Big Bertha Gold Series 1996 Review

Big Bertha Gold Series 1996

Callaway Big Bertha 1996 Irons and the 1996 Big Bertha Gold Irons

After the first Callaway Big Bertha irons came out in 1994, it wasn’t long before golfers had made them one of the world’s most popular iron sets.  A lot of people thought those original Big Berthas were close to perfection (some of them still play their 1994 Big Bertha irons even today), but the gurus at Callaway Golf knew there was room for improvement. In the Big Bertha 1996 review, I will discuss some improvements that Callaway made to these models.

So, they buckled down and went to work.  They came up with two new sets of clubs:  the 1996 version of the Callaway Big Bertha irons and the 1996 Big Bertha Gold irons.  In many ways they’re very similar, but there are a few differences.

Both sets of 1996 Callaway Big Bertha irons were given a repositioned sweet spot, redistributed weighting and a brand-new graphite shaft – the RCH Series 96 (steel shafts were also available).  Other changes included re-sculpted sole contours and minor changes to the topline and heel.

Callaway Big Bertha Gold 1996 irons added a couple of wrinkles:  the face is thinner and the heads are made from a soft bronze aluminum alloy instead of stainless steel.  In addition to making them look different than the standard 1996 Big Bertha model, the aluminum alloy gives them a softer feel.  The thinner face is livelier and helps the ball jump off the club at impact.

The updates made in the Callaway Big Bertha 1996 irons and their Gold counterparts were designed to increase the clubs’ playability.  Most of the changes made the 1996 Big Berthas more forgiving, but others were meant to make it easy to hit the ball high.

In my mind, the changes worked.

Callaway Big Bertha 1996 irons aren’t the prettiest clubs around, but looks aren’t everything.  When I played a couple of rounds with the 1996 Callaway Big Bertha irons, I quickly found out how high these clubs make the ball go.  They were pretty long, too – probably because the sweet spot and weighting are a little improved over the original Big Bertha irons.  Their main drawback, in my opinion, is that they’re so straight it’s almost impossible to work the ball.  But for most recreational golfers, being straight is a good thing, not a disadvantage.

Their straightness, forgiveness and high ball flight make a set of the 1996 Callaway Big Bertha irons a fine choice for beginners as well as mid-handicappers.  Thanks for reading this Big Bertha 1996 review.

Big Bertha 1996 Gold Series specs

 

 

 

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Callaway Big Bertha Gold Series irons on 3balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

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