April 8, 2023

Callaway Mavrik Irons Review (After 30 Days)

Thanks for stopping by to read my Callaway Mavrik Irons Review! As you may very well know, few brands have managed to instill themselves at the heart of golf the way Callaway has. [no_toc]

Why Listen To Me?

My name is Linda Parker, my mom was a LPGA pro before my parents met, and I’ve been around golf since before I could walk. As someone who grew up with a golf pro for a mother, I've been exposed to various clubs and golf equipment throughout my life. This background gives me an understanding of what makes a quality golf club and how it can affect a player's performance on the course.

Well, to answer this we used the Callaway MAVRIK Irons (and others) for roughly 30 days at some of our favorite California golf courses in beautiful San Diego, California.

Callaway Mavrik Irons Test

In this particular article, I'll tell you exactly what I loved and hated about using them during those 30 days.

Beloved by golf industry professionals, teachers, and amateurs alike, Callaway is one of the most recognizable manufacturers of golf equipment in the market.

Much of this attention is warranted since they pull no punches in terms of design and performance, especially with regard to their golf clubs.

The Callaway Mavrik Irons are one such offering that have gotten a lot of attention among golfers.

Ever since their introduction, many golfers have either sworn by them or written them off as another cash grab. Exciting my curiosity, I decided to get a set and see what it truly has to offer.

These are my thoughts after 30 days of using the Callaway Mavrik Irons.

(Spoiler Alert: I found the Callaway Mavrik Irons to be forgiving and easy to use, even for someone like me who is not a pro golfer. In particular, I appreciated the sleek and compact design, making them a pleasure to look at as well as swing.)

Callaway Mavrik Irons Specs

First though, let's take a look at the Callaway Mavrik irons specs & features.

callaway mavrik irons specs

Callaway Mavrik Irons Features:

First, lets look at some of the more notable features bestowed upon us by the Callaway Mavrik Irons!

A.I. Designed!

Designed with artificial intelligence- A.I. for short- the Mavrik Irons are some of the smartest clubs you'll ever swing. According to Callaway, the A.I. was used in order to design a completely new clubface from scratch. This allowed for more forgiveness and improved ball speeds across the entire face.

While many game-improvement irons tend to be on the bulky side, the Callaway Mavrik Irons are surprisingly sleek and compact. This gives them a much more appealing look at address, which will no doubt appeal to many golfers.

The Callaway Mavrik Irons appear to be a game improvement iron set, but they also look pretty sleek.

The large face and broad toe on these irons really do provide you with a sense of confidence over the ball for a beginner standing over them. Actually, there are many more unattractive irons available for high handicap players.

Even More Ball Speed

While the original Mavrik driver was no slouch in the speed department, the new Mavrik Irons take ball speed to a whole new level.

According to Callaway, at the time of their release, the Mavrik Irons had their fastest iron clubface, which means you'll be able to hit the ball further and straighter than with previous models.

This means that you'll be able to hit the ball further and straighter than ever before.

Improved Sound and Feel

Another big selling point of the Mavrik Irons is the improved sound and feel.

Callaway has succeeded in making a very solid feeling iron that still gives off a lovely, muted sound at impact. This is thanks to their new Flash Face cup technology.

This technology not only improves ball speed but also feel, which is something that many game-improvement irons lack.

Unique Face Architecture

In one of the first instances where the brand used Artificial Intelligence to design their clubface, technological wonders are evident in the makeup of this set.

The brand used hundreds of simulations and countless tests to come up with a club design that offers a significant boost in ball speed and increased spin robustness off of every iron. 

Strong Lofts for Optimal Launch

There are multiple factors that make the launch offered by the callaway mavrik irons sets something unique.

While maintaining the ball speed in the Flash Face Cup, they boast custom tungsten-infused weights in each iron allowing them to locate the position of the CG.

This, when paired with a higher than usual loft, means the golfers experience more control in terms of player preferred trajectory, spin rates, and land angles.

Urethane Microspheres

Vibrations are often something many golf clubs struggle with. If you’re a player that tends to hit with a lot of force, the vibrations caused whenever you strike can travel up your arms and shake your whole body.

While being unpleasant, it can also hurt the ball speed and accuracy.

Using patented urethane microspheres, the Callaway Mavrik Irons comprehensively absorbs unwanted vibration for a pure feel.

This is something other brands can definitely learn from. It also has the added bonus of maximizing COR for incredible ball speed.

Tungsten Energy Core

Like the Mavrik Pro Irons and the Mavrik Max Irons, the Callaway Mavrik Irons have a tungsten core designed to offer unparalleled balance and improve control.

Acting almost like a counterweight, they offer serviceable distance and a gratifying sound whenever contact is made with the ball.

It’s important to note though that a Tungsten Energy Core is not a feature unique to the Callaway Irons alone.

This is something of a trend among golf manufacturers and is quickly becoming an industry standard. Nevertheless, its benefits cannot be understated.

In comparison to other game-improvement irons on the market, such as the TaylorMade SIM2 Max and the Cobra F9 Speedback, the Callaway Mavrik Irons stand out for their AI-designed clubface and urethane microspheres that enhance feel and reduce vibration. 

While these clubs may not be the absolute best in every category, they offer a solid blend of distance, forgiveness, and technology that will appeal to a wide range of golfers.

Mavrik Irons VS Mavrik MAX Irons

Mavrik Irons Set

The Callaway MAVRIK irons are distinguished from the Callaway MAVRIK MAX irons in two key areas.

The first is that the LOFTS on the MAVRIK are stronger- by 2 to 3 degrees compared to the MAVRIK MAX.

For the most part, this will translate to a little more ball speed, lower launch, and reduced spin. That should result in extra distance in the short and mid irons, but it may cause long-irons gap issues.

The second is that the MAVRIK Irons lack of a draw bias. The offset helps the MAVRIK favor a draw, but it also fades and cuts.

What We Experienced Using Them:

Mavrik Irons Features

Now that we’ve gone over some of the key features advertised by the callaway mavrik irons, it’s time for what I actually experienced while using it. 

Upon Receiving The Set:

Upon first glance, the Mavrik and its other Callaway sibling are nearly identical, except for the fact that they're definitely a bit longer. The Mavrik’s moderate club head size is a bit larger than the others but not by much.

In fact, once I placed them in my bag, it can be hard to tell them apart when at a distance. I could only tell them apart thanks to the signature orange stripes.

Overall, it’s a pretty stylish set yet does not have anything outright different from the other Callaways in the series. 

There’s a good weightiness to the mavrik irons which automatically tells me that swinging them will be fast. One can almost feel the center of gravity on the tungsten core. I was grateful for this since I don’t consider myself a particularly powerful hitter.

Using The Set:

The day after getting them, I drove over to the golf course to try them out. Immediately on my first hit, I noticed the sound it made.

If you’ve ever watched pro-golfers on TV, then you’d know that “snap” sound they make with their clubs whenever they take a long-distance shot.

This sound became something like feedback for me during practice since I used to identify whether or not I was making a clean and crisp hit.

I would go on to use the set on all my games for 30 days.

Overall Performance After 30 Days:

The technology boasted by this particular set makes for a very forgiving experience, even my mishits went a long way (albeit in a different direction than intended). 

As for speed and distance, I soon noticed that the lofts are a few degrees lower than the other irons in the series.

This led me to make 102-105 mph, while the 6200 rpm spin rate was marginally higher, though this is probably because the lofts are not quite as strong.

Though spin is great, it can sometimes make the ball’s trajectory harder to predict. 

To provide a clear understanding of the performance of the Mavrik Irons, I tracked the following measurements during my 30-day testing period:

  • Average ball speed: 104 mph
  • Average spin rate: 6,300 rpm
  • Average carry distance: 190 yards
  • Average total distance: 210 yards
  • Shot dispersion: 75% on target, 25% off-target

These numbers demonstrate the overall performance of the Callaway Mavrik Irons and provide a quantifiable basis for my review.

Callaway Mavrik Range:

Overall, I could get an average of 190+ yards of distance with the set.

The downside that I found while using this set was that the shots tended to veer towards the left.

There are also some gapping issues with them, being long irons. Keep in mind, The long irons are designed for launch and speed. This might be beneficial for players who suffer from a tendency to slice but it hurt my own performance a bit.

In the end, I liked the sets well enough but there is a learning curve needed to get the hang of them. 

Callaway Mavrik Irons Handicap

Callaway says these Mavriks are designed for players with handicaps from 8-20, and generally considered suitable for mid to high handicappers.

They also come in left-handed models, so mid handicappers and high handicappers alike should have a great time with these.

Pros & Cons:


  • Great Technology. Wonderfully modern design makes for a set that performs according to modern standards.
  • Consistency. Though the distance and control leave a little to be desired, it’s still a pretty consistent set. You know what you’re going to get every time.
  • Crafted By Industry Leader. A brand with all the experts and dedicated customer service.
  • Great for mid or high handicappers, aka your average golfer.


  • Shipping Issues. Depending on where you buy it, many of my fellow golfers reported some shipping issues like missing clubs or long wait-time.
  • Control Issues. Whether due to my own playing style or the clubs themselves, I had somewhat of a difficult time using the clubs in the beginning.

Callaway Mavrik Irons Verdict (4.4/5)

The mavrik irons are not the most perfect set I’ve tried in all my years but not the worst one either. In the hands of the right golfer, it might actually be a game-changer.

These irons are all about distance and forgiveness, with a few perks thrown in for good measure. The Mavrik irons are Callaway’s latest and greatest, and they’re designed to help you hit the ball further and straighter than ever before.

A few final things we love about them:

  • The Mavrik irons feature Callaway’s new A.I.-designed Flash Face Cup technology, which is designed to promote faster ball speeds and more distance.
  • The Callaway Mavrik has a lower center of gravity (CG) than previous Callaway irons, allowing you to get the ball in the air quicker. The Mavrik irons have a larger sweet spot than most other irons on the market, making them more forgiving.

If you're a mid or high handicapper, then you'll love this next bit:

  • Mid Handicappers this club was made with you in mind!
  • Those Higher Handicappers considering these - yes you can buy these too!

With that being said, I think a lot of people will love these clubs. They’re not the best but they get the job done and then some.

They're state-of-the-art game improvement irons, and they're well worth your consideration.

So there you have it – our Callaway Mavrik Irons review. If you’re looking for a new set of irons that will help you hit the ball further and straighter than ever before, then the Mavrik is definitely worth checking out.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below and one of our golf-pros will answer it as soon as possible.

As always, Happy Golfing!

About the author 

Linda Parker

My name is Linda Parker, I’ve been around golf since I was born, and I’ve been golfing since I was four years old!

I’m here to share my love of the game with you, so please do let me know if you have any questions!

  • Hello there. I am debating between the Callaway Mavrik and the TM Stealth. I am a mid handicapper. Currently have an older set of Callaway Diablos. Biggest issue for me is distance and height on the ball. Too much roll out around the green with my 6 & 7 iron. Which set would you recommend? I am leaning toward the Stealths. Thanks.

    • Hi Duane!

      So sorry for the delayed response on this! Both the Callaway Mavrik and the TaylorMade Stealth are excellent choices for mid-handicappers, and you can’t go wrong with either set.

      Considering your specific issue with distance and height on the ball, the TaylorMade Stealth irons might have a slight edge over the Callaway Mavrik. The Stealth irons have been designed with a focus on distance control and high launch, which can help you achieve the desired height on your shots. This may result in a softer landing around the greens, reducing roll-out with your 6 & 7 irons.

      However, the Callaway Mavrik irons also offer solid distance and forgiveness, which could still be beneficial for your game. Ultimately, it’s essential to take your individual swing and playstyle into account when selecting a new set of irons. If possible, I would recommend trying out both sets in person or getting fitted by a professional to determine which set would be the best match for you.

      I hope this helps, and good luck with your decision! Feel free to let us know if you have any more questions.

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