Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5 review

Callaway Berth Mini 1.5
Callaway Berth Mini 1.5
Golf Monthly Verdict

Aimed at fast swingers that are also competent ball strikers, this club offers a versatile alternative off the tee the provides distance not far short of a driver

Reasons to buy
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    Explosive feel from the sweetspot and impressive forgiveness levels from a relatively small clubhead. Versatile to also be hit from the fairway from good lies.

Reasons to avoid
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    Its size means it is still predominantly suited to good ball-strikers. Slower swingers will struggle to launch this from the fairway.

The Golf Monthly's test team's Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5 review, a club designed bit hit from the tee when the driver is misbehaving that can also be used from the fairway

 

Key technology The Bertha Mini 1.5 is a versatile and forgiving driver alternative for those struggling with inconsistency from the tee which also provides an option from the fairway. The 235cc head is larger and more forgiving than Callaway’s regular fairway woods. The OptiFit hosel adjustability offers eight different loft and lie settings while the addition of Callaway’s legendary Warbird Soleplate enhances playability from different lies. It also boasts a Hyper Speed Face Cup and Forged Composite Crown.

Spec The Bertha Mini 1.5 is available in 12° and 14° lofts with a 44” Mitsubishi Kuro Kage shaft

Will suit Fast-swinging, consistent ball-strikers that like to shape the ball from the tee and struggle to achieve accuracy with driver.

GM verdict The combination of the higher loft, deep face and length from front to back makes the Bertha Mini 1.5 a club that’s easy to shape while offering an element of forgiveness on mishits. As expected, both the distance and peak height fit right in between a 3-wood and a driver with an inspiringly powerful feel and distinctive Callaway sound from the sweetspot.

In the wrong hands it won’t be overly inviting to hit, especially from the fairway, but the cosmetics are pleasing on the eye from both top and bottom and many will be surprised at the amount of forgiveness on offer. It’s relatively easy to change the shape and height of your ball flight and the playability from the fairway is decent, offering a stronger alternative on par 5s that have previously been out of reach.

 

Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x