Only by testing all three models you know for sure which model is best for you but we're confident through a custom fitting that the Epic 21 drivers will beat what is currently in your bag.
Fast and forgiving from a wide area and with three models that cater for all player types and shot shapes.
Better players may have preferred the low spin option to have a smaller profile.
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Callaway Epic 21 Drivers Review Video: Joel Tadman tests all three models on the course
The Epic Speed now runs alongside the Rogue ST drivers for 2022, which has since replaced the Mavrik in the line up.
Callaway Epic 21 Drivers Review
Unsurprisingly, Callaway continue to utilise its involvement with Artificial Intelligence, spreading its influence to the design of the Jailbreak as well as the Flash Faces.
Visually at address the three models look very different, but not how you might expect. It’s customary for the ‘low spin’ model to also have the most compact profile, appealing to the better player that likes to shape the ball, but this crown in fact goes to the Epic Speed.
The Epic Max LS (low spin), by comparison, has a more stretched out look, which becomes even more exaggerated in the Epic Max. The slimline look of Epic Speed may be intimidating for some, but all three are easy to align and undoubtedly strike an ideal balance of catching your eye without looking cheap or gimmicky.
Callaway sent us the entire contents of their Opti-Fit fitting cart for 2021 to test these drivers. With the abundance of choice it was the Mitsubishi MMT 60 shaft in x-stiff we settled on.
Our first take away would be that these drivers feel fantastic. The heads are powerful, solid and stable in equal measure with a relatively high pitched sound at impact that was most prominent with Epic Speed, but not as off-putting as it was in Epic Flash.
We didn’t get any more clubhead speed from the cyclone head shape of Mavrik last year, but in a change of fortune, we increased our clubhead speed with Epic Speed by nearly 2mph over the other Epic 21 models.
This meant the Epic Speed was the fastest for us overall but did spin more and travel on a flight we would deem to be higher than optimal.
In the same loft, it was interesting to see the Epic Max LS spin around 300 rpm less than Epic Speed and fly on a flatter, stronger trajectory and carrying a touch further.
Lofting down to 8° on Epic Speed meant it matched Epic Max LS for distance, albeit again with more spin and on a higher flight.
The Epic Max undoubtedly provides the most forgiveness and spin, ideal for golfers that need help to keep the ball in the air and strike lots of different areas of the face.
But for us, it came down to a choice between Epic Speed and Epic Max LS and the deciding factors come around the looks, feel and flight.
The Epic Max LS has a larger footprint behind the ball and also provides shot shape adjustability, which allows golfers to either control their bad shot or encourage a particular shot shape.
On centred hits, we’re confident we’d get more distance out of Epic Speed because of the ability to swing it faster, but Epic Max LS has the lower spin seemed to work better for our swing speed at generating distance.
It was hard to tell if one was more forgiving than the other, although the higher spin of Epic Speed meant high toe shots didn't fall out of the sky as quickly where the spin often drops off.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.3.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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