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

Transcript

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