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Callaway Mavrik Review

Will you actually hit #BiggerBombs?

The Backstory

Well 2019 was both a great year and a bad year for Callaway Golf. Epic Flash drivers were #1 seller in retail and was the most used driver across all worldwide tours. On the otherhand, the Epic Flash led the tour in failed USGA CT Tests (cue Xander Schauffele). Despite being the first driver design powered by AI and machine learning, there were some problems with the Epic Flash which has led us to 2020 and the Mavrik.

New Year, New Driver

Callaway’s 2nd-generation AI driver is set to begin shipping January 23 and not only will we get the MAVRIK Standard and Sub Zero, we are getting the MAX. They have also announced new MAVRIK irons, fairway woods and hybrids, but this is a drive review so let’s look at what’s new for the MAVRIK driver family.

MAVRIK Standard Features and Benefits

  • Flash Face SS20
  • High-strength FS2S Titanium
  • Jailbreak + T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Cyclone aero shape for reduced drag

MAVRIK MAX Features and Benefits

  • Flash Face SS20
  • High-strength FS2S Titanium
  • Jailbreak + T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Interchangeable Weights– two interchangeable weights positioned in the sole near the heel and rear.

MAVRIK Sub Zero Features and Benefits

  • Flash Face SS20
  • High-strength FS2S Titanium
  • Jailbreak + T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Interchangeable Weights– The slightly smaller 450cc head features two interchangeable weights in the front and back.

The Test

I am fortunate to be a Callway Professional Staffer so I had the opportunity to receive the new MAVRIK Sub Zero. I still have the Rogue SZ and Epic Flash SZ with the same loft (10.5) so I wanted to see the difference between the three. Since I didn’t have a lot of time, I only hit 10 drives each into the simulator which is a little outdated. I used a Callaway ChromeSoft X ball, used the same shaft in each, and kept the driver setting at neutral. Here are the average results.

Ball SpeedSpin RateCarry (in yards)
MAVRIK SZ1582883263
Epic Flash SZ1553043259
Rogue SZ1493214251

My Opinion

I want to do so more testing but for first time out I am a big fan of the new MAVRIK Sub Zero. Now 4 yards doesn’t seem like much, that does give me half a club less into the green. The spin rates fluctuated mainly due to the simulator (one swing said I got 0 rpm). Carry definitely was further for all shots on the MAVRIK than the Epic Flash and significantly further than Rogue.

The sound off the MAVRIK is much improved versus the Epic Flash. It was more quiet and felt a lot better off the face. I hit a few shots on the toe and dispersion was improved versus the Epic Flash and Rogue.

Now the color, orange, isn’t my favorite of the three drivers (they call it sunset) but fortunately they offer multiple combinations to customize it to your liking. If we are getting specific, they offer three different paint zones and 12 different color options so you have plenty of opportunities to customize to your liking.

Now 10 shots with each isn’t a big data pool but I have definitely seen an improvement over the Epic Flash. They offer three stock shafts in each model which gives customers plenty of options to match their specific launch. I feel like the value ($499.99) is there for anyone looking to upgrade.

For more information and to pre-order, visit CallawayGolf.com

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