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Hype, meet distance. Ball, meet fairway.
The brand new Callaway HEX Chrome+ is a four-piece Tour ball geared for the faster swinger of the ball who wants to maximise distance off the tee.
Callaway screams ‘the fastest Tour ball we’ve ever made’ and there was no greater indicator of that when I split the par-4 second fairway at Royal Lytham & St Annes with a 310-yard drive that was easily ‘the fastest drive I’ve ever made.’ Albeit downwind and no doubt assisted by a friendly kick off a mound.
Yet long, straight drives were to be the order of the day, averaging around the 270-yard mark. Plus, indeed.
While by no means a good enough ball striker to enjoy the abundance of Tour-level control and feel with this ball’s soft DuraSpin TPU cover, I did feel like I gained my fair share’s worth, particularly around the greens and out of the potentially round-wrecking pot bunkers.
And given I was out on the links, there was no better time to assess the ball’s ability in the wind. It certainly ticked all the right boxes with a stable, penetrating ball flight that held its line in the breeze, particularly when striping a piercing 4-iron into the heart of the 18th.
The hexagonal-tiled cover, which was recently adopted in the HEX Black Tour for better aerodynamics, also helped me get the ball airborne with ease.
In terms of putting, the ball felt a little firm off the face but maybe that was just because I was on lightning fast greens.
This ball is also available in a lucky number 7, which will no doubt aid confidence at address, and it comes available in both white and yellow.
HEX Chrome+ is very solid performing ball for just £35 per dozen. I constantly found myself playing my second shots ten yards further up the fairway due to less spin created with the driver.
Iron shots felt remarkably pure and fairway woods were flying through the air with less drag. Wedge shots felt crisp despite tending to release out once on the surface. On average with a 7-iron, the ball was running out around 12-15 feet from its pitch mark.
It’s consistent, durable and great in the wind. Decent price point at £35, too, when you consider the current ball market.
Having hit both HEX Chrome and HEX Chrome+ balls, I would recommend using the former for swing speeds below 90 mph and the latter for swing speeds above 90 mph.