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GolfWRX Spotted: Callaway Epic Speed and Epic Max fairway woods on conforming list

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What a day for new clubs! First, we had the 2021 Callaway Epic MAX, LS, and Speed drivers show up on the conforming club list, and as you would expect the fairway woods have followed with matching Epic Max and Epic Speed fairways also arriving.

The one thing to note when checking out the conforming club list is that any club that could potentially go into play on any professional tour has to go through the testing process, no matter how small the variation is between versions. This is why when going through the list you will see multiple versions listed, and even some in various lofts—many of these models could also be what is known as “tour only” parts to cater to specific golfers’ needs at the highest level.

With PGA Tour players gearing up for 2021, including the newest Callaway staff player Jon Rahm, it should come as no surprise to see these new clubs showing up on the list this week, and we can probably expect to see an official announcement soon along with a retail launch date.

Callaway Epic Max

At first look, the Callaway Epic Max fairway wood shares some of the familiar design cues as the 2020 Marvrik Sub Zero, but when we take a closer look, there appear to be some serious changes to the internals that are hinted at on the sole of the club.

The most obvious is the addition of “Velocity blades,” which sounds like an updated version of Callaway’s Jailbreak, and it has most likely been tuned to work better in smaller fairway wood heads.

We’re not sure if there is more to this tech story or not, but here is what we know for sure.

  • The continued use of a fixed hosel
  • AI is being used to tune the performance of the clubhead
  • The dual weight design will allow for a “high” and “lower” spin configuration

Epic Speed

This is where it gets interesting because generally a “Speed” club has been stripped of extra necessities in favor of reducing weight, but the new Epic Speed still shows an adjustable weight, and it’s placed forward in the head.

This could mean that Callaway won’t officially be offering any kind of “Sub Zero” option in the fairway wood line in 2021 and let the new Speed version be the lowest-spinning consumer option. With modern golf balls and lower lofts, it makes sense since a majority of golfers need spin in their fairway woods to increase carry. (See: Why your Traditional 3 wood might be extinct)

Conclusion

When it comes to metal woods Callaway has been rolling for quite some time. With the success of the 2020 Mavrik and 2019 Epic Flash lines, Callaway is sticking to the plan of producing fast forgiving fairway woods for golfers of all abilities and maximizing forgiveness by eliminating the adjustable hosel.

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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Lydia Ko WITB 2021 (April)

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Lydia Ko what’s in the bag accurate as of the Lotte Championship. 

Driver: PXG 0811 X Proto (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Pro White 1K 50 S (45.75 inches)

3-wood: PXG 0341 X GEN2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X RDX Smoke Blue 60 5.5

5-wood: PXG 0341 X GEN2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ- 6 S. (42 inches)

Hybrids: PXG 0317 X GEN2 (19 and 22 degrees)
Shafts:  Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 65 R1

Irons: PXG 0311 P GEN3 (5-PW)
Shafts: Aerotech FC 70 S

Wedges: PXG 0311 Milled Sugar Daddy (54), 0311 Milled “Lydia” (58)
Shafts: Aerotech FC 80 S

Putter: PXG Prototype Thunderbolt C

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Corey Conners WITB 2021 (April)

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  • Corey Conners WITB accurate as of the RBC Heritage.

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees @8, standard)
Shaft: UST Elements Gold 6F5 (tipped 1 inch, D4+)

 

3-wood: Ping G425 LST (14.5 degrees @15, small +)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 76 6.5 (43 inches, tipped 1 inches)

3-hybrid: Ping G425 (19 degrees @20, small +)
Shaft: UST VTS Red Hybrid 85 X (40.25 inches, D2)

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.0

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth (50-SS, 56-SS); Titleist Vokey SM8 60-M
Shafts: Project X 6.0

Putter: Prototype PLD Prime Tyne H (Stealth finish) 

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Black/Blue (60R +1 wrap)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Tommy Fleetwood puts prototype TaylorMade putter in play at RBC

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Earlier this week at the RBC Heritage, we spotted English golfer Tommy Fleetwood testing putters on the putting green, and we now have confirmation that said putter, a prototype TaylorMade “Bandon 1,” has gone into play.

The putter is a combination of the Truss TM1, along with a traditional plumbers neck hosel. It is also fitted with a Pure Roll insert. Tommy has a propensity for messing around with putters, so whether it stays in the bag long term or not will be something to follow.

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