Callaway Big Bertha Irons Review: ClubTest 2015

Callaway Big Bertha Irons Review: ClubTest 2015

Callaway Big Bertha Irons
Michael Chini

Callaway Big Bertha Irons


Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $1,000, steel; $1,200, graphite
4–PW with True Temper Speed Step 85 steel shaft and 4–PW with UST Mamiya Recoil 460 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A strip of metal runs heel-to-toe behind the face to shift the CG low and forward, which directs more energy into the ball.



PLAYABILITY: No problem launching high shots without ballooning; surprisingly easy to sweep from different lies; straight shots or slight draws are the norm with the Big Bertha.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The most forgiving model in the max game-improvement category; very tight dispersion—keeps you in play no matter how you hit it; maintains distance on misses as well as any set out there and makes slices nearly extinct.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The Big Berthas are long—a few testers say they’re a half-club longer than usual; once you get used to the distance, they’re reliable on most approach shots; forgiveness makes it easy to predict how far the ball will travel.
FEEL: Good compression through the ball; reasonable feedback tells you enough to know how well you struck it; ample weight makes them feel like they swing themselves.
LOOK: Decent setup for an iron with this much forgiveness—sits squarely behind the ball and aligns with ease; they pack a lot of technology into this package.



A few testers couldn’t control shots from the rough, and other trouble lies, as they expected; feel isn’t quite as lively as a few other models; a little clunky-looking compared with some competitors’ max game-improvement irons.

BOTTOM LINE: Outstanding forgiveness with very good distance make the Callaway Big Bertha irons a must-try for higher-handicappers.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway Big Bertha irons

NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland CG Black Irons


From, September 24, 2014

Big Bertha is the company’s first iron model to incorporate “360-degree face cup” technology. Previously, the face cup was found in woods only. Attaching the stainless steel face to a hollow body allows specific areas of the clubface to be thinner, which lead to more flex and ball speed.

Bertha also has an extra strip of mass that runs heel-to-toe behind the face to shift the center of gravity (CG) low and forward. This weight placement directs more energy into the ball for added speed. According to Callaway, the combination of a hollow body, a hotter face, and low CG should produce shots that fly 1 to 1.5 clubs further than usual.

The new Bertha is built for the masses so single-digit handicappers would be wise to look elsewhere. Available 4-iron through SW in True Temper Speed Step 80 steel or UST Recoil graphite shafts. — Rob Sauerhaft

NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland CG Black Irons

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