A new year means a brand new line up of impressive new clubs from golf’s top manufacturers and, arguably, there is no club that is more highly anticipated in 2017 then Callaway’s Great Big Bertha Epic Driver!
For this GX Report we’re going to try something a little bit different. Instead of our typical standard product testing review and results, we’re going to let one of our Golf Exchange Certified Club Fitters provide you with his personal experience in testing the Great Big Bertha Epic Driver at Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad, California. So without further adieu…
Hello to all of our great Golf Exchange customers! My name is Eric Howard and I’m the Assistant Store Manager and a Certified Club Fitter at our Florence, Kentucky location. The following GX Report will provide a different perspective from our standard in-house testing as I was recently given the opportunity to travel to Callaway HQ in Carlsbad, California. It was there at the Ely Callaway Performance Center that I was first able to get hands on and test Callaway’s brand new long bomber. As part of our invitation, we were asked to bring along our current gamer driver, which for myself just so happened to be the predecessor the Epic Driver, the Great Big Bertha.
The actual test was relatively simple. We hit a number of shots with our driver and then, using the exact same shaft, we switched to over and hit the same number of shots using the Epic driver head. So how did the Epic Driver preform you ask? Let’s take a look!
Even with a slower club head speed on the Epic, my ball speed jumped up an incredible 4½ mph. That took my carry yardage from 257 to 268, a gain of 11 yards. While my carry yardage went up, spin was also reduced by over 1,100 RPMS, even though I was using the exact same shaft. All of those parameters put together, my total yardage went from 275 yards, up to 298 yards with the Epic.
I must admit, while I was well aware of the industry buzz and excitement surrounding the upcoming release of the Great Big Bertha Epic Driver, I wasn’t prepared for how well it would preform in our product testing. Those types of gains in numbers are sure to make the Callaway Epic have an epic impact on the golf industry this year! Be sure to stop in to your local Golf Exchange to partake in the Epic Challenge and see what improvements the Epic can do for you.