Callaway HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour

May 30, 2011 – completed testing on the new Callaway HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour and provides this review in our series of 2011 golf ball reviews.


The Callaway HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour golf balls replace the HX Hot Bite, HX Hot Plus and Big Bertha Diablo within Callaway’s 2011 lineup.

The HX Diablo features a 2-piece golf ball construction, lower compression design while the HX Diablo Tour features a 3-piece golf ball construction, double-cover design. Both feature an iomomer cover and Callaway’s familiar 332 hex-shaped dimple pattern. Callaway states in their press release:

“In developing the new HX Diablo Tour golf ball, our aim was to combine the best elements of the popular HX Hot Bite and HX Hot Plus, said Steve Ogg, Vice President of Golf Ball Research and Development, Callaway Golf. “We leveraged the best technology from both predecessors to engineer a ball that offers both distance off the tee and excellent greenside control.”

“We are thrilled with the performance of this high technology 2-piece ball (HX Diablo),” says Ogg. Golfers will be impressed with the distance characteristics of all clubs and the amazingly soft feel. I believe that players will not find a better performing 2-piece ball at this price.”

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™,

According to Callaway*, the HX Diablo is available with a retail price of $19.99 while the HX Diablo Tour is priced at $25.99. Here is a breakdown of the manufacturer’s stated benefits:

HX Diablo

• 2-piece construction.
• Proprietary core formulation that increases ball speed for better distance while maintaining the soft feel off the clubface that most golfers prefer.
• HEX aerodynamics incorporated into a 332 dimple pattern designed to reduce drag and create more penetrating ball flight.
• Ionomer cover.

HX Diablio Tour

• 3-piece construction.
• Power Reaction Core that is firmer on the outer edges and gradually gets softer on the inside creating less spin off of driver shots and more spin when using shorter irons.
• HEX aerodynamics incorporated into a 332 dimple pattern designed to reduce drag and create more penetrating ball flight.
• Thin Ionomer cover.


The Callaway HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour will be included in the next release of the site.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at

Testing Approach

In testing and evaluation conducted by, the Callaway HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour were subjected to bench testing for compression and cover hardness, and to player and robot testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge.

HX Diablo Inside                HX Diablo Tour Inside

Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at

Notable Observations

Player testing was conducted across a range of ball speeds on the HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour golf balls. Overall, the HX Diablo indicates exhibits slightly less spin off all clubs (driver, 6-iron, and 56 degree wedge) than the HX Diablo Tour at all ball speed levels we tested. Both the HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour have mid to lower high launch angle characteristics.

Driver Testing:

The spin rate of the HX Diablo was approximately 200-300 RPM’s higher than the Titleist NXT (comparable 2 piece ball) across low, mid and higher ball speeds but with slightly more overall distance while the HX Diablo Tour spun significantly more that the Bridgestone e6 with a higher launch angle resulting in more overall distance for all ball speeds tested.

6-Iron Testing:

6-iron testing across all ball speeds for both the HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour showed a higher launch angle, slightly more spin and slightly more overall carry distance when compared with the NXT and e6.

Sand Wedge Testing:

The HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour had significantly more spin for a sand wedge than the Titleist NXT and Bridgestone e6 at all ball speeds tested. Launch angles were slightly lower across all ball speeds when compared to the NXT and e6.

Bench Testing:

Our bench testing indicates that the HX Diablo has an overall compression reading of 72 points which is similar to the Bridgestone e6, approximately 10% greater than the 2009 Callaway Big Bertha Diablo and 25% less than the overall compression reading of the 2009 Callaway HX Hot Plus. The HX Diablo Tour has a higher overall compression reading at 88 points which is slightly less than the 2010 Titleist NXT while 28% greater than the 2009 Callaway HX Hot Bite golf ball. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour exhibited similar cover hardness to each other with both being softer than the 2010 Bridgestone e6 and Titleist NXT.


On-Course Player Comments:

“The HX Diablo feels much softer than other 2-piece balls especially off the putter and sand wedge”; “I was not surprised to see more spin from either of these two Callaway balls but did not feel like I lost any distance. “

“When comparing the HX Diablo to the Bridgestone e6 which I currently play, I get more spin and the feel I’m looking for when hitting my wedge. It seems to carry further.”


Golfers looking for a value-priced distance-oriented golf ball should consider the HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour golf balls. Golfers looking in the $19-26 price range that tend to need more spin should benefit from the spin characteristics of these balls while getting a softer feel when compared to others in this range. For a two-piece ball the HX Diablo performed consistently in all categories and ball speeds tested.

In choosing the right golf ball, believes that golfers interested in the Callaway HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour should consider its “best fit” potential for their game in the context of their own preferences and the trade-offs they are prepared to take for distance, control and feel and according to their own unique ballistics measures of ball speed, launch angle and general spin rate. As with any ball, player preferences and individual launch/spin conditions are paramount. Learn more at, the #1 Ball Selector in Golf.

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1 Comment

  • 1. bob  |  March 3rd, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    These balls do not compare to the older version of diablo balls. Distance and feel (especially feel) are not there. Bad callaway…Bad…

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