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

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

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

Product:

Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5 review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£249.00

 

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.

 

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