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Callaway GBB Epic 2017

 GBB Epic represents a paradigm shift in power, speed and ultimately distance.

Epic’s power is based on our innovative new Jailbreak Technology, which fundamentally changes the way the head and clubface behave at impact to deliver more ball speed and distance. The key structural components of a metalwood – crown, sole and face – each bend, flex and rebound at impact. Because they’re connected, they influence each other’s dynamics. Jailbreak Technology creates a remarkably efficient relationship between these components to promote more ball speed across a much larger area of the face.

Jailbreak positions two ultra-light (3g), strong titanium bars behind the face, parallel to each other and connected on either end to the crown and sole. The size, strength and position of each Jailbreak bar work together to reduce how much the crown and sole deflect, forcing the face to take on more of the load created at impact than ever before. This results in faster ball speeds across the entire face from swing to swing, promoting more distance.

MAXIMUM FORGIVENESS FROM TITANIUM EXO-CAGE AND TRIAXIAL CARBON CONSTRUCTION 

A lightweight but strong titanium Exo-Cage is paired with a triaxial carbon crown that weighs just 9.7g (our lightest crown ever) to create unprecedented forgiveness.

FAST HEAD SPEED FROM INDUSTRY-LEADING AERODYNAMICS

Streamlined head incorporates our proprietary Speed Step, created with direct input from aerospace experts, to improve airflow for more swing speed and distance.

PRECISION SHOT-SHAPE CONTROL FROM ADJUSTABLE PERIMETER WEIGHTING

Redesigned track and sliding 17g weight allows you to fit the club to your swing, providing 21 yards of shot-shape correction for more control and distance.


Exo-Cage

Epic’s clubhead consists of our latest titanium Exo-Cage combined with crown and sole panels made of triaxial carbon, an extraordinarily light and strong composite material developed by Callaway. Nearly half of the head’s surface, 46%, consists of triaxial carbon, with the crown weighing just 9.7g and the sole just 5.8g. That’s the lightest crown ever in a Callaway Driver and of any driver currently on the market. 

Epic’s multi-material structure is incredibly light and strong, with exceptional MOI and a low CG that makes it easy to launch the ball high with low spin. 

Adjustable Perimeter Weighting Technology (APW)

Epic’s increased shot-shape control comes from Callaway’s APW, which, compared to previous models, has a shorter track with a heavier sliding weight.  The weight saving from the shorter track allows for this weight to be heavier (17 grams) and helps increase MOI as well as deliver a full 21 yards of shot-shape correction (a 22% increase compared to Great Big Bertha). 

Latest Speed Step Technology

Head speed gets an additional boost from the latest version of Callaway’s Speed Step technology, which was originally developed in partnership with Boeing.  Located on the crown, the Speed Step improves airflow to encourage more swing speed and distance without extra effort. 

Great shaft options to suit all golfers

With the new Epic drivers, we are offering the most comprehensive stock shaft lineup in Callaway history.  We have offerings from the 40g class all the way through the 80g class, in a variety of weights, flexes and torques.  Driver and fairway wood shafts are interchangeable for maximum flexibility. 

Diamana M+ Green – Mitsubishi’s first ever sub-50g Diamana offering.  Diamana has been a staple on Tour for many years, and led the PGA and European Tour in wins in 2016.  This shaft will be available in the 40g and 50g classes

Project X HZRDUS – features high modulus T800 carbon fiber and is offered in the 50g and 60g class.  HZRDUS has quickly made a name for itself on Tour and has been the #1 played model during the 2016-2017 PGA Tour season

Fujikura Pro Green – a popular choice on Tour.  This shaft features a stiffened mid and tip section for stability.  It is offered in the 60g and 70g classes and we expect it will be a popular stock option for the Epic Sub Zero driver

Aldila Rogue M•AX – new version of the popular Rogue series of shafts.  This shaft features a full length multi-axial carbon weave and plays with quite low torque.  This will be available as stock in the 60g & 70g classes as well as in the 80g class for the Epic Fairways 

Diamana M+ Green, Project X HZRDUS, Fujikura Pro Green and Aldila Rogue Max in five weight classes: 40g, 50g, 60g, 70g, 80g. Each premium, tour-proven shaft enables fitting to dial in performance for every player through correct weight, torque and flex profile choice

MAXIMUM FORGIVENESS FROM AN ULTRA-LIGHT TRIAXIAL CARBON CROWN

Weight saved by the ultra-light triaxial carbon crown (78% lighter than steel)* is repositioned to increase MOI and lower the CG for easy launch and added power.

FASTER BALL SPEED FROM 4TH GENERATION FACE CUP TECHNOLOGY

The latest generation of our Hyper Speed Face Cup is more efficient at delivering fast ball speed across the face, especially on mis-hits, for increased average distance.

FAST HEAD SPEED FROM SPEED STEP TECHNOLOGY 

Developed with direct input from aerospace experts to improve aerodynamics for fast swing speed and distance without extra effort.

WIDE LOFT SELECTION INCLUDING 3+ AND HEAVENWOOD 

Six models — 3+, 3, 5, 7, 9, Heavenwood — gives golfers multiple opportunities to put Epic performance in their bag.

Like our new Epic drivers, GBB Epic Fairway Woods incorporate our proprietary triaxial carbon composite material to enhance forgiveness, power and accuracy. 

GBB Epic Fairway Woods are targeted at any golfer seeking a long, accurate and easy-to-launch fairway wood. The triaxial carbon crown construction, next-generation Hyper Speed Face and Speed Step technologies work together to enhance any golfer’s average ball speed and distance. 

Weight saving through redesigned crown

Epic’s triaxial carbon crown weighs just 5.8g, making it 78% lighter than a steel crown. The saved weight is redistributed into strategic locations within the head to dramatically increase MOI (11% higher than XR 16 fairway woods) and lower the CG, making Epic fairway woods easy to launch. 

Refined Hyper Speed Face Cup

Distance is enhanced by a refined Hyper Speed Face Cup technology, which increases the area of the face that delivers fast ball speed. Now, the thin and flexible rim around the inner side of the face flexes and releases more uniformly and efficiently at impact to further increase ball speed across the face, especially towards the bottom. 

Latest Speed Step Technology

Head speed gets an additional boost from the latest version of Callaway’s Speed Step technology, which was originally developed in partnership with Boeing.  Located on the crown, the Speed Step improves airflow to encourage more swing speed and distance without extra effort. 

Great loft and shaft options to suit all golfers

A broad lineup of lofts are available, ranging from a strong 3+ wood (14*) to the versatile Heavenwood (20.5*). With the new Epic drivers, we are offering the most comprehensive stock shaft lineup in Callaway history.  We have offerings from the 40g class all the way through the 80g class, in a variety of weights, flexes and torques.  Driver and fairway wood shafts are interchangeable for maximum flexibility. 

Diamana M+ Green – Mitsubishi’s first ever sub-50g Diamana offering.  Diamana has been a staple on Tour for many years, and led the PGA and European Tour in wins in 2016.  This shaft will be available in the 40g and 50g classes

Project X HZRDUS – features high modulus T800 carbon fiber and is offered in the 50g and 60g class.  HZRDUS has quickly made a name for itself on Tour and has been the #1 played model during the 2016-2017 PGA Tour season

Fujikura Pro Green - a popular choice on Tour.  This shaft features a stiffened mid and tip section for stability.  It is offered in the 60g and 70g classes and we expect it will be a popular stock option for the Epic Sub Zero driver

Aldila Rogue M•AX – new version of the popular Rogue series of shafts.  This shaft features a full length multi-axial carbon weave and plays with quite low torque.  This will be available as stock in the 60g & 70g classes as well as in the 80g class for the Epic Fairways

Dramatically increases distance by stiffening the body to transfer more energy to the ball.
And no one else has it.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER 13-01-2017

SPIN CONTROL AND TRAJECTORY CONTROL FROM INTERCHANGEABLE WEIGHTS 

Two interchangeable weights in the head (2g and 12g) to adjust spin-rate and launch angle. Put the 12g up front to lower spin; in back for higher launch and higher MOI.

FASTER HEAD SPEED FROM INDUSTRY-LEADING AERODYNAMICS 

Streamlined head incorporates our proprietary Speed Step, created with direct input from aerospace experts, to improve airflow for more swing speed and distance.

MORE FORGIVENESS AND LOWER SPIN FROM EXO-CAGE CONSTRUCTION 

Innovative head construction unites our titanium Exo-cage with an ultra-light triaxial carbon crown and sole, allowing improved perimeter weighting for more forgiveness and makes it possible to position the CG in line with the neutral axis, which lowers spin.

MAXIMUM FORGIVENESS FROM AN ULTRA-LIGHT TRIAXIAL CARBON CROWN 

Weight saved by the ultra-light triaxial carbon crown (78% lighter than steel)* is repositioned to increase MOI and lower the CG for easy launch and added power.

FASTER BALL SPEED FROM 4TH GENERATION FACE CUP TECHNOLOGY 

The latest generation of our Hyper Speed Face Cup is more efficient at delivering fast ball speed across the face, especially on mis-hits, for increased average distance.

FAST HEAD SPEED FROM SPEED STEP TECHNOLOGY

Developed with direct input from aerospace experts to improve aerodynamics for fast swing speed and distance without extra effort.

SPIN CONTROL AND TRAJECTORY CONTROL FROM INTERCHANGEABLE WEIGHTS

Two interchangeable weights in the head (3g and 22g) to adjust spin-rate and launch angle. Put the 22g up front to lower spin; in back for higher launch and higher MOI.
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