Callaway 2023 Big Bertha Fairway Wood Review
The Callaway Big Bertha Fairway woods are a comprehensive upgrade on the B21 Big Bertha metalwoods (opens in new tab) that we thoroughly enjoyed playing with back in 2022. One of the things I look out for when testing a new set of fairway woods is how much forgiveness and consistency they offer. Playing from over 200 yards out can often be a hard thing to do, particularly if you’re trying to score well on a par 5. But being able to grab a club you can rely on and pump the ball straight down the fairway towards the green is invaluable. That is something the Big Bertha range of clubs has really excelled at over the years, delivering bags of power and accuracy from both the tee and the ground and is once again evidenced in this latest addition to the brand’s iconic range of clubs.
New for 2023, Callaway’s Big Bertha fairway woods are designed to help golfers eliminate their slice and be more accurate by placing more weight towards the heel of the club. The result, as I found out in testing, is a very reliable metalwood that plays well from both the ground and off the tee.
Visually, the new Big Bertha is stunning. It doesn’t stray too far from the stealthy visuals seen on the Great Big Bertha fairway wood (opens in new tab) that was released in the autumn of 2022. It comes with a glossy black clubhead design that boasts some sleek maroon red and chrome detailing on the sole that provides a premium look. Something that will split opinion here, though, is the glossy crown on this club. While it does help to add a sleek finish, some players may not enjoy how shiny the crown is, with it reflecting the sun’s rays a little too easily.
At address, the Big Bertha looks very inviting to hit. It comes with a slightly oversized footprint compared to some of the best fairway woods (opens in new tab) in the game. The club sits quite shallow to the ground too – something many of the best fairway woods for high handicap golfers (opens in new tab) get right.
Having put this club to the test over several rounds at The Springs Resort and Golf Club (opens in new tab) in Oxfordshire, I was impressed with how lightweight and consistent it was. Callaway has cut the shafts shorter on the Big Bertha woods to make them much more playable, while the implementation of a triaxial carbon crown in the head makes them feel light, easy to swing and perfect for players who don’t necessarily have a…
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