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The Callaway MAVRIK MAX driver is the newest addition to Callaway’s line-up of drivers. Is it just for high handicappers? Far from it. It is a classic-looking, tech-packed club with the goods to help a wide variety of players find more fairways.
If you haven’t heard that MAVRIK is Callaway’s newest generation of clubs, write us a postcard from whatever rock you’ve been living under. The big innovation with these clubs is the continued development of Flash Face technology, created by Callaway’s AI supercomputer. If your “gimmick” alarms are going off, hold your horses. Human testing is proving that these clubs are the real deal.
Of the three MAVRIK driver heads, MAX is the “biggest” one. I use quotation marks because it’s technically 460 cc, the legal limit and the exact same as the standard MAVRIK, but the design of the head makes it appear larger.
At address, it has a straight topline and the crown stretches back and down towards the turf. It is a confidence-inspiring look. Large but not unwieldy. While the standard MAVRIK represents a significant departure from the Epic Flash in terms of shape, the look of the Max is actually very similar to Callaway’s previous generation of drivers.
Regarding the orange details: people seem to either love or hate it. I really like it, but as Matt pointed out in his review of the MAVRIK Sub Zero, you can always customize it to suit your preferences.
Sound & Feel
The sound of the MAVRIK MAX is a sheer delight. The over-the-top explosive ‘tink’ of the Epic Flash has been scrapped in favor of a much more natural, muted ‘crack.’ It sounds great and unique from any driver I have hit before. I’m willing to bet that keen golfers joining me on the tee will notice it, too.
The feel of the driver can be changed via two interchangeable weights, 14g and 2g, at the heel and back of the club. I preferred the feel of the heavier weight in the back (maximum MOI) rather than with it in the heel (max draw setting). While I tend to swing a little bit out to in and can use some help to keep the ball from going too far right, that can also be achieved via the Optifit hosel.
The A.I.-designed Flash Face is meant to deliver forgiveness and maintain ball speeds on strikes across the face, and its specific design characteristics are unique to each model in the MAVRIK line. I have to admit that on the day I took the MAX to Club Champion to get dialed in, I wasn’t swinging my best and still ended up seeing some respectable numbers. The MAX is indeed forgiving.
The other big takeaway for me is the importance of getting fit. Initially, I asked Josh to set the Max up to mirror my gamer. Key numbers like ball speed, spin rate, and carry distance were about the same between the two. After getting a baseline, Josh suggested dialing the head back to its standard loft and putting the shaft in the ‘D’ (draw-biased) setting. Sure enough, spin rates dropped nearly 500 RPM, I picked up an extra three yards of carry distance, eliminated the big right miss, and tightened up dispersion considerably.
This was what I was hoping for. I’m not a bomber and have no illusions that a new driver will turn me into one. What I’m looking for is something that looks, feels, and sounds great and is going to help me hit more approach shots from the short grass. After some tweaking, that’s exactly what I got out of the MAVRIK MAX.
Fitters’ Take is a new feature that we will be adding to select reviews. A panel of Master Fitters from Club Champion will share their thoughts based on their own experiences and what they’re seeing during fittings.
With regard to the Callaway MAVRIK MAX driver, one of our fitters told us “Max is going to be a killer line-up this year.”
Multiple fitters – and their clients – have commented on the improved sound compared to the Epic Flash. The fitters were also impressed with the shape, one stating it’s the “best looking Callaway head” in some years.
Finally, one fitter gave very strong, in-depth praise of Callaway’s Flash Face SS20 Technology. He stated that each model and each loft has a unique face designed to help different types of misses. Because of this, he stated, “We can literally fit any golfer who walks through the door into a MAVRIK driver.”
While driver technology may not truly revolutionize year after year, Callaway has made incremental gains that make the MAVRIK MAX stand out. While the MAX may get an unfair rep as the “game improvement” driver, I advise you not to buy into that narrative and go test for yourself to find out which version is right for you.