Callaway Vs Titleist Vs Taylormade – What’s The Best Golf Brand

Callaway Vs Titleist Vs Taylormade – Who Makes The Best Golf Clubs

Who makes the best golf clubs? This is a very touchy subject, similar to, who makes the best car?

You get your die hard supporters, who will sometimes compromise performance just to keep everything the same throughout the bag, you get your player who has a mix and match bag with the best product in each category, and then you get your player who doesn’t really care what he plays with.

In our opinion, Callaway, Titleist and TaylorMade are the big three. The big three are always innovating, and looking to improve their product to ultimately make the game easier for us amateurs to play the game.

We will dive into each of their backgrounds, history and technology in each category to give you the best idea on which brand to choose.

 

Each Brands History

Callaway Golf History

Callaway Golf started out in the early 1980s. Ely Callaway, a former Wine businessman bought a share in the Hickory Sticks USA golf company. 

In 1988 the company changed its name to Callaway Golf. In 1995 Callaway Golf became the world’s biggest seller of irons and woods topping $550 million in sales.

In 1996 Callaway Golf formed its first golf-ball division, and then purchased Odyssey Putters in 1997

 

Titleist History

Phillip W. “Skipper” Young was an avid golfer, he graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In the early 1930’s, one day, while he was playing golf he missed a short putt that cost him the match, he was convinced it was the ball and not him, so he had the ball x-rayed, he was not surprised at what he found, the balls core was off centre, which made it go off line.

He started testing other balls, and found the same thing. On that day Titleist Golf balls were invented.

By 1949 the Titleist golf ball was the most played golf ball at the U.S Open. Ever since then Titleist has been the most popular ball on the market.

 

TaylorMade History

Gary Adams was a golf equipment salesman, in 1979 he decided to quit his job, take out a loan on his house and start a golf company called TaylorMade Golf Company.

What made him different to the rest? A single, innovative product: a 12-degree driver cast of stainless steel.

That doesn’t sound like much nowadays, but in 1979, people thought he was crazy.

All drivers were made of wood, Adams had the idea to make one out of stainless steel. Gary Adams changed the driver forever.

 

Callaway Vs Titleist Vs Taylormade Drivers

Starting things off with the most important club for most golfers, the barking dog AKA, the drivers. How do these behemoths best offerings compare on performance and value off the tee. 

 

Callaway Drivers

The newest Callaway Drivers are affectionately known as the new Epic range, not to be confused with the EPic Flash which is a few years old at this stage.

The new Epic Speed is the most used driver on the PGA Tour and European Tour, partly due to sponsorship and partly due to the fact that these clubs are excellent for high handicappers to tour professionals.

The other new release from Callaway is the Big Bertha B21 which a super forgiving, offset driving built for distance, forgiveness and straight shots for High Handicappers.

These Drivers are also designed by Artificial Intelligence to optimize ball speed and forgiveness. The Jail Break technology now has 4 bars across the face allowing them to make the face even thinner, to increase ball speed.

The stand out from the older models are the Mavrik and the Rogue and while the Mavrik is only a year old, it is significantly cheaper already and with the Rogue being a few years old, you can pick it up for a real bargain price.

Both drivers have been world leaders in their time, and provide a great value product that will undoubtedly make a wise choice for many golfers and both are still highly competitive in the golfing world in terms of performance.

Best Callaway Driver: Mavrik Max

Overall Score: 95/100

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Titleist Drivers

While Callaway drivers are the most popular on tour, it is no secret that Titleist remains the most popular drivers on the market for tour golfers who are not sponsored by one of these brands.

Titleist also boast the highest number of victories on tour which should be a deal breaker for many low handicappers.

TSi1, 2, 3 continue in the Driver family for Titliest.

  • The TSi1 is built for slower swingers looking for high launch, forgiveness and a maximum distance off the tee.

  • The Tsi2 is built for players seeking maximum distance, accuracy and consistency off the tee.

  • The Tsi3 is for the lower handicappers looking for a consistent strike every time. It has a smaller head and sweet spot with an adjustable COG control.

  • They also have an extra model called TSi4 for extremely low launch and spin. If you are looking for a traditional looking club, the TSi range is the way to go.

Their ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium is their key to great ball speed off the face.

Best Titleist Driver: Titleist Tsi2

Overall Score 94/100

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TaylorMade Drivers

Maybe not the most popular on Tour, but certainly the most popular between us amateurs. The SIM2 range from TaylorMade for one, looks great, but also are absolute monsters off the tee.

Similar to the Fairways and Hybrids, the TwistFace, SpeedPocket, Carbon Crown and Sole Plate all provide incredible distance and forgiveness. The low CG and high crown provide unprecedented forgiveness and speed.

Their older models, SIM,  M Series and RBZ are great too, now that they are the older generation you can pick them up for dirt cheap.

The M6 or Sim Max are still very competitve in terms of performance with the very latest Sim2 but are available for a much better price and represent a better buy for plenty of players in today’s game.

 

Best Taylormade Driver: Sim Max

Overall Score: 98/1000

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Our Driver Of Choice – TaylorMade SIM2

Pros

  • Crazy distance off the tee
  • Very forgiving
  • Loads of technology
  • Sounds more like a thud (could be a con to some)

Cons

  • Thin white top line may be off putting

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Callaway Vs Titleist Vs Taylormade Irons

Callaway Irons

Callaway’s iron range suits all levels of players, their latest range Apex has three models, from low handicaps to high handicaps, they accommodate all your needs. Their irons are Artificially designed by a super computer.

The Callaway Apex Irons come in DCB form for high handicappers, Apex Regular for Mid Handicappers and Apex Pro for that tour level feel needed for the best players.

We also have the new B21’s which are considerably offset and built for towering, straight shots for high handicappers.

Older models of theirs that are still notable are the Mavrik and Rogue ranges, both are still great value for money and provide loads of control and forgiveness for all levels.

 

Best Callaway Irons: Mavrik

Overall Score 94/100

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Titleist Irons

Of late, the Titleist iron range has become more compact, with less options to choose from, you won’t get as confused as before. The T-Series irons range from low handicap to high handicap and everything in between.

The T100 irons are your player’s iron, designed around control and consistency, you will get everything you are looking for out of an iron like this, as you move through the series the T200 & T300 start to get more forgiving with less emphasis on control and more about distance.

The last iron in the series is the T400 which is the most forgiving. The T300 and T400 irons both have the Max Impact technology in them creating exceptional distance and great forgiveness.

Their previous generation AP1, AP2 and AP3 series must not be forgotten, for many years this range led the way for Titleist, now that it is a generation old, you can pick them up for a bargain and they can still hold their own with any irons in the game today.

 

Best Titleist Irons: T300

Overall Score 94/100

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TaylorMade Irons

TaylorMade has a few more options to choose from than the other two brands, which might get confusing, but they are very distinguishable.

TaylorMade have always been known to pack technology into their irons, and the SIM2 Max series is no different.

The SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS range is all around providing you with max forgiveness, while still giving you a ‘player iron’ feel. Their Speed Pocket, ultra thin face and Eco Dampening Bar give you unbelievable distance and forgiveness.

The P Series is their player range, Ranging from full blade (P7MB) to semi blades (P7MC and P770) to the ultimate distance players iron the P790.

The P790 and P770 are packed with the SpeedFoam technology making them the most popular mid handicap golfer iron on the market.

Let’s not forget their M2 lower price point option, it’s still loaded with tech, for your mid to high handicapper that doesn’t want to break the bank, this is a great choice.

 

Our Favorite Taylormade Irons: M6

Overall Score: 95/100

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Our High Handicap Iron Of Choice – TaylorMade SIM Max

Pros

  • Forgiving
  • Cheapest premium option
  • Great sound and feel
  • Looks good at address

Cons

  • None

Overall Score: 96/100

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Our Mid Handicap Iron Of Choice – TaylorMade P790

Pros

  • Great sound and feel
  • SpeedFoam makes it forgiving
  • Looks unbelievable
  • Great distance

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Can sometimes come hot off the face

Overall Score: 96/100

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Our Low Handicap Iron Of Choice – Titleist T100

Pros

  • Packed with forgiveness for a players iron
  • Consistent distance
  • Easy to work the ball

Cons

  • Not your traditional looking players iron

Overall Score: 94/100

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Callaway Vs Titleist Vs Taylormade Fairways & Hybrids

Callaway Fairways & Hybrids

Callaway’s latest Fairways Epic and Hybrids Apex, are designed by artificial intelligence.

Callaway has a super computer that maps out the face, which increases ball speed and forgiveness. They also have their famous Jail Break technology, which allows them to make the face ultra thin.

We also have the super forgiving, super playable Big Bertha B21, released this year for beginners and an amazingly consistent club.

They optimize the club by positioning the centre of gravity into specific places on the head, this gives the club a high MOI and great ball speed.

The older generation Mavrik and Rogue cannot go unmentioned, now being an older generation you can pick them up for a steal.

Best Buy – Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood

Overall Score: 94/100

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Titleist Fairways & Hybrids

Titleist’s new range, the TSi series, features the TSi1, TSi2 and TSi3 in both the Hybrids and Fairways. The TSi3 being your players club and TSi1 being for your higher handicap play.

The Hybrids all feature a Thin Face design providing fast ball speeds off the face, new the aerodynamic design increases clubhead speed and forgiveness.

The TSi Fairways are their best fairways yet, with the Active Recoil System, optimised weight distribution and Performance Tuned Adjustability these guys are packed with tech.

Best Buy – Titleist Tsi2 Fairway Wood

Overall Score: 92/100

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TaylorMade Fairway & Hybrid

The new SIM2 Fairways and Hybrids from TaylorMade are just incredible. The combination of distance and forgiveness is unmatched.

They are both packed with their TwistFace, SpeedPocket, V-Steel and Carbon Crown technology making these things more like rockets than golf clubs.

With the introduction of the more player looking hybrid the SIM2 this year, that combined with the very popular SIM2 Max, this Hybrid range this year accommodates all levels of golfers.

They have 3 Fairway models, SIM2 Ti, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max D, all packed with the above mentioned technology. These guys live up to their name.

Their previous generation models are also great, the M series and SIM are great value, and will not disappoint you.

Best Choice: Taylormade M6 Fairway

Overall Score: 94/100

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Our Hybrid Of Choice: Callaway Mavrik

Pros

  • Cheaper than the rest 
  • Forgiving
  • Looks great from the top
  • Solid sound at impact

Cons

  • Easy to turn over (could be a Pro for some)

Overall Score: 95/100

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Our Fairway Of Choice – TaylorMade SIM2 Ti

Pros

  • Long off the tee
  • Forgiving
  • Easy to adjust
  • Easy to Launch

Cons

  • Spins very low so might be difficult to keep in the air for some

Overall Score: 94/100

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How They Compare On Golf Balls

The golf ball is arguably the most overlooked piece of equipment we use. Most brands have a few options that suit different types of players.

Playing the wrong ball can have a negative effect on your game. We are going to run through each brands options and break down each model.

 

Callaway’s Golf Balls

    Callaway Softsuper

Callaway have 5 major ball models; Chrome Soft, E.R.C Soft, Super Soft, Superhot and Warbird, they also have a Truvis and Triple Track variant of the Chrome Soft which, incorportants visuals on the ball.

Chrome Soft and the Super Soft are their most popular models, whereas the Warbird is the lower priced ball.

The Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X are their Premium Tour ball, it is a 4-piece ball, with its Urethane Cover, Dual SoftFast Core and High Speed Mantle System this ball packs a punch.

The Super Soft is their mid priced ball, it features their new Hybrid Cover and soft compression core.

Warbird is their low price point ball, not much technology in there, this ball is built to be affordable.

Best Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft

Overall Score: 96/100

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Titleist Golf Balls

Titleist Tour Soft 2 

Like we mentioned before, this is the most popular ball manufactured on all major Golf Tours, it’s flagship ball the Pro V1 needs no introduction and the rest of the range; AVX, Tour Speed, Tour Soft and Velocity, makes the Titleist Ball range the perfect package.

The Pro V1 and Pro V1x are 3 and 4 piece balls respectively, with the Urethane cover, newly designed core and redesigned dimple pattern this is their flagship ball.

The True Speed ball is a multilayer, thermoplastic urethane covered golf ball providing great control around the greens and long distance off the tee.

This is their mid priced option, where it beats the Callaway mid priced ball is the cover, the Urethane material makes this ball slightly better than the Callaway Super Soft.

The Velocity ball is similar to the Warbird ball from Callaway, it is their low price point ball. It is a great value for money product.

Best Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Titleist Pro V1

Overall Score: 98/100

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TaylorMade Golf Balls

 

Over the last few years TaylorMade have really stepped their foot down as a world leader in the ball market, still behind Titleist though, they have their feet firmly placed in 2nd.

Their newly designed TP5 and TP5x golf balls are the only 5 layered golf balls on the market, the PIX variant of the ball adds a visual aspect to the ball, similar to the Callaway models. The Tour Response, Soft Response and RBZ Soft balls make up the rest of their range.

The TP5 and TP5x ball has put a massive dent in Titleist’s market share, the 5 layered construction, has allowed them to create a ball that is hot off the tee, but still has great feel around the greens.

The new dimple pattern, HFM layer, fast core and Speed layer system all add up to make this one of the best balls on the market.

The Tour Response Ball, similar to the True Speed ball, is a mid priced ball with a Urethane cover. It’s soft cover and 3 piece construction makes this ball our favorite mid priced option.

The RBZ ball is their low price point ball, this two piece ball, is great value for money for anyone that loves the TaylorMade brand but,can’t afford the top of the range option.

Best Buy – TP5 Balls

Overall Score: 94/10

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Ball Of Choice – Titleist Pro V1 / Pro V1x

Pros

  • Most used ball on all major Tours
  • Urethane cover
  • Redesigned dimple cover
  • Durable
  • Long off the tee
  • Incredible green side spin

Cons

  • None

Overall Score: 98/100

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Budget – TaylorMade Tour Response

Overall Score: 93/100

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Callaway Vs Titleist Vs Taylormade Putters

The money maker as they say. All three of these brands are leaders in the putter category, let’s run through their ranges and explain the key features they offer.

 

Callaway’s Putters

 

The Odyssey Putter range stands out as one of the best brands in golf, Odyssey is the most used putter brand on all major Golf Tours around the world, their eye-catching look, technology packed and forgiving design make it the most sought after brand on the market.

They have three main putter designs in their arsenal, Triple Track, Toulon and Ten Series. All their putters have the Stroke Lab technology in them, The specially designed shaft saves 40 grams of weight which is then redistributed to the grip end and head of the putter. It is designed to improve tempo and consistency.

Their most famous putter to date is the Two-Ball putter, which has two ball sized white dots on the putter head, it represents the ball and helps you align the putter square, they also have your traditional blade style, and their #7 and recent #10 designs to complete the family.

 

Best Buy – Odyssey Putter

Overall Score: 98/100

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Titleist Putters

The Scotty Cameron range is one of the most popular putters on the market. His classic designs and quality set the Scotty Cameron range well above the rest, not to mention their huge success over the years on all major Golf Tours around the world.

Scotty Cameron putters are known for their classic blade looking style, their most famous style being the Newport. Each putter is made from a block of solid 303 stainless steel, this provides ultimate consistency and great feel.

The new Phantom X range is a mallet range that has recently been brought out, with them trying to tap into the mallet style market. 

Their putters aren’t built with as much technology as the other two brands, but their attention to detail and pure craftsmanship still make it one of the best putters on the market.

Best Buy – Select Newport

Overall Score: 92/100

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TaylorMade Putters

Of the three brands, TaylorMade has their own brand. The most popular in their range is the Spider Putter, it is the single most popular model on all major Golf Tours around the world.

In 2009 the first Spider Putter hit the market, and ultimately changed the mallet style market forever. It quickly rose to the most popular putter on the market, because of its forgiveness.

From there the design has changed over the years, making it slightly more compact and more forgiving. With the incorporation of the Fluted Feel shaft in 2021 the technology keeps on improving.

The Spider and TP Collection are the only styles that TaylorMade offers, the TP Collection is more of your traditional style looking putters.

All models have their Pure Roll technology in them which is an insert on the face of the putter, this encourages top spin on the ball, helping the ball roll more consistently.

Best Buy – Spider X

Overall Score: 94/100

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Our Putter Brand Of Choice – Callaway Odyssey Series

Pros

  • Wind range of options
  • Most used range on all major Tours
  • Always innovating
  • Variety of face inserts

Cons

  • Expensive
  • You can get lost for choice in all their models

Overall Score: 95/100

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Callaway Vs Taylormade Vs Titleist Wedges

Callaway Wedges

Callaway has two wedge models, the JAWS and Mac Daddy CB wedges. 

The JAWS wedges are your traditional wedge with 4 different grind options to suit every swing. The Groove-In-Groove, optimized weighting and 8620 Mild Carbon Steel provide great feel, spin and performance.

The Mac Daddy CB wedges are different to your traditional wedge as it has a cavity back on it. This provides the higher handicap with a bit more forgiveness, it also has the JAWS technology, giving you extra control around the green

Best Buy – Mack Daddy CB

Overall Score 93/100

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Titleist Wedges

The Titleist Vokey wedges designed by Bob Vokey, is the best wedge out of the big three. It’s unique craftsmanship and attention to detail, makes this the ultimate wedge.

Their latest model the SM8 comes in 5 different grinds and bounces to help you out of every situation. The new improved centre of gravity and designed grooves, gives the new SM8 unbelievable control and forgiveness around the greens.

Best Buy – SM8 Wedges

Overall Score: 94/100

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TaylorMade Wedges

Like their golf ball, TaylorMade have really stepped up their game of late in the wedge category with the Milled Grind series.

Their claim to fame is unlike other brands the whole process of making the wedge is done by a machine, this allows their wedges to be incredibly reliable and consistent.

The new Milled Grind 2 and Hi Toe have a rusted face, this with the unique grooves provides great spin around the greens and extreme distance control. Where they fall short is in grind options, they only have 2, but sometimes less is more.

Overall Score: 93/10

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Our Wedge Of Choice – Titleist Vokey SM8

Pros

  • Multiple grind options
  • Multiple bounce options
  • More forgiving
  • Great green side spin

Cons

  • The different grind and bounces can get confusing
  • Thinker topline than normal

Overall Score: 94/100

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Conclusion

None of these companies make a bad product in any field, however some make them a little better than the rest.

It also comes down to a bit of marketing, who wouldn’t want to play a product that Tiger Wood or Dustin Johnson plays, that’s where TaylorMade has hit the nail on the head.

Each brand brings out bigger, better and faster products each year, but the previous generation products are also great, none of the older products made ‘Our Choice’ list except the Mavrik Hybrid, we certainly suggest giving some of the older generation products a go if the newer models stretch your budget.

 

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