Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5° (adjusts 8.5° to 11.5°) with Fujikura Motore Speeder 565 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Mass saved by the light crown and face is redistributed to boost MOI.
DISTANCE: The Big Bertha V Series is a bomber—testers hit it consistently longer than their current drivers; draws comparisons to the original Big Bertha from 1991 in terms of surprising length.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Minimizes both hooks and slices and allows testers to swing aggressively without fear of big, costly, demoralizing misses.
FEEL: Soft feel and a somewhat muted sound accompany well-struck shots; the head remains stable through the impact zone, even on toe or heel mis-hits.
PLAYABILITY: A confidence-booster that encourages fearless, powerful swings; a number of testers like the V-sole for use off the deck; a few guys say that they like having the ability to adjust the hosel to different lofts.
LOOK: Shiny black head has a familiar look and sits well at address; testers get a postive vibe standing over it without being reminded that this is, in fact, a Max Game-Improvement driver.
Dull sound turns off a few panelists; a small number of guys consider the appearance, including the cartoon image of Sir Isaac Newton on the sole, to look cheap; some say the club feels too light throughout the swing.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-rated offerings. It gives many testers three qualities they seek in a driver: distance, playability and adjustability.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: Good heel-toe forgiveness. The V Series is a light-headed design that helps get the ball in the air, as do the adjustable lofts and lie.Launch - High; Spin - Mid
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MORE INFO ON THE CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA V SERIES DRIVER
From Golf.com, September 2014
The Big Bertha V Series driver ($399), is built with a lightweight forged composite crown and lightweight "Hyper Speed," clubface, the combination of which allows for more weight to be redistributed lower and deeper in the clubhead for increased MOI and greater forgiveness. The clubface, which features variable face thicknesses, further enhances forgiveness and distance on off-center hits by providing a larger effective hitting area. The addition of extremely lightweight shafts (42g on the higher lofts, 53g on the 9-degree head) make the Big Bertha V Series driver approximately 20g lighter than the standard Big Bertha (in the higher lofts), making it easier to swing at high speed for a wide variety of players. The previously mentioned aerodynamic clubhead helps cut drag to allow the clubhead to move even more quickly through the air.
The Big Bertha V Series Driver also features Callaway's OptiFit adjustable hosel technology, which allows the the clubhead to be dialed into four different lofts (-1, Standard, +1, +2) in two different lie angle settings (draw or neutral). Standard lofts available are 9-. 10.5-, and 13.5-degrees. -- Michael Chwasky
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