It’s here, the newest addition to our monthly Catching Up With Callaway series. In each installment, we let you know about recent product launches and report on the performance of Callaway Tour Staff players. This month, Callaway expands on the hottest equipment line of the season and reinvents a classic club. Tour staff has continued to perform at a high level this year as well, getting wins on both sides of the Atlantic. We begin with the equipment.
One can make the argument that the Callaway GBB Epic line has been the most popular line of the season. Callaway capitalized on this success, releasing 2 new irons and a hybrid under the Epic brand. The Epic and Epic Pro irons are the brainchild of Dr. Alan Hocknell, SVP of R&D for Callaway. He was given an unlimited budget to design the best possible iron. The Epic Pro iron is the result. The building processes and materials used in these sharp looking clubs are the best on the market. The Epic irons use the same materials and are built the same way. The difference? The Epic is more forgiving and higher launching than the Epic Pro. You can read our full review of the irons to learn about the rest of the features.
Callaway also released an Epic hybrid, completing the line. The Epic hybrid has the latest Hyper Speed Face Cup technology, giving you faster ball speed across the clubface. The crown is made with the same Triaxial Carbon found in the driver and fairway woods. The crown’s light weight makes it more forgiving by moving weight around the outside of the head, giving it stability. The Epic hybrid also has the same standing wave as both Epic irons, optimizing CG location.
Coming in July, Callaway is bringing back the Steelhead fairway wood line. Those familiar with the original will find the new XR Steelhead fairway wood looks similar. Callaway designed the new Steelhead with the old one in mind but gave it modern features. Be on the lookout for a full review on our blog, coming soon.
But, how are the people getting paid to play these clubs doing with them?
Like the clubs, Callaway Tour staff players are enjoying success this season. The weekend before Memorial Day, staffer Kevin Kisner took home the title at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Kisner outdueled Jordan Spieth, winning the tournament by a stroke. Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic a few weeks later, defending his title. He went bogey-free in the final round, including a chip-in for par on the 1st hole that got his round going.
Moving “across the pond,” Alvaro Quiros and Alex Noren earned wins in back-to-back weeks for Callaway on the European Tour. The win for Quiros at the Rocco Forte Open, held in May, was his first since 2011. After dominating for much of the tournament, Quiros ended up in a playoff. He held off Zander Lombard with a par on the 18th hole, playing the hole for the 3rd time, for the win.
The following week, Alex Noren won one of the premier events on the European Tour calendar, the BMW PGA Championship. The Swede was on fire in the final round, shooting a 62 to win by 2. His 10-under par score ties the course record at the Wentworth Club West Course.
Switching briefly to the Web.com Tour, Aaron Wise won the Air Capital Classic on the 3rd weekend of June. Not only did the win net Wise a sweet trophy (above), it secured his PGA Tour card for the remainder of the season. Well done, Aaron.
One Last Thing…
You’ve probably heard by now, that Callaway icon Phil Mickelson and long-time caddy Jim “Bones” Mackay have mutually parted ways. The 25-year on-course relationship between these two is the stuff of legend. From the “one-veto-a-year” rule to the 42 PGA Tour wins, it’s been an unbelievable ride. Best of luck to both moving forward!
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