Callaway Big Bertha 2019 hybrid

Callaway Big Bertha 2019 hybrid David Dusek/Golfweek

Callaway Big Bertha 2019 hybrid

Equipment

Callaway Big Bertha 2019 hybrid

Gear: Callaway Big Bertha 2019 hybrid
Price: $269.99 with UST Mamiya Recoil ESX or ZT9 graphite shafts
Specs: Carpenter 455 stainless steel face with an adjustable hosel and internal JailBreak posts. 3H-8H.
Available: Jan. 18, 2019

The Goal
For the first time Callaway is releasing a hybrid that combines a cup-face design with Jailbreak technology and an adjustable hosel for increased distance and better fitting options.

The Scoop
Two years ago Callaway designed the Epic drivers with a new technology called JailBreak, a pair of internal bars that joined the sole to the crown. JailBreak made the front portion of the head stiffer and helped return more of the energy created at impact back into the ball for added distance. While Jailbreak later was added to Epic fairway woods, it never was used in a hybrid until now, with the release of the Big Bertha hybrids for 2019.

Callaway Big Bertha 2019 hybrid

Callaway’s Big Bertha 2019 hybrid features internal posts called JailBreak technology. (Callaway Golf)

Two main challenges Callaway designers had to overcome to add Jailbreak and an adjustable hosel mechanism to the Big Bertha hybrids was those features add weight and shift the center of gravity higher. Ideally, in clubs designed for mid- and higher-handicap players, the center of gravity should be as low as possible to encourage a higher ball flight. So Callaway developed a new adjustable hosel system that is shorter and about 12 grams lighter.

Callaway Big Bertha 2019 hybrid

The smaller and lighter adjustable hosel allowed Callaway designers to add JailBreak while keeping the center of gravity low. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

By saving weight from a location that is high and away from the hitting area, Callaway could add the Jailbreak bars to compliment the cup-face design, boosting the efficiency of the hitting zone. The company said players not only will gain distance when they make contact in the middle of the face, ball speed is protected more effectively on mis-hits too.

Callaway Big Bertha hybrid

The thin 455 Carpenter steel face flexes at impact to create more ball speed and distance. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

The benefit of having an adjustable hosel in a hybrid family that ranges from the 3- through 8-iron replacement is that fitters and players should be able to create a club that perfectly fills nearly any distance gap.

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