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Callaway Big Bertha B-21 driver, fairway wood, and hybrids: All about forgiveness

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Callaway’s Big Bertha brand is synonymous with forgiving golf clubs. The Carlsbad-based company is bringing the name back once again to introduce their new line of ultra-forgiving, slice-reducing clubs, including the 2020 Callaway Big Bertha B-21 driver, fairway woods, and hybrids.

“You can’t argue with physics.” That was the tagline used the last time Callaway reintroduced the Big Bertha name to golfers, and the company remains absolutely right—it’s hard to argue against physics.

What’s also hard to argue is that, for the vast majority of recreational golfers, the most common miss is a high spinning shot to the right (for right-handed golfers) AKA  “a slice.” The ball flight is created by a glancing blow to the ball, which increases spin and spin axis, causing shots to veer offline.

If you fall into this category of frustrated golfer tired of yelling at your driver and fairway woods to “get down!” and “land soft!” then the new B-21 line from Callaway could be your ticket to reducing spin, reducing your slice miss, and shooting lower scores—or at least finding the fairway more often.

What is also very interesting with this release is the timing, because right now in recreational golf history, we are seeing an influx of new golfers not seen since the late ’90s. New golfers generally struggle with a slice miss, and as mentioned off the top, the name “Big Bertha” is well known to even casual golfers as forgiving. Regardless of whether you are just getting into golf or have been struggling with that banana ball for a while, the Big Bertha is here to help.

2020 Callaway Big Bertha B-21 Driver

Callaway is throwing everything its engineers know about drivers into making the Big Bertha B-21 a spin-killing, slice-reducing machine by pairing a more low and forward center of gravity (CG) with draw-biased internal weighting—along with many more of its proprietary technologies.

The other part of the B-21’s story is its MOI and ability to match a high-MOI forgiving design with a lower forward CG. When combined, it helps engineers generate spin robustness (a term we will continue to hear more about), which is a golf club’s ability to create more consistent numbers and smaller standard deviation from optimal conditions. It’s a much more specific way to say “we are building a big sweet spot”—and bigger it is.

One of the biggest keys to the B-21’s design is the face—it’s HUGE! It puts more surface area higher in the toe and lower in the heel, which is exactly where golfers who come over the top and create slice conditions mishit shots. Callaway conducted a test with golfers that had an average handicap over 17. In fact, 17 was the minimum handicap to be involved in the testing process and the B-21 dropped the average participant’s spin by close to 600 RPMs from their standard drivers.

This kind of spin reduction helps in aiding straighter shots, because as spin drops, so does the effect of a tilted spin axis. An easy way to understand the concept is that as an airplane turns it “banks” into the turn; you see it lean towards the direction it wants to move. A golf ball does the exact same thing when traveling through the air, and when you pair more axis tilt with more spin, you have shots that curve further offline—that is what the B-21 driver is designed to reduce.

Other key technologies included

  • Callaway’s Patented “Jail Break” technology to stiffen the frame of the driver and help boost ball speeds.
  • All-new, artificial intelligence-created Flash Face SS21 to better optimize the new larger face shape for the intended golfer.
  • T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown to save weight from the crown of the driver’s head and help in lowering the CG.

We’ve done a lot of talking about the head, but there is one last part to building a club that helps reduce spin and hit straighter shots: the shaft! For the Big Bertha B-21 Callaway is bringing back another component of the historic brand—the RCH shaft. This is an in-house designed profile with a higher balance point to help make it easier for golfers to square the clubhead.

We have seen this with a number of OEMs when it comes to building clubs as “total systems” designed to work in conjunction from grip to head. Yes, fitting is still important, and there could be potential gains from various shaft profiles, but the BB-21 is targeted towards the biggest part of the golfing bell curve with the stock RCH shaft (available in 45, 55, and 65-gram offerings).

Specs pricing, and availability

The Callaway Big Bertha B-21 Driver will be available in lofts of 9, 10.5, and 12.5 degrees in both right and left-handed and will be in stores starting September 10th. It will be priced at $499.99

Callaway B-21 Fairway Woods

“Drum roll, please! Now, introducing…for the very first time…Callaway fairway woods…with offset!”

This is truly a big deal, because beyond the center of gravity shifting and lie angle adjusting, adding offset to woods is one of the easiest ways to help golfers reduce a slice, and until now the biggest players in the fairway wood market has completely stayed away from adding it as an option in its lineups. Of all the OEMs, the only one to consistently offer an offset option is Cobra (I know this segment well as my dad has been playing offset woods for more than a decade, and any time a new line comes out the first question I get is “anything with offset?”)

When looking at the intended target golfers for Big Bertha B-21, fairway woods becomes a very important part of the set because they are used often and mostly from the fairway to approach greens. Since hitting fairway woods from the fairway is also one of the most challenging things for a lot of golfers, the designers at Callaway have put every tool they can into these clubs to make them as easy to elevate and confidence-inspiring as they possibly could.

The key design feature to make the B-21 fairway woods easy to hit from tighter lies is how designers have lowered the leading edge to get more face closer to the ground and below the ball. Now, speaking of the face, each head has been optimized with Flash Face SS21 and individually designed for the loft to create maximum ball speeds based on algorithms given to the AI from impact testing of golfers. I know that seems like a lot to take in, but what it really means is Callway knows where you are most likely to mis-hit shots and taken that into account when designing these clubs.

Other technology features include

  • Callaway’s Patented “Jail Break” technology to stiffen the frame of the fairway wood and help boost ball speeds at the center and around the face.
  • T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown to save weight from the crown of each fairway head and help in lowering the CG.

Just like with the B-21 driver, the stock Callaway RCH shaft has been specifically designed to work for the fairway woods and will be available in 45, 55, 65, and 75-gram offerings to allow golfers to progressively matching their shafts through their set.

This makes the Callaway Big Bertha B-21 fairway woods the most forgiving, slice-reducing fairway woods Callaway has ever made.

Specs pricing, and availability

The Callaway Big Bertha B-21 fairway woods will be available in a 3-wood (15 degrees), 5-wood (18-degrees), 7-wood (21-degrees), both right- and left-handed with a 9-wood (24 degrees) available in right-hand only, on starting September 10th.  They will be priced at $299.99 each.

Callaway B-21 Hybrids

This brings us to what could be the most valuable part of the line for regular golfers who struggle with long to mid-iron approach shots—Big Bertha B-21 Hybrids. These are a combination of everything Callaway has learned from previous game-improvement hybrid designs mixed with their most recent Super Hybrid. The B-21’s pack a major punch, all the way down to an available 8-iron hybrid.

They have more offset to fall in line with the new B-21 irons to help build combo sets and maintain a look as the set transitions from irons, and that’s just what you can see. Inside is a combination of technology and materials built to offer the maximum amount of forgiveness available.

The most important technology brought over from the Super Hybrid is the MIM (metal injection molded) tungsten weights strategically placed at the heel and toe of each club and optimized for loft and head weight. This puts upwards of 70 grams or more than 30 percent of the club heads total mass (depending on the loft) around the perimeter to boost MOI and raise launch. Raising launch also means shots that land with a steeper angle of descent, equalling greater stopping power.

Similar to other clubs in the new Big Bertha B-21 line, the hybrids and have:

  • Callaway’s Patented “Jail Break” technology to stiffen the frame of the hybrids sole to crown and help boost ball speeds around the entire face.
  • All-new, Flash Face SS21 created with the help of artificial intelligence to optimize each loft in the hybrid series for ball speed and launch.
  • T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown to save weight from the top of each hybrid to lower the CG and help golfers hit higher-launching, easier-to-stop shots.

The end result is a set of hybrids that can help any golfer in need of more launch and more distance, and the ability to properly gap from their longest iron to their highest-lofted fairway wood without having to sacrifice any forgiveness or ball speed along the way.

Specs, pricing, and availability

The Callaway Big Bertha B-21 hybrids will be available from 3-hybrid all the way to 8-hybrid, in both right and left-handed starting September 10th. The stock shaft with be the Callaway RCH 65-gram hybrid.

They will be priced at $249.99 each.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  2. VooDoo

    Aug 19, 2020 at 2:17 am

    Time to take a trip to the PGA superstore and listen to the sales pitch.

    I bought a XR16 when it was released and has been working great, so good I have tried every Callaway release since and have yet to see more than 3 yards gain,,,,

    • Doug Star

      Aug 21, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Same, I use the 6 year old BB V-Series with an updated Evenflow stiff 65g shaft that I took off my updated Rogue driver. It work better for me, so no further need for the Rogue head and my drives easily match or better all the new drivers being played by my colleagues. Although, I do like the look of the BB B21.

  3. Paul

    Aug 18, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    So it’s the 2017 Big Bertha with jailbreak? That driver didn’t get nearly the attention it should have. I have that head in a 70 gram aldila green shaft, and it matches or beats everything I try against it.

    • Gunny

      Aug 18, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      $499 to get people into the game is s tough sell. This could’ve been a changer for Callaway at $349.

      • Je

        Aug 18, 2020 at 8:46 pm

        We can wait one more year and get it from callaway preowned. Will be cheaper than 350 for sure.Some of my friends who don’t want to practice but still want to enjoy golf are highly interested.

      • Pushslice

        Aug 19, 2020 at 2:38 am

        Cobra F-Max anyone?

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Best hybrids of 2021: By club fitters for you!

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The best hybrid for your game is going to be the one that gives you the greatest opportunity to both score and save shots during your round of golf.

In 2021, we have seen a continued expansion of hybrid options from every manufacturer with models designed to fit golfers of all skill levels and clubhead speeds to the point that some manufacturers offer models all the way down to 8-iron-replacement lofts. These hybrids all utilize new technology and manufacturing methods to launch golf balls higher, faster, and farther, while also offering forgiveness. It’s now easier than ever to find the right one that matches your swing and fits into your set.

You have to think of your set of clubs like a toolbox with a 14-tool capacity. It’s extremely important to make sure each and every tool has a defined role to make navigating around the course as stress-free as possible. Hybrids play an important part in that selection process.

That being said, ultimately the best way to find the best hybrid or hybrids for you is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor and gap them accordingly. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders—so at GolfWRX, we have done a lot of the work for you.

The methodology is simple: We want to give you the tools and information to go out and find what works best for you, and we’re offering recommendations based on exactly what you need from your hybrids.

GolfWRX best hybrid of 2021: Meet the fitters

Nick Sherburne: Founder, Club Champion
Clare Cornelius: Fitter,
Cool Clubs
Eric Johnson: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Shaun Fagan: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Kirk Oguri: PGA Professional/ Club Specialist, Pete’s Golf
Sue O’Connor: Fitter, Cool Clubs 
Scott Felix: Owner, Felix Club Works
Mark Knapp: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Ryan Johnson: Club Fitter, Carls Golfland
Eric Hensler: Manager & Fitter, 
Miles of Golf
Brad Coffield: Fitter Carls Golfland
Nick Waterworth: Fitter, Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop
Adam White: Co-Founder & Director of Club Fitting, Measured Golf
Scott Anderson: VP of Sales, Fitter, True Spec Golf
Matthew Sim: Director of Operations, Modern Golf
Ian Fraser: CEO & Founder, Tour Experience Golf
Mike Martysiewicz: Director of Club Fitting & Building, Tour Experience Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ben Giunta: Owner, The Tour Van

Best hybrid of 2021: The categories

We have broken our 2021 best hybrid list into two categories.

  1. Best hybrid for golfers seeking forgiveness 
  2. Best hybrid for golfers seeking versatility

We selected this format for hybrid clubs because every golfer fits into one of these two “want” categories, regardless of age, handicap, or gender. For many golfers, forgiveness is the number one factor when selecting the hybrids that will go into their bag.

Before we started building the survey, we reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the hybrid club options available to golfers. Forgiveness and versatility were the highest-ranked choices.

We can’t thank the fitters enough for their time, and we hope that in your search for your best fairway wood for 2021, we can help you find it!

Most forgiving hybrids 2021

Ping G425

The best way to describe the Ping G425 hybrids is as mini iron-replacing fairway woods. The hybrids share all of the same Facewrap and Spinsistency technologies as the G425 fairways but are intended to launch higher and stop faster to create playable trajectories for golfers who need stopping power—all the way down to a 7-iron-replacing 34 degree.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 Ping G425 Max fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • The shallower look of the Ping G425 hybrid is a confidence-boosting club for golfers of all skill levels. Even with the shallow face, spin stays in a very manageable range even on the common lower face miss.
  • This should be a go-to hybrid for anyone buying off the shelf because of its extremely stable performance and the ability to adjust the hosel to reduce dispersion.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max Rescue

The new SIM2 Max hybrid offers everything golfers loved from the previous version with a newly refined sole geometry to increase forgiveness and deliver more consistent results. The SIM2 Max Rescue has a C300 maraging steel face and comes with the now-familiar Twist Face, which only became a feature in the Rescue line last year.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max hybrid launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • The SIM2 Max took everything that was great about the 2020 version and just made it that much better. For players who use their hybrid out of the rough to advance the ball as much as possible, the rounded leading edge and V-Steel sole are a big help.
  • The slightly upright lie angle and internal weighting made the SIM2 Max ever so slightly draw-biased to help reduce the right miss and help get the ball in the air quickly.

Titleist TSi1

Titleist has never put a large focus of its R&D into hybrids designed for moderate speed players. Instead, most of the work has been used to focus on hybrids designed for higher speed golfers—that is until now. Like the rest of the TSi1 metal woods, the hybrids are about greater MOI and launch, and the new TSi1’s are the highest MOI hybrid Titleist has ever built. They are on average 20 grams lighter than a standard hybrid and feature a larger profile “wood-style” design to generate more green holding spin.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 Titleist TSi1 hybrid launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • As a stock package, I don’t believe there is a hybrid that wants to launch higher than the TSi1. If you need some extra speed and height, you need to try this.
  • You can almost think of the TSi1 hybrid like a mini fairway wood—it just wants to go high and straight. If you find yourself hitting shots on the front portions of greens and they are rolling all the way through the green then you need more spin and a steeper descent angle and you will get that with these hybrids.

Callaway Big Bertha B21

These are a combination of everything Callaway has learned from previous game-improvement hybrid designs mixed with its most recent Super Hybrid. The B-21’s pack a major punch, all the way down to an available 8-iron hybrid.

The most important technology brought over from the Super Hybrid is the MIM (metal injection molded) tungsten weights strategically placed at the heel and toe of each club and optimized for loft and head weight. This puts upwards of 70 grams, or more than 30 percent of the club head’s total mass (depending on the loft), around the perimeter to boost MOI and raise launch. Raising launch also means shots that land with a steeper angle of descent, equalling greater stopping power.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 Callaway Big Bertha B21 hybrid launch piece

Fitter Notes

  • The Callaway B-21 knows who it is and just gets the job done—it helps golfers that slice the ball hit higher straighter shorts.
  • The higher lofts available in this club can make the game fun again for golfers that have lost speed and need help getting their mid irons up into the air.
  • Max forgiveness style hybrids need to be stable because they are going to be used all over the course and that stability around the face is where the B-21 delivers.

Titleist TSi2

The TSi2 (and TSi3) hybrids feature a forged carpenter 455 steel face, which, much like the previous generation, has allowed the designers to save mass and reposition it around the head to maximize the playing characteristics for each model, which is particularly important considering how much design separation has been created.

The TSi2 is a hybrid designed with the perfect balance between optimizing forgiveness while also offering playability for golfers with a more shallow delivery into the ball. Compared to the TSi3, which is one of the smallest hybrids Titleist has ever produced, and the TSi1 which is the largest, the TSi2 fits comfortably in the middle in terms of size and has low and deeper CG to create higher launch conditions for those who need it.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 Titleist TSi2 hybrid launch piece

Fitter Notes

  • The Titleist TSi2 hybrid offers the most “classic” profile, but it’s packed with technology to create forgiveness—most importantly the SureFit adjustable hosel. If you need help with the weaker miss to the right, an upright setting can really help with that.
  • It’s fast, it launches the ball really well, even on mishits, and its overall head design makes it easy to hit out of the rough.
  • The “stock” configurations available for this hybrid club can help add forgiveness to any golfer’s bag. You can get anything from tour-level heavy hybrid shafts to lightweight and whippy ones to shrink dispersion or really launch it.

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Most versatile hybrids 2021

Titleist TSi2

The TSi2 (and TSi3) hybrids feature a forged carpenter 455 steel face, which, much like the previous generation, has allowed the designers to save mass and reposition it around the head to maximize the playing characteristics for each model, which is particularly important considering how much design separation has been created.

The TSi2 is a hybrid designed with the perfect balance between optimizing forgiveness while also offering playability for golfers with a more shallow delivery into the ball. Compared to the TSi3, which is one of the smallest hybrids Titleist has ever produced, and the TSi1 which is the largest, the TSi2 fits comfortably in the middle in terms of size and has low and deeper CG to create higher launch conditions for those who need it.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 Titleist TSi2 hybrid launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • All of the loft and shaft combinations make this my number one choice for versatility. You can get anything from tour-level heavy hybrid shafts to lightweight and whippy ones to shrink dispersion or really launch it.
  • If someone called me up for a hybrid recommendation and I had no idea about that person’s golf game, I would feel very confident pointing them in the direction of the TSi2. I know it sounds like we say the same thing over and over, but Titleist’s SureFit hosel is what sets them apart from other manufacturers.

Ping G425

The best way to describe the Ping G425 hybrids is as mini iron-replacing fairway woods. The hybrids share all of the same Facewrap and Spinsistency technologies as the G425 fairways but are intended to launch higher and stop faster to create playable trajectories for golfers that need stopping power—all the way down to a 7-iron-replacing 34 degree.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 Ping G425 Max fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • When I think “versatile,” I think of a hybrid that offers workability for players looking to control trajectory, and you get that with the G425. The new face design has shown a significant improvement in spin variation on mishits that has tightened dispersion a great deal for the golfers I have fit into it.
  • Not all, but a lot of hybrids have a tendency to want to be draw-biased, but you don’t get that with the Ping G425. Its flight is neutral, and you can seriously increase the fade bias with the flat setting on the hosel.

TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue

The profile of the SIM2 Rescue hybrid is compact with a higher squared-off toe to have a more “iron-like” appearance from address to help golfers find the perfect transition club from long irons to fairway woods. The leading edge is cambered and blunted compared to the Max version for golfers who hit down on the ball and offers more familiar technology including the Speed Pocket, Twist Face, FCT adjustable hosel, and TPS weighting for swing weight adjustability through custom.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 hybrid launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • For the faster player that wants driving iron trajectory control but in a more forgiving package, that’s what you get with the Sim2.
  • This hybrid is freaky long in the right hands but requires a slightly faster or high spin player to get the most out of it off the turf since it wants to naturally flight the balls lower. It’s this level of control that makes it one of my tops picks for versatility.

Callaway Apex 21

The Apex hybrids from Callaway feature Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades that are engineered to increase vertical stiffness near the club’s sole and create more speed low on the face where players often mishit their hybrids. The A.I. Blades aim to allow the face cup to flex on the crown to promote better spin rate consistency and create added forgiveness across the clubface.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 Callaway Apex hybrid launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • When you need an upright hybrid to either match up with your irons based on spec or to help reduce the miss out to the right, the Apex hybrid can do all of that.
  • The adjustability is what makes the 2021 Apex hybrid so versatile. If you are buying one of these off the rack, do yourself a favor and either work with someone with a launch monitor or take it out to the course with a few extra balls and the wrench and get this thing spec’d into your desired flight and distance—you can thank me later.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max Rescue

The new SIM2 Max hybrid offers everything golfers loved from the previous version with a newly refined sole geometry to increase forgiveness and deliver more consistent results. The SIM2 Max Rescue has a C300 maraging steel face and comes with the now-familiar Twist Face, which only became a feature in the Rescue line last year.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max hybrid launch piece

Fitter Notes

  • Although this is more of a game-improvement style hybrid, I think Rory and Dustin Johnson proved last year with the 2020 model that you dial this into any player that needs longer approach shots to land softer.
  • It’s not just from great lies in the fairway where this club puts in work, the rounded leading edge and V-Steel sole are a big asset for players out of the rough, and when you need to hit it low you can.

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Conclusion

The fitters consulted for this piece have accumulated data from thousands of fittings with golfers just like you. From beginners to tour players, their feedback and information can’t be undervalued.

Now it’s your turn: Everybody swings the club differently and everybody has their own experience. We want to hear from you. What driver are you using? What did you switch from? What performance gains did you find in your own game? Share your experience to help others.

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Fowler makes dramatic iron change

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Rickie Fowler’s struggles on the course have been well documented in 2021, and the 32-year-old has now made a significant change with his irons as he looks to try and regain some form.

The Californian has been playing Cobra’s ‘Rickie Fowler’ Rev33 irons with a limited number of proto irons even coming to retail earlier this year.

RF Rev 33 irons

However, at this week’s Honda Classic during the opening round, Fowler was pictured playing a set of blacked-out Cobra CB irons.

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Fowler has lost strokes to the field for his approach play in each of his last four tournaments, and despite a solid round of even-par at PGA National on Thursday, he again lost a stroke to the field with his iron play.

Here’s what some of our members have been saying about the change of irons:

  • rnolan79: “I have the RF proto’s, and the hitting area is the same as Cobra’s last MB, which I played prior. I believe the sole is also the same so not sure why he would not have confidence in the new sticks. I loved the King forged MB’s. I felt even though they were small, they were easy to hit and get good results. Sole was perfect for my swing. The RF proto’s just have about the best shape I have seen in an iron. I think he is just really struggling with swing changes, and it can be easier to switch clubs and maybe feel like he has more room for error. Plus, his putting is not even close to what it once was.”
  • bladehunter: “Yep. I’ve held them. 100 % not smaller than blueprint or Miura small blade. Not at all “ unhittable “ he’s down a rabbit hole. Period. It’s not the irons.”
  • Cwebb: “I had doubts from the beginning that he would actually hit the zero offset blades better than something else. Regardless of how much he liked the look of them.”

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WRX Spotlight: The Wolf Scorecard App

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Product: The Wolf Scorecard App

What is Wolf?

Wolf is played with a foursome where new teams are created on every hole. At the beginning of the round, it is decided who will open as the ‘Wolf’, a role which will then alternate between the four players after each hole.

After players tee off on the hole, the wolf on the hole can choose a partner or choose to play alone for that hole. Should the wolf or the partner win that hole, then both players will be awarded two points. If the wolf and their partner lose, then the other two members receive three points. Should the ‘lone wolf’ beat the other three players on that hole then the wolf wins four points. Any player who overcomes a lone wolf on the hole is awarded one point.

With the Wolf Scorecard App, the app will handle the rules, points and scores so you can enjoy playing the fun game with your friends easily.

Last week, I talked to the creator of The Wolf Scorecard App, Rod Biresch, to ask him a few questions on his Wolf app:

How did the Wolf App come about, what was the inspiration behind its creation?

Rod: I’ve been playing the game Wolf for almost as long as I’ve been playing golf. Back in 2016, I was playing wolf with a group of close friends. At one point on the back 9, I realized there was a mistake made with the score and tee order. A good friend of mine got a little frustrated and said, “Rod, you build apps…why not build something for Wolf”? Now, this was not the first time we messed up playing wolf, but it was the final straw. In Dec. 2016, I decided to use some vacation time and built the first version of the Wolf Golf Scorecard. It was released early 2017.

What’s the advantage of the Wolf App for players wanting to play the game? 

Rod: One big advantage using the Wolf Golf Scorecard app is that it will track the player tee order for you. Wolf requires a tee order rotation on every hole, which can be top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top depending on the position of the Wolf (first or last). Tee order is the #1 question asked on almost every hole, e.g. “Who’s Wolf?”, “Who do I follow?”, “Who tees off first?” Another advantage is the recently added feature to reorder the tee for holes #17 & #18. This was a requested feature that gives the user the option to change the tee order to allow for player(s) with the least amount of points to be wolf to hopefully make up ground on the competition. This turned out to be a great feature and added a lot of fun/banter to the game.

Do players need to be connected to the internet for the App to work?

Rod: No internet or cellular data required. I really wanted to be able to have the app work in the most remote places that may not have cell signals. Also, if you have an old phone or tablet that does not have a SIM card, then the app could work without issue.

Is the App aimed at a specific group of golfers, or is it universal?

Rod: The app was built for golfers who like to play games while playing golf. It’s really for all golfers.

Can players trial the game before purchasing the App? 

Rod: At this time, the app does not support a trial. I like to tell golfers that the app is the cost of 1 domestic beer, but the enjoyment will last much longer! 

What has been the reaction to the App from users so far?

Rod: The reaction I’ve received from users has been overwhelmingly positive. I often get contacted by people requesting new features to make Wolf more enjoyable. One fun thing was to add a wolf “howling” sound when the user taps on the player that wants to go lone wolf. A friend of mine will NOT tee off until he hears the “howl” when he goes lone wolf. Again, making things fun on the golf course. I have had many requests for an iOS version of the app. That work is underway and I hope to have an iOS version out sometime in 2021. Until then I tell iOS users that if they have an Amazon Fire Tablet, then they can download the app from the Amazon Appstore. Or, just use an old Android phone/tablet and download it from the Google Play Store.

Our thoughts on the Wolf Scorecard App

For starters, Wolf is one of the most fun games to play on the golf course, but keeping track of the intricacies of the game while fully focusing on your play can be tricky. With the Wolf Scorecard App, all of that stress is removed.

Visually the app is fantastic and not overly complicated; tracking your scores, points and payout with a ton of cool custom options and allows for a great user experience.

The app allows you to break the game down into separate nines, features the ‘Blind Wolf’ option, which will multiply point values (a player calls “Blind Wolf” on a hole before anyone tees off), and even includes a fun howling wolf sound when the lone wolf is selected which can be turned on and off.

As Rod stated, no mobile data is needed to play the game, which is a great bonus if your course is in a remote area, as is the fact that there are no ads whatsoever which makes the experience much more enjoyable than you get with other golf apps. In addition, there is zero lag on the app, and it is fast and super easy to use.

The app is available on Google Play and the Amazon app store at a price of just $4.99. If you’re a fan of Wolf, you will simply adore this and will likely play the game far more than you normally do, and for those interested in playing for the first time, this is the perfect introduction to a complicated game made simple by the Wolf Scorecard App.

Download the app here.

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