Boasting Callaway’s softest core with low compression and a Tour Urethane cover, the new Chrome Soft Golf Ball by Callaway has been making plenty of headlines recently, with players of all levels flocking to give these little gems a bash. Last month, Inside Golf’s review team took the Chrome Soft Golf Balls onto the course for a ‘Test Drive’ of our own, with low, mid- and high-handicappers all putting them into play. True to its name, the first thing we noticed about the ball is just how soft it feels, especially around the green. With a low 65 compression, we could easily compress the ball on iron shots, leading to some amazing spin (and control) on approach shots. For those of us who can remember the old Balata golf ball days, these Chrome Soft balls brought back a flood of great memories when chipping and putting, as they managed to get some great “grip” on the clubface. However, unlike the old Balatas (which were prone to being cut quite easily), the cover on the Chrome Soft balls is extremely durable. After a full round (with a few trees and cart paths hit along the way) they were still in great shape. A nice surprise.
With a driver, the ball’s SoftFast Core (designed to reduce spin and retain energy off the driver to maximize ball speed and distance) really helped launch the ball into the air. In truth, the Chrome Soft felt a lot like a Tour ball off the tee. So what level of player is this ball best suited for? To be honest, it’s difficult to categorise this ball specifically by handicap, as it offers so much to players of all levels. Our low handicapper loved the spin and control, as well as the feel around the greens. The mid-handicapper gained huge accuracy advantages off the tee (through the reduction of sidespin), while our high marker saw massive distance gains off the tee. We don’t know how the Callaway engineers have done it, but they may have managed to create a sort of “Super Ball” which is both soft and durable at the same time, suitable for different swing speeds and skill levels. Either way, we can honestly say that Chrome Soft are definitely worth a hit if you’re looking to improve your game, no matter what your skill level.