Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Wood

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The Takeaway

The Big Bertha 815 is one clean, compact head at address. This could be the most compact fairway metal of all the ones that I tested. That being said, I found some good things that came in this compact package. I test one with a Fujikura Speeder 665 with the heavier weight towards the back, which offer a higher launch angle than reversed which will lower the spin. Looking down at the Big Bertha 815 14 degree head, I felt like I had a 5 wood or 18 degree head in my hands. The clean all black colorway is flat out appealed to my eye. The head sat super square in the neutral position and had a very solid feel to go with a nice thud sound. Miss hits were also very good from such a small head.


Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Wood Sole
Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Wood Face
Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Wood Address
Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Wood Toe

Off The Deck

Playing the ball down I found excellent results getting the ball up even with the 14 degrees, though not as quickly or as high as many others that I tested. It produced a flat Mid Launch that would have some roll out. I was very consistent with this head and I found it easy to add a slight draw or fade when called on.

Off The Tee

The Big Bertha 815 really shined off the tee producing again a nice mid launch angle that suited my eye. Just a nice penetrating flight that may have not been the longest, but very straight.

Out Of The Rough

Due to the compact size and what looks to be a small amount of V to the sole, getting the ball out of the rough was not a chore for me, though my launch was a tad too low with 14 degrees as it should be.

Who’s It For?

The Big Bertha 815 is more of a players club that offers a bunch of including decrease spin for those high spin players looking to lower their spin rate. Slower swing speeds will be better off with Callaway’s other offerings that will get the ball up quicker.

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Final Take – Gom’s Pick

One of the best looking fairway metals I tried. Clean, compact and super solid with an excellent ball flight. Not the longest that I tested but a tight dispersion always makes one forget about distance very quickly.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate) Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV Yellow Trackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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