Callaway Drivers, ultimate adjustment or too confusing?

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Scott Rushing
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Callaway Drivers, ultimate adjustment or too confusing?

I was researching the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 driver...dang that's a long name...and while the Honma driver gives you even the abilty to adjust the length of the shaft by inserts you add, the BB Alpha 815 seems to have thrown in everything but the kitchen sink.

yes, you can adjust the loft +2 degrees or -1 degree, yes you can adjust the face angle for open/closed face, like most drivers.  But then there are the weights you can also move, a 7g, 1 1 g which goes on the toe and the heel.   And then there's the center of gravity weight block you can reverse, one way it reduces spin, the other way it increases spin.  So you can (in theory) set the face, set the loft, adjust the spin and then adjust the weights.   With 8 possible combinations on the shaft alone, times 2 for the option on CG Block, times 2 for weights, that's like 32 possible combinations of settings.  

Now I like being able to tweak it to see how things work, but that's a lot of tweaking.   Seems like the weights and the face angle adjustment increase or negate each other...If you had a launch monitor, would be interesting to spend 3 or 4 sessions working through all the adjustments to narrow down the best fit...and then leave it!

 

scomac
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I think that it's over kill

I think that it's over kill for most.  You need the correct loft to get the best launch angle.  Then you need to set the face angle to get the direction.  Shaft length and lie angle to get the most consistent contact.  IMO most people aren't nearly consistent enough with strike to get a meaningful result from moving weights around.  You might have 32 possible combinations, but any one individual is only going to have a fraction of those settings useful, no different really than back in the days of heads being marketed in different lofts and face angles (ie. draw versions).

Make no mistake; adjustable clubs are not about offering something for the benefit of the consumer.  It's about streamling production to a single head (versus perhaps a half dozen) and making fitting cheaper and easier to perform for the retailer.  IOW improved profit margins and talking points to drive sales.

cac
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Never had an adjustable club

Never had an adjustable club and looking at the prices don't think I ever will. One thing I want to alter in my swing is angle of attack which judging by my stats is about 5 degree below ideal. My current driver which I a very happy with is 10.5 deg so I have just purchased an experienced ping  2 driver at 15.5degrees. Hope this helps a bit. What is the stigma about high lofts ? I can't hit an 8.5 deg driver if you paid me. I'll follow on with results as it just came today. Looks OK for £30. Cac

cac handed Geordie.

DON
The NEGATIVE with most adjustable drivers

My problem with ALL adjustable drivers other than the new HONMA  GX1 is that to change the setting you HAVE to rotate the shaft in the head. That is about the WORSE thing you can do with any club., as I have mentioned hundreds of times on this site. Rotating the shaft compleatly ruins the FLO alignment of the shaft, and club performance will go DOWN when you do that. And this rotating of the shaft is the main reason I do NOT like adjustable clubs, be it a driver or a fairway wood. Truth is you could get a better driver if you had a good club fitting and had a club built to your best specs with a NON adjustable head and a good shaft. For 99 percent of golfers, the adjustable head driver is a ONE TIME deal. Buy the club, adust it the best you know how,and then NEVER adjust it again. Why pay a lot more for a club with these adjustment that you will only use once??? I'll take a NON adjustable head club any day.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Shaft hosel Adaptors. or not good.

One more thing about adjustable drivers and wood. the shaft/hosel adaptor on the end of the shaft, is NOT in most cases re-usable if you want to try a different shaft in the club. IF you decide to try a new shaft you have to BUY a new adaptor for the head, and they usially cost about $30 to $35 per adaptor. That just adds to the final cost of the club if you decide to install a better shaft in your club. Most clubmakers do NOT know how to remove the adaptor from the factory shaft without melting the plastice part of the adaptor. It CAN be done so the adaptor can be re-used, but I don't know of any clubmakers in the Denver area that know how to do it. I can do it safely about 95% of the time, but that's my little secret that I have not decided to share with the other clubmakers in the world just yet.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.