The last we saw of Callaway’s historically impactful “Big Bertha” name was in 2019 with its release of game-improvement clubs, but Callaway is going back to its “super game improvement” roots with its new B-21 metalwoods. Not only are the new B-21 drivers, fairways and hybrids designed to be forgiving, long and high-launching, but they’re also made using an all-new recipe to fix a slice.
There are plenty of golf clubs on the market that are made for high-handicap slicers, but typically those clubs are designed with centers of gravity (CG) low-and-rearward to increase forgiveness. The problem with that concept is, according to Callaway, is it may cause too much spin for big slicers.
So, with its new Big Bertha B-21 metalwoods, Callaway is using a low-spin recipe to cure a slice instead. To achieve that, the company is giving the B-21 driver a low-and-forward CG to reduce spin. The thought here is that reducing overall spin will also reduce the side spin that’s causing super wayward shots. Callaway says that the formula of spin reduction, more consistency and a high-MOI (moment of inertia) design will help high-handicap slicers hit it longer and closer to the fairway with the driver.
Aside from the low-and-forward CG, the Big Bertha B-21 driver is packed with technology to make it more forgiving, higher launching and draw-biased.
Like most game-improvement clubs, the B-21 drivers have large faces for golfers who tend to miss the center of the face. For additional assistance on mishits, Callaway uses its Flash Face SS21 technology, which is made by A.I. (artificial intelligence), to boost ball speeds on off-center strikes. They also have Jailbreak technology, which are parallel bars that sit behind the face to increase stability.
To further increase forgiveness, Callaway has removed weight from the crown by using lightweight carbon fiber, then placing extra weight low, forward, and also in the heel. By placing weight in the heel, the driver head will have a faster rate of closure to help reduce a slice.
The B-21 fairway woods are also made to help reduce slicing, with additional technology included to help high-handicap golfers get the ball off the turf more easily. To achieve this, Callaway gave the B-21 fairway woods shallower faces, increased offset and large heads that promote high launch, draw spin and distance. As with the driver, the fairway wood crowns are made with carbon fiber, they have Flash Face SS21 technology, and Jailbreak behind the face.
Like the drivers and fairway woods, the B-21 hybrids are made to launch high, reduce a slice, and unlock more distance for those who need it. The hybrids have Flash Face SS21 technology, Jailbreak behind the faces, carbon fiber crowns and increased offset.
Unlike the driver and fairway woods, though, the B-21 hybrids have dual MIM’ed (metal-injection molded) Tungsten weights in the sole to increase launch even more. This will help golfers who struggle to hit and hold the green from longer distances on their approach shot.
Each of Callaway’s Big Bertha B-21 metalwoods come equipped with new RCH shafts, designed by Callaway, that have active tip sections to help golfers hit it higher. They also come stock with Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips.
Callaway’s B-21 metalwoods will hit retail on September 10. The driver (9-, 10.5- and 12.5-degree options) will sell for $499.99, the B-21 fairway woods (3W, 5W, 7W and 9W options) will sell for $299.99 each, and the B-21 hybrids (3H, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H and 8H) will sell for $249.99 each.
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