ClubTest 2017: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion fairway wood review

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion fairway wood.
Courtesy of Callaway

CATEGORY: Game Improvement Fairway Woods

PRICE: $250

WE TESTED: 3 (15°), 5 (18°) with UST Mamiya Recoil ES 450 graphite shaft.

KEY TECHNOLOGY: The new head shape boosts perimeter weighting.

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Playability

This wood works well from a variety of lies and off the tee; shots get airborne quickly, fly high and straight and land softly.

Distance

On par with many models in the category; consistent performance across the face; the ease with which it elevates the ball enables guys to pick up distance from the fairway and trouble.

Cons

Triangular head shape doesn't suit everyone's eye; can be too light for players who seek a more substantial sensation; the "crushed it" feel at impact doesn't always translate into huge distance.

Bottom Line

A straight, forgiving club that gives players the freedom to rip it. The Big Bertha Fusion makes it a snap to hit high-flying shots that land softly near the target. Anyone struggling with their hybrids may want to try the higher-lofted woods.

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