Callaway MAVRIK Irons Review

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The Callaway MAVRIK irons are the longest irons in the MAVRIK family.  Great ball speed off the entire face.

Introduction

When there are three irons in a family, one called MAX and another Pro, you expect the third to be a middle child, somewhere in between the other two.  In the case of the Callaway MAVRIK irons, you’d be wrong.  These irons have a personality all their own, with more distance than either brother and so much forgiveness they almost swing themselves.

Looks

The step up in size from the MAVRIK Pro irons [review HERE] to the standard MAVRIK is substantial.  These irons have a lot of offset and a very thick top line.  At address, these irons are very close in looks to the MAVRIK MAX irons [review HERE].

In the bag, the standard and MAX irons are nearly identical.  The sole of the MAX is wider, but the cavity is the same.  There are only two stripes of the signature orange, but it’s enough to give the cavity some character.

Sound & Feel

You don’t need to see ball flight or launch monitor numbers to get the sense that the Callaway MAVRIK irons are fast.  Centered impact feels crisp with a slightly loud impact sound that screams “speed.”

What surprised me about these irons, especially given the forgiveness that I’ll discuss soon, is how much feedback they provide.  The MAVRIK irons do not lie to you when you mishit the ball.  Striking the ball on the heel or toe does not feel or sound good, which, in my opinion, is as it should be.

Performance

Direct from my notes: “The ease of use is stupid.”  

I know that it’s easy to roll your eyes at all the buzzwords that OEMs throw around – I do it too – but in the case of the MAVRIK irons, the tech adds up to something very real – huge distance and forgiveness.  For me, the standard MAVRIK was the longest of the three MAVRIK irons, and it was the most consistent.  Mishits went a long way – I hit a shot 155 yards seemingly off the hosel – and pure shots all went the same distance without those occasional long outliers.

All this performance comes courtesy of two key technologies  The headliner is the Flash Face Cup Technology – each iron face is individually designed by artificial intelligence to maximize ball speed.  That’s paired with Callaway’s Tungsten Energy Core to dial in the center of gravity to optimize launch and spin.

The MAVRIK irons differ from the MAVRIK MAX irons in two important ways.  First, the MAVRIK has stronger lofts – 2 to 3 degrees stronger throughout the set.  For most, that’s going to mean a little more ball speed, lower launch, and less spin.  That should mean more distance in the short and mid irons but it may create gapping issues in the long irons.  Make sure to get fit.  The other key difference is that the MAVRIK does not have the strong draw bias of the MAVRIK MAX.  The MAVRIK does favor a draw thanks to the offset, but fades and cuts are in play, too.

Conclusion

For the golfer that wants to reclaim some lost distance or just make the game easier, the Callaway MAVRIK irons need to be part of the fitting.  These irons have loads of ball speed no matter where on the face you strike the ball.

Callaway MAVRIK Irons Price & Specs

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Matt Saternus

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Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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24 Comments

  1. Bruce Robert Neerhof

    The lofts on these are getting ridiculous

  2. Wow these are about 2 clubs stronger lofted than my Apex Pro 16 irons; I think my 6i is 30*. No wonder you need a GW and an AW. I understand the larger heads and right shaft can allow for higher shots, but you would think that many of the players opting for this type of iron might need help elevating shots.

  3. Just found the website this week! I’ve been enamored with the content. Great stuff. Love this review. I do have a question for you. I’ve always been a “PING” guy. I’ve played Eye2’s, i3’s, i5’s and now G15 irons. My handicap is a 19. I’m now 40 (in August) and not very flexible but love to play. Never been very good but this spring I am getting better. Would I benefit from trying some of these longer more forgiving irons? (Would it hurt me having always played Pings?) Also, how do you feel about graphite shafts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jay,

      Welcome!
      As you become more familiar with the site, you’re going to find that my standard advice is, “It’s best to get fit.” While forgiveness is a good thing for most golfers, the benefits of stronger lofts primarily go to players who hit the ball high, and even then you need to be aware of potential distance gapping issues. Thus, there’s no way for me to credibly tell you if you would benefit from irons like these. You might go to a fitter, try a “players iron” and realize that’s what you swing best.
      It’s the same story with graphite. There are plenty of great graphite iron shafts out there, but there’s no simple way to say, “You should play graphite, you should play steel,” in large part because both those categories are so big that just saying, “Play a graphite shaft” is nearly meaningless.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. I have the Rogue Irons would it be a good idea to take the Callaway trade in 50% bonus to purchase the Maverick standard Irons . Would I see an incremental improvement?

    • Matt Saternus

      Anthony,

      Unless the MAVRIK is a better fit, I think the improvement would be very incremental.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Alex Deacon

    Hello, as someone who has started the move from
    NikeGolf to Callaway, I was initially looking at the Rogue, but as a player who feeds off confidence, the MAVRIK seems a much better choice! My only worry is the strength of the lofts, my current AW is 55 and my absolute go to club! What would you recommend to plug this gap? PM Grind? Enjoyed the article!

    Deax, York, England. Handicap 15

    ps. I’m also an avid Truvis collector! Let me know if you have any unique balls from your part of the world!

  6. Joe Golfer

    I agree with the other posts about the loft strength. It is ridiculous.
    I think Callaway sells individual clubs on their own website, rather than purchasing a set of 4-PW or whatever.
    I’d recommend that route. If an average player uses hybrids, they might be starting their set with the 6 or 7 iron from this particular model, depending on how many hybrids they use.

    • I went to get fitted and gave these a whirl. Wound up buying a set. Will see how they play in time but I can already tell these were what I needed. I don’t have any loft issues but do tend to push a few. When I hit my all time common mistake it didn’t take much of the distance off, and depending on the hole that could translate to a great thing.

  7. I’ve played 3 rounds with the std Mavrik irons. They’re super forgiving and confidence inspiring. I’ve had no issues with the 7 to AW, but on a long par 3 the 5 iron did fail to stay on the green. Actually rolled off a good 8 yards uphill. My friend wasn’t so sure I could get there with a 5, but it’s lofted like a 4 iron. I’m still uncertain with the set, but I’m enjoying the extra distance most of the time and the forgiveness all the time. Surprisingly good feel for a cast club too!

  8. todd warren

    Hello Matt, i am in the market for a new set of irons. I went and did a fitting at a local golftec. I am torn between the Mavrik’s and the T300’s. Any input on this as i cannot find a side by side comparison. I hit both irons about the same but i am a little concerned about longevity of the clubs on both sides.

    • Matt Saternus

      Longevity in terms of how long the clubs will last? Either set should last for years.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. mike ferri

    Matt would these be comparable to the Ping G710’s I don’t mind spending the money on the Ping’s but the Maverik’s seem intriguing and much cheaper! love to hear your thoughts.

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      Yes, I think the MAVRIK is comparable to the G710. As always, I recommend testing both and being fit – one might perform much better for you – but broadly speaking they are similar irons.

      Best,

      Matt

  10. Hi Mat I am in the process of purchasing a new set of irons. I am your typical average golfer shooting in the mid 90 s . I am looking at the Callaway Mavrik and taylor made sim max. Any preference. Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Chris,

      I haven’t tested the SIM irons, so I can’t offer a comparison there. I would strongly recommend being fit so you can get the heads, and just as importantly the shafts, that will maximize your game.

      -Matt

  11. Does that mean that because AI is used to develop individual faces for each iron that the need to mix sets so that there are more forgiving longer irons is no longer needed?

    • Matt Saternus

      Ed,

      If you want a much more forgiving long iron, mixing sets is still a fine option, but the individually designed faces do make the long irons more playable.

      -Matt

  12. Ken Weatherford

    Hi Matt! I’ve already been fit for Mavriks and decided to throw in the 5, GW, AW. I’ve always hit the ball high (upper body longer than my legs), so I’m a +1/2” and 3 degrees up.

    When I got fitted by Club Champion, the fitter had no clue about the strong lofts. I pretty much guessed +3, and he said +1/2. Needless to say, like everyone else, I discovered these are stupidly long! Like +25 yards longer with a 6 iron for me.

    I haven’t gotten them yet but now I worry more about the gapping between 5 and 6….or even the wedges (PW, GW, and AW only). Should I be? Club Champion says they offer a guarantee, but I bet not for gapping.

    Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Ken,

      I wouldn’t worry about anything until you get the clubs and see something that you don’t like. If the clubs don’t work the way you want, Club Champion will take care of you.

      -Matt

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