Callaway Warbird Plus Golf Ball Review
- May 20, 2011, 12:12 am
- In Golf Balls
I don’t usually play Callaway Golf Balls, as the brand is more known for its golf clubs than its golf balls. However, there was a great deal on a dozen of the Callaway Warbird Plus golf balls at a local golf store so I decided to give them a try and see how they performed out on the golf course.
The first thing that came to mind when purchasing these was why they were called Warbird Plus. Apparently, it is because they made improvements to the original Warbird golf ball. Callaway made two main changes to the golf ball. The first is that they brought the dimples of the golf ball more in line with their HEX aerodynamics (in other words, instead of having dimples in a simple circle, Callaway made it so that they are hexagons instead). Another improvement Callaway made to the Warbird Plus was in regards to its core. They changed out the old core and put in a new “high powered” core that supposedly provides long lasting durability, maximum distance, and softer feel. In other words, they made the ball like any other golf ball you would find on the market today, except for those weird hexagon dimples.
The Warbird Plus certainly performed well when it comes to the driver and irons. It gets good distance, especially for its price, as well as a decent amount of spin off of the clubface. It may help those who are struggling with either a slice or a hook off the tee, as I found when I intentionally tried to hit both that it didn’t go as far left or right as it would other golf balls. I normally hit a fade with the driver, and it didn’t do it as much when hitting this golf ball for whatever reason (may be the new dimples, but I’m not completely sure). The irons performed okay, about what I would expect from this kind of golf ball. It hardly gives any spin at all for the mid to high irons, as I saw shot after shot keep rolling on the green and not check up. I got some spin on the low irons though, so it wasn’t all that bad.
Like any typical golf ball in this price range (~$25), it has below average spin around the green. As a three handicap golfer I like to play a lot of bump and run chips around the green, and this ball certainly ran. However, it hardly checked up at all, and especially when hitting bunker shots the ball just kept rolling and rolling. If you can learn to consistently play the golf ball shorter of the hole than you normally would, I have no doubt that this ball will work well around the green. I was surprised however when putting with the Warbird Plus. It felt as good as hitting a more expensive golf ball and had a good feel to it.
My overall impression of the Callaway Warbird Plus golf ball is that it is a good golf ball for its price. Definitely consider getting it if you are a mid handicapper (10-15 range). It will get good distance off the tee as well as good fell when putting. If you are a low handicapper like me you may want to look elsewhere, as the golf ball does not complement the short game in any way. As I stated earlier, expect the Warbird Plus to be worth its price but not much more than that.
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