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Callaway Big Bertha Fairway Woods

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Like Callaway’s Big Bertha drivers, the Big Bertha fairway woods offer golfers several firsts in a Callaway club.

For one, they’re the first Callaway fairway woods to combine the company’s Hyper Speed Face Cup technology with an adjustable hosel, making the Big Berthas the hottest adjustable fairway woods the company has ever created. They’re also Callaway’s first adjustable fairway woods to incorporate its internal standing wave, which serves to move the center of gravity of the clubs lower and more forward to increase ball speed.

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Where the Big Bertha fairway woods differ from the X2 Hot models, however, is in their emphasis on forgiveness. Engineers concentrated more weight around the perimeter of the Big Bertha fairway woods than the X2 Hot models, which gives them higher average ball speeds and a higher launch angle according Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s vice president of innovation and design.

What might be more important for high-level golfers, however, is the fairway woods’ Opti-Fit adjustable hosel, which allows golfers to fine tune the look and trajectory of their clubs. Each of the 15-, 18- and 21-degree heads can be tuned either 1 degree lower or 1 or 2 degrees higher than their standard loft. So if a golfer was looking for a new 4 wood, for example, they could add one or two degrees of loft to the 15-degree head, which measures 175 cubic centimeters. If they preferred a smaller head, however, they could strengthen the loft of the 18-degree model — measures 170cc — to 17 degrees. Each loft setting on the dual-cog adjustable hosel can also be set to an “N” (neutral) or “D” (draw) setting, which makes the club more upright, creating eight unique loft-and-lie combinations.

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The Big Bertha fairway woods come stock with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Fubuki Z shaft in light, regular, stiff and women’s flexes. The stock length for the 15-, 18- and 21- degree heads is 43 inches, 42.5 inches and 42 inches, respectively, with a stock D2 swing weight. They’re be available on Feb. 14 for around $269.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about Callaway’s Big Bertha fairway woods in our forum.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about Callaway’s Big Bertha fairway woods in our forum.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Furious Styles

    May 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Timmy?

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  3. Malcolm

    Jan 25, 2014 at 6:29 am

    No X Flex?

  4. Robert

    Jan 24, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Callaway has already surpassed other leading Golf Companies in 2013 with the X Hot fairway wood. This is just a continuation of that beating.

  5. getitclose

    Jan 13, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Can’t wait for the BB to come out. Wish they offered that shaft in a X flex though…

  6. markb

    Jan 13, 2014 at 2:10 am

    After fiddling around with a bunch of different RBZ 3 and 5 woods in adjustable Tour and non-adjustable HL to find a good mix and still not being completely happy, I’m going to have to try these. The heads look quite small and unforgiving, but the Optifit dual-cog hosel is a dream.

  7. sam Brooks

    Jan 12, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Yea I’d be keen it game the 17*

  8. mrak

    Jan 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    still playing catch up to TEE and Wishon.

  9. ND Hickman

    Jan 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Really hope that bringing back the Big Bertha name pays off for Callaway. Taylor Made have been top of the woods market for far too long.

    • paul

      Jan 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

      No kidding. i just always wondered why anyone would want to play taylormade woods, they always feel like they are hitting rocks instead of golf balls. SLDR isn’t bad…

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Callaway launches new Chrome Soft, Chrome Soft X, Superhot balls (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)

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“The ball that changed the ball” is back.

Callaway announced new Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X balls for 2018, as well as a retooled Superhot, which it is offering in some bold colorways.

Chrome Soft

Callaway promises innovation at every level with the new Chrome Soft. That starts with a new Graphene Dual SoftFast Core. The company touts the new Chrome Soft as a fast, soft, high launch, low spin ball. But let’s dig a little deeper.

According to Dr Alan Hocknell, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Callaway, Graphene is an “atomic-scale honeycomb lattice made of carbon atoms and was first produced in a laboratory at the University of Manchester in 2004 by Russian-born scientists, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who went on to be awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work.”

The material is stronger than diamond and 200 times stronger than steel, however, it’s also elastic and can be stretched a substantial amount. It sounds like Callaway thought the material was interesting and decided to see how to incorporate it into a golf ball, which is cool.

“We had to assess which part of our golf ball we could mix it with to get a strength advantage and where in the golf ball we would want it…We looked at various parts of the golf ball and the functions of each, and we quickly decided that if we were going to use a material that made any part of our golf ball substantially stronger it would be in the outer core, because its role is partly to allow the inner core to be soft. What we wanted to produce was an outer core that was much stronger, effectively a thinner but stronger ‘crash helmet’ for the inner core and that would allow us to make the inner core bigger.”

“If you think of this inner core as the engine of the golf ball, the inner of the new Chrome Soft is now bigger and softer because it is protected by the stronger outer core, which allows us to pump up the speed, pump up the spin-reducing characteristic of the soft core, and still retain the soft-feel benefits.”

Hocknell says the new Chrome Soft is similarly, well, soft to the original ball. However, feel around the green is crisper and there is a “clickier” sound on those shots. As expected, the new ball features higher ball speeds and lower spin on driver shots relative to the previous incarnation.

Chrome Soft balls are also available in yellow and Callaway’s Truvis pattern. $44.99/dozen.

Chrome Soft X

We’ll let Dr. Hocknell explain the reworking of Callaway’s tour ball for higher swing speeds.

“The X ball has undergone the bigger transformation of the two…In the new 2018 Chrome Soft X we have dramatically reduced its spin profile through the bag so, in many ways, it is similar to the standard Chrome Soft ball of 2017, but what you will find now is a firmer overall feel, while still retaining excellent spin properties around the green.”

“The differences between both golf balls are mostly focused on feel and then if you have a swing speed in the higher ranges – roughly 105mph and above – you might be an ideal candidate for the X, as its increased firmness will convert more driver head speed to ball speed, compared to standard Chrome Soft.”

Superhot

Callaway is also releasing a new version of its three-piece Superhot ball ($29.99/dozen). The new Superhot features improved aerodynamics for low drag and optimal lift, according to the company. Additionally, Callaway is introducing Superhot Bold colors in matte red, yellow, and orange.

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Titleist launches 2018 Scotty Cameron Select putters (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)

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Note: This story will be updated with in-hand photos from Demo Day as soon as possible.

Titleist has launched its new line of 2018 Scotty Cameron Select putters that have new “four-way sole balancing,” along with other refinements compared to its previous Select putters. Also, as we spotted earlier in January, the 2018 line includes a blast-from-the-past Laguna model.

The last full launch of Scotty Cameron Select putters came in 2016, with a line extension of mostly mallets that came in 2017. Now, the new 2018 line features seven new head shapes that include blades and mid-mallets.

Each of the new putters — Laguna, Newport, Newport 2 and Newport 2.5 blades, Fastback and SquareBack mid-mallets, and a heel-shafted, mid-mallet Newport 3 — are made with multi-material constructions. As with the previous line of Select putters, the new putters have either 303 stainless steel face inlays or 6061 aircraft grade aluminum inlays, and stainless steel bodies.

According to Titleist, refinements have been made to sight, sound and feel for the 2018 Select line. Here’s what Titleist has to say about each of those improvement categories:

  • Sight: “Contours and sight cues were refined to enhance alignment opportunities and instill confidence. Scotty focused on thinning topline appearances by giving each a slightly rounder radius. Plumbing neck dimensions, edges and angles have been squared up for a cleaner look from address.”
  • Sound: “Improved sound and feel are the result of up to 30 percent more vibration dampening material connecting face inlays with putter bodies. The connecting screws are slightly larger to account for the increased material and the surface compression necessary to produce the softer sound, while preserving the feedback demanded by the best players in the world to aid in distance control and diagnosing mishits.”
  • Sole: “For the first time ever, Scotty has introduced a four-way balanced sole
    design for a faster setup and easier alignment at address. The balance point of each 2018 Select putter’s sole has been shifted forward to account for the weight of the shaft and grip and their impact related to how the putter sits at address. This results in a putter that sits perfectly square at address to promote easier alignment on virtually any lie.”

Scotty Cameron says that this line of putters, and the refinements that went into them, are a collection of everything he has learned through his years of putter making.

“Everything I’ve learned from refining and redesigning Newport-style putters over the last two decades has gone into this 2018 Select line,” said Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron. “I always strive to raise the bar by incorporating new materials, milling and manufacturing techniques. I’m at the point with the Select line of putters that now I’m hyper-focused on the finest details. Tour players pick up on things most people don’t but those details can make a big difference in how a putter performs.

Scotty Cameron also discusses the four-way sole balancing design, and how it’s made to help golfers find better alignment.

“We’ve reengineered the sole to account for the shaft and grip weight by actually moving metal in minute increments to help the putter align perfectly. I call it four-way sole balancing because we’ve balanced the putter from face to cavity, and from heel to toe.”

The putters, which will sell for $425 starting on March 23, have a raw, stainless finish that is bead-blasted. They come with two, customizable stainless steel heel-toe weights, and Black/Silver Matador mid-size grips.

Below is a more in-depth look at each of the putter models, as described by Titleist. See what GolfWRX members are saying about the putters in our forums.

  • Newport: The iconic “three-step” Newport shape was designed to sit evenly at address and enhanced with four-way balanced precision milling. Updated graphics extend Scotty’s iconic three red dot theme to the face heel and sole.
  • Newport 2 (right- and left-handed): With subtle refinements to topline radius milling, the Newport 2 appears slightly thinner from address for a Tour-preferred setup favored by the world’s top players.
  • Newport 2.5: The Newport 2.5 employs softer milling of the flare neck that provides players with 3?4 shaft offset and higher toe flow, while incorporating the line’s four-way sole balancing setup and improved vibration dampening material connecting the face to the body.
  • Newport 3 (right- and left-handed): The heel-shafted Newport 3 brings together a teardrop shaped design with high toe flow. Flange milling has been smoothed for more sculpted contours with updated four-way sole balancing and improved vibration dampening. A left-handed Newport 3 option joins the 2018 Select line, offering a heel-shafted, higher toe flow small mallet option to the line.
  • Laguna: Scotty’s newest, re-engineered Laguna brings back a popular head shape with 2018 Select line technology, including a mid-milled stainless steel face inlay, four-way balanced sole milling and improved vibration dampening technology.
  • Fastback: The 2018 Select Fastback features a single milled flange line giving it a cleaner, Tour-preferred look at address while allowing for more vibration dampening material to be placed between the sole and the flange of the putter. The 6061 aircraft grade aluminum face-sole inlay has been refined to allow for weight to be distributed to the perimeter of the putter head for enhanced forgiveness.
  • Squareback: Scotty’s 2018 Select Squareback has a milled sightline for a clean look at address. The milled line versus prior pop-through alignment allows for more vibration dampening material to be placed between the sole and the flange of the aircraft grade aluminum face-sole. This design also extends our multi-material methodology with softer contours, subtle shape refinements and a new face-sole configuration.
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Bud Cauley WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge (1/16/18).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Prototype

3 Wood: Titleist 915F 3+ (13.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Aldila 80 Tour-X

Driving Iron: Titleist 718 AP3 (3 iron)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 AMT Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (4-9 iron)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Wedges: Titlest Vokey Sm7 (46-10F, 52-12F, 56-14F) Titleist Vokey Prototype (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T SSS-340
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol Grip

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Cauley’s clubs. 

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