Callaway's Great Big Bertha II 415 Driver

It Was 415cc In Size, Large for Its Time — Small for This Time

Callaway Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium Driver
The Callaway Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium Driver, introduced by the company in 2004. Callaway Golf

How much and how quickly did driver clubheads grow in size around the turn of the 21st century? Consider Callaway's Great Big Bertha drivers.

They were called Great Big Berthas because they were even larger than Callaway's original Big Bertha. Just how big was the first Great Big Bertha driver? It was 380cc in clubhead volume — about twice the volume of the original Big Bertha. But today, 38cc would be considered a tiny driver head. No new driver would be made that small. A golfer handed a 380cc driver head today would probably do a double-take.

In 2004, Callaway released the Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium driver, which boosted the clubhead size to 415cc. Also small by today's standards, and even surpassed in real time by other drivers on the market in 2004. Today it is rare for any driver to check in below the maximum-allowed size of 460cc, and those that do are targeted to low-handicappers.

But like the original GBB, Callaway's Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium driver was a big seller. The same has been true of GBB drivers that have followed since, too, as the GBB name continues to periodically be used by Callaway.

Finding/Buying the Great Big Bertha II 415 Driver Used

Great Big Bertha II drivers, the 415 Titanium model and other models, show up occasionally on eBay, on the websites of used golf club re-sellers, or in bargain bins.

They are getting harder to find, however, since the technology — cutting edge at the time — is extremely out of date today. Check the PGA Value Guide for an estimate of the current resale value.

Current Great Big Bertha Drivers from Callaway

Callaway brought back the GBB brand with its 2015 model Great Big Bertha clubs. And you can expect the GBB family to live on into the future. The company always gets attention when it dusts off the Big Bertha or Great Big Bertha names.

For the latest on the Callaway product line, including any current GBB clubs, visit the company website. You can also check the Callaway Pre-Owned site for more recent used models, and might even find some GBB II 415 models there.

Looking Back at the Great Big Bertha II 415 Driver

How was the Great Big Bertha II 415 driver described in real time? Let's step back in time to early 2004. That's when we posted this overview of the driver and what Callaway was saying about it:

Jan. 4, 2004 — The Great Big Bertha II is getting bigger. Callaway has announced a new version of the popular GBBII driver that is the largest driver yet released by Callaway.

The Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium checks in at 415cc in clubhead volume. That's not huge by today's standards, but it is the largest driver head Callaway has brought to market and is a significant increase over the 380cc of the original Great Big Bertha II driver.

Callaway says the new GBBII 415 is the most forgiving Great Big Bertha ever.

"The Great Big Bertha II family of titanium drivers and fairway woods has been very well received in the marketplace over the past year," said Ron Drapeau, Chairman and CEO of Callaway Golf. "By adding the new Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium Driver to the lineup, we now offer an exciting option to golfers looking for a Callaway Golf driver with a larger clubhead and more forgiveness."

Callaway says its engineers have used the extra 35cc of volume designed into each Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium Driver to increase the driver's Moment of Inertia (MOI). A higher MOI means the clubhead is more stable at impact.

The Great Big Bertha II 415 is designed to provide consistent ball speed, backspin and launch angle on shots struck across a large area of the club, which helps minimize any losses in distance or accuracy on off-center hits. The club provides the maximum coefficient of restitution (COR) allowed.

The new Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium Drivers utilize the same proprietary series of high-performance graphite shafts that have generated positive feedback in the original Great Big Bertha II Titanium Drivers. The GBB System 60 and GBB Gems 50 shafts are lightweight, low resin content graphite shafts with high strength and responsiveness. The GBB System 60 graphite shaft is a 45-inch shaft available in Light, Regular, Firm and Stiff flexes, while the GBB Gems 50 is a 44-inch ladies flex shaft. Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium Drivers are also available with four of the most popular after-market shafts — the Aldila Green NV 65, Grafalloy ProLite 35, Graphite Design YS-6 and Fujikura Vista Pro 70 - factory-installed at no extra charge.

The new Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium Driver is available in three lofts for right-handed golfers (9, 10 and 11 degrees) at a suggested retail price of $500.

A version of the Great Big Bertha II 415 Titanium Driver that exceeds the limits on COR enforced by the USGA will be marketed outside of North America. This driver, the Great Big Bertha II 415+ Titanium Driver, has a hot face that exceeds the 0.830 limit on COR and is conforming for use in non-tournament rounds outside of USGA jurisdictions. (Note that the 415+ is no longer conforming as the R&A later adopted the .830 COR standard.)