And has also been the case with Epic products across the board, Epic hybrids are delivering golfers significant ball speed gains, which has been accomplished in multiple ways.
“The Epic hybrids take some of the technology from our fairway woods and some from our irons,” said Luke Williams, Callaway Senior Director of Global Product Strategy for Irons.
Of particular note, the Epic hybrids feature a lightweight Triaxial Carbon Crown, a first for Callaway in a hybrid, and the weight that was saved in constructing the crown allowed engineers to move the CG lower and deeper to optimize launch conditions, distance, and forgiveness.
Helping produce explosive distance and faster ball speeds from all impact points is Callaway’s next generation Hyper Speed Face Cup.
“The Face Cup allows the whole face to flex more, particularly as you move away from the center of the clubface, and that creates more ball speed,” Williams said. “We can control the thickness of the face, and that flex helps keep ball speeds up on mis-hits and low-center hits.”
Additionally, as is the case with the new Epic irons, what Callaway is calling a Tungsten-Infused Standing Wave has been included in the design of the Epic hybrids, which enables tungsten weight to be precisely injected into the clubhead to produce an optimal CG position and ideal performance for each loft.
And given that the Epic hybrids are adjustable (-1/+2 degrees of loft, as well as draw settings), that was no small task for Callaway’s design team.
“With an adjustable hosel like the Epic hybrids have, weighting can be a challenge, as the adjustable hosel wants to suck the weight toward the hosel and higher in the clubhead,” explained Williams. “The carbon crown saves weight that we can reposition and tungsten helps us lower the CG.”
One thing, however, that’s different about the Epic hybrids when compared to the Epic irons is who they were designed for.
While the irons weren’t designed with Tour players in mind given just how long they are, Callaway envisions significant Tour play when it comes to the Epic hybrids based on how playable they are.
“We’ve got a couple of Tour players already playing it,” Williams said. “Kevin Kisner won with one in his bag a couple of weeks ago, and I expect this will be a really good hybrid for us out on Tour.”
In terms of its profile, Epic falls sizewise between some of Callaway’s most recent and popular hybrid releases.
“It’s a little bit larger than the Apex but smaller than Steelhead, so it’s a nice size, and it’s been really well-received,” Williams said.
Epic hybrids are being offered in standard loft settings of 18, 20, 23, and 26 degrees and with the UST Mamiya Recoil ES 780 as a stock shaft offering in flexes ranging from light to extra stiff.
They are also available in both right- and left-handed models and come standard with Golf Pride New Decade grips.