Callaway Golf: Reviving an Iconic Name

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Callaway is releasing their latest round of 2014 drivers and they are using one of its older model names; the Big Bertha!  The Big Bertha drivers push the limits in current driver technology and doing so has created a ton of buzz in the Professional ranks. They have two different drivers that are available, the Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha. They share similar features as well a distinct difference.  I’ll start by describing the similarities on the two.

  • The larger Hyper Speed Face is an improvement to the already successful design.  The face is lighter, hotter and covers more surface area of the clubface.  This means all of your off-center hits are still going to be longer than your buddies!
  • Callaway’s patented Forged Composite crown saves unnecessary weight on the top of the club, creating a deeper center of gravity which leads to higher MOI.
  • They have also improved the adjustable hosel design.  In prior years, Callaway only allowed 3 different face angle settings; Closed, Square and Open.  Now you can increase loft by 2 degrees or decrease loft by 1 degree and also adjust the lie angle.
  • The Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Zeta series shafts are the stock option with these drivers.  Definitely one of the top of the line shafts on the market.  Once you get fit for the right flex, you’ll be bombing it!

Now for the differences! We’ll start with the Big Bertha and then move on to the Big Bertha Alpha.

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The Callaway Big Bertha driver features Adjustable Perimeter Weighting (APW), which allows a weight to slide easily from the heel-to-toe and lock in place with a simple twist from the wrench.  The driver will come with the adjustable weight in the center position, allowing you to work the driver in either shot shape.  The closer you get the weight to the heel the more you will combat a slice and begin to promote a draw.  Vice versa, the closer the weight gets to the toe of the driver the more you will combat a hook and begin to promote a fade.

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The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha features a weight that allows you to adjust the spin and launch angle independently.  The Gravity Core is located in the middle of the club, is approximately 2 inches long and weighs 12 grams with the majority of its weight on one end. If you’re looking for more spin and a higher trajectory you’ll want the weight towards the crown of the club.  If you’re seeking less spin and a piercing ball flight you’ll want the majority of the weight towards the sole of the driver.  The driver also comes equipped with a weight kit containing 1, 3, 5 and 7 gram weights.  The 1 and 7 gram weights will be in the driver with the 7 gram weight located in the heel of the driver, to promote a draw shot shape.  All of these changes can be made effortlessly with the wrench that is provided with the driver.

These drivers are revolutionary and it’s refreshing to see Callaway do the Big Bertha name justice. I agree with Callaway 100%; “Big Bertha is back and she’s a lot meaner.”

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Alan Unruh

Alan Unruh is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America, and holds PGA Certifications in General Management, Golf Operations and Player Development. With these certifications, he is among the 1% of PGA members that hold multiple PGA Certifications. He has a profound passion for the game of golf along with extensive experience and knowledge regarding planning and strategy for golf operations, rules of golf, tournament operations and golf swing fundamentals. Alan has also played a crucial role helping manage multiple high profile tournaments throughout his career including the USGA Women’s U.S. Open, PGA and LPGA Tour events, and multiple NCAA and AJGA events.