Callaway Mavrik Vs Callaway Epic Flash Driver Review & Comparison
Callaway is a manufacturer that has set itself apart in recent years by embracing technology and finding a place for advanced machine learning in the world of golf. Of course, we are talking about their cutting-edge A.I. design technology.
The A.I. design tests millions of face configurations against each other to find the optimal conditions for every type of driver.
Callaway has utilized this technology in a number of their drivers so today, we are testing and reviewing two such A.I. designed drivers against each other.
Callaway Epic Flash
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Flash Face SS20
Callaway Mavrik Key Features
The standard Mavrik features the coveted Cyclone Aero head shape design which, really helps with increasing your swing speed.
The Flash Face SS20, while not the newest iteration of this technology, still holds up as it flexes across a broad area of the face for more ball speed and forgiveness.
Callaway Epic Flash Key Features
The Epic Flash is still a favorite because it combines an ultra-lightweight triaxial carbon crown with a 16g sliding rear weight.
This gives you vast opportunity in terms of shot shaping. The Epic Flash utilizes an even older version of the Flash Face material but it still produces impressive ball speed.
Similarities and Differences Between The Drivers
Naturally, as both of these drivers are Callaways, there is going to be some overlap.
For instance, they both feature the stabilizing Jailbreak bars that join the crown and the sole.
They also both feature A.I. designed flash face architecture which, helps propel the ball far down the fairway.
The main differences are that the Epic Flash has a sliding weight while the Mavrik doesn’t.
Also the SS20 Flash Face of the Mavrik is actually thinner and stronger than the Epic Flash.
The result is slightly better distance and recovery. The Mavrik also sports the aerodynamic Cyclone head shape.
Epic Flash Vs. Epic Speed 21
The Epic Speed 21 does almost everything better than the Epic Flash and has added features. The Epic Speed 21 does have the Aerodynamic Cyclone head shape.
It also has the newer SS21 Flash Face material which, is thinner and stronger. It even has re-designed Jailbreak bars for more torsional resistance.
It’s not all good news though. The Epic Speed 21 lacks the sliding 16g weight that the Epic Flash has.
The Mavrik Family
Within the Mavrik family you have the standard Mavrik, the Mavrik Max and the Mavrik Sub Zero.
Oddly enough the standard Mavrik is the only one with an Aero Cyclone head.
Still, it is the only one not outfitted with interchangeable weights.
Callaway Mavrik Options
- Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60 Graphite shaft
- Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 Graphite shaft
- Project X EvenFlow Riptide 50 Graphite shaft
- Project X EvenFlow Riptide 60 Graphite shaft
- UST Mamiya Helium Black 4 Graphite shaft
- Light, regular, stiff and extra stiff flex
Callaway Epic Flash Options
- Project X Even Flow Green 40 Graphite shaft
- Project X Even Flow Green 50 Graphite shaft
- Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 60 Graphite shaft
- Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 Graphite shaft
- Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 60 Graphite shaft
- Light, regular, stiff and extra stiff flexes
Who Is Each Driver For?
If you prefer forgiveness in your driver then you would do well with the Mavrik.
It has the more advanced Flash Face material that makes for hot ball speed even with compromised accuracy.
However, if you want shot versatility and shapeability, the Epic Flash is hands down the best choice.
We were seeing an average of 6 extra yards on our drives with the Mavrik and that was a pretty consistent figure.
The Mavrik also flew further on low-face shots. However, the Epic Flash fit the swing biases of more of our testers thanks to the 16g sliding rear weight.
Feel and Consistency Comparison
The Mavrik produced a deeper, richer sound and felt really nice on dead-center shots.
The Epic Flash felt more flimsy, probably because of the older generation of Jailbreak bars which, were thinner.
Still, both of these drivers delivered consistent flight and launch.
Since the Epic Flash is older, you can expect to pay less for it. It runs for about $250 these days while the Mavrik is still around $400.
Callaway Mavrik Pros & Cons
- Produces great club head speed
- Has a thinner and more resilient face
- Newer (and better) Jailbreak bar design
- Also comes with an OptiFit hosel
- Produces a better sound than the Epic Flash driver
- Great if you like lower launch height
- You can’t shape your shot as much as you can with the Epic Flash
- It’s significantly pricier
- It doesn’t come with an interchangeable weight
- Produces more spin
Overall Score: 95/100
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Callaway Epic Flash Pros & Cons
- It’s considerably more affordable than the Mavrik
- It has more of a traditional head shape
- The 16g sliding weight allows for versatile shot shaping
- Works for a variety of players
- Outfitted with the OptiFit hosel
- Cleaner look at address
- Less forgiving than the Mavrik
- Lacks the feel of the Mavrik
- Not great for improving swing speed
- Older generation Jailbreak bar design
Overall Score: 94/100
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Callaway is always improving their drivers. They are sort of like the Apple of golf clubs: clubs are rendered obsolete seemingly instantly by newer versions.
This is the phenomenon we see when comparing the Callaway Mavrik to the Callaway Epic Flash.
The Mavrik has many of the same features as the Epic Flash; just newer and better versions of them.
It plays longer, is more forgiving and has a better feel. It is clearly the superior driver overall so be sure to check it out soon!