CATEGORY: Max Game Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9° (adjusts 8° to 11°), 10.5° (adjusts 9.5° to 12.5°), 13.5° (adjusts 12.5° to 15.5°) with UST Mamiya Recoil ES 440 and ES 450, and Mitsubishi Diamana Red M+ 60 graphite shafts.
KEY TECHNOLOGY: Carbon composite in the crown and sole frees up mass that gets repositioned toward the perimeter to increase the club’s MOI.
Top marks — this one is a TrackMan darling; balls seem to find a higher gear while in the air and then hit the ground running; it beats what many guys have in the bag; testers notice more gains with the 45.5″ shaft than with the 44.5″.[gallery:13804044]
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“All golfers can benefit from the length and consistency of this powerful, smooth hitter.”
Medium to high trajectory, with an adjustable hosel that gives players the freedom to program a preferred shot shape; straight to gentle fades or draws are the norm; the 44.5″ option seems to launch slightly lower than the 45.5″ but still offers plenty of lift.
The overall head shape can take some getting used to, and a few guys never do; a small number of testers wish the alignment aid was easier to spot; one or two stronger swingers launched this one a little bit too high, possibly robbing them of distance.
The best model in its class, earning top ratings in each performance category. A higher-handicapper looking to improve his or her game off the tee should give the Big Bertha Fusion a try in both length options.