speed off the tee, and longer distance off of every club in the bag. A faster, larger Graphene-infused Dual SoftFast Core is designed for increased distance; The significantly larger inner core creates higher launch and lower spin. And the thinner, firmer outer core is reinforced with Graphene for better durability.”

Price: $39.99 (down from $47.99)

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TaylorMade TP5 Pix 2.0 Golf Ball

From the listing:Better visibility: Multi-Color, high contrast graphics. Better alignment: Unique clear path alignments.”

Price: $39.99 (down from $44.99)

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Titleist Golf Warmer 

From the listing:Mitten style with micro fleece lining and cinch opening for comfort. Water resistant shell for performance in all weather conditions. Internal hand warmer compartment.”

Price: $44.99

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TaylorMade Pro Stand 6.0 Golf Bag

From the listing:9″ Top stand bag. 7-Way top with a front integrated grab handle and two side grab handles with color co-ordinated air mesh. Light weight high-mount automatic stand system. 4-Point adjustable backpack strap for maximum balance and comfort. Towel loop and umbrella holder.”

Price: $79.99 (down from $129.99)

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Garmin Approach S10

From the listing:Simple, easy-to-use golf watch. Sleek, lightweight and comfortable with a high-resolution, Sunlight-readable display. Provides yardages to the front, back and middle of the Green -as well as Hazards and doglegs -on more than 41, 000 preloaded courses worldwide. Keep Score on the watch for a summary of your round, total distance played and total time.”

Price: $99 (down from $149.99)

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Under Armour Men’s Spieth 3 Golf Shoe

From the listing:Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Breathable, Clarino microfiber upper & a lightweight waterproof membrane keep you cool & dry. Smart woven forefoot panel & heel counter for biomechanically correct foot support & lightweight comfort. Integrated lacing system for a locked in fit.”

Price: $117.21 (down from $200)

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Puma Men’s Ignite Pwradapt Caged Stars and Stripes Golf Shoe

From the listing: 100% Synthetic. Synthetic sole. Adaptive Fit System. Ignite Foam. Power cage. Power frame. Power adapt.”

Price: $169.99

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Callaway Golf 2020 Mavrik Fairway Wood

From the listing:MAVRIK is the longest fairway wood that Callaway has ever made. The new A. I. -optimized Flash Face SS20 is forged from exotic materials, which are uniquely designed for each model and loft to maximize ball speed and performance. We’ve combined our industry-leading technologies to deliver distance, forgiveness and performance from every club.”

Price: $249.99 (down from $299.99)

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Steph Curry WITB (The Match 3)

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Single Diamond (9 degrees, -1/N)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X (45 inches, D3)

3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X (43 inches, D3)

Utility: Callaway X Forged UT ‘21 (18 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour 130 X

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Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’19 Double Dot (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (50-10S, 56-10S, 60-10S)
Shafts: Project X 6.0

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Atlanta (Stroke Lab)

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Midsize

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‘My brief blade experience’ – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to an interesting experience WRXer ‘LongJohnPeter’ had when testing out blades for the first time. ‘LongJohnPeter’ writes:

“For reasons unbeknownst to myself, I have been obsessed with playing blades lately. So I took a trip to my local range today and picked out an old Lynx USA 7 iron blade from the rental rack (I don’t own a blade and had never hit one previously). While I did see a reduction in distance (more of a result of EXTREMELY crappy range balls and a 50 degree day), I couldn’t believe how much more consistent my face contact was, compared with my Ping Zing’s I currently use. And even on the few mishits, they weren’t punished nearly as bad as everyone and their mother said they would be, and I knew exactly what had happened and could adjust accordingly.

Anyone have a similar experience? Is this just a honeymoon phase? Or is the golfing elite trying to preserve the sanctity of blade irons?”

And our members have been reacting to the post and 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.

  • uglande: “I switched back to blades this year (had not played them in decades), and I will never give them up. They are so pure and consistent and easy to maneuver. I prefer the thinner soles, which give me better turf interaction. Blades will never produce those nuclear shots that go 15 yards longer than you expected. And, yes, GI clubs help retain ball speed on mishits, but I would rather be 10 yards short of the green than in the bunkers or other garbage on either side of the green. And I certainly don’t want to torpedo one (happened frequently with my P790s) that goes over the green, which is always where the worst hazards lie.”
  • NotTheGuyOrAmi: “I ’m far from a technical expert, but I have concluded that increased MOI may give some incremental benefit, and of course less loft means clubs with a particular loft might hit father, but the point of most of the “improvement” in-game improvement irons is to allow people who hit the ground before the ball with a slow swing speed to get a better result from a lower center of gravity. This, by the way, is not a good thing.”
  • CCTXgolf: “For some people a smaller club makes them concentrate a little harder, and that extra little bit of concentration can certainly help you find the center of the club face more often. Problem is it’s tough to keep that going for 18 holes. Much less day to day. I just went to blades in my short irons (8-P) and don’t really find that much difference in those shorter irons. They sure are pretty though.”

Entire Thread: “My brief blade experience”

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