Callaway Diablo Edge

Reviewed: 8 February 2010 by Golfmagic corerespondent

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Callaway Diablo Edge

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  • Price: £249.00
  • Year: 2010 - 2011

OUR REVIEW

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.

Reader Reviews

paul burton 2
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
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Joe Cool
You can't beat the Edge for the money.
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John Haytack 2
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 sti
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John Haytack
I bought the Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 9.5 version driver with a stiff shaft at Nevada Bobs after I used it on their instore simulator. I was hitting the ball mid trajectory and getting a nice draw shape. I was hitting the ball well and getting 250+ yards. I took the club to the driving range first and was pleased that I was getting roughly the same ball flight but 50 yards less distance. I put this loss of distance down to the range balls. The club head sits very nicely behind the ball at address, and the traditional shape of the club head is very pleasing to the eye. I tried hitting my drives at 85% to see what effect this would have on ball flight. The dreaded slice raised it's ugly head ! I went back to hitting the ball at 100% and found that the slice dissapeared. It seems that with the stiff shaft and the 1degree open club face that the harder and faster I swing the straighter the shot as the head comes round into a square position on impact. The ball trajectory is mid height from the 9.5 degree face and gives quite a lot of roll after landing. All in all a very nice club which will be in my bag for a long time to come, or until I can save up for the FTI-Z.

Posted: 06/09/2010 at 15:44

scubascuba3
i have the edge tour which does give a penetrating flight plus seems to be straighter. if the shaft is too stiff the ball could fade/slice plus have a lower trajectory. I've found from experience with my lower swing speed (good tempo i usually call it) a regular shaft is better

Posted: 17/05/2011 at 21:36

jeff erb
ft-iz with voodoo shafts is the only way to go

Posted: 19/05/2011 at 02:27

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