Callaway Epic Flash Fairway Wood Review

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Incorporating all the latest Callaway technologies, the Epic Flash Fairway Wood produces increased ball speeds with impressive forgiveness – plus the added bonus of stellar looks.

Introduction

It’s been two years since Callaway introduced the world to Jailbreak Technology – exclusively in its Epic Drivers.  Even without Jailbreak, Matt S. declared the 2017 GBB Epic Fairway Woods a “must try.”  The new 2019 Epic Flash Fairways not only include the proven Jailbreak, but also the namesake Flash Face.  Using super computers to evaluate thousands of virtual prototypes, Callaway was able to discover a new face design to optimize ball speed.  Combined with an updated OptiFit hosel, the Epic Flash Fairway Wood is a versatile club for golfers of all levels of play.

Looks

The Epic Flash is one of the best looking fairway woods I’ve seen this year.  At address, the head has a wonderfully balanced roundness that sets itself up square on the turf.  The gloss black crown reveals a carbon fiber weave in the back third when it catches the light just right.  The green and yellow pinstripes add visual interest to the trailing edge while a subtle chevron denotes the ideal strike axis.

The sole of the club includes some interesting indentations, a single weight port and the exposed ends of the Jailbreak pillars.  The face of the Epic Flash is a modest height with an elaborate etching that looks like the diagram for a space station docking port.

The Golf Pride MCC grip with matching green Align completes the stellar look of the Epic Flash Fairway Wood.  And don’t overlook the head cover that has a high end, custom look and feel.

Sound & Feel

The forged 455 carpenter steel face of the Epic Flash Fairway produces a moderate volume, crisp metallic “dink” that’s fairly consistent across the face.  The sound was a touch more pure when I caught one flush.  Other than the quintessential heavy heel strike, impact felt solid with minimal feedback.

Performance

After getting to know the Epic Flash Fairway on one of those perfect “winter” afternoons in Central Florida where the ball pops against the blue sky, I was looking forward to getting in front of the launch monitor at Club Champion.  It was fun to see the tracking line paint the same mid trajectory ball flight that I’d experienced outside.  I had already determined that the club was forgiving, but seeing the landings hug the projected center line was an impressive sight.

Across the collected launch monitor data the numbers were super consistent, confirming the Epic Flash Fairway is very forgiving.  Initially I was a bit disappointed with the distance figures, but noting my swing speed was down a bit I grabbed my gamer for a side by side comparison.  With swing speed virtually identical, the Epic Flash gave me a couple more MPH in ball speed while maintaining the spin of my gamer – perfectly in line with Callaway’s claims regarding Flash Face and Jailbreak Technologies.

The Epic Flash Fairway is available in an impressive seven lofts ranging from a strong 3 to an 11 wood.  Equally impressive are the three premium stock shaft choices in 6 weight classes – mine is the Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 60.   Truly something for everyone.  To further dial in the optimum club setup, the new OptiFit hosel provides simple adjustments to loft and lie.  A not so obvious benefit of the lighter OptiFit is that the weight savings allowed Callaway designers to reposition the center of gravity for easy launch – something I appreciated when hitting out of some thicker grass.

Conclusion

As often happens when a new club appears on the driving range, folks wanted to hit my Callaway Epic Flash Fairway.  Regardless of the swing, both in terms of speed and path, the results were consistent – excellent forgiveness and wonderful ball flight.  In the bag or in your hands, the Epic Flash Fairway is a great looking club that offers performance for golfers across the swing spectrum.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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9 Comments

  1. Matt,
    Is that the correct launch monitor data?

  2. 187 yd. 3 wood ?

  3. Seems to be short

  4. Stumbled on this review, but is a 187 yard for a 15° standard for you?

    • Matt Meeker

      That’s a bit under my norm. The Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero was a better fairway wood for me.

      – Meeks

  5. If 187 was a bit under your norm what would you normally hit a 3 hybrid. I have a Callaway Rogue X 3 hybrid and wasn’t sure if the Callaway Epic Flash 3 wood would complement the 3 hybrid

    Dave

  6. Thanks Matt, I do know my club yardages so I have to try out the 3 wood to see how it compares to my 3 hybrid

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