In 2014, Callaway Golf introduced two new drivers, and a line of fairway woods. One of the newest drivers introduced is the Big Bertha Alpha. This driver has a unique adjustable weight pin placed vertically in the head. The pin is called the Gravity Core. It has light and heavy ends, and it can enhance the center of gravity depending on where you will position the head.
In 1991, Callaway introduced the very first Big Bertha driver at the PGA Merchandise Show. Big Bertha was the first oversized metal driver, and it has made a remarkable changed in golf. Metal heads become bigger and bigger throughout the 1990’s and in the following decade, which led the U.S. Golf Association in 2004 to restrict the size of driver heads to 460 cu cm.
After 23 years, Callaway resurrected Big Bertha in the most ambitious driver project launched by the Carlsbad, California golf clubs manufacturer. The newest Big Bertha drivers were launched at the PGA Merchandise Show and are made available at stores in February 2014.
In 2012, Chip Brewer became Callaway Golf president and chief executive and led the company since then. He encouraged his “troops” to share their ideas and he will support them regardless of cost. With the help of Alan Hocknell, senior vice president of research and design of Callaway, they were able to resurrect Big Bertha. Chip Brewer made sure that the product stands up to its name. It is important that the product they manufacture have all the best technology.
The latest Big Bertha has drivers that are overflowing with adjustability. The simple Big Bertha has a sliding weight device on the back of the head. The Big Bertha Alpha has 4 methods of adjustment for various flight patterns.
Big Bertha includes an adjustable perimeter weighting, having a sliding weight channel at the rear part of the club. The position of the entire sliding mechanism was designed to maintain high MOI; it does not matter where the player wants to move the weight. The Optifit hosel loft adjustment was enhanced to create a loft range two degrees weaker or one degree stronger as compared to the stock loft. Golfers can choose from 13.5, 10.5 and 9 stock lofts. Through Optifit hosel the golfer can adjust the face angle between draw and neutral settings.
The Callaway Golf club Big Bertha is 45.5 inches in length. It has a swing weight of D2. The head weighs 199 gms, which brings the driver return to its weight range of a non-adjustable, normal driver.
The Alpha models can be adjusted in 4 ways, the driver having two interchangeable weight screws, the same settings for lie and independent settings for lofts, as well as the Gravity Core vertical CG pin.
Its Gravity Core weighs 10.5g and has a heavy tungsten tip with a light nylon body. It is placed in a carbon fiber tube, which can be accessed from the drivers sole. The Big Bertha Alpha is 45.5 inches long with a swing weight of D3. There are also two lofts available, 9 and 10.5 degrees. Just like Big Bertha driver, you can adjust it two degrees weak or one degree strong.
Both Callaway golf clubs have Hyper Speed Face, which is considered as the largest and lightest face ever sold by the company.
Two standard shafts from Mitsubishi Rayon are used for Big Bertha and for Big Bertha Alpha: the Fubuki ZT for Big Bertha Alpha and the Fubuki Z for Big Bertha. These two shafts are the latest and replaced the Fubuki Alpha, which became popular during the PGA tour.
The price of Big Bertha is around $399, while the Big Bertha Alpha is often sold for $499. For golfers who are after adjustability and tend to experiment a lot with features and settings, the Big Bertha might just be the best choice.