Callaway Epic Rescue Hybrid: An HONEST Review

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If you don’t already have a hybrid in your bag I think you’re making a big mistake. In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Callaway Epic hybrid and sharing my honest opinion after swinging it around the course. It’s designed for mid to high handicaps and has a middle of the range price tag, but that being said, how did it perform?

The Callaway Epic hybrid will be right for you if you’re a mid handicap who’s going to use it a lot. If you only golf a few times per year, there are cheaper options you could go with. It’s a bit expensive (middle of the range) but in my opinion, the benefits are well worth it and it’s one of my favorite hybrids. Overall, a thumbs up from us.

The things we look at when testing golf hybrids is how long they were, how much forgiveness they had, how high was the launch, and also the price. Continue reading if you want a more detailed review and the best place to pick one up.

Callaway Epic Hybrid Review

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My First Impressions

I’ve always been a fan of hybrid clubs (and especially ones from Callaway) so I was excited to get my hands on the Epic and give it a couple of swings. The reason I like them so much is that they’re a lot easier to hit then your long irons and they’re more versatile than your fairway woods.

I figured it’d probably be perfect for me since it was designed for mid-handicap players and was more forgiving than most. Mid handicap players normally want a good amount of forgiveness but they also want to be able to control the ball at times for shot shaping and trajectory.

Not only that, but it also looked really cool too. I know that’s not something that impacts the performance but there are some ugly looking clubs out there that you think twice about taking out of the bag. Here’s a demo video:

How Was The Design Quality?

I’ve tested a lot of different rescue hybrids over the years because they’re one of my favorite clubs and I’ll definitely say, the Epic was one of the best at address. The overall feel of the club was really solid and it seemed to be nice and balanced.

It’s not a super big hybrid like a lot of others (they’re all forgiveness and no feel) which I was glad to see and so would most low to mid-handicap players. I also like the smaller head because it’s easier to hit out of the rough. I don’t know about you but I have a hard time hitting my fairway woods and long irons out of the rough.

They tried to lower the center of gravity (COG) to increase forgiveness and give better launches, and it seemed to work. This is what most golf companies are trying to do but some definitely do it better than others.

How Was The Sound & Feel?

I’m pretty picky when it comes to the way my clubs sound and feel. Again, it doesn’t have a direct impact on the performance but it can boost confidence when you have a solid hit.

I find a lot of the clubs these days are too light and almost feel hollow at impact. They make this high pitched pop sound that can be heard from three fairways over. It’s also hard to feel where your mistake was. I’ve had times when I thought I hit the toe but it was actually the complete opposite. I like a club that’ll tell me right away.

That’s the reason I like Callaway clubs. I generally find them to sound and feel more solid at impact (and the Epic was just that). They aren’t all like that but the majority of them are.

How Did It Perform?

The most important thing when it comes to your clubs is how they perform because if it’s not good there’s no point having them. Some of them are all forgiveness and no feel while others produce a bunch of spin that causes curved shots. The Epic is somewhere in the middle and best suited towards mid-handicap players.

I’ve always preferred hybrids over long irons since I have more consistency with them and they have a higher launch angle. Most golfers can’t hit their ling irons at all and I think a hybrid should be used instead. You can use them off the tee, in the rough, and around the green (bump and run).

The distance and the forgiveness I got from the Epic was also better than my long irons (and it was also better than a lot of the other hybrids out there). That’s always something a golfer is looking for.

Pros

  • It’s not an overly large hybrid.
  • It has a good amount of forgiveness.
  • The distance I got was better than most.
  • The sound/feel through impact was solid.

Cons

  • It’s a fairly expensive hybrid.
  • That’s pretty much it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What’s the difference between the Epic and Apex hybrid?

A. I found the Apex to be less forgiving.

Q. What’s the difference between the Epic and Bertha OS hybrid?

A. I found the Bertha better for high handicaps.

Q. What’s the difference between the Epic and Rogue hybrid?

A. The Rogue is bigger and better for high handicaps.

The Breakdown

  • Performance Score: 10
  • Price Score: 7
  • Sound & Feel Score: 10
  • My Personal Score: 9

Is It Worth It?

Overall, if you’re a mid handicap who’s going to be using it a lot, I’d say it’s definitely worth picking up. Yeah, it’s a bit expensive but in my opinion, the benefits are well worth it and that’s why it’s one of my favorites.

The distance and the forgiveness were perfectly fine in my opinion and it still offered the ability to work the ball around a bit.

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Callaway Epic Hybrid

9

Performance

10.0/10

Price

7.0/10

Sound and feel

10.0/10

Jon Webber

Just an average golfer trying to take my game to the next level. Was shooting around 100 not that long ago but have now been in the 80s consistently. Best round to date was 12 over. Best 9 holes were 4 over.

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