Callaway GBB Epic Driver Review: ‘I Gained 11 yards of Carry’


Disclaimer: Scott G. was recently invited to Callaway HQ with a group of golfers from the online forum GolfWRX and received the Epic driver as part of the event. 

Date Tested:

12/12/2016

Model Tested:

Great Big Bertha EPIC Driver

Handicap Index:

7.7

Testing Conditions:

Driving range, perfect weather, mid 60’s

Driver Swing Speed:

91-100 MPH

Driver Loft:

10.5°

Club Characteristics (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)

Characteristic

Score

Aesthetics/Appearance

10/10

Acoustics/Sound

10/10

Feel

10/10

Easy and Effective Adjustability

10/10

Comments:

The sound of this club really stood out to me. Gone is the way of the piercing ting sound. Its more of a muted thump which is a nice break from what is currently in the market. The head shape looks great as does the fade to the carbon fiber weave on the crown. The feel is very solid. Not a harsh feel, but there feels like there is something behind the ball. I had never used the new optiforce sleeve and once I received a 20 second tutorial on what the different notations do, it was easy as could be.

Performance OFF THE TEE (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)

Characteristic

Score

DISTANCE compared to current driver

10/10

FORGIVENESS compared to current driver

10/10

CONTROL compared to current driver

10/10

LAUNCH CHARACTERISTICS compared to current driver

10/10

Comments:

From the fitting, I gained 11 yards of carry on average and 7mph of ball speed when compared to my other driver, which was previously fit for me. Mis-hits were going as far as well struck shots with my previous driver. Even with the increase in carry and ball speed, I didn’t see a change in my shot dispersion. Launch characteristics were similar. This driver launched a degree lower and had a much more penetrating. If I wanted to go up in launch, I could easy adjust the optiforce adaptor.

EPIC DRIVER- Perimeter weighting and OPTI-FIT Hosel Adjustments:

From the fitting, I gained 11 yards of carry on average and 7mph of ball speed when compared to my other driver, which was previously fit for me. Mis-hits were going as far as well struck shots with my previous driver. Even with the increase in carry and ball speed, I didn’t see a change in my shot dispersion. Launch characteristics were similar. This driver launched a degree lower and had a much more penetrating. If I wanted to go up in launch, I could easy adjust the optiforce adaptor.

EPIC SUB ZERO DRIVER-Sole weights and OPTI-FIT Hosel Adjustments:

Most successful setting for me: Neutral lie and +1 deg of loft. Sliding weight in the full fade fitting. I have a tendency to aim down the left side of the FW, so hitting it well puts me where I aim and a bit of a mishit puts me in the middle.

OVERALL

PROS:

Great feel, look, SOUND! (which I would give an 11 if the scoring went that high). Forgiveness is greatly improved. Mishits were seeing minor decreases in distance.

CONS:

None at all

Summary of My Experience with the Club

Switching clubs is something rare for me, so there is going to be an adjustment period. Based on early trial, keeping this club in the bag will not be difficult. Its hard to dislike something that even with a mishit, does not severely penalize you.

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