One of the key design principles behind modern golf equipment -- and we're going back to the advent of steel drivers here -- is replacing old materials with stronger, lighter ones. We went from steel to titanium to carbon fiber in drivers. We went thinner and stronger in steel, adding in high-density tungsten in many cases for more impactful design.
However, not all players have been able to benefit fully from these technological advances. In fact, I can't tell you the number of times some of the middle-aged and older guys I play with have said to me that they wished they had the equipment I have now when they were younger. And I can't disagree. Now golf companies are recognizing making lighter, high-performing equipment isn't just a profitable notion in Asian markets. They're bringing these lighter clubs to the United States.
Callaway Golf is doing just that in bringing their GBB Epic Star line to American shores, with a driver offering, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, all with weight cuts in the club heads and shafts to allow golfers to swing faster with a lighter instrument in their hands.
The Epic Star driver is just 286 grams, cutting weight by going to a 39-gram Mitsubishi Grand Bassara shaft, saving 7 grams with a bonded hosel, cutting 6 grams on the sliding back weight, as well a lighter crown and grip. All of that is included in the design that uses Jailbreak technology, which connects the crown and sole for better face flexing distance and forgiveness, the Exo-Cage head design and the Speed Step in the crown.
However, these premium materials come with a premium price through the line. The driver retails for $700 in 10.5- and 12-degree heads.
The same concept carries through into the fairway woods, using a 49-gram Grand Bassara shaft, a 5.8-gram triaial carbon crown and a fixed hosel to make a 302-gram club using face cup technology. The 15-, 18- and 21-degree options are $400 each.
The Epic Star hybrids use the 455 Forged Hyper steel face cup and metal-injection molded standing wave design elements in a package that has low center of gravity and is easy to launch. The hybrids are available for $300 each in 18-, 20- and 23-degree options.
The Epic Star irons, coming in at $300 each, use a 55-gram Grand Bassara shaft like the hybrids and has the metal-injection molded (MIM), tungsten-blended standing wave, as well a hollow hosel. The 360 cup face is designed to deliver distance in an easy-to-launch package in the longer irons and with precise center of gravity locations to make the scoring clubs more reliable in terms of distance control. The Epic Star irons are available in 4-PW, AW, GW and SW options.