The most anticipated driver of 2014 delivers. Callaway's Gravity Core is the most significant advancement in adjustability in years.
Even if you do live under a rock, by this point you know that #BerthasBack. Callaway rolled a tank into the PGA Show! Subtle is not exactly what they're going for. But then again, when you're looking to re-launch one of best names in golf, why hide it?
With the Big Bertha Alpha, Callaway has a driver that is not only a monster performer, it also has the most exciting piece of technology of 2014: Gravity Core. This club establishes beyond a doubt that Big Bertha is golf's alpha female.
With the exception of its silver face, the Big Bertha Alpha is a dead ringer for last year's RAZR Fit Extreme. If you ask me, that's a good thing: there's no reason to mess with a really good look.
Let's also not forget that Big Bertha Alpha has the same type of exchangeable weights in the heel and toe that the RAZR Fit Extreme did. The bonus for 2014 is the Callaway includes additional weights with the driver so you can modify the head weight and horizontal CG to suit your preference without any additional purchases. Additionally, the adjustable hosel allows for changes to the loft and lie independent of each other.
With regard to its general performance, Big Bertha Alpha is a great driver. It has a fantastic stock shaft that both Bill and I found to be very stable with excellent feel. The spin was low, the distance was long, and it was very accurate. In fact, given that this is billed as Callaway's driver for better players, I was very surprised at how well mishits stayed in play. I probably wouldn't recommend Big Bertha Alpha to a high handicap player, but I found nothing in my testing that said it wouldn't be a great driver for anyone from a mid-handicap to a scratch player.