Callaway MAVRIK Pro Irons Review – Compact Technology

Callaway MAVRIK Pro Irons - 3 Perspectives

In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the Callaway MAVRIK Pro iron.

The MAVRIK Pro is the better-player entry in Callaway’s MAVRIK line of irons. It features a more compact shape, less offset, and a thinner top line for more control and workability.

How does the MAVRIK Pro actually perform? Where does it stack up among other recent better-player offerings like the Apex 19? Is it worth putting in the bag?

Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.


What are the reviews like?

The MAVRIK Pro iron has earned a gold medal on the 2020 Golf Digest Hot List in the Players-Distance category.

These irons are new so there aren’t a whole lot of reviews yet. However, the professional and consumer reviews that do exist are generally very positive.

The helpful reviewers on the Callaway website really do a good job explaining why the MAVRIK Pro is the best choice for them.

What People Like

  • turf interaction is excellent
  • has the slim look and explosive feel that appeals to skilled players while still being long and forgiving
  • fantastic technology
  • affordable

What People Don’t Like

  • some people find the feel to be too harsh
  • not ideal for those who struggle to hit the center of the clubface

What are the features?

The MAVRIK Pro iron has the same core technologies that mark the MAVRIK line of golf irons:

  • Flash Face Cup: designed by artificial intelligence, this consists of a complex face architecture that is unique for every iron in the set. It results in higher ball speeds and improved spin robustness.
  • Tungsten Energy Core: custom tungsten-infused weights allow the center of gravity (CG) to be precisely positioned for optimal launch, trajectory, spin rate, and land angles throughout the set.
  • Urethane Microspheres: this proprietary technology of Callaway absorbs unwanted vibrations and improves sound & feel while still retaining the very high COR of the Flash Face Cup.

The key point of differentiation in the MAVRIK Pro is the size and shape.

The Pro has a compact head, thinner topline, and minimal offset compared to the Standard and MAX versions. This makes it ideal for skilled golfers with single-digit handicaps, but in fact, golfers of any skill level can play the Pro.

Stock Info

The 3-iron through the approach wedge are all available for purchase, individually or in a limited number of set configurations (less than the other MAVRIK irons). The stock set is 4-PW.

The stock steel shaft is the True Temper Elevate 105, while the stock graphite shaft is the KBS TGI 90. The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

There are over 100 different grips to choose from and many custom shafts. You can also customize your lengths, lie angles and lofts.

If you’re interested, full information on shafts, grips and other customizations can be found on the Callaway website.

Below are the specs of the MAVRIK Pro irons. Click or zoom to enlarge.

Callaway MAVRIK Pro Irons Specs

How do the irons perform?

Distance

Going into this, I did think that the MAVRIK Pro, as a better-player iron, would not be quite as long as the Standard. This is because, although the technologies are the same, the shape and CG placement emphasize control over distance.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Pro is just as long, and this is despite the couple degrees of extra loft. The trajectory is just as high and solid, which means many golfers can essentially just move one club up and get the same results they were getting before.

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised since the MAVRIK Pro is considered a “players-distance” iron. In any event, it’s one of the longest players irons I’ve tested.

Trajectory

The MAVRIK Pro irons produce a trajectory similar to the Standard, if not a touch lower and more penetrating. It takes more skill to get the long irons up in the air, but it’s certainly manageable.

The short irons are a beauty to hit; they have the precision, touch and control needed to hit your spots on the button. I wouldn’t say they’re the purest shotmakers out there, but they’re pretty close.

Spin isn’t drastically lower than the MAX, so you shouldn’t have problems with floaters.

Forgiveness

There are two elements to this.

If we’re talking about loss of ball speed and MOI for shots not hit in the center of the face, the Pro has practically the same forgiveness as the Standard because of the Flash Face. In this respect, forgiveness is very good.

At the same time, the body is slightly smaller, so less-skilled golfers may find it more difficult to make solid contact.

If we’re talking about how easy it is to launch the ball up in the air, you won’t get much help from the Pro, as expected. I find the trajectory to be about the same, but there is a bit less spin, and this makes a difference.

All in all, forgiveness is still impressive given its better-player characteristics. Thus, if you’re looking for an iron with a slimmer profile but don’t want to sacrifice forgiveness completely, the Pro is an excellent option.

Workability

It’s a lot of fun working the ball and shaping shots with the MAVRIK Pro. Lows, highs, fades, draws, spinners — it can all be done quite easily if you have the skill.

I’ve seen more workable players irons, but unless you’re a top pro with steep demands, the Pro will more than get the job done.


What about look, sound & feel?

The Look

The Pro iron has the smallest body in the MAVRIK line. It has a much thinner, less rounded top line and considerably less offset — pretty standard for a better-player iron offering.

The MAVRIK Pro doesn’t have a razor-thin blade: it ranks between the Apex 19 and Apex 19 Pro in terms of size. This speaks to the fact that the Pro is still marketed as a “distance” iron and not a pure shotmaker.

Looking at the badge side of the iron, you can definitely tell that it has more of a “square” shape. The cavity has a slightly different design than the other MAVRIK irons, with no orange accents.

It’s honestly not my favourite aesthetic for a players iron. Experienced golfers can clearly tell that it’s not a forged blade, but it certainly gets the job done.

The Sound & Feel

As with other players irons, the sound & feel can be described succinctly in one way: amazing in the center of the face, and progressively worse as you move away from it.

But with the MAVRIK Pro irons, mis-hits feel comparatively better than other players irons that don’t use a technology like urethane microspheres.

There is an element of explosiveness, compression, solidness, and also softness that you would expect from a players iron. Sweet spot strikes feel amazing, and the iron goes through the turf beautifully.

Furthermore, mis-hits don’t sound or feel all that terrible. The urethane microspheres really help to round out the feel across the face, but at the same time, there’s more than enough feedback to know where you make contact.


Where should you buy these irons online?

If you want a brand new set of (or individual) MAVRIK Pro irons with custom shafts, grips, lengths, lofts, etc, definitely head over to this page on the official Callaway website before it gets removed.

A Pro set is, on average, $100 more expensive than the Standard and MAX. They’re much less expensive than the majority of modern better-player iron offerings, but if you want to find good savings, definitely look on eBay.

Also be sure to look at what’s available on Global Golf.


Conclusion

Classification: Better-Player (with distance)

Best suited for: Single-digit handicappers or any golfers looking to challenge themselves with a players iron.

Aside from a little less forgiveness, Callaway’s MAVRIK Pro iron has pretty much all of the same benefits as the Standard MAVRIK packed into a slimmer, sleeker profile.

Unlike the MAX, the Pro differentiates itself enough from the Standard to be a viable choice for many golfers.

The bottom line: if you want a modern better-player offering that has more distance than similar irons in its class, then the MAVRIK Pro is for you.


Thanks for reading this review. Have you tried the MAVRIK Pro irons? Are you still unsure about something? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Callaway MAVRIK Pro Iron

9.3

Distance

9.9/10

Forgiveness

8.5/10

Workability

9.5/10

Look

9.5/10

Sound & Feel

9.2/10

Pros

  • Has superb distance while still being somewhat forgiving
  • Excellent turf interaction
  • Effective, cutting-edge technologies
  • Affordable
  • Great feel

Cons

  • Can be harsh if you consistently mis-hit the ball

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