Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver
Fans of Callaway drivers from days of old will find their hearts skipping a little beat when they catch sight of the sole of the new V Series driver, which features the much-loved concave Warbird sole that has launched a million big-hitting drives down the decades.
While the Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha borrowed the famous brand name, they featured little else from the original models that were such a hit 20 years ago. While the Warbird sole really comes into it own on uneven fairway lies – there are matching higher-lofted woods to choose from – it is great to see it on a driver too, as it contributes to the clubhead’s improved aerodynamics.
Built from lightweight materials, the 460cc V Series feature a sleeker, more refined head, which translates increased clubhead speed into faster ball speeds, which leads to longer distances through the air.
The clubhead tips the scales at just 190g, and when combined with a low-drag carbon composite crown and sole, Callaway’s Hyper Speed Face technology, and a 42g Bassara E-Series graphite shaft, you have a driver that is capable of producing significantly faster swing speeds for all levels of golfer.
I can certainly testify to that, cranking out an extra 4mph more swing speed against my current driver, although the higher-than standard ball flight meant that my overall distances achieved were very similar, so you’ll need to seek a fitting expert to dial in your most effective ball flight.
Some lightweight heads leave you wondering about its precise location during your backswing, but I never felt detached with this driver. Just as importantly, it delivered a reassuring thud into the back of the ball and the sound is powerful without being offensive.
Callaway fans will also enjoy the return of the chevron on top of the crown, which acts as an alignment aid, although the crown itself is a tad too glossy for my own liking, having been using a driver with a matt finish for some time. Call me a dullard, but I found the plastic badge on the sole, which features a cartoon caricature of Isaac Newton, a little tacky, cheapening what is essentially a serious club.
All told, the V Series combines the renowned forgiveness of the Big Bertha brand with the speed of its OptiForce driver (which the V Series replaces), which must be what the designers intended when they set out on this project. And if you’re looking for a club to boost your ego, and your clubhead speed, this could be the driver you’ve been looking for.
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