Callaway Big Bertha Hybrid Review

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The Big Bertha hybrid is Callaway’s first adjustable hybrid.  Very long, very consistent, and very easy to hit.  A must try for players of all ability levels.

Introduction

When it comes to choosing golf equipment, it’s very easy to put blinders on and miss out on some great clubs.  While they may not say it explicitly, you can almost see some golfer’s thinking, “I’m a ‘better player’ so I need to look at muscle back irons, sub-460 cc drivers, and peanut-sized hybrids.”  If that sounds like you, I strongly encourage you to take the blinders off and check out Callaway’s first adjustable hybrid, the Big Bertha.

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Looks

The Callaway Big Bertha hybrid has an above-average sized footprint, but some of the size is hidden by its pear shape.  I think the shape will be surprising, and attractive, to better players.  The gloss black crown has a chevron alignment aid, and, unlike other hybrids, the alignment aid is dead center.

One thing that I really came to like about the Big Bertha hybrid is the height of the face.  It’s noticeably taller than many other hybrids, and I found that to be a very confidence-inspiring look when I was hitting this club off the tee or from dicey lies in the rough.  The face depth also makes it a go-to club for fluffy lies in green-side rough.

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Sound & Feel

The Big Bertha hybrid pulls off a rare trick: it sounds hot without being loud.  To my ear, this club actually sounds more like a fairway wood – high pitched and metallic – but it’s quiet enough that even traditionalists will like it.

The feedback is fairly minimal due to how forgiving it is, but you’ll definitely be able to tell when you’ve had a significant mishit.

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Performance

The Big Bertha hybrid has a lot in common with the new Big Bertha irons: they’re long and forgiving.  The ball speed that we saw in our testing was more similar to a fairway wood than a hybrid.  This makes sense since Callaway used a lot of their best fairway wood technology to give the Big Bertha hybrid maximum pop.  Also like the irons, the Big Bertha hybrid is able to produce these massive distances while still creating shots that will hold greens.  This club does not balloon, but it does put the ball on high, soft-landing trajectories.

It’s hard to overstate just how forgiving and consistent this hybrid is.  Regardless of your mishit – toe, heel, or low on the face – the ball speed stays very high.  This translates to shots that still end up near the target even when you don’t catch it perfectly.

What separates the Big Bertha from other forgiving hybrids and makes it a great choice for players of all levels is the adjustability.  Often better players end up with unforgiving hybrids because those are the only ones that have the open faces that they prefer.  With the Big Bertha, good golfers can get the forgiveness and an open face while high handicap players can have the square or closed faces that they prefer.

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Conclusion

Do not make the mistake of thinking that Callaway’s new Big Bertha hybrid is only for high handicap players.  With its combination of length, forgiveness, and adjustable face angle, this is a club that any player would be smart to bag.  My only complaint is that there aren’t more low-lofted options as this club could easily replace the fairway woods of many golfers.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

19 Comments

  1. Thank you for a solid review of this product. Can you share with us the launch monitor numbers like you have in the fwd and driver reviews?

    • Matt Saternus

      Ryan,

      Thank you.
      We have discussed posting LM numbers for the hybrids, but we decided against it. With drivers and 3W’s, everyone is looking for the same thing – distance – so we feel like it’s helpful for everyone to see the numbers because everyone is headed towards that same optimal range. With hybrids, a couple things are different. First, we get a range of lofts in, everything from 18* to 23*, so it’s not apples to apples. Also, people want different things from their hybrids: some want maximum distance, others want control, stopping power, etc. Ultimately, we decided the launch monitor numbers are too “blunt” to be helpful when it comes to hybrids.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Emerson Johns

    How would you compare the Big Bertha Hybrid to the Big Bertha 815 Hybrid? Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      We just got the 815 in for review, but have not tested it yet. Look for the review in the coming weeks.

      -Matt

  3. james walker

    Matt
    I am interested in the 7 hybrid ( left handed ) I see on the Callaway
    website this club is available as a custom built club . Is the loft adjustable on these clubs or just the lie angle ?
    Thanks Jimmy

  4. How do you compare it with the new XR hybrid Matt ?

    • Matt Saternus

      Svein,

      We haven’t received the XR’s for testing yet, so I can’t say. I’m hopeful to have a full review of the XR hybrids soon.

      Best,

      Matt

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  6. Great info. Looking into callaway I’m using adams XTD ti hybrids now, have you done a review on them I’d like to see the two compared. Ball speed on mis hits are my biggest need.

    • Matt Saternus

      Hans,

      I have not reviewed that Adams hybrid, but the Big Bertha is at the top of my list for ball speed retention on mishits.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. Paul Moeller

    Not sure where you get the “open face” that you say for better players when the adjustment for the hybrids is the same as their other clubs. You can get a neutral setting or a draw setting as well as going minus 1 degree, plus 1 degree or plus 2 degrees. There is no setting for open.

    • Matt Saternus

      Paul,

      “Where I get” the open face from is this: when you decrease loft, the face opens. -1* = more open face.

      -Matt

  8. Just wondering if you’re bagging it and if you’ve found the face hot enough that you had to add loft to fit in the bag? I got the 7 at the end of last season, and I think I’ll be experimenting with adding the 2 degrees of loft to see if it fits the bag better, it’s getting close to my 6 hybrid in some cases.

    • Matt Saternus

      Kevin,

      No, it didn’t go into the bag. Given my troubles with 3W, though, a low-lofted option sounds like a good idea about now.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Todd Klingbeil

    I just bought a 3H Big Bertha hybrid what is the hole on the back side of the club face for?

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Todd,

      I’m not 100% sure what hole you’re referring to, but if it’s a little one, it’s probably just for adding some hot melt to adjust the sound. In short, not anything for the end user to mess with.

      Best,

      Matt

  10. I am a 12 handicap, age 67. Which of the 19 degree hybrids would you recommend. The Callaway Steelhead or The Great Big Bertha and why.

    Thanks…Mike

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      I would recommend working with a fitter to find out which one will work better for you.

      Best,

      Matt

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