Callaway Golf extends their Diablo brand, which up until this year only consisted of drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids. New for 2010 are the Diablo Edge and Diablo Forged irons, each of which is geared towards specific types of players.
Both models take a number of features previously seen on Callaway's X-22 and X-22 Tour irons, and builds on them for this new release. The Diablo Edge was designed with the player looking for more consistency and distance in mind, while the Diablo Forged caters more towards the better player. Which of these has the qualities you're looking for? Follow along to find out!
Diablo Edge Irons
Any time we talk about a game-improvement iron, one of the key traits is a low, deep center of gravity and the Diablo Edge is no different. The new stainless steel irons help higher handicap players achieve longer and more consistent distance, while improving accuracy by moving the weight back and deep.
Like the popular X-22 irons, the Diablo Edge uses Callaway's VFT Technology, which increases perimeter weighting to provide a healthy amount of forgiveness. To further optimize weighting, S2H2, which relocates weight from the hosel to the perimeter of the head, is also incorporated into the design of the Diablo Edge. As if that weren't enough, the 360-Degree Undercut Channel was brought in to take the forgiveness of this club to another level.
Another key piece to the Diablo Edge is the Solid Impact Sole, which allows the sole to glide smoothly through the turf and minimize the negative effects of hitting a shot fat or thin. Even if the shot is struck a little fat or off center, the improved Tru-Bore design has been integrated to enhance feel. It does this via the use of a polycarbonate tip plug, which effectively dampens vibration, which your hands will thank you for.
In designing the new Diablo Edge Irons, we've taken our proven technologies and combined them with insight on where average golfers make contact on the club face, then moved the sweet spot accordingly. The result of that effort is greater distance overall and greater distance consistency.Dr. Alan Hocknell, Senior VP of R&D, Callaway
Options & Availability
The Callaway Diablo Edge is available from a 3-iron all the way up to a lob wedge, and can be purchased with either a graphite or steel shaft. The graphite option uses Callaway's own Diablo Edge Graphite shaft if you prefer a lighter, "flexier" option. If steel is more your thing, the low torque True Temper M10 Flighted steel shaft is also available. With the exception of the lob wedge, the entire set is available for both right-handed and left-handed players. The steel shafted Diablo Edge set is available now for only $599, while graphite will run you $200 more.
If hybrids play a big part in your game, the Diablo Edge irons are also available in a combo set, which replaces two long irons with hybrid equivalents. Though this raises the price upwards of $200, hybrids can definitely be a major benefit to players who have problems hitting their long irons consistently.
Diablo Forged Irons
If you're looking for more feel and workability than what the Diablo Edge offers, the Diablo Forged irons may be for you. Crafted from soft 1020 carbon steel, the Diablo Forged is what Callaway is calling "the forged iron for the rest of us."
The head of the Diablo Forged is smaller than the Diablo Edge in every way, and it should be evident at address that this club means business. The top line is thinner, the sole is narrower, and there is only a very minimal amount of visible offset. This all equates to a more workable iron that has a generous amount of forgiveness, without some of the distracting qualities that you may find in other irons.
Precision welded onto the 1020 carbon steel body is a 455 Carpenter Steel face, which is going to help produce the soft, responsive feel players in this market desire.
We used an exceptional combination of materials to design the Diablo Forged Irons. The thin, high-strength steel face and the soft, forged steel body allowed us to move the center of gravity lower and create a unique combination of added distance and forged feel.Dr. Allen Hocknell
Options & Availability
Unlike the Diablo Edge, the Diablo Forged Irons are available for right handed players only. The standard set consists of 3-iron through PW, though a 51° gap wedge and 56° sand wedge are available as well. Your standard shaft choices consist of the Nippon NS1100 steel and Callaway Diablo Edge Forged graphite, though there are a number of others available from Callaway's custom shop if you so desire. Custom shafts will add on to the $999 price tag (steel only, graphite is $1199) though, so keep that in mind when shopping around. If you're looking for a way to make them more affordable, remember that Callaway has a great trade-in program.