The Callaway Big Bertha B21 Fairway Wood is a great fit for the HUGE population of golfers that struggle with getting the ball airborne. Fairway woods are hard to hit. Low lofts, long shafts, and relatively small club heads = hard to hit consistently. If you struggle with your fairway woods more than anything else, then the Callaway Big Bertha B21 fairway woods could be a great fit for you.
Here’s my unbiased review!
There are three main things that I’d like to point out when it comes to the appearance: the non-traditional color, the HUGE amount of offset, and the flat sole.
Color: While most fairway woods have the normal, black crowns, the Callaway Big Bertha B21 fairway woods have blue crowns. Some may love it – some may hate it. Personally, I’m a traditional kinda guy, so it’s not the most appealing design in my opinion. However, I’m sure many golfers will love the uniqueness.
Offset: Offset makes clubs easier to hit by making it easier to get into a good impact position. However, offset takes away from the appealing-ness of a club. Most golfers prefer straight lines – not a big angle right at the hosel of the club.
Flat Sole: While I’m not a fan of the blue color or large amount of offset, I’m a HUGE fan of the flat soles. I think flat soles on fairway woods should be far more common. They make the sweet spot much larger, therefore improving the performance of your mishit shots. Flat soles are better in every way when compared to rounded soles…. except for versatility. But how often are you hitting fairway woods from tall grass or other terrible lies anyway?
I’d wager that the Callaway Big Bertha B21 fairway woods are truly the MOST forgiving, easiest to hit fairway woods on the market. They also launch the ball WAY up in the air, which is great for golfers that struggle with getting enough height on their fairway wood shots (very common problem for seniors and beginners).
Although the overall appearance is a little off-putting, performance is really what matters. I felt like I couldn’t miss when I was hitting this fairway wood (I tried out the 3 wood, as that’s the only wood I use). My mishit shots weren’t punished super badly, which is a huge benefit. Truthfully, I was hitting the ball a little too high, but that’s mainly because the B21 fairway woods weren’t made for a golfer like myself.
It felt like I was hitting a hybrid to be honest with you. Very high ball flights that landed softly aren’t very common for fairway woods – but that’s what you can expect with the Callaway Big Bertha B21 woods.
Pros & Cons
- Highest launching fairway woods that I’ve ever hit
- Extremely forgiving due to the offset, flat sole, and low/back center of gravity
- Very long (due to the extra height on your ball flights)
- You’ll have to shell out $300 for a single club (and it’s not even a driver!)
- Not adjustable hosel
- Not the most appealing club on the market in my opinion (due to color and offset)
Who It’s Best For
The Callaway Big Bertha B21 Fairway Woods are great for golfers that lack height on their shots. I’ve played with some many golfers that struggle to hit their fairway woods more than 20 feet off the ground. They would all benefit from a club like this – no question about it. If you want more height and more forgiveness on your fairway wood shots, this is the club for you.
If you can afford a $300 fairway wood, then I’d suggest you go ahead and buy this one. But if $300 is more than you are willing to spend, then I’d suggest reading on to the next section of this article!
Better Value Alternative
Although this is Callaway’s first fairway wood with offset, other brands have released similar clubs in the past. If you want a better value alternative, consider the Cobra F-Max Superlite Offset Fairway woods. I simply love Cobra as a brand. They make high quality clubs for seniors and beginners – and at great prices!
The Cobra F-Max Superlite Offset fairway woods are just $150 new. While you may be tempted to save even more money, I’d strongly suggest that you don’t go any cheaper than this. Cheaper clubs are typically “off-brand” models that won’t perform well and will more than likely break within a couple of years of normal use.