April 13, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Callaway decided to give players a peek this week at its latest creation — the Bertha Mini 1.5 prototype. (Jonathan Wall/Getty Images)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – One of the shorter layouts on the PGA TOUR at 7,101 yards, Harbour Town Golf Links typically forces players to alter their bag setup for the tight, tree-lined fairways and swirling winds that put a premium on accuracy.
In the last few years, larger-headed fairway woods, like Callaway's X2 Hot 2Deep and 3Deep (Patrick Reed used a 12.5-degree 2Deep last year), have become a popular option off the tee and from the fairway at Hilton Head.
Given the success of the larger-headed fairway wood at this event, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Callaway decided to give players a peek this week at its latest creation — the Bertha Mini 1.5 prototype.
Callaway wouldn't comment on the club's specs or design, but the head appears to be larger than a standard fairway wood but smaller than the modern day driver, making it a perfect option for players that want the distance and forgiveness of a driver with the versatility and workability of a fairway wood.
Callaway Tour reps had two lofts (12 and 14 degrees) for players to test out of the range. The club comes with a high-gloss crown — Chevron alignment aid — and adjustable loft sleeve that looks similar to the one currently on the Big Bertha 815 and XR lineups.
The words "Hyper Speed Face Cup" are also visible on the sole near the leading edge. If it's similar to Callaway's current design, the face cup helps deliver increased ball speeds and forgiveness on off-center hits.