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Today from the Forums: “WITB – Wives’ Edition”

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Today from the Forums takes us into the bags of the wives of WRXers. WRX member, Yuck, began the discussion and gave us some great insight into the clubs that his wife currently plays:

“My wife is an avid golfer. She started playing about 35 years ago when we were dating. Once the kids were grown, she got better. 5 club championships in the last 10 years at 3 different clubs. She is now in her “early 60’s” and has lost a bit of speed, so she finally replaced a very old set a couple of years ago. She plays men’s senior shafts on all except her three iron, which is a project x 6.0. ( go figure??). She does beat me gross on not so rare occasions. She still shoots upper 70’s on good days.

Here is her WITB for what it’s worth.

  • 915 D2 12 degree redboard 60g ( I talked her into giving up her 10.5 degree 975 D driver a few years back) Her Driver speed is down to the high 70’s these days.
  • Callaway X 3,5,7 woods, Fujikura Banzai 65g A flex
  • Bridgestone Air muscle 3 iron, project X 6.0 ( stolen from my bag a dozen years ago) she calls it her “Tree iron” for hitting low bullets under branches.
  • PXG 25 & 28-degree hybrids KBS TGI 60g graphite. A flex
  • 7-GW PXG 0311 P, Steelfiber 70i. A flex
  • 20-year-old Michela sand wedge. ( she won’t replace this one)
  • Highway 101 number 7 style putter. She is a much better putter than me.”

Yuck asks fellow members if any other WRXers’ wife uses “not so generic clubs” and our members divulge the clubs their partners are using in this “WITB – Wives’ Edition.”

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.

third-times-a-charm: Quite a few of the ladies at the club have neat bags and are quirky about their selection. I’ve seen PXG stuff and even CF16’s (not counting our LPGA members bags) and lots of ‘mens’ clubs with A/L shafts, but the majority is a mix of old SGI stuff and ‘made for women’ stuff from PING and Cleveland from the early 2000s. My wife is one of the most modern and interesting I’ve seen IMO, mostly from my being on here and playing ‘personal clubfitter’ for her.

She has:

  • Mizuno ST190 10.5 Driver / Fujikura Pro XLR8 L Flex Shaft 43″ (We just moved to this from the JPX900 440cc driver, and she gained almost 20 yds)
  • Mizuno JPX900 3-wood / Fujikura Pro XLR8 L Flex Shaft 42″ (She won’t let this go, it’s her ‘magic’ 3 wood)
  • Mizuno JPX900 4H and 5H / Fujikura Pro L Flex Shafts
  • Nike Vapor Speed 6-PW (She cycles the 5i in and out of the bag with her 5h depending on conditions, she used to play both of them, but I made her take one out as to focus on being good with just one of them)
  • Cleveland CBX 52 and 56 Wedges with KBS Tour Wedge shafts (She will be switching these out to the Callaway MD5 JAWS wedges w/ Catalyst 6.0 Mens graphite shafts as soon as I can find a deal on them)
  • PING G Le Oslo Putter
  • Bridgestone E6 Lady balls
  • Nike Sport Lite II bag (she walks 9 holes by herself sometimes)

….and she shot her first 95 again (gross) last weekend after our first kid earlier this year.”

player12: “My wife started playing when she retired at age 48…former college bb coach, can shoot the heck out of free throws/3 pt range; but a sport such as golf was quite foreign initially. She started with my old TM MCG 5-PW and TM woods re shafted for her length and SW. Started at 30hc index..stuck with it (never thought she would). shes now a 14.5 index and moved on to:

  • Callaway Fusion 13.5 45.5 Recoil 450 F2
  • Callaway X2Hot 15 43 Aldila ATX 55 SR flex
  • 3,4,5 Callaway 2018 Big Bertha Hybrids Recoil ES 460 F2 (1* lie up)
  • Callaway 6-AW 2018 Big Bertha Irons Recoil ES 460 F2 (1* Lie up)
  • Callaway Mack 3 54 (bent to 55) and 58 (both 1/2 in long)
  • Odyssey 2-ball Putter (won in a giveaway and won’t part with it)
  • Callaway Supersoft, Bridgestone E6, and she also likes Kirklands

A million shirts, shorts, skirts and pants and more shoes than I can count..and most of all, a whole large box of TPC Players caps.”

ChipNRun: My wife uses Adams Idea – Petite boxed set, which she got fitted for in 2014. She’s only 4-foot-9, so the female player’s rep at Golf Galaxy made three coordination calls with the factory in Ft. Worth regarding the fitting. For one thing, Adams was able to flatten lie slightly on irons, and on long-hosel hybrids too. 

Adams sent her clubs “grips in the box” to GG so the rep could do a final fitting. Good move, she needed another half-inch off each shaft for a good fit. 

Club mix:

  • 12° Driver (she uses 3W off, even hits her 5W longer. She leaves driver at home. I may have to contact Maltby/GolfWorks for cure. Their L-Tech model has a 15° driver with some extra-light shafts).
  • 3-5-7W (45-gram Idea shafts)
  • 5, 6 Hy (50-gram Idea shafts)
  • 7i-SW (50-gram Idea shafts)
  • Adams Yes! C-Groove putter.
  • Callaway Extra Lite 4.0 carry bag | Footjoy golf shoes | Pinnacle Soft golf balls | Assorted gloves.”

wchahn: “Here’s my wife’s set up – she was fit at Club Champion

  • Callaway Rogue Driver 12.5 – Grand Bassara shaft
  • Callaway Rogue 4 wood – Grand Bassara shaft
  • Callaway Rogue hybrids 19, 22 – Fujikura Vista Pro shafts
  • Callaway Rogue Pro 5-GW – Fujikura Vista Pro
  • Vega 54 wedge
  • Cleveland 56 sand wedge
  • PXG Brandon putter

She tried a bunch of super GI irons and hated them but loves her Rogue Pros.”

Entire Thread: “WITB – Wives’ Edition”

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  1. JP

    Feb 4, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    What is that black and purple Taylormade putter pictured? My wife would love that. How do I get one for her?

  2. Madeline Morgan

    Feb 4, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    I recognize that we’re in the minority here but there are a few of us women who read the forum, too, me being one of them. So I’ll speak for myself. Top to bottom my bag, which, by the way, is a very pretty Sun Mountain bag mounted on a Clicgear pushcart, looks like this—Srixon Z765 11 deg driver with Fubuki Z 60g reg shaft, Sonartec SS-07 16 deg 4 wood with Oban Devotion 65g firm shaft, Wilson Fybrid 19.5 deg 5 wood with Oban Devotion 65g firm shaft, Ping I20 23 deg hybrid with Project X Black 75g firm shaft, Mizuno MP-18 SC irons 5-PW with NS Pro 950 GH reg shafts, Miura 1957 Series 51, 55, 59 deg wedges with NS Pro 950GH reg shafts, Ping Anser III putter. I took up the game when I was in my late 50’s and at 70 still play off a 5-ish hcp. And though I wouldn’t call myself a gearhead, exactly, I do take the game seriously and enjoy playing it with high quality equipment.

    • KDP

      Feb 4, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      Thats a sweet set up! Im a big fan of the Ping-Mizuno-Miura combo.

      • Madeline Morgan

        Feb 6, 2020 at 7:33 pm

        Thanks. And you’re exactly right about the Mizuno/Miura thing. Both clean, simple, and elegant, both precisely forged, both impeccably finished. And as pure a strike as any clubs made.

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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

Here’s what the biggest YouTube testers and reviews have to say on the newest Callaway Apex line

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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.”

Entire Thread: “Best utility iron of 2021”

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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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