It’s this time of year that we start to get very excited about what the biggest golf equipment brands in the World have in store for us. With Callaway we’re always in for a nice surprise with their superb driver line up, year after year. In this article we take a closer look at when we can expect the 2022 Callaway driver, and if it’s likely to be a Callaway ‘MAVRIK 2′? An new version of the ‘Epic Max/Speed’? A ‘MAVRIK Speed’ or perhaps a ‘MAVRIK Flash’ for 2022? Or maybe it’s going to be something completely new from this golfing powerhouse. We take a look back at the recent releases and evolution of Callaway’s drivers and figure out when we’ll likely see their new driver for 2022.
Back in January 4, 2017 we first heard the term ‘Jailbreak technology’ when Callaway launched the Great Big Bertha Epic Driver which was a huge global hit. There were two versions of the driver – the standard Great Big Bertha Epic and the Great Big Bertha Epic Sub Zero. The GBB Epic was targeted at a wide range of Golfers and included a sliding weight in the rear of the sole to provide flexibility on shot shape. The Sub Zero version came with two adjustable sole weights offering different launch profiles.
Roll on February 9, 2018 and Callaway brought the Rogue driver to market and took a huge step forward from the 2017 Epic. It included the same Jailbreak technology but was finely tuned to get every ounce of performance out of it. It was cut down by 15g and the head was made 10% bigger helping to create tighter dispersion with Callaway quoting 1.5-2mph of extra ball speed.
Onwards to 2019 when on February 1, 2019 Callaway released the Epic Flash and Epic Flash Sub Zero driver line up. The Epic Flash brought with it Flash Face technology and worked in perfect harmony with Jailbreak. Flash Face saw subtle ripples that flowed from heel to the toe elevating COR on the face center. The Sub Zero version came with less adjustability but cut down spin numbers and allowed more weight to go forward creating higher launch and lower spin. Both drivers were a huge success for Callaway.
January 23, 2020 saw the release of the Callaway MAVRIK driver which again was a step change in the way Callaway produced drivers. The MAVRIK built on the huge success of the Epic Flash, and with it came three different drivers under the MAVRIK family. Callaway said that more AI and computing power allowed their R&D teams to take things further than anything a human designer could come up with. At the same time two internal Jailbreak bars was a continuation of what had gone before but this was now packaged inside a driver that was significantly lighter and had a higher MOI which all maximized ball speed. The MAVRIK was a huge success for Callaway and a massive global seller for the brand.
2021 came round and it was the turn of the Callaway Epic Max, Epic Max LS, and Epic Speed which were released on January 15, 2021 – the same year that they signed John Rahm. The all new Epic range focused purely on speed with the Epic Speed being the fastest of them all. Callaway also built on the Jailbreak technology and added in the new Speed Frame and combined this with the Flash Face SS21 which greatly helped in maximizing distance. The Epic Speed Driver also included a new Cyclone Aero shape which is designed to promote less drag, and included a Triaxial carbon crown which covered a larger portion of the crown and the toe.
So when will Callaway release their 2022 driver?
Well as you can see there is a common theme here of a January/February release date. When it comes to Callaway they also seem to be on a biennial release of the ‘Epic’ line up with the first occurring in 2017, then 2019 and most recently in 2021. It’s therefore more than likely we’ll see something completely new, similar to the Callaway Rogue and MAVRIK families that comes along in January 2022.
Needless to say we’ll be keeping a very close eye on the USGA conforming list for sneak peaks of Callaway 2022 driver release so check back here for updates!