Seeking Low Spin and Forgiveness from a Driver? The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 is the Answer!

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With the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver, Callaway has addressed a big issue with low-spin, high-distance drivers. The major problem with these drivers was the lack of forgiveness. Since manufacturers have found a recipe for distance (high-launch, low-spin), forgiveness HAD to be sacrificed.  Although the majority of golfers were getting longer off the tee, they were also getting deeper into the woods.

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Callaway has found a way to lower spin rates by using a forged composite crown, which actually saves weight to be reposition lower in the clubhead to create more forgiveness. Combine the forged composite material with a Gravity Core for an adjustable center of gravity (CG). The result of these two technologies is a powerful combination: long and straight with consistency.

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They’ve also developed a lighter and thinner clubface with a new technology called RMOTO. This advancement provides another weight saving structure that allows an ultra-thin face to maintain stability and enhance the energy transfer from the golfball to the face (known as the smash factor).  The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver is the only club on the market with this technology.

The Alpha 815 driver also features two moveable weights, weighing 7 and 1 grams each. These weights can be moved in conjunction with Callaway’s OptiFit hosel to adjust for a draw, fade or neutral bias shot shape. They are now offering multiple premium shafts options at no up charge, making it even easier (and less expensive) to fine-tune your game.

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Just as the name indicates, this driver is to be reserved for the experts! The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond driver is designed with the lower handicappers in mind. These golfers tend to have higher swing speeds and produce consistency with clubface contact.

As mentioned above, The RMOTO technology makes for a lighter and more stable clubface, allowing for Callaway to move weight lower in the clubhead to reduce spin. They’ve also added a TALLER Gravity Core, and because of that they’ve redesigned the shape of the golfclub. The re-designed club has a deeper clubface and taller crown that better players prefer to see in the address position. Remember, this club was designed for a better (Tour) player, and Callaway used their feedback throughout the entire process.

This driver also features Callaway’s OptiFit hosel and two moveable weights, weighing 3 and 1 grams. Just like the Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver, Callaway is offering multiple premium shafts with no upcharge. Between the RMOTO technology, the larger Gravity Core and the sleek, clean shape, the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond is the most technologically advanced driver for accomplished players on the market.

Comment below and let us know what you think about these Callaway drivers or keep learning and click here to see the other new clubs Callaway has released this year.

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TaylorMade 3-Wood Comparison: JetSpeed vs SLDR

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The TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway wood has been designed with the ultimate goal of being an easy to hit, good looking club that crushes the golf ball past your buddy’s driver. The newly redesigned Speed Pocket now cuts through more of the sole, which increases ball speeds on mishits across the entire face, performing better than its predecessor, the  TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 fairway wood. TaylorMade has also moved the center of gravity (CG) lower and closer to the face of the golfclub. This lower CG position will produce a higher launch, and the forward CG will produce lower spin rates. The JetSpeed clubhead also gives the club a lower profile and puts the CG below the equator of the golf ball, making fairway woods more forgiving than ever before!

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Not all golfers will fit into the ultra-low launch and low spinning combination clubheads that have become a staple in the 2014 market. Golfers with slower swing speeds need additional spin and a higher launch to keep the golf ball airborne and flying straight. On the other side of the spectrum, higher swing speed players who have a lower launch angle will enjoy hitting a high towering 3 wood versus one that rolls out for days. The playability and forgiveness of the TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway wood was proven by many PGA Tour players in 2014. Players such as Justin Rose, Shawn Stefani, Camilo Villegas, and Ryan Moore had successful years.

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The TaylorMade SLDR fairway wood

is designed with the better player in mind (that’s not to say a higher handicap couldn’t play the club). The newly redesigned Speed Pocket promotes faster ball speeds across the face, especially those struck low on the clubface. The SLDR fairway wood is significantly more playable than last year’s TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 fairway wood. With an extreme forward CG, miss-hits are severely punished by both distance loss and increased side spin. Though, when hit solid, it’s a recipe for crazy distance! The SLDR produces long and straight shots equally from the tee and fairway. This can be attributed to the SLDR’s shallow profile, which places the CG lower than the equator of the golf ball. The shallow face also increases the playability factor from various lies, so you can hit a multitude of shots.

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This club has an ultra-sleek appearance, framing the golf ball with a silver face and grey clubhead. This compact clubhead appeals to all golfers and inspires confidence when facing all shots. The SLDR is available in a TP model as well. The TaylorMade SLDR TP fairway wood is the same clubhead with upgraded Tour-quality shaft options.

What You Need To Know:

Player Profile for the TaylorMade JetSpeed Fairway Wood

  • Handicap: 12 and higher
  • Swing Speed: 95 mph and lower
  • Seeking to gain distance while maintaining or increasing forgiveness

Player Profile for the Taylormade SLDR Fairway Wood

  • Handicap: 0-12
  • Swing Speed: 95 mph and higher
  • Seeking to lower your ball flight and achieve a straighter shot pattern

I hope this quick breakdown comparing the Taylormade JetSpeed and SLDR fairway woods has helped out!

Looking to learn more? Take a look at our other comparisons we’ve done by TaylorMade: SpeedBlade vs RocketBladez, SLDR vs SpeedBlade, SLDR vs SLDRS vs SLDR Mini.

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2014-2015 FootJoy Contour Series: Enhancements to a Best Seller

The FootJoy Contour Series has been an instant success since the day the series was release. Every year FootJoy continues to listen to consumers and enhance the shoe that everyone is gravitating towards. The 2014-2015 line up is no different, and they’ve added slight subtleties to continue with the trends and not miss a beat.

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The superior comfort, support and wearability come from FootJoy’s FitBed technology.  The Contour Series’ outer is constructed of soft, comfortable, waterproof full grain leather, making it one of the most durable uppers on the market. The materials and construction are built to withstand the toughest of conditions. FootJoy includes a two year waterproof warranty with the shoes.

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The FootJoy Contour Series is constructed very similarly to a normal, everyday sneaker. This design ensures the shoe will have optimal flexibility. The Contour Series shoe features seven spikes, with the fast twist cleat system for speedy re-spiking.

There are ten new styles available for the 2014-2015 golf season. The following styles are shown with their availability in regards to sizing and widths.

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What are you waiting for? Give the #1 shoe in golf the respect it deserves! Don’t like the colors that are available? Create your own contour series through FootJoy’s MyJoy program.

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