Expert Review: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero FairwayPublished on 04/06/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Tyler Price
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
The Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Fairway is a lower-launching, lower-spinning club that offers plenty of distance. It is geared toward a lower handicapper who is a solid ball striker and is looking for a second option off the tee; or, for those who would like to lower their launch with a 3 wood.
About the club I own
- Model: Maverik Sub Zero 3 Wood
- Loft setting: 15°
- Shaft type: Graphite
- Shaft flex: Tour X Flex
- Average score: 78
- Handicap: 5
- Experience: 6 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid to high
- Golf ball used: Taylormade TP5X
- Club swing speed: 118mph (driver)
- When I bought the club: November 2021
- Days tested: 5 months
- Where I’ve used it: Range, course, and simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: All weather conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking to upgrade from an older Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero 3 Wood. I needed a good driver replacement off the tee to ensure distance and workability when aiming for the fairway. My main goal was to find a club that was hot when my driver wasn’t doing it for me.
Why I chose this club
I also considered the TaylorMade Sim TI. However I liked the look of the Mavrik more; this club features an all-black, glossy crown compar
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance this club generates is top notch and is due to the fact that it also generates low spin due to its weight toward the face of the club. I see considerably more distance than with my previous 3 wood.
- Feel: The flash face and the carbon in this club’s crown make it feel as if the ball is springing off the club face.
- Sound: The sound off the face is pure; a subtle thud due to the carbon crown.
- Workability: With the smaller head and the weight forward, I can shape my shots as both a draw and fade as needed. To change the weights in this club, one uses the tool used for the driver to unscrew the weights. Either the heavy or the lighter weights can be placed in the front or back holes.
- Shaft Feel: Even though the Tensei White 1k is stiff, it’s feel helps me to lower my ball flight, and it loads nicely.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This club features a very simple yet “out-there” look, which I enjoy.
- Grip Feel: The Z Cord grip is very hard and doesn't allow the club to wiggle much in my hands.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Adjustability: This club is not adjustable, as it has a fixed hosel. However, one can move the heavy weight to the back to make it a little higher-launching and higher-spin. And if one moves the weight to the front, the club is more lower-launching and lower-spin. Though the lack of an adjustable hosel is a major oversight, as this helps to more precisely tweak ball flights.
- Launch Angle: This club launches a bit lower when striking from the fairway, meaning I have to play the roll more, as my ball will not hold the green.
- Spin: The spin this club generates is often low for holding greens very well. I only generate about 2400rpms of backspin with this club, which is closer to a driver’s spin number.
- Forgiveness: When the weights are centered at the front on the club, it causes it to be less forgiving. Off-center hits still travel just as far yardage wise, but the lateral dispersion is very wide; toe hits go far left and hook, while heel hits fade right.
Best shot with this club
My best shot with this club was on a 300-yard par 4; I used this 3 wood from the tee and landed the ball 10 yards short of the green. It bounced and rolled up to 20 feet for a nice eagle put on the next shot.
Value for the money vs. other options
I believe this is a very high-quality 3 wood that offers competitive ball speeds to anything else on the market right now. Similarly priced and performing options include the TaylorMade Stealth and Stealth 2 3 woods, as well as the new Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond 3 wood. However, the Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero is an overall cheaper option that also offers a very similar low spin.
I think this club would be perfect for the lower handicap player who is looking for a good option off the tee and can work the ball to provide more spin, as this is a lower-spin set up. For me, this club is a weapon that provides a good launch and spin for higher-swing-speed players.