Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Driver
Big Bertha Alpha Driver Review
The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver has hit the shelves. This year has to be one of the most exciting years when it comes to new products being launched and the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver is at the top of the pile of drivers people have been looking forward to trying. The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver is the first to incorporate a moveable weight system which is positioned in the middle of the head the “Gravity Core” as it’s known has, on one end, weighs 12 grams and the rest of the of the core weighs another 1.5 grams. By flipping the core round in its carbon fibre tube in the centre of the head, it enables the player to insert the heavy end up or down in the tube, moving the heads centre of gravity up or down in the head. The gravity core allows you to independently adjust the spin without changing the launch angle, so you can set the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver up to completely optimise a players launch conditions.
The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha drivers adjustment doesn’t stop there; with two moveable weights there’s a 7 gram weight & a 1 gram weight that can be positioned in the heel or toe to add a draw or fade bias. Also, alongside these weights you get an additional option of 3 & 5 gram weights giving you more fine tuning ability if required. The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha comes with the same Opti-Fit hosel as the little brother Big Bertha driver which gives us the ability to add up to 2 degrees and take off 1 degree. There is also the ability to change the lie angle giving us even more adjust-ability and making this driver by far one of the most impressive technological advancements in golf. Callaway Big Bertha Alpha comes with the Callaway hyper speed face, not only giving you a bigger hitting area but better ball speeds on both centre and off centre hits. The Alpha comes in either 9 or 10.5 degrees loft options and the standard stock shaft is the 60 gram Mitsubishi Fubuki ZT shaft (which I was not a big fan of).
So what’s it really like?
Well as some of you may know I’m a big fan of this driver and ordered one for myself after some initial testing was done. With this in mind I was even more interested in the numbers and figures were going to be on Trackman, especially when it comes to the changing of the spin by moving the “Gravity Core” up or down. Firstly lets talk about the looks, She’s a beaut! Although not everyone may like the look of the bulbous deep dark blue head and I’m sure like I was with the Cobra Bio Cell driver, some may prefer the looks of other drivers such as the SLDR. However, for me the Alpha looks great and it’s something I am more than comfortable looking down at. As I mentioned before I’m not a fan of the stock shaft and I ordered mine with a Oban Kyioshi purple 65, which is a mid launch & low spinning shaft and feels lovely.
This driver is the bomb, the Callaway Big Berth Alpha looks are great, the feel is great on both centre and off centre hits with some impressive ball speeds when I really didn’t hit it good at all. The dispersion of the shots were what struck me, this driver is not just a big hitter, it’s an accurate piece of kit too. Simply put, the Callaway Big Berth Alpha driver allows a player to move the vertical CG with the “Gravity Core”, adjust the horizontal CG through the adjustable weighting in the toe and heel and adjust the drivers loft and lie angle via the Opti-fit hosel. This driver gives you the ability to really fine tune it to your desired flight……..The stock shaft is not for me but that’s why you go and see a Opti-Fit fitting specialist who has a full extensive shaft range both standard & upgrade options ( if you’re wondering…. yes I do ) This product of not cheap and yes if you go for an upgrade shaft option you could be staring at a £549 driver, but if you’re going to treat yourself to a driver that is bigger and better than the rest, then the Big Bertha Alpha really is a pretty impressive piece of kit. Did I forget to mention it’s pretty long too? Bertha really is back!