Callaway Mavrik Irons Review

In this Callaway Mavrik Irons review, Joel Tadman tests and compares the three models to see how the performance differs

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Golf Monthly Verdict

Across the three models, golfers of varying abilities from high single figure handicap upwards should be able to find a model that suits their performance needs and visual preferences. All three feel fast, are easy to hit, and produce consistent ball flights.

Reasons to buy
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    Seemed easy to hit the Mavrik and Mavrik Max irons straight and long

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    The Pro provides a softer feel and enhanced workability

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    All three offered ample forgiveness off center

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Reasons to avoid
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    Some crossover in performance between the models

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    The unconventional spec changes through the models is a little confusing

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Callaway Mavrik Irons Review

On the face of it, literally, the Mavrik range could well comprise one of the most complex design concepts we’ve seen in recent years – you can read more about the technology here. It features two oversized models built for distance and a more compact Pro model aimed at the slightly lower handicapper that still wants good distance in a more refined package.

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The set up of the iron range is a little strange, it is actually the standard model that has the strongest loft (7-iron is 27°) whereas the Mavrik Max iron is more traditional at 30°, but has a longer stock shaft.

Consumers would be forgiven for thinking it was the Max that provided the most amount of distance, but given the difference in loft it was a good five yards behind the standard based on our testing on the Foresight Sports GCQuad using Titleist Pro V1x golf balls.

The Pro (7-iron 30.5°) and the Max actually produced similar ball speed and carry distances, but in very different ways. The Max launches the ball a lot higher with a touch more spin, undoubtedly producing good stopping power. It is also much more forgiving than the Pro, which requires more attention to be paid to the strike to achieve good distance.

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From left-to-right, the Mavrik Pro, Mavrik and Mavrik Max irons at address

The Mavrik and Mavrik Max aren’t the prettiest irons to look at behind the ball because of the very thick topline and varying degrees of offset. In stark contrast, the Mavrik Pro is a thing of beauty with its lighter satin chrome finish and players’ profile behind the ball.

If you’re looking for out and out distance, the Mavrik iron is clearly the way to go. Balls come off like a rocket with a powerful ‘thwack’ and with low spin helping to strengthen the flight. It is surprisingly forgiving for what is essentially a 5-iron with a 7 written on the bottom and gets the ball in the air with relative ease, although not as successfully as the Max.

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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