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ClubTest 2015: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Hybrid

On the Range: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Hybrids
ClubTesters talk about one of their favorite new clubs of the year, the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 hybrid.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Hybrid

 

Category: Better-Player Hybrids
Price: $250
WE TESTED:
20° (adjusts 19° to 22°) with Fujikura Speeder 865 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The CG in the company's first loft-adjustable hybrid is low and forward to increase ball speed.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: A big-time shotmaker in a sleek package; the flight is soaring and dependable but still responsive to directional commands; the head obliterates bad lies compared with a long iron.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Tops in its class -- as forgiving as any hybrid tested; easily launches high and lands softly, even on slight misses; hitting shots off the deck is like throwing darts at the green.
DISTANCE: One of the longest, but not to where you'll be over every green; toe and heel misses fly well; exceptional distance and carry numbers on the course are backed by TrackMan numbers on the range.
FEEL: The stout, stable head gives informative feedback but doesn't buck you when mis-hits occur; ball springs off the face with a super-sweet sound.
LOOK: Testers like the midsize, pear-shape head; the tight and tidy appearance is simple, efficient and not distracting; the Big Bertha Alpha 815 is attractive, without the need to be flashy, shiny or gaudy.

Photo:

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Hybrid

CONS

 

One or two testers want more workability in this player's club; a couple of other guys could use a bit more control.

BOTTOM LINE: You'll find both playability and control in the Adams Red. It's a true player's club that looks and handles about as much like an iron as any hybrid you'll find.

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

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