Hybrids have been my favorite clubs for the past few seasons and Callaway have built my favorite clubs as well. In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Callaway Big Bertha OS hybrid and talking about how it performed for me.
Long story short, I think this would be an awesome club if you struggle to hit your 3-4 irons. I found it super comfortable and it felt really solid at impact. It was one of the longer and more forgiving hybrids that I’ve recently tested as well. It’s a bit of an older model but the price has dropped a bunch. In my opinion, if you like to hit your fairway woods but need something more versatile, this would be a good option for you. That’s why I decided to purchase it for myself.
One thing I will mention is that it’s probably a bit too big for lower handicap players. It’s built for forgiveness and that’s why the size is bigger.
Most “better” players would prefer something a bit more compact and versatile. If you want the full details or to know what our favorite hybrids are, continue reading.
Callaway Big Bertha First Impressions
The first thing I noticed was the head and face of the hybrid was quite a bit bigger than the one I’d been using before. This would probably benefit you if you struggle to hit your long irons or you prefer your woods.
That’s the exact reason why I like hybrid clubs myself.
At address, it almost gave me the feeling like I was swinging a smaller fairway wood. It’s a bit different and might take some time getting used to if you’ve never hit a hybrid. I really didn’t mind the size of it though.
Not only does it look similar to a fairway wood, but it also sounds and feels similar too. Some lower handicaps might not like that and would want a smaller hybrid that’s easier to work the ball around (draw/fade). The smaller hybrids will be less forgiving but they’ll also be better out of the rough.
I like having a 3 hybrid that’s designed more for distance (like the Bertha) and then a 5 hybrid that’s a bit more versatile. The choice is really up to you but you can get hybrids from 3-7. A 3 hybrid is similar to your 3 iron (but more forgiving).
How Did The Hybrid Perform?
I’ve always been a fan of Callaway clubs, so I was expecting some good results with it, and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve used their drivers on and off but I’ve always liked their irons a lot more than Taylormade and Titleist.
The first thing I noticed was the forgiveness of the club and the size of the sweet spot. A lot of average golfers don’t hit the center of the club and that’s where the slice or pull comes from. I found it a lot easier to hit and my shots were more consistent. I can’t hit my 3-5 irons that well and that’s why I switched to a hybrid.
My ball flight was also higher than before, which was awesome. Since I had a higher/straighter shot, the ball ended up going noticeably longer. That’s been the case for a lot of the older golfers I go out with. Most of them had never swung a hybrid, but it was almost love at first sight.
I’ll definitely say I’m more comfortable hitting this hybrid off the tee than my longer irons or woods, and I think you’d like it as well. Distance, launch, and forgiveness are all much better.
Who’s It Best For/Not For?
In my opinion, this hybrid would be perfect for your average golfer who’s looking for a club that’s consistently reliable and still has the distance. It’s a bit of an older model but it still stands up to most of the hybrids on the market today.
Plus, it’s a lot cheaper as well. You can normally find a used one for under 100 bucks.
If you’re a better player I think you’d benefit more using something like the Callaway Epic or Taylormade M3, but that’s just my opinion. You could still use the Big Bertha if you’re a better player, but you might want something a bit more adjustable.
- This would be a great club if you struggle to hit your 3-4 iron.
- If you like hitting your fairway woods, this would be a great club.
- I found it super comfortable and solid at impact.
- It gave me a good amount of distance and was also super forgiving.
- It’s probably a bit big for lower handicap golfers.
- Performance score: 10
- Price score: 6
- Durability score: 10
- Personal score: 9
My Final Thoughts
Overall, if you’re a mid to high handicap golfer who hits your fairways wood a lot better than your long iron, I’d definitely recommend this hybrid. I’m a mid handicap myself and this was near the top of my list in terms of comfort, feel, distance, and forgiveness.
That’s why I picked one up for myself and that’s why I’d recommend it. If you want to check the price, you can do that on Amazon.
If you’re looking to get two hybrids, I’d recommend a 3 and 5 hybrid. It’ll replace your longer irons and give you a good gap between clubs. If you just want a single hybrid, you’ll probably be best off with a 4 hybrid.