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Spotted: Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver

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Just last week, the Callaway Big Bertha V Series driver was added to the USGA conforming list. Today, we spotted the driver on tour at the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

As expected from the initial photos that surfaced, the V Series drivers don’t have a moveable weight system, but they do appear to have adjustable hosels. Callaway hasn’t released any information regarding technology, but from the photos, it can be assumed the drivers have what’s called “Speed Optimized Technology” in the club head.

For now, we’ll just have to enjoy the photos and speculate about the technology.

Click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Callaway Big Bertha V Series

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Matt

    Aug 5, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Its just a re-skin of the Callaway Legacy platinum driver (oceanic) for the mainstream.

  2. alan

    Aug 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    This is getting just silly stupid already.
    Cor is at its limit, same for cc’s and dimensions.
    So, this one is deeper, this one has aero fins,etc., etc.
    Now even Cali is getting into the act of a new, “better driver” every quarter !!!

    If you don’t like your current driver, then reshaft it by a good fitter. You will be amazed at the change in performance/results.

    Do not get suckered in by the marketing hype. I am quite sure your golf ball will not know the differece of which driver hit it !!!!!

  3. CJ

    Jul 31, 2014 at 3:04 am

    That face looks really deep and if it is I’m hoping they make a more shallow one because deep faces just don’t look right to me but other the depth of the face I really like the simple look

  4. Dan

    Jul 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Just a quick response. Bought the Cleveland Custom Classic XL last year. Decided to compare it to every new driver out in 2014 and I mean every one. They were all as close to my current setup as I could get. Not one was better than my current one including the SLDR. Some of the numbers were close or the same on the monitor at the PGA Superstore I buy from but, none were better. I’ll keep my money and stay away from the hype.

  5. Nick

    Jul 30, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    3 & 5 wood heads for sale on e-bay uk!

  6. Robert

    Jul 29, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    V Series? What’s that; the value series or something? Like the sldr s. Haha. Hey, what’s one more driver in the line-up. Guess they didn’t feel like they quite had all demographics covered with only 6 drivers so they needed to cater to the 12 golfers that were demanding a big bertha without the mizuno fast track technology or the $500 gravity core that Mickelson makes look so good.

  7. jgpl001

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I like Callaway but they are now bringing out new woods faster than TM

    How many models in the past 3 years? I’ve lost count

  8. FTWPHIL

    Jul 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    So Japanish…

  9. west

    Jul 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Love the black crown…can’t wait to try!

  10. Grant

    Jul 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Also looks like Callaway is switching out their hosel adjustment platform.

  11. sebastien

    Jul 29, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Biggest Big Bertha

    some of you may know

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  13. W

    Jul 29, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Warbird sole. It’s back! Awesome.

  14. tlmck

    Jul 29, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Looks like my RAZR Fit Xtreme with maybe a bit deeper face. I’ll be hanging on to mine though.

  15. JK

    Jul 29, 2014 at 2:45 am

  16. TW

    Jul 29, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I would love to see Callaway keep this 460cc version, then produce a 400 or 350cc pro version, I love my 3deep and would just love to see modern tech put into a classic package. Swing Speeds would pick up with the smaller head.

  17. Brad B

    Jul 29, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Is that a “Speed Slot” on the toe?

  18. Mad-Mex

    Jul 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Reminds me of my Cleveland Classic 290

  19. Dan

    Jul 28, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Looks like the classic Big Bertha from the early 1990s hit the modern state in a crash course or something

  20. Joe

    Jul 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Looks like it’s gonna hit bombs

  21. Dave

    Jul 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I’m not a typically a fan of Cally but I like the looks of this. Looks like a biggest big bertha face and sole crossed with a modern crown and paint job.

  22. Patrick

    Jul 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Looks just like the Optiforce

    • Joe

      Jul 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Or it looks like the original Big Bertha which the optiforce looks nothing like?

      • Juan Carlos

        Jul 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

        Joe, you receive applause for the above response. So true.

      • Jack F

        Jul 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        Joe… The Big Berthas were gray, not black.

        — Callaway R&D Team

  23. Jim

    Jul 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Its got a real deep face kind of like the looks too

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WRX Spotlight: Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology

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Product: Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology (the first driver to feature interchangeable club faces)

Pitch: From Lynx: “Switch-Face Technology is an idea that has taken the best part of a decade to perfect and produce. Various innovations in the past have tinkered with removable and replaceable faces on drivers – primarily for the purposes of changing the sound generated while striking the ball – but none of them have ever proved successful long-term.”

“The concept was borne out of the desire to give golfers true loft change options for the first time in an adjustable driver so, while adjustable hosel drivers, including other models in the Lynx range, do give golfers multiple options to configure their clubheads, setting and maintaining the perfect true loft and face angle combination for their own individual swing becomes almost impossible.”

Our take on the Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology

After a solid drive, you might have said “I hit it on the screws!” in your life. Well in 2019, you actually can. Lynx has taken a different approach to adjustability in a driver. Instead of using an adjustable adapter in the hosel to change the loft of the club, with the Prowler VT driver, you swap out the face by turning five small screws. That’s right. The whole face.

We were admitted skeptics when we first heard of the Lynx VT Prowler driver. We might even have chuckled a bit (we did). Nonetheless, we were intrigued. We tried it out and the verdict is….hey, that’s actually…not too bad. Good look at address. Good sound. Good ball flight. Chalk us up as “pleasantly surprised.” Now understand we didn’t put this through its paces on-course or deep dive into launch monitor testing and dial it in, but the initial reaction was positive.

Before you run out to purchase, we do have some long-term questions. How will the design hold up over time? Will the screws keep the face secure during an entire round? Is that hosel design going to hold up? What rule enacted by the USGA are we potentially breaking by putting this in our bag? (Kidding about the last one — kind of).

Still, for $500, you’re getting a driver with two faces with true adjustability of face angle and loft. We’re pleasantly surprised.

The Prowler VT is available in five different lofts (8,9,10,11 and 12 degrees) with varying open and closed settings (2-degrees closed, 1-degree closed, square, 1-degree open and 2-degrees open), giving golfers 25 different face and loft angles. Orange/Black or White/Black models available.

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TRUE Linkswear launches MS Knit for multiple sclerosis

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Golf has one of the largest charitable impacts of any sport on both a professional and recreational level. From The First Tee program to local charity golf tournaments, in 2016 the amount raised was $3.9 billion (with a “B”) dollars.

Helping add to that number one pair at a time, TRUE Linkwear has just launched the MS Knit — a fresh take on their popular and very comfy Knit — to directly give back to the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society to the tune of $30 a pair. The colors and design of the shoe were a direct collaboration with the Greater Northwest Chapter of the MS Society to help bring more awareness to a disease that affects more the 2.3 million people worldwide each year. TRUE has also committed to participating in the South Sound MS Walk in Tacoma Washington along with being the local presenting sponsor.

 

In talking to TRUE President Jason Moore — yes, the brother to PGA Tour Player Ryan Moore, the company wanted to put a stake in the ground by offering an exact dollar amount per pair sold of the MS Knit, not a percentage of sales littered in a fine print.

 

The MS Knits are currently available for pre-sale now, but with or without purchase you can donate to the MS Society through the TRUE team here.

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WRX Spotlight: 2UNDR performance underwear

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Product: 2UNDR performance underwear

Pitch: From 2UNDR: “Inspired by the kangaroo-pouch, we set out to create a high performance men’s athletic underwear, with the versatility of everyday use. Using the most advanced construction techniques and materials, we were able to separate your equipment from your body to reduce unwanted skin-on-skin contact. With more support than a standard brief and improved airflow to keep you cool, the 2UNDR™ products provide the best fit, comfort and style a man could ever need.”

Our take on 2UNDR underwear

There was a lot of big news made this year when Rickie, you know THE Rickie on tour, changed balls, switching to the all-new TaylorMade TP5, and winning only a few events later. BUT another switch for Rickie this year flew way under the radar…and under his fitted Puma pants. It had everything to do with balls, but nothing to with urethane or five layers: I’m talking his 2UNDR Performance Underwear.

From desk jockeys to runners, and everything in between (including golfers) we all want down there comfort. With 2UNDR you get exactly that, thanks to their JoeyPouch technology, which keeps everything together yet spaciously separated for comfort and moisture wicking. I know it seems silly, but speaking from experience: after switching to 2UNDR over six years ago, I have never looked back to the days of plain old cotton, for both day to day and especially on course.

There is a lot of technology packed into each pair of 2UNDR. That, along with some serious attention to detail, make sure you are comfy all day long. The tech in each pair of 2UNDRs includes a reinforced and roll-resistant waistband, precisely placed seems around the garment to prevent any “rub zones,” and, of course, the patented JoeyPouch to keep the precious goods (OK, fine I’ll just say it, we’re all adults: testicles) right where they should be.

For the sake of argument I think having used a product for more than 6 years puts this into the category of “long-term review,” and from this 2UNDR loyalist I have nothing but glowing things to say. The durability I have experienced from the many pairs I have has been excellent, and I take ZERO special care of these; washer and dryer every time and they are the same fit and comfort wear after wear, including a nice fit around the thigh where undies usually lose shape the quickest. The only complaint I could have had was tweaked a few years ago from their first iteration which had the tag on the front sewn on in a little patch. It it now built right into the waistband so it has zero chance of ever falling off.

On the course for me is where these stand out. I’m a Swing Shift user and can’t begin to tell you how many times on a hot summer day my 2UNDRs make that last walk up the 18th hole just a comfy as walking off the first tee four hours earlier. To be real frank they hold everything in place and eliminate the need for that layer of baby powder that you may be used to applying with traditional boxers. The waistband never bunches, even with a shirt tucked in with a belt, which might seem like a small thing but with all the twisting and bending we do as golfers around our midsection, even if you are a cart rider, gives you one less thing to worry about.

Speaking of worrying, just like with so many things with not just golf, but in life, its often the small details that can make or break any product — the expensive shoes that just rub your heel the wrong way, the hat that doesn’t sit “just right,” the location of the second button on a dress shirt (please do yourself a favor and watch Seinfeld if you don’t get that reference). It’s only the things we never think about that are really the most comfortable; like your favorite pair of jeans, or in my case wearing anything but 2UNDR Swing Shifts. The only thing you’ll have to think about is which colors or patterns to choose — there are A LOT!!!

I don’t really say this about too many products, but if aren’t wearing 2UNDR undies, you might need to seriously take a look in the mirror and evaluate your underpants situation. You can find 2UNDR available at most golf shops that know what’s up, or online through their website.

 

 

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