Will Someone Please Explain Why This Cheap Ball Works So Good For Me???? (Costco Callaway Hex)

Not Far From ParNot Far From Par Members Posts: 1,249 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
edited Aug 5, 2019 11:53pm in Golf Balls #1

I've never really been loyal to any ball..
I DID get in on the Woot Lethal deal so many years ago, & that ball was my baby...
But finally went thru the 40 dozen that I had..
My company has an annual tournament every year, & one of my playing partners stole the Pro-V1x's in my shag bag, & replaced them with these Hex Tour Softs...
I didn't mind, as I usually win balls often at local tourneys...
Low & behold... these balls flat out work for me...??
LONG... but straight as a string...
They putt fantastic, & green side manners would be the only part I would say isn't the greatest... but still not bad...
Most would consider them a cheap POS...
My playing partner picked some up, as he didn't believe me.. & he fell in love as well???
We have 2 polar opposite games.. He's LONG.. I'm not...
I pick courses apart... he overpowers them with ease... (both 2-3 cappers)
How is this possible??
FWIW... I'm 98-100 SS, Partner is probably 120+

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TM GAPR 3Hi
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Don't worry Ron... I still own the 5-wood.... It's up on the mantle doing it's best impression of wall art

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  • Hags11Hags11 Members Posts: 13 ✭✭

    Well, looks like I’ll have to add them to the list! Following along to see if others have input to add!

  • agolf1agolf1 Members Posts: 1,477 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I haven't played this version from Costco but played the two prior versions (SuperHot 55 and Hex something I believe). Both times they worked just fine for me (I'd put them with the SoftFeel, SuperSoft, and Titleist DT Solo/Trusoft group of balls that are more than adequate). Maybe you just like the softer compression/feel? Like you say they aren't great with the partial wedges but you can still get around the course.

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  • Not Far From ParNot Far From Par Members Posts: 1,249 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @agolf1 said:
    I haven't played this version from Costco but played the two prior versions (SuperHot 55 and Hex something I believe). Both times they worked just fine for me (I'd put them with the SoftFeel, SuperSoft, and Titleist DT Solo/Trusoft group of balls that are more than adequate). Maybe you just like the softer compression/feel? Like you say they aren't great with the partial wedges but you can still get around the course.

    I can still spin them just fine...
    They just don't "dig in" like I'm used to doing..
    For me, as simple as just playing it to do so... (if that makes sense)

    Taylor Made M6 Atmos 6s
    Callaway Flash SZ HZRDS Smoke 15*
    TM GAPR 3Hi
    PING i20 4-Gap Modus 130s
    PING 2.0 Stealth  54ss 60ss
    Cameron 5.5 / Nike B2-01




    Don't worry Ron... I still own the 5-wood.... It's up on the mantle doing it's best impression of wall art
  • agolf1agolf1 Members Posts: 1,477 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Not Far From Par said:

    @agolf1 said:
    I haven't played this version from Costco but played the two prior versions (SuperHot 55 and Hex something I believe). Both times they worked just fine for me (I'd put them with the SoftFeel, SuperSoft, and Titleist DT Solo/Trusoft group of balls that are more than adequate). Maybe you just like the softer compression/feel? Like you say they aren't great with the partial wedges but you can still get around the course.

    I can still spin them just fine...
    They just don't "dig in" like I'm used to doing..
    For me, as simple as just playing it to do so... (if that makes sense)

    I don't follow the exact difference you are referencing (spin vs. dig in), but I agree most of the time you can just allow for a little more release. I've always just liked the way these balls come off the irons. Soft feel and the trajectory is quite high/straight but never seem to balloon.

    There is one other +2 guy in the "is a urethane ball hurting me" thread that likes the surlyn covered balls. I've been thinking about switching once my SuperHot 55 and SuperSofts are gone. Maybe I'll just stick with these "Cheap POS" as you call them.

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    Titleist 915F 16.5* & 21.0*, Diamana S+ Blue 70 S-Flex
    Ping G25 5-PW (25*-44*), UW (49*), SW (54*), CFS R-Flex
    Ping Zing 2 L/S (57*)
    Ping Cadence TR Ketsch Putter
    Backup Lob Wedges:  Ping Eye 2+ (58*) or Ping Eye 2 XG (60*)
  • LICCLICC Members Posts: 841 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Because similar to the other thread I started, for most all golfers the different brands of balls don't make any significant difference in performance. It's all marketing smoke.

  • munichopmunichop Members Posts: 258 ✭✭✭✭

    @ Not far from par
    I think you found the Callaway version of my beloved Gamer Soft. I am the +2 referenced above and have tried to get golfers to open their minds to the benefits of 3 piece surlyn balls. Once you adjust to their limitations on the greens you can benefit by simplifying your short game. For me these ball perform better than urethane on the misses. They tend to be more point and shoot balls but they are consistent. If you have a good ball striking day you can produce your best scores with this type of ball. Now I will add these to the audition list - currently comparing superhot and the 2 piece e6. I also tried the e12 soft and the QST. The superhot seems a little longer off the tee. My ss is 95- 98 with the driver.

  • Not Far From ParNot Far From Par Members Posts: 1,249 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 6, 2019 9:20pm #8

    @munichop said:
    @ Not far from par
    I think you found the Callaway version of my beloved Gamer Soft. I am the +2 referenced above and have tried to get golfers to open their minds to the benefits of 3 piece surlyn balls. Once you adjust to their limitations on the greens you can benefit by simplifying your short game. For me these ball perform better than urethane on the misses. They tend to be more point and shoot balls but they are consistent. If you have a good ball striking day you can produce your best scores with this type of ball. Now I will add these to the audition list - currently comparing superhot and the 2 piece e6. I also tried the e12 soft and the QST. The superhot seems a little longer off the tee. My ss is 95- 98 with the driver.

    I read thru your posts in the thread you’re in...
    Also read several, but not all of others opinions...
    I agree with your angle on everything, & would love to convince more of my playing partners on what you see...
    To be completely honest...
    I’d LOVE to knock it around the course with ya!
    Sounds like our games are almost identical!
    What I am finding with this Hex ball, is I’m definitely longer, usually in the middle of the fairway (or close enough to still have a good look)
    Irons are an asset to my game, & putting is without a doubt my best attribute...
    Sounds like a scramble, or even a BB would see us near the top of many leaderboards!👍

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    TM GAPR 3Hi
    PING i20 4-Gap Modus 130s
    PING 2.0 Stealth  54ss 60ss
    Cameron 5.5 / Nike B2-01




    Don't worry Ron... I still own the 5-wood.... It's up on the mantle doing it's best impression of wall art
  • munichopmunichop Members Posts: 258 ✭✭✭✭

    @not far from par
    Thanks for concurring. I got a lot of push back in from the urethane groupies and I understand how some guys have to play certain equipment. But as I lost club head speed I found more and more of the golf manufacturers have built equipment for people like me. Things like cavity irons, hybrids ( my first iron is now a 6), higher launching golf balls ( the first one that was an eye opener for me was the e5), low kick shafts, lower compression 3 piece surlyn balls, etc. all have helped me optimize my game though I have limited practice time. The Phoenix area is blessed with plenty of competition and year round golf. But few things are more satisfying than beating a guy who has a bag full of ego equipment. He watches me break 70 while he spent 10 times my budget on his stuff while carrying a 3-pw blades and a pro v ball and struggles to break 85. If we switched bags he could break 80 easily but his ego won't allow it.

  • Not Far From ParNot Far From Par Members Posts: 1,249 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Munichop....
    We too get a long season up here in E.Washington desert... usually at least 11 months
    And, we also have a lot of Hollywood hdcps, & guys who are geared up...
    I still rock my ancient i20 irons, which I preordered before their release...
    Have tried several in between, but they just make the game so much easier...
    I play my driver at a high loft (about 11)
    Use a 4-wood (club in my sig up a degree & closed)
    Carry a GAPR, but go 4i to 60
    as like I said... irons are my thing...
    It’s brought so much confidence knowing I completely trust what my ball is going to do..
    Have 8 doz now, will probably go down to local Costco & load up this weekend
    40-50 doz should keep me confident for a while
    😁

    Taylor Made M6 Atmos 6s
    Callaway Flash SZ HZRDS Smoke 15*
    TM GAPR 3Hi
    PING i20 4-Gap Modus 130s
    PING 2.0 Stealth  54ss 60ss
    Cameron 5.5 / Nike B2-01




    Don't worry Ron... I still own the 5-wood.... It's up on the mantle doing it's best impression of wall art
  • sshadow2sshadow2 Members Posts: 1,184 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @munichop said:
    @ Not far from par
    I think you found the Callaway version of my beloved Gamer Soft. I am the +2 referenced above and have tried to get golfers to open their minds to the benefits of 3 piece surlyn balls. Once you adjust to their limitations on the greens you can benefit by simplifying your short game. For me these ball perform better than urethane on the misses. They tend to be more point and shoot balls but they are consistent. If you have a good ball striking day you can produce your best scores with this type of ball. Now I will add these to the audition list - currently comparing superhot and the 2 piece e6. I also tried the e12 soft and the QST. The superhot seems a little longer off the tee. My ss is 95- 98 with the driver.

    I also appreciate your recommendation. I’m not a plus player. Not in the same solar system as one. But I got really comfortable with a 2 piece Surlyn ball. I can do everything I want with it, including stopping it on a dime. Very, very rarely lost a ball. I bought 5 dozen in 2012 and still have 3 dozen left!
    Bought in bulk an upgraded urethane ball and I near lost a dozen in 1 round!

    As you said, point and shoot! Thx for being bold enough to discuss this here.

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  • munichopmunichop Members Posts: 258 ✭✭✭✭

    Like it or not golf even at the highest level has embraced the point and shoot approach leading to bomb and gouge strategy. Awhile back one of the teachers who has essays on here tried to make an argument for pro v balls for higher handicaps due to better spin on 40 yard pitches. I took issue with that advice saying a lesser skilled player would be better off by not leaving that shot in the first place. If you have reached the level of skill to hit a 40 yard pitch you also can manage your game so you minimize having it. He lit into me using pros as his measuring stick. I replied I think a golfer should use the ball they hit longer and straighter while being able to control it around the greens. That is why pros switched to the solid balls from balata 20 years ago. Well I think that same thing applies to everyday golfers. And I believe what I see everyday is guys playing equipment that maximizes their misses vs the opposite- primarily ego related in my opinion.
    I am not the same golfer I was when I had 110 mph swing speed. But luckily I don't have to play my fg17's anymore even though when I hit one sweet nothing feels better. I have moved up a tee on almost all courses except my men's club tourneys. I can still play a 7000 yd course but I enjoy the round more when I move up 500 yards. The advantages of urethane are offset by a wider array of outcomes due to the spin. Each player should evaluate that and decide what is best for his game. That is why I don't carry a 60 deg wedge. For every great shot I pulled off it cost me another stroke when I didn't execute. With limited practice time I made the decision to take it out of the bag. I put in a square face chipper for muddy winter shots around the greens. Works great. My friends see me use it but won't get one - they just keep chunking chips and pitches. My driver loft is now 12 deg. One advantage to that is I can hit it off the deck if the lie is good. Yet most of my slower swinging friends still use 10.5 deg drivers. And stiff shafts in all their clubs. It goes on and on. I am at the point where I think most guys would rather complain than switch to equipment that actually helps them. Urethane balls are just one issue in the scheme of it.

  • lenman73lenman73 Members Posts: 820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    While they may not be from Costco, my favorite Callaway ball is the hex bite I got from amazon. Absolutely love that ball.

  • zebra2955zebra2955 Members Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was in my local Costco and I grabbed a double dozen. I'll give them a try tommorrow . Will give a brief report when I do.

    Cobra F7

    Callaway Epic

    Cobra F6 fairway woods

    Cobra F6 hybrids, 3-4 and 4-5

    Cobra F6 irons 6i -PW, GW

    Harry Taylor 54* and 58* wedges

    Odyssey "O" Works 2 ball, Super Stroke mid slim 2.0 grip

    What ever ball Costco has LOL
  • Rory4PresRory4Pres Members Posts: 970 ✭✭✭✭✭

    like cheap sunglasses...it's hard to lose cheap balls. haha. kidding. kinda.

  • zebra2955zebra2955 Members Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well got out and played 10 holes this morning with this Hex Tour soft. Not a bad ball at all. No distance lost, fairly straight. Stopped ok on the greens and putted nicely. Play it with a Titelist AVX and a Kirkland 3 Piece, But not on every hole. Didn't want to hold up pace.
    The Kirkland on the shorter irons and wedges backed up while the other 2 stopped and one short hop forward, sometimes backward. but pretty much stayed close to where they hit.
    All were nice with the driver or 3 wood off the tee
    First time playing the AVX, was impressed with them , but not impressed with the price. $48 for a dozen at Dicks compared to $30 for a double dozen of the Hex Tour at Costco
    Next time I'm in Costco just might grap a few. Maybe they will have a sale .

    Cobra F7

    Callaway Epic

    Cobra F6 fairway woods

    Cobra F6 hybrids, 3-4 and 4-5

    Cobra F6 irons 6i -PW, GW

    Harry Taylor 54* and 58* wedges

    Odyssey "O" Works 2 ball, Super Stroke mid slim 2.0 grip

    What ever ball Costco has LOL
  • erock9174erock9174 North Canton, OHMembers Posts: 3,979 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Are these 3pc surlyn balls ?

    Driver: Callaway Epic Flash 12* | Even Flow Green 55
    Hybrids: Cobra King OS 3/4 | 4/5 | Recoil 460 ES
    Irons: Ping G700 6-UW | Modus 105
    Wedges: Cleveland CBX 56*/60* - Callaway Sure Out 64*
    Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4 Platinum

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  • zebra2955zebra2955 Members Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @erock9174 said:
    Are these 3pc surlyn balls ?

    yes

    Cobra F7

    Callaway Epic

    Cobra F6 fairway woods

    Cobra F6 hybrids, 3-4 and 4-5

    Cobra F6 irons 6i -PW, GW

    Harry Taylor 54* and 58* wedges

    Odyssey "O" Works 2 ball, Super Stroke mid slim 2.0 grip

    What ever ball Costco has LOL
  • sshadow2sshadow2 Members Posts: 1,184 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 11, 2019 2:57pm #19

    Went and played my 2pc Surlyn ball yesterday and had the best round of my life! I am thoroughly in the Surlyn camp (for now). Next I'll pick up some of the Hex Tour Softs and see how I like it.

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    PING 410 14.5* 3W LST Tensei Orange CK 70
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    Titleist 818 H1 5H 23* Project X Evenflow Blue 85HY
    Callaway Apex 19 6-PW KBS C-Taper Lite
    Cleveland CBX 50* and 55* KBS Hi-REV
    TM xFT 59* KBS Hi-REV
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  • Not Far From ParNot Far From Par Members Posts: 1,249 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m convinced & 100% confident in these Hex balls..
    Like I said previously, I will be loading up a stock pile of these things!

    Taylor Made M6 Atmos 6s
    Callaway Flash SZ HZRDS Smoke 15*
    TM GAPR 3Hi
    PING i20 4-Gap Modus 130s
    PING 2.0 Stealth  54ss 60ss
    Cameron 5.5 / Nike B2-01




    Don't worry Ron... I still own the 5-wood.... It's up on the mantle doing it's best impression of wall art
  • deepreddeepred Members Posts: 251 ✭✭✭✭

    Do they have more short game spin then the Diablo Tour DSG is selling off?

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  • Not Far From ParNot Far From Par Members Posts: 1,249 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @deepred said:
    Do they have more short game spin then the Diablo Tour DSG is selling off?

    I can't answer that.. Never played those..
    These really aren't bad at all with green side spin... Not enough for me to care about it

    Taylor Made M6 Atmos 6s
    Callaway Flash SZ HZRDS Smoke 15*
    TM GAPR 3Hi
    PING i20 4-Gap Modus 130s
    PING 2.0 Stealth  54ss 60ss
    Cameron 5.5 / Nike B2-01




    Don't worry Ron... I still own the 5-wood.... It's up on the mantle doing it's best impression of wall art
  • nlinneman20nlinneman20 Saint LouisMembers Posts: 178 ✭✭✭

    **** it, your not helping matters. I found one of these after I was like 5 over on the first 3 holes. I went on to play awesome with this ball for the next 10 holes till i lost it.

    I'm just not buying any cuz all that's left is online at costco and its 4 dozen for 60 bucks, great deal but I dont need to spend 60 right now.

    I am however going back to surlyn and giving it a shot. I just picked up some softfli amd straightflis, 2 for 25 and love the matte look.

  • wantacigarwantacigar Members Posts: 5

    @sshadow2 said:
    Went and played my 2pc Surlyn ball yesterday and had the best round of my life! I am thoroughly in the Surlyn camp (for now). Next I'll pick up some of the Hex Tour Softs and see how I like it.

    I played the Top Flite D2 Feel yesterday and shot an 83. i'm an 18-19 hc. This ball is a 2 piece surlyn and is long, straight and adequate around the green. I have a driver ss of about 100-110 depending on how I feel. not a lot of love for these balls but when on sale I get them for $10/15 balls. i would like to try the maxfli sofli

    @deepred said:
    Do they have more short game spin then the Diablo Tour DSG is selling off?

    I also bought 4 dozen Diable Tours. I've gone through a dozen. I like them a lot as well. I don't think they are as "soft" feel as the Hex Tour Soft but good around the green and are long and straight.

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