Are you ready for a science lesson? The boffins at Callaway live by the mantra that "You Can't Argue with Physics" so to create a driver to deliver more clubhead speed for all golfers they went back to fundamentals. The result? The Big Bertha V Series Driver which Callaway say is the fastest Bertha yet.
The newest member of the Big Bertha family is built for distance through speed. Talking physics, this means improving the kinetic energy or speed of the golf club and and taking that extra kinetic energy and transferring it to the golf ball.
So how do you improve head speed of the golf club? Put simply you need a lighter club and Callaway have addressed all three of the elements that affect the mass of your driver to deliver a lightweight design that starts at just 290 grams.
The Big Bertha V Series boasts a Diamond Red Universal Red grip that weighs in at just 46 grams and Callaway have coupled this with a performance lightweight premium shaft that weighs just 42 grams in the 10.5° and 13.5° HT models and a slightly heavier 52 grams in the 9°version.
The third element of the weight equation is the clubhead itself and Callaway use their advanced technology to reduce the mass of the head in an efficient way.
A Forged Composite material in the crown of the club reduces the mass whilst allowing the redistribution of the mass to maintain a high Moment of Inertia (MOI) and ensure the V Series is as forgiving as it is fast.
Speed can also be improved by focussing on the aerodynamics of the club to reduce the drag the clubhead makes as it moves through the air on the downswing.
Drag comes off the back of the club and if you can minimise the wake of turbulent air the club will move more efficiently and arrive at the ball with greater speed. The Big Bertha V Series is optimally shaped to reduce drag and increase speed.
Having created this increased clubhead speed it is vital to transfer that energy to the golf ball to ensure a faster clubhead greater distance. Callaway achieve this with proven "Hyper Speed Face" technology that maximises ball speed across the entire face so distance is maintained on off centre hits.
Translating speed to distance also relies on optimising launch conditions so the V Series comes complete with Callaway's OptiFit technology, an adjustable hosel that lets the player choose from a combination of 8 different loft (-1, S, +1, +2) and lie angles (Draw or Neutral).
Setting up the club to the specific player is echoed in the fact that Callaway have recognised that slightly different head design is required to translate into distance for different players. The 9.0° V Series comes with the heavier shaft and a slightly heavier swingweight of D2 whilst the centre of gravity is positoined lower than in the higher lofted club to be a better fit for a 9° player.
After all, "You Can't Argue With Physics".