Monthly Archives: March 2016

Callaway Golf’s Big Bertha

Back when the world was still at war (the first, to be exact), the Germans manufactured a new and super heavy type of howitzer. A howitzer is a type of tank with a long tube-like barrel used to fire shells at a pretty good trajectory. The new type of howitzer, however, was made with a longer barrel, a heavier tank, and a stronger tube that can carry shells and bombs that can cause so much more destruction than the other types of howitzers. This super heavy howitzer was baptized as “Big Bertha.”

Unfortunately for Germany, the Central Powers lost and the United States Army was able to capture two of the last Big Bertha’s during the end of the war. These tanks ended up on display on a museum.Fast forward to today’s time, Big Bertha’s aren’t used for world wars anymore. Nowadays, she’s being used for a different kind of war, if you want to call a man versus a small white ball in a vast, green field, a war.

Callaway golfIn the world of golf, Big Bertha has been every man’s dream girl. She started out as a heavy tank that shoots and destroys. Now, she’s light, slim and good with hitting balls to their holes.Back in 1991,

Callaway golf released their new line of drivers called “Big Bertha.”

It is believed that the company named it as such to commemorate the great German howitzer. The design of the Big Bertha golf club was utterly different from the traditional clubs during that time. Some even considered the model as a drastic change from the other clubs.

In the early 90’s, golf clubs were made using persimmon wood and was customized to have small heads. The Big Bertha, however, was made entirely out of stainless steel with a head twice bigger than the wooden drivers.A decade later, Callaway golf has expanded the Big Bertha family. The “Great Big Bertha” and the “Biggest Big Bertha” are two lines of drivers that was launched by the company. In 2003 and 2004, the company released “Great Big Bertha II” and “Big Bertha 454” respectively.

golf gripOne of the changes in the design of this club is that instead of using stainless steel, they utilized titanium. Even though Great Big Bertha was not the first to use titanium, they were the ones who took credit for it, proving that titanium can be as good, or better even, than stainless steel. Another change is the shape. The traditional pear shape of the head was shifted to a round shape, making the weight evenly distributed.

Up to now, Callaway golf is still looking up new designs and features for the Big Bertha family. What’s great about the Big Bertha drivers is that they are especially made for average players. These clubs are and can be used by anyone, which is why golf players and loyal customers are always on watch for the next addition to the Big Bertha clan.

Now, the Big Bertha drivers are modified so much that some are lighter than the first clubs, improving the speed of the swing and the impact of the head to the ball, sending it flying straight and fast afar. The newest models have features that enable the player to adjust the perimeter weighting or the hostel.

The biggest success of the Big Bertha is beyond the different lines of drivers. Her greatest achievement was putting Callaway golf on the map. From being a specialty-club company to the leading manufacturer of golf clubs and equipment in the world, Big Bertha was able to attract the attention of the golf industry to her father’s name.Getting harder to hold onto your clubs? Sounds like it’s time for some new golf grips!

Learn the Art of Making Patches

Thinking of a good hobby you can learn, which you can eventually turn into a business? Learn the art of making patches. It is easy to do and it entitles you to come up with a lot of designs you can do, which also enhances your creativity. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can make patches.

Materials Needed:

•An embroidery file of your chosen design

•Wool felt

•Sharp scissors

•Embroidery thread

•Embroidery hoop

•Liquid seam sealant

•Adhesive in sheet form

•Adhesive tear away stabilizer

•Iron

1.First step, prepare your embroidery hoop. Use your tear away stabilizer in your fabric so that it wouldn’t get creases while the stitching happens. The paper side should be facing up.

2.Cut an area inside the hoop, and make sure that it is bigger than the embroidery design, and it is close to the edge.

3.Peel the paper off carefully in the cut area.

4.Transfer your design into your machine.

5.Set the design in the center of the hoop and press “Go.”

6.The patch design will stitch a perimeter on the back piece, which is the stabilizer. This will show you the exact placement for the fabric you will add into the hoop. To know where to set your fabric, cut out a piece of felt an inch larger than the stitched out area, and set it into place.

7.Once you get the felt attached, secure your fabric down.

8.The embroidery machine will do most of the work from here. Set a new thread every time the machine asks for a new color.

9.Once the sewing is done, detach the fabric from the hoop. Take off the design from the stabilizer. Wait until it’s time for you to trim its edges.

10.Bring your patch to your ironing board. Adjust your iron into cotton setting. Give your design a good press for about 10 seconds.

11.This is when you will witness the embroideries starting to turn into patches. Cut the adhesive sheet in a size that’s smaller than the piece of felt you are working on.

12.Set your patch, with the back facing up and the design facing down on the ironing board. Place the shiny side of the adhesive sheet upside down, and the paper side up, with it on top of the felt.

13.Firmly iron the adhesive sheet to the back of the patch. Do this for one minute on, two minutes off, and another 30 seconds on to set the right amount of hold for it.

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14.Set the patch aside and let it cool down. Once it gets cooled down, open your liquid seam sealant and apply it around the outside edges. Let it dry for a few minutes first before going for the second round.

15.Once the liquid sealant dries away, peel off the paper backing from the adhesive and carefully cut it around the edge of the patch. Make sure that you don’t miss a spot in applying the liquid seam sealant.

From here, you can do whatever you want with your patches. Sew them on your clothes, on your bags, throw pillows, or blankets. You can now personalize your things according to your style with your new hobby. You can now also put up your own business and start making patches for your family, friends, and work mates. For more inspiration and ideas, check out the Internet for designs you can download and are safe for copying. There’s just so much you can do with your newly learned skill and just hone it more by making patterns every day.

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