Big Bertha Is Back
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/18/13
Being a golf club design engineer these days must be pure h-e-double hockey sticks. How do you ever get a day off, let alone any vacation time?

First, TaylorMade unveiled their splashy new SLDR drivers, which feature a sliding adjustable weight mechanism near the front of the club-head. Now, Callaway Golf have unveiled their latest adjustable drivers — and brought back the "Big Bertha" nameplate at the same time. And in a "take that!" gesture, Callaway engineers have made it possible to adjust the height of the center of gravity on one model.

Callaway Big Bertha


As with TaylorMade's "SLDR" mechanism, Callaway Golf engineers have developed a sliding adjustment feature with an 8-gram weight, located at the very back of the clubhead.

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Callaway Big Bertha Alpha


Here's where Callaway Golf engineers have made things rather interesting: Their "Gravity Core" insert allows players to adjust the height of the CG for unwanted spin independent of the launch angle.

More on the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha


The Other Features



Also included is Callaway's adjustable hosel (above left), which permits loft adjustments as much as up +2°, or down -1°. In addition, Callaway engineers have developed a forged composite crown (above left), which weighs just eight grams. Because the crown is lighter, the CG is positioned further away from the top.

On both the Big Bertha and the Big Bertha Alpha, golfers can adjust the ball-flight bias between a draw bias and neutral. Meanwhile, their "Hyper Speed Face" is advertised as being 10% lighter than before.

Both drivers are planned for a U.S. retail release on Valentine's Day — Friday, February 14, 2014. The MSRP of the Big Bertha will be $399, while the Big Bertha Alpha will be US $499.


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Images courtesy of Callaway Golf


[ comments ]
jasonfish11 says:
Next year Taylormade is coming out with the most customizable driver ever.

They call it the Taylormade WTF. Order one and they will send you a CNC milling machine so you can design and build your own driver.
12/18/13
 
Duke of Hazards says:
The Yooks strike back!
12/18/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
@fish - I like it.

I understand Titleist is also coming out with a multi-adjustment driver. With each purchase the buyer is enrolled in a PhD-level online aeronautical engineering class so as to maximize the benefits of personally adjusting loft, lie, weight, swingweight, height of C of G, drag, MOI, and 17 other characteristics.
12/18/13
 
Dusty23 says:
Mizuno had a driver with a sliding weight in the back just like this Callaway about 4-5 years ago. That didn't seem generate that much buzz, now it's the latest craze
12/18/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
I heard next year Ping is going to have a driver that allows you to adjust the suspension and camber for your car. Its called the Ping NASCAR. This allows you to have a better ride to the course leaving you more relaxed to swing freely. Gauranteed to increase your drive by 10 yards per gallon.
12/18/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
I have a hard time getting behind any golf club that is lovingly named after a machine expressly designed to deliver death and destruction. Just a personal thing!
12/18/13
 
Wes11point5 says:
Beef, I suppose you will not like the new Titleist VX or the Adams Sarin-dipity fairway wood then! :(
12/18/13
 
Wes11point5 says:
Teh problem with the Ping NASCAR is that it is guarenteed to go left!
12/18/13
 
jfurr says:
dang Wes beat me to it...
12/18/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
The dale earnhardt version will go right, but only once.

What too soon?
12/18/13
 
Matt F says:
And in more Oobgolf breaking news, America just landed a man on the moon!

This news is at least a week old...this joint is getting just like my city newspaper, last weeks news today!
12/19/13
 
falcon50driver says:
P.T. Barnum was right.
12/19/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
Wes, I think the marketing dept at GolfClubCorp should recruit you.
12/19/13
 
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