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PXG’s 100 Percent Milled 0311T Wedges Start at $650

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Golfers can now purchase the PXG 0311T wedges they’ve been seeing in the bags of PGA Tour players for more than a year, but they better bring their checkbooks. The 100 percent milled wedges sell for $650-800 each.

“I have always wanted to design an entirely milled wedge, but it’s a time-consuming and expensive process,” says PXG’s Senior Designer Mike Nicolette. “With [PXG Founder] Bob Parsons’ support and commitment to exploring new processes and materials, we’ve been able to develop a collection of milled wedges that are nothing short of incredible.”

Making a 0311T Wedge

Unlike PXG’s 0311 wedges, the 0311T wedges are shaped with a CNC milling machine to ensures that “every line, curve and angle are produced to exacting specifications for consistent performance and advanced shot-making,” the company says. The construction process starts with an 11-pound block of forged 8620 carbon steel and takes 4.5 hours per wedge to complete. The benefit is that the process is completely automated, eliminating the inconsistencies of hand-finishing.

“We believe our new milled wedges could very well be the best-performing, most consistent wedges the golf industry has ever known,” Parsons says. “Every detail is held to the highest tolerance on a CNC mill and the finish is smoking hot.”

The 0311T wedges are available from PXG and its network of approved professional club fitters in four different sole designs that were inspired by the company’s PGA Tour players, as well as Parsons himself. Lofts range from 46-60 degrees. Learn more about each 0311T wedge below.

0311T Sugar Daddy 

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What PXG says: “The Sugar Daddy, currently played by World No. 1 Lydia Ko, serves as the one-size-fits-all wedge. It incorporates a moderate initial angle with a blended sole design. It can be used effectively from a wide variety of turf and sand conditions, allowing the golfer to use it for virtually any shot necessary.”

  • Lofts: 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees
  • Finishes: Chrome $650, Xtreme Dark $750

0311T Romeo 

PXG_0311T_Romeo

What PXG says: “Romeo, inspired by PXG’s pioneer touring professional Ryan Moore, incorporates a mild initial angle with minimal heel relief, allowing the lead edge to stay close to the ground. This creates an extreme amount of bounce when the face is open, making it ideal for playing from high rough or soft sand.”

  • Lofts: 58, 60 degrees
  • Finishes: Chrome $650, Xtreme Dark $750

0311T Zulu 

0311T_Zulu

 

What PXG says: “Zulu, inspired by Masters champion … Zach Johnson, incorporates a steep initial angle with aggressive heel and toe relief. This type of wedge is conducive to playing from tight turf or firm ground, as it keeps the lead edge close to the ground from both a square and open-faced position.”

  • Lofts: 58, 60 degrees
  • Finishes: Chrome $650, Xtreme Dark $750

0311T Darkness

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What PXG says: “The Darkness wedge was inspired by none other than PXG’s founder himself. [Its] sole design incorporates a moderate initial angle with moderate heel relief, coupled with a slightly larger head size for added forgiveness. Darkness is part of a special collection of black clubs and gear that feature a skull insignia and the number 26, representing the 26th Marine Corps Regiment that Parsons served with during the Vietnam War.”

  • Lofts: 55, 50 degrees
  • Finish: Darkness $800
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  1. Jerry KCCO

    May 14, 2017 at 12:06 am

    i want to know if the feel is better, than their softer metal used in the 0311 wedges being switched from s25c carbon to 8620carbon….tolerances might be tighter and grooves last longer, but the softness of the original is it worth the change? i have darkness wedges, but am skeptical as how much tighter can they be if my swing weights are on point, are spec’d and play well, just Very soft. i don’t know how i feel about all the names all over them as i liked the cleaner look, but PXG has been good with doing however you want…that being said worth the switch from previous head?

  2. pk20152

    May 12, 2017 at 6:25 am

    So with a bag full of PXG’s you would NEVER let them out of your sight, or need some sort of carjack device on each club. “Start at $650.00”? that’s just stupid.

  3. Matt

    May 12, 2017 at 3:33 am

    I think PXG as it is = a baby boomer ego trip. If this guy wanted to shake up the business and say we’re the best, couldn’t or shouldn’t he instead be footing it with the other OEM’s pro level gear in terms of retail price, with two points of difference being certified precision of manufacturing as well as genuine customisation options that the others don’t offer…?

  4. Sandy Bunker

    May 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Trying to re coup the $$$$$ they PGA & LPGA players…….good luck !
    I recently posted a set of irons on EBay, which I left in the garden for the fairies to use. The super sprinkle star fairy shot 59 three times with them, I would be using them, but they are too short for me. Bids start at $6500.00. p.s you get a free bag of fairy dust with them.

  5. Fat Perez

    May 11, 2017 at 12:52 am

    The “they start at $650” line has to be my favorite!! They start?!!! Oh, so there’s a custom shop model for $988, I suspect? Hahahahaha!!! Deez jokers, I tell ya!!

  6. B. Evans

    May 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    No one…..(NONE) will play better for having these. BUT, if you have the cash, need the ego stroke, and don’t mind contributing to the margins at PXG, these are for you. Its a beautiful thing, America is. Something for everyone.

  7. J

    May 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    First off, I play PXG irons–thought I wouldn’t, but they are the best I have played (I have played a ton of different sets) for my game. That said, I am considering, at some point, checking out one of these wedges.

    Interesting that no one seems to mention that there’s been quite a few of these wedges seen in non-PXG staffer bags, including recent winner Kevin Chappell. Sure he get’s the for free, but he must like ’em better than anything else he gets for free…

  8. Dave R

    May 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    They didn’t see him coming they went and got him. When is it going to end dumb diddly dumb dumb.

  9. Karl

    May 10, 2017 at 10:10 am

    AND THE NUMBER OF PROS PLAYING THESE WEDGES IF THEY HAD TO PAY FOR THEM WOULD BE???? They would have the $800 custom model, 3 wedges at least 3 new ones a year…9 times 800, $7,200 for a season…yea I would say ZERO. But for free why not.

  10. birdie

    May 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

    if given these wedges for FREE i wouldn’t play them. i’d be embarrassed that anyone would look in by bag and think i was stupid enough to spend that kind of money on wedges. spending more money to get something better in return is one thing. spending more money just to have something that others can’t afford but is actually no better in quality that what the others are buying….flat out dumb. i’m all for capitalism, and hopefully a free market laughs pxg out of business.

    • Don

      May 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      I agree with where you are coming from but that being said, hey, I’d play them if they were given to me for free 🙂

      • DrRob1963

        May 13, 2017 at 4:12 am

        If they were given to me for free, I’d SELL them!

  11. Mat

    May 10, 2017 at 2:12 am

    I just like the fact that they had the stones to upcharge $100 for “dark”.

    Lydia, dear, get paid. It’s gonna end before you know it.

  12. Fat Perez

    May 10, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Oh come on!!! Somebody at PXG (price times gouging) needs to go sit down somewhere!!! 6fiddy?

    Get out of here with that nonsense! Put ’em in your home trophy case and tell great stories about

    how wealthy you are and that they were custom made especially for YOU!!

  13. Dylan

    May 9, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I spent less than that on my ENTIRE BAG. And I consider my bag to be pretty nice…but even at $650? What is my money going towards? You mill a block of steel…like everyone else…on a machine…like everyone else…and that justifies what? There is like a 99% profit gain for PXG here…I doubt they spent all that much for the CNC machine, a block of steel, and a guy to push the button and read a magazine while it does his job for him. Especially for basically OTR clubs…at least Scratch had Don White to make custom sets of beautiful irons/wedges. That price I consider to be justified! I am sorry but I absolutely judge PXG users, they are all about that brand name when they could be spending all that money on a completely customized set of Edels which IMO are WAY cooler looking!

    • Bert

      May 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Scratch – awesome, still playing them.

      • Jim

        May 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

        Excellent products! Still have my blades & wedges! My back-up rig. We miss them

  14. stevemac

    May 9, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Crazy. There is no talent or added expense in milling a wedge on a milling machine. Push a button. Compare the Taylormade MG at 149. Or look at Bettinardi and their wedges 179. Give me some hand ground or something by Vokey and it isn’t that much. The new JP are 2000 for 3 plus all of the time spent there, and they are personalized.

    • KK

      May 9, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Highly ignorant comment. More processing time means you produce less. If you produce less, you need to charge more to pay for the equipment and expenses.

      • KK

        May 10, 2017 at 6:24 am

        1. We’re talking about cost, not “charge.” 2. Overpaid? Sounds like more Socialism Sheep Propaganda 101.

        • stevemac

          May 10, 2017 at 7:43 am

          Thanks for your opinion. highly ignorant. Do handmade generally cost more or less- lets see. . . . the special Camerons, Mills putters with welded necks. Which takes more time? Doing it by hand or running it on a CNC? If you are familiar with that type of manufacturing you would see great time savings with a CNC.

          • KK

            May 10, 2017 at 11:37 am

            No thanks for changing the subject. This is not about “handmade,” whatever your definition is, pretty sure it’s wrong anyway, vs milled. It is a fact, not an opinion, that increased manufacturing time increases manufacturing cost, all else being equal. If you knew anything about CNC, manufacturing or business, you’d know that fact.

  15. jc

    May 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    If I bought the woods, and the irons and wedges and the putter, do I get a Ferrari to dirve them around with? Sure wouldn’t want to put them in any old car. Oh, and I guess I need a parsons bag (4k).

    • H

      May 11, 2017 at 12:38 am

      No, you have to already own a Ferrari just to be able to afford these wedges. Duh.

  16. jc

    May 9, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I got one of the sand wedges…I went into the bunker, tossed the club in the air and said “do your thing”…the club turned around and knocked it one inch from the hole, then flew over and went back into my bag….I looked at it and said “you can’t even hole a bunker shot?”…so I sold it to kid for 20 bucks.

  17. chinchbugs

    May 9, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    That video = PXG…the Harley Davidson of golf

    • SH

      May 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      You mean junk that breaks down all the time and doesn’t work at all as stated except look good in commercials and advertising?

  18. ifc202

    May 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Won’t even think about buying till they hit $1500 per

  19. ooffa

    May 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I bought a set of these. A 50 , 56 , 60. They are the best wedges I have ever played. The ball fight is spot on and my dispersion ratio has never been better. If you can live the price I recommend you get these. You won’t be disappointed.

    • Regis

      May 9, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      How much of a concern is dispersion with a 56 or 60 degree wedge?

      • ooffa

        May 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm

        for me it was a huge problem but thanks to PXG it’s no longer an issue

    • Mad-Mex

      May 9, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      I call B.S. on this one, ooffa probably plays with complete Northwestern golf set and uses Pinnacle Golf Balls

      • Ian

        May 10, 2017 at 1:24 am

        Yeah, but at least it’s the Pinnacle Proto ball.

      • ooffa

        May 10, 2017 at 10:40 am

        BTW, I don’t even play new pinnacle balls. I get the refurbished ones. Thank’s for getting my comment. Some of those who posted back at me are really clueless.

      • Skip

        May 23, 2017 at 12:52 pm

        What’s wrong with Northwestern? I play ’em, and still carry a +1

  20. J Zilla

    May 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    How much for 1 groove?

    Can you break a $100?

  21. Eric E

    May 9, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    LOL you win

  22. C

    May 9, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I’m holding out for a forged Damascus CNC-milled Darkness with titanium ferrule for $2500.

  23. Jam

    May 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    LOL one shot out of a bunker where you smash a rock could take $45 worth of your wedge with it.

  24. Axelrage

    May 9, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    If people are willing to pay $500+ for a milled putter, this is the next step, right? 100% automated w/ finishing for near perfection is an amazing (and expensive) feat. If someone is willing and able, why not offer it?

    • Don

      May 9, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      A putter you could use for your entire golfing life. A wedge is something – depending on how much you play – that would need to be replaced after a season or two.

      • Axelrage

        May 9, 2017 at 2:10 pm

        While that is true, how many of us actually stick with a putter (without buying others) for more than a few years? The longest I have gone is 2. Again, doesn’t matter for the target consumer, if the have the means they will pay.

    • JD

      May 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Yeah I think I’ll take a tour putter for $2000 than 3 milled wedges.

    • Jack

      May 10, 2017 at 3:31 am

      Are casts or forgings less precise? As long as my wedges have the right lie loft angle, fresh grooves, and the right shaft, I’m good. 650 for 1? I’d rather get new wedges whenever they wear out. Who cares what wedge you are gaming.

    • Dave

      May 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Paying 500 for any club is plain stupid. I putt just fine with my
      $35 used YES! Donna. Play off a 5.3 with all used equipment.

  25. Shank

    May 9, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    GOD these are ugly!

  26. toyzrx

    May 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    No wonder less and less people play golf, not to mention the younger generations.

    • The Dude

      May 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      who says you cant play golf because these are on the market??

      • Andrew Han

        May 9, 2017 at 1:53 pm

        Yup. No one seems to care that basketball and soccer shoes are 150+ and wear out a lot quicker than golf equipments. Just saw a $200+ basketball in sports authority before they closed. WTH?!, but there is a market for it.

        The lesson is, there is a market for everyone. That is why you see bimmer going nuts with the 1 to 8 series and an x and m variant in all of them.

        • xjohnx

          May 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm

          As a former store manager for SA the basketball you saw was the Wilson connected ball. Its a bluetooth ball that tracks your shots etc. kind of like basketball’s version of a swing analyzer. The most expensive game ball is usually around $75

        • SH

          May 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm

          Andrew,
          You’re not really supposed to wear those shoes, you’re only supposed to buy numbered ones and keep them in the boxes in your storage as part of your shoe collections, according to the sneaker addicts lol

  27. Ardbeggar

    May 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I’d love to hit a few with these, but there are other good options for milled putters if I want to buy one. None of them would break the bank.

  28. Double Mocha Man 4 President

    May 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Since i play off a 4 I could game ’em

  29. Birdie Bob

    May 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Must have for the true PXG player.

    • BC

      May 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      No link to your towel and clubs?

    • Dat

      May 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Opposed to what? The PXG poser who can only afford their chincy irons? haha

  30. Don

    May 9, 2017 at 11:46 am

    These are too rich for my blood. Actually it would probably take blood for me to get these. I change wedges every 2 years. $650×3=Too much money to be spending on a deteriorating asset.

  31. Tom1

    May 9, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Scooby snacks for everyone!

  32. TCJ

    May 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I’m at a loss here for the definition of “forged”. Sure, at one point that 11lb block of metal was heated and shaped… into a block. How can the club head be considered “forged” when no die or incredible force was used to shape the head?

    • BC

      May 9, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      The block of steel was most likely hot-rolled into shape, which, as you pointed out, is in no way, shape or form the same as forging. Talk about marketing nonsense.

      • new stuff!!

        May 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

        OR… the 8620 carbon steel could be forged to any shape including a block and then milled to the shape of a wedge… kind of like what they said they did… why would you assume otherwise unless you were trying to put them down.

  33. JD

    May 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I see PXG is attending the LaVar Ball School of Economics

  34. Gooseboss

    May 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I like the look, but as a few already stated, grooves will wear out siginificantly faster, and ZJ who is a wedge demon has lost his edge since switching.

  35. bh

    May 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

    If these wedges detail both my cars and clean the gutters everytime I go play golf, I’m in.

  36. George

    May 9, 2017 at 11:16 am

    The JP wedges are only $2000 for 3 and it includes a fitting by the top fitter. Or just buy a short game area in your backyard. Your choice.

  37. Desmond

    May 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Not as pretty as Acushnet JP Wedges for the same price.

    • Ian

      May 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      You are so wrong. Those titleist wedges look like garbage.

      • setter02

        May 9, 2017 at 11:27 pm

        Because my comment comes after yours Ian, it makes it more righter and bigly relllllavantium, you are soooooo wrong….

  38. C

    May 9, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Ho-lee-****, NOPE!

  39. ray arcade

    May 9, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I think I’ll wait for the $1000 wedges…

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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

Stock Shaft Offerings

  • Epic Speed Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g – S)
  • Epic MAX Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g -S)
  • Epic MAX LS: Mitsubishi MMT (60g – S,X. 70g – S,X)
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