Hex Chrome+

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Golf Monthly Senior Staff Writer Paul O'Hagan tests the Callaway Hex Chrome+ golf ball

Callaway Hex Chrom+ balls
Golf Monthly Verdict

GM verdict: For a ball that promises premium performance, the Hex Chrome+ is keenly priced. The distance control on offer on pitch shots is excellent, with plenty of spin. However, it's also very durable and compares favourably with some of the best balls on the market. The trajectory from the tee will suit a range of golfers, as it sits right between high and low-spinning premium offerings. But... the cover felt slightly firmer than previous premium Callaway designs. This had no noticeable effect on the amount of spin on offer, but it did give a slightly firmer feel on chip shots and when putting. PGA pro verdict: These balls are some of the best I've tested recently. They were long off the tee and the spin rate was lower than I'd expected, giving me a straighter ball flight. They also performed brilliantly from inside 50 yards that all-important distance. Control was excellent, especially on gentle lob shots and from the sand, where I was able to gauge both distance and spin much more consistently. They're beautiful to putt with, too. I was able to judge pace very easily, particularly on faster greens. Overall, a great product from Callaway. Test team rating: Performance: 4/5 Visual appeal: 4/5 Innovation: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4/5

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Key technology:

Designed to produce maximum distance, particularly with a driver, for mid to high clubhead speeds. Features a dual mantle a soft ionomer inner layer and a firm ionomer outer layer between the cover and the core. Both mantles are very thin, and are designed to work together to enhance ball speed and reduce spin off the tee.

Will suit: Players after premium distance and short-game spin at an affordable price point.

Paul joined Golf Monthly in 2006 in a junior role and has since worked as senior staff writer and now as technical editor. He writes equipment and instruction content and tests the vast majority of golf clubs that are introduced every year.