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The Callaway Big Bertha V Series driver is a lightweight driver designed to help golfers get more club head speed and more distance. Solid performance, good forgiveness, and fairly low spin.
If there’s one certainty in the golf industry, it’s that the OEMs will always continue adding to a successful franchise. Callaway re-launched one of golf’s most successful names, Big Bertha, earlier this year to great critical and commercial success. It should come as no surprise, then, that we are now seeing a third Big Bertha driver, the V (Velocity) Series. What makes this Bertha different is that she’s skinny: this is a lightweight driver built to deliver more club head speed and more distance.
As you can see, the Big Bertha V Series is a no-frills driver. The crown is a gloss black with Callaway’s trademark chevron alignment aid. The footprint is about what you’d expect for a 460cc driver, and the proportions are well balanced. The one interesting visual note, and this proved very hard to capture in photos, is the way the toe sits slightly higher at address. The face looks a touch deeper/larger on the toe side which gives the driver a slightly pear-shaped look.
I also have to mention that I love the “You can’t argue with physics” Newton logo on the sole.
Sound & Feel
Last year’s FT Optiforce driver, Callaway’s previous lightweight driver, set the bar for how muted and solid a driver could feel. While I raved about it, the sound may have been a little too subdued for some players, especially those looking to get more pop in their long game. The Big Bertha V Series still has shades of that muted sound, but it veers more towards the center of the driver sound spectrum.
Feedback from this club is quite good. Golfers should have no difficulty discerning how they hit each shot.
If you haven’t gotten the picture already, the Big Bertha V Series’ raison d’etre is speed. The concept is not a new one: lighter club means faster swing speed means more ball speed and distance. This path is well-trodden because it works as long as the golfer can maintain control of the club and hit the ball on the center of the club face. Though the V Series is noticeably lighter than other drivers, the balance is good – no part of the club feels too heavy or too light relative to another – so it’s not too difficult to make the transition.
Callaway is offering two different light weight stock shafts in the V Series to accommodate a range of players. The Fujikura Speeder 565 is offered in the 9 degree head and will be preferred by stronger players for its stiffer tip and lower torque. The Mitsubishi Bassara, weighing in at a minuscule 43 gram, is stock on the 10.5 and 13.5 heads. This offers a little more action in the tip section to get the ball in the air and more torque to help square the club face. As always, we strongly recommend that you get fit to find the right shaft and loft for your swing.
The V Series driver features Callaway’s OptiFit hosel just like the other two Big Bertha drivers. This allows you to add or subtract loft and adjust the lie angle.
If you’ve lost some club head speed, or just want more, having your driver shed a few grams is a great way to get it back. Callaway’s Big Bertha V Series driver does that without sacrificing solid performance or balanced feel. With two distinctly different shaft options, it is critical that you at least try both to make sure you’re getting the best results possible.