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In this review, I’ll be looking at the Callaway MAVRIK MAX driver.
The MAX was designed for players who want a MAVRIK driver that is even easier to hit and more forgiving than the Standard version.
It has most of the features of the Standard MAVRIK, with the addition of two interchangeable weights that can increase MOI and introduce a draw bias.
So, how does the MAVRIK MAX hold up on the course? Should higher handicaps choose it over the other MAVRIK variants?
Here’s what I’m going to be covering in this review:
- Features & Technologies
- Look, Sound & Feel
- Where To Buy This Driver Online
Read on to find out everything you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
As with the other variants of the MAVRIK driver, the MAX has earned a gold medal on the 2020 Golf Digest Hot List.
Critics and professional reviewers also praise the MAX as a perfectly ideal driver for golfers who want a lot of forgiveness and an easy launch.
What People Like
- very easy to hit and get the ball up in the air
- solid feel
- even more forgiving than the MAVRIK Standard
- draw bias is a blessing for those who struggle with a slice
What People Don’t Like
- fast swingers may get too much spin
- many don’t like the colours of the driver
- many find the large footprint clunky and unappealing
What are the features?
The MAVRIK MAX has most of the same features as the MAVRIK Standard:
- Flash Face SS20: an A.I.-generated face that produces greater ball speeds over a larger area of the face — improved over the Flash Face of the Epic Flash.
- Jailbreak Technology: vertical bars behind the face that connect the crown and sole, placing more impact load on the face and increasing ball speeds.
- T2C Triaxial Carbon: a new, very light material used in the crown. It enables weight savings that are redistributed to increase MOI and forgiveness.
- FS2S Titanium: a type of titanium that is lighter than regular titanium. It’s used in the face and results in better overall performance.
The two key differences lie in the head shape and weighting.
First, the MAVRIK MAX doesn’t feature the new “Cyclone Aero” shape of the Standard version. This is easy to see by looking at a front-to-back view of both drivers.
Next, two interchangeable weights (2g and 14g) are positioned in the sole near the rear and heel. This allows you to adjust forgiveness and shot shape bias: place the 14g weight in the back for max forgiveness/stability, or place it in the heel for max draw bias (great for slicers and faders).
The MAVRIK MAX driver is available in 9°, 10.5°, and 12° standard lofts at 460 CC. Also available is the women’s MAVRIK MAX in 10.5° and 12° lofts.
As usual, you have the OptiFit hosel that allows you to adjust loft (over a range of 3°) and lie (neutral or draw).
The stock graphite shaft is the Project X EvenFlow Riptide (50/60). There are over 100 different grips to choose from.
Full information on the driver, available shafts, available grips and their specs can be found on the CGPO website.
Below are the specs of the MAVRIK MAX driver. Click or zoom to enlarge.
How does the driver perform?
It would probably be best if I used the MAVRIK Standard driver as a point of comparison in this section of the review.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that the MAVRIK MAX tends to be a touch shorter than the Standard; when you have a driver that’s meant for high MOI and forgiveness, you’re usually going to have more spin and consequently less carry and rollout.
However, golfers who traditionally struggle with a slice with likely gain a lot of distance. This is because draws tend to go farther than fades, and because you can add a draw bias to the MAX, your shots will take on more of a draw shape.
In general though, distance seems to be on par with the previous generation Rogue driver, which isn’t bad at all.
The MAVRIK Standard is already very forgiving — the MAX is even more so. It’s pretty impressive.
Without the 14g weight in the rear, forgiveness is similar to the Standard. Having the weight in the rear adds a solid amount of stability to the driver, so that mis-hits don’t lose much distance and don’t go that far off line compared to sweet spot strikes.
I have tested many drivers with adjustable weighting; many are disappointing in that they either don’t work as intended or don’t make much of a different in ball flight. The interchangeable weight system on the MAX is real and makes a useful difference.
Even if you don’t bring your best stuff on a particular day, the MAVRIK MAX will help keep you in the fairway.
The MAVRIK MAX is extremely easy to hit. I was able to set up and groove in a solid ball flight within just a few minutes of starting my test session.
As expected, the ball flight seems to be a little higher than with the Standard, particularly when the weight is back.
If you find that you’re getting too much height and spin on your drives, I would first remove the 14g weight from the rear slot. If necessary, you can try reducing loft further by using the adjustable OptiFit hosel.
I did find it a little more difficult to shape shots with the MAX compared to the Standard, but this is typical for game-improvement drivers.
What about look, sound & feel?
The MAVRIK MAX has a shape that is similar to the Rogue or Epic Flash, with a sole that is much flatter than the Standard version.
The footprint is large — more elongated than the Standard with a slightly taller face, no doubt designed for an easier strike.
The MAX has a carbon fiber crown and sports the design and colour scheme that marks the MAVRIK line of drivers: black with orange and white accents. Also apparent are the two interchangeable weight slots near the heel and rear.
Performance aside, I find that I like this sole shape more than the “Cyclone Aero” shape of the Standard. Nonetheless, I imagine that users of the MAX won’t feel the need to complain much about the look, which is very solid.
The Sound & Feel
The first thing to note is that the MAVRIK MAX sounds very similar to the Standard version at impact: a solid “whack” with a bit of clickiness.
The feel is just as stable and solid, if not more so. Setting up over the ball and making a swing, I feel like it’s impossible not to hit a bomb in the center of the face. That’s what a game-improvement driver like the MAX is meant to do.
In this case, the feedback is minimal; all but the worst mis-hits sound and feel quite similar to sweet spot strikes. This means that in many cases it’ll be difficult to understand precisely where you make contact with the face, although it is possible with a keen feel and good ears.
It’s worth noting that many critics and professionals who tested the MAX absolutely love its sound & feel.
Where should you buy the MAVRIK MAX driver online?
The MAVRIK MAX driver is now more than a few seasons old, and you can no longer order it custom-made directly from the official Callaway website.
The best you can do now is look for it on Callaway Golf Pre-Owned and eBay. CGPO, the #1 source for used Callaway equipment, has several of these drivers on offer with a 90-day buy-back policy, 12-month warranty, and free headcover included.
The MAVRIK MAX driver is an excellent alternative to the MAVRIK Standard for higher handicappers. It has practically all of the benefits of the Standard, save the new head shape.
Using the adjustable weighting on the sole, you can extract more forgiveness or straighten out a slice if you’re struggling with one.
If you’re looking for a modern driver that’s super easy to pick up and start hitting good shots with, take a serious look at the MAX.
Are you interested in the MAVRIK MAX driver? Have you tried it yet? What have your results been like? Let us know in the comments below.