Callaway Epic Pro Irons Review

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The Callaway Epic Pro irons pack a lot of forgiveness into a good looking set.  Very different feel compared to standard Epic irons.

Introduction

One of the categories that has seen the most improvement in the past couple seasons is players cavity back irons.  Better players don’t need to choose between forgiveness and good looks anymore; plenty of irons offer both.

Callaway enters this increasingly competitive niche with the Epic Pro irons.  This smaller version of the Epic iron claims to pack the same high end performance into an iron designed to fit the eye of better players.

Looks

The Callaway Epic Pro iron is designed to fall somewhere between a true players iron and a game improvement iron.  Both the top line and sole are noticeably thinner compared to the Epic iron, and are comparable to most players cavity backs.  There is a little more offset than I like.

I will be interested to see how better players react to the cavity.  Where I think this cavity design is appropriate for a game improvement iron, it looks a little out of place for a players club.  Perhaps I’m just old fashioned.

Sound & Feel

The Epic Pro iron differs dramatically from the standard Epic when it comes to sound and feel.  The Epic iron feels like a rocket launcher.  The Epic Pro has more of a “standard,” solid feel.  Similarly, the sound is not the hot “snap;” it’s closer to a muted “thud.”

This iron does have good feedback, but it’s not as stark as it is in the Epic.  Mishits feel duller than pure shots, but the difference is not huge.

Performance

One thing you’ll notice when comparing the Epic Pro to the standard Epic iron is that the lofts are weaker in the Epic Pro.  The difference isn’t huge – 1 degree throughout the set – but it’s one way that the Epic Pro is geared toward the better player.

Surprisingly, despite the smaller head, the Epic Pro retains most of the impressive forgiveness that the Epic iron possesses.  Unless a shot was significantly mishit, the carry distance was still within 10 yards of my “normal” distance.  That’s the kind of forgiveness that leads to more greens in regulation and fewer shots that end up short in the bunker.

Conclusion

Callaway entered one of the most competitive subsets of golf clubs and emerged as a leader with the Epic Pro irons.  While I would quibble about their “in the bag” look, they deliver on the critical points of distance, forgiveness, and consistency like the best irons in this class.  They are certainly worth a test for the better player who wants a little more help on their “off” days.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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