Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver
What’s better than hitting more fairways with greater distance and more accuracy? The new Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver offers just that; a fairway hitting machine designed with a distinctly higher level of forgiveness and easier launch than its ancestors. Callaway draws from its understanding of carbon material technologies in clubhead construction to create a club that is truly “fusing” the best they have to offer. Hence, re-introducing the “Fusion” name is well deserved.
Exo-Cage and Triaxial Carbon
Key differences between this incarnation and those previously set forth work together to produce Callaway’s most forgiving driver ever. First, the Titanium Exo-cage makes up the majority of the body of the Fusion driver. Pairing with the exo-cage is the new, ultra-light and incredibly strong Triaxial Carbon material in the crown and dual sole plates. Triaxial Carbon is an intertwined carbon fiber that is 65% lighter than titanium. Weighing in at only 10.5 grams, it allows for a weight savings of 35 grams in the club head. Callaway “fuses” these two elements and redistributes the saved weight extremely low and far back in the club head and sole. This pushes the center of gravity away from the face and thereby significantly increases forgiveness and launch.
The new head shape in the Big Bertha Fusion driver is deeper (elongated) from the face to the back of the crown, further increasing MOI. The golfing world first saw this look in 2010’s FT-iZ driver (below, left). Resulting in faster head speed, the Speed Step crown on the Big Bertha Fusion (below, right) improves aerodynamics and reduces drag as air flows over the crown.
Callaway’s next generation R-Moto face technology, a familiar presence in recent models like the V-Series and XR 16, provides an increase in mishit forgiveness. This new version delivers faster ball speed by expanding forgiveness areas from high on the toe to low on the heel of the face.
Shaft Length Options
Callaway uniquely offers two stock club lengths in the Big Bertha Fusion driver. One is a commonly standard 45.5 inches while the other is an inch shorter at 44.5 inches. Shaft length is an integral part of driver fitting. Getting the right length optimizes your distance, accuracy, consistency of strikes, and control. Shorter lengths, seen in the bags of many PGA Tour players, add control, consistency and increase smash factor for higher ball speed at impact. Longer shaft lengths produce higher swing speeds, resulting in more distance. On the other hand, the longer length can affect accuracy and clubface strike patterns. Being fit into the longest shaft length you can control on a consistent basis is vital to becoming successful off the tee.
Loft & Shaft Options
The men’s Big Bertha Fusion driver offers heads with 9, 10.5, and HT 13.5 degrees of loft. The women’s version features a 10.5 and HT 13.5 lofted head. Callaway’s Opti-Fit hosel allows for adjustments of -1, +1, +2, and a draw bias to the standard printed loft. The UST Recoil ES 440/450 and a Mitsubishi Diamana M+ Red 60 are stock shaft options. The UST Recoil shaft offers power and precision through an optimal load and energy transfer in the downswing. The Diamana M+ Red shaft showcases a firm mid-section and soft tip section to promote higher launch and low spin.
3D Version (WOW!)
Callaway has found a way to bundle forgiveness and accuracy into an attractive package with the Big Bertha Fusion driver. Getting this bad boy on the course should be a priority for those of us struggling to find the fairway!
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Chris Wadwick has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2011. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration. He brings a deep understanding of the inner workings of the golf business, especially club fittings, product knowledge, and visual merchandising, working for Dick’s Sporting Goods for over 7 years and Occoneechee Golf Club for more than three years, prior to that. When he is not in the office, you can always find him at a nearby golf course, attending games at his alma mater, or spending time with his wife and four dogs.