01/16/2017

In 1991, Callaway revolutionized the golf club industry with the introduction of their Big Bertha driver. 

The Big Bertha was nothing like the drivers people had in their bags at the time.  For starters, it was stainless steel, not persimmon wood.  The Big Bertha was also very true to its name.  The head was the size of a grapefruit and dwarfed any wood driver on the market.  The ball flew further and straighter than ever before, and it wasn’t long until Big Bertha drivers were flying off the shelves of pro shops and sporting goods stores around the globe.

Well, Callaway has a new driver on the market and it’s going to be EPIC. 

How do I know?

Well for starters it’s called the Callaway GBB EPIC driver. The GBB stands for Great Big Bertha and the first thing you might notice about it is their innovative new Jailbreak ball speed technology. 

If you were to pop the face of the club off you would see two vertical bars like a mini jail cell.  These bars change the way the clubhead reacts at impact  The concept is to increase your distance off the tee, regardless of your ability. 

Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s Senior Vice President of Research & Development says the Jailbreak technology creates a very efficient working relationship between the clubhead face, crown and sole to promote faster ball speed across a much larger portion of the clubface.  Faster ball speed equals more yards off the tee.  Sounds good right?  We could all use more distance off the tee.

You’ll also find the club very light and easy to swing.  The clubhead is made up of an aerospace-grade titanium Exo-cage with the crown and sole panels made of triaxial carbon.  Nearly half of the clubhead’s surface is composed of the triaxial carbon. 

Triaxial what?  I’m not sure either.  It’s a been a long time since I’ve taken physics. 

Just know the club is one of the lightest drivers Callaway makes.  It looks big and heavy but doesn’t play that way.  You should be able to take an aggressive swipe at the ball even if you didn’t eat your Wheaties that morning.

Speaking of weight, there is also a 17- gram weight on the back of the club which Callaway claims will allow amateurs and pros alike more flexibility in the ability to shape their shots.  This could be a good thing or bad thing depending on your swing.

Another feature of the GBB EPIC driver is the changeable neck.  This allows you to adjust the loft and lie angle to perfectly suit you and the tee shot you’re facing.  Do you need more airtime or is it windy and you’re looking to hit it low and long?  Whatever the situation, you can adjust on the fly.

This is definitely not your father’s Big Bertha. 

The new Callaway GBB EPIC driver is a huge step up from their Big Bertha drivers of the past, but it’s up to you to get a GBB EPIC driver that is custom fit for you and your swing.  Drivers are not one size fits all like a hat or scarf. 

PGA professional Mark Crossfield recently tested out the driver at his home course in the UK and found a lot to like about it.  He certainly liked the look and feel of it and how it played on the course.  Was he suddenly hitting his drives 10-15 yards longer and did his ball speed rocket up?  No and no.  However, he did feel the club could do very well for the majority of amateur golfers. 

Also, learn more about the driver at Callawaygolf.com.