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Callaway Big Bertha Fusion drivers and fairway woods

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As we all know, the USGA limits drivers to a certain size (460 cc), and COR (coefficient of restitution), which is 0.83. Since companies, such as Callaway, have already reached those limits — or somewhere very close to those limits — improvement continues elsewhere to design drivers that can positively impact golfers.

While many new drivers on the market use adjustability features to accomplish this, Callaway’s new Big Bertha Fusion drivers, and fairway woods, use advanced composite materials, head shaping and weight placement with the goal of making the most forgiving clubs possible.

From a company that’s been using composite materials for over a decade, Callaway’s Big Bertha Fusion drivers and fairway woods introduce a new material called “Triaxial Carbon,” combined with a unique, high-MOI driver head shape that stretches weight back away from the face.

According to Callaway, triaxial carbon is 65 percent lighter than titanium and 35 percent thinner than the forged composite used in recent drivers from the company. Because of how the materials in the carbon composite are woven, the triaxial carbon is stiffer, allowing the driver to be constructed thinner without losing strength.

Callaway uses the new material in the crowns of both the drivers and the fairway woods, and in the soles of the drivers, too.

Read more about the drivers and fairway woods below, which will be available in stores on September 30, and join the discussion about the clubs in our forums.

Big Bertha Fusion Driver

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In the driver, an “exo-cage” made of aerospace-grade titanium holds the triaxial carbon material, which is used in both the crown and on the toe and heel of the sole.

By using triaxial carbon, Callaway was able to save 35.4 grams of weight that was repurposed low and back for higher MOI (moment of inertia), a measure of forgiveness, and in the heel of the driver, making it more draw-biased. This also allowed Callaway to lower CG, thus reducing backspin and raising launch.

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The crown consists of two parts: A chopped fiber forged composite in the front, and triaxial carbon in the rear

 

According to Callaway, the drivers have up to 17 percent higher MOI than the XR 16 drivers. Like the XR 16 drivers, the Big Bertha Fusion drivers also have Speed Steps — the fruits of work with Boeing — on their crowns for more speed than a smooth surface, due to the aerodynamic quality of the design.

The driver also includes Callaway’s OptiFit hosel that allows users to adjust loft independent of face angle settings.

Stock shafts will be a UST’s new Recoil shaft made for drivers, and Mitsubishi Rayon’s new Diamana Red Board. Consumers will be able to choose from the 45.5-inch stock shaft option, and a 44.5-inch shaft that has a slightly heavier weight in the back of the driver head to adjust for swing weight.

The drivers carry a MAP of $399, and will be available in 9, 10.5 and 13.5 degree lofts.

Big Bertha Fusion fairway woods

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Like the Big Bertha Fusion drivers, the fairway woods also have the lighter triaxial carbon in their crowns. In total, the crowns weigh a feathery-light 5.8 grams, compared to the XR 16 crowns — made from stainless steel — that weigh 26 grams, according to Callaway.

With a lighter crown, Callaway was able to reposition weight low and back in the club for higher launch and higher MOI, and lower CG.

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The fairway woods come with a Hyper Speed Cup Face for higher ball speeds on off-center hits, and the Speed Step crown for higher club head speed and less drag. The sole shape was also designed to reduce turf interaction, thus improving versatility for shots hit off the ground.

The Big Bertha Fusion fairway woods will sell for $249, and come available in 3-, 5- and 7-wood options.

Join the discussion about the new Big Bertha Fusion drivers and fairway woods in our forums.

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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. JB

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Cant wait to sell these on my eBay account! I mean test them.

    • THP's eBay Account

      Sep 5, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Hook me up you sly fox! I already have the listing ready!

      “Only hit once on the range, never played on the course. Looks new. The 3w and 5w are still in the plastic.”

      Dinner on me!

  2. Uncle Buck

    Aug 31, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Dern thang look like’a one ‘nem Taylor Made outfits from back ind’a day. Hehehe!! More thangs change da more dey stay da same!! As ‘ol Jack would say “goodness gracious!”

  3. Martin

    Aug 31, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Looking down on the club it looks like the shape of a TM club that came out 5-7 years ago. R9 I think it was. I like a more traditional looking club like the XR.

    • r7l

      Aug 31, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      You’re thinking of the R7 Limited, the red one. But Callaway has had this shape before also.

  4. Dave R

    Aug 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Wow wtf who ?

  5. Charlie

    Aug 31, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Looks like the club has stretch marks!!!

    • M

      Aug 31, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      You would know, wouldn’t you, dealing with your Moobs

      • Charlie

        Sep 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm

        You weren’t complaining when you were between them!

  6. 3PuttTerritory

    Aug 31, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I hit these the other day along with the new irons and hybrids and they are most certainly not the best looking clubs I’ve ever seen. Meaning, if this club were a gigolo, it’d have to be very good with its fingers.

    I was a little taken aback by the recoil wood shaft, I said, “that’s the shaft my grandpappy plays in his irons, do you have anything in 92 grams???” But, there was nothing else to try.
    I play my driver at 44 7/16, so it wasn’t perfect, but it was CLOSE. The best thing I can say about it is that for a game improvement club it doesn’t spin a ton, so if you mostly hit drop-kick, high blocks–this could be the club for you.
    The irons are going to be the real star of the show for callaway this year though with the steelhead and the Bertha replacement that’s coming.
    Everyone should try them unless they’re like me and still Baggin’ a set of ping eye 2 berrillz, blue dot, 1-PW. Holla at me, 1987.

  7. B

    Aug 31, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Beautiful!

  8. Joshuaplaysgolf

    Aug 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    ????????????????

  9. KK

    Aug 30, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Short shaft, ugly, Callaway engineering. This thing has to be a beast.

  10. Zipper

    Aug 30, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    “new material”, that’s hilarious. K2 was making skis with this material in the 1980’s. It’s marketing BS (I have a marketing degree). These guys will say anything to make a buck!!!

    • SNBD

      Aug 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      I’m willing to bet the article/statement for Callaway is implying that the material is new to golf equipment. By your logic the only “new materials” are ones that haven’t been discovered by man yet…..don’t be so literal Zipper.

  11. suckatgolf

    Aug 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Worst Club ever.
    WTF were you thinking Callaway.

  12. Dat

    Aug 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    While the 44.5 option is nice…it won’t be in stock at most stores. So this benefit is mostly moot unless the store salesman knows he can get it in a shorter, more controllable length. Enough with the 45.5″ and 46″ driver off the rack specs. They don’t work for the true average player.

  13. Mat

    Aug 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I came here thinking, “yet another Callaway release”, but these actually do seem to be different. Besides, offering a 44.5 option should be celebrated, even if it is these guys.

  14. Rob

    Aug 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Haven’t we taken steps backwards since the Fusion FT-3 Driver? That club had the entire body made of carbon, not just the sole and crown. This allowed them to move 44 grams around inside the head to wherever they wanted.

  15. Wesstlee18

    Aug 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    The problem with carbon composite is you have to use glue to attach it, so all the weight you save is wasted in glue. Notice the weight on the head is just “12 grams.” Yes there was some weight saved, piece for piece, but they probably only moved about 6 – 9 grams around, which can still make a difference in driver design, but also the reason why all titanium drivers are still competitive. Love the marketing though!

  16. ZJohnson

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    The shape reminds me a lot of the old FT-iZ. I’ll stick to my 816**

  17. Fupresti

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Burp

  18. G

    Aug 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Gorgeous !!!

  19. Weekend Duffer

    Aug 30, 2016 at 11:45 am

    44.5 right out the store wow, hopefully others try to copy this. These 46.5″ drivers are getting ridiculous.

  20. Marty Moose

    Aug 30, 2016 at 9:57 am

    At least they are offering this. I prefer shorter drivers; play mine at 44.25″ – lead tape on bottom to make up weight change. My distance does not seem affected by the shorter length, better dispersion and hit the center 90% of the time. More should experiment with different driver lengths. I know Tom Wishon has a chart which gives recommended lengths based on height, wrist to floor, etc.

    “Consumers will be able to choose from the 45.5-inch stock shaft option, and a 44.5-inch shaft that has a slightly heavier weight in the back of the driver head to adjust for swing weight.”

    • L

      Aug 30, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      You’re not one of us real golfers Smiz, so don’t include yourself as one of us, you don’t speak for us. You only speak for yourself as you stare at the mirror in your slammer

    • Marty Moose

      Aug 31, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Then don’t. Keep hitting that 46″ TM Burner Draw driver 2 fairways over.

      • Marty Moose

        Sep 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

        Easy to do when you are playing the women’s tees.

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Callaway announces huge all-stock merger deal with Topgolf

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Callaway Golf has announced an all-stock merger agreement with TopGolf with the number of shares to be issued based upon an implied equity value of Topgolf of approximately $2 billion – including the 14% already owned by Callaway.

Callaway first invested in the golf entertainment company, Topgolf, back in 2006 entering an exclusive golf partnership agreement at all Topgolf venues.

 

On the new deal expected to be completed in early 2021, Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway said that the all-stock merger between the two can create “an unrivaled golf and entertainment business”.

“Together, Callaway and Topgolf create an unrivaled golf and entertainment business. This combination unites proven leaders with a shared passion for delivering exceptional golf experiences for all from elite touring professionals to new and aspiring entrants to the game. We’ve long seen the value in Topgolf and we are confident that together, we can create a larger, higher growth, technology-enabled global golf and entertainment leader.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Callaway will issue approximately 90 million shares of its common stock to the shareholders of Topgolf, excluding Callaway, which currently holds approximately 14% of Topgolf’s outstanding shares. Upon completion of the merger, Callaway shareholders will own approximately 51.5%, and Topgolf shareholders (excluding Callaway) will own about 48.5% of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

Topgolf’s revenue for 2019 was approximately $1.1 billion, and the company currently has 63 locations worldwide, including 58 in the U.S., and has more than 23 million customers. Find out all about Topgolf here.

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What irons are left-handers playing? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our lefty members have been dishing on the irons currently in their bag. WRXer ‘1221’ is in the market for a new set and wants to see what other left-handers have been finding success with, and our members have been sharing their clubs in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • dclccoritti: “Titleist…all blades. Love the look of the new TM P7-CB’s.”
  • LeftyMatt24: “I’m in T100s bent weak. They are an awesome middle ground between blades and players. Titleist offers their full line in left and right-handed. The new SEL from Mizuno is a good option. Can’t go wrong with Srixon z785 either.”
  • The_Champ: “Ping Blueprint.”
  • Llefty: “Srixon 585 3-PW and Bridgestone JGR Tour B HF2 5-AW.”

Entire Thread: “What irons are left-handers playing?

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Ryan Palmer WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees, upright setting)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX USA Limited Edition 60 6.5

3-wood: TaylorMade Sim MAX (@15.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green “Hulk” 70 6.5

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX 80 6.5

Irons: Srixon U85 (23), Srixon Z 785 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Elevate VSS Pro X (4), KBS Tour 130 X (5-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S, 60-04L)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X (50) KBS Tour 120 S (56,60)

Putter: Odyssey Rossie II
Grip: Flat Cat

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (‘21)

 

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