While other companies are upping the ante with advances in equipment, Callaway looks like they're getting back to the basics, at least when it comes to a classic name. For the first time in five years, a new Big Bertha driver will be on the market in February, actually two models are on the market – and they're better than ever.
While it bears the same iconic name, new, innovative technology makes the Big Bertha a perfect fit for any average amateur looking to increase distance. That's because of its increased sweet spot and composite crown, with added perimeter weighting designed to boost forgiveness. But the real highlight of the new Big Bertha is in the 8-gram sliding weight on the back edge of the club head. The technology, which is similar to TaylorMade's increasingly popular SLDR driver, shifts the club’s lateral center of gravity fractions of an inch, which may seem minute, but can drastically affect a draw or fade.
The Big Bertha comes with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki shaft, is available in 9-, 10.5-, and 13.5-degree lofts and retails for $399.
For a little bit better caliber player comes the Big Bertha Alpha, featuring a one-of-a-kind "Gravity Core," that allows golfers to adjust backspin without changing the launch angle. The removable carbon tube which creates the Gravity Core, can be inserted into the sole of the head, creating more spin than if it is inserted up higher.
The Alpha also comes with four interchangable weights, leaving it up the the player how much weight they want in their driver head to produce the desired draw or fade.
Big Bertha Alpha features an upgraded shaft, comes in two lofts (9-and 10.5-degrees) and retails for $499.
While all of this technical talk may seem very confusing to the average weekend hacker, rest assured, your confusion will clear up as soon as you bomb your first drive down the fairway with the new Big Bertha in your hands.