Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Woods

Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Woods

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Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Woods

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Callaway gave the new Great Big Bertha family of woods a “Leave No Yard Behind” slogan. To help golfers squeeze every last inch from their shots from the fairway or tee, the company poured plenty of technology into the line’s fairway woods.

“Like the new Great Big Bertha driver, we feel this is a fairway wood that can appeal to the majority of golfers,” said Evan Gibbs, Callaway’s manager of performance analysis. “It really takes some of the key characteristics that make the V Series so good, in terms of weight and high launch, but then adds adjustability and a forgiving shape.”

To help the Great Big Bertha fairway woods provide the distance players want, Callaway designed the clubs with a Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup. The stainless-steel hitting surface is slightly thicker in the center and thinner around the perimeter to protect ball speed on his-hit shots.

While the crown is aerodynamically sloped from the topline to the back, the Great Big Bertha fairway woods are slightly larger than previous fairway woods that Callaway has produced (the 15-degree 3-wood has a volume of 182cc). According to Gibbs, that should translate to a higher moment of inertia (MOI).

The addition of a Warbird sole that wraps up in the heel and toe areas should make the fairway woods slide across the turf more easily and increase playability.

“It’s quite a unique shape actually,” Gibbs said. “It sets up nicely and looks forgiving . . . it is forgiving.”

Thanks to the eight-position OptiFit hosel mechanism, players can increase by up to 2 degrees or decrease by 1 degree, and adjust the lie angle to help dial in specific distances and shot trajectories.

In addition to the standard 3-wood (15 degrees), 5-wood (18 degrees) and 7-wood (21 degrees) offerings, Callaway also has made Heavenwood (20 degrees) and Divine 9 (24 degrees) versions. The 7-wood and Devine 9 versions do not come with an OptiFit hosel.

These clubs create a higher launch angle and spin more than the new Big Bertha 816 Double Black Diamond fairway woods.

“We can talk a lot about speed and spin, but with these fairway woods it’s really about being easy to hit,” he said. “The whole Great Big Bertha lineup is about simplicity and being easy to use.”

The fairway woods will be in stores starting Aug. 28. Cost is $249.99 each, with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black TiNi 50 graphite shaft.

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