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Callaway HX HOT

  1. 5 stars (Best) (31 votes [25.83%])

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  2. 4 stars (53 votes [44.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.17%

  3. 3 stars (23 votes [19.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.17%

  4. 2 stars (8 votes [6.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

  5. 1 star (5 votes [4.17%])

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#1 BigNikeB


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Posted 30 May 2005 - 08:41 PM

This ball is NOT for everyone!  This ball is NOT for everyone!

Now that we got that out of the way.  This is an excellent ball under certain conditions:
A)  You have to be a high spin hitter
B)  The greens should be relatively soft--naturally or after rain.

The ball is very, very long.  You don't have to guess whether or not you'll get it there.  Believe me--you will!

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Posted 26 September 2005 - 01:20 PM

I can definitely agree that this ball is not for everyone. I gave these a try after talking with the cleveland sales rep in the area I live. He raved about how great these balls were. He said they were approximately 10 to 15 yards longer than anything he had ever played. He did warn me however that they didn't spin as much as others and he found that bunker shots really tended to roll out for him. So i bought a dozen and took them with me the next round i played. At first, i thought i liked them. I hit my 22 degree hybrid of the first two tees and had a gap wedge and a 7 iron into the greens respectively. Both were very comfortable yardages for me and i was long on both. I finally got to use my driver on the third hole, then a par three, then three more drivers. I was playing on a relatively new course with a state of the art GPS system on all of the carts, so i could see the yardages that i was hitting all of my shots. I did not get a single drive over 255 with these balls. I normally play titleists (v1's in warmer weather and when i'm really swinging well and nxt tours when its colder or i'm having swing issues) and i typically drive the ball in the 260 to 275 range. I even hit two tee shots on two of the holes with the same results, short. It just seemed that the ball wasn't carrying. I hit what i thought to be some good shots and the ball just dropped out of the sky. I got my brother in law to hit some shots with the hx hots (he is typically a 1/2 club to full club longer than me) and he had exactly the same results. I don't know my driver swing speed, but i remember when i was fitted for my irons a few years ago, i was in the 92 to 94 range with my five iron and my brother in law is faster than I am. Switched back to the nxt tours on the back nine and immediatly saw my normal distance with the driver. Not quite sure what was the problem. For me, these balls were maybe a half club longer in my irons but 15 to 20 yards shorter with my driver, same results for my brother in law. Callaway says that these balls work with a variety of swing speeds, seems to me that anything much more than 95 mph was much shorter in distance compared to my titleists. Another note, after swithing back to my titleists on the back nine my short game was a mess after getting used to the callaways, still not fully recovered. I have now tried callaways, nike and maxflis in the last two years but none perform nearly as well for me as titleists, maybe now i have finally learned my lesson and will stop experimenting with other balls. Sorry for rambling on so much and probably no one will care but i feel that i had to get that off of my chest. Only two stars in my opinion, stick with the titleists.


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Posted 05 November 2005 - 10:29 PM

[quote name='DealsOnGolfballs.com' date='Oct 13 2005, 04:40 PM']
I would be happy to donate balls to someone who wants to write a review on these balls.  Better yet - I can send a sampling of balls so a person can review and compare the balls on my dime.

Let me know

I'll take you up on that offer.

I played these on a few holes today and I don't think there is a longer ball out there.
I usually play a Pro V1 or HX Tour, and my Hcp is 9-10.
I was really hitting these into the ozone today, but I didn't really pay a lot of attention to the spin into the greens.

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 04:45 PM

"I would be happy to donate balls to someone who wants to write a review on these balls. Better yet - I can send a sampling of balls so a person can review and compare the balls on my dime.

Let me know"

I would also be happy to take you up on the offer. I hit some of the other Cally HX series balls (red and blue only), and found the HX Hot to be the best of those 3. Harder cover than the Blue or Red, and it does fly farther with the reduced spin. I know some people knock it on the green because of the harder cover. It does tend to roll more with the putter. I haven't taken notice of it on shots where I need to spin yet. I usually use a higher spin ball for Par 3. I'm sure I'll play these again next spring/summer. There a decent ball for the price. This is the only ball I've found that fits my game as good as the NXT Tour.

End of last year, my game was finally good enough to justify buying a dozen Pro V1's. Didn't like them all that much. Got a sleeve of new Pro V1X's that I haven't hit (I'm hoping for these perform well with my swing). Haven't tried the Nike One's yet, as I felt some of there other golf balls were terrible (Mojo).


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Posted 12 January 2006 - 05:13 PM

If you want to send me a couple, I will write a review. These were suggested to me when I got fit for my driver. I am a high spin player and WILL NOT play the ProV1 because of how much they spin (the x is substantially better). I officially quit after I backed an 8-iron up 25 feet playing downwind on a par 3. Ball mark by the hole, ball not by the hole. I have not hit one yet, but I play Srixon Z-URs now and like the amount that they spin.


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Posted 13 January 2006 - 09:47 PM

If possible I'd like to give them a go as well. People who I've talked to say they are long, but I gotta see if they will work for me.


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Posted 31 January 2006 - 08:00 PM

Yes sir I will love to write a review just pm me for my address if your offer is still on.


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Posted 05 June 2006 - 09:20 AM

I have been playing this ball on the weekdays when i go out to the course to work on some shots.  I am rather inpressed with it.  I find it to be about a half a club longer than the HX.Tour.  It gets pretty good spin on full shots into the green.  I do not have to worry about them sucking back, they hit bounce once and stop.  There is no greenside spin on chips, but I really do not expect to get any.

I think they feel pretty soft off of the putter and the wedges.  For a 25 dollar golf ball they fit my game well.  I will probably keep a dozen around at all time.
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Posted 09 July 2006 - 09:17 AM

i tried this ball and it is LONG but it cannot spin worth anything. so if u want an extra 10 yards take it, but if u want a ball that will stop and check, or come back, do NOt try this ball


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Posted 10 August 2006 - 02:09 PM

^^Agreed, I foolishly bought 2 dozen of these balls based on other reviews.  Played them for the first time yesterday, and they are indeed longer than the HX tour, noticeably so for me.

However, they don't stick or spin on the greens worth a damn.  There's no reason why a perfectly hit 9-iron, ball landed below the pin, should release all the way to the rear fringe.

I'm gonna sell these balls to a beginner friend of mine, and stick with the HX.

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 06:30 PM

Has anyone hit this new Nike ball?  Supposedly its way longer than the HX Hot, but haven't tried.  Check these videos out, they are over the top!  I love the birthday cake!



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Posted 09 September 2006 - 10:45 PM

I like this ball, but actually I ordered some AAAA (used) HX Red 3-piece.  IMO, this is one of the best balls Cally ever made.

It's long, but doesn't check.  That's why I keep a second ball in the bag (HX 56) when I want to check it up on Par 3s and when I think about it when I tee off...
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Posted 17 October 2006 - 10:43 PM

View Posttbowles411, on Sep 9 2006, 11:45 PM, said:

I like this ball, but actually I ordered some AAAA (used) HX Red 3-piece.  IMO, this is one of the best balls Cally ever made.

I just ordered some of the used HX-red's as well.  I'll post a review of the used balls somewhere on this site once I receive them.  I was thinking about trying out the hx hot, but mostly i'm looking for something to replace the discontinued hx-red.  If anyone's played both balls, I'd welcome a comparison.  Even better, if anyone can recommend a replacement for the HX Red, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.


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Posted 30 January 2007 - 08:10 PM

good alternative to the HX.  3 piece construction is good and the HX design is also good.  I however, got practically no feel around the green whatsoever.  woods and long irons went very far though.  If you want a ball that goes far but sacrafices feel, here you go.


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Posted 15 February 2007 - 02:31 PM

[quote name='DealsOnGolfballs.com' date='Oct 13 2005, 04:40 PM' post='49927']
I would be happy to donate balls to someone who wants to write a review on these balls.  Better yet - I can send a sampling of balls so a person can review and compare the balls on my dime.

Let me know

ill take the offer... i would love to try out the bstone e5's and the nike platinums... pm me and when i get em ill send a review your way!!!


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Posted 26 February 2007 - 02:17 PM

These were not my cup of tea.  They flew long and straight with the driver but I lost to many approaches off the back of the green.  HX Hot + hard green = High Scores.


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Posted 15 May 2007 - 09:51 PM

The HX Hot is very long off the tee but, unfortunately, is also "hot" around (and on) the greens.


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Posted 25 June 2007 - 10:01 AM

"]After having tried the Taylormade TP Red, Pro-V's, HX-Tour and HX Hot, have narrowed it down to the HX-Tour and HX-Hot.  My clubs/swing tend to "fur up" a ball after one or two strikes.  While th Pro-V is real durable both it and the TP have so much spin that anything other than a pure hit off the driver requires netting on both sides of the fairway.

The HX Tour is real manageable with a great feel and good spin, especially stopping power, on the greens, but again, they get trashed easily.  The HX-Hot though seems to be a great ball for my swing.  With a very fast swing speed off the driver, the ball just goes straight, straight, straight!  It can be "worked" though, and does run on the greens, but that can be managed.  The cover is tough and lasts longer than the others.  There is no question that, for me, it does go about 15 yards longer than other spin balls.


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Posted 18 July 2007 - 06:44 PM

View PostSplooGe, on Feb 26 2007, 04:17 PM, said:

These were not my cup of tea.  They flew long and straight with the driver but I lost to many approaches off the back of the green.  HX Hot + hard green = High Scores.

I picked up a sleeve of HX Hots and found the same thing. Seemed like the best approach was to take a club (or two) less than normal land the ball in front of the green and run it up if its a hard green. They are long though I reached a 540 yard par 5 in 2 for the first with this so I may have found my wet weather ball.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 06:51 AM

This ball goes far. I didn't actually think a ball could actually live up to the whole "gain another 10 yards" claim, but this ball did. Greens were soft yesterday, so lack of spin wasn't an issue. I'll post when the conditions firm up, but man does this ball go.

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:20 PM

This ball is definitely long, but lacks in the most important area in my opinion, and that is spin on approach shots/around the green.

If you want to out drive your buddies, give it a shot.  However, if you want your ball to stop on a dime, look elsewhere.  I do like the look and feel of this ball though.


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Posted 16 August 2007 - 05:05 PM

I found one of these once, I actually drove it into the river after 5 holes. I like the extra distance on the tee shot, but my normal drop and stop 8 iron released to the back of the green. Not cool.


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Posted 16 August 2007 - 05:15 PM

for the driver distance, it really depend on the ball speed and the launch condition,.
It "feels" long for my drive, but it tend to balloon after the initial rise.  not quite as long as TM black, Callaway HX, Srixon UR-S, Bridgeston B-330.
It's a good intermidiate level golf ball, one of my playing partner loved it.

Edited by wkuo3, 16 August 2007 - 06:09 PM.


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Posted 07 October 2007 - 07:37 PM

I played one round with it.  Some baselining info....

Driver swing speed = 90-95mph.  My round was +14....which is on the high side for me but not excessively so.

I couldn't tell the difference between this ball, the Srixon Trispeed or the Titleist NXT.  Drives and approach shots went about the same with all three.  This ball seems to have a reputation for not holding greens.  This wasn't my experience.  It held on approach shots from 130 to 180 yards.  I also didn't find this ball to run more than the others on chip shots.

After the three rounds, you could've put the labels from one onto the other and I couldn't have been able to tell the difference.

I watched my playing partner play this ball and the next round play a Titleist ProV1 (not sure which year).  He seems to hit this ball noticeably farther than the ProV1 but his chip shots seemed to check up more w/ the ProV1.

Edited by jo_bus, 07 October 2007 - 07:39 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2008 - 12:33 PM

I played these and have had no problems holding greens on approach shots.  That goes for my 18 degree baffler, and my 3 iron on.

The only place where their lack of spin showed up is greeside.  But I just adjust my target spot and use the roll to my advantage.

I think low trajectory players in dry conditions will find they need more spin.  That has never been an issue with me, so I love this ball.

I think their lack of stopping ability has been distorted a bit.


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Posted 19 August 2008 - 01:43 PM

Extremely long balls....no doubt. But they have sub-par spin on greens, despite a decent feel. HX Hots seem to be more expensive versions of Pinnacle Exceptions with similar performance.


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Posted 16 March 2009 - 01:36 PM

If you need spin reduction (for distance or to get straighter) these are great.  Plenty long for sure, fairly hard.  I shot my best round with one (yes, one) at TPC Scottsdale, mostly because I didn't lose any and spent most of the day in the short grass.  Stopping power is overrated if you are hitting from in the trees (or Cacti!!).

So I gave it four stars for being pretty good at what it is billed for.  If you want stopping power go elsewhere.  If you want long and straight, this is your ball.  If you want both, get some Tour ix.


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Posted 07 April 2011 - 09:15 PM

Ok ball, felt pretty good off the club face. Cover was to hard for my liking though.


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Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:19 AM

I do like the distance.


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