By Paul Myers

Big Bertha is one of the most-recognizable names in the golf equipment world. One of the first metal woods to make a big mark in the game, this Callaway line has been used by countless golfers over the past couple of decades. While the Big Bertha name has somewhat faded into history in recent years, it is back in a big way with the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver. Of course, this new version of the Big Bertha doesn’t look much like the previous iterations, and includes the modern features that you would expect from a high-end driver.

Adjustability is a big thing in drivers these days, and the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha offers it in about as many ways as just about any other driver on the market today. Even if you just pick up one of these drivers off the shelf at your local pro shop, you will still be able to  customize it quite a bit to your swing and game. No longer is it good enough to just get the right shaft flex head to the first tee – now you can narrow down so many more variables and fine-tune your ball flight until it is exactly what you are looking for.

The Basics

Not surprisingly, the head of the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver is a 460cc head that is offered in both right and left handed models. There are regular, stiff, and x-stiff shafts offered, and a 45.5’’ length is standard for this club. You can find everything you may expect from a Callaway driver, such as a hot face that seems to launch the ball down the fairway, and a great looking design that inspires confidence as you stand over the ball.

Start Adjusting

When you start looking at all of the adjustable features on the Alpha is when you can start to really see what it is capable of. There are three different elements of the club which can all be quickly adjusted –

  • Gravity core. This might be the most exciting and unique feature of the driver. You are able to change the vertical center of gravity through this feature, meaning you can dial in your ball flight for the optimum combination of launch angle and spin rate. This isn’t a feature you will want to mess with on an ongoing basis – you should be able to get it dialed in after you purchase the club, and will probably want to leave it in place for most of your rounds after that.
  • Adjustable weights. Like so many other clubs on the market, the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha offers adjustable weights which can be moved to promote either a draw or fade bias. By spending some time on the driving range experimenting with the different settings, you can discover what ball flights are possible for you off the tee and choose the setting that is just right for your game.
  • Adjustable hosel. Additionally, you will have the option of rotating the shaft of the club thanks to the adjustable hosel technology to both add or subtract loft, and change the bias toward a draw or a fade.

If you are a fan of the Callaway line of drivers over the years, you should take the chance to try out this latest model. Even if you have never owned a Callaway club, the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha offers enough modern technology and customization options that it is worth your consideration.

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