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Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver Hits USGA Conforming Club List

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This just in: There’s a new Callaway Big Bertha driver in the pipeline.

From what we can tell from photos on the USGA Conforming Club List, the Big Bertha V Series drivers have adjustable hosels but not the adjustable weighting systems that have made Callaway’s Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha drivers two of the most talked about drivers of 2014.

Callaway is yet to release any details about the new driver, but the absence of a moveable weight system indicates that the Big Bertha V Series drivers have a design that’s focused on reducing club head weight and improving aerodynamics to increase swing speed. That would make the Big Bertha V Series driver similar to Callaway’s FT OptiForce 440 and 460 drivers, which were launched last summer and helped golfers increase clubhead speed through their lightweight club heads and shafts.

Shortly after its release, the OptiForce 440 quickly became one of Callaway’s most-played drivers on the PGA Tour. Most of Callaway’s staffers have since switched to the company’s Big Bertha, Big Bertha Alpha and X2 Hot Pro drivers, so it will be interesting to see if the V Series driver find its way into the bags of tour players when it’s made available to them.

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Big Bertha V Series drivers in our forum.

 

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  1. Eoehlers

    Jul 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Looks like the Callaway Legacy Platinum is coming to the US market. This is just an updated version of an Asian market driver.

  2. markb

    Jul 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    It’s a rebadged Legacy Platinum with an Adams style toe channel, a warbird sole, and an adjustable hosel. Callaway isn’t out of ideas — it’s just that wave seen all these ideas before.

  3. joro

    Jul 23, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Oh boy! Another new one. This must be better, or at least THEY say so.

  4. Kelly

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Looks like a warbird remake! These companies these days are out of new ideas and not taking notes from the shoe industry….lets bring back old stuff and put a new pain job on it! I will stick with my Taylormade SLDR for a few more years.

    • Steve

      Jul 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      How can you make a comment about being out of ideas when Callaway have just introduced such an innovative and technologically advanced driver such as the Big Bertha Alpha?

    • Sean

      Jul 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Yes, great point because the SLDR is not based on “old stuff”…like, say, the Mizuno MP600.

  5. Andrew

    Jul 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Oh boy… not for me and mine.

  6. ep

    Jul 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Looks like a warbird sole…. I wonder if this is a mini-driver type thing?

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  8. Tommy

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    They seriously had to etch their slogan and the cartoon Issac Newton on the bottom… Besides that, this driver will be a big hit among senior golfers

    • Ballstriker

      Jul 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Hey Tommy, that sounded like a quality left handed compliment. Hehehe! Pretty good. Yeah, I agree, the Newton graphic is a tad unnecessary.

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New Titleist TS hybrids, U-Series utilities landing on Tour

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We just got word from Titleist: at this week’s Memorial Tournament, the company will begin the “seeding” process of the new TS Series hybrids and the U-Series utility driving irons.

Hybrids

For Titleist, the beginning of the tour seeding process is one of the final steps in getting new products ready to go to market, and based off what we have for images and based on typical products cycles from the company, these could be closer to retail release than we think.

It appears for Titleist that the 800 series branding for the hybrids is going the way of the dodo and being replaced with the TS moniker like the already-available woods to remain consistent in the line. If the numbers and supplied pictures are any indication, the TS2 will be higher launching and slightly larger vs. the TS3 hybrid, which looks quite a bit more compact front to back and also seems to have Titleist’s SureFit CG to fine-tune ball flight. Both feature the TourFit hosel for further adjustability.

Since the current images of the new hybrids already have the head covers and are taken with shafts (HZRDUS Smoke hybrid), I am quite comfortable making the assumption that the stock shafts for retail will be the Smoke followed by the full array of custom options Titleist is known for. We all know that OEMs and their staff players have the ability to do a LOT of in-house testing away from the prying eyes (and lenses of GolfWRX), so for these to be at this point with covers and the whole bit, I am also confident that after seeing these in players bags this week at Muirfeild a full release by mid-summer is only a formality.

Utilities

Already being teased on Titleist.com, the new U-Series utility irons will be the replacement for the current 718s which as always are some of the most popular on tour.

Notice any similarities to anything else?

Bueller, Bueller…..

I’m seeing a LOT of similar design characteristics from the Concept series CP-01 in these new utilities.

This is exciting since the Concept series was introduced by Titleist to test and prove “proof of concept”…see how they did that…with new technologies and materials. If you weren’t aware of what that means for the Concept line this is from Titleist:

“Visually articulated with equal imagination, to produce the world’s most satisfying ball-striking experience. With an ultra-thin face – measured and remeasured to ensure perfect uniformity – made possible through the use of a rare, super strong alloy never before used in club manufacturing.”

Whatever super strong alloy is being used in the Concepts seem to be making its way into these new utilities on tour this week. What does this mean for the consumer from a design standpoint? Most likely more discretionary weight saved from the face to move around the head, that equals higher MOI. Also with new materials, it would allow engineers to stretch the area of “maximum performance” from a ball speed perspective to a larger area of the face.

Will I be right about new materials being used in the Utility? I guess we will find out soon enough, but either way we’ll bring you more pictures when we have them.

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Kevin Na’s winning WITB: 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge

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Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (9 degrees)


Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6-TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 70 TX

Hybrid: PXG 0317 X Gen 2 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95X

Irons: Callaway Rogue Pro (4), Callaway Apex Pro 16 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedges (50, 54 degrees), Vokey Design prototype (’18) (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Madison

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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The top-5 longest drivers on the PGA Tour and their driver/shaft combos

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Let’s take a look at what the PGA Tour’s biggest bombers thus far in 2018-2019 are using to launch their rockets.

1. Cameron Champ

Average drive: 315.6 yards


Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees @ 7.9)


Shaft: Fujikura Pro 63 TS (44.75 inches, tipped 1.5 inches)

T2. Luke List

Average drive: 314.4 yards
Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX

T2. Rory McIlroy

Average drive: 314.4 yards


Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees)


Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK White 70TX

4. Tony Finau

Average drive: 311.5 yards


Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees @ 8)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana RF 70-TX (45.25 inches, tipped 1 inch)

5. Wyndham Clark

Average drive: 311.4 yards


Driver: PXG 0811 XF GEN2 (10 degrees)


Shaft: Accra Prototype (45.25 inches)

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