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The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

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How important are golf balls?  To some, they seem to make no difference at all, and to others, they have been playing the same brand for years. 

When the pros play in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, there is always the question of whose ball they will play, so for the Pros, it’s obviously a big deal.  When I played on Tour in South Africa in the early 80’s compression was a big deal.  100 compression was for long hitters, 90 compression for the average hitter, and 80 compression was for ladies.  Now Callaway is coming out with a 65 compression ball that looks like it will be all the rage.  What’s the story?

Well, Jim Achenbach, Senior writer for Golf Week Magazine and golfweek.com, has the bases covered.

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

Golf balls are getting softer. As a whole, compression ratings are going down.

Callaway is part of this trend. The company introduced its Chrome Soft, a 65-compression ball with three-piece construction and a urethane cover, on Dec. 16.

The ball, to be available at retail Jan. 16, has caught the attention of five-time major champion and Callaway staff player Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, who probably will not use the ball on Tour but who tested it, said his iron shots fly “7 or 8 yards longer” with Chrome Soft.

“Phil kind of jumpstarted all this attention for Chrome Soft, but it wasn’t planned that way,” said Dave Bartels, Callaway’s senior director of golf ball research and development. “He just started testing the ball on his own, and he was blown away by it. The lesson here is that the ball can appeal to all golfers, not just those with slower swing speeds.”

One concern is control around the greens. Some soft golf balls are popular for feel and in some cases distance but not for greenside manageability. Chrome Soft addresses this with a urethane cover that enhances spin with the wedges.

Most soft golf balls are made of two pieces (core and outer cover). Surlyn is widely used for the cover. This is exactly the construction of Callaway’s SuperSoft ball.

By utilizing a mantle layer beneath the outer cover and a tour-quality urethane cover, Callaway hopes to attract skilled Chrome Soft players.

The golf balls will be available in white and yellow for $37.99 per dozen.

The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

Source: Jim Achenbach  GolfWeek

Pictures: Zach Heller   Ron Kroetz  Sean Hobson

Thanks for reading – The skinny on the new Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball!

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