Expert Review: Callaway Epic Max LS DriverPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Quinn McCahon
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
The Callaway Epic Max LS driver is an extremely low-spin, forgiving driver. It has great feel, workability, and adjustability. Extremely long off the tee, the adjustable weighting allows me to tailor a certain shot shop or combat a miss. In my opinion, this driver is one of the best options on the market for a mid-lower handicap player.
About the club I own
- Model: Callaway Epic Max LS Driver
- Loft setting: 9°
- Shaft type: Project X MMT 60g
- Shaft flex: X-Stiff
- Average score: 82
- Handicap: 8
- Experience: Three years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid
- Golf ball used: Callaway Chrome Soft X LS
- Club swing speed: 110mph (drives)
- When I bought the club: February 2022
- Days tested: 50
- Where I’ve used it: Range, private/public courses, & simulators. Mostly Chester Valley Country Club in Malvern, PA, which is my country club, and Downingtown Golf Club in Downingtown, PA
- Weather and wind conditions: Sunshine, rain, windy, cold weather
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new driver after breaking my previous one, a Cobra RadSpeed, on a golf trip in Phoenix. I was looking for a long driver that gave me more forgiveness and adjustability while maintaining my distance. I found that the RadSpeed had the distance but lacked the forgiveness. The adjustable weighting system allowed me to dial in my miss and play my stock cut shot.
Why I chose this club
I chose this club because the consistency was, by far, the best in my testing (I tested the TaylorMade Stealth and the Sim2 as well). The feel was unique off the club face and I was able to play my shot shape time after time. I never sacrificed any distance and it provided the low-spin numbers I was looking for.
What I love about it
- Distance: This club is super long and low spinning. I was able to drop at least 400 rpm of spin. The A.I.-designed flash face is engineered to provide low spin and high ball speeds while maximizing forgiveness.
- Feel: The titanium face has a super-soft feel, especially with a softer compression ball. It feels like it flies off the club face.
- Sound: The sound is very dull; not too loud. It just sounds hot off the face.
- Workability: I play mostly my cut-shot shape, but I can work it left-to-right if needed. The adjustable weight allowed me to dial in a shape when I was struggling with a certain miss. Advanced-aerodynamic head construction promotes lower drag for increased head speed and ball speed. And it also lets me feel the head more for workability.
- Adjustability: The hosel has a bunch of different settings, and paired with the adjustable weight, I can dial in a certain shape or combat a miss I am struggling with.
- Shaft Feel: The shaft is a great choice. Not too stiff of a tip and very stable. This allows me to get through the ball better. I do not feel like the shaft is laying behind me too much. I can fully rotate.
- Shaft Performance: The lower spin construction paired with this shaft is still a good window for launch and provides the ball speed/spin numbers I am looking for.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The carbon top with the matte underlay is a sleek look. I love the accents of gray, white, and green as well.
- Grip Feel: I have the Golf Pride Z-Grip Align and love the feel. The driver came with a Callaway-branded grip, but the grip was too small. I matched my iron & wedge grip.
- Launch Angle: The launch is mid-low, which is a great trajectory. This is ideal because I have a faster swing speed and the ball penetrates the air. This allows me to maximize my distance.
- Spin: Spin was perfect at low 2000s range. This allows for that penetrating flight, long distance off the tee, and some extra yardage with roll out. The ball does not get caught up in the air.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: The driver is not the most game-improving, forgiving driver. It is definitely meant for mid-lower handicappers. For those who are not high-swing-speed players, they will probably not launch this in a great window. This will most likely result in too low of a launch angle and will not maximize the launch & spin.
Best shot with this club
I hit this club on most tee shots—consistently hitting fairways. There were multiple 300+ bombs that were penetrating, low-spin, and provided the amazing feel that comes with the Epic Max LS Driver. I used this club driving the green on a short par 4 back in May. That was probably my best drive ever.
Value for the money vs. other options
If deciding against top drivers like the TaylorMade Stealth, Cobra LTD, or Titleist TSI3, the feel and distance is unmatched. In my opinion, the Epic Max is a more forgiving option than these drivers. When comparing cheaper alternatives, like the Callaway Mavrick or Cobra King RadSpeed, the Epic Max LS is a more adjustable, forgiving option that provides distance and low spin.
The Callaway Epic Max LS is, in my opinion, one of the best drivers on the market for a mid-lower handicap player. There aren’t many clubs able to provide this combination of distance, feel, control, and adjustability. Players seeking a low-spin option with high ball speed, forgiveness, and adjustability should consider the Callaway Epic Max LS.