Is the Callaway Diablo Edge Driver Still Good? Is it Forgiving for High Handicappers?
“The Callaway Diablo Edge driver came out in 2010 and was designed to offer maximum distance and forgiveness.”
When I read the design specs for the Callaway Diablo Edge driver, I was impressed and suspicious at the same time. On one hand, the design of the Callaway Diablo Edge sounds very impressive: a 4-piece modular head design.
On the other hand, this isn’t a design element that I remember seeing in subsequent Callaway drivers. So did they ditch the modular design because it didn’t work? Who knows. But I do know that a lot of players at the amateur level really liked this driver back in the day. But does the Callaway Diablo Edge provide any value for the 2023 high handicapper? Read on to find out!
Is the Callaway Diablo Edge Driver Still Good?
“As I touched on in the intro, the Callaway Diablo Edge features a 4-piece modular head design.”
To be quite honest, I didn’t know how this was supposed to affect the performance of this driver. And during testing, I couldn’t tell any difference in feel between the Callaway Diablo Edge and any other single piece driver.
What I could surmise was that the Callaway Diablo Edge felt pretty light and fast despite being a hefty 460cc driver. Behind the ball, the Callaway Diablo Edge looks pretty dang big. It has an elongated head that sort of culminates in a sharp point. It looks a bit odd; but it also looks confidence-inspiring.
The Callaway Diablo Edge driver also has an all-titanium design. It sounds really nice at impact. It gives off a loud metallic crack that gets pretty addicting. The sound deadens a bit if you mis-hit and you can feel when you mis-hit as well. The impact just feels less lively – muted if you will.
The speedy, light feel can also be attributed to the 60g Aldila Habanero shaft this driver comes with. The Callaway Diablo Edge is offered in four different loft options: 9°, 10°, 11° and 13°. And while the club head is large across the board, there isn’t a ton of offset – especially in the higher-lofted versions.
Lastly, the Callaway Diablo Edge features a chemically milled face which is another feature I don’t recall seeing in other Callaway drivers. So does all this add up to a driver that’s still good in 2023? Yes and no. The Callaway Diablo Edge is still good…for the right kind of player (surprise surprise).
Is the Callaway Diablo Edge Forgiving for High Handicappers?
“The Callaway Diablo Edge edge is actually a really good driver for beginners and high handicappers.”
Despite the odd features, shape and design elements, this is still an excellent game improvement driver. If you are a beginner and have no point of reference for what a driver should look like, the odd shape won’t be a problem for you.
If you’re a high handicapper, you will likely be able to get over the looks when you see how forgiving the Diablo Edge looks behind the ball. And the performance is spot-on for high handicappers.
My club head speed was effortlessly fast. My launch angles lived in the 14-17 degree range. And my average carry was 249.8 yards. In fact, the only thing that kept me from smashing the ball 260+ yards was the steep launch angle. But that’s just me and my semi-aggressive tempo and 90+ MPH swing speed mandates low-launching drivers.
The only thing I don’t like about this driver for high handicappers is the dispersion. While the Callaway Diablo Edge is very forgiving, extreme mis-hits were veering off-line by more than 15 yards. But as long as you are half paying attention to your swing, this shouldn’t be a huge issue.
Callaway Diablo Edge Vs Callaway Diablo Edge Tour
“The Callaway Diablo Edge Tour has a smaller, more traditional head shape.”
And while you get the same 60g Aldila Habanero shaft, withthe Tour, you get the option of extra stiff flex. I felt more comfortable with the Callaway Diablo Edge Tour and found it easier to close up the face to achieve my desired baby draw. The launch was still a little too high for me though.