Expert Review: Callaway Mavrik DriverPublished on 03/14/2023 · 7 min readThis review is my own honest opinion of the driver, which I bought with my own money in January 2021.
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About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the driver, which I bought with my own money in January 2021.
The Callaway Mavrik Driver is geared to golfers of all abilities, but best suits the mid-low handicapper the best. It is an outstanding driver.
About the club I own
- Model: 2019 Callaway Mavrik Driver
- Loft setting: 9° with adjustable loft sleeve
- Shaft type: Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70g
- Shaft flex: X-Stiff
- Average score: 70
- Handicap: +3
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right
- Typical ball flight: Mid-high
- Golf ball used: Titleist ProV1x
- Club swing speed: 119 mph with driver
- When I bought the club: January 2021
- Days tested: 7 days
- Where I’ve used it: Hillcrest Country Club at Boise, ID
- Weather and wind conditions: Cool, dry, and calm
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking to upgrade from an old Ping driver I had used for 10 years. I wanted something with a lower launch and more forgiveness, plus an extra stiff shaft. The Callaway Mavrik driver looked like a good option. This driver could be for beginner golfers, average golfer, and advanced players.
Why I chose this club
I wasn’t looking for more distance, so I tested several drivers, including the Titleist TS2 and TS4, the Taylormade SIM, the Taylormade Stealth Plus driver, the Ping G425, and the Callaway Mavrik driver. I was between the SIM and the Mavrik, but after several separate range sessions with the two, I discovered that the Callaway Mavrik driver was much more forgiving. With Jailbreak technology, which places two internal bars behind the face to re-channel energy for fast ball speed, I found that I could completely miss the center of the face and still hit just as far.
What I love about it
- Distance: I didn’t gain any yardage, but I already averaged 310+, and gaining distance was not what I was looking for. No driver I tested gave me any extra distance, and what I love about the Callaway Mavrik driver is that I do not need to hit it square to hit it far, even on off-center hits. A slight draw was effortless, for amateurs it will keep the slice to a minimum.
- Forgiveness: With the internal Jailbreak bars technology, forgiveness is unmatched. My old Ping needed to be hit perfectly square to crush it. Occasionally I will hit on the heel or toe, but I wouldn't know with the flash face technology. With the Callaway Mavrik driver, I can hit it pretty much anywhere near the center of the face to hit bombs. The club doesn't have a high MOI. In fact, the MOI is lower than the previous Epic Flash model.
- Feel: A square shot feels absolutely smashed, and the technology is very responsive. I know immediately where on the face I hit it and how well I struck it, which is very helpful in practice.I also like the way the sole feels on the ground at address; for me, it's stable.
- Sound: My Ping had a very high-pitched explosive sound, so it was difficult to find a driver to match that sound. At first, I wasn’t a big fan of the lower-pitched and thicker sound of the Callaway Mavrik driver. However, I have really come around to it. It’s powerful and loud.
- Shaft Feel: The shaft is awesome. Moving from stiff to extra stiff was a game-changer. I could bring my ball flight way down with a much lower spin with this shaft. I've played project x in the past. I also like the weight and feel of the shaft because it makes the driver feel much more responsive. It allows me to get a better feel of my swing plane and speed, and my clubhead speed felt fast. Shaft options for me include the Mitsubishi tensei av blue, or the fujikura ventus blue.
- Shaft Performance: I love the performance of the shaft, as well. It is consistent in its kick point and release. I can count on ball flight and spin consistency. I kept optimal speed with the stock shaft. There are several stock shaft options available to all players.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The Callaway Mavrik driver looks great. The slick glossy top is very appealing to the eye, and the face is very smooth-looking. It doesn’t look gimmicky or silly at all.
- Grip Feel: I have a standard tour velvet grip on it, which I really like. It’s consistent in all conditions and feels great with or without a glove.
- Launch Angle: The loft setting, movable weight and shaft provide for a great mid-high launch angle. The cg and the moment of inertia are placed where it's easier to hit the driver. I used to hit a very high ballooning driver, so this was a nice change. I felt weight savings from the lighter shaft. I get a lot more roll-out. I can also set my tee up lower and hit low stingers with the Callaway Mavrik driver, which was impossible with my old driver. If I needed a higher launch it allowed me to change the settings.
- Spin: I like the low spin of this driver, but I think the shaft plays a bigger role in that than the clubhead itself. However, it’s a great combination and I get a lot more roll than I have with any other driver.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: I don’t like to work the driver very much, so it was not high on the priority list. I think the workability could be a bit better. I lost a bit of accuracy. The Mavrik Sub Zero model, however, is billed as the more workable model compared to the Callaway Mavrik driver. Although, when I do try to work the ball I feel that the standard Mavrik could be a touch better. I find hitting fades a bit uncontrollable but I don’t have any issues with the draw.
- Adjustability: The adjustability is not as easy as I would like it to be. The Callaway Mavrik driver uses the Optifit hosel, which uses letters and numbers that aren’t very clear in their meaning. While the physical aspect of adjusting the head is pretty standard, knowing what the letters and numbers mean is something I needed to Google. When I did figure it out, though, it was just as easy as any other driver adjustment.
Best shot with this club
There isn’t a particular shot that I can remember, but about once each round, I’ll hit that perfect high baby draw into the middle of the fairway. Nothing feels better than crushing this driver off the center of the face. The Callaway Mavrik driver is a lot of fun to use.
Value for the money vs. other options
I also tested the Titleist TS2 and TS4, Cleveland launcher xl, Cobra’s LTDx the Taylormade SIM, Taylormade Stealth HD, and the Ping G425 max. My final two were the Callaway Mavrik and the Cobra ltdx driver but I think the standard Mavrik Driver is a fantastic value for the money, especially because it’s an older model. I think if you’re upgrading from an older driver, this is the best one to get. It may not be the fastest driver. It didn't give me better distance. But with the more expansive area, thinner face, stability, adjustable hosels, and spin performance this club was next level for me. The Callaway golf Jailbreak technology is unmatched, and I can’t recommend it enough. It is one of the most forgiving driver clubs I've hit. Also one of the best golf drivers to me.
The Callaway Mavrik Driver is amazing. It feels fantastic, it sounds explosive, and it’s incredibly forgiving. The Callaway Mavrik Max driver is available for beginners, high handicappers, and those golfers with a slower club head speed.