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Hey Guys --My beloved Mavrik Max has a small "hole" in the face , i don't believe it cracked through or anything. But it's enough of a "hole" that i can stick the pointy end of a tee in there and feel the hole. It's small though, like i said not much bigger than the pointy end of a tee, but you can see it if you look

 

I hit about 20-25 balls on the range with it after and performance seemed to be 100%.

 

Are drivers rugged enough to deal with this type of thing, or is this the type of thing that will cause the face to fail any day now?

 

Normally i wouldn't care, but i have a tournament this weekend and this is by far my favorite driver. I'm worried i'm gonna use it and it's gonna crack during the round

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Immerse it in hot water.  The hot water will cause the air in the head to expand.  If there is a hole, it will bubble.  Alternatively, take a small pin and see if it goes into the head. 

I'm pretty pissed, have a tournament tomorrow and i don't have confidence in my other driver...   Of course this would happen.   I might try to use it and keep my Cobra in the trun

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MechE and structural analyst here.  It might make it 1000 more shots or 1 more.  Personally I wouldn't trust it to last the tournament.  Best bet would be to try and find a used head locally. 

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Does the hole go all the way through the face? Might be worth posting a picture.

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I don't believe it goes "through" the face no, but I did crack the surface. As mentioned it's very small

 

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Might be worth contacting Callaway, see if you can speak to someone in the tech department. At least they can let you know if it is ok to use.

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There is a small dot in the face of my TM driver, but it is nearer the middle of the face. 

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I'm pretty pissed, have a tournament tomorrow and i don't have confidence in my other driver...

 

Of course this would happen.

 

I might try to use it and keep my Cobra in the trunk

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lol thats supposed to be there. it's a tooling jig hole. go play and dont worry about it. There should be 2-3 more on the face of the driver. I have them on mine, too.

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That's kinda bizarre a little pinhole like that........ I'd run er and bring the spare in case. I would hope Callaway would warranty that for you.

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I'd say play with it and contact Callaway in the meanwhile to get a clear cut answer.

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21 minutes ago, MtlJeff said:

I don't believe it goes "through" the face no, but I did crack the surface. As mentioned it's very small

 

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That actually looks like a void in the metal of the face vs something that was created by impact with a grain of sand or something else, I.e. a manufacturing defect.

 

Since you're unlikely to get a replacement in time I'd just wail away at it and what happens, happens.

 

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4 minutes ago, third-times-a-charm said:

lol thats supposed to be there. it's a tooling jig hole. go play and dont worry about it. There should be 2-3 more on the face of the driver. I have them on mine, too.

Where are they on these 2? I know the TM's have a little machined hole in the center, this does not look like that to me. 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, kmay__ said:

Where are they on these 2? I know the TM's have a little machined hole in the center, this does not look like that to me. 

 

 

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I've seen it before. I dont think its on all drivers. Dont know if its a certain model, face type, factory that made it, etc - but I've seen it. 

 

The hole is to perfect to be made by someone while playing or by accident. It's a machine mark.

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I don't recall ever seeing it there before, and i'm not typically a person who missed things like this. I've owned this driver 2 years.

 

Anyway, i dont really have enough confidence in my Cobra Radspeed right now....so i will probably play with it and see what happens.

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If that hole doesn't go through it'll probably be ok.  It might be a tooling mark.  Too hard to tell from that picture. 

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8 minutes ago, MattC555 said:

If that hole doesn't go through it'll probably be ok.  It might be a tooling mark.  Too hard to tell from that picture. 

 

OK thanks, i'll confirm with some water or something haha

 

Again it's weird because i would've noticed it in the 2 years i've owned the driver so i know it's recent.

 

Just has to last me like 50 more shots. After this weekend i'll get in a lot of practice with my Cobra.

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Back in time, I know it was common for OEM foundries to weld small voids in Ti heads and then "polish" them.  This is what it might be.  

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Doesn't look like it's round enough to be a tooling mark, seems like a void. Or it could be a speed hole to make the driver go faster.

 

Now watch R&D teams will be scrambling to design this. 

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OK, i ran some water over the face, there's no hint of bubbling or anything. Seems to run over that area as smoothly as anywhere else.

 

Not scientific i know. But given that i trust this driver and based on the feedback --Gonna whack away with it and hope for the best

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17 minutes ago, MtlJeff said:

OK, i ran some water over the face, there's no hint of bubbling or anything. Seems to run over that area as smoothly as anywhere else.

 

Not scientific i know. But given that i trust this driver and based on the feedback --Gonna whack away with it and hope for the best


You'd have to submerge it under water for it to bleed bubbles. ...

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You'd have to submerge it under water for it to bleed bubbles. ...

 

Wouldn't it bubble a tiny bit if the hole went through? I ran it under a tap and then when i stopped the water just cleared off the face quickly. I would've thought you'd see some tiny erratic things going on there if there was a hole in the face. Like small amount of bubbling

 

But i don't know - i'm dumb with these sorts of things

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All I can say is that I completely sympathize. I had a shaft snap in my driver right before U.S. Am qualifying several years ago. 

 

I didn't have the luxury of having a backup, so I tried to scare up a replacement quick with limited funds, then went out and had one of the worst rounds of my life. Totally sucks.

 

But, you've got backups and you are a good player. Whether you use the Maverick or a backup, it's still you swinging it. Have faith and go play!

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The first thing I thought was "void" as well, although i'm not an expert there. I would simply contact Callaway and play the driver in the meantime. Either it is not a structural concern and you'll be fine, or it is and you'll find out pretty quickly! 😅

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56 minutes ago, Valtiel said:

The first thing I thought was "void" as well, although i'm not an expert there. I would simply contact Callaway and play the driver in the meantime. Either it is not a structural concern and you'll be fine, or it is and you'll find out pretty quickly! 😅

 

Thankfully the tournament is stableford LOL 🙂

 

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2 hours ago, MtlJeff said:

 

Wouldn't it bubble a tiny bit if the hole went through? I ran it under a tap and then when i stopped the water just cleared off the face quickly. I would've thought you'd see some tiny erratic things going on there if there was a hole in the face. Like small amount of bubbling

 

But i don't know - i'm dumb with these sorts of things

Immerse it in hot water.  The hot water will cause the air in the head to expand.  If there is a hole, it will bubble.  Alternatively, take a small pin and see if it goes into the head. 

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If it does he might have a driver head full of water for his tourney. A little extra SW lol.  Just play it as is and worry about it after; but that being said I know you won't be able to get it out of your mind now. 

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