Pros: Super Super Sweet Spot. Top notch technology.
Cons: None Yet, dang thing won't swing itself yet.
About 50 rounds ago I purchased a Callaway Big Bertha 5 wood. This is my favorite club in the bag. I am a big swinger with a club head speed of about 115-125. I am not in love with my long irons such as the two and three and sometimes not even my four iron although it can be called reliable sometimes. For some reason I have a hard time hitting the flatter irons as most amateur golfers do with any real consistency. I needed a club that I could hit 225-260 yards. I needed to fill this yardage because my driver was sending balls out 275-300 and leaving a tougher approach shot to the green almost jamming me and forcing me to hit a tougher lob shot rather than a full wedge which I prefer as approach shots. It is my go to and money club. I also needed a club that would not get me into trouble as my driver sometimes does. I needed a club that would get me down the middle and still get sufficient yardage. Callaway came to my local club and put on a demo day allowing golfers to try all of their clubs with different shafts and lengths on the range. I immediately fell in love with this club just a few swings into the session. The head is small enough to remain workable. It is extremely well balanced with great weight distribution and feels very sweet on contact. I am not the only one who praises this club, it was also the winner of Golf Digest's fairway wood Editors Choice award.
This is a very sharp looking club for a fairway wood. I can remember when drivers where the same size as the new three and even five woods. They definitely are larger providing larger sweet spots for errant hit shots, they also offer more forgiveness and more distance. The Big Bertha 3 wood is actually larger than the original Big Bertha driver.
The Big Bertha Fairway Wood has a black head with a silver face. The bottom of the head has the top painted black wrapped around the edges with a red stripe on each side of the bottom. The center of the bottom which is part of the aligning sole is silver with a red alignment arrow and the name of the club and company. Alongside of the red stripe is a white smaller stripe making this a great looking clubhead. The shaft is black and it comes with a woven head cover that is also black with red embroidery.
The larger head size volume increase the moment of inertia which I will get into more later. This results in straighter and longer shots while reducing twisting on off center shots. Imagine what the classic great golfers like Bobby Jones could have done with todays technology.
Moment of Inertia: MOI is a measure that represents the ability of a body to resist rotation or twisting about a particular axis, which may or may not pass through the body's center of gravity.
Modified Consistent Alignment Sole: The clubhead rests on two distinct areas of the sole during address of the ball. This eliminates the tendency of the head to rock back and forth making sure the shot starts in the correct direction.
Correct Alignment Strip: This works just like the logo on the top of the club head which allows golfers to consistently align and square the clubs face while preparing to make a shot. These are just small things that the golfer needs not think about while preparing to make a shot. Callaway thinks of them for you and they are built into the club.
Longer Shallower Face: The larger face and hitting area, also known as a sweet spot, makes it easier for a golfer to get balls airborne and higher. This raises the trajectory of shots from all different lies. The longer face from heel to toe increases MOI.
VFT Technology: Variable Face Thickness. This is something that Callaway has done to maximize ball speed and perimeter weighting for more distance and forgiveness. The engineers made the face thicker in the center and ultra-thin on the edges which allows more energy from impact to be applied to the ball giving it a slight trampoline effect.
S2H2: Short, Straight, Hollow, Hosel. This increases discretionary weight by removing it from the hosel and repositioning it in the perimeter of the club head. Callaway basically shortened the traditional hosel length allowing weight to be moved lower and to the more useful perimeter area of the clubhead.
TruBore: This improves feel and clubhead control. Callaway has extended the shaft tip to the end of the clubhead into the sole to improve feel and control. It is a bore through design and can be seen on the bottom of the clubhead.
Callaway makes these new Fairway Woods in four different models:
3 Wood 16 degree loft
5 Wood 19 degree loft
7 Wood 22 degree loft
9 Wood 25 degree loft
I have used mine in a variety of different situations. My favorite is off of the tee because it is always straight and gives me a solid feel off of the box. I tee the ball up very low and allow the club to do the work for me. It is equally efficient in the fairway and rough. The head size is perfect for getting through thick rough and of course the fairway offers no problem. I have never hit a stinger or had a bad feeling when striking a ball with this club and I know not all of my swings have been perfect. I have used it out of fairway bunkers to a small amount of success.
These clubs sell for $200 but can be found by wary shoppers for $175. My local pro-shop deals with Callaway and he got mine for $175. Nearly all of the big box golf stores are selling this for the standard $200. It is the best $200 that I own. Stores I have found this club in that will allow you to try it out are Edwin Watts, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority and many other stores. It is a popular club by a popular company.
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