ClubTest 2014: Callaway Big Bertha Fairway Woods
Callaway Big Bertha Fairway Woods
Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (adjusts 14° to 17°) and 5 (17° to 20°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Zeta graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The adjustable hosel lets you change lofts in 1° increments (+2 to -1), in neutral or draw-bias settings. The Carpenter steel face cup contributes to faster ball speeds.
PLAYABILITY: Produces desired trajectory, not too high or too low; testers can move the ball all over the place as needed, and it’s good from the rough; it gets the ball airborne fast but doesn’t balloon at all.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: These Big Berthas are accurate clubs; testers didn’t mis-hit too many shots, and off-center strikes typically held their distance; stable and forgiving on most shots, even those toward the toe.
DISTANCE: Big Bertha is long enough to get the job done, providing adequate distance both off the tee and from nice fairway lies; predictable length in most situations.
FEEL: A low-pitch crack at impact with a springy sensation off the clubface; stable through the hitting zone, with little twisting or movement; one of the softer sensations in the test, almost like an old wooden wood.
LOOK: A lovely club—the blue finish is a welcome change from black or gray; the head is somewhat low-profile and sits nice and square.
Not a big bomber for many testers; some believe it could offer additional forgiveness; a few testers prefer more feedback through the ball.
BOTTOM LINE: A balanced, reliable performer that does what it’s told.
NEXT REVIEW: Cobra Bio Cell+ Fairway Woods