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Though many golfers haven’t even hit the last Big Bertha hybrid on grass yet, Callaway is bolstering the Big Bertha hybrid line up with the Big Bertha Alpha 815. While the two clubs share a name and some key technologies, the Alpha 815 is a distinct club geared towards bringing forgiveness to better players.
The Big Bertha Alpha 815 hybrid is a good looking hybrid that should appeal to a broad range of players. It’s noticeably smaller than the Big Bertha, but it’s not so small that mid handicap players will be scared. The other noticeable difference is the absence of the chevron alignment aid.
One thing that the 815 has in common with the Big Bertha is the tall face and high toe. I really like this look in a hybrid because it inspires confidence when you’re facing a tricky lie in fluffy grass.
Sound & Feel
Just like the look, the sound and feel of the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 hybrid will appeal to better players. Where the Big Bertha hybrid has a sound more like a fairway wood – high pitched and metallic – the Alpha 815 is more muted and dull like an iron. The improved feedback is also something good players will appreciate.
The other major difference between the Big Bertha and the Big Bertha Alpha 815 is weight. The Big Bertha has a light shaft and a light overall feel. The Alpha 815 has an 80-gram Speeder shaft and feels significantly heftier than the Big Bertha.
Whether you call it a forgiving hybrid that looks like a player’s club or a player’s hybrid with forgiveness, the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 hybrid is really the best of both worlds. In a head-to-head test with the Big Bertha hybrid, the Alpha 815 proved to be just as forgiving and easy to hit.
The big difference between the two hybrids is the ability to “work” the Big Bertha Alpha 815. With its heavier, stiffer shaft, the Alpha 815 has less left in it and is easier to work both ways. The ball still wants to fly fairly high, but you can lower the trajectory of the Alpha 815 more easily.
Just like the Big Bertha hybrid, the Alpha 815 has an adjustable hosel that lets you control loft, lie, and face angle so that you can get the exact look and ball flight you prefer.
Increased consistency and forgiveness are the reasons that we play hybrids. The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 hybrid delivers that without forcing good players to give up the looks and feel that they prefer, or the shot shaping options they demand.
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