Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver Review

Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver (2)

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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.

Introduction

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.

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Looks

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.

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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.

V Series LM Data

Performance

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.

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Conclusion

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.

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11 Comments

  1. Great Review, Matt. I tried it and felt it was not as solid as the Optiforce. However, I have not found anything that measures up to the Ping G30. Your thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Thank you. I think we probably have similar feel/sound tastes in preferring the Optiforce. I still think the G30 is the best overall driver, by which I mean it would fit the widest variety of players. The V Series is a driver that’s targeted to a specific type of player, so it’s not a great apples to apples comparison.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Pat Daugherty

    Good review. I currently play the Optiforce 460 in a 10.5 with the project x shaft. Would it be worth my time to invest in the V-Series Big Bertha?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Matt Saternus

      Pat,

      Fitters at Club Champion told me that the V Series is lower spinning than the Optiforce. Whether that translates into a worthwhile distance gain for you, I could not say. The best thing to do is take your Optiforce to a shop with a good launch monitor and test it against the V Series.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. David Henderlight

    Which driver is better for a 18 handicapper senior (67). The big Bertha Alpha 815 or V series Big Bertha. Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      David,

      They’re different animals. The V Series has less adjustability but is lighter weight for boosting club head speed. The Alpha 815 has more adjustability. I would recommend trying both on a launch monitor to see what produces better results.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Matt,
    The text description of your Big Bertha V-series driver says the hosel adjustment “allows you to add or subtract loft and adjust the lie angle”. Does this mean the draw and fade positions can be used to change the lie? How does that work?

    Thank you.

    • Matt Saternus

      Tom,

      Yes, the lie can be adjusted which should have some impact on ball flight. Generally, more upright lies lead to draws and flatter lies lead to fades.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Big Bertha V vs the Cleveland Back CG?

    Your thoughts

    • Matt Saternus

      My thoughts are that you should try both under the watch of a qualified fitter and buy the one that performs the best.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. latestmodapks

    I’m a big fan of Callaway golf clubs. I own a few of their clubs and they always perform well. The Big Bertha V Series Driver is no exception. It’s a great club for those who like to hit long

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