Hybrids Explained

    Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Hybrid Review
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    Callaway’s Big Bertha Alpha 815 hybrid is basically a mélange of features, borrowing a lot from the Big Bertha Hybrid and adding a couple of changes that will make professional golfers happy. Callaway themselves are describing this club as being focused on a “more penetrating trajectory”, an increased ball speed and more adjustability, everything aimed at “better players”. So, basically this is an upgrade, a tune-up thingy and boy, Callaway did a great job with the Big Bertha Alpha 815. One of the most exciting features of the Alpha 815 is that it brings forgiveness to the “professional” niche, and that’s awesome in my book. One common trait of the Alpha 815 and the Big Bertha is its tall face and high toe (I love that, it gives you confidence especially if you’re playing in fluffy grass), though the Alpha 815 is a tad smaller than the Big Bertha, yet big enough to keep mid-handicap players happy.

    The chevron alignment that was found in Big Bertha is now gone but the Alpha 815 still looks stunningly good and it should appeal to fashion conscious golfers just like its bigger sibling. Callaway greatly improved the feel/feedback in this baby and especially the sound, which is now muted/dull, feeling like an iron compared to the high pitch “voice” of the Big Bertha. A big difference is represented by the Alpha 815’s weight; this club comes with a 80 gram Speeder shaft and has a heavier/more solid feel than Big Bertha’s light shaft/overall feel. In terms of performance, the Big Bertha Alpha 815 Hybrid can be described the best of both worlds, combining a “professional” player’s hybrid with lots of forgiveness, making the target easy to hit from any angle. Just like the Big Bertha, the Alpha 815 comes with an adjustable hosel which gives you total control over lie, loft and face angle; basically, you can do whatever you want with this iron, i.e. you can get the desired ball flight/look during your game.