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The Callaway Big Bertha Irons use fairway wood technology to make them “up to 2 clubs longer.” Ridiculously forgiving. Very big irons with lots of offset.
When you’re the newest member of a family that lives up the hashtag #BerthaLong, you better be packing some pop. The new Big Bertha irons from Callaway do just that. These super game improvement clubs have loads of ball speed and forgiveness, the two things golfers simply can never get enough of.
You don’t need to be a golf club expert to see that the Big Bertha Irons are built to inspire confidence in the high handicap golfer. The top line is thick as is the sole, and there’s a lot of offset all through the set. There is a progression throughout the set – the soles get thinner and the clubs get smaller as the loft goes up – but even the gap wedge is substantially offset and thick.
Sound & Feel
Perhaps the most surprising thing about these irons is the feel. Many of the distance irons that we’ve tested lately feel very hard, but the Big Bertha Irons have a really pleasant soft feel that belies the ball speed that they create. Big kudos to Callaway for finding a way to deliver this performance without making the club face feel like a rock.
As with most forgiving, uber-stable irons, the feedback from these irons is fairly minimal. Shots hits anywhere near the center of the face feel good and solid, which is a great way to boost the confidence of the high handicapper.
So, are the new Big Bertha Irons actually two clubs longer? Depending on your current set, yes. The ball speeds and distance that these irons produce is at the very top end of anything I’ve ever seen from an iron.
While distance is great, it’s not the most impressive thing about this iron. It’s actually not even in the top two. The most impressive thing is the forgiveness. The Big Bertha Irons are in the top two for most stable, most forgiving irons that I’ve ever hit. From toe to heel to thin, the ball speed stays high and the ball stays fairly true to its target.
The other impressive aspect of this iron’s performance is the height of the ball flight. With so many strong-lofted distance irons, the ball flight is so flat that it won’t hold a green. With the Big Bertha irons, the distance comes with a high, soft-landing ball flight.
Finally, it should be mentioned that there are many ways to configure your set of Big Bertha irons. Callaway offers the irons in combination with the Big Bertha hybrids all the way through the 5 iron, if you prefer. We’ll be reviewing the Big Bertha hybrids next week, but here’s a sneak preview: they’re a lot like these irons – long and forgiving.
If you want a little more help on your approach shots, or if you simply want to hit your irons a ridiculously long way, Callaway’s new Big Bertha Irons are for you. Put away your ego, stop whining about offset and top lines, and just enjoy the long walks with your putter in your hand.