Martin Hopley
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If you like a lot of adjustability in your fairway woods then the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 could be for you.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

It is essentially the same proposition as the previous 815 version with a larger head, up to 25cc larger in the 165cc 3-wood version.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

As well as the standard OptiFit adjustable hosel for loft and lie and the same 14°, 16° and 18° lofts, there are also two adjustable sole weights as before.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

However the 3g weight is now accompanied by a slimmed down 16g partner instead of the previous 30g, as more of the overall weight is now in the larger head.

Having the heavier weight in the rear of the sole increases the spin and the Alpha 816 fairway is much more forgiving in this set up.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

Moving the weight forward lowers the spin and if you are someone who finds the XR fairway goes too high, then the Alpha 816 could be a good alternative.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

The forward position also changed the feel of the club a little as you swing it, which is understandable, but took a bit of getting used to.

At address it had a lovely, clean head shape with a square set up and a rough feeling matte black crown to smooth the airflow in order to maximise club head speed.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

The Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup features again to get the most from your swing speed and the feel and sound from it was excellent.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

It is all attached to you via the Aldila Rogue shaft which suits better players well with its stability and firm feel.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

Like the Big Bertha Alpha 816 driver, whether you buy this club really comes down to whether you will gain from the set up and additional adjustability that this club offers over the less adjustable Great Big Bertha fairway or the non-adjustable XR fairway.

The XR gives great all round performance, but will fly higher so if you have a high swing speed this could make the Alpha 816 a better choice, especially if you are using it from the tee more than the fairway.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway

The sleek lines of the Big Bertha Alpha 816 probably look the best of these three fairways and the squarer position at address adds to the classier, better player package, so if you can make it fly then the Alpha 816 is probably worth the extra investment.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Fairway Wood - Product Details

Launch UK18 September 2018
Launch USA18 September 2018
Launch RRP£249
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts14°, 16°
Right Handed Lofts14°, 16°, 18°
MaterialComposite
Head Volume165 cc
Club Length43 inches
Swing WeightD2
AdjustabilityLoft, Face Angle, Weight
Shaft NameAldila Rogue I/O 70
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff, X Stiff
Shaft Weight70g
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

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