Drivers: Callaway Great Big Bertha
Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the Callaway Great Big Bertha, which earned gold medal honors on the 2016 Golf Digest Hot List.
Released on 2/2/2016
Everybody remembers the Great Big Bertha Driver from 1995.
That's 20 years ago.
Callaway's got a new Great Big Bertha.
Little bit bigger
but probably as versatile as the original
Great Big Bertha which was used by tour players
This is the same type of driver
because it can accommodate a total club weight
of 295 grams which is super light weight.
Really good for beginner players and slower swingers
and older players.
But it also can accommodate tour-weight drivers
like have been used by players who win golf tournaments
on the PGA tour.
Yeah, no doubt.
I mean, I think the one thing that I really like about this
is its versatility, right?
And a lot of that comes right here
with this weight trap.
You can move this 10 and half gram weight
all the way in the heel.
You'll add a little bit of drive bias.
Move it all the way in the toe if you're fighting a fade.
Personally, I'm gonna move it in the heel,
I'm hitting a shot that hangs out
to the right all the time.
But you're right, it is incredibly versatile.
One area though that you were wrong on,
it's not like the old Great Big Bertha,
it's nearly double the size
of the original Great Big Bertha.
Which is good.
And how do you get to double the size,
how do you get to a ten gram movable weight?
You save weight.
You've got a composite material on the crown.
Basically a forged graphite material
that is super light weight.
Then you've got saved weight in the face as well.
It's less material but the same sort of ball speed
that you're getting off the face.
So you're saving weight there and there.
That allows you to have the bigger size
and the movable weight.
Yeah, and the movable weight isn't just for grandma.
I mean, you can move it either side if you need help
but for a PGA tour player like Kevin Kisner,
young guy who won at Sea Island, you know,
this weight he moves right in the back.
What does that do by having it in the center there?
Offers maximum stability .
So, even if he hits it just a little bit off center,
he's still getting a great result.
Well, no one's ever going to confuse me
with a tour player. Damn right.
But I think I can use this club
and our players certainly rated it very highly
in both performance and looks out in the field.
[Mike] Yeah, and if you can use it,
almost anybody can use it.