Pros: Easy to hit, nice sound, surprisingly forgiving
Cons: The $500 price tag
I won this club in a giveaway here on TST. Since it came in during the very long winter we had, I opted to not take it out until I had an opportunity to "get back in the swing of things" with the driver I was using last year (Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme, 9.5*, Matrix Black Tie shaft in stiff flex)). Well, it took me a while to get any consistency going this year but over the past couple of weeks, I had been hitting the driver pretty well, so I decided to take the Alpha out to the range for a head to head comparison with the Razr Fit Xtreme.
I spent the first couple of hours playing with the loft/face angle/gravity core/weight combinations, and getting a feel for the club, only to discover that my best combination was 9*, gravity core down, neutral face and draw weight bias. Comparing it to my current driver, that combination resulted in shots with a slightly higher ball flight (which surprised me) and equal if not farther distance. I also noticed the mishits didn't seem to be all that far off line and not drastically shorter either. As a side note to this, I have always liked the sound on a good hit off of the Razr Fit Xtreme. It reminds me of a hammer hitting a nail. I noticed right away the Alpha has that same sound.
After getting the club dialed in, some buddies and I decided to hit the course and give it a test under actual playing conditions. Over the course of the round, I used the Alpha on 11 holes and hit 8 fairways. A couple of those fairways were actually mishits that ended up still being very decent shots and the fairways I missed were not really that far offline and were still very playable, confirming what I noticed on the range. On the solid strikes, distance was again, the same or longer than the Razr Fit Xtreme.
Overall, I find the Alpha to be a very fine club that is comparable to the Razr Fit Xtreme in terms of distance on a good strike but much less penalizing on mishits. Would I pay $500 for it? With the Razr Fit Xtreme already in my bag, I have to say the answer would be no, which is why I only gave it 4 stars but on the other hand, I'm not going to get rid of it either!