Now that the long, awful winter is over, golf season is here. That means it's time to start thinking about buying new golf clubs. Sure, you could start thinking about getting lessons to fix your swing, but what fun is that? Buying a new golf club is a lot more fun, especially if you've been using the same stuff for a while.
There's two companies making a hard push to get your money — Callaway, which is reintroducing its "Big Bertha" brand and Taylor Made which has the SLDR driver. The Big Bertha is good. When I hit the Bertha square, I smoke it. But I found my misses were more exaggerated with the Bertha than the SLDR.
The Callaway Big Bertha Driver 2014 is gorgeous to look at. The head of the club is a deep black. The bottom of the head is a glittery navy. The shaft and grip are a matching white and blue. It has an adjustable weight in the back that is supposed to help you hit fades or draws. When I adjusted the weight though, I didn't see much of a difference.
You can also adjust the loft of the face up by 2 degrees or down by 1 degree. Tweaking that leads to a noticeable difference in ball flight. For the most part I was happy with the Big Bertha. When I tightened up my swing I would keep in play, but there was always a risk of the big miss out right.
The discount taylormade sldr driver, much like the Bertha, is adjustable out the wazoo. I was testing a 14 degree driver, which really launched the ball high in the air. You can raise and lower the loft. You can adjust it for draws and fades. Unlike the Bertha, the weight adjustments make a big difference. When I adjusted the weight from neutral to draw, it cut down on my tendency to slice.
The bottom of the club is all over the place, and the top of it is a dark grey that doesn't really pop. It felt like it cut down on distance a tad. When I hit the Bertha straight, I hit it further. But the extra loft made the club more forgiving, and the distance given up wasn't that significant. I was consistently in the fairway, which is the number one thing I'm looking for.