Pros: The X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ provide the distance you’d expect from a distance ball, but offer a softer feel and more spin on short irons. The Supersoft is well-rounded and the softest ball in Callaway’s 2014 lineup.
Cons: While the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ are softer than other distance balls, it still takes a lot of work to generate spin and control around the green. The Supersoft’s low compression won’t fit the profile of golfers with faster swing speeds.
Bottom Line: The X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ deliver long, accurate distance off the driver and long irons and have a surprisingly soft feel. The Supersoft is the softest Callaway ball in the lineup, and it could be one of the best non-premium balls for golfers with slower clubhead speeds.
Note: Our scoring of the Callaway X2 Hot, X2 Hot+ and Supersoft golf balls represents an average score of all three balls. For detailed scores of each ball, see the end of this review.*
Callaway’s new Speed Regime golf balls are receiving most of the company’s airtime these days. But the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ golf balls — riding on the tail of the successful X2 Hot drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons — are also getting the attention of golfers looking to find a new distance ball. The Supersoft, similar to the Titleist DT Solo, is enjoying a solid following of players looking for a soft, well-rounded golf ball at a low price point.
X2 Hot and X2 Hot+
Both the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ are three-piece golf balls with an ionomer cover designed to deliver maximum distance with lower spin to reduce hooks and slices on all shots. Similar to the Speed Regime line, each golf ball has aerodynamics designed to optimize lift and drag based on a golfers swing speed. The X2 Hot is designed for golfers with a swing speed of less than 90 mph. The X2 Hot+ is tailored for golfers who swing their driver at more than 90 mph.
The Supersoft is a two-piece, insanely low compression (38) golf ball with a large core and a very soft ionomer cover. The softer compression allows the ball to deform better at impact with a driver, which leads to reduced driver spin and maximum ball speeds. The result is a golf ball that produces long, straight distance off the tee and exceptionally soft feel around the green.
The X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ are available now in both white and yellow color and come in single digit (1-4) play numbers. The MSRP is $26.99.
The Supersoft also is available now in white, yellow, and multi-color packs and comes in single digit (1-4) play numbers. The MSRP is $19.99.
The X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ are both distance balls optimized for different swing speeds and designed to be long and accurate. The Supersoft is more well-rounded and has a nice blend of distance and control with a really soft feel. Going into testing, my assumption was that the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ would perform very similarly, but that the Supersoft would likely fly a little higher, spin a little more and be slightly shorter with all clubs. My playing swing speed with the driver is 107 mph, which puts me in the range better suited for the X2 Hot+. During testing, the Speed Regime SR-2 proved to be the best ball for my swing and I’ll be comparing these three balls to themselves and also the SR-2.
Like other balls I’ve reviewed, I wanted to get a true sense of performance, so I tested all three balls on a launch monitor and on the course. To get the data, I tested a 60-degree wedge, 6 iron and a driver. While I prefer testing outdoors, I needed to retrieve the balls for multiple tests and headed to Golfsmith Extreme in Smyrna, Ga., where they let me take over a private fitting bay for a few hours.
60-Degree Full Wedge Shots
Going into the wedge testing I assumed that the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ would spin significantly less when compared with the Speed Regime tour-ball line. I was wrong. When I’m looking at a ball’s performance with the wedge, two very important areas are spin and peak height and both balls exceeded my expectations.
Both the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ generated more spin than the SR-2 when hit with a full wedge shot. Ball speed off the X2 Hot+ was the same and 1 mph faster with the X2 Hot. Both balls reached a similar peak height with relatively similar launch angle. The carry distance with the wedge, which I want to be consistent but don’t want to necessarily maximize, was 1 yard longer with both balls when compared with the SR-2. With spin this high off a wedge, it offers golfers the unique ability to put a distance ball in play and still being able to generate stopping power into greens when hit from wedge distance.
The Supersoft held its own as well, spinning less, but with more ball speed and a higher peak height. I was flying shots an extra 2 yards, but more interestingly, my descent angle was steeper, which would make shots float down to the green and stop dead. I would see this same flight later on the course.
6 Iron Shots
Both the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ exceeded my expectations with the wedge, but as we moved away from the green the tour-level Speed Regime balls started to separate themselves and the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ started to perform more like true distance balls.
The X2 Hot+ was the longest ball in the group, carrying an average of 3 yards longer than all the other balls during testing. Ball speed and launch angle with the X2 Hot+, which is matched better to my swing than the X2 Hot, were the same as the SR-2. However, the ball reached a lower peak height and had significantly less spin than the SR-2. The X2 Hot, which launched higher, also had lower ball speeds, spin and descent angle. This will result in more carry distance, but the lack of spin and the lower descent angle will make it harder to stick and hold greens with longer irons.
The Supersoft launched 3-degrees higher than the SR-2 and X2 Hot+ and reached a peak height of 4 yards higher. This is significant for golfers who struggle to get the ball airborne with the long irons. A higher launch and high peak height will generally lead to a steeper descent angle making it easier to land the ball softly on the green and stick it close.
When I got to the driver portion of the testing I knew it was time to see what the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ could really do. I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t blown away. While I got more distance out of these two balls than the Titleist Velocity I tested earlier this year, I expected both balls to generate more overall distance than the SR-2. They did, but only by an average of two yards. Carry distance was the same for the X2 Hot+ but 3 yards less for the X2 Hot. The X2 Hot did, however, launch 2-degrees higher. That makes it a nice option for golfers looking to get a little more height with their driver. Interestingly, I didn’t see a decrease in sidespin with either ball compared to the Speed Regime line.
The Supersoft, sadly, didn’t stand much of a chance with my swing. And it isn’t the ball’s fault. The ultra-low compression ball generally isn’t suited for faster swing speeds as the ball deforms too much, sapping energy and resulting in shorter distances. But even so, we can still take a look at the numbers. The launch angle was almost 2-degrees higher, with 255 rpm more spin but a whopping 8 mph less ball speed. The Supersoft will perform best with swings of less than 90 mph with the driver where it will help launch the ball in the air, cut down on sidespin and lead to better carry.
The X2 Hot generated substantially less spin than the Speed Regime balls, as did the X2 Hot+ and Supersoft. As I mentioned in my review of the Speed Regime balls, for golfers looking for maximum distance, the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ should be high on the list of any distance ball to test.
I played all three balls in calm, hot conditions, but the course was slightly softer due to rain earlier in the week. It didn’t take long after putting the Supersoft in play to confirm what I was seeing on the launch monitor. With the driver, the ball was getting up in the air more and the distance was noticeably shorter. I needed to play more of a knockdown shot to keep the flight where I like to see it. For golfers who need a little help getting the ball in the air and also want to play a ball with a softer feel, the Supersoft could be a great fit.
The X2 Hot+ was the longest ball of the day for me, even longer than the SR-2, although not by much. I caught a couple really solid drives that flew nice and straight, hit the ground and kept running. Around the greens, the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ were not as solid for my game as the other balls in the 2014 lineup, but I’m used to playing tour balls with urethane covers that offer a lot of control. While the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ were better than other distance balls such as the 2014 Titleist Velocity, approach shots, especially with long irons rolled out more. I also had to play for the balls to release instead of firing pitches all the way to the hole. Most golfers playing a distance ball will notice better feel around the greens and likely will not notice any less control than they are already used to.
Half Wedge Shots
Just as I did for the wedge test of the Speed Regime golf balls, I had a chance to test these three balls on the back nine of Bentwater Golf Club in Acworth, Ga.
Both the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ reacted to half wedge shots about as I had expected, albeit with a little additional spin than I initially anticipated or saw on the course. Low spinning wedge shots bounced, checked a little and rolled out a few feet, but they weren’t getting too far away from me. The higher shots landed with a bit more softness than I expected. For a distance ball, I was impressed with the short game control these balls exhibited.
The Supersoft was a bit more versatile with a little more spin. The softer cover grabbed the green with slightly more grip and after checking up, didn’t have the rollout of the X2 Hot or X2 Hot+. The Supersoft naturally flew a bit higher, even when flighted lower, which is a great thing for most golfers. The higher flight will help the ball land softer and stick closer to the pin. The feel off the wedge, just like you’ll see later in this review, was exceptional.
Around the Green
Similar to other distance balls, or golf balls without urethane covers in general, I went into the test assuming I’d need to generate a lot of speed and catch the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ balls cleanly to generate any kind of spin from close to the green. I was able to get some decent check, but only if I had a lot of green to work with. These balls are meant to be played on the ground and run out. I don’t think that is a bad thing at all and both balls did not perform any worse than other distance balls in their category. That said, the fact that they generate a substantial amount of spin on full wedge shots gives them a slight edge.
With the Supersoft, I was able to get some nice check on the ball, even without a ton of green to work with. The softer cover has some nice stickiness to it that allowed me to play more aggressive spinning shots. The feel off the face also contributed to a really positive impression of this ball around the greens.
Let’s talk about the Supersoft first. It’s crazy soft off the putter. Without question, I could instantly tell it was the softest of the 2014 Callaway lineup and I really enjoyed rolling putts with this ball.
All three balls rolled straight and true. With the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+, the ball seemed to jump off the face more than putts with the Supersoft or even Speed Regime balls, but similarly to other distance balls. While the feel on off-center putts felt more like I expected a distance ball should feel, putts off the center were surprisingly soft.
Looks and Feel
For distance balls, the X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ are some of the softest feeling balls in the category. Of course feel is subjective, but with every club from driver to putter, I was really surprised that these balls didn’t have the traditionally hard feel of a distance ball. There was some give off the face and flush shots felt really nice. With the Supersoft, the feeling was even softer, especially off the putter. I would suggest hitting a variety of shots with each of these balls so you can be the judge.
As is usually the case with Ionomer covers versus urethane, the white of each of these balls is a bit more stark than the slightly off-white look of the SpeedRegime line. The logos are a little less crisp and the graphics and alignment marks are a little less pronounced. But that is to be expected, and these balls have a nice look that continues to be recognizable as a Callaway.
I’ve really grown fond of yellow these days and its hard not to compare all yellow golf balls to the sexy, pearlized yellow shimmer of the Titleist NXT Tour. The Supersoft, X2 Hot and X2 Hot+ have a flatter, more muted yellow that doesn’t seem to stand out as much as the Titleist NXT Tour, but it still provides a solid yellow option for golfers who prefer to ditch the standard white.
Just like the Speed Regime testing, I attempted to complete all my testing, both on the launch monitor and on the course, using only three of each type of ball. After the testing was complete, each sleeve of X2 Hot, X2 Hot+ and Supersoft basically looked brand new with the exception of some small marks. I could wash these balls off, stick them back in their sleeve and put them in play again.
The Supersoft shows the tiniest bit of additional wear, but there are no cuts or major scratches on the cover of any of the balls I used for testing. If you can keep these guys out of the hazards, you can play multiple rounds with the same ball.
The Supersoft is a well-rounded golf ball that is an excellent choice for golfers looking for a higher launch and flight, solid spin around the greens, soft feel and entry-level price-point.
If distance is what you’re after, the X2 Hot, for swing speeds less than 90 mph, and the X2 Hot+, designed for swing speeds greater than 90 mph, are some of the longest distance balls on the market. While neither ball will generate a crazy amount of spin around the greens, both pack a lot of spin on full wedge shots, and have the added bonus of a softer feel not usually found in a distance ball.
*X2 Hot and X2 Hot+
Driver Performance: 4.5 stars
6 Iron Performance: 4.3 stars
Wedge Performance: 3.8 stars
Looks and Feel: 4.2 stars
Durability: 4.6 stars
Driver Performance: 4 stars
6 Iron Performance: 4.2 stars
Wedge Performance: 4 stars
Looks and Feel: 4.5 stars
Durability: 4.4 stars