“ For golfers seeking long, two-piece driver and iron distance with shot-stopping control and soft feel. „
Titleist make some wonderful products. The irons are brilliant especially when customised and for an all round golf ball you cannot beat the Pro V1. This said, the HP Tour golf ball is not one of their finer balls. It markets itself as a ball for soft feel but if you want a ball that is actually going to do that, I recommend going for a Callaway golf ball which I find are generally soft or the ball I tend to use, Srixon Soft Feels.
If you are determined to go for a Titleist Golf Ball that is not as expensive nor is designed for low handicap golfers, steer away from Pro V1 and go for PTS Solo which is great value and good quality, or if you are prepared to pay that tiny bit extra head for the NXT range.
The problem I have found when trying this golf ball when Titleist came over to my local club and give the opportunity to try different balls out, is that it neither looks professional with a rather cheap looking logo, nor did it feel like it was not going to break apart as soon as I hit it.
I recommend alternatives as stated above.
Titleist's range of golf balls are arguably the best in the business - their ProV1 model sits atop the golfing tree, and is used by the majority of the tour pros. Some of Titleist's older ball models are similarly respectable, and their HP Tour variety are well worth a look.
As they're not part of Titleist's newest ball range, the HP Tour can be fairly difficult to get hold of - that said, a quick search on eBay will show that you can pick up twenty 'pearl' grade (used but in great condition) balls for £9.95, representing very good value for money. Utilising a solid core, HP Tour balls have an especially thin cover - but how do they perform?
Distance, Spin, & Feel
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Distance wise, the HP Tour travels a long way from the driver, matching Titleist's newer Solo ball, and the Maxfli revolution which I also sometimes use. The ball's trajectory is fairly high, but it also manages to roll a long way, which is especially impressive.
From the putter, the ball feels nice and soft, offering a great deal of touch. Spin levels are good too, and I frequently find that the ball 'checks' on the green from chip shots, and has the potential to spin from 150 yards in. The ball is very durable - it doesn't cut up or scuff easily, meaning that you'll be able to use for many consecutive round.
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Overall, the Titleist HP Tour is a very impressive golf ball - it combines great feel with a fair bit of spin and a lot of distance. It's a real shame that Titleist don't male the ball anymore, as it's a great little performer.
It's been a while since i did a review on golf so i thought i would return back to my natural habitat! I will once again stress how golfing equipment will not turn a beginner into a pro, or vice versa, so don't go out and buy the best stuff and then expect to be tiger woods over night. However, if you are a good golfer, then great equipment will make you a better than good golfer - it will improve your game. Golf balls are a key part of this, and playing with the right ones, that suit both your game and your wallet, is something which must be considered when heading out onto the course.
The HP Tour
Length - Not an area where this ball really excells in my opinion. Yes it travels well, and better than a cheaper ball, such as a top flite, but it certainly won't add yards and yards to your game. In this respect it is similar to a Srixon Soft Feel, which is not surprising considering they have similar technology within them, being soft feel.
Feel and Spin - Again, being like the Srixon, this is an area where this ball excells. On the putting surface it really feels nice to strike, you feel that you have good control over the line and length of your putts, which is obviously important. Also, when applying spin to the ball, you will struggle to get better than this ball. It really allows you to apply it, particularly back spin, in my experience, and if you pitch the ball past the flag expect to see it roll back down towards the hole pretty sharpish - a nice experience for any golfer, and one that will earn you shots.
Durability - I have played with these for a while and they are still in good nick. I always think that if you buy from a reputable make like Titleist, then you really should not have a problem.
I think these balls are retailing at about £2 a ball nowadays. This is quite good given the quality of them, and well worth the price if you can find a bargain.
A good all rounder - well worth a buy and a try.
Golf is one of those sports I would really love to seriously get into. I have been playing some form of golf pretty much since I was able to walk. I first played on a proper golf course around the age of eighteen. Since then I have improved my game and like to get out on the course as often as I can. To be honest that only usually means once a month over the summer months, but I still enjoy it every time I go and play. When I first started playing I didn't realise how much difference good quality equipment can actually make. Whether your talking about drivers, putters or wedges, good quality equipment will improve your game. One important area in this regard is your golf ball.
When I first started playing golf I had a random hotch potch of balls that I had picked up from here there and everywhere. I didn't really worry about what ball I used, I just hit the thing. Then I started to notice some balls were better than others. I once found a Titleist HP Tour ball. I had heard the name Titleist but never used one of these balls. So I gave it a try. I was immediately impressed by the ball, however it was a little damaged to I didn't use it for very long.
A while later I came across a pack of these on offer at a shop, so I bought a set. I was really impressed with the HP Tour balls. They look pretty much like most golf balls. Nut when you hit these balls you can feel a difference, the sound they make seems more crisp and true. The ball seems to fly straight and true though the air. The balls also seem to give me that little extra distance which can make a big difference when you are playing certain holes on a course. One other thing I will say about these balls is that they are very forgiving. I seem to hit far less bad shots when I'm using these balls and the bad shots I do hit don't seem to slice as bad as they would normally.
Another positive feature of the HP Tour ball is that it is very durable. As you use golf balls they tend to get worn and you have to replace them. That does still happen with these balls but they do tend to last longer than normal. This makes them a good value ball to buy. If you are looking to buy a pack then you can expect to pay around £24 for a 12 pack of balls. So at around £2 a ball they are certainly not cheap. If you are a player who loses a few balls each time you play then maybe these are not a good choice for you. However, if you take your golf seriously and want to improve the standard of your play then these may well be just what you are looking for. The Titleist HP Tour really is an excellent golf ball with many plus points, the only real downside is the cost of the balls. Give these a try and you should really be impressed.
I've used this ball for quite a few rounds now and I find that it offers a nice soft feel off the putter and short irons, while still maintaining a good deal of distance with woods and long irons. I like the soft cover, as this elimates the click feeling at impact often felt with lower quality balls (especially Top Flite). Unfortunately I have only really played this ball on soft and slightly wet greens, so I find it hard to know how it would play on harder greens but I find it good on long putts and short chips alike. Whenever I tee the ball up, I find it a great confidence builder to see the "Titleist" logo peering up at me, and I feel like I can hit straight long drives every time, even if some are wayward I know the ball isn't to blame. I also find that just using the same ball all the time aids consistency - rather than just pulling the first ball that comes to hand out of the bag. Unfortunately the price is a major drawback for anyone who is still in the phase of losing 5-8 balls a round, and a cheaper alternative is the Regal Titanium - which is in my opinion one of the softest and longest budget balls. All in all a great ball for someone looking to find a little more shot shaping ability and upgrade from distance rocks.