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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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