High-tech features give Callaway's Epic Flash hybrids more distance

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High-tech features give Callaway's Epic Flash hybrids more distance

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High-tech features give Callaway's Epic Flash hybrids more distance

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Gear: Callaway Epic Flash hybrids
Price: $299.99 each with Mitsubishi Tensei AV Silver graphite shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips
Specs: Carbon fiber crown with 455 Carpenter steel cup face, tungsten weights and an adjustable hosel. 3 (18 degrees), 4 (21 degrees), 5 (24 degrees) and 6 (27 degrees).
Available: August 2

Better players who are willing to use a hybrid usually prefer one that has a compact head and many iron-style qualities. Golfers who struggle with consistency opt for larger hybrids that act like miniature fairway woods. Callaway’s new Epic Flash hybrid is designed to be versatile and appeal to a broad range of players by offering more distance without too much bulk.

The Epic Flash hybrid’s crown is made from T2C triaxial carbon fiber, which is strong and significantly lighter than the stainless steel used to make the rest of the chassis. In fact, it weighs less than 5 grams. The club also has been made with a pair of tungsten weights. One weight has been designed into the sole, and it can be adjusted by fitters to adjust the club’s swing weight. The other weight is internal.

Taking weight out of the crown and adding extra weight added to the sole significantly lowers the Epic Flash hybrid’s center of gravity (CG) position. That should help golfers hit shots with a higher launch angle and a steep angle of descent, so they stop quicker.

Callaway designed the Epic Flash hybrids with two technologies to help golfers generate more ball speed and distance.

Callaway Epic Flash hybrid

The Callaway Epic Flash hybrid features Jailbreak and a cup-face design. (Callaway)

First is Jailbreak, which is a pair of bars than join the sole to the top of the club. They stiffen the front of the head and keep it from deforming at the moment of impact, so more of the energy created by the strike can be redirected back into the shot.

The second is a 455 Carpenter steel cup face. Instead of being a flat piece of metal, the hitting area curls back and is laser welded to the head behind the topline and the leading edge of the sole. This helps to protect ball speed on off-center hits broadens the sweetspot.

Callaway Epic Flash hybrid

The shape of the Epic Flash hybrid is designed to appear to a wide range of golfers. (Callaway)

Finally, Callaway updated the OptiFit hosel system and made it lighter and shorter. The 13 grams saved by using this hosel, which allows golfers and fitters to increase or decrease the state loft by up to 2 degrees, went directly into the sole weights.

From a shape standpoint, the Epic Flash hybrid’s face is less boxy and square and more rounded, like a fairway wood. From the address position, it appears larger than the Apex hybrids but smaller than Callaway’s Big Bertha hybrids which are designed for higher-handicap players.

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