Are the Big Bertha Reva clubs the most forgiving women’s clubs on the market? Nicola Slater takes a closer look
Callaway is hitting to market in 2023 with their latest range of women’s golf clubs the Big Bertha Reva’s. This new line includes irons, hybrid, fairway woods and driver. I put them to the test to see how they performed…
Callaway Big Bertha Reva review: NCG Summary
The Callaway Big Bertha Reva range is tailored toward those players looking for maximum forgiveness.
The lightweight shafts make the 2023 Big Bertha range very easy to hit.
The head shapes in all of the clubs are very appealing, providing plenty of loft, enough to provide any golfer with a great deal of confidence over the ball.
- Lightweight shafts
- Sit great behind the ball, providing visual confidence
- Easy to hit as they launch high
- Sleek design
- None to report
Callaway Big Bertha Reva review: First Impressions
The 2023 Callaway Big Bertha Reva clubs are aimed at helping women of any ability hit the best shots that they possibly can. Through research, Callaway has created the Reva clubs to provide greater height at launch and greater distance without compromising accuracy.
The Big Bertha Reva clubs look great. I love the subtle deep purple colourway that has been used on the top of the woods. This colour scheme is continued onto the underneath of the woods with different shades of purple lines used as well as come contrasting silver and white details.
The irons are very neutral with a black knitted effect panel on the back with the Big Bertha Reva wording in white and a fine purple line to tie in with the woods.
Having tested the standard Big Bertha woods recently it’s nice see that the design features are almost ideal and the colourways don’t scream female golfer.
Callaway Big Bertha Reva review: The Line-Up
Callaway Big Bertha Reva Driver
The Reva driver is designed for those women who are after maximum forgiveness off of the tee.
The high-strength XL face aims to provide an appealing visual profile to build confidence.
Callaway Big Bertha Reva Fairway Woods
Fairway woods are a key component in most women’s golf bags.
The Big Bertha Reva woods come in a range of lofts and with a fresh shallow face design that aims to make it easier to launch the ball. The flight is also designed to be higher for improved carry distances.
Callaway Big Bertha Reva Hybrids
Offered in six different lofts the Reva hybrid is a very versatile club.
If you want something that is easy to launch but is playable from various lies, this is a great option.
The high volume head shape offers a wide club face design that is filled with loft and confidence.
Callaway Big Bertha Reva Irons
The Reva irons are designed with Tungsten weights on both the inside and out. These weights have been carefully placed to help create a forgiving iron that offers a high launching flight of the face.
The thicker top line and wider sole create an appealing look at address to provide the upmost confidence require before a shot.
Callaway Big Bertha Reva review: NCG Verdict
Now, although I’m a female golfer I don’t use women’s clubs, and I haven’t for many years. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a great set of golf clubs.
In terms of testing, I took the set of Reva’s into an indoor studio to test using GC Quad. Over the whole range of clubs, I collected quite a lot of data so to save confusion and being buried with numbers, I created a much more simple table with the average results that I got from each club that I tested.
Starting off, I didn’t get through every iron, but 8-iron and 5-iron numbers gave you a short/long iron comparison. I was really impressed with the 8-iron when I first hit it. I got a good amount of height on the shots as well as a reasonable amount of spin, which is great for those shots into greens. Considering these shafts are too soft for me I can’t knock the carry distance as it wasn’t far behind my current 8 iron.
Moving onto the 5-iron, I thought after taking this out of the bag that it was going to feel very chunky behind the ball as it has the largest cavity of all of the Reva irons. I was totally wrong, as it sat so square on the ground that you couldn’t really notice that the sole was thicker. I really enjoyed hitting this and got a great amount of distance out of it too.
Having just tested the Big Bertha hybrid it felt like I was having deja vu hitting this one as they’re almost identical. I love the fact that Callaway have stayed true to the Big Bertha design and just like I enjoyed the standard hybrid this one was great too. Stood over this, it felt like it was going no where but in the air and it certainly did! There was 24 degrees of loft of this one meaning that it’s one of the most lofted hybrids I’ve used in a while but it certainly flew carrying an impressive 176 yards.
When it came to the fairway woods the story was very much the same in terms of feeling like they were so easy to get in the air. The carry numbers were impressive despite having quite a lot of loft in comparison to my current clubs. Ball speed was also great and I felt like I didn’t have to try overall hard to achieve these numbers as the club did a lot of the work.
I really enjoyed testing the Big Bertha ’23 driver. I love that the head seemed so large and was so appealing behind the ball. It’s safe to say that the numbers were certainly up there, considering that this shaft was much softer than I’m use to. Naturally, with that came some offline shots but I wouldn’t say that were drastic, and like the standard Big Bertha driver, the Reva is set up to be draw bias.
Overall, the Callaway Big Bertha Reva range is a great set for any entry-level female golfer or any player who is looking to upgrade their set. Whether it’s the irons, driver, fairway woods or hybrids each provide so much confidence behind the ball and produce a consistent high launching flight that looks and feels great.
RRP: £499 (driver); £349 (fairway woods), £279 (hybrid); £216 (irons)
Lofts: 10.5° (driver); 17°, 18° & 23° (fairway woods); 23°, 27°, 31° and 35° (hybrids); 6-PW, AW, SW (irons)
Grip: Lamkin Sonar 38g 0.580 round
More information: Callaway website
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