Callaway Irons (Mavrik, Mavrik Max, Mavrik Pro) Review

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The Callaway Mavrik Irons introduces a whole new level of technology to the game, with each iron having its own unique design. Whether you're a Callaway fan or not, the Mavrik is a line of clubs you'll want to try the next time you're out on the field.
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Callaway Mavrik Irons Fast Facts:

  • Launch date: January 23, 2020
  • Launch price: $799
  • Handicap range: Low, Mid, High
  • Best for: Male & Female
  • Hands: Both
  • Set makeup: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW, AW

Callaway certainly went above and beyond with its technology in this particular irons set, 

The Mavrik family consists of three members: the Mavrik, the Mavrik Max, and the Mavrik Pro.

In this Callaway Mavrik Irons review, we’ll go over what makes each one unique, as well as which irons would be the greatest fit for your game.

If you’re unsure which set to get, pay close attention to our evaluation, specifically the section involving appearance, feel, and sound.

Mavrik

PROSCONS
Extremely long Not a great tool at controlling distance 
Has fairly decent forgiveness A bit chunky 
Enables you to achieve pretty straight shots Makes it harder to work the ball when needed

The standard Callaway Mavrik iron is a game-improvement iron specifically designed for achieving greater distance. If you’ve been looking to cover more distance when playing, this set is worth a look. It’s very forgiving compared to the Pro set but lesser than the Max set.

This irons set has all the gimmicky features of the other Mavrik irons, such as the AI-built clubface. If you want to know how many yards you’re gaining compared with your previous irons,  I’d recommend getting on a launch monitor. You can find one at your local club fitter or at the bigger golf equipment stores in your area. Don’t forget to bring your old irons for comparison.  Most launch monitors tend to inflate their figures to get you excited and want to buy the clubs right away without evaluating other, more cost-effective alternatives.

Mavrik Max

PROSCONS
Has extreme forgivenessNot attractive at address since it’s super chunky
Features decent length Proves harder to work the ball when needed
Bias for straight shots 

If you’re a high handicap player or consider yourself a poor ball-striker, the Callaway Mavrik Max Irons are worthy of consideration.  The Max set is a superb game improvement set with the distinction of being the most forgiving club on the market. This feat means you’re getting thick toplines, a low center of gravity, wide soles, and no shortage of perimeter weighting.

The finished product is a club that releases the ball into the air as effortlessly and quickly as possible. It’s ideal for players who struggle to get the ball in the air, either due to swing speed or angle of impact.

To be honest, most golfers don’t practice enough and aren’t naturally good enough to consistently hit the center of the clubface. Fortunately, the Max set has a much bigger sweet spot, allowing you to miss the center of the clubface by up to an inch without as much consequence.

Mavrik Pro

PROSCONS
Excellent feel upon impact Less forgiving
Better distance controlMakes working the ball easier, which isn’t good if you already slice or hook the ball
Provides a cleaner look at address 
Makes working the ball easier  

The Callaway Mavrik Pro iron is a players’ iron through and through. It has a thinner profile designed for better control rather than an increase in distance or forgiveness. Every strike you make right at the center is rewarded with exceptional distance control, while off-center hits get punished with a terrible feel and a disastrous result. If you aren’t confident that you can consistently hit the center of the clubface, then probably this isn’t the set for you. Compared to other game improvement irons, it’s significantly easier to work the ball using this set of clubs.

Verdict

Features And Benefits

The Callaway Mavrik Irons were specifically designed with ball speed in mind. Callaway made them both lengthy and forgiving by applying the same face cup technology that worked so well on the Rogue Irons.

Further, the Flash Face Technology has been incorporated in an iron clubface. The Mavrik, like other game improvement irons, comes with powerful lofts in the Mavrik model of the club. However, the lofts on the Pro and Max are not as strong.

Player Handicap

The Mavrik Irons are game improvement irons for mid handicappers. If you consistently shoot above 87 while keeping your score under 100, this is the perfect option for you.

Meanwhile, the Mavrik Max is the super game-improvement prototype. The Max boasts of a broader sole, lower center of gravity, and greater loft to help beginners and high handicappers get the ball up in the air.

Don’t expect Max to provide extra distance, though; while it’s quite long, each iron has slightly more loft than the standard Mavrik.

Finally, the Mavrik Pro Irons are the players’ irons. These clubs are ideal for golfers with a handicap of 3-10.

Shaft Options

Like other Callaway products, you can purchase these Mavrik irons with an entire range of shaft options. The default shaft for the steel model will be the True Temper Elevate 95. Meanwhile, the Project X Catalyst will be the stock shaft in the Graphite. The Catalyst is the newer option for Callaway since they used Synergy previously. The Catalyst is a Mid Torque, Mid Kickpoint, and Midweight shaft. 

When placing a custom shaft in these clubs, make sure that you’re aware of the torque, kick point, and weight. The majority of testing made by golf manufacturers is done with the stock shafts in place.

Don’t be surprised if the ball flight and distance aren’t the same once you install a heavy shaft in the club. It’s best to have a fitting done every time you deviate from any of these stock options. 

Look/Sound/Feel

It’s no secret that Callaway’s Rogue iron performed incredibly well in 2019. It was a huge step up from the XR Irons, providing players with all the loft, distance, and spin rates they could ever want.

If there’s one thing that golfers didn’t like about the Rouge, it was the feel. After all, achieving the incredible feeling of a forged club into a cavity back iron isn’t as easy as it sounds.

The addition of urethane microspheres in the clubhead improves the feel of the Mavrik irons. Upon impact, the urethane microspheres work hard to minimize and absorb any vibration.

The black, orange, and silver color scheme is also a departure from the Rogue irons of last year. They have a sleek appearance and are not as clumsy as the Big Bertha Irons of Callaways’ past.

Distance

Like all irons in the market today, the lofts on all Callaway Mavrik irons provide plenty of length. When the said lofts are combined with the face cup technology and the flash face, the resulting ball speed is unrivaled. 

The Mavrik is the optimal choice for players who struggle with distance. The strong lofts combined with the somewhat thinner sole compared to the Max Irons will provide you with the formula you need to achieve the distance you lack in your game.

To give you an idea of the specs for the three sets, the Pitching Wedge has the following lofts:

Callaway Mavrik41 degrees
Mavrik Pro43 degrees
Mavrik Max: 43 degrees

Notice that the Max and Pro have identical lofts. The reason behind this is rather simple.  Players who need to develop their game require some added launch on their shots.

Players with extremely high swing speeds can hit the ball far without altering the makeup of their irons.

Some of the best golfers are worried that they can hit a seven iron two hundred yards since it creates different gaps in their bag. 

Forgiveness

The center of gravity for each iron can be adjusted using the new tungsten energy core. This allows each loft to capture optimal launch angles.

The difference between a pitching wedge and a long iron is no longer just loft; the actual center of gravity has been calibrated specifically for each club.

Price 

The associated pricing for the Callaway Mavrik and Mavrik Max belongs to the average tier of excellent iron sets for mid handicappers. Meanwhile, the Mavrik Pro irons are on the lower tier of the premium set of player irons. 

Key Takeaway

The Callaway Mavrik introduces a whole new level of technology to the game, with each iron having its own unique design. Not to mention, moving the center of gravity is an incredible, state-of-the-art technology.

Irons are now longer than they were a few years ago; if you’re playing with clubs that are four or more years old, these Callaway models will likely fly longer and straighter.

Whether you’re a Callaway fan or not, the Mavrik is a line of clubs you’ll want to try the next time you’re out on the field. 

Compare with: Taylormade R7 Irons: 2021 Review

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