REVIEW: Callaway MAVRIK Sub-Zero Driver

Winning the Gamer Spot (Again)
Every year the “Gamer” spots are up for grabs in the iGolfReviews bag.  I’m open to playing any brand, as long as they offer me the best performance.  As I test clubs from all the different companies, they all have a chance to earn the coveted “gamer” spot in my bag.  The driver spot has been held by Callaway for the last 4 years and it appears that 2020 will be no different with the Mavrik Sub-Zero Driver winning the gamer spot.
The Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero Driver is a modest improvement over the Epic Flash.  There wasn’t a huge leap in technology or a dramatic change in look or design, but rather a refinement of an already excellent driver.  While they shifted names, the Mavrik looks and feels much like previous Callaway designs.  It has Jailbreak, Flash Face, Adjustable hosel, interchangeable weights and A.I. designed acoustics.   Many of these features have been used in previous models.  The new combination, design and tweaks make it even a little bit better than the past models.
The Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero Driver’smost noticeable change is the sound.  The Epic had really great sound, the Epic Flash was rather harsh and the Mavrik is back to that great sound like the Epic.  It has the composite muted tone that really is soothing to the ears.  While the A.I. design of the flash face offered benefits, the sound was not great.  They retooled the A.I. for the Mavrik and created the same benefits of Flash Face, but improved the sound immensely.
One of the main reasons the Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero Driver won the gamer spot again is simply confidence.  I think because I have played Callaway drivers for so many seasons, the new one just looks, feels and performs right the very first time I hit it.  I don’t have to adjust, think or chance my swing to get the most out of it.  That instant confidence also means instant performance on the course.  I can literally swing for the fences right out of the box.  Having a couple extra favorite shafts to install and test don’t hurt either.  But even with all that confidence, if it didn’t perform, I would pull it and give the spot to a more worthy driver.
The Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero Driver that won the gamer slot came in the 9.0* which still has plenty of launch especially with the heavier weight in the back.  The new Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI in the 60 gram stiff shaft is a really nice partner to this head too.  I also spent some time with the KBS TD shaft in the head and the Graphite Design Tour AD VR shaft.  I left the hosel alone in the neutral position and found that my preferred shot shape is just straight, and misses could go both directions.  It isn’t a solution to any major swing flaws.  It it probably more anti-left than anti-right.  
The performance of the Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero Driver is still what keeps it in the bag after testing.  While it isn’t drastically different, the minor tweaks made this club perform just little bit better than the Epic Flash.  I picked up about 1 MPH in speed with this club and just a tiny reduction of spin.  That makes the combo just a couple yards longer.  I was already long with the Epic Flash, but this new average is long.

Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Driver

  • Spin: 1941 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 14.5*
  • Dispersion: 5.9 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 108.9 mph
  • Ball Speed: 163.0 mph
  • Total Distance:  302.7 yds
  • Carry Distance:  285.4 yds

The Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero Driver is my gamer.  It is a slight improvement on previous models.  While the average golfer might not be able to notice that extra yard or mph, they will notice the improved sound.  I like how it inspires confidence on every swing and backs it up with winning performance for 2020.

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Quick Hits:
+Great sound
+Slight improvement
+Still long
+Low spin

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