Review: Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons

8.5 Total Score
Pure Looks, Pure Performance

If you would like to use a player designed set of irons without compromising on distance then the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons are a good choice. You will find plenty of workability when it comes to various shot types but now is the time to be honest with yourself. If you are not good enough to regularly strike the ball in the centre of the face, these are not for you.

PROS
  • Slim look at address
  • Good distance
  • Forgiving for an iron in this range
  • Plenty of workability
CONS
  • Feel can be too harsh for some
  • Not suitable for players who regularly miss the centre of the face
  • Chrome head can mark easily
  • A bit of an "in-between" iron with the Apex irons doing a lot of the same things - just slightly better (but also at a more expensive price)
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In the Words of the Manufacturer

As soon as the word ‘pro’ appears in the title of a piece of golfing equipment people get very excited.

‘Callaway Mavrik Irons’ sounds good but ‘Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons’ sounds even better right? You may be very enthusiastic about getting your hands on these irons but what do Callaway have to say about them?

Well, quite a lot as it turns out but we have tried to take some of the key points from their information, including the following:

‘Flash Face Cup Technology for Industry-leading Ball Speeds’

‘Tungsten Energy Core for Optimal Launch’

‘Urethane Microspheres for Unprecedented Feel’

All three are bold claims and we will take a closer look at each of them as we review the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons. ‘Industry leading’, ‘optimal launch’ and ‘unprecedented feel’ are things every golfer would love from there irons but is it possible?

How Do the Clubs Look?

The Mavrik and Mavrik Max are the two other sets of irons released in this range by Callaway but they fail to compare in the looks department with the Mavrik Pro Irons. The Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons are delightful to look at with the ball at address. They have a much slimmer top line than the Mavrik and Mavrik Max plus the lighter satin chrome finish and players’ profile behind the ball are both fantastic.

The difference in offset between the three sets of irons also makes a difference. There is no doubt the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons are the best of the bunch and would win any beauty contest against their siblings.

Performance of the Mavrik Pro Irons

The best way to describe the sound when using the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons is quiet and solid. This may seem a little boring to some players but there is certainly a quiet efficiency when it comes to using these irons and that is represented nicely in the sound. In terms of feel, anything you hit which is slightly off centre may be felt in the fingers, especially when striking the ball thin. However, even when making a thin contact the ball still tends to travel nicely through the air.

That being said, if it is maximum forgiveness you are looking for you will not find it when using the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons. The Mavrik and Mavrik Max Irons are more forgiving. These irons are clearly not aimed at people who are struggling to keep their iron shots under control or need help getting the ball into the air. What they do offer is superior feel and workability.

If you have the skill, you will be able to produce a full range of shots when using the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons. Whether it be high, low, fades, draws or spinning shots, they are all possible when using these irons. Yes, there may be more workable irons available on the market but the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons are very good in that department.

Considering the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons are ‘players irons’ one would not expect a great deal in terms of distance and certainly not be as long as the standard models. The CG placement and shape of the irons do not promote distance but the trajectory is good and the ball will travel just as far as the other models. The trajectory’s generally a little lower than that of the standard range but that provides a more penetrating ball flight.

If it is precision, touch, and control you require from your irons then Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons are worth serious consideration.

Who is Using the Irons?

Although many leading professionals on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and LPGA Tour use the Callaway Mavrik Driver, the same cannot be said about the Mavrik Pro Irons. Despite having ‘pro’ in the name, the likes of Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson, Marc Leishman, Xander Schauffele, Danny Willett, Madelene Sagström and Michelle Wie choose to use other Callaway irons.

Who Is It For?

Any golfer who would like to challenge themselves by using a players iron could pick up the Callaway Mavrik Pro Irons and give them a try. However, they are best suited to single-digit handicap golfers who would like plenty of control over their shots without sacrificing distance.

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