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The Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver is light and extremely forgiving. Super fun to hit. Great feel.
Over the last couple years, many of Callaway’s Big Bertha drivers have been aimed at the better player. They’ve also introduced some of the game’s most exciting new technology. With the Big Bertha Fusion, Callaway is still bringing the goods in terms of innovation, but this time with a driver aimed at the masses.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver is the shape. This triangular design isn’t just about looks – it’s more aerodynamic to increase club head speed. While miles from traditional, the rounded edges allow the Big Bertha Fusion to retain an aesthetic appeal.
Beyond the shape, the crown of the Big Bertha Fusion is fairly busy with a carbon fiber look, red and white graphics on the edges, and the Speed Step at the leading edge. While this is all done tastefully and in good proportion, the Fusion driver will definitely appeal more to the pro-technology crowd than the traditionalists.
Sound & Feel
From the first swing, the feel of the Big Bertha Fusion driver reminded me of one of the first Callaway drivers I ever reviewed here, the FT Optiforce. The best descriptor I can think of is “soft,” a word typically reserved for irons and putters, but it applies here.
The sound is more of a “thud” than a “crack,” and there’s excellent auditory feedback about the quality of your strike.
Two things stood out most in my testing of the Big Bertha Fusion driver: the incredible forgiveness and the consistently low spin. Due to the stock shaft being lighter and more flexible than my gamer, I had some contact issues early in my testing. I was expecting to see ball speeds well below 150 MPH on many of my shots, but I saw that many bad mishits only lost 3-5 MPH of ball speed.
The other thing that impressed me was the low spin and the consistency of the spin numbers. Typically, more forgiving drivers tend to be higher spinning. The Big Bertha Fusion, however, is about as low spinning as I’d want a driver to be. Equally important, the spin numbers don’t jump around wildly when you hit it high or low on the face.
There are a number of fitting options that Callaway is offering with the Big Bertha Fusion driver. First is length – you can get the Fusion at 44.5″ or 45.5″. Callaway bills this as a choice between control and distance, but it’s important to realize that the shorter version may produce more distance for you if you can’t hit the longer one on the sweet spot. Additionally, there are three stock shafts (two UST Recoil shafts and the MRC Diamana M+) weighing anywhere from 46 to 60 grams. Finally, with three different heads plus adjustability, you can hit any loft from 8 degrees to 15.5 degrees.
There’s a lot of tech to talk about with the new Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver, but it boils down to this: it’s simply one of the most forgiving, consistently long drivers that I’ve tested. Whether you regularly wander around the club face or stray only occasionally, forgiveness is great to have, and the Big Bertha Fusion delivers it without compromise.