Callaway Epic Speed Vs. PXG 0811 Driver Comparison Overview

These days, it seems that golf club manufacturers are just copying off each others homework. What we mean is that it is not uncommon to pick up two drivers from different manufacturers only to find that they have almost all the same features.

This can make it really hard to find the right driver for your game. However, in the following article, we are going to help you cut through all the marketing by comparing 2 drivers with very similar features and reporting only the important facts.

PXG 0811 Driver Overview

The PXG 0811 driver features an adjustable hosel and a cast titanium face.

The latter feature gives this driver a nice feel – when you pure it. While it can be argued that PXG doesn’t really make drivers for beginners, you should know that the PXG 0811 is not a great driver unless you already have good off the tee accuracy and a good swing speed.

That all being said, the 16 adjustable weights allow you to fine-tune sole weight and ball speed. Our testers loved giving this driver forward oriented CG so they can get side spin down to almost zero. The sound of this driver is a bit hollow, but it is ultimately more adjustable than the Epic Speed driver.

The PXG 0811 is certainly heavier than it’s cousins the 0811X and the 0811LX, each of which sport a carbon fiber crown. This makes the PXG 0811 feel a bit cumbersome in the hands but it also has more adjustable weights than the 0811X and 0811LX so this can be offset a little bit.

Callaway Epic Speed Driver Overview

The Callaway Epic Speed also features an adjustable hosel and a titanium face.

The usefulness of the adjustable hosel in the Epic Speed and PXG 0811 driver was pretty much the same. They both allow you to fine-tune your launch angle to a respectable degree.

However, we liked the feel of the 8-1-1 cast titanium face of the PXG 0811 more than the Flash Face titanium of the Epic Speed.

There was just more substance behind every swing we took with the PXG 0811. On the other hand, the Epic Speed driver features a carbon crown and sole panel which makes it lighter than the PXG 0811 and overall, more comfortable to swing.

Slow swing speed and high handicap players will probably like the Epic Speed more than the PXG 0811 driver. The Epic Max and the Epic Max LX both feature something that the Epic Speed doesn’t though: an adjustable perimeter weight.

The PXG 0811 is the better-feeling and more accurate driver overall. We found that the Epic Speed is better suited to high handicap players.

PXG 0811 Driver

In 20 Words or Less

The 0811 driver is a great option for any player that likes lots options based on the hole they’re playing.

Callaway Epic Speed Drivers

In 20 Words Or Less

The Epic Speed driver is all about creating distance. It can help with all things speed including swing speed.

PXG 0811 Driver First Impressions

At first glance, we could see that the shape of the 0811 driver face was unique. It was deep (or tall depending on how you want to put it) and made for excellent spin ratio.

Right off the bat, the PXG 0811 driver played long. It worked to dramatically reduce spin off the tee and produced high-arcing shots.

Carry distance was also impressive. To say that this driver played long would be an understatement. Still, for all the distance, the 0811 driver is surprisingly forgiving.

PXG claims that by using a robotic face polishing process, they were able to add a slight curvature to the face. This may be what enhances the spin correction at impact and the forgiveness of this driver.

The 0811 Family

The 0811 driver family also includes the 0811 X Proto driver. The X Proto is the more forgiving driver but it does produce significantly more spin than the standard 0811.

Callaway Epic Speed Driver – First Impressions

The Callaway Epic Speed driver has a unique design but we were a bit bummed to see that it is the only driver in the Epic family to not have an adjustable weight.

Still, the Epic Speed wasn’t really built for shot shaping. It produces very long & hopefully straight shots and is plenty forgiving with the Flash Face design.

Just don’t expect exceptional accuracy with it.

The driver is great at producing club speed, ball speed and distance. The lower spin rates allow for shots that move left to right less and less.

If you are not consistent with your swing, you would be better off going with the Max range as the speed may be prone to slicing for some.

The Epic Family

The Epic Speed is accompanied by the Epic Max and the Epic Max LS.

Both the Max and Max LS have adjustable weights (16 grams in the former and 13 in the latter). As you can imagine, the Epic Max is the most forgiving in the family.

PXG 0811 Selling Points

  • Hybrid crown design
  • Titanium alloy face
  • Adjustable hosel
  • Sloped crown
  • Slight curvature of the face enhances forgiveness
  • Aluminum vapor process enhances crown stiffness

Callaway Epic Speed Selling Points

  • Cyclone Aero head shape
  • Triaxial carbon crown
  • Adjustable hosel
  • Redesigned Jailbreak bars
  • Latest Flash Face version
  • A.I. design

PXG 0811 Driver  – Who is it for?

This driver would be a good choice for anyone who is looking for a combination of distance and feel.

The minimal spin of this driver can’t be denied. The deep face works in conjunction with the low, back weighting to produce high-arcing shots that carry further.

This is also a surprisingly long driver for PXG. The sloped crown will help if you have a downward attack on your drives.

Of course, the PXG 0811 feels excellent. But we would expect nothing less from a PXG club.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 98/100

Overall Rating: 95/100

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Callaway Epic Speed – Who are they for?

The Callaway Epic Speed driver would be great for anyone who needs some help with their swing speed and is interested purely in distance.

The Epic Speed driver doesn’t offer much in the way of workability but then again, it wasn’t designed for that.

If you are looking for straight shots that fly farther, the Epic Speed would be a solid choice.

The head was designed with a relatively flat crown to decrease drag so this driver might even be able to help you up your swing speed.

It doesn’t produce a ton of spin off the tee but there is still some.

Epic Family

The Epic Max and Max LS are packing a lot of the same technology as the Epic Speed but are more centered around forgiveness, slice elimination and straight, higher launching, more consistent shots.

The Max is super forgiving and the Max LS is a low spin version, aimed at straight shots for slicers and hookers.

The Epic Speed is built simply for distance and straightness.

Distance: 97/10

Accuracy: 93/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel & Control: 91/100

Overall Rating: 94/100

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