What we say...
Callaway's new Mavrik Fairways and Hybrids each have three versions to suit three different types of golfer
If you haven't already noticed, there's one big trend in Callaway's new equipment launch this year – everything is coming in threes! Callaway have three Mavrik drivers and three Mavrik irons, so there's Mavrik hybrids and matching Mavrik fairways, too.
Both fairways and hybrids have faces which were created using the brands Artificial Intelligence technology, with each model engineered to suit a different type of golfer.
The thinking is pretty simple, but it's the first time Callaway have produced three hybrids all under the banner of a single family name.
The idea means each model can be individually tailored down to matching the typical traits of the golfers who are likely to use them. And because Callaway have invested so heavily in their artificial intelligence computing power, it made sense to let the algorithms lose on the hybrids, too.
Callaway Mavrik Hybrid
A mid-sized profile and a square toe very much like the Rogue it replaces. Full-face grooves give a similar look to a long iron. A Project X Catalyst shaft is also lighter and higher launching than the KBS Tour in the Pro.
Callaway Mavrik Pro Hybrid
◆ RRP: £249
◆ Lofts: 2H-18 / 3H-20 / 4H-23
◆ Stock shaft: KBS Tour Prototype hybrid 70g / 80g
The Pro has much more of a fairway wood shape (with full-face grooves), as Callaway's Apex is their tour-style hybrid. The sole is more cambered for increased versatility; profile is compact and there's a neutral shot bias set up.
Verdict: Callaway Mavrik Pro hybrid
Everything Mavrik comes in threes (there are three drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons) but Mavrik Pro is our pick of Callaway hybrids in 2020. Our thinking comes down primarily to head shape; data has Mavrik and Mavrik Pro neck and neck on ball speed, launch, backspin and carry. Where we love the Pro’s neat, attractive head shape, the rest of the family have bigger, wider heads with more offset.
Mavrik Pro has a neutral shot bias whereas the regular Mavrik and Mavrik Max are more draw orientated, and there’s a more demanding KBS hybrid shaft so it’s not for everyone, but as far as “player” long iron replacements go, it’s a beauty.
Our data has it down as our joint second longest hybrid (222 yards) of 2020, with an 8.6% drop-off in carry on off-centre hits. That means its fast and long, but ultimately not the most forgiving, as you’d expect from a players’ hybrid.
Callaway Mavrik Max
◆ RRP: £249
◆ Lofts: 3H-19 / 4H-21 / 5H-24 / 6H-27 / 7H-30 / 8H- 33
◆ Stock shaft: UST Helium Black, Project X Catalyst
A larger, progressive hybrid with extra draw bias. Really easy to launch and flight, with maximum forgiveness. For hybrid lovers, they run all the way down to an 8H; a game changer if you struggle to launch mid irons.