Which Callaway driver is right for me? We reveal the best model for your game.
Callaway have been leading the way in golf driver development for nearly 40 years and are one of the market leaders when it comes to golf clubs.
The launch of Callaway’s Big Bertha in 1991 was perhaps the most important landmark in golf design, paving the way for the giant-headed drivers we all know and use today.
Even though it was less than half the size of the legally permitted maximum volume (460cc), it was considered enormous at the time and was initially called an oversized driver.
Since then Callaway have continued to innovate and produce drivers that come near the top of independent tests and some of the best players in the world use the likes of the Rogue. They include Major champion and former World No.1 Jon Rahm (pictured above), Xander Schauffele, European Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson and six-time Major champion rebel Phil Mickelson.
The Callaway family includes countless iconic models, including the Rogue, Epic, Mavrik and, 30 years later, the Big Bertha is still being bought across the world… although the 2022 version is considerably different three decades on.
But let’s start with the best Callaway Golf Drivers of 2022…
Callaway Rogue/Epic ST Triple Diamond LS drivers
It’s no secret Callaway like other manufacturers create ‘tour only’ driver models that are only accessible to their elite tour staff.
In 2021, Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson won the US Open and PGA Championship respectively and Xander Schauffele (pictured below) won an Olympic Gold Medal, and they were all playing Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond drivers, a model that wasn’t available to the public.
Thanks to an influx of interest in Triple Diamond, for 2022 Callaway brought the Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS to retail after the success of the Epic ST Triple Diamond.
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Before you get too excited though remember who this model is aimed at. Callaway say the Triple Diamond is a tour-proven, 450cc (it’s smaller than the standard Rogue ST Max), low spin option for better players. The model is the lowest spinning Rogue ST driver and it comes decked out with a neutral-to-fade bias which Callaway say makes it a great anti-left driver.
Compared to the previous Sub Zero the Triple Diamond has a deeper face, more sole relief and a higher skirt, which means its MOI is nudging 8,000+ gcm2 whereas the Rogue ST Max is a full 1,000 points higher at 9,000+ gcm2. Think very seriously before plumping for a Triple Diamond on the grounds of just lowering spin or because the best players in the world use them.
Callaway Rogue ST Max driver
What Callaway say:
The Max is the Rogue ST family’s most forgiving model. It has a traditional forgiving weight set-up, with a wider, more stretched body shape, and it isn’t a lower MOI driver with a forward CG for fast ball speeds as the previous Epic and Mavrik models have been.
Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict…
Based on the Max’s hugely impressive performance, we really shouldn’t give up on titanium faces just yet. Within this category the ST Max is outstanding.
It was our pro’s longest forgiving driver by five yards (a significant amount at his swing speed), but it’s not just raw power with no forgiveness; it also tied second-fastest in terms of ball speed and was third best at protecting carry drop off (nine yards or 3.2%), which is really beneficial when it comes to consistency. Its wide, stretched body, with new matt black crown manages to look really desirable at address.
But what’s really clever is that Callaway have built in a touch of draw bias to this model. The idea will help improve ball speeds for very slight heel strikers and give a hand to many golfers in attaining the ball flight shape they dream of.
Callaway Rogue ST Max LS driver
What Callaway say:
Callaway reckon the LS is a high MOI driver that’s been built to lower spin to offer above average swing speed players extra distance. Expect a strong, lower, more penetrating trajectory and a more neutral ball flight than the Rogue ST Max.
An excellent choice for bombers, who also want a degree of shot shaping capability, Callaway say the LS typically falls into the hands of mid- to low-handicap golfers.
Today’s Golfer drivers test verdict
Golf equipment has moved on massively since Callaway gave their 2013 X Hot driver a matt paintjob (it was dark grey not black), but we’re loving the return for this season’s Rogue ST. Equipment Editor Simon Daddow had the LS as his favourite looking driver in the category, with the matt black finish really inviting you to hit it.
Our test pro didn’t quite hit the same heights as he did with the standard Rogue ST Max, even though we tested both models with exactly the same shaft.
Our pro’s slightly downward attack angle saw the model giving up 2.9 mph of ball speed and 12 yards of carry distance to its more forgiving sibling. It’s highly likely that more neutral and upwards driver strikers could see these numbers reversed.
What’s certain is that the LS is one of the best low spin drivers of the year. If you’re a more consistent striker who wants to chase distance through lowering spin then it should be on your short list to try in 2022.
Callaway Rogue ST Max D driver
Today’s Golfer draw drivers test verdict…
With Callaway’s Rogue ST Max driver having a smidgeon of draw bias built in this year we reckon a ton of golfers will choose that model over this. Just remember if you’re anywhere close to having a severe slice you should definitely look at the Max D instead.
Callaway are really good at setting up their driver heads differently to cater for varying target golfers. It’s an idea they say they’ve taken to the max to ensure very personalised performance this year.
The Max D is noticeably wider than the Rogue ST Max frp, front to back, which should boost confidence, and is one of the best-looking drivers in the category.
The Max D’s performance was solidly out in front of Equipment Editor Simon’s current driver (by 0.4mph ball speed and three yards of carry distance).
On any other year those numbers would represent a reasonable switch, but it isn’t though quite enough to match the Stealth HD this year.
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Callaway Epic Max LS driver
RRP £499 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 9°, 10.5° | Stock shaft:Mitsubishi MMT 60/70
The Callaway Epic Max LS doesn’t go all-out on low spin, as Callaway believe tour pros are now gravitating away from very low spinning models. The LS targets 2600-2700rpm of spin, and with an MOI of 8400 – higher than any previous Sub Zero driver – Callaway say the LS gives low to mid handicappers a lower spin option with improved forgiveness.
A 13g back weight gives up to 13 yards of shot shape tuning.
TG’s 2021 verdict: Thanks to Callaway’s new thinking, the Epic Max LS feels like a much more well-rounded proposition for decent players, as ultimately golf is played on the course, not on a launch monitor.
With the LS being designed with tour input, its head naturally has a more traditional pear shape, which a lot of decent players will appreciate over the wider-bodied Callaway Max.
As far as numbers go, the Callaway Epic Max LS flat-out delivers. It was our joint longest low spin driver (with two other models matching it at 279 yards of carry), and a carry drop-off of just 5.3% means the Max LS is forgiving enough to nail down a position among our best six drivers (all-round, not just low spin models) of the year.
They’re the sort of numbers that should definitely be a factor if you’re thinking of going for a low spin model this year.
Interestingly, the Epic Max LS didn’t give our test pro his fastest or longest shots with a Callaway driver; that fell to the Epic Speed. Instead, the LS was lower launching and peaked out lower, so if you prefer a more penetrating trajectory over a hanging ball flight, the Max LS is likely to be right up your street.
Callaway Epic Speed driver
Thanks to its aero dynamically shaped sole, the Speed is the fastest of the three new Epic drivers. Callaway say it’s 0.8-1.5 mph quicker than the other models, which translates to more ball speed, and therefore distane.
There’s a moderate draw bias and a forward centre of gravity like the Callaway Mavrik, but this time you get more MOI thanks to a bigger carbon crown and new toe section. Expect similar spin numbers to Mavrik, but with higher launch.
TG’s 2021 verdict: Lower MOI (forgiveness) but better accuracy is a really tough concept to get your head around, but it was the entire marketing story behind the Callaway Mavrik. The Epic Speed operates along exactly the same lines.
It’s designed to be fast and long, while dispersion is controlled by a face that manages spin.
Some will argue that its forward CG means the Callaway Epic Speed shouldn’t really be within our forgiving driver’s category. But look more closely and you quickly realise it doesn’t sit among the low spin or draw biased groups, either. It’s a hard one to pigeonhole because it approaches forgiveness from a unique angle.
The Callaway Epic Speed isn’t a traditional forgiving driver; spray shots around the face and you will be better off with the more forgiving Epic Max. But for golfers who make a reasonably consistent impact, the Callaway Epic Speed is a fast and long driver, with decent levels of forgiveness.
Callaway Epic Max driver
RRP £499 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12° | Adjustable?: Yes (-1º +2º loft) | Stock shaft: Project X Cypher 40, Project X HZRDUS Smoke IM10 50/60
Jailbreak technology has boosted ball speeds in Callaway drivers since the original Epic back in 2016.
The new Epic 21 driver family switches from two Jailbreak bars to a new “Speed Frame” design which Callaway say reduces crown deflection by 20%, meaning more energy is directed to the ball.
The Epic Max is the mass-market Epic 21; it’s the most draw capable, the highest launching and the most forgiving Epic model available. And, thanks to a 17g backweight, you can dial in up to 20 yards of shot bias.
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TG’s 2021 verdict (see table above): Sit the Callaway Epic Max next to the Epic Speed and it’s easy to see the pair are very different in shape. We’ve yet to meet a golfer who doesn’t prefer the Speed’s shape, but in our heart of hearts we know the Max will do a better job of keeping club golfers on the fairway.
With the exception of the Epic Speed (which is not a traditional, forgiving driver) the Epic Max was our test pro’s longest driver (tied with the Honma TR20). It does a brilliant job of combining speed and distance with an excellent degree of forgiveness.
The Epic Max will appeal to a wider audience than last year’s Mavrik Max, which was touted more as a draw model.
A full range of Opti-Fit shafts also gives plenty of weight and profile options, including an inch shorter HZRDUS that should help less consistent strikers find the centre of the face more often.
– We created an indoor test lab at Keele Golf Centre to ensure a controlled environment
– The leading brands supplied their 2022 drivers in our Test Pro Neil Wain’s spec. Draw models and those aimed at more moderate speeds were sent in Equipment Editor Simon Daddow’s spec.
– We rejected major misses but recorded how shots launched, span, peaked and dropped out of the air, before crunching the numbers to come up with our conclusions.
BEST CALLAWAY GOLF DRIVERS – LADIES/OLDER MODELS
Callaway Mavrik Driver
Callaway’s new Mavrik driver has the fastest head shape of the three new drivers, with a lower MOI but more accuracy than the Epic Flash.
Callaway say the three new Mavrik models are more optimised to player traits than ever before. How? Next-level Artificial Intelligence, which builds on the success of Callaway’s 2019 Epic Flash.
A new super computer’s ability to learn quickly and efficiently has led Callaway’s engineers to ask deeper, more far-reaching questions – even factoring in the swing traits of players likely to use each model.
Callaway say the extra computing power has led to some pretty unconventional thinking, which just wouldn’t be possible for human designers, hence the Mavrik name. It’s also led to three unconventional and completely different driver designs, which have never really been trialled before.
More familiar tech includes two internal Jailbreak bars, which connect the sole and crown to promote fast ball speeds, and a significantly lighter carbon crown allows Callaway to redistribute weight for a higher MOI.
Callaway Big Bertha B21 driver
RRP £449 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12.5° | Stock shaft: Callaway RCH (65g R, S) 55g (L, R, S) 45g (L, R)
The B21 driver was Callaway’s first high launch driver with an ultra-low forward centre of gravity (which adds ball speed). Low and forward CGs were usually reserved for less forgiving, high speed, low spin drivers, but Callaway brough a new low-spin recipe for distance and accuracy at average swing speeds.
The Callaway Big Bertha B21 driver combined an unusual mix of low spin, forward CG and high MOI performance for golfers who suffer with a distance zapping slice.
It’s an issue most equipment brands have identified as an opportunity for some years now and the thinking has led to a new trend of clubs targeting ‘moderate’ swing speed players with their own specific ranges. But the thinking behind how to cater for this group of golfers is changing fast.
A few years ago moderate swing speed players were handed super-light, low-tech product families [because tech often has less impact at slower speeds]. But brands are now loading up their ‘moderate’ swing speed models with their very latest tech – as Callaway have with the new Big Bertha B21 range.
Callaway Big Bertha 21 Reva driver
RRP £469 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 10.5°, 12.5° | Stock shaft: Callaway RCH (65g R, S) 55g (L, R, S) 45g (L, R)
With women now the fastest-growing group in golf, Callaway has committed to using extensive data and feedback to “develop exceptional products, experiences, and platforms to promote our passion for the women’s game.”
The brand conducted extensive performance-data research and carried out huge amounts of testing with golfers before reworking the technologies that make Big Bertha drivers long, straight and easy to hit to ensure Reva delivers exactly what women need for their game.
As with the Big Bertha BB21 driver, the Reva featured Callaway’s Artificial Intelligence-designed Flash Face SS21, which was the market-leading stronger and lighter material and provided faster ball speeds across more of the face.
Reva also uses Callaway’s coveted Jailbreak technology. Two bars behind the face help increase its flex for even more distance, while the lightweight carbon crown has allowed weight to be placed elsewhere for more forgiveness. There’s also a speed-enhancing RCH 40 shaft and Lamkin Women’s ST Soft Grip.