On this page you’ll find our detailed Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Fairway Wood Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other fairway woods we have recently reviewed.
When it comes to fairway woods, these guys know what they’re doing. They always have. I started the game many moons ago with wooden woods. Go figure, huh? But the brand which eventually converted me to name defying, metal-compound woods in the late 90s was none other than… you guessed it: Callaway Big Bertha.
But Callaway have shifted through the gears like few others in this category, and their track record speaks for itself.
Wild accusations aside, I went into my test of the Fusion woods expecting the best. And, unsurprisingly, that is exactly what I got.
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It’s pretty difficult to come up with any legitimate criticism of the Fusion fairway woods. Forgiving, long-hitting woods are generally big and cumbersome. But these tick such boxes whilst sporting a slender, streamlined look and keeping the bulk down. An innovative design, backed up by consistent and impressive results. What more do you want? Callaway have set the bar high over the years when it comes to fairway woods, but these may well be the best ones yet.
Pros and Cons
- Long, long and longer!
- The shiny triaxial carbon on the crown underpins the ingenious weight distribution across the clubhead
- Such an easy launch, and tremendously forgiving and consistent
- Arrow-like head shape and sound at impact make for very satisfying look and feel
- Could possibly point to a lack of versatility in loft/face angle features
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We’ve said it with the driver, but there really is cutting-edge technology which has gone into the Fusion. It’s to be expected when you team up with Boeing engineers, I suppose. The triaxial carbon crown is at the heart of everything good about these woods though. Compared with your stock-standard 26g steel or titanium crown (Callaway use the XR 16 for comparison), this comes in at less than a quarter of that: 5.8g.
That leaves plenty of mass to play with elsewhere, and this is shuffled to the lower (and deeper) reaches of the sole. As a result, the higher launch and deeper CG are palpable, while MOI goes through the roof (allegedly as much as 19 per cent more than the XR 16).
There is a big focus on ball speeds, and these numbers get a good boost as a result of two key features. Firstly, the Speed Step technology to reduce drag and increase clubhead speed at impact. Secondly, the Hyper Speed Face Cup, which, although nothing new, specializes in delivering high speeds on both center and off-center strikes.
Control & Performance
First off, it is well worth taking a second to appreciate the sound the Fusion makes at impact. It’s a hugely satisfying (without being deafening) ‘crack’, and the variations in strikes find a good balance between sound and feedback. They call it ‘acoustic engineering.’ We call it a job well done.
But the key is in the innovative technologies explained above, and, as a result, you get a tasty trifecta of benefits: distance, forgiveness and consistency. What really put a smile on my face was the manner in which an easy, high launch was successfully married with a pleasingly penetrating ball flight.
My tendency is to pull fairway woods, and I suppose one could argue that there is a slight lack of adjustability with these woods. But my take was that, once I got used to them, the ball didn’t seem to deviate much in the air. That’s not to say it didn’t feel like I couldn’t work the ball a bit too. Yet the output was just so steady in terms of distance, direction and shape.
They’re just so easy to hit, and yet, with a bit of tinkering with shafts, can also be tailored to suit the better player too. It’s a cliché, but there really is something for everyone.
Design & Appearance
Callaway were one of the pioneers of the traditional pear shape you associate with modern woods, but there’s no doubt that they’ve taken a bit of a different course here. And it’s an aesthetically-pleasing one too. I’d describe the clubhead as a sort of rounded arrow shape, and the chevron lines up beautifully with the back of the sweet spot. Almost reminds you of the good old Titleist 907 D1 driver. Anyway, this one has a streamlined look about it, but with plenty of oomph too, and you can’t help but feel good at address as a result.
The triaxial carbon on the rear of the crown adds some style, and a nice color contrast with the matte black. The sole also has a gleam to it, with the cambered shape that has become quite commonplace.
As for the size, it’s fair to say the clubhead is larger than average. However, it isn’t especially deep, and, with a flatter footprint and lighter feel, it doesn’t strike you as being too unwieldly. In fact, it’s actually quite slick.
Value for Money
It’s a little bit costly to get your hands on this particular set of fairway metals, there’s no getting around that.
However, while being a tad steep, the cost is by no means outrageous in today’s terms. And when you consider the quality of materials and technology that have gone into the Big Bertha Fusion Fairway Wood, the Boeing expertise in engineering, and, most importantly, the high level of results that are pretty much guaranteed, the price tag suddenly looks a bit of a snip.
Sometimes one can blindly delve into their pockets when they’re enchanted by a product they love; willing to pay any price. But, after we took a deep breath and a step back into the cold light of day, we arrived at the same conclusion: this represents good value, all things considered.back to menu ↑
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Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Fairway Wood Review
A new level of forgiveness and distance
|Product Details||Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Fairway Wood Review|
|Handicap Range||Low – High|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Lofts||15.0°, 18.0°, 21.0°|
|Wood Type||3W, 5W and 7W|
|Lie||57.5° – 58.5°|
|Length||43.00″, 42.50” and 42.00″|
|Swingweight||43.00″, 42.50” and 42.00″|
|Shaft Type and Name||Graphite – UST Mamiya Recoil|
|Manufacturers Website||Callaway Golf|