Callaway Big Bertha Irons, Big Bertha Hybrids Hit Retail Oct. 17

Callaway Big Bertha Irons
Michael Chini

Callaway Big Bertha Irons
$1,000, steel; $1,200, graphite

The Big Bertha is the company's first iron to incorporate a "360-degree face cup." This technology, which refers to the way the clubface wraps over the crown and sole, has been limited to Callaway's woods. Attaching the stainless steel face to a hollow body allows specific areas of the face to be made thinner, which leads to more flex and ball speed. Big Bertha irons also have an extra strip of mass that runs heel-to-toe behind the face to shift the CG low and forward. This weight placement is meant to direct more energy into the ball for added speed. According to Callaway, the combination of a hollow body, hotter face, and low CG produces shots that fly 1 to 1.5 clubs further than RAZR X HL irons. Big Bertha is built for the masses, so single-digit handicappers would be wise to look elsewhere. Available 4-iron to SW in True Temper Speed Step 80 steel shafts or UST Recoil graphite shafts.

 

Callaway Big Bertha Hybrids
Courtesy of Callaway
Callaway Big Bertha Hybrids

Callaway Big Bertha Hybrids
$249, graphite

Loft-and-lie adjustability is commonplace in Callaway drivers but hasn't been a feature available in the company's hybrids. Until now. New Big Bertha hybrids have an OptiFit hosel that provides eight combinations of loft (-1°, standard, +1°, +2°) and lie angle (draw or neutral). Having the adjustability component gives you the freedom to find the proper loft (and carry distances) to avoid big yardage gaps between clubs. This hybrid is hot, too. It has a lively 455 Carpenter steel "face cup" design to produce more flex across a wider area for faster ball speeds on mis-hits. Close behind the face, a horizontal, wave-like strip of mass stretches heel-to-toe. This weighting structure brings the center of gravity low and forward to further boost ball speed. The hybrids come with 60-gram UST Recoil graphite shafts. Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°, 31°.

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