Callaway Tour i and Tour iX

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Callaway Tour i and Tour iX balls
Golf Monthly Verdict

The Tour i is probably the softest ball I have used since the days of the balata and I will definitely be testing further. My only concern would be how long each ball lasts. The Tour iX has a slightly firmer feel but still proved great around the greens. It seems Callaway has designed two excellent Tour balls that perform extremely well in different conditions.

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The outer core on both the Tour i and Tour iX redistributes weight away from the inner core to increase the ball’s moment of inertia for added length off the tee. The inner core is softer, to produce a better feel without sacrificing any distance. The new Thermoset Urethane cover is softer on the Tour i ball than the Tour iX. The cover’s refined HEX Aerodynamics are designed without a seam to give extra length and an extremely stable ball flight.

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Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

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Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response