Callaway Golf publicly revealed details today about their new HEX Black Tour golf ball that is set to arrive at retail next month.
Using dual core construction the Callaway design team created a much more durable cover than used on past tour balls for the company. The five piece design is intended to have much better “spin separation” than any previous Callaway ball – with low spin off the tee and high spin on higher lofted clubs. This was partially accomplished through the use of a five-piece design.
Among those touring the new ball is PGA Tour superstar Phil Mickelson.
“I’ve had more fun working on my game with the new HEX Black Tour ball than I have in years because I’ve been able to hit shots around the green that I haven’t been able to hit since the ’90s with wound balls,” said four-time Major Champion and Callaway Golf staff professional Phil Mickelson. “The amazing thing to me is the spin separation; how this ball spins so much from 40 yards in, and yet spins so little off the driver and goes so far. I’ve never seen a ball with that combination of short-range control and distance.
The design team for the company says the product is the result of years of work.
“We took a unique approach in the design of our new HEX Black Tour golf ball and the investments we’ve made in new technology over the past few years have culminated in this innovative 5-piece construction,” said Dave Bartels, Sr. Director, Golf Ball Research & Development, Callaway Golf. The level of Spin Separation golfers will experience can be attributed to our advanced i-Core technology and new DuraSpin cover material. Our advanced dual-mantle system and optimized HEX Aerodynamic design produce the ball speed and flight characteristics to benefit all golfers.”
Callaway Golf cites various technologies that were used in the ball design including:
This dual core construction maximizes the compression difference between the inner and outer core layers. The extremely soft inner core helps reduce spin off the tee for more distance, while the high compression outer core creates higher spin closer to the green for more control with irons and wedges. This relationship allows HEX Black Tour to achieve higher Spin Separation than any of our previous products.
Both the inner and outer mantles are comprised of ionomer blends in different ratios to affect the hardness and resilience of each mantle layer. In combination, the soft inner and firm outer mantles protect the high-tech dual core while producing powerful ball speeds across a range of swing speeds.
This proprietary cover formulation was developed using a unique thermoplastic urethane (TPU) blend with excellent mechanical properties and durability characteristics. Compared to previous materials employed by Callaway, durability has significantly improved to better prevent marks and scratches throughout the round. The new DuraSpin cover is also very soft and gives players the feel and exceptional short-game spin they seek in a high performance Tour golf ball.
Callaway’s patented HEX Aerodynamics produce 100 percent surface area coverage on a golf ball whereas traditional round dimples typically cover only 88 percent of the surface. HEX Black Tour has the traditional HEX appearance, but with an enhanced surface contour, a more consistent finish system, and optimized performance resulting from hours upon hours of aerodynamic development. This highly engineered pattern provides the best aerodynamic performance ever in a Callaway golf ball, reducing drag and promoting a stable, penetrating ball flight in all types of playing conditions.
The Callaway HEX Black Tour will be available at retail on March 2nd.