Diablo Edge

Its head is made ultra-thin four-piece titanium with aerodynamics helping generate higher ball speeds and its 'chemically-milled face making it more forgiving.'The Diablo Edge standard driver is available in 9-, 10-, 11- and 13-degree lofts as well as a draw version.And 8.5-, 9.5- and 10.5 in a Tour model.

By Golfmagic corerespondent on Mon, 8 Feb 2010 - 12:02

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PRICE: £249.00     YEAR: from 2010

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Diablo Edge
Submitted by Golfmagic corerespondent on Mon, 08 Feb 2010

Having already propelled Alvaro Quiros to become the longest driver in world golf, Callaway is now planning to help the rest of us discover our inner big-hitter with the launch of a new line of drivers for 2010. But power is only half of the story, I claims, with the new Diablo drivers (standard and Tour versions) offering both distance and forgiveness.

As you might expect, the new drivers feature the sort of technical advancement we’ve come to associate with Callaway. Far from being a simple cosmetic touch-up, this is a full-blown overhaul with updated geometry, improved aerodynamics and a new four-piece design helping to create what the company claims is the most weight-efficient all-titanium driver it has ever produced.

The fusing of crown, sole, face and internal weight enabled Callaway engineers – led by Briton Dr Alan Hocknell – to make the body of the driver much thinner than would have been possible with a standard casting. The weight saved was then moved lower and further back in the head, with a carefully positioned weight chip lowering the CG (centre of gravity), improving the launch conditions and even giving a slight draw bias. If you want to bomb drives these, surely, are your ideal conditions.

With so many restrictions on size, dimensions and materials, engineers have also identified aerodynamics as an area where performance improvements can be made. By streamlining the clubhead design, this year’s Diablo produces 8% less drag than its predecessor. In a game of fine margins, the extra 1mph of ball speed that equates to is not an insignificant gain.

A new process of ‘chemical reduction’ has also been used to remove unwanted material and vary the thickness of the hyberbolic face. The result is a more consistent ball speed, even on off-centre hits. Again, it’s a small improvement, but factor in all the other developments and it becomes clear this club is greater than the sum of its parts.

Thankfully, it’s not just a question of seeing the benefits in a laboratory. Take the Diablo Edge to a driving range and you’ll soon realise just how much better this club is than what went before. Not to say that the BB Diablo was lacking – for the high-handicap slicer it’s excellent – it's just that the new version is an improvement.

As well as the revised aerodynamics giving it a sleeker look, the bulge on the toe portion of the club is far less pronounced at address and it sits beautifully behind the ball. The graphics on the sole are more subtle and the  Diablo logo on the crown makes alignment easy.

But how does it play? Will it turn Albert the hacker into Alvaro the crusher in three swings? The answer, encouragingly, is maybe. Like all Callaway drivers it’s easy to hit, goes straight and will quickly become a faithful companion. Better than that, the ball tends goes 'miles'! Even without my own personal choice of loft and shaft, it was easy to get out there using a standard stock shaft and loft. A properly-fitted Diablo would surely be a match for anything.

It makes a loud, crisp sound at impact and produces a towering flight -not overly high but enough to ease any worries about getting the ball airborne consistently. Better players will perhaps favour the more penetrating ball flight of a Tour model that sits one degree open, has a more conventional, pear-shaped head and a full-length hosel.

The higher lofted versions of the standard Diablo Edge (11 & 13) are one-degree shut to help counteract a slice.

Verdict

A resounding success from Callaway. The new Diablo Edge is better than the original in every way and really delivers on its promises. Higher handicappers will love the easy-to-achieve high ball flight and generosity on mishits, while the better player will love the more traditional looks and feel of the Tour version. Something for everyone.

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80
Submitted by scotgolf on Tue, 02/03/2010 - 12:32

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This hybrid is so much better than the standard Diablo hybrid and I would say to other buyers to consider upgrading the shaft on the club as the Voodoo shaft is really excellent, but consult your Pro first. I can achieve great distance off the tee (240yds) with the No3 hybrid so it's great on tight par 4's or long par 3's This club really is a great addition to my bag and I look forward to playing with through the rest of the year.

Strengths

Great to look at when addressing the ball Clean lines Nice weight in the head and shaft Good perforamnce from the Voodoo shaft

Weaknesses

Another fidly headcover from Callaway

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Despite price, a good buy and a very efective weapon.

Strengths

Great build quality and solid feel (I have rifle shafts fitted). Ball flies high and straight but with 3, 4, 5 flight is more penetrating. More forgiving than my previous X-20s and on tight lies the more rounded lower edge nips the ball off the turf. The lob wedge is particularly cute and effective.

Weaknesses

Not cheap. Chunky look takes a bit of getting used to.

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Despite price, a good buy and a very effective weapon.

Strengths

Great build quality and solid feel (I have rifle shafts fitted). Ball flies high and straight but with 3, 4, 5 flight is more penetrating. More forgiving than my previous X-20s and on tight lies the more rounded lower edge nips the ball off the turf. The lob wedge is particularly cute and effective.

Weaknesses

Not cheap. Chunky look takes a bit of getting used to.

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Have lived up to the hype for me...

Strengths

10-20 yards longer... consistently.

Weaknesses

Looks are a little clunky... and not cheap...

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Submitted by John Haytack 2 on Thu, 24/11/2011 - 09:35

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The driver is awesome. I bought the Tour version when they first appeared in the shops after advice from a pro in a Nevada Bob's store. I hit the club with a lovely draw shape when I tried the driver with a stiff shaft. I bought it that day and have never looked back. The club has allowed me to out drive all my friends out on the course. I can shape a fade or a draw at will which I could never do with my old Big Bertha. I would recommend this club to any player looking for a top class club but at a reasonable price.

Strengths

Very good for shaping shots Confidence booster Long & straight Great looking Lovely solid sound

Weaknesses

None so far

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Submitted by Joe Cool on Thu, 05/04/2012 - 18:08

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You can't beat the Edge for the money.

Strengths

The Diablo Edge is as good as anything I've ever used. I've used many over the years and have come to realize, it's not the arrow, it's the Indian. Performance seems pretty comparable on everything I've used. It's just a matter of how I use it.

Weaknesses

This is a great driver but, don't hit it towards the heel. For me, impact as little as a half inch off the sweet spot towards the heel consistently gives me a short slice. I mean 40 yards short! Of course, hitting on-center.....bang....gone long and straight. Miss-hits slightly toward the toe don't have near negative affect as toward the heel. It's as if the sweet spot is slightly elongated toward the toe.

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Submitted by paul burton 2 on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:15

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I have just acquired a Callaway Diablo driver 10 degree from a friend who took up golf and four years later decided it was not for him. I previously had the Nike SQ and in comparison the Callaway is so much easier to hit. For problem slicers I would recommend giving this a blast and with new drivers coming on the market you would probably pick one up reasonably cheap.

Strengths

Having a draw bias slices are now a thing of the past. I am getting a good 30 yards further down the fairway probably due in no small part by the ball travelling straight.

Weaknesses

Still needs to be controlled.

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