Is the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Still Good? Is it Forgiving for High Handicappers?

“The Big Bertha line of golf clubs has been synonymous with forgiveness ever since its inception.”

In fact, some golfers would say that the Big Bertha line is the epitome of game improvement. But the Big Bertha line (which is still being produced and innovated today) has undergone a lot of changes over the decades.

Today we are going to be taking a look back to 2016 at the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver. The Callaway Big Bertha Fusion isn’t ancient by any means but if you look at Callaway’s last Big Bertha driver, you can see that the two drivers look very different. Does the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion stack up to newer Big Bertha drivers? Let’s find out.

Is the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Still Good?

“Much of the features of the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver are aimed at bringing the overall weight down.”

First of all, the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion has an aerospace-grade titanium body frame to help keep the club head weight down. This type of titanium apparently has a very good weight to strength ratio. Working in tandem with the titanium chassis is a triaxial carbon crown which is a feature we see in many modern Callaway woods.

Beyond all the technical jargon and fancy verbiage, the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver actually does feel light. It feels nimble on my backswing, fast on my downswing and comfortable on my follow-through. My 109 MPH average club head speed is the ultimate testament to the effectiveness of the lightweight appointments of this driver.

When you look down at the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion behind the ball, you will notice that it has a triangular shape. The carbon crown tapers into an almost sharp point. This shaping was also intended to cut down on drag and improve club head speed. It looks a little odd at first, and I admit that I was initially distracted by it.

But it wasn’t an issue at the end of the day. Once I was used to it, I was swinging with speed and confidence.

And it should come to no surprise to anyone that the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver is a beefy girl. Behind the ball it looks very confidence-inspiring and the offset should look pleasing to high handicappers. Speaking of high handicappers…

Is the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Forgiving for High Handicappers?

“Absolutely. The offset will help you turn the big club head over and achieve a slight draw or failing that, a straight drive.”

The Callaway Big Bertha Fusion is, well, big. She’s got a big, deep sweet spot and enough offset to straighten out your big miss. Plus, there is an adjustable hosel so you can adjust the loft and tweak the face angle a bit to suit your swing tendencies.

Everything about the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver is perfect for high handicappers. I was getting steep launch angles (in the 12-14 degree neighborhood) which meant I was launching the ball high with ease. I was matching the club head speed I get with my gamer driver which meant I was achieving good ball speed.

And to my surprise, the spin numbers stayed below 2000 RPMs throughout my entire test session. I’m not sure how Callaway managed to create such a large driver (that launches high) that produces such low spin numbers but I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

The combination just works: fast club head speeds, fast ball speed, low spin figures. All of that adds up to great distance. And now for the moment of truth: my average carry distance for my testing session was 264.4 yards.

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Vs Callaway Edge Driver

“The Callaway Edge driver also has a titanium body and feels lightweight throughout your swing.”

But I had one complaint about the Edge driver: the face wasn’t very consistent. I was getting very different spin numbers on pure strikes and slight mis-hits. I suppose that’s par for the course; but coming from the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver, it was a bit jarring.

The Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver is definitely more consistent and overall, I would say it is more forgiving as well.

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion First Impressions

“I think the first thing anyone will notice about this driver is its size and shape.”

It’s big and triangular. And when you swing it, you would probably notice that it feels fast as well. Overall, I really liked this driver. I knew it was going to be fun to test after my first swing and I was right.

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Selling Points

  • Triaxial carbon crown
  • Titanium chassis
  • Aerodynamic design
  • Lightweight
  • Offset

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Key Features

Titanium Chassis

The titanium used for this driver is light but it still offers solid protection against dreaded head-twisting.

Triaxial Carbon Crown

The carbon crown keeps the weight down while providing overall head stability.

Offset Hosel

The offset in the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver will give you more time to square up before impact.

What Handicap is it for?

I honestly think the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver would be good for mid and high  handicappers.

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Options

  • 9, 10.5, 13.5 degree loft
  • UST Mamiya Recoil shaft
  • MRC Kuro Kage shaft
  • Mitsubishi Diamana shaft
  • Fujikura Speeder shaft
  • 5” or 45.5” shaft length
  • Stiff, regular, senior flex

Who Should Buy the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver?

“The Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver would suit a lot of different players.”

I went into this test session thinking that the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion was only for high handicappers. But I’m certainly not a high handicapper myself and I had a lot of fun and success with it. So I  would recommend it to anyone in the 12-24 handicap range.

Distance: 98/100

Forgiveness: 97/100

Feel & Control: 96/100

Value: 96/100

Overall Score: 97/100

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