With just a few more reviews to go from the Callaway Diablo Edge line for 2010, I’m going to use this time to write about the Diablo Edge Hybrid. The Diablo Edge Irons, and Edge Forged Irons are on deck for later in the week.
I’ll call this the Standard Diablo Edge Hybrid the Tour model’s little brother. It has a lot of the same features and looks fairly similar, but what sets the two apart is performance and who it is made for. The Standard model is built for your average player while the Tour model is built for the better player.
The Diablo Edge Hybrid standard uses the same hosel and sole setup as the Tour giving players a little more stability in their shots as well as the ability to get the ball airborne from just about any lie out there. The hybrid also features VFT technology for longer shots as well as a very thin and light crown so that more weight can be moved back and deep in the club head for higher shots.
The look is a little more for the average golfer with the club featuring more offset than the Tour model. Still, it is not much of a distraction and should bring confidence to the higher handicap player. The shafts available match that of the average player, and many custom options are available for an up charge. I felt the stock graphite was a little weak compared to the Tour model graphite.
Hitting this club made me almost want to go with it instead of the Tour model! I found it to be the easiest to hit hybrid I’ve ever used and was also the simplest to get airborne. The ball really jumped off the face with a nice high trajectory. It did however tend to balloon from time to time if you hung back on it a little. I’m going to blame the shaft on this as I’ve stated earlier that it does feel a little soft. The Tour hybrid seemed to have a nice mid-high penetrating flight no matter what shot you put on it.
The downside with this club like with most tour model irons is the workability. It is very hard to make the ball move anyway other than left and it is almost impossible to hit low. In reality I can’t be too picky because this is just what the club is designed to do! Shot after shot produced a nice high, soft landing draw that in reality went just a little further than my own! (Graphite in the one I tested, Steel in the one i use).
Overall if you want to complete your set of Diablo’s with some hybrids, I would suggest picking these up after a quick fitting. They match very well with the Diablo Edge irons which I will review next. If you are looking for a club that will go a little lower with a more stable and consistent ball flight, then check out my review of the Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid.