Expert Review: Callaway Warbird White Golf BallsPublished on 05/04/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2023.
The Callaway Warbird White Golf Ball is a budget-friendly golf ball that competes with the likes of higher-end balls like Titleist Pro V1 and Callaway Chrome Soft. These golf balls are ideal for anyone looking to maintain their distance, all while paying half the price of a high-end golf ball.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2021 Callaway Warbird Golf Balls
- Color: White
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-handed: Left-handed
- Typical shot shape: Fade
- Typical trajectory: High
- Club swing speed: 97mph
- When I bought this: April 2023
- Days tested: 2
- Where I’ve used it: Practice green, one round at The Meadows Golf Course
- Weather and wind conditions 55° and slightly windy
- Turf conditions: Bent grass, pristine greens, rough, and fairways
- Green speeds: Medium
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a budget-friendly golf ball that was durable and maintained distance compared to higher-end golf balls (Titleist Pro V1, Callaway Chrome Soft, etc.) while maintaining a decent amount of feel around the greens.
Why I chose this golf ball
I chose this golf ball because I liked the price point, and the reviews said it was a high-launching golf ball that didn’t compromise on distance. I also liked the white ball's style and glossy finish, as I think it “pops” in contrast with the green grass around it.
What I love about it
- Distance: My distance was great and comparable when hitting a Titleist Pro V1 right after my first tee shot. The same went for hole number 3 when I had a 145-yard pitching wedge shot and each landed within three yards distance of one another.
- Color: The white glossy finish with the two different logos makes the ball appealing to the eye and easy to find when the ball lands in the rough or heather. I had two tee shots find their way into the heather and was able to find both, as the white glossy finish allows the ball to pop out visually.
- Other: The design is simple, with the classic Callaway logo on the front and the “Warbird” lettering on the sides with the arrows, giving it a nice straightforward alignment feature.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: The feel is average. It has a harder outer shell that comes off the face hot, which produces great distance but lacks that overall feel and touch around the greens when chipping.
- Durability: The durability of the ball is good. I played 13 holes with one ball before losing it, and it had no scratches, scuffs, or any other deterioration on it other than the “Stix” logo being a little worn from contact with the club.
- Green Spin: The ball is harder than other high-end golf balls (Pro V1, Chrome Soft), and it is harder to spin the ball back. It lands softly, but I can never spin the ball backward, as every shot that lands on the green bounces forward.
Best shot with this golf ball
The best shot with this ball was on two occasions I hit a drive around 275 yards and then followed up with another drive with a Pro V1, and the Warbird was within five yards of both. For the price, I was expecting the ball not to travel as far, but it competes with the big names just fine.
Value for the money vs. other options
I believe these golf balls are a great option for any casual golfer looking for a new ball that will perform well with the big guys (Titleist Pro V1 and Callaway Chrome Soft). Distance-wise, there is no difference, but if someone is looking for more feel and spin on approaches and around the green, this probably isn’t the ball for them. The higher-end balls like the Pro V1 offer more spin and touch around the green, but as I said, for the casual golfer who wants a ball that doesn’t lack length or durability, this is a great option for about $20/dozen.
The Callaway Warbird is a durable golf ball that doesn’t compromise distance. Unfortunately, it is not the softest and doesn’t offer the most spin on approach/chip shots. However, for the price, it is a really good buy for that weekend golfer needing a new ball in their bag.