Big Bertha is a name born from the Callaway golf to identify what would soon be a household line of golf clubs.
When most drivers were still crafted using persimmon woods, the original Big bertha was made entirely of stainless steel.
It was THE future.
Head on to the article to learn more about the success of Big Bertha and its line.
A simple google search of Big Bertha might confuse you.
What you’ll see is a WWI German 16.5-inch howitzer (MASSIVE!). What’s that have to do with golf?
The howitzer was a symbol of power. The founder of Callaway Golf used the name Big Bertha for that reason.
Ely Callaway wanted to introduce his golf clubs with the image of unparalleled success.
What Makes It Different?
The success of Callaway Big Bertha driver was not only attributable to its name.
The full stainless steel club was not the only identifying feature of this irons club-face. The club-head was also much larger and heavier around its circumference.
The effect on most golfers?
An immediate favorite.
The changes resulted in a more forgiving driver and an intense sweet spot. It was ICONIC.
The perfect contrast of thin and lightweight on an oversized club-face caught the attention of high-handicappers and other golfers on the PGA tour.
The Big Bertha Irons
High handicappers love the Callaway Big Bertha irons.
The Big Bertha Iron was introduced years later. Like the original Callaway Big Bertha driver, it was an instant hit.
The highly forgiving sweet spot of the irons made it a craze.
So did the irons’ solid, sturdy, and steady ball speed. The consistency kept in a low spin and a straighter, reliable flight.
Most golfers saw how stable every hit was. The carry numbers of the irons line are perfect for gaining maneuverability.
The Big Bertha Irons earns that perfect sweet spot.
Big Bertha Driver & Irons: The Timeline
The 1991 release of the original driver garnered $54.8 M in sales. That is HUGE.
More have been introduced from this first iteration of the Big Bertha driver.
Here is a detailed list of Big Bertha irons by year.
1991: Big Bertha Woods
The original Big Bertha driver was released. It was ahead of its time with wood switched to stainless steel.
1994: Big Bertha Iron
The Big Bertha Irons was launched as a more improved version of the original Big Bertha driver.
1995-1998: Big Bertha WarBird
The consistency in ball flight and the ever famous Big Bertha driver’s sweet spot made it the highest-selling wood and irons (Big Bertha).
The Big Bertha WarBird was also released as another update from Callaway. Following the WarBird was the Great Big Bertha Woods.
The increased distance and playability make it SUCH A BREAKTHROUGH.
1998-1999: Big Bertha Titanium
Callaway released the largest ever – the Big Bertha Titanium driver and the Great Big Bertha Tungsten Titanium Irons.
It’s almost like a tongue twister at this point!
Callaway is not slowing down. They also released the Big Bertha X12 and the Little (Big) Bertha Kids set.
1999- 2000: Big Bertha Hawk Eye
The clubs keep coming for Callaway.
The 2000s saw the face of the Big Bertha X12 Less Offset Irons and the Big Bertha Hawk Eye Tungsten Injected Titanium Irons.
The Big Bertha X-12 Irons retains the excellent sweet spot of the Callaway trademark while introducing more features.
This club has a low center of gravity. The variable 36-degree undercut channel pushed for less drag compared to other clubs.
The Big Bertha Hawk Eye marks a significant reduction in the weight of the golf club-face.
All these make the extra forgiveness and a solid, steady feel.
2001-2003: Big Bertha Driver – C4
The early decade of the 2000s was all about the Big Bertha C4 driver, along with updates on the irons (Big Bertha) lines.
In 2003, a lot of other clubs were launched.
Here’s a list of every Big Bertha driver released in this timeframe.
- Great Big Bertha II 415 Driver
- Big Bertha Steelhead X-16
- Big Bertha Steelhead X-16 Pro
2004-2006: Fusion Irons (Big Bertha)
The goal of Callaway these years?
Perfect the perimeter weighting and the forgiveness of the irons.
The price of perfection is, of course, the cost. Other golfers knew that this was EXPENSIVE compared to every club head during the time.
Later in the first decade of 2000, Big Bertha released new updates into its irons line.
- Big Bertha X-18
- Big Bertha X-18 Pro Irons
- Big Bertha X-Tour Irons
- Big Bertha Fusion Irons
2007-2008: Big Bertha 460 Driver
The Big Bertha 460 driver solidifies why golfers LOVE it.
The 460 is an evolution from the previous years. It is sleek, and the all-titanium club-head makes for a wonderful sound.
2009-2012: Big Bertha Diablo
Crossing over to another decade, Big Bertha continues to REIGN FREE. This time, with the help of the Big Bertha Diablo and the Titanium 454 Driver.
The Big Bertha Diablo is a monster on the course.
2014 – 2018: Big Bertha OS
The Big Bertha line is not only for handicappers. The pros on the PGA tour also benefit.
In 2014, they released Big Bertha Alpha Driver.
Not long after, the Great Big Bertha Driver and the Big Bertha OS were launched in 2015.
2019: Big Bertha B21
The Big Bertha B21 driver is the company’s first high launch driver. The huge clubhead has an internal draw bias weighting to help you improve your launch angles.
The ultra-low forward center of gravity allows you to have a consistent and longer ball flight.
The Big Bertha driver is a household name. It truly LIVES UP to the image of the massive WW1 howitzer. The success helped them continuously release updates and new additions.
As the list grows, you might get confused on which one is which.
Yeah, we did too!
Hopefully, the list by year in this article helped you sort it out. Feel free to let us know if we missed something in the comments.