As we noted in our review of Callaway's Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond driver there's certainly no disputing the length...of its name.
Not deterred by this tongue twister, Callaway has released the 816 version, that is again aimed at expert players looking for a lower spinning driver.
The better players the Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond is aimed at appreciate a deeper face with a lower centre of gravity to reduce spin and the classic shape of the head delivers just that. An open face angle, again preferred by elite golfers, is complemented by a matte black finish that again features no alignment aid to distract when players are over the ball.
In a nod to playability that even the best players appreciate, the headshape design offers more forgiveness than the 815 version and it's worth noting that the Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond has a higher MOI than the standard Big Bertha Alpha 815, perhaps stretching the range of "players" who can benefit from this Tour level driver.
Flipping the driver over is where you will notice the biggest difference from the previous version with the 816 DBD boasting what Callaway are calling Dual Distance Chambers. The familiar gravity core now has two homes and golfers have the flexibility to dial in the ball flight and maximise the ball speed from their preferred impact position.
The gravity core can be located in either of the two chambers allowing for a neutral or draw ball flight and by putting the core up or down weight can be located exactly where you want it to deliver greater distance.
The up position is ideal for players who impact above the centre of the face, whilst positioning it down will add performance to strikes lower down the face.
Ball speeds from the face are also boosted by the next generation of Callaway's R*MOTO face technology. This provides the structure to allow for a thinner face which in turn generates higher ball speeds right across the face.
Finally the Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond features Callaway's OptiFit adjustability that allows players to add or remove loft and adjust the lie angle to perfectly fit their swings.