Summary: Anyone can play the top of the line $3.00 per ball dozens and say a ton of nice things about the product. In this economy of having to tighten the belt and save when and where you can, it only makes sense for serious golfers to seek out affordable alternatives. While I still play Pro V-1x in tournament play, these represent a nice substitution for practice rounds and fun. The Pros: - These balls are nice and long but still feel soft off of the driver.
Summary: I bought a box of these to see if they would give me more distance. I could not be more happy. I gained about 15 yards with my driver and at least one club length with each iron. They putt okay too. They're not as soft as some but they're not a rock either. I have not had any trouble getting them to stop on the green but they do not spin back like a urethane ball. These balls fly straight due to lower spin but I can still hit a fade or draw at will.
Conclusion: So I got a sleeve of these for getting a subscription to Golf magazine. I tried them out and really liked them. So before the last Big Dog tourney at Knollwood I picked up a box. These things just fly off your driver.(I was the winner of 2 of 3 Long Drive Contests) As far a short game goes these work for me. I am not one to put a lot of spin on a ball but they seem to stop well. They also feel good off the putter.
Conclusion: I played 2 sleeves of these and ended up giving my normal playing patrner the other two sleeves from the box for 1 sleeve of NXT's. The are long and feel good off the driver but lack the feel I prefer around the greens and spin needed for the courses in my area. The ball flight has a lower trajectory which is fine with me and helps the distance but over all it just doesn't fit my swing, game or typical courses.
Conclusion: I have been using the HX Hot for a couple of years. At least for me it is about the longest. Bite, on and around the greens, is a bit lacking. I have adjusted (sort of) to the minimalist spin rate but I'm champing-at-the-bit to get my hands on the new HX Hot "Bite." Also: Please - more feedback on the new TopFlite "Feel" ball.
Conclusion: Used to play the Taylormade Burner balls, but never really got the distance as advertised. So I picked up a dozen of these before playing Wailea in Maui and I was glad that I did. These balls seem to fly longer, farther and straighter then almost any other similar ball (Taylormade, Titleist NXT, Top Flite Gamer). Ball doesn't spin as much, but your short game spin you sacrifice for cost and durability...as these balls are very durable.
Conclusion: First of all lets set one thing clear. The pro V1 is the best ball out there, played almost by 100% of non sponsored players, why? nothing beats it. This been said you can add it costs about 50 dollars. So lets safe this precious balls for tournaments. Then you have to look for a ball which is good for the money. Thats when this ball drops in. For about 30 bucks you can get a dozen of these.
Conclusion: I like the Callaway brand and these are among my favorites of the Callaways. I've played 27 holes with the same ball and it still looked decent. Nice feel, good distance. to me, this is a better ball than some of the more expensive competitors.
Conclusion: HX Hot's are my ball of choice for courses with slower greens (and we've got lots of those around here). Great, non-ballooning trajectory, and plenty of spin into slower greens. I originally bought some for distance off the tee in Scramble tournaments, but I ended up putting them in play full-time on the slower courses. Logo overruns at $18/doz are hard to beat.