Unlike many of the company's balls over the past ten years or so, the original Callaway Warbird golf balls did not use the patented "HEX Aerodynamics" system (if you're not familiar with these innovative geometrically-shaped indentations on the ball's cover, I encourage you to read some of our reviews on Callaway golf balls that do use this system - the reviews of the Callaway HX Tour or Callaway Big Bertha golf balls, for example, should give you a basic understanding of HEX and what it's all about).
At any rate, in a bit of a departure from many of the company's recent balls, original Callaway Warbird golf balls use conventional dimples on the cover instead of the HEX indentations. First introduced in the early 2000s, the ball was updated in 2007 (now, there is even a "Warbird Plus," but it's an entirely different ball which does use the HEX system). The original balls used a two-piece construction and were typically marketed as affordable "distance balls" suitable for mid- to high-handicappers with slower than average swings.
Many recreational golfers have mid- to high handicaps, and the original Callaway Warbird golf balls were squarely aimed at that skill level. Although I have a below-average handicap (it's hovering around 9 right now), I'm still the type of golfer that these balls were designed for. My swing speed is a bit slower than average, and I'm always trying to squeeze out some additional distance.
But, despite being a member of their "target audience," I have decidedly mixed feelings about these balls. Keep reading and I'll let you in on what I think are their pluses and minuses.
The Advantages of Callaway Warbird Golf Balls
The Drawbacks of Callaway Warbird Golf Balls
The Bottom Line: Callaway Warbird golf balls aren't the best ever made, but their tendency to go long and straight makes them appealing to many average golfers. And, their reasonable price makes them look even better. Their feel isn't great, but it's better than some of the other distance balls you could buy. In short, this is a good (not great) ball for a low price.