Expert Review: Callaway Mavrik Pro HybridPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the club, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2020.
All photos courtesy of Caley Campbell
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the club, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2020.
The Callaway Mavrik Pro Hybrid is a club I have come to rely on from the fairway, tee, and rough. It consistently launches the ball high and lands on the green soft. I would recommend this club for mid to low handicaps, searching for a sleek-looking hybrid that offers predictable results.
About the club I own
- Model: Callaway Mavrik Pro 2020
- Loft setting: 20°
- Shaft type: KBS Hybrid 80
- Shaft flex: Extra Stiff
- Average score: 72
- Handicap: 0
- Experience: 25 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-Handed
- Typical ball flight: High Draw
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5X
- Club swing speed: 100mph (hybrid)
- When I bought the club: July 2020
- Days tested: 100+ days
- Where I’ve used it: Notably, St. George's Golf & Country Club (site of 2022 RBC Canadian Open for the PGA Tour), driving range, and simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: All Weather Conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a club that would be reliable from any lie on the golf course. For me, reliability meant I could expect consistent yardages, predictable ball flight, and something that would stop relatively quickly on the putting surface.
Why I chose this club
I was in a position where I could test the leading hybrids in golf. I had narrowed my search down to the TaylorMade GAPR and Callaway Mavrik Pro. While both clubs performed well, I found that the GAPR performed better off the tee than in various lies around the course, while the Mavrik Pro had consistent results from tee to green.
What I love about it
- Distance: Callaway has brought its A.I. face technology to the Mavrik Pro for the first time in a hybrid, allowing for maximized ball speeds. In addition to this, I find the distances to be predictable from a variety of lies.
- Feel: I have always been someone to have longer irons in my bag over a hybrid, one of the main factors being the superior feel. This hybrid feels more like a Pro model should, nice and soft, but with exceptional distance.
- Shaft Performance: While the shaft is lighter for a hybrid, it offers the stability I expect when taking full swings at higher speeds. The sleek matte black color is a secondary benefit that has really grown on me with each use.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Incredible. There are a lot of hybrids on the market that look too much like fairway woods. The Mavrik Pro looks like a shallow-faced iron with more support behind the clubhead.
- Launch Angle:_ _The consistent launch angle is a huge factor for me. The golf ball almost always launches high, creating a lot of carrying and stopping power on the greens.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Sound: There isn’t anything wrong with the sound. It just isn’t noteworthy.
- Workability: While I love the predictability of the high draw and reliable distance, I cannot work the ball any other way. If the situation calls for a cut, I have to club down to a long iron or club up to a fairway wood.
- Adjustability: The Mavrik Pro isn’t equipped with any adjustability features.
- Forgiveness: Like most Pro models, I must hit this club around the center of the clubface to see consistent results. For those looking for forgiveness, this isn’t the club.
Best shot with this club
My best shot with this club occurred in the past couple of months. I found myself about 240 yards from the flag, in the rough, on a slight downhill lie. The pin was tucked behind a front greenside bunker and didn’t appear to be overly accessible. So, with nothing to lose, I opted for my Mavrik Pro hybrid and put the best swing I could on the ball. When I got to the green, I saw my ball mark a few feet in front of the flag and my ball a few feet behind the flag - and for those wondering, I made the eagle putt!
Value for the money vs. other options
Hybrids can be expensive, especially Pro models. I talked about testing the TaylorMade GAPR earlier, and while I didn’t make my decision based on cost, a club that I felt didn’t perform up to the same standard as the Mavrik Pro was selling for upwards of 30% more in price. I would venture to say that I’d have happily paid more for my hybrid, and therefore the value is exceptional.
This club has allowed me to take a long iron out of my bag and see more desirable results consistently. I won’t be replacing my Mavrik Pro hybrid anytime soon.