Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver - Leave No Yard Behind PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

Callaway's new Great Big Bertha was built for pure distance, hence the slogan "Leave No Yard

Behind". Great Big Bertha comes in 9, 10.5 and 13.5 degree lofts. The 45.5" length, D2

swingweight are standard fare for present day technology.



It's no secret to serious and recreational golfers that Callaway has made a huge resurgence in

recent years, an obvious uptick in innovation has been going on at the Chevron and we don't

expect that to change anytime soon, especially with all of the restructuring going on at TMAG.

There is a definite momentum shift in the industry, companies like Nike, Callaway and Cobra

continue to gain on the three stripes, whose leadership in Carlsbad seems to change semi

annually these days.

 

 


The matte black finish of the forged composite crown is an acquired taste, that many of our

testers actually preferred. The composite crown lowers the center of gravity for higher launch

and more forgiveness.



 


The new GBB features Callaway's Gravity Core and 10 gram adjustable perimeter weighting on a

sliding track.





Great Big Bertha also features their new R-moto face for faster ball speeds. According to

Callaway the GBB is their most forgiving driver to date, designed with no compromise - the

ultimate in adjustability, distance and forgiveness.





Fujikurs'a Speeder 665 Tour Spec is one of the stock options and was the powerplant for

this review. Other stock shafts include the Mitsubishi's Bassara (40 gram range), KuroKage

(50 gram range), and Diamana D+ (70 gram range).



Aesthetics/Performance - First order of business is the look at address. It sits perfectly square in

the stock neutral settings - check. The matte black is simple and understated, by the time I

played 9 holes, it grew on me. The white Fuji shaft looked clean and fast, just what you'd expect

from a Speeder Tour Spec.

 

The GBB immediately jumped off the face, and the Speeder produced distances with the longest

drivers we've tested in 2015. Ball flight wise, trajectory was right around the typical 13-15 degree

launch that I expected, but the GBB definitely gives off a draw biased shot shape . . .  and since

most golfers go the other way, this will suit the masses. I personally had to adjust the settings

and exaggerate my path to work a cut, but knowing where the ball is going isn't a bad thing once

you correctly align one self. The 10-15% of Golfers who play a reliable draw might be more

interested in Cally's BB 816 Double Black Diamond model, that is designed for reduced spin for

more skilled players.


8 different hosel configurations allow total adjustability.

 

 

 

If you're after "Leaving No Yard Behind" (and a right to left ball flight), Callaway's latest Great Big

Bertha is worth a test drive. Great Big Bertha retails for $449.

 

 

For more info: http://www.callawaygolf.com/