Callaway Big Bertha V Series Fairway Wood Review

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The Callaway Big Bertha V Series fairway woods are light and easy to hit.  A wide range of available lofts allows golfers to customize their set up for their game or for the course they’re playing that day.

Introduction

The basic math of “Lighter Club = More Speed = More Distance” isn’t just for drivers, it can work throughout the bag.  If you’ve found extra yards off the tee with a lighter driver like the Big Bertha V Series driver, you’ll be happy to know that Callaway has released a complimentary fairway wood as well.  More than a small version of the driver, the V Series fairway wood is a versatile, well-designed club that will make those long second shots feel a little shorter.

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Looks

At address, the Big Bertha V Series fairway wood is a basic, no-frills club.  It has a medium-sized footprint, a gloss black crown, and a simple white chevron alignment aid.  At address, the face looks a little shallower than it is which should promote confidence when hitting it off the turf.

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Sound & Feel

The sound of impact with the V Series fairway wood is similarly traditional.  It’s fairly muted with a slight metallic characteristic on well-struck shots.  The feedback is above average, and the sound gets duller on mishits providing another cue to get back to the center of the face.

Though this club is very light, Callaway has done an excellent job balancing it so that you don’t lose feel.  Each part of the club – grip, shaft, and head – all feel lighter than normal, but they’re light in proper proportion to each other.  With some light weight clubs, it’s clear that all the weight has been taken from one part of the club, but that’s not the case here.

V Series FW LM Data

Performance

While speed is certainly the main selling point of the Big Bertha V Series fairway wood, it’s not the only thing that makes this club a strong performer.  One of the things that stood out to me, both at first glance and in on-course testing, was the Modern Warbird Soleplate.  As you can see in the picture below, both sides of the sole have been “scooped out” to reduce drag on the turf and increase versatility.  While this may not be of huge importance to those of you who always hit your fairway woods perfectly, it was a noticeable help for me when I hit it heavy.

The V Series fairway wood is also Callaway’s most forgiving Big Bertha yet.  You can hit the ball almost anywhere on the face – from the bottom groove to the crown – and still get a good trajectory.  Combined with the Modern Warbird  Soleplate, this makes for a club that’s ideal for players who struggle with other fairway woods.

Of course, I do have to talk about speed, too.  The V Series is ultralight which is a sure way to boost club head speed.  Once I got in sync with the lighter feel, I was able to hit some very long shots off both the tee and turf.  As always, I do strongly recommend being fit so that you get the best combination of shaft, flex, and loft for your swing.

In addition to being a strong performer, the V Series is one of the most complete lines of fairway woods available.  Callaway is offering the V Series in 3, 5, 7, and 9 wood options, plus the Heavenwood.  The Heavenwood has the shaft length of a standard 3W – 43″ – but it’s loft is between a 5 and 7 wood – 20.5°.  The versatility of this set up is amazing since it can be both a super accurate option off the tee or an easy way to get to par 5’s in two.

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Conclusion

With the Big Bertha V Series, Callaway maintains their reputation for offering innovative, complete lines of fairway woods.  The V Series goes beyond simply being lighter, and it gives golfers more options for set composition than almost any other line in the game.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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6 Comments

  1. Good stuff, Matt. I feel like this line is going to be really underrated by most golfers for some reason. I think the super light may be a tough sell to a lot of people, but I bet these things are beasts. And love the Warbird sole.

    • Matt Saternus

      Danny,

      These are definitely some solid clubs. I think the light weight thing cuts against the macho BS that a lot of golfers have in their head, but so many would be helped by it. I know from many many discussions with the guys at Club Champion that 50-60 grams in a driver shaft is really all most players need. I’ve seen good, strong players play light weight stuff very successfully. At the end of the day, it all comes back to fitting and, importantly, going into the fitting with an open mind.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Did you have a chance to hit the Heavenwood off the tee? Would it be an acceptable driver replacement for someone who cannot hit the diver consistently?

    • Matt Saternus

      Louis,

      Unfortunately, no, I did not have a chance to test the Heavenwood. To your second question, however, modern statistical analysis shows us that hitting something less than a driver regularly is a mistake. I’d suggest working with the driver – possibly shortening it, getting it fit, or taking a lesson – rather than looking for alternative clubs.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Matt
    I am left handed play to a 16 handicap. I have been demoing a G30 5 wood but I am hearing good things about the heaven wood.
    Being left handed our club doesn’t have any demo heavenwoods. They have right handed and I like the feel of the heavenwood.
    Have you hit both can you post anything about the two of them.

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