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Fall Fitting series Part 3: Beauty and Brawn, Introducing Epic max star

DISCLAIMER: This is not a TOUR piece, gear head article, or anything I’m used to writing. This is for my Dad and acknowledging a moment where I saw his game transform in a way we haven’t seen in a long time.

I always wondered what kind of clubs Tony Stark would play. Yes, that’s a real thing. What would they look like? They’d have to be cool looking first and foremost, long, mindless, and two ticks shy of cheating.

I can see him in his lab telling Jarvis what he wants, and at the tail end of the speech, he’d utter, “and Jarvis, make em sexy.”

Introducing the Callaway Epic Star Max Driver, Fairway Woods Hybrids and Irons

So what do we have here?

Ultra-premium, SUPER light materials, and curb appeal for days. Hell, the Driver shaft is 30 grams!! That’s unheard of. Designed to run as a whole family or separate, the Epic Max Star was designed literally for a good time. It’s the kind of set you bust out when you play with someone you want to impress. Typically when something looks this good, it’ll fall short somewhere, not here. They are premium looking and, for the right player, serious in performance.

Why do I say the right player?

These clubs are designed to enhance the user experience for players that simply don’t swing all that fast. Whether it’s your avid golfer snowbird like my dad and his crew or female golfers in any demo that wanna hit bombs and look amazing.

Yes, they look cool, but what do they do?

First off, the Epic Max Star is for the player who likes high-end materials and needs the beefed-up help that our Max family offers. If Apex ‘21 is a Mercedes AMG, the Epic Star Max is a Maybach. That’s the best analogy I can think of.

The irons are long like DCB and feel like Apex Pro. The Woods are Epic Max in DNA but built to perform at lighter weights, and the hybrids follow suit.

My Dad is the Prototype Epic Max Star player:

The big guy (John Sr) is a 75-year-old, 17 handicap that plays 3-4 times a week. He is challenged by distance, ball speed, height, and lack of spin. So, in other words, the golfing Gods took it all away. HOWEVER, he keeps the ball in front of him and has a VERY salty short game. 

So how would Epic Star Max help a guy like this? Well, this set is actually optimized for my old man and a ton of his Palm Desert Snowbird buddies. I can’t go out and find him extra distance at his current speed, which is topped out at about 75-80MPH with a driver. This is where the Epic Star Max becomes downright incredible. The whole set is feather-light, I mean FEATHER light. We are talking 36G shafts in the driver; that’s 52 Grams lighter overall than Epic Max.

The irons offer a very fast forgiving face at a feather overall weight and give “Old Bud” every bit of help he would ever need. They launch VERY high and pack a serious ball speed punch. For a guy like my dad, it’s like going back 15 years. No bull 💩.

Epic Star Max vs my Dad’s gamers:

Driver: Picked 4 degrees of launch, 8 MPH of ball speed and 15 yards on AVG

Fairway Woods: Launch went up from 7 to 10 and his carry went up 12 yards

Hybrids: To be fair, he hits his current hybrids pretty damn well, but in this case, he hit the Epic Star Max higher and got roughly 5 yards more carry

Irons: This is where it got stupid. He not only launched it WAYYYY higher with Epic Star Max, but he was also a full club longer 7-PW. That’s at the same lofts!!!

Specs:

Epic Max Star comes in Driver (10.5, 12) 3-wood, 4-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood and 9-wood, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H and 8H AND 5-AW. All shafted up with super light premium UST shafts.

Driver
Irons
Fairway Woods
Hybrids

If I was to break down and buy my old man a set for Xmas, this is what I would order up.

Driver: Epic Max Star (12)

4-wood: Epic Max Star (16.5)

7-Wood: Epic Max Star (20)

9-wood: Epic Max Star (23) 

Hybrid #1: Epic Max Star 6H (26)

Hybrid #2: Epic Max star 7H (29)

Irons: 8-AW

SW: Jaws MD5 56W High Bounce

Chipper: Odyssey X-Act Chipper (he has one now and its a game changer)

Ball: CSX

This is a total unicorn set for my dad. It not only offers him launch and ball speed most important, but with the CSX, he can take advantage of his short game even more. Players in my Dad’s category tend to be launch and distance challenged, and until now, it was hard to find a balanced set at a lighter weight they could actually swing faster.

VERDICT?

Obviously, the Epic Max star isn’t anything you will find out on TOUR, but I still find it exciting when I can find someone like my Dad a club and hand him 10-15 yards without doing anything at all. That’s like giving him back 15 years of his Golf life. There hasn’t been a piece of equipment I have seen in a long while that can say the same.

A video is coming to our YouTube channel very soon, and you will see firsthand what these things do in Old Bud’s hands; it was unreal.

Part 4 of the Fall Fitting Series will deal with Putters and how important proper CG location is the secret sauce to making putts.


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35 Comments

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    Art Williams

    October 12, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Love the clubs but hate the color. I don;t think it has a rich look but actually looks tacky to me.

    • Johnny Wunder

      Johnny Wunder

      October 12, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      GOLD BABY GOLD!!!

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    David Fox

    October 12, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    These are something I would be interested in buying. I will be 75 come January and in my younger years I was a 5 handicap. I do struggle with today’s golf sets.

    • Johnny Wunder

      Johnny Wunder

      October 12, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      These are definitely unique. 15 yards gain for my dad is a big deal

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    larry

    October 12, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    prices would be nice

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      Callaway Golf

      October 12, 2021 at 11:12 pm

      You can build them out and check out prices here : https://www.callawaygolf.com/clubs/epic-max-star-family/

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        Gordon Cerrudo

        November 4, 2021 at 7:56 pm

        Demo day here Nov.11 @ Desert Mt, Scottsdale,AZ. Will you have the epic-max-star ?? Also I use to be 12 and I am 88 yrs old and like your Dad I too need help.

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      Michael Ray Stapleton

      October 18, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      $2,399 irons
      $699 driver
      $499 fairway woods
      $349 hybrids

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    larry

    October 12, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    prices of clubs would

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    gerald t chapp

    October 12, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    sounds great !

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    Wayne Shugars

    October 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    If these clubs are what you want
    Say they are, I will buy them

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      Wayne Shugars

      October 12, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      If these clubs are what you say they are, I will buy them.

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    J. R. Thompson

    October 12, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Where can I get DETAILED information on special order, custom shaft lengths, and fairway & hybrid lofts? At 76 and an 8-handicap, I’ve got to have a set of these Epic Max Stars!

    • Johnny Wunder

      Johnny Wunder

      October 12, 2021 at 11:12 pm

      They launch for pre order on the 21st and I’m sure if you find an authorized Callaway fitter, they can dial you in.

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    John Rand

    October 12, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    As usual you get my hopes up saying the driver comes in 10.5 and 12.
    You then slice me off at the knees and say the 12 is for RH only.
    Have a heart there are old LH players also. I have had to go outside Callaway for a more lofted driver. The same applies to more lofted fairway woods and hybrids.

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    jim burden

    October 12, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    When are they available ?

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    Gerald Dellafera

    October 12, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    USING THE EPIC SPEED NOW, LET’S SEE IF THIS CAN TOP IT.

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    robert DEMEULEMESTER

    October 12, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    send me a set just like you would buy for your dad !!!!

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    Robert Wright

    October 12, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    I’m ready to see them. When are they going to be for sale and price. I want your Dad’s set

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    Tim STOODLEY

    October 12, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    You guys are killing me. Exactly what I face – 75 to 80 mph driver swing speed, ball flight challenged. I just bought an Epic Speed and now you come out with something specific for me. How do I keep the price tag away from my wife?

    • Johnny Wunder

      Johnny Wunder

      October 12, 2021 at 11:13 pm

      Very carefully

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    Stephen Mood

    October 12, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Your prototype Dad is my mirror image, but have a couple years on him @ 78. The Epic Max star set sounds like a performance upgrade for he and myself.
    Just wondering what that set that your considering as a gift for him will cost?

    • Johnny Wunder

      Johnny Wunder

      October 12, 2021 at 11:13 pm

      If you have any more questions on them let me know and ill keep you posted and how Old Bud does on the course with them, he’s itching to get his hands on a full set

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      Nelson McVey

      October 21, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      at his age, it’s just money you can’t take it with you.

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    Bob Crowe

    October 12, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    I’m 68 and my swing speed has dropped.I’ve been looking for a 4 wood as both my golf coach and local Callaway fitting centre recommend I should retire my 15 degree 3 wood.

    I see you would fit your father with a 4 wood but there is no 4 wood in the specifications.

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    Bud Clark

    October 13, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Love the article and information. HATE the shaft color and would not put them in my bag as a result. Get a light black or silver shaft option then it would.

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    Ken

    October 14, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    So is there a 4 wood or not?

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    kathy cowan

    October 14, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    What’s the difference in these new clubs and the Epic Flash Star as far as technology? I have the Epic Flash Star and love them!

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    Nelson McVey

    October 21, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    stay young forever

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    Steve

    October 21, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    My swing speed is 120+, age 74. I love my Epic Max driver purchased in May 2021. Why should I consider this Epic Star and why is it so expensive?

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    Jerry McGee

    November 4, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    My swing speed is 89
    Is that ok for these clubs

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    jerry avlonittis

    November 5, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Johnny Wunder,
    What flex shafts for dad? “A” Flex or ???. Thanks.
    Jerry

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