Callaway Epic Forged Irons Review

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The Callaway Epic Forged irons create unbelievable ball speed and distance.  Massive forgiveness.  Surprisingly compact look at address.

Introduction

The fall of 2019 has brought a steady trickle of new clubs from Callaway, including their new premium iron, the Epic Forged.  With a price tag that blasts through the $2,000 barrier, it’s fair to ask, “What makes them that premium?”  I tested them in an attempt to answer that question.

Looks

When I started reading up on the Callaway Epic Forged irons, “compact” was not a word I expected to use when describing the look.  Then I got one in hand, set it down behind a ball, and compact was the word that seemed to fit.

The design of the Epic Forged is a master class in hiding bulk.  This is objectively a big, thick iron, but the modest offset and dual finishes make it look smaller than it is.  If you’re looking at the thick top line and thinking, “Matt, you’re off your rocker calling this compact,” I challenge you to go see one in person.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Sound & Feel

The word “crisp” appears in my notes multiple times, so we’ll start there.  When struck well, the Callaway Epic Forged irons sound and feel crisp.  The ball snaps off the face with purpose, leaving a satisfying feeling and the sense that the ball is going to end up very far away.

That crispness is paired with another C word on mishits: clunky.  When you wander out of the sweet zone, impact sounds disjointed.  Mishits don’t sting, they just lack the reward of the pure shot.

Performance

Before anyone runs to the comments to point this out, I’ll say it: the lofts on the Epic Forged irons are crazy strong.  I don’t think there’s a set of irons with stronger lofts, though there are plenty that are close.  Yes, this may cause distance gap issues for some players, but, again, the same can be said for many modern sets.

All that said, the performance of the Epic Forged irons is outrageous.  In my launch monitor testing, I was routinely seeing smash factors of 1.45 – a number usually reserved for drivers and fairway woods.  Ball speed was sky high and the distances were huge.  And this is not just about the lofts, as we discovered in a recent Golf Myths Unplugged (read about that HERE).

Two other performance elements merit conversation.  First is the low spin.  Low spin is becoming a given for modern distance irons.  Part of this is the result of the strong lofts, part is the location of the center of gravity.  Callaway states that the Epic Forged irons are their first to use a Suspended Tungsten Core to precisely locate the CG.  Whether this low spin is good or bad depends on the player, and it makes being fit very important.

Finally, the Epic Forged irons are extremely forgiving.  Shots low on the face elevate easily.  Shots on the heel and toe retain plenty of ball speed and distance.  For ease of use, few irons are in the same category as the Callaway Epic Forged.

Conclusion

The price tag on the Callaway Epic Forged irons may be eye-popping but so is the performance.  There are legitimate technological advancements here that produce insane ball speed, distance, and forgiveness.  If you have the means, see a qualified club fitter about tuning a set to your swing.

Callaway Epic Forged Irons Price & Specs

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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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21 Comments

  1. I bit the bullet and purchased the Callaway Epic forged irons back in the summer. Because of the price point I really put some thought and research into it. I have been very pleased with my purchase. They are insanely long. They’re still pretty forgiving. And you nailed it Matt, they are compact at address. But they still give you confidence over the ball. If you can pony up the $2300 they’re worth every penny. I guess you have to ask yourself, how much are you willing to pay for better golf.

  2. Phil Jackson

    Love the review. Looking for new irons and have interest in demoing these great looking irons. Thanks for great review. Love the close up photos

  3. Keith Finley

    #SecretGiveaway4
    Irons like this get a lot of flak from players who wouldn’t use them anyway. In the hands of a rich retiree with good mechanics on a slowing swing, these are magic
    My question is, are they as playable by the doomsayers (30-somethings with 100+ mph swings) as, for example, the new T100s, if appropriately gapped?

    • Matt Saternus

      Keith,

      I would be very skeptical of recommending the T100 to a 30 handicap. The Epic Forged would be a much better choice.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Marcus Russell

    A very insightful review. I absolutely love the look of these clubs, and based on your review I would absolutely buy them but for the staggering cost. #SecretGiveaway4

  5. Great review Matt, Look a lot like the TMB from Titleist. I know you reviewed those before. Which would you prefer if you had to choose?

    Thanks
    #SecretGiveaway4

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      I don’t see those two as particularly comparable. The T-MB is forgiving relative to its neighbors in the Titleist line, but it’s still very much a players iron. The Epic Forged is a very forgiving iron that anyone can play.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Not sure about price. If it’s $300 per club, shouldn’t 9 clubs be $2700 not $2400?

  7. Stan Dusinski

    Secretgiveaway4
    The Callaway irons sound great until you get to the price. Not made for the average golfer.

  8. Agree, nice clubs, but not going to pay that kind of $$$$. #SecretGiveaway4

  9. I hate the turtle backed look of these. I could not get passed that. Reminds of an old cleveland launcher iron.

  10. George R. Smith

    Just ordered a set of Epic Forged Irons. I tested and was fitted at Golf Tech. The 7 iron carried 170 yards with total yards of 180. I am replacing my Miura CB301 irons that I was custom fitted for by Club Champion Golf. My Miura 7 iron carried 158 yards with total yards of 165
    My Miura setup was 2 degrees strong. Quite a difference!! I ordered the Epic Forged Irons 1 degree weak because these clubs have an average angle of descent of 41 Degrees, due to their strong set up of 27 Degrees. I set these irons up 1 degree weaker in order to obtain a descent angle of 45 Degrees, so as to improve my shot making ability to better hold greens. I am 73 years old and a 1 handicap.

  11. Stunning looks. Price seems to mirror technology. Tungsten weighted irons with a low center of gravity and strong lofts seem to be the current wave of the future. Probably not for everybody, but worth a test drive.

  12. Bruce Ughetto

    It’s a bit like the smart phones, a race towards better and more efficient.
    At some point, in my case at least, I don’t put enough hours to become really better and I can’t catch up to the level where equipment makes a difference. If I’m lame, it’s me, not the equipment. And I feel that a $2000 set is worsening this feeling/fact.
    #SecretGiveaway4

  13. Bushwood Caddie

    These on an average are 5* per club stronger than my clubs. Really doesn’t make sense, to me at least. I would think that it would be harder to hit a club with less loft than one with more and this is not counting the compact face. However that the beauty of golf, what works for one might not work for another.

  14. Will the ball stop on the green with a six? Is there a lot of roll out? #SecretGiveaway4

    • Matt Saternus

      Phil,

      If they’re well fit they will. By nature, it’s a lower spinning head. A good fitter will balance that out if the player needs it.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. Looks like it would make for a great driving iron!

    #SecretGiveaway4

  16. john oconnor

    Epic forged versus Mizuno HMB?

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