Callaway Diablo Octane Driver

Callaway Diablo Octane Driver is Stronger, Lighter, Faster Than ANY Other Driver on the Market! 


Callaway Diablo Octane DriverThose are the words Callaway decided to use to describe the Octane Driver; strong words and a big claim from Callaway and will surely grab the attention of golfers.

Who would not like to have a driver that is stronger, lighter, and faster than the rest?

Most would like that in a driver but the question remains, does the Octane deliver as promised? Can any golfer deliver those results? Can you lower your score by simply changing a driver? Or do you need to be a professional to see that kind of results?

Read the review to find out:

The material

Forget Composite: The new “Forged Composite” technology from Callaway is a result of working with the automobile company Lamborghini as they did as well with the Callway RAZR Hawk driver with great result.

The lighter club head has allowed Callaway to place material in different places in the head putting it lower and further away from the face. This helps the club gain better pool in the center with better gravity which in return helps the club move the golf ball upwards. The new material is lighter and stronger than the popular Titanium, one third of the density of the Titanium to be exact, in the attempt to reduce its weight in order to create maximum speed and greater distance.

The reduced weight in the head is not just about speed as it has a very high Moment of Inertia (MOI) and will therefore minimize the chance of the club head twisting which will increase the probability of straight hits.

Hyberbolic Face Technology: Improves impact efficiency and produces a consistent high ball speed which creates a larger “sweet spot”. What Callaway has done here is remove strategically extra material from the face of the club.

Project X Graphite Shaft: The new technology and lighter head allows for a longer shaft and the Project X Graphite Shaft is their longest shaft to date. Produced to get the most out of the Driver the Project X is a high quality shaft that gives a good feel and maximum performance.

The Octane Tour Model: The Octane Tour is made for those players that have a lower handicap but can be used with good result by mid range handicappers.

It is also worth mentioning that the Diablo Octane is 1″ longer that the Callaway Diablo Edge (46″ vs. 45″). The Octane Driver comes in 9.5-, 10.5-, 11.5- and 13-degree HT lofts. The Tour version (8.5 , 9.5 , 10.5 degrees), comes standard at 45.5″. The driver is available for both right and left handed as well as being available for ladies, regular, senior and stiff.

Let´s see if the 460cc Diablo Octane Driver delivers the result.

The Performance

We did our performance test using three golfers ranging in handicap from 3 to 22. We compared the driver against its predecessor, the Diablo Edge, using the P3ProSwing golf simulator to measure the performance.

High handicap:

The Callaway Octane Driver clearly produces faster swing and ball speed and on average 7 yards longer drives. The drives came out similar when we did not hit with the center of the club with the Octane performing better my a margin. The result was that the high handicap golfer clearly benefited from the driver and was “thrilled” with it.

Compared to the golfers standard driver (Callaway FT-iZ) he had some problems with the drives. The sweet-spot is not as big and as a result the drives are not as straight. The high handicap golfer did gain yards but lost some control instead. Overall though, very good performance but could take some time to get used to.

Middle handicap:

Our second test was with a golfer that has a handicap of 14. Again the Octane outperformed the Edge but this time by a whole 10 yards. The faster swing and ball speed resulted in longer drives on average and the golfer had more often success with the Octane driver when it came to consistency and center hits. Control over the driver was much better with the middle range handicap as was expected.

Low handicap:

With the low handicap golfer (3 handicap) the result became much closer to our surprise. The Octane did by a small margin outperform the Edge but there seemed to be less difference in the two clubs with the low handicap golfer. The reason for this was higher performance using the Edge compared to the lower handicaps while not adding much to the game with the Octane. The swing and ball speed was still faster but off center hits was the same between the two.

When we switched the Diablo Octane Driver with the Octane Tour model the result became much better and the difference became clear again. After the switch the Octane outperformed the Edge by 6 yards.

The Verdict

Stronger, Lighter, Faster might have been a big claim from Callaway but the result show that this is a driver that sets benchmarks for other producers of drivers when it comes to speed and distance. The Octane driver is a great performer when it comes to distances and has a great look to go along with it. It is great for all golfers that are on the lookout for more length to their drives.

The Good

  • Gained yards yards for middle and higher handicappers
  • Lighter weight is easy to swing for majority of golfers
  • Project X
  • Great for middle to high handicap players
  • The Tour version is good for lower handicap players

The Bad

  • Sound: does not produce the normal titanium “music”
  • Longer shaft can can get more distance but the cost can be accuracy
  • Did not perform the same for a low handicap golfer as it did for the middle to high handicap