Callaway’s new Epic Star line targets golfers seeking maximum distance from lighter golf clubs: think seniors, juniors, women, and other slow-swingers.
The new drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons incorporate the same technologies as Callaway’s flagship Epic products, but they’ve have been lightened up with head design tweaks and lightweight, ultra-premium components to help golfers hit higher, faster, and longer shots.
The new clubs are available for preorder on September 22 and in stores September 29. Learn more about each of them below.
GBB Epic Star Driver and Fairway Woods
The Epic Star driver is an import to the U.S. market, where the lightweight driver is the No. 1 seller in Japan. Its Japan-inspired theme continues through the shaft and grip. The stock shaft is an ultra-premium, 39-gram Mitsubishi Grand Bassara shaft that’s made at Mitsubishi’s renowned Japan facility. The driver also comes with a Golf Pride J200 grip that was also designed for the Japan market. It has a smaller diameter than standard grips, helping it tip the scales at a mere 41 grams.
“There are pockets in the U.S. with some [golfers] who are looking for a premium experience with Epic, but in a more lightweight package,” says Callaway Brand Manager David Neville.
Like Callaway’s GBB Epic driver, the Epic Star (available in lofts of 10 and 12 degrees) includes the company’s Jailbreak technology, two titanium bars located behind the club face that stabilize the crown and sole to improve energy transfer at impact. The new driver also uses the company’s extremely lightweight crown and sole construction, highlighted by its 9.7-gram triaxial carbon crown.
The Epic Star is different in two important places, however, starting with its sliding rear weight that weighs just 11 grams — that’s seven grams lighter than the GBB Epic’s sliding weight. Callaway also saved seven grams from the driver by shifting to a fixed-hosel design, allowing the club head to weigh just 190.3 grams. The total weight of the driver is a mere 286 grams, making it Callaway’s lightest driver in history.
The Epic Star fairway woods (available in 15, 18 and 21 degrees) also have a fixed-hosel design to reduce clubhead weight. Their Mitsubishi Grand Bassara shafts weigh in at just 49 grams.
The GBB Epic Star driver will sell for $699. The GBB Epic Star fairway woods will sell for $399.
Epic Star Hybrids and Irons
Callaway’s new Epic Star hybrids are available in three lofts (18, 20 and 23 degrees), and like Callaway’s Epic hybrids, they bring golfers more distance by way of 455 Carpenter Steel Face Cups and an ultra-light, carbon triaxial crown. They also have a center of gravity (CG) that’s concentrated low and deep in the club heads via a metal-injection molded process (MIM) and a tungsten-infused standing wave. This technology, combined with their 50-gram, Mitsubishi Grand Bassara shafts, helps golfers send their hybrid shots higher and farther down the fairway or toward the green.
The new Epic Star irons come stock with 55-gram Mitsubishi Rayon Grand Bassara shafts, as well as a Black PVD finish that gives the irons a sleek look at address. They’re available in 4-9, PW, GW, and SW.
Like Callaway’s Epic irons, the GBB Epic Star irons showcase a 360-degree Face Cup design that measures just 1 millimeters at its thinnest point to help golfers maximize distance and forgiveness. They also share the company’s Exo-Cage design, a lightweight, steel framework that provides rigidity to help the irons deliver more ball speed at impact.
“There’s kind of a lighter, longer, stronger spec in order to maximize distance,” says Luke Williams, Senior Director of Global Product Strategy for Irons and Putters. “We’ve seen that there’s sort of an emerging category here and an emerging segment in certain players that really are looking for this type of product. So while this isn’t a broad offering for us — it’s a really targeting offering — there is a market.”
In conjunction, a hollow-hosel design helped Callaway engineers shift more weight toward the center of the Epic Star iron heads to provide a better feel and optimize the launch conditions of each iron. In the long irons, the CG is positioned lower in the club heads to improve distance. In the short irons, the CG is positioned higher in the club heads to improve trajectory control. According to Callaway, each of the irons are close to achieving the USGA’s legal limit on COR, or coefficient of restitution, a measure of ball speed retention.
The Epic Star hybrids will sell for $299 each, while the Epic Star irons will sell for $300 each, or $2,400 for an eight-piece set.
Switching from blades to game improvement irons – GolfWRXers discuss
WRXer ‘PlayIt’ is interested in hearing from those who have made the switch and what their experiences have been, with WRXers sharing their thoughts on the transition 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.
- lefthack: “I am waiting on my GI irons (Takomo 101’s). I have a blade set and am currently playing split cavities. I prefer the blades but am enjoying my SC’s. I want to see what difference, if any, it makes. I will likely upgrade my blades when the Haywood MB’s come out in lefty. No idea what my handicap is, but I shoot close to par most days (I don’t really keep score).”
- bladehunter: “Eh. It’s a rabbit hole. Don’t expect lower scores. Will always come down to what you think feels best. It’s only going to lower your scores if you are the player who can’t get a 5 iron airborne and is afraid of a 7 iron over water. If neither of those worries you, it’s not going to lower your scores. Edit. On the flip side. It shouldn’t raise scores either. I’m not against trying it. Heck, I’m playing a set of GI irons now ( t100 ). Somebody will chime in and tell you they’re not GI. But they’re wrong. So try it and get it out of your system. I just feel like you should know that expecting to buy strokes isn’t realistic. There’s not that much difference.”
- DeCuchi: “I’ve tried multiple times; I’m more consistent with blades. I do hit GI’s further my distances are less consistent, and the long and left miss shows up more often, though. I still have hope of one day finding a GI set that works well for me.”
Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/18/21): Piretti Proto putter
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 Piretti Proto putter
From the seller (@Bradh972): “Piretti prototype 62 of 100 with stability tour shaft new Piretti grip plays 35” with 1” extension comes with cover $600.”
To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Piretti Proto putter
Rory McIlroy’s winning WITB: 2021 CJ Cup @ Summit
- Rory McIlroy’s what’s in the bag accurate as of the CJ Cup.
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (9 degrees @8.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X
3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black Prototype 105 6.5
Irons: TaylorMade Rors Proto (3-9)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 7.0
Wedges: TaylorMade MG3 (46-09SB @48), MG2 TW (56-12), MG2 (58-08LB @60)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast
Grip: SuperSroke Pistol GT Tour
Ball: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x (#22)
Grips: Golf Pride MCC
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