About the Big Bertha 460 Driver

By James Gapinski

Almost immediately after Callaway introduced the original Big Bertha driver in 1991, the product line became a big success. Many buyers rushed to buy the first Big Bertha clubs for their longer shafts and innovative wide club heads, according to a Callaway Golf Company case study provided in the book "Strategic Management." Though the Big Bertha 460's titanium construction and even larger head is much different than the original stainless-steel Big Bertha, it retained the manufacturer's attention to detail that made this brand popular. Now replaced by newer Big Bertha models, the 460 is still available on the secondary market. 
 

Standard Construction

The Big Bertha 460 is named for its 460-cubic centimeter club head. This massive head is just barely within the official limits for professional golf play, allowing even novice golfers to retain consistent fairway shots. Despite being large, the head is not overly heavy, as it is made from lightweight titanium, allowing for the same fast, unencumbered swing of a more traditional lightweight driver. All Big Bertha 460 clubs have a standard lie of 56.0 degrees.

Variable Specifications

While all Big Bertha 460s have a titanium shaft and 460cc club head, some of the club's specs vary. According to Callaway's website, the company sells four distinct Big Bertha 460 models, each with different features. Clubs can be ordered with lofts of nine, 10, 11 or 13 degrees. While most Big Bertha 460s have a 1.0-degree closed face angle, clubs featuring a 13-degree loft have a 2.0-degree closed face angle.

Benefits

Big Bertha 460 drivers have a deep center of gravity, and a deeper center of gravity leads to greater power without sacrificing exorbitant amounts of accuracy, a key selling point that makes this driver valuable for amateurs and professionals alike. The club is properly weighted for maximum distance without being too heavy for casual golfers, a feature primarily important to amateur golfers.

Drawbacks

While the club allows for greater long-range accuracy, its deep center of gravity can be a drawback in certain situations. The deep center of gravity makes it harder to scale back the shot's distance for shorter evasive shots on tree-lined courses. Additionally, hitting from the rough is problematic with the Big Bertha 460, as its large head makes divots almost a certainty. In these situations, a driver with a more traditionally sized club-head will work much better than the Big Bertha 460 driver.

 

About The Author

James Gapinski is a writer with numerous online contributions, including those featured on JSOnline.com, Digital-Photography-School.com and the Milwaukee City Edition of Examiner.com. He is the recipient of the Burrows Award and the Angela Peckenpaugh Writing Award. Gapinski holds a Bachelor of Science in English with a writing emphasis from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

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