Ladies bust out your hip-hugger jeans and fellas throw on your oversize Tommy Hilfiger polos and douse yourself in Curve cologne. Allow Britney Spears or N*Sync to serenade you as you read. Callaway Golf is taking us all back to the early 2000’s with their 2021 equipment line. Instead of Ross and Rachel, it’s Bertha and White Hot that will be this year’s hot couple. All the famous names you recognize are in play, but now with today’s technology and innovation.
White Hot OG The White Hot putter line by Odyssey is one of the best selling in history and the “Original Gangsta” is back in 2021. The original model features a white insert in the face that was the same urethane material as an early Callaway golf ball, the Rule 35. This was to produce a uniform and soft feel but still with a little bit of a “click” at impact. Steve Stricker made the #2 model blade famous by still gaming it today, some 20 years after its release. The new stick features the same insert and a rich PVD milled finish. This year there are 8 models and among them are the famous 2-ball and #7 “fang” mallet. Each one will be available in a stepless steel putter shaft and Odyssey’s patented counter-balanced Stroke Lab shaft, this time in candy-apple red. As if this news isn’t exciting enough, the price-point is also reminiscent of the days when a gallon of gas was $1.29. The White Hot OG line starts at $219 and is available 1/28.
Big Bertha B21 Released in fall of 2020, the revamped B21 line is already enjoying success among the game’s most passionate recreational players. The entire line is geared for the mid to high handicap to help them launch it higher, hit it straighter, carry it farther, and stand over the ball with confidence. The B21 driver, fairway, hybrid, and irons are all designed with a draw-bias shape and weighting to eliminate the dreaded slice that most players of this caliber struggle with. The B21 brings an old friend back with the new RCH shaft. This shaft is built to restore speed and dial in the ideal spin needed by a moderate swinger.
Apex A name that used to synonymous with Ben Hogan irons until Callaway bought the company some 10 years ago, the name Apex still rings the sounds of a gorgeous and classy forged golf club. This holds true in the 3 new offerings for 2021: the Apex, Apex Pro, and Apex DCB. This trio is the first forged irons designed by Artificial Intelligence and the Apex is what we will call the players distance iron. It sets up like a dream but still features a lot of forgiveness due to the massive Tungsten Energy Core. The Apex Pro is going to have a more compact head and thinner sole and topline. It will setup like a blade with minimal offset. The Apex DCB, which stands for Deep Cavity Back, is destined to be the star of the line. While in the game improvement category, it is a forged iron. This gives the 16 handicapper a chance to boast about playing forged irons at the bar. It will feature a slightly larger head than the other 2, as well as a little more offset. This tremendous threesome goes on pre-sale 1/26 and releases on 2/11.
Epic After the awesome 2020 had by MAVRIK woods, Callaway goes back to the name that started it all with AI and Jailbreak technology. Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS are set to deliver the longest and straightest drives of your life in 2021. This is the perfect marriage of the aerodynamic shape of MAVRIK with the revamped Jailbreak Speed Frame. Initially Jailbreak featured two bars that stiffened and stabilized the face vertically. Now those two bars are connected horizontally as well to increase torsional stability and promote high ball speeds everywhere on the face. The Speed is the only one of the three without the adjustable weight around the perimeter. It will feature a mid launch with mid spin and just a slight draw bias. The Max will be the most forgiving of the family with the highest launch and the most draw bias. The Max LS stands for low spin but is more forgiving than former LS or Sub Zero designs from the past. The one knock on the MAVRIK Sub Zero is that while it was a player’s model and featured zero draw bias, it was difficult to turn over when you wanted to. You’ll be able to adjust the CG with the slider on the Max and the LS models. Pre-sale is 1/26 with a launch date set for 2/18.
Another line we are super thrilled to carry at Golf HQ this season is the Odyssey DFX putters. The DFX was the yang to White Hot’s yin in the early 2000’s. While the White Hot insert was soft, the black DFX insert was firm and each head was a super sleek smoke charcoal finish. Look for the DFX putter this spring and starting around $160. Yeah, I agree…Callaway has lost their damn minds.
The American Express Winner WITB: Si Woo Kim
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 70 X
Fairway woods: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (13.5 and 18 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’19 Dot (3-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 125 S+
Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws (54-10S, 60-8C)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Madison
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Fantasy picks I picked Patrick Reed to win last week, and not only did he not win…he missed the cut. He was -1 for 2 days but you have to go low in the desert. Peter Malnati also missed the cut and Adam Schenk finished t-37. Not my best week. Now we head to San Diego and Torrey Pines – always a good test. Winner John Rahm Insane record at Torrey with a win, a runner-up, and top-5 in 4 starts. Will contend Jason Day A lot has happened since Day was last on top of the golf world. A bag of new clubs and a new swing get him going this week on a course he’s won twice at. Sleeper Max Homa SoCal boys play well in SoCal.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional