The Callaway Big Bertha is a club most golfers have grown up with. When I say that, maybe you haven't owned one before, but I'm pretty confident you know of the club and its history — the original Big Bertha, released in 1997 revolutionised driver design. Moreover, in the article, we're going to be taking a look at the 2014 Big Bertha Alpha double black driver to help you make your next driver purchase decision.
In the review below you'll see a video review from Rick Shiels. If you are considering purchasing this golf club, we have also included a list of pros and cons and our standard rating table:
Control & Performance
Design & Appearance
Callaway Bertha Drivers Reviews
Right guys, so it's Callaway Big Bertha double black diamond time. Ok, I've got the new 815 version of the driver, with its boxing-glove head cover. I've done the 815 Alpha before so you can check out the channel for that or the link in the corner. I'm expecting better results with this one, I'm assuming for me and my game, I think this might produce some better results. So the double black diamond in its simplest terms is the better players golf, the less forgiving can offer even lower spin. From the story about the double black diamond, it's a skiing context so the heart of the slope where you get into the double black diamonds. It has a much smaller head compared to the to the standard version of the Alpha.
It's still got the ribs along the bottom, and it's still got the gravity core in the middle that you can move to the top or the bottom of the drive. Also, then what spin you want on each, you've got four ribs along the bottom and five along the top to help the clubface flex slightly and help you to generate fast ball speed. So it's producing low spin fastball speed, what can go wrong? I'm going to change the gravity coil halfway through this video as well to see if there's any difference.
I've performed better well with the alpha version, so we're going to see what the double black diamond does. I don't think it's going to suit everyone just because it's that slightly smaller head. Right so let's go, I've currently got this in the position where the weight is at the top of the head, so the gravity centre is up at the top of the club. What I love about this new one is you can see what the gravity centre is doing because they've kept a little hole in the screwing nut.
I've got this set with the central gravity at high I've increased the loft, so I've gone to 11 degrees of loft in this driver. When I was testing it out, I reckon I would have to lower that when the centre of gravity goes lo. Changeable weights in the toe and the heel mean I've stuck them at the same, so that's one on the toe and five on the heel.
It's is all good right looks-wise behind the golf ball it's a definite different look compared to the to the standard Alpha. It's not got the traditional Callaway symbol for alignment, and it's small. It's very, very deep compared the old Alpha. It comes in 12 shafts as standard it's an upgrade in the shaft I've got the stiff flex so let's give it a whack - oh that felt good, that felt nice off the face. I'm expecting in the 270s maybe even reaching 282 yards. Yeah, there we go so I've hit that 271 yards carry. The ball speed was hot at 161 miles per hour and the backspin rate still 2,800 so not super, super low.
I hope that might change over the next few shots. I would expect that to have a little bit lower flight, you know we're aiming to maximise distance, we would like to see nearer to 2000 rpm with some nice loft. So, 11 degrees central gravity, that's taught me that the specs a little bit lower than that for me felt nice. I could understand why this one might be a slightly harder take just because of the size of the head. Ball flight wise I love the high floating flight and the feel off the face. It feels phenomenal you know off the front it has that excellent strong feel, and I mean you can't feel it flex, it happens too quick. However, with the ribs at the bottom and at the top it does offer a little bit of flex as well.
This driver felt terrific it has a real honesty. This driver is the one that we go over the 300 total mark 283 carry distance with full 2600 spin. Again I would expect that to be lower spin, I think that suits me the best but I'm going to lower the loft, and I'm going to switch the weight around and see what happens on the other side of the gravity core.
It's currently averaging at 276 carries with 297 total distance. We'll see now how it changes when we switch those things around. So I'm now on a centre of gravity which is low, and I've decreased the loft, so I've gone to 10 degrees (I can go 1/2 degree up, or I could go 1 degree down, so I've got 1 degree up).
I mean it does feel good as a club, yeah distance-wise is way down for me but I just kind of changed the weighting around. Let's see what the spin rate was, oh my goodness 3700. Just because I changed the weight round and that was a good hit so it just shows the difference of that gravity centre can make a huge chunk of difference it makes.
This Alpha Double Diamond is my choice out of the two Alpha clubs that I'm choosing personally and that's only because it spins low and I don't have to worry about how accurately out of the middle of the face I can hit it. While the standard Alpha offers much more prominent real estate behind the golf ball, a much bigger face and will probably be suited to a much larger audience. So guys, if you're going to be buying these, have a look at which kind of range you're in. If you're a higher handicapper into the mid-teens handicappers, get onto the standard Big Bertha Alpha go and test that one first, if the numbers aren't quite as good on that, may be worth trying to Double Diamond.
Then if you're in that kind of low teen handicap coming into your single figure handicaps and lower into tall players and you're not too worried about the forgiveness level to get hold of the Double Diamond and give that a go. I'm sure I've still not even scraped the surface of how I could maximise this driver just yet guys.
Right then, as you know this review is for the Alpha Double Black Diamond Big Bertha. The club is set up for a lower handicapping player. It's less forgiving, but this means, for the higher performance player there is the far better length and power potential.
If you're pushing your handicap lower and are looking for a great new driver, then we wouldn't hesitate in giving this club our recommendation!