Callaway Releases Big Bertha B21 Driver

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My "tale of two nines" is now the "tale of two days". SMGA championship Day #2 started very much like day one, maybe worse. If you look at my avitar, #1 is to the right of the lake. Dead straight tee shot 6" r at the far end of the lake, no way to advance forward. Punch out to the fw, shot 3 pin high on the wrong (R) side of the creek on a downhill lie 1 foot above the creek 5 feet below the putting surface. Made a miracle shot over the creek but also over the green. Chip up & 2 putt for a fab triple bogey 7. great start jack ass.
Another triple bogey on #2, a par 3. This is not looking good. Bogey par 5 #3 even after putting my third shot in the creek. My 54* Cleveland got me out of trouble once again, close enough for a tap in. I can't believe I'm 7 over after 3. So far it's been all me, the B 21 driver has been doing it's job. Well I guess getting up & down from out of the creek woke me up. Next 6 hole 3 pars, three bogeys. I might still be alive. I thought to myself I'm not the only "Old fart" out here today, we are all playing a two day event where every putt has to be holed with no "inside the leather" gimmies. But I am the only one with the B 21. It did exactly what I needed it to do very time on the front nine, even when I hit it to the edge of the lake. I looked down at me feet after seeing the ball flight and I was lined up directly with the right edge of the lake, and instead of hitting a fade I hit the "dreaded straight ball."
The back nine started fine. Bogey, par par Bogey with the B 21 being the highlight of 3 of the 4 holes. The other was a par 3. I'm feeling pretty good again about my round.
Apparently the golf gods see this as a bad thing and proceed to invoke "operation 💩 show" on my good feelings. Two more triples in a row, albeit with great tee shots.
I recover on the next hole with a VG 5 hybrid just short of the green, up & down for par. NOTE TO SELF never ever does one good hole mean your back. I hit a very short but straight tee shot, I got under the ball. Instead of just punching it up to the dog leg, dummy tries to draw a 5 fw wood around the bend. Yes it was ugly and for a minute I thought I could hear the golf gods giggle as I carded my double bogey.
As I tee up my ball on 18, I look directly down at my feet and beseech the golf gods ( knowing where they reside is not a heavenly place) and request a decent finish hole so I can at least retain a little dignity. I still haven't looked at the leader board.
#18 is a dogleg left par 5 and I absolutely crushed the B 21 straight down the middle. I hit a near perfect five hybrid downhill leaving me with a pitching wedge to the center of the elevated green across the creek . I had a little adrenaline working at this point and hit my third straight at the pin, but a tad long, about three feet up the bank above the green that slopes back toward the creek. I I put my faith in the old 54* one more time, just loft it up onto the green and gravity will do the rest...and it did...Birdie!!!

I really have to say it was a fun experience enhanced by using the new Big Bertha B 21 driver. It put me in the fairway on every hole I used it on with three exceptions, and I share the blame on all three.
I went back to the Club House and turned in my card and ordered a beer and started watching the LPGA at the bar. I felt 3 text messages come into my phone. All three were from friends congratulating me for winning my Flight...I still hadn't looked at the leader board. When I did look I had indeed won my flight.....By one stroke :love::love::love:

So not only am I enjoying my game more. I'm playing with a great driver I didn't have to pay for and it helped put $100 in my pocket. Isn't life grand some days.
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention it wouldn't have happened without "THP'.
Heck yeah brother!!! That is a great story.
 

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Well I was able to sneak out for 9 holes this afternoon and got to use this for the first time. My thoughts are a little scrambled so bear with me. First, this is not a swing fixer. I definitely did not have my "A" swing today, I hope it was me adjusting to using a new driver. I have the 10.5* (set to -1 / N) with the RCH55 in stiff flex, there was heavy wind today and they had just rolled several fairways which was unfortunate.

Drive by drive breakdown:
First drive with it was a fade that found the fairway but only got out to 255 with a pretty high flight. Second drive very similar, high flighted fade out to 255. Third drive I forget to peg distance, but it was a mid-flight pull that missed fairway left by ~15 yards (landed in adjacent fairway) and would guess in the 260-270 range. Drive on #5 I'm willing to toss out as it was a balloon ball into a strong headwind, but only 225. On #6 I hit low-mid flight with a baby fade that settled at 282. Then the good one, a beautiful low-mid flight draw with a Grint tracking measurement of 307.

Positive thoughts:
This lives up to the anti-right billing. That's not to say you can't hit a fade, but I had several shots today that started leaking right and I was pleasantly surprised to see that's all it did was leak. A couple of them I fully expected to lose way right, and they remained on that lazy drift to the right and in play.

Not as positive thoughts:
I'm going to preface these with first time swinging this club and probably should have hit the range first. The first thing I noticed was it took me several holes to settle in and maybe I was being too cautious, but I really felt like I had to get after this club to get good results. Maybe that's a good thing and a result of trying to tempo down my swing in the past to keep the ball in play. As I type this out I'm starting to think it may have been not putting enough oomph into the swings as the drives got better flighting and distance as I got further in. The other thing I don't love (yet) is just the weighting of this. It just feels so light, much different than my M4, and I'm not sure I loved it. I think I might buy an aftermarket weight set and put a heavier weight in the head.

All in all, the further I got into this post the more I'm pleased with my first experience with this. Will definitely need to get to the range and do some comparisons with the M4 just to see if the weight thing and swing effort piece hold true.
i had a similar response earlier as far as having to get after the club to get good results, i felt as if the more gas i gave it the better, getting on it has gave me some really good results with distance obviously and ball flight more so.
 

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i had a similar response earlier as far as having to get after the club to get good results, i felt as if the more gas i gave it the better, getting on it has gave me some really good results with distance obviously and ball flight more so.
I'm definitely happy to hear this. If that holds true it's going to take some getting used to as usually when I get after my driver things can go very wrong :LOL: I'll take it though, the last three drives (hit a second one on #8 that had similar ball flight but was about 20 yards shorter) I hit were all 280+ and in play. If that becomes the norm with this club I'll be ecstatic.
 

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Hit a huge drive on #2 Par 5 today. Hit it over the dogleg right 280 yards! Left me 170 into the hole! Hit it into a greenside bunker on #3. It’s a short par 4 that curves left. Hit really good drives. I did hit 2 slices today. Had to wait a lot on the back nine. I had 2-3 drop kicks that went about 220-230 but straight. So, all and all, I hit some of my best drives ever, a couple not so good ones, and 2 bad slices. But, I still hit like 85% of the fairways, which is what this driver does! You put a good swing on it and you’re rewarded, swing it poorly and it really minimizes the negatives and you typically can still hit the fairway. It’s down right amazing what this thing can do!
I had a little test of this club today after seeing J.B on the range today. I hit about 8/9 balls and I have to say its a solid driver. This b21 driver has the 55g/stiff shaft and not that far off weight wise to what I play.

I play a Mizuno ST200 and love it, its a 50g regular shafted club and when its hit its really hit long. However I've been having some left issues and to be fair that Callaway b21 shouldn't be for me right now due to its draw bias set up. That being said this club had a nice feel to it, great solid sound when hit, plenty forgiving, though I did struggle to figure out where on the face I hit it.

From the 8/9 balls I hit 2 were small blocks, one big draw, one baby draw and the rest just straight, go figure those straight balls with the way my regular swing has been going lately and its left bias, it was rather surprising.

I'm not a Callaway player, always found there clubs a bit underwhelming, but like I said this was a solid club (to be fair everyone makes solid clubs now). Not a game changer though.

When I finished I went back to my club and stripped it :eek::LOL: My be when someone is finished testing this b21 you can sell it to me as a training aid ;)
 

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Doesn't look like you can change the weights on the B21. :(

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As @Blame Me will attest, I hit some bombs with this driver. I hit some duds too, but they were at least playable. It gives me confidence on the tee and then that resonates to the rest of my game! In the past, I almost knew the hard right slice was inevitable, so I was defeated before even swinging a club.
 

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Well that is awesome JB, thanks! Wonder why the Callaway site has that bad info on it.
 

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Well that is awesome JB, thanks! Wonder why the Callaway site has that bad info on it.
I assume by interchangeable they mean two weights you can swap back and forth.
 

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Doesn't look like you can change the weights on the B21. :(

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I think by interchangeable here they are talking about moving CG by swapping those two weights. The BB21 has one weight, which I’m guessing they use for swingweighting.
 

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Well I was able to sneak out for 9 holes this afternoon and got to use this for the first time. My thoughts are a little scrambled so bear with me. First, this is not a swing fixer. I definitely did not have my "A" swing today, I hope it was me adjusting to using a new driver. I have the 10.5* (set to -1 / N) with the RCH55 in stiff flex, there was heavy wind today and they had just rolled several fairways which was unfortunate.

Positive thoughts:
This lives up to the anti-right billing. That's not to say you can't hit a fade, but I had several shots today that started leaking right and I was pleasantly surprised to see that's all it did was leak. A couple of them I fully expected to lose way right, and they remained on that lazy drift to the right and in play. I would say my best shot of the day with this was on #8, a driveable par 4 that plays 300 yards. Hit a beautiful low-mid flight draw that rolled and settled on the back of the green, with a Grint tracking measurement of 307. On #6 I hit another low-mid flight with a baby fade that settled at 282. Was very happy with both of those.

Not as positive thoughts:
I'm going to preface these with first time swinging this club and probably should have hit the range first. The first thing I noticed was it took me several holes to settle in and maybe I was being too cautious, but I really felt like I had to get after this club to get good results. Maybe that's a good thing and a result of trying to tempo down my swing in the past to keep the ball in play. First drive with it was a fade that found the fairway but only got out to 255. Second drive very similar, fade out to 255. Drive on #5 I'm willing to toss out as it was a balloon ball into a strong headwind, but only 225. As I type this out I'm starting to think it may have been not putting enough oomph into the swings as the drives got better flighting and distance as I got further in. The other thing I don't love (yet) is just the weighting of this. It just feels so light, much different than my M4, and I'm not sure I loved it. I think I might buy an aftermarket weight set and put a heavier weight in the head.

All in all, the further I got into this post the more I'm pleased with my first experience with this. Will definitely need to get to the range and do some comparisons with the M4 just to see if the weight thing and swing effort piece hold true.
The shaft is light. Very light.
Yep, you can definitely change the weight. I already did it to mine.
 

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I had a very light Japanese manufactured driver and found by adding hot melt into the head it fixed the weight problem and made the head feel a lot more solid - went from a loud ting to a pleasant thud...just like you get from the B21
 

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Anybody tried this with a Helium? I tried it with the stock shaft and didn’t care for the feel. Results were interesting. I’ve always liked the feel of the Helium and I’m guessing it’s profile is similar to the stock RCH
 

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another range session for testing, and head to head against the mav max the b21 was outshined. it’s not the right fit for me, which is to be expected as someone who needs launch and spin. i found my misses with the b21 to be too wild relative to the max that was so much more consistent.

the next step is to take it to the course. i have a round scheduled for sunday afternoon. my goal is to hit one drive each with the mav max and b21, and play the ball in with each then compare scores. not sure whether the course will be open enough but that’s the plan.
 

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Anybody tried this with a Helium? I tried it with the stock shaft and didn’t care for the feel. Results were interesting. I’ve always liked the feel of the Helium and I’m guessing it’s profile is similar to the stock RCH
I did. I tried it with a helium black and still had poor results. It performed about the same for me as it did with the RCH in it.
 

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This driver with the Graphite Design Tour AD GP 6 S is magical. Below are my first two drives today after a two week layoff. 7/11 fairways with driver today. 3 of my drives were 300 yards or better. The best part, though, is that a couple of times I hit real clunkers and I still was in the fairway. This one truly is a game changer for my game.

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I should add that the 331 yard drive I hit on hole number one is the best drive I have ever hit on this particular hole and that is going back to my younger days. If you get past a certain point, the fairway begins sloping down and the ball will run down the hill, which is what happened to me today. I have never experienced that. It got me down to a little knockdown gap wedge for my approach. I birdied the hole and it got me off to a great start on a very difficult course.
 

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9 holes with the b21 vs mav max, and the b21 had to throw in the towel. FOR ME, which is not surprising. the b21 never launch high enough, and it gave me 2 of 7 drives that i feared most: a decent swing, a bit wayward strike, and a (bad) result i did not expect. one was a 147y (that’s not a typo) no spin high toe hook, and the other was a fade that went ob on a good swing center strike. there were other misses that ended up in the fairway, but on decent strikes the max was much higher and 15-20 yards longer. if you’re lower launch and lower spin, i’d recommend trying before you buy. it was a fun experiment, but this one will be moved on to other buddies who can test it and provide feedback.
 

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9 holes with the b21 vs mav max, and the b21 had to throw in the towel. FOR ME, which is not surprising. the b21 never launch high enough, and it gave me 2 of 7 drives that i feared most: a decent swing, a bit wayward strike, and a (bad) result i did not expect. one was a 147y (that’s not a typo) no spin high toe hook, and the other was a fade that went ob on a good swing center strike. there were other misses that ended up in the fairway, but on decent strikes the max was much higher and 15-20 yards longer. if you’re lower launch and lower spin, i’d recommend trying before you buy. it was a fun experiment, but this one will be moved on to other buddies who can test it and provide feedback.
Did you loft up ?
They make a 12.5*
 

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9 holes with the b21 vs mav max, and the b21 had to throw in the towel. FOR ME, which is not surprising. the b21 never launch high enough, and it gave me 2 of 7 drives that i feared most: a decent swing, a bit wayward strike, and a (bad) result i did not expect. one was a 147y (that’s not a typo) no spin high toe hook, and the other was a fade that went ob on a good swing center strike. there were other misses that ended up in the fairway, but on decent strikes the max was much higher and 15-20 yards longer. if you’re lower launch and lower spin, i’d recommend trying before you buy. it was a fun experiment, but this one will be moved on to other buddies who can test it and provide feedback.
I am super shocked you didn’t see higher launch! I’ve seen some really high drives from this head.
 

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Did you loft up ?
They make a 12.5*
it was a 9* head. i lofted up to 10*, 05.* higher than the mav max (10.5* lofted down to 9.5*)
 

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I am super shocked you didn’t see higher launch! I’ve seen some really high drives from this head.
Yeah, me too. Low launching is not at all what I would expect.
 

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I am super shocked you didn’t see higher launch! I’ve seen some really high drives from this head.
Me, too. It was only when I went to a super stiff tipped shaft, the Graphite Design Tour AD GP that I saw a really flat, boring trajectory.
 

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it was a 9* head. i lofted up to 10*, 05.* higher than the mav max (10.5* lofted down to 9.5*)
Why not try the 10.5 ? If it launches to high could always reduce it down.
 

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