Callaway 454 Driver Review

By Jim Hagerty

Specs

The Callaway Big Bertha 454 is a 454cc titanium driver currently out of production but still available from various dealers. It is a predecessor to the new Big Bertha 460. The 454 was made similar to the original Big Bertha line and boasts a thin titanium face, S2H2 bore-through hosel and six lofts: 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 13- and 15-degree. Each is stocked with a fire red Callaway graphite shaft available in regular, stiff, extra-stiff and senior flex.

Perks

The 454 is a true player's club. It conforms to a variety of swing styles, with the 9-degree (extra stiff shaft) being the best performer. It produces long, penetrating ball flights and is extremely comfortable at impact when hit in the center of the club face. Its kick point gets the ball up quickly, and shaping shots is relatively easy.

Sacrifices

The Callaway 454 is not extremely forgiving. Toe shots have the tendency of producing slices while shots off the heel are a bit numbing to the hands. Stock shafts are a bit light but still able to perform well when the ball hits the sweet spot.

Bottom Line

Still available for as low as about $100 (2009), the Callaway Big Bertha 454 offers workability, good distance and a low price for the advanced player. Players looking for maximum forgiveness and control will fare better looking at the Callaway Big Bertha Diablo.

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About The Author

Jim Hagerty is a freelance writer and journalist. In addition to the hundreds of Web-based articles to his credit, he's a staff writer for "The Rock River Times," where he covers arts and entertainment, outdoors and human interest news events. Hagerty holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and journalism from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

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