GREAT BIG BERTHA EPIC STAR – CALLAWAY’S NEW VERSION
The Great Big Bertha Epic Star from Callaway Golf is the newest version of the top selling driver from last year, the Great Big Bertha Epic. Like its predecessor the Star uses the Jailbreak Technology which for the first-time placed rods inside the club head running from the crown to the sole. The important story about the Star though is its significantly reduced overall club weight which specifically targets slower swing speed players. This new Star series also includes lighter weight fairway woods for that player category.
5 IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GREAT BIG BERTHA EPIC STAR:
The ultralight head has a 9.7-gram carbon fiber crown and when combined with a 39-gram Mitsubishi Grand Bassara shaft and a 41-gram Golf Pride J200 grip puts the total club weight at only 286 grams versus 305 to 315 for the original Epic.
Two titanium rods inside the head (Jailbreak Technology) reduce crown flex at impact which helps transfer more energy to the face to produce more ball speed.
The titanium Exo-Cage construction and the carbon crown move weight to the perimeter of the head producing a higher MOI to give added forgiveness plus high launch with mid-spin.
The Star’s 11-gram sliding sole weight to adjust ball curvature bias is 6 grams less than the Epic’s and an additional 6-grams is saved by using a fixed hosel.
Epic Star driver is priced at $700 with several shaft options available and the fairway wood is $400.
IN CASE ANYONE SHOULD ASK:
Vertical Groove: Skeptics may question the non-traditional up and down orientation of grooves on the Vertical Groove driver but after one year on the market it has posted two wins on the PGA Tour Champions. Kenny Perry won the U.S. Senior Open and John Daly won the Insperity Invitational plus was first in driving distance on the senior circuit.
Wilson Staff C300: A new family is in town by the name of Wilson Staff C300 and includes game-improvement and forged irons, driver, fairway woods and hybrids. All have make use of polymer-filled slots (a.k.a. Power Holes) around the face in various configurations to retain ball speed on off center impacts. The driver is $400 and game-improvement C300 irons are $800 for a set of eight while the C300 Forged irons are $100 additional. One of the driver’s features sure to draw attention is the killer-red crown color.
A Rogue in Your Future: This time of year, I make it a practice to check the USGA’s Conforming Club List and Callaway just received the blessing for the new driver models, the Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero Both are labeled “Jailbreak Technology” and the ends of the titanium rods are apparent at the front of the sole, so they presumably make use of the construction first seen in last year’s Epic driver and this year’s Epic Star. The other very apparent difference is the absence of Epic’s sliding weight. The Sub Zero has two sole weights—one towards the leading edge and the other the rear—and the plain Rogue just one at the rear of the sole. No word on release date nor pricing.
The Wait Continues: Following up on the latest clubheads approved by the USGA, TaylorMade has not yet received approval of for the rumored M3 and M4 drivers that might be the replacements for the current M1 and M2. The timing of an announcement (if any) may be opening day of January’s PGA Merchandise Show as was the signing of Tiger Woods to an endorsement contract at the 2017 Show.