Review: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Hybrid

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The Takeaway

The Big Bertha Alpha 815 sort of reminded me of the XR Pro shape. A smaller, tapered head that features a higher, box-shaped toe that tapers off towards the heel area, but with less offset. This is a very successful shape used by Callaway, especially with lower handicap players. It also features their OptiFit system and a low, forward sole weight to reduce spin. The head is a clean, all-black colorway and sets up to the ball very square.


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Who’s it for?

Callaway has the lower to mid-lower handicap player in mind, to even a mid-level handicap that might have issues hooking their hybrids. The shape, design and features also seem to really fit the needs of the more “techie-type” players.

Final Take

Like the XR Pro, I had huge issues with the 815 Alpha Big Bertha. With the 23-degree head that I tried, my spin rate was too high and created a very high launch angle. As a result, my distance suffered greatly. Much like the distance control, my dispersion was very good, however the distance was too close to the distance of my 5 iron for my liking. I also got the same feeling that the club really sat upright in my hands like the XR Pro version. My guess is that I needed more time dialing this head in via the OptiFit system to see better results.

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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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