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The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver adds above-average forgiveness to a massive array of adjustability. One of the best drivers currently available.
Last year, Callaway broke new ground with the introduction of the Gravity Core. With the new Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver they build on that innovation, add more adjustability, and throw in the forgiveness that recreational golfers need.
The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver is a great looking driver with enough visual interest that it stands out from the crowd. At address, the look is reminiscent of other recent Callaway drivers like the RAZR Fit Extreme. It’s a round, balanced look, slightly longer front-to-back, with a simple white chevron for alignment help.
A closer look at the crown reveals the first unique visual piece: it’s a dark navy blue, not black, and it has a hint of sparkle to it. When you flip it over, you see a sole that screams “high tech” and really stands out in the bag. If that’s not enough for you, Callaway is once again offering udesign which allows you to customize the colors on the sole among other things.
Sound & Feel
Callaway deserves major kudos for delivering a very traditional sound from the Big Bertha Alpha 815 despite all of the moving part and adjustability. The sound is a metallic crack with a medium pitch and volume. The feedback is solid, particularly given that this is a pretty forgiving driver.
What’s most notable about the feel of this club is how much the Gravity Core changes it. When you swing the club, then flip the Gravity Core and swing again, you’d swear you have an entirely different club. I’ve watched a number of people test the Big Bertha Alpha 815, and they all showed a distinct preference for one setting over the other. This is a piece of adjustability you simply can’t ignore.
Last year’s Big Bertha Alpha was a great club with revolutionary technology, but some people found it to be a little difficult to hit. This is the biggest change that Callaway has made with the Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver. This is a driver that no golfer should be afraid to play. The ball speed and distance are excellent, even on mishits, and off-center shots hold their line well.
The biggest part of the performance story with the Big Bertha Alpha 815 is still the Gravity Core. As you can see above, flipping the core makes a big difference in the numbers. It also makes a big difference in how you swing. I found that I was much more comfortable with the Gravity Core in the “Up” position (higher CoG). I hit the center of the face more consistently and drove the ball more accurately. Flipping the core also changed my angle of attack 1.5 degrees! The Gravity Core is simply the most meaningful piece of adjustability in golf right now.
The adjustability of this driver doesn’t end with Gravity Core. There are interchangeable weights on the heel and toe that will move the center of gravity slightly right or left to promote a draw or a fade. The Alpha 815 also features Callaway’s OptiFit hosel which has eight settings to change the loft, face angle, and lie angle.
Finally, Callaway is offering a great selection of shafts at no upcharge. There are three Fujikura Speeders, two Mitsubishi Bassaras, Matrix Red, White, and Black Tie, two Fubuki shafts, Mitsubishi’s Diamana S+, Project X LZ, and Aldila’s Rogue and Tour Green. You would be hard-pressed to not find a great fit on that list, and you would be a fool to not take advantage of it.
I’m not sure there’s anything you can want from a driver that the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver doesn’t deliver. Forgiveness? Check. Low spin and distance? Big check. Adjustability? Like nothing else on the market. If you need a new driver for 2015, this club is a must try.