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GolfWRX Spotted: Callaway Epic Speed and Epic Max drivers on conforming list

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The rumored and much-discussed Callaway Epic Speed and Epic Max drivers are now officially on the R&A’s conforming list. (Expected to see them soon on the USGA Conforming Club List). The newly updated January 4 list includes the Callaway Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS (which is generally used to define Low Spin).

With the PGA Tour season about to start, and players gearing up with all the 2021 equipment, including the newest Callaway staff player Jon Rahm, it should come as no surprise to see them pop up on the list this week. In true Callaway fashion, there are a number of different versions that can be found, but judging by the names, some will remain as “tour only” options for now.

With these drivers now on the list, we can probably expect to see an official announcement soon along with a retail launch date.

Callaway Epic Max

Upon first glance, the Callaway Epic Max looks familiar, but when analyzed closely, there are a number of new things going on with the sole of the driver to make us believe Callaway has done some serious tweaking under the hood.

The first and most obvious are the four Jailbreak ports on the sole behind the face. Jailbreak was a revolutionary change in design for Callaway to help retain ball speeds around the face, and with the Epic Max, it appears that the company is doubling up on these support structures to add rigidity and increase stability.

The other new addition is the carbon toe portion of the sole. It’s safe to assume that the crown will continue to be carbon composite and this toe part is being used to save additional mass. The last time Callaway went to a carbon sole portion was with the original Epic, and it proved to be quite useful.

What we know for sure

The great thing about visual technology is that, well, it’s visible, and on the sole of the Epix Max we can also see

  • An adjustable sliding weight
  • AI Speed frame – to optimize the internal structure
  • Horizontal lines indicating that some of the Cyclone shaping introduced in the Mavrik line will also carry forward.

Epic Speed

The name is the giveaway for this club head, and based on the removal of the sliding weight track, which requires additional mass to support, the Callaway Epic Speed has been designed to absolutely optimize speed and boost MOI.

The head features the same four Jailbreak ports as the Epic Max, as well as the carbon composite toe. Replacing the sliding track is a single weight in the rear of the head, which is likely to be used to push weight low and back for added forgiveness while also allowing final swing weight adjustability.

Epic Max LS

The Callaway Epic Max LS looks to have all of the same technical attributes of the standard Epic Max but in a smaller package. It’s hard to tell from the black and white images but the telltale sign is the angle and radius from the hosel to the back edge of the driver with the Max LZ version (on the left) being less round and bulbous compared to the standard Max version (on the right).

The Epic wildcards

The wildcards spotted on the conforming list are the Epic Speed DS and Epic Speed LS.

They share the same technologies as the other drivers listed but with the noticeable exclusion of the four Jailbreak ports for two ports and adjustable front weight. Callaway is well known for producing tour only product for some of its staff players—most famously Phil Mickelson, and with the recent signing of the highly ranked Jon Rahm, it could be that one of the parts of his deal was that Callaway would do anything they could with drivers to make sure Jon was comfy with the new products.

They could also be special editions to be announced alongside the rest of the new line but it would seem a little odd that there would be versions with less face tech—only 2 Jailbreak pieces instead of four.

Conclusion

With the success of the 2020 Mavrik and the previous 2019 Epic Flash driver lines, Callaway looks to be progressing with a proven formula of building driving uniquely targeted to golfers’ needs by offering three unique heads to help find the best fit—seems pretty epic.

To see what other golfers are saying check out the GolfWRX forums.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. stephen

    Jan 4, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    You all sound like haters just stay off the blog we really don’t want to hear it, just keep playing your 10 year old cheap clubs.

    • Ben

      Jan 5, 2021 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I feel exactly the same. I don’t understand why there are so many haters on the most Gear centric community leaving useless comments.

  2. Stacey Abrams

    Jan 4, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Yeah, love the roll out of 5 and 6 drivers per model! Drives me nuts!!

  3. golfer

    Jan 4, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Consumers have to stop buying the $550 dollar driver and $1500 set of basic carbon steel/chrome blades if we ever want the price to come back down. Buy Hogan, buy sub70, buy used. We drive every pricepoint with our wallets.

  4. MNW

    Jan 4, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    how about showing pics of the club from playing position??
    Who cares about the bottom.
    be like saying “Check out my New Corvette”
    then posting a pic of the under frame.

    • Golfer

      Jan 4, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      These are photos from the Usga conforming club database. They are only so players in the future and the usga can identify clubs. tough to do that from the crown view

  5. Joey5Picks

    Jan 4, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Where are all the Taylormade haters chiming in about Callaway releasing a new driver that *may* make you longer, at the rate of $550/yard?

  6. simms

    Jan 4, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I wonder if it starts at $500 or $550 maybe $599 this time…need to pay for those two new 50 cent jail break bars…

    • Desert Hacker

      Jan 4, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      HA!! And Mr. Jon Rahm’s contract. ?

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for 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 – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds 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

Member tigercolt77 – Cleveland TL310 driver head

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2021 Nippon N.S. PRO Regio Formula MB+ driver and wood shafts

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Although they have been producing graphite shafts for years, Nippon is better known for the performance and quality of their Modus line of steel shafts – but with the release of the new NS Pro Regio Formula MB+ graphite shafts, they are looking to deliver the same performance to drivers and fairway woods.

“Nippon is proud to introduce the new N.S. PRO Regio Formula MB+ graphite driver shaft. With the completion of the Formula + series, golfers can now have a driver shaft that works in perfect harmony with their Nippon Shaft steel shafts irrespective of their weight or configuration.”
– Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.

The release of the Formula MB + shafts is intended to complete the Nippon NS Pro Regio Formula+ series since each model is intended to work for golfers alongside the well known N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR steel irons shafts. The concept for developing the profiles was to offer a similar feel and performance so golfers could have top to bottom confidence in their clubs.

The previously available Regio Formula B+ driver shaft is designed to match the performance of the N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR 120, the Regio Formula M+ matches the N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR 130, and the all-new N.S. PRO Regio Formula MB+ shaft mimics the dynamic performance and power of the N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR 105 and/or TOUR 125 shafts.

 “Our goal is to give each individual player a consistent feel with their shafts throughout the bag in order to improve performance and make the game more enjoyable,”

The shaft’s performance is driven from using an ultra-high elasticity carbon sheet the full length of the shaft to reduce twisting of the head that occurs during a swing, according to Nippon, and it also helps replicate the smooth feel of the Modus3 steel shafts.

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The shaft is scheduled for release in Japan on January 15 with a full global release set for the end of January 2021 trough Nippon authorized dealers.

The new Nippon NS Pro Regio Formula MB+ is available in a number of weights and flexes to suit any golfers and will be priced at $530 each.

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