Drivers: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond

Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond, which earned gold medal honors on the 2016 Golf Digest Hot List.

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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You know there's a lot to like
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about Callaway's Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond
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other than the fact that it's a mouthful to say.
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But one of the things I really like about it is
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it's got a real player shape to it,
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really attractive at address,
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and it's a club that you can really work.
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So you're saying it's a better players' club,
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so I should back away?
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You should definitely back off.
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You know, it's a player's club but it's got a complexity
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that I like.
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Okay, so you've got these two chambers here,
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and what Callaway does is
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put this gravity core inside of it.
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Okay, gravity core.
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That's really just a fancy way of saying a weight
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that helps adjust the center of gravity, right?
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Okay, yes,
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for the troglodytes out there,
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that's exactly what we're talking about.
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So basically you've got a heavy end
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on this gravity core and a light end.
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The heavy end, you can move it up or down, left or right.
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So you can change your hook
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into maybe a more manageable draw.
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You can change your slice into a more manageable fade.
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I like that. But also
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what Callaway's found out is
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they can match the impact location.
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So, better players routinely hit the club
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facing the same spot.
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You can match the heavy end with that spot,
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you're gonna get a better energy transfer.
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What was interesting though is
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even though it's kind of a better player's club,
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against our broad array of testers, right?
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We have high handicappers,
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mid handicappers, low handicappers.
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This club was among the top in performance
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and looks out in the field.
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That's pretty cool.
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One of our players called it Callaway Ninja.
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In other words, it kind of sneaks up on you,
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but it gives you a lot of distance.
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And again, it's a clean look, so that's gonna appeal
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to almost everybody.
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And there's just enough forgiveness so I think
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a lot of players got what they wanted out of this driver.
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