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The Callaway Epic Max driver has a very large footprint. Lots of forgiveness. Surprisingly strong feedback. Very adjustable with a sliding weight and adjustable hosel.
2021 got off to a fast start for Callaway driver reviews with Matt Meeker putting the Epic Speed [review HERE] straight into his bag. That kind of endorsement gets the team buzzing, so I was eager to see what else Callaway had in store. The Epic Max is billed as the most forgiving driver in the line up, something I can definitely use early in the season, so I got busy testing.
The first thing I noticed when I set down the Epic Max driver was its size. This driver has one of the bigger footprints I’ve seen, and it makes the Epic Speed look small in comparison. What makes it look so big is the distance from front to back. It’s also a little heel-heavy in terms of shape with a slightly shallower face.
With such a large canvas, Callaway opted to make the sole visually busy. The “Epic Max” branding cuts through the middle of the sole dividing two of the key tech features. Near the face, you can see the four dots that denote the Jailbreak Speed Frame. Near the trailing edge, you’ll find the sliding weight.
Sound & Feel
Though the Callaway Epic Max driver is relatively quiet at impact, its sound delivers amplified feedback. Centered shots produce a solid, low-pitched “crack.” Moving away from the center of the face creates weaker, more hollow sound.
The feel of impact mirrors the sound. Pure strikes feel solid and strong. When you miss the center, your hands will let you know exactly where impact occurred.
As with several other 2021 drivers, the Max in Epic Max signifies maximum forgiveness. This forgiveness is powered by Callaway’s AI-designed Flash Face, the new Jailbreak Speed Frame, and a deep center of gravity. In my testing, the Epic Max had outstanding ball speed on pure strikes and did an excellent job maintaining ball speed on mishits. It’s also above average at keeping those mishits on the golf course.
Unfortunately, I had extensive experience with mishits during my testing sessions with the Epic Max driver. The shape and size of the Epic Max never fit my eye, and, try as I might, I just couldn’t get comfortable with it. I had some stretches of good contact, but I never got the point where I was confident knowing what my swing was going to produce. This is a great example of why we always emphasize getting fit. On paper, the Epic Max should be dynamite for me. In reality, it didn’t suit my personal preferences and that hurt the performance.
One of the things that sets the Epic Max driver apart from the Epic Speed is the adjustability. While both have an adjustable hosel for dialing in loft and lie angle, the Epic Max adds a 16 gram sliding weight. Per Callaway, the Epic Max has “Draw CG + Adjustable” meaning that its default setting is draw biased. I found this to be accurate as I had a much easier time swinging it when the weight was moved away from the heel. With the weight in the heel, this driver definitely wants to go left.
While the Callaway Epic Max didn’t suit my personal taste, by all objective measures it’s a very solid choice for the player that wants forgiveness off the tee. Add in the ability to set the loft, face angle, and CG bias to your taste and you have a driver that that’s worth a look at demo day.
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