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Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood Review

Updated on April 20, 2016

Callaway. You thinking stylish with a bit of funk. You thinking super long. You remember how it was one of the pioneers in ‘gigantic’ titanium heads about 25 years ago.

Well not much has changed then! Except of course the ‘gigantic’ part – it’s still on the big side, but nowhere near how big it was back in the day in relative terms.

We reviewed the Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood as part of our Best Fairway Woods Review.

Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood

Our Assessment 

Callaway have revived the Great Big Bertha fairway woods into something special. Ultra long, but more importantly providing the forgiveness to every level of golfer.

Adjustability options that are satisfactory and an overall look that is world class. Straight to the point, whether you are a Tour Professional or 30 handicap player this is for you.

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Pros

  • First and foremost it provides great forgiveness and the Warbird soleplate allows for better playability from even the poorest lies.
  • Ultra long and consistent at that. The Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup increases ball speed across the clubface subsequently enhancing distance
  • Attractive clubhead that has that Callaway sexyness about it and intrigues you
  • Feels superb on center strikes with quality feedback

Cons

  • If we ABSOLUTELY HAD to give one negative then I’ll whisper that the sound isn’t out of this world, but that’s just petty! It’s good enough

Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

From $250.00

Gender

Men’s & Ladies

Handicap Range

Low – High

Hand Availability

Right & Left

Swing Weight

D2

Lie

Adjustable (7 Wood & Divine 9 are fixed)

Loft

15°, 18°, 21°, 24° (Heaven Wood 20°)

Length

41.5″ – 43.00″

Shaft Type & Name

Mitsubishi Bassara E 42 or Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black TiNi 50

Grip

Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

Sound like a broken record when it come to the Callaway products we’ve reviewed like the Great Big Bertha Driver and the XR 16 Driver, but Callaway sure have stepped up their game in the looks department.

The glossy sole with red detail has the original warbird soleplate, which aids playability from tight lies in particular. The crown has a matte finish, which thinking of it now is contrary to the norm.

Usually soles have a matte finish and crowns have a glossy finish, but this way around it does prevent any reflection that can be distracting.

No sliding weight system at the rear of the head, but there are adjustability options that allow for up to 8 different loft/lie combinations. The heads are slightly bigger than usual and previous models, but still definitely one of the best looking fairway woods on the market – no doubt.

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Image Credit: Official Callaway Image

Build Quality

Callaway have provided the lightest possible clubhead without taking too much away from performance and stability. There has been a focus on forgiveness in this particular head so if you’re a high handicapper, don’t despair! This will help you.

You’re not alone if you struggle to launch your fairway woods into the air, many golfers have the same issue. The Great Big Bertha will help you get it up quickly and easily.

Control & Feel

The Great Big Bertha fairway woods feel awesome! Absolutely top drawer in terms of feel and feedback. The sound is actually reminiscent of the original Great Big Bertha in terms of the slightly ‘tinny’ sound to it.

If I was hearing it when a mate struck it I wouldn’t be blown away, but my word when striking it yourself you will be in awe.

An adjustable loft system where it can lowered by 1 degree or increased by 2 degrees is also a big help in terms of control. Although you can’t change these settings during the round of golf, you can prepare well for the upcoming round by adjusting to how you think suits.

The only two clubs that don’t have the OptiFit adjustability option are the 7 Wood and Divine 9.

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Image Credit: Official Callaway Image

Performance

The Great Big Bertha is all about distance and forgiveness for you. They want you to be super confident every time you pull the headcover off this baby.

Here are the factors that make this a winner for you. The Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup increases ball speed at impact regardless of where you strike it on the face. This adds more distance to your shot than what you are used to.

The MOI on the Great Big Bertha is larger than standard which allows for more forgiveness as well as workability. Too many clubs nowadays have ‘straightened’ out your ball flight and while that can be nice there are times where you really need to shape it.

The modern Warbird sole helps you strike it better and purer from tight lies, I can definitely vouch for that aspect! Even though as mentioned earlier this club is easy to launch, the ball flight is still of a mid-trajectory though and that is perfect. Too high and you’ll be battling the elements all day long.

Too low and you’ll be trying to compromise by adjusting your swing to help the ball up in the air and that will affect you badly!!

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Image Credit: Official Callaway Image

Value for Money

Super club that is fantastic value for money. We like to call a spade a spade and believe me if there was something wrong with the Great Big Bertha, we’d let you know.

Truly a winner in terms of distance, feel, forgiveness, workability and last of all value for money. Callaway also have something sexy about the brand that intrigues you into wanting to try and test.

Can assure you though, once you have tried and tested then you’ll very likely be purchasing soon after!

About the author 

Michael Todt

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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