Callaway MAVRIK Fairway Wood Review

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The Callaway MAVRIK fairway wood is technology driven, yet retains a traditional, albeit distinctive, look.  Impressive ball speed and powerful distance.  Slight draw bias.

Introduction

Even as golf paused for many of us, the MAVRIK family of clubs from Callaway has forged a clear identity.  I’d like to claim that our reviews of the drivers, irons and hybrids [check them out HERE] were the main factor in the exposure, but the clips of Phil boasting about “hitting bombs” may have had a bigger impact.  Either way, MAVRIK clubs are a common sight in the bags of average golfers and pros alike. 

Looks

Even from a distance, there’s no mistaking the distinctive metallic orange of the MAVRIK fairway wood.  Boldest on the toe of the club, the orange wraps around the underside of the head to frame a very attractive sole.  The orange pinstripe on the trailing edge of the crown brings cohesion to the look.

At address, the fairway is of typical size with an attractive round shape.  Solid black at the front, the high gloss finish fades to clear, revealing the graphite weave construction of the crown.  The chevron gave my eyes a focus point along with a subliminal message: “Please hit here.”

Framing the golf ball on the face, the white lines provide another visual indication of ideal strike location.  Face height is modest with a shape that looks conducive to successful shots from the rough.  

Sound & Feel

Across the Flash Face SS20 face of the MAVRIK fairway, strikes created a crisp metallic crack of moderate volume.  The head felt stable and powerful even when contact wasn’t centered.  I could feel when contact wandered towards the heel or toe, but overall feedback was minimal.

Performance

It’s a concept that’s still hard to get my mind around, but Callaway has utilized artificial intelligence to optimize every face of every club in their arsenal.  Going from a 3 wood to a 4 wood doesn’t just give a loft change, the face construction is also different to maximize performance.

With a single weight located deep and low on the sole, the MAVRIK fairway is billed as “high launch and flat trajectory.”  My ball flight was more low/mid, with noteworthy rollout.  Ball speed was excellent.  For my game, the 3 wood is all about distance, and the MAVRIK really delivered.

The MAVRIK fairway is also designed to have a slight draw bias, which my results confirmed.  As someone who typically hits a little draw, the bias gave me a left tendency – playable but not ideal.  And while the previous model Epic offered adjustability, the MAVRIK hosel is fixed.

Conclusion

The Callaway MAVRIK fairway has wonderful looks and feel, but it’s the technical features that really deliver.  Whether it’s attributable to Jailbreak, Flash Face, or the design of the body, ball speed and consistency are excellent.  And although the draw bias of the MAVRIK fairway wood wasn’t an ideal fit for me, it certainly would be a welcome attribute to golfers who struggle with a slice.

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9 Comments

  1. Aksel Nielsen

    Hi
    Have you tried the speed training sticks ? Would be interresting, to see if you could get more speed

  2. Abel Anabalon

    Compré el Driver Mavrik y estoy sorprendido por su rendimiento y sonido, pues los comentarios de la cabeza inteligente eran de verdad.

  3. William Baker

    Hi Matt;
    We have similar swing speeds, and since I’m looking for a solid 3 wood, Callaway is likely the leading choice for me.
    Can you tell me what shaft you used during then results test referenced in article?
    Thanks
    Bill

  4. I have the Mavrik 5 wood and it is a great feeling club. I also agree with Matt, the head is a bit draw biased. A professional can bend the head slightly open with care if it is slightly closed or adjust loft – there is room to bend 1 degree as my instructor did so. But he has loft/lie equipment. Take care.

    I also used the Riptide regular flex – the shaft was uniform although not the best fit for me. I usually install a Graphite Design AD F 65 Fairway Shaft. The Mav 5 wood launches well and produces good ballspeed numbers. This fairway line is well worth a long look.

  5. Dave Randle

    Hi Again Matt
    You helped me last year in deciding to go with the B21 driver – for which continued thanks!!
    Next on the list is a 3 wood. Currently I use a Rogue which is great off the tee but tougher to use off the fairway.
    So to solve the fairway issue I just read a review that said the B21 is the fairway distance club of choice but the Mavrik is a proven entity. Which would you prefer.
    To confuse you a bit more I have a 5 and 7 wood Mavrik and a B21 Driver – all of which I love.
    Yes I can go the the range but I kind of like your opinion because it was bang on before,
    Thanks
    Dave

    • Matt Saternus

      Dave,

      If elevating the ball off the turf is the concern, I haven’t found many clubs better than the B21. That said, if you like your Mavrik 5 and 7 woods, it’s pretty likely the 3W will work well, too. No bad options there.

      Best,

      Matt

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