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The biggest update in the Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero fairway wood is the new Triaxial Carbon crown which increases forgiveness and power.
Right off the bat, I will point out to you that the new Callaway GBB Epic fairway woods do not have Jailbreak technology. Don’t let this news deter you though, the Epic fairways may be Callaway’s best yet. The GBB Epic Sub Zero fairway has a new, lighter crown and updated Hyper Speed Face Cup that make it both long and forgiving.
Like the Epic drivers, the Epic Sub Zero fairway has visible carbon fiber on the head. Callaway uses silver, white, and green accents to pop against the black carbon backdrop. At address, the Epic Sub Zero fairway is compact and pear shaped. The face is on the shallower side, so if you’re looking for a mini driver, this is not it.
Smaller details go a long way to add to the overall aesthetic. Among those details is one of the coolest stock headcovers in the golf industry. Callaway even has their shafts and grips made in unique matching colors.
Sound & Feel
I don’t think Callaway has ever suffered in the sound and feel department, but the Epic Sub Zero goes above and beyond. The Triaxial Carbon crown and fourth generation Hyper Speed Face Cup provide a lively feel and a solid “crack” off the face. Callaway’s focus on speed has made the face considerably more generous on mishits. Even without Jailbreak technology, the Epic Sub Zero fairway wood still feels very solid with plenty of heat. The “crack” I mentioned before is muted but powerful. The sound will leave you with zero doubt that you just hit a well-struck shot.
My expectations going into this review were fairly moderate. I was well aware of the significantly lighter crown but figured the Epic Sub Zero would perform similarly to previous Callaway fairway woods. Hats off, Callaway, the Epic Sub Zero may be your best yet. First let’s address the weight system. Callaway has used the two movable weight system for a few generations, and it still works as designed. I got significantly more carry and total distance with the weight back. Moving the weight forward actually increased my spin, but I also launched the ball 2.7º lower, so I still got a little roll with that higher spin.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the Epic Sub Zero’s ease of play and forgiveness. Lately, my swing has changed, and I tend to not get along with forward CG. What caught my attention with the Sub Zero was that the club felt easy to hit on every swing. That’s not to say I couldn’t hit a bad shot, but it felt easy to hit good ones. As much as I wish I hit the center of the face each shot, it just isn’t reality. The Epic Sub Zero fairway wood did a great job of maintaining ball speed as you moved away from the center. In previous years I may have recommended a club like this to lower handicaps, but I think the Sub Zero fairway could fit a wider audience.
I believe the drivers are the crown jewels of Callaway‘s Epic lineup, but the fairway woods definitely hold their own. The easy length and forgiveness of the Sub Zero fairway wood have the potential to unlock this area of the bag for a lot of players. Given the breakthroughs with the Epic drivers, I have a feeling we’re just getting started with the Epic fairway woods.