The Epic Flash driver will forever remain the driver that has made a historic breakthrough in golf driver designs. It is the first driver in the golf history that was developed with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), establishing a new threshold for the competitors.
Callaway has always been about innovation and expanding frontiers in golf manufacturing. Even though many thought that it was just marketing hype, the whole year behind us has proven that it was far from it.
The Callaway Epic Flash Driver was the only driver that got 20 out of 20 stars by Golf Digest in 2019. It prides itself on being one of the most awarded drivers for the year 2019 nationally and internationally. But, the golfers’ experience matters the most, and the sole fact that it has been the most sold driver speaks volumes.
The Story Behind
We don’t usually share the stories that led to the creation of individual club designs, yet, this one helps you understand the philosophy behind the driver and how it was created.
It starts with the $5m supercomputer developed to create a new face architecture. It’s worth noting that it is not the whole driver designed by the supercomputer, but it is the face of the Epic Flash driver. So, yes, it is all about the face!
The R & D team input face-preferred parameters with some more preferences, and after about 15,000 iterations, the Flash Face was created.
About the Flash Face
The Flash Face is nothing that you’ve seen before in a driver. The intriguing part lies behind the face, which reminds us of a human ear and looks like thick and thin swirls or ridges that flow from the heel to the toe. The thinnest part of the face is the central area, something that is drastically different from the company’s previous designs.
Designed as it is, it has a highly optimized COR that needs to deal with extreme speed. Therefore, it is made from 595C forged titanium, an ultra-strong material that has been tempered and laser welded to the head.
On the front, it is milled, and the laser-etched grooves allow you to frame the ball at address. All in all, the face design promotes ultra-fast ball speed and more distance.
The Technology Behind
Apart from the Flash Face, we can still see some of the most functional and proven-to-work Callaway technologies. Such is the Jailbreak Technology, which features two internal bars that connect, stiffen, and stabilize the crown and the sole.
This way, it allows the face to channel more power and directs the energy towards the center of the face so that when you strike the ball in the middle of the sweet spot, it gets maximum speed. So, the combination of the Jailbreak Technology and the Flash Face, make the Epic Flash driver one of the most technologically advanced drivers on the market.
Adjustable Perimeter Weighting
What better players prefer is the ability to control the way they strike the ball, the ball flight, and the club’s customization. This is made possible with the 16 grams of sliding weight which is positioned on the built-in track placed at the rear of the head.
Positioning the weight left, right, or central means that you can choose fades, draws, or central ball flights and therefore have full control over your swings.
To be able to create weight saving and repositioning, Callaway incorporated a new material called T2C triaxial carbon, which features a tighter weave. This material is much lighter but proportionally stronger, so the weight gain is strategically repositioned in the head.
The weight repositioning leads to a high MOI, which means the driver becomes more forgiving and more accurate to off-center shots.
OptiFit Hosel and Shaft Options
The Callaway Epic Flash Driver features the OptiFit Hosel, which allows loft adjustability from 2 degrees up to 1 degree down, depending on the neutral position.
Regarding the shafts options, there are three stock shafts (Project X Even Flow Green, Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue, and Project X HZRDUS Smoke) that come with the Golf Pride Align grip that features raised ridge located on the back so that you can align better with your hand.
If the feel determines your performance, then you can expect a solid feel with a pleasant, muted sound. There’s plenty of feedback when it comes to off-center shots and lots of speed when you perform a centered shot.
The Epic Flash driver delivers maximum distance gain to golfers with a swing speed to up to 105 MPH. However, even if your swing is slower, you can still expect some more distance gain.
- Flash Face design created by a supercomputer (AI) for much more speed and distance.
- Lightweight Triaxial Carbon Crown that allows weight repositioning in the head for more MOI (forgiveness) on off-center hits due to lowering the CG.
- Jailbreak Technology that integrates two hourglass bars that stiffen the chassis and promote faster ball speed.
- Adjustable Perimeter Weighting allows you to customize and control the way you strike the ball, i.e., straight shots, draws, and fades.
- Three stock shaft options.
In case you were wondering what all that fuss about the Callaway Epic Flash Driver was, I hope we cleared things up with this review. The main hype is on the AI designed face, which does deliver more speed and distance, even though you’ll find the overall design heavily tech-infused.
It has all the bells and whistles of a modern-day driver. It is adjustable and customizable to meet various golfers’ preferences. The three stock shaft options provide different results, as they all feature different properties, so it is advisable to get a custom fit or hit into a launch monitor to find one for you.
In addition to the Epic Driver from Callaway, we have also reviewed several other products from the club manufacturer. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out our research on the Callaway 300 Pro golf Laser Rangefinder, the Mack Daddy Forged Wedge, the Supersoft golf balls, and arguably the best Golf Bag of 2020, the Callaway Hyperlite Zero Lightweight Golf Bag with a stand.