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Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons and Hybrids

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Spend enough time around golf courses and driving ranges and you’ll realize there are a few different types of golfers playing the game — everyone from the guy hitting 300-yard buttery draws to the newbie or recreational golfer who just wants to get the dang ball airborne.

Callaway’s new Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids are for the latter. Let’s take a look at the new technologies in these super-game improvement clubs, and how they can help golfers enjoy the game more.

Release: Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids will be in stores Sept. 30. They’re available for pre-order Sept. 9. 

Big Bertha OS Irons

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Take the back badging off of the Big Bertha irons and the structure looks a bit like Bane’s mask from the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. Behind the face sits vertical bars, which Callaway calls an Exo-Cage. It’s made of steel to support the face of the iron at impact.

“It’s the most complex iron that we might have ever made,” said Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s Senior Vice President of R&D.

The cage design, while having a positive effect on both lateral and vertical forgiveness, is inherently a higher-CG design than what’s ideal for an iron, especially a game-improvement iron that has the goal of higher launch.

As such, Callaway added tungsten — a total of about 100 grams throughout the set — in order to keep the weight as low as possible possible in the club head, while retaining the forgiveness benefits from the Exo-Cage.

The two-piece irons also have Callaway’s next-generation Face Cup, which is thicker in the center of the face and thinner near the perimeter for higher ball speeds on off-center hits to help bad shots fly more like good shots.

Also available for slower-swing-speed players is a set that is designed with higher-than-standard lofts and lighter club weights. The difference between the irons is denoted by a different color scheme.

The Big Bertha OS irons (4-SW) sell for $1,099.99 with steel shafts (True Temper Speed Step 80) and $1,299.99 with graphite shafts (UST Recoil ES 460).

Big Bertha OS Hybrids

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Also designed for a super high launch and big forgiveness are the Big Bertha OS hybrids, which are the largest hybrids in Callaway’s arsenal, according to Hocknell. In their design weight is placed extremely low and rearward, as the hybrids use mass properties to manipulate CG back.

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Due to their larger head sizes, the hybrids have larger faces than any other hybrid in the Callaway stable. There’s also an adjustable hosel for those players who want to fine tune their trajectory. While the club heads and faces are large, Callaway designed the soles with relief to limit turf interaction. That means all the benefits of a large club head, without the drag from a sole that’s too big.

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As with the Big Bertha OS irons, the hybrid are also available in a lighter-weight option, which will appeal to golfers with slower club head speeds. They sell for $249.99 each, and come stock with True Temper’s Speed Step 80 (steel) and UST’s Recoil ES 460 (graphite) shafts.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the clubs in our forum. 

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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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11 Comments

  1. KK

    Sep 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    MOI looks insane. Gotta respect the function before form approach.

  2. Art Williams

    Sep 8, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I still play BB X12 irons with X14 Pro series wedges. All the new stuff by Callaway is like looking back to the future. The new Steelhead is nice, but this BB looks a bit clunky, even by X12 standards.

    • PR

      Sep 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      But the technology is miles ahead of what they had in the X12 or X14 or any time before the 360 face cup.
      About the only one I would bring up is the original Fusion irons with the Ti face insert. That thing was butter.

  3. Sado Mas Izzle

    Sep 8, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Stunning! So much fun!

  4. Mark

    Sep 7, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I have shovels in my garage that look more attractive.

  5. Jon

    Sep 7, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Such seemingly great technology wrapped in insanely ugly irons! Why couldn’t Callaway tone down the nasty lettering/patterns on the back of the irons..

  6. msmizzllee

    Sep 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

    enough already. $1300 a set for the average player (at best)?

  7. George

    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Pretty ugly

    • Tom

      Sep 7, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    • BD57

      Sep 7, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      When you paint, do you look at the paint brush or what you’re painting?

      if they paint a pretty scorecard, they’ll become beautiful quick enough.

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