Fear not, reviewing the hottest new golf clubs on the market is our pleasure. Really. This is what we live for!
Even more so when such a gorgeous, eye-catching set of irons like the Callaway Epic Pros are thrust into our midst. Having just given the “garden-variety” Epics a whirl, we had high expectations that this slimmer, trimmer sibling would up the ante even more in terms of feel and playability.
Read on below to bear the fruits of our labor…
We reviewed the Callaway Epic Pro Irons as part of our Best Golf Irons, check it out here.
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Callaway Epic Pro Irons Review
The Callaway Epic Pro irons hone in on all the characteristics that resonate with the better golfer, and handsomely deliver the goods. They are not quite as forgiving as their Callaway Epic counterparts, but the feel differs to a surprisingly large extent. Not only is the sensation of a good strike as satisfying as anything you’ve ever tried, but the level of control you are afforded over your golf ball is incredible. It provides the perfect foundations for premium performance and unerring consistency, and the fact that these compact irons look good at address doesn’t hurt either. The main sticking point is the price. The Epic Pros cost a shed load, and, in a competitive high-end market, you may find better value elsewhere.
Pros and Cons
- The feel is excellent – these clubs are as playable as any cavity back we’ve tried
- Still very forgiving, despite the compact design
- Superbly engineered, and suits the eye perfectly at address
- High-end performance. Consistency and results guaranteed
- It costs a small fortune – that is just a fact
Callaway Epic Pro Irons
Sensational feel along with enormous amounts of control each and every shot, tied in with beautiful consistency make these just phenomenal irons by Callaway that even the toughest critic known to man will be impressed with.
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The clubheads are designed from strong, lightweight cast-steel which retains tension in the top line and the sole. By doing so, the face can handle greater energy at impact, which in turn boosts ball speeds and performance. The face is also very thin, which further enhances these numbers.
As with the Epic Pros, Metal Injection Molded Tungsten is used to boost forgiveness, and allow CG to be positioned precisely from club to club (in this case, slightly further forward than the Epics). All other technologies like the Face Cup and Exo Cage come to the party too. The only other significant difference is in the stock shaft, which is the heavier Project X LZ 105 Steel option – although the swing weight is still unaffected (D2).
Control & Performance
What was really striking for us was just how different these irons feel when compared with the Epics. For starters, they aren’t quite as forgiving on mishits (although there is still a lot of cushion for so-called players’ irons), and there isn’t quite as much feedback between good and bad shots either.
The biggest contrast of all though was the sound. Whereas the Epic irons are a bit hollow at impact, the Epic Pros produce a firmer, more-solid “thud”. Obviously, it becomes less solid as you move away from the center, but overall it is still very satisfying.
The lofts are also 1 degree weaker than the Epics from 3 to wedge, which favors the more-penetrating ball flight better players yearn for. There is also more spin imparted on the ball to help with control. Yet for those whose swings aren’t quite on a par with Iron Byron, the good news is that a large chunk of the forgiveness espoused in the Epic irons is matched in the Epic Pros, which is key to consistency of carry and distance control.
Design & Appearance
Given that it’s a cavity back iron, the Epic Pros are positioned as being somewhere between a Tour iron and a game improvement one. For us though, there is no doubt that it falls a bit closer to the former. The compact head plays a big role in this respect, and it does look very crisp and concise. While the length of the clubheads are identical, the major disparities are in terms of offset (less), the top line (thinner) and the sole (narrower).
The badging is very similar to the Epic irons, save for the fact that the word “Pro” appears, while the triangular design encapsulating the branding is inverted. The result is a sleek look, which looks pleasing in the bag, but even more so at address. Pure class, from top to toe.
Value for Money
These aren’t just premium clubs – they’re positioned firmly in the luxury market. The likes of PXG has embellished this particular niche, and the Callaway Epic Pros are arguably a riposte to their 0311 irons. Either way, if burning two grand for a set of irons is either unfeasible or unthinkable to you, then you should give the Epic Pros a wide berth. Especially given the gaping difference in cost between these and the Steelhead XR Pros.
But if you’re still in the game with such a price tag, then there is no doubt you’ll be getting a lot back in return. What Callaway have done here is improve existing technologies to produce an iron that puts them firmly in the mix for the pursuit of the ultimate balance between feel and forgiveness.
Elite golfers will be hugely impressed with the overall performance, and one area where Callaway steal a march is that they are already an established, revered brand. Don’t underestimate the impact of that on the feel-good factor when you sample such irons.
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Callaway Epic Pro Irons
Comparing the Epics and Epic Pros
|Product Details||Callaway Epic Pro Irons Review|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Set||4-PW (3-iron & GW also available)|
|Lofts||19° to 50° (3-GW)|
|Lie Angle||60° – 63.5°|
|Shaft Type and Name||Project X LZ 105 Steel|