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Callaway Speed Regime Golf Balls: SR-1, SR-2, SR-3

If a golfer doesn’t have the swing speed of a tour pro, are they really going to get the most out of a tour-level golf ball?

According to Dave Bartels, senior director of R&D for Callaway golf balls, the answer is likely no, which is why Callaway’s new Speed Regime line of golf balls have three different constructions to suit golfers with different swing speeds.

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The SR-1 is designed to work best for golfers with driver swing speeds of 90 mph or less. Like Callaway’s premium golf balls of the past, it uses the company’s dual-core construction and a thin mantle layer that allow the balls to launch with less spin off longer clubs and more spin off shorter clubs. But the four-piece ball has a new HEX aerodynamic pattern that helps golfers achieve a higher trajectory for more carry distance.

The SR-2 will work best for golfers with driver swing speeds between 90-and-105 mph. Its HEX dimple pattern is balanced to reduce drag at the high-speed portion of a ball’s flight, such as the first third of a driver’s flight. But it also adds lift during the last third of flight, when a golf ball is traveling with less speed. The five-piece golf ball also has an additional mantle layer that helps boost ball speed and reduce spin for better performance with longer clubs.

The SR-3, which targets golfers with driver swing speeds of 105 mph or more, will be the 2014 Callaway ball of choice for the company’s tour players. Its HEX dimple pattern is designed to reduce the drag forces that rob high-speed golfers of distance and accuracy.

Like the SR-2, the SR-3 is a five-piece golf ball. The most important layer of the ball is likely its outer mantle, according to Greg Sabella, director of marketing for Callaway Golf balls, because of its impact on feel. In the past, Callaway has been criticized for the firm feel of its premium golf balls, such as the 2013 HEX Tour Black. But the SR-3′s much softer ionomer outer mantle makes it feel noticeably softer than previous models, Sabella said.

Each of the Speed Regime golf balls have a thermoplastic urethane “Duraspin” cover that is specially formulated to accommodate the three different HEX dimple patterns. They will be available in January and sell for $47.99 per dozen.

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57 Comments

  1. Pierre

    March 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    All this talk about balls for different swing speeds is a bit confusing.Do you remember when there were 90 and 100 compression balls.,Was this not based on swing speed?To me golf sales of all kinds are all based on marketing.How many golfers have heard of or tried Miura golf products?Best product in golf without huge marketing!

  2. Gary Lewis

    February 28, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Have tried the SR-2 and SR-1 golf balls a little the past few days. Very good golf ball imho, except for that price. For the money the Project A ball compares very favorably to the SR-1 and SR-2, again imho. I tested the two balls on a launch monitor with a 7 iron and the distance between the 2 is very close, SR-2 might be just a tad longer, insignificant it appears. The Project A has a seam on the cover, would be nice if it was seamless, even if cost a few dollars more a dozen. They both seem pretty good around the greens, albeit my testing has been on damp greens.

  3. froneputt

    February 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I was surprised at the price point for the speed regime balls … and not pleasantly.

    For the non-speed freaks, the Chrome launches high and obtains distance. Around the greens, it stops on full shots, runs a little on delicate shots around the green.

    I will try the SR1 … when I can find it at a discount.

  4. Adam

    February 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I just tried a sleeve of the SR2′s. I usually play the Chrome +, and I can say that there is a tangible difference. The SR2 feels much softer off of the irons and spins much much more around the greens. With that said, I will probably stick with the Chrome + due to price. I can not see myself spending 47.00 per dozen balls. That’s the reason I never gave the Lethals or the Pro V1′s a go. Chrome + is good enough for me and is still the best price / performance option in my opinion.

  5. Joe

    January 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Just want to help everyone out there. If you cannot afford or don’t want to pay near $50 for balls, try Callaway Chrome+. For $30, there is not a better ball out there. Distance, durability, spin, feel…it is nearly as good as the $50 selections, and maybe just as good.

  6. Kirk

    January 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    After reading all the comments on here about balls I’ve got to comment. Been in the business for way to many years and playing for over 50 with a plus handicap for more than the last 30. I can’t tell the difference between ANY of the 2 piece balls, they all feel like rocks. Also when playing the 2013 Titleist PRO V1X (my ball of choice since they increased the cover durability) I only use a ball for 9 holes then it goes into the shag bag. A lot of the better golfers play a ball for only 2 or 3 holes. What I have found is that the vast majority of ball choices are made by 2 different variables, the players skill levels (if you can’t break 90-100 NO ball will help or hurt)and the players wallet (lots of guys playing PRO V1′s or other pro line balls that can’t play a lick).

  7. Gary

    January 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Hex Chrome plus has been the best ball I have played over the last couple years irregardless of price point. I just hope they keep making the chrome plus or I will have to start my annual golf ball search all over.

    • JCorona

      January 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      irregardless?? so that’s kind of a double negative. Which in turn it negates your point… unless you mean it is without without regard

    • Noreen

      February 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Unfortunately, it looks like the Chrome and Chrome+ are going away with the introduction of the SR line. I was at the PGA Show a few weeks back, and the Chrome line was nowhere in sight in Callaway’s section. Moreover, if you look at all the retailers, the Chrome line is now either not on the shelves, or on sale. So, if that’s your ball of choice – now is the time to stock up!!

  8. Gary Lewis

    January 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Callaway seems to be going with the new trend of golf balls being designed for different swing speeds but the price of these are going to turn some people off undoubtedly. Callaway had a pretty good thing going with the Hex Chrome, a very good golf ball at a somewhat lower price. I doubt the SR 1 will do as well as the Hex Chrome sales wise unless it is an absolutely unbelievable ball. The Taylormade RocketBallz Urethane or similar golf balls would probably be MUCH better value over all.

  9. Andrew

    December 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Wow, with this soft, knee jerk-like entry, it sure looks like Cally is conceding its ball business to atrophy… very unimpressed.

  10. markb

    December 21, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Here’s what I don’t understand about the regimes. . . why base your marketing strategy on a measurement that the vast majority of golfers DON’T KNOW? Seriously, what percentage of golfers get Scoped? Every golf wonk who reads these articles or who works at Callaway, but a tiny fraction of the hackers who trod their way around 18 at the local muni. Do you think that those blissfully ignorant hackers would rather be tagged with ball that declares to the world they are “slow swingers” or game the ball that makes them feel like a pro?

    I’m just saying, they don’t sell so many “magnum” condoms because all men are above average.

  11. David

    December 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Lots of good points out there. From what I have read on the WRX, it is about spin. Lower compression balls will not spin as much, so it would seem that the SR-1 will feel an awful lot like the old TF x-2000(?). In my opinion and experience, if you want a higher spinning ball, it’s going to feel soft around the greens and not necessarily travel as well off the tee. For Callaway, the HEX Black was pretty consistent on both, but the Chrome+ was sweeter. Although, my all-time favorite is the Tour i(s).

  12. barry

    December 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I’m playing the SPEED REGIME 3 even if it hurts my game because of my ego!

  13. DS

    December 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    So they’re just going to copy the only good ball on the market (Bridgestone B330 Series) and hope they sell? Good idea. Way to be revolutionary. Callaway is now officially awful in every category.

    • JCorona

      January 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      give them a call… I am sure they would be open to all of your revolutionary ideas.

  14. bellsy13

    December 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I never understood why people spend such ridiculous amounts on golf balls. Order off the net peeps. Knetgolf is a great site for getting refurbished/mint balls in bulk. I received 10 dozen pro V1′s in mint condition for $210 delivered to my doorstep. There is no difference, other than price, to these balls and brand new ones. Great way to save big $$

  15. PJ

    December 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I would guess that 48 is the msrp but they will run about 40 in the stores would be willing to try at that price but not 48… Id just play pro v1x for that much

    • JUAN

      December 19, 2013 at 11:58 am

      how stupid to name ur golf balls regime

      did hitler , mussolini design the golf balls

      guess i wont be buying callaway golf balls this season

      • juan

        December 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        what a stupid comment I made earlier today

        I was mad at the regime name and took out on everyone

        the word is still offensive to me , but someone reminded me that word is Webster dictionary , I still wont use the ball unless I get as a f\gift btw ds bridgestone I believe copied benhogan superdeep golf ball which was the best ball of all time in golf

  16. Bret

    December 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    These balls sound interesting. I am an avid golfer with a single digit handicap index but I am sorry I refuse to pay in the high forty dollar range for ANY golf ball. For me this new introduction is dead on arrival.

  17. Cab Callaway

    December 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I would be interested in trying the SR2′s and 3′s to see they compare to the Hex Tour and Chrome+. I play and love both these balls and would have a tough time switching to the SR’s if I don’t see a significant improvement, especially for $48/dozen.
    I love Callaway equipment, but don’t think it’s a wise move to price them at $48/dozen.
    If you want the public to try your product, initial pricing is key and with this price point, many will not even try this ball.

  18. Fred

    December 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    In the end, how much does the swing speed a ball is designed for really matter? I’ve read right here on WRX that regardless of which ball you use to complement your SS, there’s not going to be much difference in yardage.

    • Martin

      December 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Its not about yardage. Its about finding a desired ballflight!

    • Joe

      January 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      The balls are going to compress differently dependent MOSTLY on swing speed. Just like people with differing swing speeds should be using different shafts and flexes.

  19. stephenf

    December 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Good deal. Wonder if these will feel like rocks on the shorter shots around the green, like all their previous “premiums” (and almost all the rest of every manufacturer’s “premiums”)?

    • Fred

      December 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Good point, Stephen. Just for kicks, I got some of the new Nicklaus balls. They’re very hard, too.

    • Martin

      December 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Rocks come on. The Tour I(s)was really soft around the greens. But I agree that the trend is that the premiums are getting harder and harder around the greens. I would love to have a room full of 2007 Pro V1:s….

      • Rich

        January 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        Pro V1′s have never been “soft”. Any of us old enough to have played wound golf balls know about soft golf balls. Pro V1′s soft, HA! They are rocks next to the old Titleist Tour Prestige golf balls (urethane cover) and let’s not forget balata balls.

    • Joe

      January 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Stephen, just so you know…balls hitting the center of the club face feel much softer than toe shots and shanks.

  20. Stephen Lee

    December 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    what i dont get about the golf ball market is that why arent the companies try to lower their price and increase their sales dramatically? i say that if a new pro v1s cost 2-3 dollars a piece rather than $5 a piece, many people would opt to buy new balls instead of used balls. i not saying that used balls are bad but as i started to believe that new balls perform better. i began to dislike the used balls. i dont know how many balls are being used in a typical round for average players but for me its 2-3 balls a round, 4 rounds a month (once every week), 24 rounds a year given that im living in canada (only half season for us northern warriors :X ). thats 24×3 so 72 balls but lets say 80-85 if i had to use more balls. therefore 7 dozens of golf balls should do for me over the season. 7x$50 for the most expensive/premium ball would cost me $350 a season. i would say thats too much compared to the used pro v1s where i can it for $1 a piece (AAA+ condition i know a guy who works at golf course who doesnt play golf but gathers lost balls for side cash) so i can get same about of balls for about $90 dollars. thats too big of a difference for me. $260 dollar difference. if the companies were to reduce the price for half. that would be $175. but if the used ball prices go down respectively, it would cost me $45 for used balls. but now the difference is much smaller. $135 difference for 85 balls. thats $1.50 difference in each. i would say for golfers who spend $50 a round, 24 rounds a year, thats $1200 and $175 wouldnt hurt so much. if i can enjoy brand new(new version every year) very shiny Pro v1s $175 the entire season. i guess that not a bad investment given that i get positive psychological effect from playing very best conditioned golf balls. heres my 2 cents. what do you think guys?

    • Martin

      December 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      I’m a hunter and used to argue with guys over the cost of premium bullets over regular cup and core.
      $60 for a box of 50 Barnes TSX bullets vs $25 for 100 Hornadys.
      The cheapest part of hunting is the only part that comes in contact with the Animal.

      The ball is the same, it’s the only thing that’s in play on all shots.

      I easily spend $500+/year on whoring equipment, my membership is just under $3,000, I spend a few hundred at least on clothes, I tend to buy shoes every 1.5 years for $200 at least, I regrip every other year, $100 so it’s easy to get way over $4,000 before balls, tees and gloves.

      $200 more a year to play balls you like that help your game represents less than 5% of my annual golf spend.

      • johnleg

        December 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        I, also, tend to spend a lot on whoring equipment. Usually only when in Vegas.

    • Fred

      December 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Some good points raised, Stephen. Adding on to what you’re saying: let’s face it, there are a lot of weekend golfers who use use balls like the Pro V series who really aren’t good enough to take full advantage of what the balls have to offer. So why spend the extra money, when, in the long run, they could play just as well with balls in the $20-$25 price range. My goal on a par four is to get on the green in two. If I use, say, a Bridgestone e-7 and come up 5-10 yards shorter than if I used a Pro V, who cares; I’m still on in two. Of course, I understand there are other variables to take into consideration as well, i.e., how well the ball putts, how well shots stick on the green, etc., but I don’t make a living playing golf. So…

    • markb

      December 23, 2013 at 12:05 am

      The reason ProV’s cost so much is not because they are more expensive to make compared to cheap balls. They aren’t. It’s because Titleist CAN charge that much thanks to the ball’s performance and our perception of its performance.

      The goal of Titleist and all other manufacturers is not to find a way to make cheaper balls, but to find a way to get us to pay MORE for the next dozen balls we buy. If you owned twice as may balls would you play twice as much golf? No, you wouldn’t. Rounds per year per golfer are pretty static.

      If another company can make a ball that is convincingly better than the ProV, then they can get ProV prices. Until then, they are all just squabbling over the same finite pieces of pie.

      • Rich

        January 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

        Wrong. The process of putting a urethane cover on a golf ball alone, is much more expensive than cheaper balls (surlyn covers and the like). I’m not saying Acushnet don’t try and get more out of golfers for Pro V’s compared to cheaper balls, but the statement that urethane balls cost the same to make as the others is not correct.

  21. Regis

    December 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Seems to me that Callaway is following the Bridgestone lead but its SR1 (which is geared for lower swing speeds) has little chance of succesfully competing with the RX RXS or E series in this market especially at this price point

  22. kwoot

    December 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Yep, was excited about trying these until I saw the price,guess I will just stick to used balls….

  23. Joe

    December 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I have played Callaway balls for a number of years, and truly believe that the HEX dimpled pattern of my CHROME+, offers a real advantage over the traditional dimples from all the others. In the wind, there is NO ball that will outperform CHROME+. I will try the new S2 or S3… But they will have to be better than great to get me to switch.

  24. golfing badger

    December 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    interested to see which ball is closest to my chrome +.

    chrome + is the best ball i have ever played- spins like a top on the wedges, flat trajectory on the driver and durable…plus it’s affordable!!! SR 2 or 3? it will be a tough battle to get in my bag

  25. brian

    December 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

    chrome and especially chrome+ were great great great great balls.
    i guess they did not sell enough for callaway to keep them?

    • Rusty Cage

      December 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Brian,

      I received a tweet from Harry Arnett at Callaway today saying that the Chrome line is staying put.

  26. aktheace

    December 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I had the opportunity to try a 3 ball sleeve of the new balls. I normally play Callaway Hex Chrome or +. I have 109mph driver swing speed, I saw a lost in distance and performance with irons and wedges. I think it Callaway plot to have a 3 types of ball all at 47.00 a dozen.

  27. Mike

    December 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

    It’s a shame that manufacturers change the names of their golf balls every 2-3 years. How on earth do they expect to build brand loyalty? Titleist does it right. Even though the formulation of their premium offerings have changed over the years, the company has stuck with the branding of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Say the words “Pro V1″ and almost any golfer will know what you mean.

    • TJ

      December 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      I sort of agree but if you create a new ball with the same name of a ball that didn’t perform very well in the past why would you try it. ProV1′s have been a great ball for generations so yes you would not change that name but if you were to name a new ball after a ball that sucked even if it was the best ball in the game im sure it would fail to because of past experience with a ball of that name.

      Same reason why I would not play a callaway ball myself because about 4 years ago I would hit a wedge shot into the green and have to replace it with a new one on the next hole because the cover was so soft it would tare it up with wedges.

  28. jc

    December 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

    hex chrome and the plus…best balls for the buck…31 dollars and they are just as good as the pro vs, hex tour, any tm ball out there…and they don’t get beat up as bad as the titleist balls..

    the bonus? I can’t lose them!!!!

  29. Lee

    December 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I must confess I have my doubts about a 5 piece ball for us 90 – 105 mph club head speed players. Sure I didn’t get on with the TM Penta and Lethal but I will try a sleeve of TR2′s against the original HEX Chrome which works really well for me. Fortunately I’ve got 3 doz bought on clearance put away for next season!

  30. Rich

    December 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Even though it’s a little clicky, I still think the Tour ix is the best ball Callaway have made and clicky doesn’t matter if you use an insert putter! Still have a couple of dozen left too.

    • Cab Callaway

      December 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Rich,
      I also liked the Tour IX, but switched last year to the Hex Tour and also the Chrome+, which I’ve found to be superior balls in distance and control around the greens, at least for my game.
      I will be purchasing a few dozen of the Hex Tour since they are currently on sale for $29/dozen. A great ball at a great price.

      • Rich

        December 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

        CC,
        Yeah I’ve tried the Chrome+ but not really wowed by it. Like you I might have to get some of the hex black tours now they’re on sale to try.
        Cheers

  31. Martin

    December 18, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I will likely give the SR2 and Sr3 a try.

    My favourite ball in recent memory was the Tour iz, but I have now run out of them.

  32. marko

    December 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

    $48 bucks a dozen? Thats $4.17 a ball,
    Shame on you Callaway! Do something good for golf lower your prices.
    OH! Thats right its not about the customer. But ALL about the stock holders. The game of Golf is in a sad Decline. Only the rich can play now.

    • Bean

      December 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

      marko, check lostgolfballs dot com. You don’t always have to play brand new equipment. The only time I buy brand new balls is when I have a gift certificate to redeem.

    • Matt

      December 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Check out the Hex Chrome and Hex Chrome Plus. Best ball for the money IMHO.

      • Martin

        December 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        Agree! The 2012 version of Hex Chrome felt like an older Pro V1. The 2013 version wasnt as good in my opinion.

    • johnleg

      December 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Unfortunately, golf balls are expensive to make. Most companies don’t make any money off of balls. It’s more for brand recognition.

  33. NG

    December 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Won’t the SR3 suit anyone because it has 5 layers…if you don’t swing it quick enough your only going to compress or activate the outer layers that produce more spin???

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