Our Regular Guy Reviews the Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Sub Zero Fairway Wood
The Callaway GBB Epic line may have been the most hyped woods lineup for 2017, and I can’t deny that I bought into it. I loved the driver (although it’s not in my bag…yet), so I was anxious to try the fairway woods as well. Being the average joe that I am, I was nervous to try the Sub Zero version, but I hadn’t found a mainstay fairway wood for my bag, so I wanted to give it a shot.
Find the Callaway Great Big Berth Epic Sub Zero Fairway Wood HERE.
One thing that really drew me in to the Epic lineup was the original lime green and black color scheme. I’m a sucker for that color combo, and the looks of the Sub Zero don’t disappoint. The smaller head has a sweet carbon fiber look, but the smaller head size is a little intimidating, especially for a guy who hasn’t always hit fairway woods all that great.
The feel of the club was solid when well struck, but for most of us Regular Guys, we don’t always hit it right on the sweet spot. I found the Epic Sub Zero to not be as punishing as expected. Off-center shots still felt fairly solid, and Callaway claims it’s due to the Hyper Speed Cup Face that Joe Pro mentions in his review. All-in-all, I was pleasantly surprised with the overall feel of the Epic Sub Zero, being that it is a marketed as the “players” version of the Epic Fairway Wood.
I really wanted to love the Epic Sub Zero, because it’s always nice to have a “Tour Level” players club in the bag, and I really wanted to make it work on the course. However, being the players club that it is, there were definitely some highs and lows with this club for a guy like me. That’s not to say that it’s not for any level of player, but I’ll give you my thoughts how it went on the course.
The weight configuration of the Epic Sub Zero allows a setup for a lower or higher ball flight by moving the CG of the club. With the weights in the low ball flight position, it was very hard for me to elevate off of the deck, and forget about out of the rough. Off the tee, I had a nice, penetrating ball flight when I hit it well, but outside of that, didn’t see great results (and I typically have a high ball flight). With the weight in the back position, I did see better results off of the deck, and it was much easier to elevate the ball. The Epic Sub Zero did lack the bit of forgiveness that I would typically hope for off of the deck, and it was still very difficult to hit out of the rough. The distance was there on well struck shots, but again, anything fractionally off center hurt me. My biggest gripe, though, was still the difficulty getting the ball in the air.
Overall, I can see how some will find the Epic Sub Zero to be a great fairway metal that can go in the bag immediately. When struck well, the club is a straight bomber. Unfortunately, Regular Guys like me are looking for a little more forgiveness, and a little more ease elevating the ball. Where was I able to find this? In the regular GBB Epic. I found the standard fairway wood to be incredibly easy to elevate, and the distance was INSANE.
My Verdict: The GBB Epic Sub Zero is a great club for the right person. If you have a solid fairway metal game, and don’t have any issues with elevating the ball, it’s worth taking a look at, whatever your handicap may be.