Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Irons
Released in 2009, the Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Irons are a fairly recent addition to the golf club market, and are primarily aimed at better ability and lower handicap golfers.
But no matter what level you play your golf at, it's quite possible that you will not be too fond of the graphics on these irons. The bright red that's on show may not be to every golfers tastes.
At address though the graphics on the cavity are hidden from view, so they aren't really a major factor there. It's how they look in your bag that may be the issue.
As is usual graphite and steel shaft options are both available for these Callaway Big Bertha Diablo irons. The models we tested were fitted with the Nippon N.S. Pro 1100 GH steel shafts, so performance could differ slightly in Diablo irons equipped with a graphite shaft.
Despite being aimed at mostly lower handicap golfers, these irons are designed and weighted in a way that's meant to keep the club more solid at impact, thus not too difficult to hit.
And 9 times out of 10 this is the case, off the fairway these irons were very solid and reliable, even from the longer 3 iron up through to the wedges.
Anyone who consistently swings well should have no trouble sending the golf ball fizzing through the air with these clubs. The long and mid irons can be joy to hit when you're playing well. Just watching the ball penetrate through the sky just adds to the enjoyment you get in a good round of golf.
Also these irons can generate some pretty high ball speeds, that results in some impressive distance. It's debatable how important a quality distance is in irons, but for those players who it matters to, these Big Bertha Diablo irons are definitely very long clubs.
A competent low handicapper could probably consistently hit the pitching wedge over 150 yards on a calm day. Distances around the 220-250 yard range are also achievable with the longer irons.
Also another advantage is that this extra distance is not giving up any control and feel. Although we found these irons to not be as forgiving as other Callaway irons such as the X-22s, the Diablo's were definitely easier to work.
Fading and Drawing the ball can be done with equal ease with these clubs, in the capable hands of a competent player. Although miss-hit shots will definitely be punished accordingly, as really should be the case in clubs that are made for the better player.
So if you're a decent golfer, and you can get past the graphics of the Big Bertha Diablo Irons. Then these are definitely a model of clubs that are worth a look.
As of 2012, the price for the Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Irons brand new is around £400 or $635 for steel shafts, and around £440 or $699 for the graphite shaft versions.
|Easy To Hit ||8/10|
|Value For Money ||7/10|