Callaway Mavrik Irons Review: Complete Buyers Guide

The Callaway Mavrik irons made waves when they came out in 2020, offering 3 different sets of irons, each for a different type of player. Since coming onto the scene, all 3 sets of irons have received a ton of attention.

So which set is right for you at this point? We’ve done a deep dive to put together a full, comprehensive Callaway Mavrik Irons review. We will look at the differences between the Mavrik Pro, Mavrik Max, and Mavrik irons and how they impact the market. Check out our findings below to see exactly which set fits your style of play.

Callaway Mavrik Iron Series at a Glance

Callaway has made sure their Mavrik series can be appealing for players of any skill level, from the scratch golfer to the pure beginner golfer. To do this, Callaway has produced three different Mavrik iron options which different specs, profiles, and performance traits.

The three categories of irons are the standard Mavrik irons, the Mavrik Pro, and the Mavrik Max. The Max and the Standard irons offer more forgiveness and distance, while the Mavrik Pro is for better golfers who want a more compact clubface with a players iron appearance.

Want to skip the technical aspects of the review? Here’s a short breakdown of who should use which set:

Best for Low Handicap Crowd: Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons

Best for Mid Handicap Crowd: Callaway Mavrik Irons (Standard)

Best for High Handicappers: Callaway Mavrik Max Irons

After a few shots with the Mavrik Pro, Max, and Standard 6-iron, I found the Standard to work best for my game. Every shot felt incredibly smooth, with no unwanted vibrations, and my distance was further than with the other Pro and Max 6-iron. Off the bat, I could see that the Pro was better suited to low handicap golfers, while the Standard is better for mid handicappers.

The chunkier clubheads of the Callaway Mavrik Max offer more forgiveness and a higher launch angle than the other two, making these the easiest set to hit.

Technology

The Mavrik’s are the first irons that are designed by Callaway using Artificial Intelligence. Their machine learning algorithm sifted through 15.000 possible clubface designs until it settled on Flash Face Cup technology. Needless to say, the technology in these irons was highly anticipated in 2020, and absolutely delivered.

The clubfaces on Mavrik irons contain multiple tiny ripples that run from the heel to the toe. These ripples enhance the Coefficient of Restitution (C.O.R) in the center of the face, increasing ball speed, carry, and distance.

Each iron is fitted with tungsten alloy, allowing Callaway to optimize the center of gravity (C.G). That gives you excellent launch, trajectory, and descent angles for a soft landing on the greens.

Materials

On top of the tungsten alloy inserted into the clubhead, the irons contain patented urethane microspheres. The result is an iron that is incredibly soft to strike. There are no unwanted vibrations, and it gives the feel of a players iron to the Mavrik series.

Callaway Mavrik Irons Review

The Callaway Mavrik irons are also known as the Standard option in the range. These irons are built for mid-handicap golfers who want a players iron look and feel, without sacrificing distance or forgiveness.

Callaway Mavrik Irons

Here are some core features we looked at with the Callaway Mavrik irons.

 

Looks

When you put these irons down at address, there’s no mistaking that these look like a game improvement iron. They have a mid-large clubhead profile, with some pretty visible offset, which is to be expected. As a mid handicapper, these do inspire quite a bit of confidence standing over your shot. These irons feature a high toe and square features The club design is clean, and I definitely prefer the look of these irons to the Apex irons. Overall, these look great, with a mid sized profile.

callaway mavrik irons

Performance

The Callaway Mavrick review I conducted saw me smash five shots with 6-iron of the Standard, Pro, and Max. I used a Taylormade TP5x ball and compared the performance using my launch monitor.

Here is how the Standard set performed:

Ball Speed

The friendly salesperson at my local golf warehouse told me that the Standard irons generate immense ball speed. It seems he knew what he was talking about, as the Mavrik irons averaged 5-mph of ball speed more than the Mavrik Pro and Max.

The increased ball speed resulted in further carry and longer total distance.

Launch Angle

My average launch angle with the Standard Maverick 6-iron was 15,5 degrees. Which was two to three degrees lower than the Pro and Max irons, but it worked for me. My carry and distance were a few yards further than with the other Mavrik irons.

Backspin

I was averaging slightly over 5000 rpm of backspin with the Standard Mavrik irons. My backspin clocked in 500 rpm less than the Pro and 1000 rpm lower than the Max.

Out of the five shots I struck during the test, I gained an average roll of 8 yards after landing. It is clear from the lower backspin rpm that these are irons built for distance.

Carry and Total Distance

The lower backspin rpm of the Standard 6-iron resulted in it being the longest of the three Callaway Mavrik options. My average carry was 8 yards further than with the Mavrik Pro 6-iron, and 12 yards further than with the Max.

In terms of total distance, shots with the Standard 6-iron ended 9 yards further than with the Pro, and 13 yards longer than with the Max.

Feel

As far as game improvement irons go, these clubs feel and sound great. Clubs with a slightly larger profile typically aren’t known to have exceptional sound, so I was pretty pleasantly surprised. As you go through the ball at impact, the clubs just feel fast. The launch is quite easy, making these clubs feel like they produce some really impressive speeds.

Callaway Mavrik Irons: What’s Included

A Callaway Mavrik set is sold from the 4-iron through to the sand wedge. On top of the sand wedge, the set includes an approach wedge and a gap wedge. Most iron sets stop at approach or pitching wedge, so we love the fact that the Mavriks come with a sand wedge as well.

Callaway Mavrik Irons Specs:

NameLoftAvailabilityStandard LengthLieOffset (mm)Graphite Swing WeightSteel Swing Weight
#418°RH / LH38.875″60.5°7.24D1D3
#521°RH / LH38.25″61.3°6.93D1D3
#624°RH / LH37.625″62.0°6.6D1D3
#727°RH / LH37.00″62.5°6.3D1D3
#831.5°RH / LH36.50″63.0°5.8D1D3
#936°RH / LH36″63.5°5.3D1D3
PW41°RH / LH35.75″64.0°4.8D1D3
AW46°RH / LH35.50″64.0°4.3D1D3
GW51°RH / LH35.25″64.0°3.7D1D3
SW56°RH / LH35.00″64.0°3.2D1D3

Long Irons

The longest iron in the Callaway Maverik set is the 4-iron. The iron has a loft of 18 degrees, which is 2.5 degrees less on average than the Pro and the Max. Each long iron increases by 3 degrees of loft as we move down the set.

The offset on the 4-iron is 7.24 mm, while the five and 6-iron check-in at 6.93 and 6.6 mm, respectively. Finally, the standard lengths of a 4-iron and 5-iron shaft are 38.875 and 38.25 inches. However, the shaft of the 6-iron measures 37.625 inches.

Mid Irons

We saw that the degree of loft increases by 3 degrees per iron from your 4 to your 6. The 7-iron has a 27-degree loft angle, which is then weakened by 4 degrees when it comes to the 8-iron.

The offset on the 7-iron is 6.3 mm, while the 8-iron is 5.8 mm. When it comes to shaft length, the 7-iron measures 37 inches, and the 8-iron 36.50 inches.

Short Irons and Wedges

Once we get to the Callaway Mavrik 9 iron, the loft rises by five degrees per iron. The 9-iron is designed with 36 degrees of loft, and this number continues to increase until we reach the 56-degree sand wedge.

The 9-iron has 5.3 mm of offset, but this figure reduces by 0.5 mm per club as we move into the wedges. A standard length 9-iron shaft is 36 inches in length. From the 9-iron down to the sand wedge, the measurement reduces by 0.25 inches per club.

Who Should Play With Standard Callaway Mavrik Irons?

These mid-size irons offer distance, forgiveness, look, and feel. They play soft and look like a players iron, and provide more distance than any Callaway iron before.

If you are a mid to low handicapper who struggles to generate sufficient ball speed, it is worth testing these irons.

Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons Review

The Callaway Mavrik Pro irons are for the superior golfers among us. The clubface is slightly thinner than the Standard and the Max. While these irons still offer an element of forgiveness, they are best suited to solid ball strikers.

Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons

Here are the findings from my Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons review.

Looks

The Mavrik Pros are sleek, and have a slightly different design compared to the other 2 Mavrik iron sets. The Pros feature a sleek black and grey finish, without any of the orange included in the other 2 sets. When you set the Mavrik Pro irons down next to the standard Mavriks, it’s pretty apparent that these are made for better players; they feature a much smaller compact clubhead, with a smaller toe. These stay true to the looks of other players irons on the market.

Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons

These can be pretty intimidating in the wrong hands, but the sleek and compact profile definitely appeals to the low handicap crowd.

Performance

During my Callaway Mavrik irons review, I hit five shots each with a Standard, Pro, and Max six iron. After seeing how the Standard Maverik irons performed, now let’s turn our focus to the Maverik Pro irons.

Ball Speed

The ball speed with these irons was surprisingly lower than with the Standard Maverik’s. I was averaging 124,2 mph compared to the 129,6 mph with the Standard 6-iron.

Launch Angle

My launch angle with a Mavrik Pro 6-iron averaged 17,8 degrees. The descent angle was slightly sharper than the Standard 6-iron shots at 47,7 degrees. As a result, my carry was less with the Mavrik Pro 6-iron.

Backspin

At an average of 5400 rpm of backspin, the Maverik Pro has the second-highest spin level out of the three iron sets. The backspin averaged 400 rpm of backspin more than with the Standard irons and 600 rpm less than with Mavrik Max irons.

Despite having more backspin rpm than the Standard Mavrik’s, the Pro still ran an average of 8 yards after landing.

Carry and Total Distance

The slower ball speeds on strikes with the Mavrik Pro 6-iron. Coupled with higher backspin rpm resulted in less carry and total distance. On average, my ball landed at the 180-yard mark and ran for a further 8 yards.

I was happy with the overall distance of these irons. Sure, they were shorter than the Standard Mavrik’s, but I will take a 180 yard plus 6-iron any day.

Feel

Of the 3 iron sets, these have the best sound and feel by far. The Mavrik Pros sound crisp, similar to a forged iron when struck in the center. There’s not a ton of vibration on mishits, and there’s instant feedback on your shots. If you’re looking for feel above all, these are the best of the 3.

Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons: What’s Included

This option of irons starts with a 3-iron and ends with an approach wedge. If you need wedges with a higher degree of loft, you will need to purchase them separately.

The Specs:

NameLoftAvailabilityStandard LengthLieOffset (mm)Graphite Swing WeightSteel Swing Weight
#319°RH / LH39.00″60.0°4.2D1D3
#421°RH / LH38.50″60.5°3.8D1D3
#523.5°RH / LH38.00″61.0°3.4D1D3
#626.5°RH / LH37.50″61.5°3.0D1D3
#730.5°RH / LH37.00″62.0°2.8D1D3
#834.5°RH / LH36.50″62.5°2.5D1D3
#938.5°RH / LH36.00″63.0°2.4D1D3
PW43°RH / LH35.75″63.5°2.3D1D3
AW48°RH / LH35.50″63.5°2.2D1D3

Long Irons

The 3-iron is the longest club in the Callaway Mavrik Pro irons set and has a loft of 19 degrees. That means its loft is one degree weaker than the angle on the Standard Mavrik’s 4-iron. 

The loft on the Mavrik Pro 4-iron is 21 degrees, while the five and 6-iron carry 23.5 and 26.5 degrees of loft each.

The offset on the longer irons starts at 4.2 mm on the 3-iron and decreases by 0.4mm until we reach the 6-iron. As far as shaft length goes, the 3-iron measures 39 inches, with the shafts decreasing by 0.50 inches down to our 6-iron.

Mid Irons

When it comes to the Mavrik Pro mid irons, the 7-iron has a weakened 30.5 degrees of loft. The set’s 8-iron loft sits at 34.5 degrees.

The offset of the clubface is 2.8 mm on the 7-iron and 2.5 mm on the 8-iron. Finally, the Callaway Mavrik Pro mid-iron shafts measure 37 and 36.50 inches, respectively.

Short Irons and Wedges

Now for short irons and wedges. The set’s 9-iron comes with a loft of 38.5 degrees. The Mavrik Pro pitching wedge has 43 degrees of loft, while the A-wedge has 48.

The standard length of the Mavrik Pro 9-iron is 60 inches, and the pitching and approach wedges measure 63.5 inches. In terms of offset, the 9-iron has 2.4 mm. While the PW and AW have 2.3 and 2.2 mm.

Who Should Play With Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons?

As we have seen in our Callaway Mavrik irons review, these were destined for higher caliber golfers. The irons have a thinner face than the other two Mavrik products and feel smooth at impact.

They also offer phenomenal distance and excellent launch at 17,8 degrees with a 6-iron. And to top it off, approach shots sit quickly on the green. If you back yourself to be the next Bryson DeChambeau and swing like lightning, it is worth test driving these irons.

Callaway Mavrik Max Irons Review

The Callaway Mavrik Max irons are oversize clubs created for the higher handicap golf crowd, which emphasizes forgiveness, launch, and accuracy.

Callaway Mavrik Max Irons

The enhanced sweet spot on the clubface provides maximum forgiveness, and the weakened loft helps you get the ball airborne with ease. The additional loft is suited to slow swinging players who struggle with carry. Below are more detailed findings from our Callaway Mavrik Max irons review.

Looks

These look like a true game improvement iron set, but that said, they still look pretty sleek. For a beginner standing over these, the big toe and large face really do help you feel confident over the ball. Frankly, there are much uglier looking irons made for the high handicap crowd. These are well designed, and could work for a mid or high handicapper who wants a bigger looking clubhead.

callaway mavrik max irons

Performance

I carried out my Callaway Mavrik Max irons review with the same rangefinder and ball I used for the Standard and Pro irons test- here’s how they stack up:

Ball Speed

My ball speed with the Mavrik Max was the slowest out of the three. I generated an average speed of 123,8 mph and hit shorter on average than the other irons.

Launch Angle

The launch angle on shots with Callaway Mavrik Max 6-iron was 2,5 degrees greater than the Standard irons and 0,4 more than the Pros. I launched my strikes at 18,2 degrees, resulting in increased loft.

The higher loft resulted in an average descent angle of 48,6 degrees, which was 3 degrees more than the Standard Mavrik’s trajectory.

Backspin

In my test, this was the iron that gave me the most backspin rpm. Out of the shots that I hit, the majority had between 6100 – 6200 rpm. The higher spin combined with lower ball speeds and higher launch angles meant I lost about 15 yards over the Standard Mavrik irons.

Carry and Total Distance

So, my ball speed was slower, my launch angle higher, and I had more backspin rpm. That translates into less carry and less overall distance. My strikes with the Callaway Mavrik Max 6-iron carried 174 on average and ran 7 yards further to the 181-yard marker.

Feel

I like the feel of these, but don’t love it. These suffer most in feel of the 3 Mavrik sets; as you hit them, they end up feeling like true game improvement sets rather than a players distance iron set. A bad shot with these irons seemed to float a bit, ending up hurting you on distance more than helping. They’re not optimal, but certainly playable.

Callaway Mavrik Max Irons: What’s Included

A Callaway Mavrik Max irons set contains a 4-iron and runs down to a Sand wedge. Unlike the Standard Mavrik irons, this set does not hold a gap wedge. But, as a higher handicapper, I do not feel you need a gap wedge at this stage of your career.

Mavrik Max Iron Specs:

NameLoftAvailabilityStandard LengthLieOffset (mm)Graphite Swing WeightSteel Swing Weight
#420°RH / LH39.00″60.5°7.9D0D2
#523°RH / LH38.375″61.3°7.4D0D2
#626°RH / LH37.75″62.0°6.9D0D2
#730°RH / LH37.125″62.5°6.4D0D2
#834°RH / LH36.50″63.0°5.7D0D2
#938°RH / LH36.00″63.5°5.3D0D2
PW43°RH / LH35.75″64.0°4.4D0D2
AW48°RH / LH35.50″64.0°3.7D0D2
SW54°RH / LH35.25″64.0°2.7D0D2

Long Irons

The long irons in the Mavrik Max range comprise of a 4, 5, and 6-iron. The lofts on these irons are weaker in comparison to the Standard version. Interestingly, the lofts on long Mavrik Max’s, are slightly strengthened versus those of the Mavrik Pro irons.

The 4-iron in the Mavrik Max set has a 20-degree loft, while the 5-iron has a 23-degree loft and the 6-iron 26 degrees of loft. The Mavrik Max 4-iron is offset by 7.9mm, and the offset size reduces by 0.5 mm as we go down the long irons.

In terms of shaft length, the 4-iron spans 39 inches, and the 5-iron, 38.375 inches. The standard shaft of a Mavrik Max 6-iron extends 37.75 inches.

Mid Irons

The degree of loft on the Callaway Mavrik Max 7 and 8-irons is 30 and 34 degrees. The offset on the 7-iron measures 6.4 mm, while 8-iron’s is 5.7 mm.

Finally, the standard shaft length on the 7 and 8-irons is 37.125 and 36.50 inches.

Short Irons and Wedges

Callaway Mavrik Max short irons and wedges start with a 9-iron and run down to a sand wedge. This option in the Mavrik range excludes a gap wedge. However, as I previously mentioned, there is no need for any high handicapper to be swinging a gap wedge around.

Callaway designed the 9-iron to have 38 degrees of loft, whereas the pitching wedge is weakened to 43 degrees. The Mavrik approach wedge holds 48 degrees of loft, and the sand wedge caps off the set with 54 degrees.

When we look at offset, the 9-iron and PW clock in with 5.3 mm and 4.4 mm. We then move down to higher lofted wedges and find that the AW has 3.7 mm of offset, while the SW has 2.7 mm.

Finally, the shaft on the 9-iron measures 36 inches and reduces by 0.25 inches as we progress through the wedges in the set.

Who Should Play With the Callaway Mavrik Max Irons?

Yes, you lose distance with these irons, but they are perfect for helping golfers get the ball consistently airborne and square. As was evidenced by the Callaway Mavrik Max irons review, this set is for higher handicappers and beginners who want some of the best beginner friendly technology on the market.

Callaway Mavrik Irons FAQs

Are Callaway Mavrik Irons Good For High Handicappers?

I would agree that the Callaway Mavrik Max irons are good for high handicappers. The design of the clubs helps you get the ball airborne with ease and provides consistent distance. Plus, the Mavrik Max irons have tungsten weighted fitted to the sole for better forgiveness on off-center strikes.

Are the Callaway Mavrik Irons Forgiving?

Yes, all iron sets in the Callaway Mavrik range are forgiving, albeit to varying degrees. The Mavrik Max has the highest level of forgiveness due to an oversized clubhead and a deeper CG. While the Mavrik Pro offers the least forgiveness in the range.

The soles of Mavrik Pro irons contain tungsten alloy helping to distribute the weight from heel to toe. That mitigates against off-center hits, helping you get the ball airborne and achieve consistent carry and distance.

Are Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons Forged?

No, Callaway Mavrik Pro irons are not forged. However, they offer you the same acoustics, feel, and performance you enjoy with blades.

Callaway Mavrik Irons Verdict

It is no surprise that the Mavrik’s made the Golf Digest Hot List 2020. Callaway has managed to find a way to produce irons that cater to golfers of all abilities. After conducting our Callaway Mavrik irons review, it is clear that the objective of Mavrik irons is to go long.

High handicaps and beginners will get the most out of the Callaway Mavrik Max irons, thanks to the easy launch and extra forgiveness.

As a mid-handicap golfer, I felt that Callaway Mavrik irons were best suited to our skill level, and the results showed.

For the more gifted players, it is worth testing the Callaway Mavrik Pro irons. They offer distance, forgiveness, and the performance of forged irons.

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