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Callaway launches new Big Bertha Irons and Hybrids



Callaway has today announced the introduction of its new Big Bertha Irons and hybrids, which feature a thinner club face and optimized center of gravity, designed to provide easier launch and greater distance.

Big Bertha Irons

Following on from the 2016 Big Bertha OS Irons line, which showcased Callaway’s EXO-Cage technology, these new Big Bertha irons will feature the company’s brand new Suspended Energy Core. The Suspended Energy Core features a Metal Injection Molded (MIM’d) Tungsten Floating Weight suspended within a urethane microsphere material to create a deeper center of gravity. According to Callaway, this yields easy launch, longer, and more consistent golf shots.

The Big Bertha Irons will also feature Callaway’s 360 Face Cup, which employs a flexible rim around the face that flexes and releases at impact — this aims to increase ball speed. Owing to the new Suspended Energy Core, this will be Callaway’s thinnest face cup yet, which the company says results in increased ball speeds.

Callaway’s new Big Bertha Irons will be available with Recoil ESX, Recoil ZT9, and KBS Max 90 shafts. The irons hit the shelves on Jan. 18 and will cost $1,200 in steel and $1,300 in graphite.

Big Bertha Hybrids

The new Big Bertha Hybrids will feature Jailbreak Technology, which Callaway first introduced in 2017 with the Epic line. The technology, which was created with the aim of promoting faster ball speed and greater distance, incorporates two internal bars that stiffen the body, placing more impact load on the face. It proved to be a very popular addition from Callaway, and in their new Big Bertha Hybrids, the company have combined this technology with a new shorter and lighter OptiFit Hosel System designed to optimize the center of gravity for an easier launch and a higher, long-carrying flight.

The new hybrids from Callaway also feature an ultra-thin, Carpenter 455 steel face and Hyper Speed Face Cup, with the combination designed to create optimum ballspeed across the face.

The Big Bertha Hybrids will be available in both premium Recoil ESX and ZT9 Shafts, and they will be in stores on Jan. 18 for $269.99 each.

A special thanks to our Brian Knudson for braving the chill and doing his best to find a few blades of green grass for the outdoor, in-hand photos readers prefer.


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  1. ogo

    Jan 7, 2019 at 10:42 pm


    Well… so much for Callaway innovative “engineering” superiority… 😮

  2. Piter

    Dec 7, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Very similar looking to the Callaway FT from a few years back. I like the look though.
    I never buy a current model so price doesn’t bother me, it will come down eventually. If the same applies to irons as with drivers (about 1 yard distance gain for each new model per year) I will wait for 5+ years..

  3. Ron

    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I’ll wait for the GREAT Big Bertha irons for even more distance claims. GBB all the way!!

  4. Paulie C

    Nov 14, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Ridiculous that a set of irons have to be this much money. They’re at a point where the ball speed leaving the faces are maxed out. Golf balls can’t legally go any further. Been that way for years yet every year we hear about picking up an extra 6-7 yards per club. Every year the faces get thinner too. In what? Laboratory testing? They shave .000000037 off the face just so they can say they’re more forgiving and higher launching than the previous model. Keep ’em!

    • Roy

      Nov 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Thought COR only applied to drivers?? That aside – why is it so hard to. Elite e that a bigger budget leads to a better product. But no worries,sure there were lots of guys questioning how they would improve the Model T

  5. ogo

    Nov 13, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    OMG!!! … OMG!!! … OMG!!!!!!!!!

  6. jim

    Nov 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I see all the Callaway Haters are out. It is the Big Bertha iron, it will do what is is suppose to do for the players that it needs to do it for…..Launch easily! yes, and of course will go further than its predecessor. That is not a good thing? If you don’t like them or they are not for you then simply move on, not a big deal. But if you think they might be, go try them. Is that so hard?

    • Tom

      Nov 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      jim, what department at Callaway do you work in…!Its not just Callaway, nobody has anything different, except cosmetics….sellers be sellin! Save your money!

  7. Tom

    Nov 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Well, its pretty obvious the club manufactures have absolutely nothing new….so they jack up lofts and tell you that’s better…..what a joke!Save your money. Sellers be sellin!

  8. Speedy

    Nov 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    An awful looking club that deserves its ridiculous price point. Is Callaway losing it?

  9. RR

    Nov 13, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I used to have a SGI set of Wilson Di5’s. I used to fly the green all the time and take penalty strokes. The 9 iron would fly 190 on a pure strike. Crazy! It was like a hitting the ball with a trampoline. I now miss the green short with forged irons sometimes but I am always in bounds. These shovel sets are getting over the top…..but I will be old with a slow swing speed one day and will still want to golf so keep on improving that tech!

    • Johnny Penso

      Nov 14, 2018 at 12:24 am

      Odd. I have a set of Di-7’s I picked up last winter for $75 that I played 20 times with this year and never hit a single flyer. I guess the physics in mine were different than yours.

  10. dat

    Nov 13, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Hideous, jacked, no feel, ultra expensive. These will sell well because your average Joe can hit his 7i in a simulator 175, which is 6 yards longer than his set from 2009.

  11. JP

    Nov 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Recycled tech and jacked lofts. The offset looks terrible.

    Go back to what you do best. Woods

  12. Young Tom Morris

    Nov 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Have fun launching a pw 20 yards over the green. Nobody needs these.

  13. Corey

    Nov 13, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Callaway losing their minds on pricing…

    • jeremy

      Nov 13, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Most fitted club at Club Champion this year was the P790…. Had a price point… oh yeah, $1300 per set…….. need to do some research

      • Corey

        Nov 13, 2018 at 7:39 pm

        790s at least involved new tech for TM that would account for the price. These appear to just be a recycle for Cally. I don’t need to do any research, thanks for the tip though…

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers



Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

What do you think of these selections, WRXers? Any drivers you’d add?

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Today from the Forums we shine the light on an array of new Odyssey/Toulon putters featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The flat-sticks have gotten quite a reaction from WRXers, who have been particularly impressed with the company’s Las Vegas long slant neck creation.

For lots more photos, check out the entire thread here.

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