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Spotted: Callaway Epic Hybrid

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We spotted a new Callaway Epic hybrid on the range at the Wells Fargo Championship where it was being tested by Kevin Kisner. This comes just days after photos of new Callaway Epic irons leaked in our forum.

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Kisner is playing great golf this season. Last week at the Zurich Classic, he and teammate Scott Brown finished runner-up to Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt in a four-hole playoff. He hasn’t missed a cut since November, and has two top-5 finishes this year including a T2 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. Kisner is currently using a Callaway X2 Hot hybrid, which Callaway launched in 2013. The Epic hybrid he’s testing is the same loft (18 degrees), but it has a new shaft (UST Mamiya’s UST iRod).

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While Callaway isn’t sharing any details about the Epic hybrid at this time, the photos show that the club has an adjustable hosel that allows golfers to tweak loft and lie angle. It also seems to have a triaxial carbon fiber crown, a key aspect of the company’s Epic drivers and fairway woods that the company used to move the center of gravity (CG) of the club heads lower and deeper. In addition, it uses Callaway’s “Speed Steps,” an aerodynamic feature on the top of the club head that reduces drag.

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Related: See more photos of the Epic hybrid in our forum. 

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  1. LAbillyboy

    May 4, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Still haven’t found a better hybrid than my old Adams… looks like they’ve copied it’s shape. I like the Epic Driver a lot, so I’m not anti Callaway… just kinda skeptical about this being an improvement. I’ll try it though, if someone gives me one…

  2. Betti Boop

    May 4, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Not sure why people feel a need to complain about new clubs. Nothing makes you have to buy them.

  3. Boobsy McKiss

    May 3, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Thank god the added the ‘hyper’ face speed cup. Pretty soon naming clubs is going to be like naming a band.

  4. Cornwall1888

    May 3, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Callaway bring out much more stuff than even taylormade at this point

  5. Jackson Galaxy

    May 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Yeesh, why they have to do that to the crown. I actually prefer turbulators. I can figure out where to hit the ball without all that noise.

  6. TheCityGame

    May 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    The first picture looks like when my uncle cut off the tip of his finger in an industrial accident.

  7. Dj

    May 3, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Pass. Probably will crack like the drivers have been

    • Chuck

      May 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Yeah man because they all crack and Callaway wont stand by their product. Go play in traffic hater.

      • BB

        May 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

        What is a traffic hater?
        Will Callaway stand by their product after the 2 year warranty ends? Any cracks after that will make that $300 hybrid a paperweight.

        • Chuck

          May 4, 2017 at 11:07 am

          Thanks BB where would we be without the internet comment section grammar police? After two years any cracks in the club are not going to be due to a defect in the club, which is why the whole warranty exists in the first place. Now you go play in traffic, hater.

          • BB

            May 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

            It is not my fault you can’t communicate effectively with your writing. Typing that comma wasn’t that hard, was it?
            If the crown cracks after 25 months of normal use, it most certainly is a defective product.

            • Chuck

              May 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

              What would a acceptable time frame be for you then? 3 years? 5 years? Until Armageddon? I don’t know if you are aware of this but over a large enough timeframe hardware failure is 100%. The sad truth is there is no way a company can be profitable with a lifetime guarantee on their golf clubs.

  8. H

    May 3, 2017 at 11:26 am

    So why isn’t it green?

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Phil Mickelson’s new mystery hybrid – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing at length Phil Mickelson’s new hybrid. The new club landed in Lefty’s bag recently at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, with details on the latest hybrid being mysteriously vague. 

“I think I found a hybrid I really love! Putting it in play this week and I’m excited to be back in Detroit for the Rocket Classic. My swing feels like Kiawah again after playing so so the last two weeks.” tweeted Mickelson just a couple of weeks ago, and it has piqued a lot of interest amongst gearheads.

What we do know is that 19-year-old Callaway staffer Akshay Bhatia had the club in the bag at the U.S. Open, and the hybrid features the words “Apex” on the sole.

At the same time, a weight port appears to be positioned close to the face, likely meaning lower spin characteristics than usual from a hybrid.

Our members have been speculating in our forums on the new hybrid, with more than a couple of interesting theories and opinions being thrown up from WRXers, with plenty claiming that the club is a new hybrid/fairway wood crossover.

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.

  • Golfingfanatic: “Sounds like it’s some sort of fairway wood/hybrid crossover. Akshay and Xander have been testing it, too.”
  • belh22: “Tweener of hybrid and fairway wood. For better player. Low launch and spin.”
  • trentyoung33: “This looks to be the “utility wood” that Phil tried out of Akshay Bhatia’s bag at the US Open in a practice round. Johnny Wunder was talking about it on TXG’s podcast right after the open. Said he didn’t even know how to describe it as it wasn’t really a hybrid but wasn’t a fairway wood either.”
  • Fairway14: “My recollection is that the Super Hybrid was an all-titanium head. Maybe this new hybrid is a steel head?”

Entire Thread: “Phil Mickelson’s new mystery hybrid”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (07/13/21): TaylorMade M2 2016 Tour Issue head

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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 TaylorMade M2 2016 10.5* Tour Issue head

From the seller (@Gehly): “TaylorMade M2 2016 10.5* Tour Issue head (with + stamping). Not sure of exact specs but head weighs right at 200g and is excellent condition (hard to find without the white paint and topline all marked up). Shafted with a Fujikura VENTUS Blue with VeloCore 7-S tipped just under .5”. PURE’d in STD loft setting and plays 44.25”to my measurement at D4 SW and Golf Pride CP2 Pro Midsize installed. DO NOT want to split up head and shaft!. $485.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade M2 2016 10.5* Tour Issue head

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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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best irons of 2021

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What are the best irons in 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best irons of 2021.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the full results for the best irons of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best irons of 2021: The top 5

1. Srixon ZX7

What Srixon says: “A compact blade shape, narrow topline, single-piece forging, and narrow sole give ZX7 the workability, feel, and aesthetics of a world-class players iron.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Carolina Golfer 2: “ZX7 (my vote as well) with a large early lead. I expect it to only increase from here. They are truly a great iron. For the record, my 2nd best would be the ZX5!”
  • @CobraGolfFan96: “Absolutely love my ZX7’s!”
  • @JStang: “I have had my ZX7’s for a while now and am comfortable sharing a quick review. One thing that has been noticeable is how forgiving these are. I am constantly surprised at how far these fly when mishit. They feel outstanding when centered, and while they are a bit larger than I typically play, they don’t bother me one bit anymore. For the first time in years, I am not even considering another set of irons. These might be in the bag for years to come.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about ZX7 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Titleist T100

What Titleist says: “Titleist T100 irons are forged to suit the player’s eye. The T100 inspires daring, imaginative play with precise distance, Tour-level shaping and signature Titleist feel. This iron is designed to help the best players score lower.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @sherlockgolfer: “Had my T100s for about 6 rounds now and can say they’re probably the best irons I’ve hit. Coming from 3 straight sets of 712, 716, 718 CBs, and there is definitely more of a clicky feel compared to those irons, but it is quite satisfying, and the ball does go further and higher. I was looking for more launch in the long irons from CB’s, and that’s exactly what I got.”
  • @Matty01984: “Superb set of irons. I must admit when I changed from my 714 AP2’s I was a little sceptical. I worried that there might be a little trade off going into a better looking, smaller iron as opposed to a slightly bigger one with more forgiveness. I simply cannot see there being any difference. The T100 goes just as far as the AP2, has just as much forgiveness and is in a better looking package.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about T100 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. Srixon ZX5

What Srixon says: “Srixon’s ZX5 Irons combine pioneering ball speed technology with premium forged feel, and deliver all of it in a forgiving yet workable chassis that’s razor sharp at address.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @potuna: “ZX5 for me best irons ever, and I’ve tried a bunch over the years.”
  • @EastTNGolfer: “Well, got the ZX5s on the course today. I saw ball flights I have never seen before, and terrible struck shots that still managed to find the green.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about ZX5 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. TaylorMade P770

What TaylorMade says: “We took everything that makes P•790 such a beast and put it into a more compact players shape with P•770. They share the same DNA, each built for dominating distance and premium performance. It’s impossible to choose your favorite child.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @ASN21: “Came to these from the OG P790’s and haven’t missed a beat. They simply check all the boxes. Can’t wait to use them again on Friday.”
  • @ScottHutch2: “Playing the best golf of my life with the P770s. I recently made a switch from ctaper 120 —> $taper HT 120, and the results have been phenomenal. Feel/consistency/control are outstanding compared to the Srixon Z585s I was playing previously, but they still give you a little pop distance wise. Great iron and I think fitting is very important with these.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about P770 irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. Callaway Apex Pro

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What Callaway says: “We’ve redesigned this iron from the ground up, with an innovative A.I. face architecture and all new forged hollow body construction. Any scratch or single digit handicapper who wants speed and forgiveness in a players performance iron needs to try the Apex Pro 21.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @Whipitgood13: “I recently got the Apex Pro 21’s with the MMT 95 shaft, and I am blown away with how good these irons are. I’ve never had dispersion this tight. And the MMT shaft is just amazing. Like firm butter. And you can lean into any shot, and the control is just there. Super impressed and happy.”
  • @avidswampthing66: “Coming from a set of Miura’s…..these new Apex Pro 21 irons are simply the best irons I’ve ever played. 7-4 iron lots of straight high shots with plenty of pop but no crazy flyers. 8-PW are softer feeling and easily workable. Honestly, I’m kind of wowed.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about Apex Pro irons in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

You can see the full results for the best irons of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

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