Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond Driver
Dual Distance Chambers
Next Gen R•MOTO Technology
A Deeper Face, Traditional Shape and a Low Center of Gravity
Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 DBD Expert Review
Written By: Bob Gomavitz
New for 2016, the Great Big Bertha Alpha 816 features extreme distance from the Dual Distance Chambers with the Gravity Core weight. By placing the core in the up or down, left or right chamber, you can change the ball flight, control the bias, increase your ball speed, and help with shot-shaping control. The Alpha 816 also features the new Next Gen R•Moto Technology, which provides a thinner face and produces higher ball speeds on all center and off-center hits. The deeper faced, classic shaped head has a low center of gravity that produces the right amount of forgiveness and workability.
Who's It For?
The Alpha 816 is more suited to the better player, who produces a medium-high to higher swing speed. This is a low CG head that produces a lower spin rate to combat the higher spin rates that accompany higher swing speeds or any player that just produces too much spin based on their swing speed. There are plenty of adjustments on this driver for the really technical players who like to dial in their launch monitor number to achieve max distance and shot shape.
In my book, the Alpha 816 Driver has a simple, classic look and a perfect size to it. It has neither a too big nor too small of a footprint. The flat black crown has a raised Chevron alignment aid, while the face sits slightly open. It seems to have more loft than the stated degree at address, which helps the player’s confidence when they are over the ball. The face is deep and feels evenly distributed from heel to toe. I found it to have a very solid feel and produced a very muted sound. The ball flight was a touch on the low side, but this is mainly because my swing speed is just not quite enough to create the proper lift from this low-spinning 9 degree head. When you add in excellent adjustability, a huge variety of no upcharge shafts and UDesign for true customizability you have a winner for 2016.
Club Tested: Shaft: Aldila Silver Rouge I/O 60; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 9°
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