Expert Review: Callaway Mavrik Max FairwayPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the fairway wood, which I bought with my own money in October 2020.
About this review This review is my honest opinion of the fairway wood, which I bought with my own money in October 2020.
The Mavrik Max Fairway Woods are suitable for all levels of play. They are the perfect clubs to have in your bag to separate your driver and irons. In my opinion, this is absolutely amazing technology put out from Callaway!
About the club I own
- Model: 2020 Callaway Mavrik Max Fairway Wood
- Loft setting: 7W (Fixed at 21 degrees)
- Shaft type: Atmos Red 6
- Shaft flex: X-Stiff
- Average score: ~80
- Handicap: Currently 5.1
- Experience: 27 years
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Low
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5
- Club swing speed: Around 115-120mph with a Fairway Wood
- When I bought the club: October 2020
- Days tested: 45-60 days on either a course, range or simulator.
- Where I’ve used it: Courses, range (mats and turf), and indoor simulator. Some notable courses I’ve been able to use this club at would be TPC Scottsdale (Stadium and Champions Course), Troon North Golf Club, The Golf Club of Houston, The Rio Grande Club in Southfork, Rawls Course (Texas Tech University Course) and many others.
- Weather and wind conditions: I’ve played the Mavrik Max in the wet and windy spring days of Texas, and it glides through turf with ease. I’ve also played in the dry summer droughts where you can’t even stick a tee in the ground. Even in the sandy deserts of Arizona, there are no issues!
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a club to help me with my 230-250 yard distances. I wasn’t looking for a utility iron, I wanted another wood that could give me a little height with the launch.
Why I chose this club
I decided on this club because of the reputation that the Mavrik series has with the golfing community. The key technologies of the Flash Face and Jailbreak chassis intrigued me into trying the Fairway Wood.
I was also very interested in trying the Cobra Speedzone, but was drawn more to the larger head design of the Callaway Mavrik Max.
What I love about it
- Distance: The perfect club I was looking for to help me fill the 230-250 yard gap I had in my bag! My 3 iron maxes at 225 and my 3 wood hits 260, so this was the perfect club to fit that gap between clubs.
- Forgiveness: Extremely forgiving. The larger club head at address helps tremendously with confidence of the shot. The Flash Face and Callaway Jailbreak technology definitely helps get the ball up with ease.
- Feel: Great feel, even on miss-hits. The ball is always going to be airborne.
- Sound: No complaints on sound either. One of the quieter metal woods on the market.
- Shaft Feel: Amazing, I have the Atmos Red 6 in all my woods.
- Shaft Performance: The Atmos Red helps me get my desired shot angle with my woods.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Subtle fades with the Carbon Fiber make it an amazingly sleek looking club.
- Launch Angle: Like I stated with the Atmos Shaft, the combination of shaft and loft of the fairway wood gets me a higher, more airborne launch angle into greens.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: The weighting in the heel makes it hard to create a fade with the Fairway Wood.
- Adjustability: My biggest complaint with the club is that it is not adjustable. There is no adjustable shaft adaptor to connect to the head, it is old school epoxied straight to the shaft. Set weight spots also make weight distribution adjustments very impossible. What helped me get past the lack of adjustability would be the technology incorporated into the design. Callaway Jailbreak technology on the chassis of the club stops the need from making any adjustments to the club.
- Grip Feel: I changed my grip to the Jumbomax from Golf Pride MCC+4, not a big issue.
Best shot with this club
Last summer, while vacationing in Arizona, I was lucky enough to play both TPC Scottsdale courses. On the 10th hole of the Champions Course, I smashed a drive which left me about 260 to the pin on this long Par 5. We had a little tail wind with us, so I knew that I wanted to get it in the air a little bit. I pulled out my Mavrik Max 7W to try and get some height on the ball and ride the wind into the green, nice and soft. I hit it solid, just like it allows for every shot, and landed it about 5 feet from the pin for an Eagle try. Definitely one of the most reliable clubs in my bag.
Value for the money vs. other options
In comparison to its TaylorMade and Titleist counterparts, it definitely will perform with some of the best clubs out there. Not sure that you will be able to find a more inexpensive option to provide you the level of output you would see in the TaylorMade Sim2 Max or the Titleist TS2.
The Callaway Mavrix Max Fairway Wood is an absolutely amazing fairway wood that would satisfy any golfer's bag. They are extremely easy to hit, while not skimping on distance. I’ve had mine in the bag for quite a while, and I’m not expecting to take it out any time soon.