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The Callaway Epic irons feel incredibly hot. Solid distance and remarkable consistency.
In 2017, if you’re talking about drivers, you’re likely talking about Epic. Callaway’s new flagship woods family has been tremendously successful in terms of sales, performance, and hype. It’s no surprise that the Epic name now appears on irons that claim to be among the longest and easiest to hit. We tested them to see if they can measure up.
When I initially saw the pictures of the Epic irons, I assumed they would be a direct replacement for the Big Bertha OS irons based on the cavity. When I saw them in person, however, I realized that the Epic is significantly smaller. This is still a game improvement iron with some offset and a medium top line and sole, but it’s pleasingly compact from heel to toe.
As a game improvement iron, the cavity is “allowed” to be a little more unorthodox. Callaway did a nice job of adding the carbon fiber and a streak of green without going over the top.
Sound & Feel
Hot. The Callaway Epic irons are easily among the two or three hottest feeling irons of the last year or two. When you hit the ball on the center there’s a crisp “snap” and the feel that the ball is going to carry forever. On mishits, the snap gets duller and the hit feels heavier, providing good feedback to the golfer.
If you’ve read any of Callaway’s marketing around the Epic irons, you know it’s a word soup of technology buzzwords. “Energy lensing,” “Exo Cage,” and “Metal Injection Molded Tungsten” all feature prominently. At the end of the day, what it’s all trying to push is the idea that these irons will create more ball speed. In my testing, I found them to be roughly a club longer than my gamers, which is to be expected given the strong lofts.
What impressed me is the consistency. Short of completely laying the sod over the ball, I found it difficult to hit a shot that was more than 10 yards short of my “normal” distance. Well-hit six irons were carrying about 185 yards, and whether I hit the toe, heel, or bottom groove, mishits carried approximately 175 yards. That kind of forgiveness is invaluable.
With the Epic irons, Callaway is offering either the UST Recoil (graphite) or the Project X LZ 95 (steel) as the stock shafts. They are also making other premium shafts available at no upcharge.
At $2,000 per set, the Callaway Epic irons are short of PXG prices, but they do raise the bar for Callaway. While I didn’t find huge distance gains, the consistency and forgiveness that the Epic irons displayed will make them worth the price for some golfers.