This week Callaway Golf unveils its first super game-improvement line designed with Artificial Intelligence. The name Big Bertha has been synonymous with forgiveness, technology, and game enjoyment since 1991, and the new B21 family is all that and then some. Cavity-back irons have gotten sleeker and slimmer over the years and Callaway has looked to restore that confidence inspiring oversize look that the brand was first known for.
The B21 irons will feature more offset in the long and mid irons to increase the ease of squaring the face at impact, and possess a sole that is 50% wider than the MAVRIK MAX to ensure better turf interaction. A.I. assisted in improving the Flash Face Cup technology to fine-tune the thickness for improved ball speeds across the entire face. A player that struggles with hitting the center every time will now see more consistent distances no matter the quality of strike. This is how the brand’s last few models of woods and drivers were designed, and they have seen great success. A tungsten energy core can be seen in the sole, which adds even more forgiveness by placing weight low and behind the hitting area. This also increases the launch angle Callaway engineers then strategically place urethane microspheres throughout the head to eliminate unwanted vibrations and improve the overall feel. Stronger lofts are present here, but the same as the MAVRIK MAX irons. The pitching wedge is 43°.
I’d say the B21 driver isn’t for everyone, but it is for the masses. Most players struggle with a slice, and the B21 features an internal draw-bias weighting design that helps speed the toe and square the face at impact in order to help decrease cut spin. So that will cover your accuracy issues and get you in the fairway. How about distance? You need to hit it long and straight. Enter the A.I. designed Flash Face SS21, which is an advancement in previous Callaway face tech. The architecture of the face is stronger and lighter than traditional titanium, and the sweet spot is larger, promoting high ball speeds across the entire face. The company’s industry-leading pair of Jailbreak Bars also add to a strong face and tremendous ball speeds, while the Traxial Carbon Crown saves weight and increases the MOI. The
redesigned RCH shaft will have a very active tip for ease of launch and come in 3 weights and 3 flexes; 45 grams, 55 grams, 65 grams and Senior, regular, and stiff flexes.
The 2021 B21 line will be available to preorder on August 27 th at GolfHQ.com and is scheduled to ship the week of September 10th.
Birdie Fest in Boston
Dustin Johnson went low at TPC Boston with scores of 67-60-64-63 to finish -30 and win by 9 strokes at The Northern Trust, the first playoff event. In the last 48 hours every Monday morning quarterback and couch analyst are griping because they “are sick of seeing the pros shoot 30 under par every week.” Well it doesn’t happen every week, in fact it’s only happened 3 times in the last 15 years and of those times it was at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua where the par is 73. The average winning score on tour is actually closer to -15 for 4 days. Did the course play too easy? Sure, if you hit it long and in the fairway. But if you hit it sideways off the tee you still struggled. Big names and hot players like Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau struggled and missed the cut. Rory McIlroy made the weekend but finished almost last. So it wasn’t that easy for everyone. Tiger Woods found his driver on Sunday and played well with a 66. DJ put on a driving clinic so yes, the course was gettable. I don’t mind watchingthe world’s best players do what they do best…make birdies. I also enjoy it when par reigns supreme, which is usually at a major. My favorite era of baseball was the mid to late 90’s; the homerun era. The majority of us watch sports to see homeruns, touchdowns, and birdies. Now there is a sports purist in me that loves a good pitching duel, a defensive battle in the mud or snow, and a fair but brutal setup like we’ll see soon at Winged Foot. But most of the time I want to see world class athletes do things we
can’t do; throw for 400 yards, hit a 500 ft homerun, and shoot 62.
Lefty Lights It Up in Champions Debut
There’s something rejuvenating about joining the PGA Tour Champions circuit, even for a hall of famer and major winner. Players like Steve Stricker, Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, and Vijay Singh all had incredible
careers sub-50 but hadn’t done much during the last few years of their 40’s on the regular tour. But they all won in their Champions Tour debut and enjoyed immediate success. The courses aren’t that much shorter and the competition is terrific. But the mood is just a little looser and as soon as these guys put their tee in the ground for the first time on the “senior tour”, they become one of the longest hitters out there. Phil Mickelson always known as one of the game’s longest hitters, admitted he found himself
steering his swing a bit during his last year or so on the PGA Tour. He wasn’t quite in the league of DJ, Rory, Bryson or Champ when it came to distance, so he was just trying too hard and ended up playing too unnatural for his liking. Philly said he still felt nervous before the first round of the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National, but he quickly found a “fun calmness” and fired a 61. The competition out there is so good that first round 61 only put him in 1 st by a stroke over David McKenzie. If there is a golf god(s) please give us a couple years of Tiger and Phil throwing jabs on the PGA Tour Champions before they hang it up. Sheesh, just mentioning Tiger on the senior tour has got your boy feeling old.
My man Jason Kokrak made a nice move in the playoff standings with a T-13 in Boston, but JT just broke the top-50 and Jason Day surprisingly missed the cut. Round 2 of the FedEx Cup playoffs takes us to Chi-town for the BMW Championship. Winner Scottie Scheffler He’s a rookie, but rookies no longer play like rookies these days. Back-to-back ties for 4 th in his last 2 starts. Will contend Louis Oosthuizen He played his way into the BMW last week with a T-13. This ball-striking maniac will ride the momentum into the
winner’s circle or close to it. Sleeper Ryan Palmer One of my favorite swings on tour but it was his putter that has been making noise. He led the field last week in putts per GIR and tied for 8th.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional