Mavrik Max Driver Review
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Before we dig into the model breakdown, I want to briefly touch on the fact that Epic and Rogue/Mavrik are inherently different platforms. Mavrik doesn’t replace Epic Flash; it replaces Rogue. While at one time, shape was a differentiating feature (Rogue was a bigger body driver), with Mavrik’s compact shape potentially representing the future of Callaway design, the distinction moving forward will likely be limited to the type of adjustability – sliding weights for Epic, swappable weights for Mavrik.
Mavrik has a lower weight penalty because it is lighter to build structures that can support heavier loads. You do lose a bit of fitting flexibility, but simplicity brings advantages. Alan Hocknell says that if you do not have [sliding] models and only have one model, it is possible to design for many issues: CG, MOI, prioritizing speed and targeting different heads.
Along those same lines, as was the case with Epic Flash, each of the three drivers in the Mavrik family features a unique implementation of Flash Face intended to produce the best results for the target golfer.
If you’re on the search for a driver that consistently performs well, that feels and sounds great, that grants you the potential to play some outrageously good shots, look no further than the Callaway Mavrik. The performance is a testament to the meticulous attention it has received.
However, if you’re expecting it to outclass its predecessors, you might be a bit disappointed. It is not clear that the club’s head speed or ball speed has increased significantly. The claim of 5 more yards seems absurd.
Other than that, there is really nothing to complain about. This driver is great for high handicappers. You can take advantage of the excellent forgiveness and still have a lot of fun. This driver is great for those who are at higher levels.
The Callaway Mavrik Driver is a supercomputer-enhanced drive that you can play off of the Tee.
Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Driver Review
Mavrik Sub Zero’s crown is a traditional one with a black shiny design and some carbon-fibre at the back. I am used to a matte finish, so seeing my reflection in the crown when stood over the ball did take some getting used to, but this is only a small point.
I think the standout burnt orange color makes me think more of TaylorMade Burners than Callaway. But apart from all of the marketing you will see around the Mavrik range, the colour is only significant on the sole and toe of the club. To get around the potential colourway issues, Callaway also now offer different customisation options so you can individually create your own design for PS60 via the Callaway customs website.
The head is 450cc so smaller and slightly more curved that the other models, it also sits more neutral at address. The head was very comfortable looking at the ball. I also love that Callaway has incorporated a lot technology into the head, but the exterior design is simple. Best of both worlds if you ask me.
It felt strong and quick off my face. This is one of the most powerful drivers that I’ve ever experienced. The Epic Flash’s feedback was not positive. It made a lot of noise. One of my clients described it like hitting a saucepan. Although the noise is lessening, I believe it still needs to improve.
Let’s get to the bottom
I actually enjoyed writing this Callaway Epic Max Driver review…
When standing over the Callaway Epic Max driver, ready to swing, you’re overcome with confidence that the ball will find the fairway. This confidence builds as the round progresses, because you find those fairways, one after another.
The club is an upgrade to the Mavrik max. The 16g of sliding perimeter weight and the OptiFit hosel combine to provide shot correction that you won’t get in the Mavrik max.
With the added distance and forgiveness due to the Flash Face and Speed Frame, this driver is unmatched in the game improvement/forgiving driver market.
The Epic Max driver is perfect for anyone looking to improve their game or find short grass consistently. If you fall into one of these groups, I’d be difficult to recommend another driver.
Epic Flash Rewind
AI was the reason, according to Callaway, that Flash produced more peak (dead nuts center contact) ball speed than other drivers (higher COR), while still staying under the USGA CT limit – most of the time, anyway.
Before we move on, let’s acknowledge that this is exactly the kind of claim golfers who can’t be bothered to understand the physics dismiss out of hand. You don’t have to be this guy. The reality is that the correlation between CT (the USGA’s current face deflection metric) and COR (the former standard) is not absolute. It is possible to keep COR below 257, which would be the absolute CT limit. However, it could also push COR higher than.830 under the old standard. Callaway may not have done it but all club engineers I spoke with believe it is possible. They also acknowledge that they are trying to find somewhere between.
This is not meant to imply that 10 yards more is possible. The point is that, in spite of assertions to the contrary, the gray area between CT and COR provides a legitimate opportunity for incremental (and small) peak ball speed gains within the USGA rules. A couple of 10ths of a mile per hour may not sound like much, but it’s infinitely more than zero.
So, long story short, Callaway did some cool, potentially ground-breaking things with Epic Flash, but it wasn’t without its issues. So, before we dig into the fixes, let’s take a brief moment to list the problems.
- Speed of the off-center ball was not good
- The Flash face was significantly heavier than conventional designs
- It was arguably the worst sounding driver on the market
- CT Creep (faces getting hotter over time) caused issues between the Callaway Tour staff and the USGA
- The track weighting system, while versatile, brought a performance compromise
So how did Callaway resolve the issues with its 2nd generation of AI-driven drivers? The truth is that AI can be a little like cowbell: sometimes you need more.
The Computer Doesn’T Know What It Doesn’T Know
Sometimes, the thrill of machine learning can make the computer’s boots as dumb as a bag of rocks. It’s not like you flip a switch and the computer knows how to design a golf club – or even what a golf club is. You have to teach it, and even when you reach the point where the machine understands the task at hand, if you don’t tell it exactly what you want, you’re unlikely to get exactly what you need.
Callaway’s Vice President of Research and Development, Dr. Alan Hocknell says, “If you don’t ask the right question, you won’t get the right answer.”
Callaway wasn’t asking the right questions last time, or maybe it was not asking enough. Callaway has transformed its use of AI from an exploratory tool into a tool for design. With greater computing power and better knowledge of how it can be used, As part of that evolution, the company began asking more difficult and more sophisticated questions.
That’s half the battle, but to keep the machine in line, you need to establish some rules. So this time around, Callaway added some constraints. While it still allows its server farm to think ahead to humans, it is also forcing the company to follow certain guidelines in areas it hasn’t addressed the first time.
It works somewhat like this on paper:
- Peak ball speed is excellent. You should keep that in mind, but also consider hitting off-center.
- Siri, lets take some weight off your face. We can leverage new materials if we have to.
- Alexa, find out what is causing our CTs to creep and design against it.
Seriously, is there anything you can’t do with an iPhone and an Amazon subscription?
There’s a small chance I’ve oversimplified some of this.
How do they manifest in real life? If you’ve been paying attention for the last several years, the answer won’t surprise you. Even with supercomputers, it still boils down to materials and geometry.
Quick Review: Callaway Epic Max Star
The Callaway Epic Max driver is available in an ultra-premium, ultra-light weight model called the Epic Max Star. It includes all of the advancements of the Max in a package that is 52 grams lighter.
Epic Max Star was designed for players with slower swing speeds who are seeking more distance. The total weight is reduced by 52g using premium, lightweight materials. Lighter is faster.
Callaway tested some golfers and found that they could achieve speeds of up to 5 mph with their club heads. That would mean up to 10mph more ball speed. The general rule is 1 mph of ball speed, give or take variables, equates to roughly 2 yards of travel.
Telling someone who has lost some swing power, that a club can give them 20 yards more off the tee is impressive. A club can give you an extra 20 yards. Not many will refuse to go that extra 20 yard. It’s not only a great driver for seniors, but really anyone looking to gain a few extra yards off the tee.
Callaway was smart in how they saved the weight. Instead of changing the impressive and high performing club head, they saved weight on the “other stuff.”
The club head is only 10g lighter than the Epic Max (using a 9g sliding weight instead of 16g mostly). The other 42g of weight was shaved using a 36g ATTAS Speed T1100 and 25g Winn Dri-Tac Lite grip.
The Epic Max Star is a beauty. All parts of the Epic Max Star are black and gold, from the shaft to grip and headcover.
The ultra-premium look and lightweight come at a cost, however. Star costs more than other Epic models.
Lower Moi By Design
The MOI (Moment Of Inertia) is simply a measure of an object’s (in our case, a golf clubhead) resistance to twisting. A higher MOI club is more stable when hit off-center, which helps to preserve ball speed on mis-hits. MOI plays a major role in forgiveness. While face geometry (bulge and roll, in particular) also plays a role in producing consistent results, MOI is typically a good indicator of how a driver will perform when you miss the sweet spot.
We’ve already discussed how designing for a higher MOI can often mean tradeoffs in other areas. High MOI forms are less aerodynamically efficient, and many golfers play them slower. Boosting inertia often requires higher centers of gravity. That can give you more spin than you want. It can also contribute to comparably slower ball speeds and, in some cases, declines in head speed too.
TaylorMade and Cobra solve this problem by reshaping their drivers. Both raised the crowns and skirts (the section between the crown and sole), and placed what are essentially big heavy bars on the rear of the sole to push weight low and back. These designs allow for high MOI and improved aerodynamics. They also provide high launch speeds with low spin because of the low center of gravity.
You can win every time. Perfect.
Not so fast.
Callaway calls Max the PING Killer. Max is a different take on forgiveness than the Mavrik. This means that Max has a more conventional approach to forgiveness, similar to Sub Zero. The Flash Face still gives it plenty of forgiveness, but this is because the target golfer requires every bit of forgiveness. The chances of improving aerodynamics will not be as good for this golfer in many situations.
That might sound like a compromise, but it’s also inarguably true.
Callaway places Mavrik Max’s MOI around 8700 with its weight of 14 grams in the back position. Although it’s not PING G400MAX/PXG 0811XF-level, this is still extremely forgiving. It’s an absolute slice-killer when the weight of 14 grams is at the heels.
Mavrik Max is available in 9deg, 10.5deg, and 12deg.
Is Mavrik Max a good driver?
Callaway employed AI technology in the design of Mavrik Max. This gives it an uncommon but remarkable combination speed and accuracy. Golfers and reviewers have tested it in different weather conditions worldwide with awesome results. Max is designed to maximize distance, forgiveness, and launch. You also get a high ball flight with this club. It is also easy to launch, so high handicappers could use it.
What is the difference between Mavrik and Mavrik Max drivers?
- Mavrik Standard is more attractive than Mavrik Max.
- The cyclone aero shape is different. The Max has a flatter crown and sweeping sole from front to back.
- Mavrik Standard has mid-spin and moderate draw bias, while the Max has a high moment of inertia and maximum draw bias.
- The Mavrik Max launches more effortlessly than the Mavrik Standard.
- The Mavrik Max, unlike its Mavrik Standard counterpart, has interchangeable weights that can be adjusted to give you more forgiveness and feel.
- The Mavrik Max sounds more natural than the Standard.
- The head of the Max is designed to look bigger, but it is 460 cc, just like the Standard.
- Mavrik Max is six times lighter than Standard and has a higher overall performance.
Is Callaway Mavrik driver good for high handicappers?
Callaway Epic Max Vs Mavrik Max Driver Review & Comparison
Callaway likes to offer “max” versions of most of their drivers. Max is a bit more than the standard version. It means that you have more forgiving, launch height, and other features.
The Mavrik Max LS and Epic Max LS are made for those with high-to-mid handicappers who want more consistency and forgiveness.
If you are considering either of these drivers, you may be wondering what sets these Max cousins apart.
Both have a lot in common, so choosing between them can be difficult. To help make your decision a bit easier, check out the following comparison review.
The all new A.I. designed Jailbreak Speed Frame and Flash Face on the Epic Max increase forgiveness across the face compared to the Mavrik Max.
“Max” in the name comes with real meaning this time around. Maximum speed is possible with the Flash Face and Speed Frame. You’ll get maximum forgiveness thanks to the high MOI of this frame and its sliding rear weight.
The proprietary Triaxial Carbon (vs. titanium) crown, toe patch and crown saved 19g of weight. The weight was redistributed to increase forgiveness, and generate a higher launch. The Epic Max has all the technology you need to make it easier to launch the ball off the tee.
Epic Max’s center of gravity is deep enough to provide lift at impact and maintain stability. Forgiveness is also increased by the deep-set CG. You can make this driver faster and more forgiving by adding a draw bias to your driving style and a high MOI.
Further drives… straighter drives… consistent drives… happy golfer!
Normally forgiveness comes at the sacrifice of distance and workability, but not so much with the Epic Max.
The rear slide 16 gram weight can be positioned to correct shot misdirection up to 20 feet away. This allows you to swing away without a mind full of swing thoughts.
Throw in A.I. designed Speed Frame and Flash Face, and you’ll be sacrificing distance no more!
Callaway Epic Max Driver Overview
Callaway Epic Max is the Epic’s most accommodating driver.
For starters, the Epic Max has a big, hefty 460CC head. We didn’t like the sole feature of this driver at first.
None of us are exceptionally high handicapper but we thought that the head size might actually intimidate high handicappers as opposed to inspiring them with confidence.
After playing with Epic Max, however, we realized what the Epic Max was all about. Triaxial carbon crowns keep the head light and allow internal weights to lower the driver’s CG.
The result is almost effortless launch and a comfortable swing even for older players.
We are recommending the Epic Max to anyone with a slower swing speed. The Epic Max has a 16g sliding weight, which, when combined with the OptiFit adjustable hosel allows for high shot shaping.
Sound And Feel
Much like the Epic Speed, the Epic Max has an incredible sound and feel. Although a bit more muffled than the Speed, you still get the sound and feel of an explosive ball speed.
It is difficult to tell a mishit from the feel of the face, making it ideal for mid- to high handicappers’ confidence. The performance across the entire face is consistent, so you won’t notice missed strikes as often as other drivers.
You’ll soon start to hear your partners say “oh, that sounds good!” because the Flash Face with multi-material construction produces a great sound at impact. As you consistently hit fairways, you’ll be hearing that “you couldn’t have walked there and put it better”.
Pxg 0811 X Gen2
PXG released the first 0811 drivers back in 2016, and they weren’t received particularly well. After returning to the drawing board, they have returned with a vengeance in 2020: the 0811 Gen 2 drivers, with a unique aesthetic inspired by American muscle cars, pack some serious firepower.
They’re also contenders for being the most forgiving drivers on the market. These drivers are extremely agile and can launch with low spin. They also have impressive carrying distances. Both versions of this driver come with multiple weighting options, far exceeding the adjustability of the Callaway Mavrik.
The PGX Gen 2 drivers are a bit more expensive than the Mavrik, but the extra investment might just be worth it.
Callaway Epic Max Ls Option
- Project X Cypher 40 Graphite shaft
- Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 50 Graphite shaft
- Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 60 Graphite shaft
- Regular, stiff and light flexes
What are the Drivers Responsible for?
The Callaway Epic Max LS is very similar to the Mavrik Max, but the Epic Max LS has been designed with higher swing speeds in mind.
The lower lofts and launch will certainly be more congenial to more advanced players.
Callaway Mavrik Max Options
- Project X EvenFlow Riptide 50 Graphite shaft
- Project X EvenFlow Riptide 60 Graphite shaft
- UST Mamiya Helium Black 4 Graphite shaft
- Flexes: Light, medium, stiff, extra stiff, and regular.
As you can see in the fittings, both jailbreak’s face and triaxial carbon crown provide real speed increases. It is worth noting that this model has a range of premium shaft options, including the Aldila Rogue shaft and EvenFlow Riptide shaft. The Tour Velvet alignment grip is an excellent addition.
The Best Beginning Drivers
If you’re just starting out, I’d highly recommend checking our round up article of the best drivers for beginners to point you in the right direction for choosing the big stick that most suits you and your skill level.
The Good Stuff:
- Forgiveness & patience
- Amazing sound and feel
- Easily adjustable
- The price is falling
- Used clubs available
- 98% of reviewers recommend the Mavrik
What Is The Difference Between Epic Max And Epic Speed?
There is a slight difference in the Callaway Epic Max driver from the Epic Speed. The Max has slightly larger club heads, more forgiveness and less overall distance on center-struck shots than the Speed. Although the Speed is more efficient on shots that are struck at the sweet spot of the ball, the overall sweet spot is still smaller.
Concluding Our Review Of The Callaway Mavrik Driver
Callaway’s Mavrik driver is a No-Brainer…with a Capital NO-BRAINER
Callaway might have been able to make it back up with the Mavrik driver family.
Callaway Mavrik drivers are great for those who have the money to pay for a car.
Because Callaway’s Opti-Fit hosel maintains shaft orientation regardless of your loft setting, Callaway can offer Golf Pride ALIGN grips on its drivers. Last year, the MCC ALIGN proved popular. It’s now available in a Black and Silver edition of the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align.
Instead of Flash Face design, the Callaway Rogue uses Variable Face Thickness technology to enhance forgiveness and flex more at more points on the face.
The Callaway Rogue may be very forgiving, but the stability and distance of the Mavrik Max outweigh the forgiveness benefits of the Rogue.
Mavrik Max Driver Review
Of the three MAVRIK driver heads, MAX is the “biggest” one. I use quotation marks because it’s technically 460 cc, the legal limit and the exact same as the standard MAVRIK, but the design of the head makes it appear larger .
It has an upright topline at address and its crown extends back towards the turf. It is a confidence-inspiring look. The Max is not heavy but it’s still manageable. While the standard MAVRIK represents a significant departure from the Epic Flash in terms of shape, the look of the Max is actually very similar to Callaway’s previous generation of drivers .
Regarding the orange details: people seem to either love or hate it. The orange details are great, and as Matt mentioned in his review about the MAVRIKSub zero, it is possible to customize it to fit your personal preferences.
We will soon add Fitters’ Take to selected reviews. Club Champion master fitters will give their opinion based on personal experience and their observations during fittings.
A Callaway MAVRIK MAX driver is being discussed by one of our fitters. He said, “Max will be a phenomenal line-up in this year’s lineup.” Other fitters (and their clients) have also been impressed at the new sound. One fitter said that it looked the best Callaway head for several years.
Finally, one fitter gave very strong, in-depth praise of Callaway’s Flash Face SS20 Technology. He said that every model and loft had a face unique to suit different types of misses. According to him, any player who comes through our doors can be fitted into a MAVRIK golf driver.
Callaway Mavrik Max Driver Review – Customized Experience
Paul Club Reviews Golf Product reviews 14 Comments This review will focus on the Callaway MAVIK MAX driver.
The Standard MAVRIK has all the same features, but it also includes two weights which can be interchanged and increase the MOI or introduce draw bias.
So, how does the MAVRIK MAX hold up on the course? Do higher handicappers choose the MAVRIK MAX over other MAVRIK variations?
You can read on for all the information you need to make an educated purchase.
The MAVRIK Standard driver would have been a better comparison for this part of the review.
It was not surprising to me that the MAVRIK MAX is a bit shorter than the Standard. A driver with high MOI and forgiveness will have more spin, and therefore less carry and rollout.
But, those who can’t manage a slice will most likely see a significant improvement in their game. Draws tend to be longer than fades and you can increase the draw bias by increasing the MAX so that your shots take on a more draw-like shape.
However, the Rogue’s current generation Rogue driver seems to have a similar distance, so it is not bad.
Callaway Mavrik Max Driver Review, Photos And Video: Clubtest 2020
ClubTest 2020 was the first time we reviewed and tested 28 different drivers. Here are the Callaway Mavrik Maxi driver results.
You can find the full list of drivers and test results here.
Callaway Mavrik Max Price: $499 / BUY NOW Lofts: 9 , 10.5 , 12 Our take: What happens when you invest in a powerful supercomputer capable of spitting out 15,000-plus face designs in a matter of a few days? Mavrik max is what you end up with. This driver was a favorite during GOLF’s player test. He is extremely forgiving and draws well. An AI-designed Flash Face SS20 architecture made out of exotic FS2S-titanium (six grams lighter than traditional materials) highlights his unique personality. To improve the ball speed and efficiency, the red-hot face comes with an aerodynamic crown as well as JailBreak Technology from the company. The sole’s weight port is located at the back and heel of the sole. This allows you to either maximize slice-busting or give more forgiveness. It all depends on how the weight 14 grams are placed. Mavrik Max’s first year of production saw him place near the top for multiple categories. In accuracy, the club was close to the top and ran a mile/hour faster than any average driver. It’s the kind of combination that should appeal to a wide range of handicaps, especially those who fight a slice.
ClubTester’s (16-hdcp take): “My slice suddenly disappeared as did my terrible toe miss. This almost feels cheating.
Robot’s opinion: Ball speed, drawing bias and accuracy are all benefits for high swing speed players. You can expect slower swingers to experience more draw bias and carry.
Callaway Epic Max Vs Mavrik Max Driver Review & Comparison
Callaway loves to have “max” versions for most of its drivers. Most of the time, max is an option that gives you more. You get more forgiveness, higher launch heights, and more features.
You will find this with both the Mavrik Max LS or the Epic Max LS. These products are designed for people who have high handicaps and want to be more consistent and forgiven.
If you are considering either of these drivers, you may be wondering what sets these Max cousins apart.
You may have to make a difficult choice because both feature the same technologies. Check out this comparison review to help ease your decision.
Mavrik Max Vs Epic Max Ls Overview The crux of both the Epic Max LS and the Mavrik Max is to provide more ball speed and forgiveness. This is something we are able to attest.
Mavrik Max and Epic Max LS had true ball flight, even when shooting low.
Flash Face’s design, which is actually a slightly curvature at the forehead, is responsible. This allows for spin to be kept low on the tee.
NEW FEATURES. Callaway had over 15,000 face designs tested in the design of last year’s Epic Flash. Callaway decided to make this year’s Mavrik line more efficient. Callaway introduced three driver models: the Mavrik sub zero, Mavrikmax and the Mavrikrik Mavrik. New internal ribs reduce vibration and increase the impact “feel”.
DEFINING FEATURES. Callaway redesigned the aerodynamics of his club head to build on the success of Epic Flash’s driver models. The Mavrik model features Cyclone shaping. Jailbreak technology with its two inner bars between the sole & crown, intended to generate greater ball speeds — has continued in Mavrik. The addition of a featherlite T2C triaxialcarbon crown increases both the moment-of-inertia(MOI) as well as general forgiveness.
TRUTHS AND FEWNESSES To balance forgiveness and your ability to draw, the Max model (which is my favorite) has interchangeable weights. Since I cannot draw, I place all of my weight on forgiveness.
COST & VALUE: At $500 the Mavrik 3 improves the Epic Flash. Great. But is it worth $500? Pebble Beach could be played every day. You would spend $182,500 on one-year. If you buy one Mavrik driver at $500, and use it for 365 rounds this year, it only costs you $500. It’s an incredible deal.
It’s difficult to believe that you need to purchase this Epic Flash driver if you purchased one last year. Callaway’s driver tech has advanced so much in the last two years that I am betting on next year’s model.
However, you can still try the Callaway drivers if your current driver is not available or you haven’t tried them out yet. See the results for yourself. After more than 400 drives, I am able to say that I have never felt a driver so comfortable. Having been fitted with the right shaft, right driver head and right grip, I’m ready to hit bombs like Phil Mickelson but right-handed — and hopefully I’ll land in more fairways.
Eric Hart was offered equipment by the manufacturer to be reviewed.
How do Mavrik and Mavrik Max drivers differ?
The Mavrik Standard has a slight draw bias. … The Max version has an upper draw bias and mid spin, while the Sub Zero has neutral draw bias.
Which Mavrik Driver is The Best?
Selected as a “Best Driver” for swing speeds of 94 mph and below. Callaway MAVRICK Max heads are great for those players at the middle of the range who may need some help to draw flight. “I fit this driver very well to golfers of lower and mid-range swing speeds who require launch and extra carry. “More items…*Jun 18, 2020
Which Mavrik Callaway Driver Is the Most Reliable?
Forgiveness. We have already established that the Mavrik max is the most patient of all the drivers. However, each club has some amazing features which make it more forgiving. Callaway Mavrik series revolves around speed. Because speed is a way to get distance, it’s their primary concern.
Callaway Mavrik Max Versus Taylormade Sim Max. Which is better?
Sim Max’s slimmer face makes them attractive for players who have faster swing speeds. Players with slow swing speeds will find the Callaway Mavrik Max more attractive due to their lower loft. Sim Max’s were lighter, but Mavrik’s exact weightings and CG made them more useful for improving game performance.
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