Callaway Mavrik vs Taylormade M6 Driver Review & Specs 2021

You hear about forgiving distance drivers all the time. But how many club manufacturers are actually delivering on the promise of drivers that play incredibly long and are forgiving on off-center shots?

Not as many as there should be but that’s not to say that there aren’t any companies making quality drivers.

The Mavrik Driver is crafted by AI for Distance and Forgiveness. The Mavrik Max And Sub Zero offer different options. The M6 is a top driver with slightly less distance and more forgiveness than the Mavrik and also available in Draw Bias version for any chronic slicers.

If you are in the market for a driver that was built for both distance and forgiveness, pay close attention to the following review as we take a look at a couple of promising offerings from Taylormade and Callaway.

 

A Cursory Glance

Right out of the gate, both of these drivers looked impressive. The Callaway Mavrik has a an interesting-looking head shape that screams “aerodynamic.” And the slightly curved face of the Taylormade M6 made us wonder how this club was going to hit.

We got our answer sooner than later: straight. The curvature helps reduce side draw and enhances the sweet spot. But the Callaway Mavrik was no slouch either. It’s exceptionally lightweight and sounds amazing on dead-center strikes.

 

Quick Reference Chart

 

Callaway Mavrik

Taylormade M6

Adjustable

Adjustable Hosel And One Weight Screw Bottom Rear

Adjustable Loft

Lofts

10.5, 9 or 12 Degrees

10.5, 9 or 12 Degrees

Key Tech

FS2S Titanium face architecture

Aerodynamic carbon fiber dead design

Weight

4 lbs

5 lbs

Price

$400

$350

Overall Rating out of 100

98/100

96/100

 

Key Features of the Taylormade M6

Key Features

  • Speed Injected Club Face

  • Twist Face For Ultimate Forgiveness

  • Aerodynamic Carbon Sole

  • Hammerhead 2.0 For Speed On Mishits

  • Adjustable Loft Sleeve

Selling Points

One of the most impactful features of the Taylormade M6 is the twist-face technology that they used for the face architecture. The slight curvature allowed us to make it onto the fairway even when we mishit from the tee.

In other words, this driver is very forgiving. And even with a 460cc head, this club was very weildy. We imagine it has to do with the lightweight carbon design. The head is very aerodynamic so we were able to get good ball speed consistently.

 

Key Features of the Callaway Mavrik

Key Features

  • Fs2s Titanium Head For Speed, Lightness and Forgiveness

  • Jailbreak Bars For Maximum Stability and Speed

  • Aerodynamic Head Shape For Speed

  • AI Design For Perfect Weighting In Club Head

Selling Points

The Callaway Mavrik also features a carbon crown and a 460cc head. It’s also considerably lightweight so even if you have a slower swing speed, you should be able to get good ball speed from this driver.

There are 2 internal bars inside the head which connect the crown and the sole.

The bars produce incredible face stability. When you hit this club dead-center, it feels very satisfying. The internal rib system makes this driver sound satisfying too. The special FS2S titanium face is lightweight but it adds to the stability of the face.

 

Taylormade M6 Options

The M6 comes as either a left or right-handed driver.

You get to choose between Fujikura Atmos Black and Fujikura Atmos Orange graphite shafts in regular, stiff, senior or extra stiff flex.

The Taylormade M6 comes in either 10.5, 9 or 12 degree lofts, thanks to the adjustable loft.

This driver also comes in a draw bias version to help reduce a slice in your game.

 

Callaway Mavrik Options

The Callaway Mavrik is also a right or left-handed driver.

You can get a Aldila Rogue White 60G, Project X Evenflow Riptide 50G, Project X Evenflow Riptide 60G, UST Helium 40G or an Aldila Rogue White 70G shaft.

You can choose from stiff, regular, ladies, extra stiff and light flex.

The Mavrik comes in a family, with the Mavrik Max focussing more on forgiveness than the Mavrik and and the Mavrik Suc Zero offering stronger loft and more distance for advanced players.

 

Who Is Each Driver For?

Both of these drivers were designed for the same target demographic: weekend golfers with moderate swing speeds.

But if you prefer a lighter overall driver with a touch more distance, we would suggest the Callaway Mavrik.

And if you need more forgiveness without sacrificing too much distance and at a better price, the Taylormade M6 will be better for you.

 

Composition Comparison

The head of the Taylormade M6 features a decent amount of carbon appointments. This helps keep the weight down while maintaining stability. The head of the Callaway Mavrik has special Titanium injections that serve the same purpose.

Both drivers are available with graphite shafts of different varieties offering different levels of flex. So it’s really up to you, your specific swing speed and what you prefer in terms of flex.

And with the Callaway Mavrik, the men’s version of the driver comes with Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align grips while the ladies’ version comes with Lamkin Sonar grips.

 

Performance Comparison

Time to get down to the nitty-gritty. We mentioned earlier that these drivers are marketed for their forgiveness and distance. So which one delivers on both these fronts? We have to say that they both do.

That being said, we were getting consistently longer drives with the Mavrik. The Mavrik did a better job of keeping spin to a minimum which let our drives soar on to forever, seemingly. And even when we hit some shots off the toe, it still struck hot and stayed relatively straight.

Although the Taylormade M6 was generating drives that were an average 9-12 yards shorter than the Mavrik, it was more consistently forgiving overall.

It still delivered considerable distance, draw and spin control in a driver that was more forgiving on off-center shots.

The Mavrik just played longer.

 

Price Comparison

Both of these drivers are going to cost you a pretty penny with the Mavrik going for about $400 at most retailers and the Taylormade M6 going for about $350.

 

Taylormade M6 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Keeps spin to a minimum
  • Awesome distance
  • Adjustable loft sleeve
  • Curved face architecture
  • Lightweight
  • Used by pros
  • Speed injection technology
  • Large sweet spot

 

Cons:

  • Minimal draw bias correction – But ‘D’ version available
  • Plays a bit shorter than Mavrik
  • Limited stock shaft options
  • Only one color

 

Overall Score: 96/100

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Callaway Mavrik Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

  • Plays long
  • Multiple shaft options
  • AI technology
  • Sounds sweet
  • One weight screw underneath and rear
  • Stable face architecture
  • Aerodynamic head shape

 

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Chips easily
  • Limited stock grip options

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Final Assessment

Both of these drivers were equally forgiving. The difference arises in repeatable drive length. We just got more from the Callaway Mavrik.

The Taylormade M6 felt better for those of us with slower swing speeds, however so keep that in mind as well.

But in the end, if you can spend the extra $50 and need more distance, we would recommend that you pick up the Callaway Mavrik.

Overall Score: 98/100

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