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The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond driver has an incredibly long name to match the long distances that it produces. Low spin, loads of adjustability, and a great look.
Though “Big Bertha” and “sexy” are words that usually don’t appear in the same sentence – at least not when we’re talking about people – an exception has to be made for the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond (DBD) driver. Not only is this the best-looking of the current crop of Big Bertha drivers, its also an eyebrow-raiser for its low-spin performance.
More than anything else, it’s the looks that separate the Big Bertha Alpha 815 DBD from the standard Alpha 815. The DBD has a substantially smaller footprint being smaller from both front-to-back and heel-to-toe. The face is taller and the face graphics are much more subtle. Overall, it’s a great compact look that is really going to appeal to better players and those who prefer smaller-looking drivers.
Finally, while this may not be the driving force behind your purchasing decision, the Alpha 815 drivers have the best stock headcovers I’ve ever seen. They have a unique old-school look and a high quality feel to boot.
Sound & Feel
As you would expect from the “better player” version of the Big Bertha Alpha 815, the Double Black Diamond has a sound that’s slightly quieter than its sisters. Additionally, the feedback is bit more precise – you can locate the exact site of every impact quite easily.
Finally, as I mentioned in my review of the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver, the Gravity Core makes a huge difference in how this club feels. If you demo it and don’t like how it feels, make sure you try it with the Gravity Core in the other position before walking away. Flipping the core makes this feel like two drivers in one.
Over the last few months of 2014, Callaway released three new Big Bertha drivers. The V Series is a lightweight club for players looking to gain club head speed. The Big Bertha Alpha 815 is billed as “low spin with forgiveness,” and the Double Black Diamond as “ultra low spin.” What really tells the story about the DBD is what’s left out of that description: the lack of “forgiveness” or “easy to hit” tells you that this is a club designed for strong drivers.
While I think Callaway is spot on with their descriptions of the other two drivers, I think they’re being a little too harsh on the DBD. Though I wouldn’t hand it to a 30-handicap, I think the Double Black Diamond is nearly as forgiving as the Alpha 815. If forgiveness is your top priority, you should look elsewhere, but no above-average player should be scared of giving the DBD a try.
When it comes to being “ultra low spin,” Callaway did hit the mark. This driver is easily in the top 3 for lowest-spinning drivers of 2015. If you need to cut spin, start your driver search here.
Finally, just like the Big Bertha Alpha 815, the Double Black Diamond gives you countless ways to fine tune its performance. Everything starts with Gravity Core, the most impactful adjustability on the market. The DBD also includes weights in the toe and heel to dial in your draw or fade preference and the OptiFit hosel to achieve the loft, lie, and face angle you prefer. Lastly, there are 14 no up-charge shaft options available from Callaway.
Between the Big Bertha V Series and the two versions of the Big Bertha Alpha 815, Callaway really has produced a family of drivers that can cover every player. Particularly when you add in the wealth of shaft options, you could easily regard the Big Bertha line as the most complete in golf.