ClubTest 2014: Callaway Big Bertha Driver
Callaway Big Bertha Driver
Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9°, 10.5° with Mitsubishi Fubuki 50 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: An 8-gram plug slides from heel to toe to control dispersion. Slider bar in rear is used to tune ball flight.Bertha has loft (+2°/-1°) and lie-angle adjustments. Heavier head requires higher-balance-point shaft.
DISTANCE: One of the longer clubs tested; adjustability lets you find the right balance between carry and roll; off-center hits travel nearly as far as most of the solid shots.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the most accurate drivers -- testers stripe shots once they get it dialed in using the adjustability options; very forgiving, wide face delivers tight shot patterns and eliminates dangerous curves.
FEEL: Powerful thud at impact gives plenty of feedback; very stable through contact; testers can swing as hard as they want.
PLAYABILITY: Produces medium-to-low draws; boring flight with excellent penetration through headwinds; shaft/head/face combo offers plenty of flexibility to shape shots.
LOOK: Testers really like the blue/white combo; shaft and grip colors blend well; classy and clean with a simple alignment aid on the crown.
It favors directional stability and tight dispersion over curveballs, so shaping shots proves difficult for just a few testers; it’s minor, but lots of adjustability options could take time to get the ideal setup.
BOTTOM LINE: The top driver tested in its class. Excels in all performance categories.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: Launch - Mid; Spin - Low
NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland 588 Custom Driver