Callaway Epic Flash Hybrid

New to the Epic Flash range, we test out Callaway's brand new hybrid.

Callaway Epic Flash Hybrid Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

Contender for being the best new hybrid launched in 2019.

Reasons to buy
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    An all-around quality hybrid.

Reasons to avoid
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    A minor annoyance, the small screw hole gathers dirt and can be hard to clean.

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Callaway Epic Flash Hybrid Review - New to the Epic Flash range, we test out Callaway's brand new hybrid.

Callaway Epic Flash Hybrid Review

Key Technology

  • Increased ball speed comes from Callaway’s Jailbreak Technology, featuring two internal bars that link the crown with the sole to stiffen the face and transfer more energy at impact.
  • New Metal-Injected Molded tungsten weights optimise launch and ball flight. One is positioned inside and a second is located on the sole to perfectly manage swing weight.
  • A Triaxial Carbon fabric called T2C features in the crown, saving weight that is then redistributed lower and deeper to promote an easy launch and increased forgiveness.

Looks

A large, confidence-inspiring profile with a fairly symmetrical shape. The subtle Callaway chevron helps position the ball centrally, while the carbon fibre weave pattern on the crown adds some techy flare to the look.

GM Verdict

Hybrids need to be easy to hit and the Epic Flash is one of the best around. It’s large hitting area immediately boost confidence and this is then enhance when you experience the feel from the sweetspot. Fast, explosive and driver-like in its sensation, the Epic Flash unsurprisingly produced above average ball speeds. Testing in 19°, our average carry distance surpassed the 225-yard mark. Knowing the forgiveness is there means you can swing hard and fast, leading to longer carries, and we didn’t find it missed left regularly like some game-improvement hybrids can. This is helped by the low spin of well under 4000 rpm, which is a little bit of a concern out on the course when you make a bad swing and miss the middle.

You might find that one degree higher loft than you currently play via the adjustable Opti-Fit hosel will give you the best balance of launch, flight, spin and forgiveness while also providing extra stopping power when hitting into greens. The screw hole in the sole does tend to gather dirt, a minor annoyance, but its generous width allows it to glide through with minimal interference.

It’s size and flight would suggest the mid-to-high handicapper would benefit most from its performance but really anyone looking for a hybrid that’s easy to hit would benefit. Factor in the premium components, like the Golf Pride Align grip and Mitsubishi Tensei stock shaft, as well as the impressive performance and the Epic Flash is a contender for being the best new hybrid launched in 2019.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

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 86 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 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x