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On the Range: Callaway Big Bertha V Series Fairway Woods
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Callaway Big Bertha V Series Fairway Woods

Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
Price: $240
WE TESTED:
5-wood and Heavenwood with Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The “Warbird” sole helps get shots airborne with ease from scary lies.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: Best in class; testers agree that these woods put you in a position to score; the light head plays great off the tee and from a variety of lies, even thick rough; somewhat workable but they want to go straight, producing a high, repeatable flight that allows shots to land softly on greens.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Very strong performers—lots of help all across the face; misses keep their distance and follow a straight line admirably.
DISTANCE: These give you plenty of yardage—as long or slightly longer than most testers’ current models—but the raves come for consistency since these hit the number, time and time again.
FEEL: Lovely and light through the swing, yet easy to tell where the head is at all times; the weight, balance and shaft kick make the club feel like it’s doing all the work, and they also promote a repeatable swing; provides just enough at impact to let you know how you hit it.
LOOK: Handsome, low-profile head is classic Callaway; the contoured, V-shaped sole looks like it won’t have any trouble getting the ball airborne or hacking through rough; cartoon of Isaac Newton on the sole adds a fun touch.

Callaway Big Bertha V Series Fairway Wood
Michael Chini

CONS

The shiny head could be an issue for players who prefer a matte finish to reduce glare; some higher-handicappers would like a larger head.

BOTTOM LINE: This is the top-rated game-improvement model tested. Reviewers rave about how easy it is to swing and hit well. Callaway’s V Series takes the fear out of fairway woods.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway Big Bertha V Series Fairway Wood

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