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ClubTest 2015: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Woods

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Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Wood

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Woods

 

Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
Price: $300
WE TESTED:
16° (adjusts 15° to 18°), 18° (adjusts 17° to 20°) with Fujikura Motore Speeder 665 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Two weights (3 grams and 30 grams) can be swapped to alter launch angle, spin rate and ball flight.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: One of the top models; high trajectory can hold just about any green; easier to work right to left than many others; compact, heavy head cuts through rough all day long.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Here’s where the club really shines—it’s a fairway finder you can trust on the tightest tee shots; testers have total confidence that they can hit it wherever they’re looking; straighter than just about everything that testers tried—including their current gamers.
DISTANCE: Above-average yardage on well-struck shots—not a driver replacement but plenty long; this club can fly—it brings a lot of par 5s into reach.
FEEL: One of the favorites: These Big Berthas are smooth and solid with serious explosion at impact; about as stable as a wood gets, even from funky lies; light enough to go after it but still weighty through the ball.
LOOK: The small head and dark paint are traditional, almost like an old persimmon wood; no problems setting up behind the ball with lots of confidence—nothing to distract you at address.

CONS

 

The Big Bertha Alpha 815’s small head size turns off a few testers; for some guys, the compact clubhead doesn’t work as well from the tee as a few larger models; distance doesn’t stand out from the pack.

BOTTOM LINE: The Big Bertha Alpha 815 is among the highest-rated models in the test. The club is a strong performer across the board.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Fairway Wood

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