<a name="bigbertha"><b>CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA</b></a>
STREET PRICE: $800
6-iron: 29, PW: 45
Wide-sole, hybrid-like irons replace the 3-, 4- and 5-irons before making the transition to conventional irons that have been redesigned with more offset and a constant-width sole throughout the set.
"I love the look of the short and middle irons, but the hybrids are a little too avant-garde for me. . . . Once you get over their unusual look, they really perform. I mean, these went far. . . . If you can't get the ball airborne with these, you might as well go fishing."
Call this one Extreme Makeover, Golf Edition. The predictable and longtime stalwart of Callaway's iron line has been revamped to include iron-like hybrids (with very wide soles) in its long irons and more contemporary graphics. Despite these changes, the company hasn't increased the price.
This change to Ms. Bertha is a big leap of faith, but has the company gone too far?