Let me start by saying this is an unusual two-piece golf ball. Why is that, you ask? For a simple reason, it has an above-average compression rating. Multiple sources have it at 90. Other two-piece balls rarely come close to that. In the 2023 Callaway Warbird golf ball review I will let you know how it felt to play it.
Callaway classifies this product as a distance ball stating that it creates maximum speed from a large energy core. They also say the high-energy core is highly compressible which helps to gain more distance.
The HEX Aerodynamics design promotes a high launch and long carry with an impressive feel and control to complement all that distance. They also add that the optimized ionomer cover and large core provide a greenside feel and control.
I have never played any ball with such a high compression rate. For that reason, I had no expectations whatsoever on how this ball will behave on the golf course.
Who Is This Ball For?
Knowing this ball’s compression rating, you would think it is suited for players with faster swing speeds. I do not fall into that category, and I felt the ball worked just fine for my game. It could be because of the highly compressible core that Callaway mentions on their website. Now, the main target audience for this product is golfers looking for distance before anything else. It worked well for that.
As a two-piece golf ball, you should not expect any miraculous performance from it. That being said, it still does a good job all around. Besides the distance, its strongest suit is the price. It is the cheapest ball in the Callaway lineup which makes it attractive to budget golfers and especially beginners.
There are not many balls out there from major brands that perform decently at a low price. I can say this one does that. If you just started golfing and don’t want to stress out over losing an expensive ball, this could be for you. Callaway keeps releasing new versions which means it is reliable and does the job.
- Beginner Friendly
- Might not Suit Fast Swing Speeds
- Lower Greenside Spin
2023 Callaway Warbird Golf Ball
On the Green
If I would have to describe the putting experience with one word, I would say average. It just felt like my putts were all over the place to what I usually see. Nevertheless, that did not mean all were bad. There were some good ones, and even the misses were not too far from the hole.
The main issue was too much inconsistency. I was short, then long, then short again, and so on. It didn’t even matter what distance it was from. I simply couldn’t adjust to it completely. Even the sound was a bit clicky compared to other two-piece balls. Granted, that can probably be attributed to the higher compression.
Around the Green
The bump and run is my chip shot of choice. Therefore, I asses the ball’s performance primarily based on that shot. This ball did all right, but nothing more than that. Again, like with putting, the sound it was making was on the clicky side. Further, like with putting, I just couldn’t quite adjust to it.
It did not produce enough greenside spin so I had to land it shorter and let it release toward the hole. As I said above, it didn’t do too badly, but it wasn’t great either. Yes, you can make it work but do not expect it to do any miracles regarding chipping and pitching.
As I like to repeat, the approach shots are essential here since I do reviews on a par 3 course. I am happy to say this was the most enjoyable part of the round. Let’s start with the sound. Surprisingly, it did not sound as clicky as it did with the other parts of the game. For the matter, it felt nice upon contact.
The distances were consistent with my usual ones, which was nice. It did a very decent job on mis-hits which were in line with my regular ones. The flight was medium to high with a tendency toward higher flight. That was helping the ball to stop on the green quickly. Consequently, it had more spin than I expected which contributed to the stopping power.
So far all the Callaway recreational ball new releases have shown very decent durability. It is the same case with this one. After a round on a par 3 course, there were only a few marks and scuffs visible. To be fair, the Supersoft and the Supersoft MAX have shown a bit better durability, but the Warbird is not far behind.
Appearance and Price
The ball has a very similar appearance to the Supersoft and the Supersoft MAX. There is no difference when it comes to the logo or the ball number. If you look further, you can see where the only difference is. While the alignment arrow is very similar, the difference is at the end of each side. Overall, a very simple and functional look.
If there is any category where this ball stands out, that is the price. It is very hard to beat. Warbird is the cheapest ball in the Callaway lineup and is among the cheapest balls among the big brands. This is something that will interest golfers on a budget as well as new golfers who could lose one here and there.
For a ball that is among the cheapest ones on the market, this one did very well. It exceeded my expectations and showed good performance all around. Like every recreational ball, it has its limitations which does not make it a bad choice for golfers who do not mind that.
There are a lot of golf balls on the market. I have already mentioned some groups that could find value in it. Another group of players who could find it interesting is occasional golfers. This ball will do fine if you want to just go out there and play from time to time. For that price, there is not much that can go wrong.
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