I tested the Callaway Hex Soft golf ball over several rounds and while it’s not a ball I would play long term due to personal preference, I still found a lot to like. Above all, the Callaway Hex Soft offers a lot of performance for a relatively modest price and as such it offers excellent value for money and competes strongly in the category of the best inexpensive golf balls.
This is one of Callaway’s distance balls (opens in a new tab), but one that is touted as also providing a pleasant feel. Callaway says this is achieved through the low compression core which is claimed to give greater ball speed and increased distance in the long game, but in tandem with the trionomer coverage it is soft on short game shots.
In my testing, I found it genuinely delivered on those claims in the long game with only a slight drop in distance off the tee compared to my regular ball, the TaylorMade TP5x. This I would say is purely down to my launching conditions where I find I get maximum distance with my driver from low spin golf balls which work best to negate the high spin I generate due to my steep angle of attack. On iron shots, I didn’t notice any difference in distance.
When it comes to short game shots, this ball is undoubtedly soft to the touch which will appeal to many golfers. For someone like me, who likes a firmer feel on corners and with the putter, it was a bit too soft. All of this is of course subjective and depends on your personal preferences.
I also found that the soft touch (opens in a new tab) wasn’t backed up with as much spin and control as I perhaps expected and I’m certainly used to it via the urethane cover that is on the regular ball I play.
After testing both ball types side-by-side on my club’s short game area, the amount of spin generated by the TP5x ball was significantly greater. This difference was perhaps most noticeable on my first round using the Hex Soft where I hit one of the best bunker shots I had played in a while but it didn’t spin and checked the way I expected, but deployed quite far in front of the flag.
Maybe I’m being too judgmental and not applying a fair comparison when comparing it to a premium urethane ball. Frankly, if you’re not used to playing with a premium ball or if you don’t hit the ball consistently with your wedges to generate a lot of spin, then you won’t miss what you don’t know!
One thing that Callaway doesn’t focus on in their marketing, but I would say is another plus point, is its durability. I managed to do two laps and a bit with the same ball before I lost it and despite some brush with trees, a cart path and many short game shots using wedges with fairly cool grooves, the ball did held up well with only minor scratches to the surface.
In summary, if you want a ball that offers distance and a really soft feel at an affordable price, then the Callaway Hex Soft should be on your shortlist.