Callaway Hex Black Tour Golf Ball (12 Pack) Review

Callaway Hex Black Tour Golf Ball (12 Pack) Review Callaway Hex Black Tour golf balls are excellent balls. They inspired a bit more confidence in my game, slightly more distance in drives and extra spin in the short game.

No golf ball alone will make you Phil Mikelson in your short game or make every drive over 300 yards dead straight. Compared to my usual golf ball, Srixon Q Star (Srixon Q Star 1-Dozen Golf Balls), drives carried about 8 yards longer, and hit the fairway more frequently. The really big difference was approaching the green; these balls stopped a lot quicker. Of course, like anything with golf, your mileage will vary.

For the average weekend golfer, this ball is probably overkill; the difference between this ball and about any other ball will probably not be noticeable.

There are three tiers of golf balls, under $20, between $20 and $30, and above $40. The Hex Black Tour lands squarely inside that $40 a dozen range, with the Titleist ProV1/x, Srixon Z Star, Bridgestone B330's, Nike 20Xi, and TaylorMade Penta. For the shear number of professionals that play the ProV1/x, no ball will likely ever unseat it from the top, or belief that it is the best golf ball. I played the ProV1x for a long time, recently switched to the Srixon (for a slightly less expensive ball), and have tried the Pentas. For my money, these Callaway's are a really nice ball; I like them better than the Penta or Srixon. Maybe not as much as the ProV1s.

The May 2012 issue of Golf Digest just finished a comparison of a 34 different golf balls. The numerical data was with irons, 50 yard pitches done by a robot, and which balls had what level of spin. They essentially made no judgment about more spin being better or worse, just that a ball that spins more will stop in a shorter distance on the green (the point is, a lot of spin could be good if you have really great distance skills and can drop the ball on the hole; it could also be bad if you expect to roll the ball a lot further on the green). As would be expected, the above $40 balls are designed for better players that want to stop the ball on the green - they all sat in a cluster at higher spin and lower launch angle. The mid range, were scattered in the middle to least spin, and the least expensive balls had the least amount of spin.

The balls were all blindly tested by golfers and those scores helped determine the gold and silver medals. These Hex Black Tour balls were ranked gold. This ball had a very similar spin rate to the ProV1/x, but had a higher launch angle.

Bridgestone and Callaway have introduced new dimple designs. Callaway is trying out this hex shallower dimple. It looks different and nice. Bridgestone is trying out a shallow double dimple. That design doesn't look as cool. It's not clear either design is better than the regular old round dimple. There are just too many variables to test the dimple design theories.

Callaway has designed an excellent brand new golf ball.


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