In 2015 Gryphon have some of the best and hardest hitting hockey sticks available on the market, we have been lucky enough to have a little knock with the Diablo Pro from the Chrome range, and at the price it is a good hockey stick to review.
Gryphon are a tough brand to review, partly because they don’t give away a lot of information on composite materials that they use, and partly because I can’t drag them out of the hands of players to review because they love them so much.
Our Chrome Diablo Pro owner had only just picked up this 2015 model hockey stick and was proud to say it was the best hockey stick he ever owned and keen to allow me to play with it a while.
Gryphon have 4 main ranges of stick on the market and the Chrome range sits 3rd in the pecking order, despite the sticks being fairly expensive still. Because of this I was expecting the Gryphon Chrome Diablo to loose the bite experienced from something in the taboo range for example.
I was pleasantly surprised as the power from the Gryphon Chrome Diablo was great, the famous Gryphon hitting power was very much there, no not quite as much as the obviously high powered taboo but in comparison to my Osaka 3 series I would say this stick packs more punch.
There is a nice crisp hitting noise when you hit a nice slap pass, something that I always review as important to tell if a stick has true power.
What you loose by going down the range slightly with a Gryphon Chrome is a little of the absolute solidness you feel from a Taboo or Tour Gryphon hockey stick. You will hear us talk about the top end of all brands hockey sticks in this way. It’s a bit like if you have ever owned a premium car and compared the way the doors shut to a lesser brand.
That said for the vast majority of us who don’t play internationally or first team stuff the only real reason to review and spend the extra money on the £200+ sticks is basically snobbery with some self justification that it might improve your game.
What I loved about the Gryphon Chrome Diablo is the bow shape and particularly the position. Officially the apex is low at 250mm up from the ground and it feels low. However the whole shaft is curving from the handle cap to the heel which makes for a great balanced hockey stick.
I would suggest that if you are moving to a low bow for the first time, this Pro shape from Gryphon will be a great way of easing you in rather than something like the deuce which is very low and take an extreme kink at the end of your shaft.
You will still get the slingshot effect benefits and be able to flick harder and faster. You will also have a bend low enough to the ground to lift the ball easier for 3D dribbling work, it just won’t be hugely alien for you.
All round the Gryphon Chrome Diablo Pro is one of the best low £100’s hockey sticks for hitting the ball that I have been lucky enough to play with. The ball absolutely rockets away from slap hits.
Last note in my review of the Gryphon Chrome Diablo Pro is about the hockey stick weight. Only available in Light don’t be put off if you don’t like really light weight hockey sticks. This is Gryphon’s standard weighting, the Chrome Diablo Pro is still a nice solid weight despite the label. Enjoy it!
- Shaft bow: 24mm curve at 250mm up from heel
- Headshape: Maxi
- Frustratingly Gryphon don’t publish carbon content, from experience I would say the Chrome Diablo is CIRCA 50% carbon, there is a lot of ‘feel’ that you normally get from quite high fibreglass content
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