PREVIEW: Callaway Golf Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids
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PREVIEW: Callaway Golf Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids

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Let's face it: High-handicap (if we're being blunt, bad) golfers need technology most of all. They benefit from the technologies that add yards, straighten out their shots and help them make better contact with the ball.

And that's what Callaway Golf's Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids do, falling into the category of what they dub "super game-improvement" equipment.


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The Big Bertha OS irons employ a new way of making the chassis or base for their golf clubs -- woods and irons -- dubbed the Exo-Cage. This chassis is designed to be the jumping off point for badging in the back and the 360 Face Cup. A pair of steel beams, for lack of a better word, sit behind the middle of the face to promote face flexing and imparting extra power on the ball. Overall, the chassis is lightweight, offering some flexibility in moving discretionary weight to places where forgiveness can be maximized. A standing wave containing tungsten sits on the sole of the club, inside the head, to lower the center of gravity, key to higher launch conditions and more carry distance, particularly on the all-too-common low-face hit for high-handicap players. The progressive center of gravity through the set optimizes launch conditions with each club's typical goals.

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The Big Bertha OS hybrids look to be confidence-inspiring clubs with a larger head, longer and deeper profile and the same 360 Face Cup found in the irons. The crowns have the company's Speed Step for added clubhead speed and additional yards in a high-launching hybrid. The company's OptiFit hosel offers eight loft and lie settings for adjustability. The Dual Runner (dual rail) sole is designed for better turf interaction and to get through the ball better.

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The Callaway Golf Big Bertha OS irons are available for $1,110 with a 4-SW set of True Temper Speed Step 80 steel shafts and $1,300 for UST Recoil ES 460 graphite shafts. The Big Bertha OS hybrids will be available in 3-7 hybrid models with UST Recoil ES 460 graphite shafts for $250 each.

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