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Everything you need to know about Callaway’s new SuperSoft golf balls

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In 2014, Callaway launched its SuperSoft golf balls. The two-piece design had an insanely low compression, yet our testing showed it was not just another soft-feeling ball. “It could be one of the best non-premium balls for golfers with slower clubhead speeds,” our reviewer Kane Cochran said.

When Callaway did market research on what golfers thought about the feel and the greenside spin of its SuperSoft golf balls, the results showed that 74 percent of golfers thought the feel was “just right.” Only 58 percent of golfers answered the same way about greenside control, however.

That’s why the new SuperSoft golf balls are made with a new “Tri-Ionomer” cover, which Callaway says gives the balls both a softer feel and more spin around the greens.

How much more spin are we talking about? On a 40-yard shot, Callaway testing showed the 2017 version of the SuperSoft launched with 5035 rpm of spin, while the 2015 version launched with 4950 rpm of spin. It’s change that Callaway’s Senior Director of Golf Ball R&D Dave Bartels says golfers should notice.

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Callaway also has updated its unique HEX dimple design on the 2017 SuperSoft golf balls, which it’s calling “Premium HEX Aero.” The more defined contours of the golf ball’s surface reduce drag and enhance lift, Callaway says, helping golfers create a longer, straighter flight with their full shots.

The 2017 SuperSoft ($21.99 per dozen) are the company’s lowest-compression golf balls, will be in store January 13 in white, yellow, pink and multi-color versions.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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14 Comments

  1. Dan

    Feb 14, 2017 at 12:17 am

    These are great balls!

  2. chinchbugs

    Jan 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Bring back the Rule 35 Red!

    And I still want them in the 5 sleeve packs!!

  3. tlmck

    Jan 12, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Also my ball of choice. The new ones coming out must be why I just got 2 dozen of the old for$30.. But still no Truvis? Come on Callaway!

  4. Tim

    Jan 12, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Lets see a 2 piece ball with a “Tri-Ionomer” cover 2 dozen $44. Or a 4 piece ball with a Urethane cover at $30 for 2 dozen…do you think Callaway needs to worry a little about Costco’s Kirkland ball?? If you are thinking about green side control which one would you choose?

  5. Rich Douglas

    Jan 11, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Callawy balls, both these and the tour balls, are a terrific value. But I recommend taking a look at Snell. A tour ball at a great price.

  6. Mike Cleland

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Callaway Super Soft is a great ball. I am a 3 handicap with a swing speed of 85-90 mpg…driver. I had been playing a Pro V-1. This is a better ball for me. I get 10-15 yes more distance on my drives, good control around the greens & better feel, on our very quick greens, with the putter. I would recommend the ball highly,

  7. Troy Sheaffer

    Jan 11, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I use this ball when the weather turns colder and have been very impressed with the distance and control around the green this ball produces. Slow swingers would most likely find this ball beneficial in any weather condition.

    • Scott Mulholland

      Jan 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Troy- interesting that you use this ball in the colder weather. I just recently played in a two day tournament in (cold for Northern California,) wind and rain and although I love the soft feel around the greens I felt like I lost a considerable amount of distance using the Supersoft. In fact, I switched back to the Pro-V1X the next day and saw much better results.

  8. robin

    Jan 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    They got away from the teal color balls they were easily lost in any length rough.

  9. Philip

    Jan 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

    An increase of 1.7% in spin is going to be noticed? Not by the majority of golfers whose technique more than would negate such a MASSIVE increase of 85 RPM in spin. Not knocking the ball – but common Callaway, cut the marketing drivel …

  10. LD

    Jan 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Definitely gonna get some blue balls.
    Seriously, great balls at a great price, but as S Mizzle said, I doubt golfers are going to notice the spin increase. Marketing nonsense.

  11. S Mizzle

    Jan 11, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Love these but 85rpm more spin..that should be noticed by the golfer….cmon callaway

    • chinchbugs

      Jan 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      According to my calculation (which like you are never wrong) that is almost 2% more spin on 40 yard shots. That should be the turning point for me to go pro now. Thank you Callaway!

  12. steve kemlo

    Jan 11, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Fantastic balls, I’ve been using them for over a year now, and i get great green side check even on the hardest of Scottish links greens

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Aaron Wise’s Winning WITB: 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson

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Driver: Callaway Rogue (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 75

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black 8X

Driving Iron: Callaway X-Forged Utility (2-iron)
Shaft: KBS Tour Prototype Hybrid

Irons: Callaway Apex 16 (4-iron),  Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50, 56, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red V-Line Fang CH

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R

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Andres Romero WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Zurich Classic (4/23/2018).

Driver: Callaway Rogue (9.0 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 63

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue CK 70TX

Driving Iron: Callaway X Forged UT (18 degrees), Callaway Epic (3)
Shaft: Project X 6.5, Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120X (3)

Irons: Callaway X Forged (4-PW)
Shaft: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (54-10S, 60-08C)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Toulon San Diego
Shaft: Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 9
Grip: Super Stroke Ultra Slim 1.0

WITB Notes: Romero is currently testing two different putters, and we will update this post when he’s made a decision between them.

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Romero’s clubs. 

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PXG introduces high-MOI, adjustable Operator putter

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Joining the Drone and Gunboat on the high-MOI mallet-style putter end of the spectrum, PXG is launching its highest MOI putter to date: the Operator.

With a maximum head mass of 400 grams, depending on weight adjustments, the Operator features a soft billet-milled 304 stainless steel face and a body made from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum.

PXG made the Operator for those seeking advanced customization and maximum forgiveness. Multiple sole weights, available in increments of 2.5g, 5g, 10g, 15g and 20g, can be used to adjust the overall head mass.

Regarding the name: “Operator” is the specific term for Delta’s operational personnel, although in recent years it has become a term for almost all U.S. military special forces.

The putter is available in three models.

Operator

The double-bend hosel style creates a full shaft of offset with a face-balanced hang angle. Built for players with a straight-back-straight-through stroke.

Operator H

The hosel neck is heel-shafted with a half shaft of offset and mid toe-down hang angle. Built for players with more face rotation in their stroke.

Operator P

The plumber’s neck shaft creates a full shaft of offset with a slightly toe-down hang angle. Built for players with a moderate amount of face rotation in their stroke.

All Operator models feature PXG’s proprietary TPE honeycomb sole insert and a TPE insert behind the face to dampen vibrations and enhance feel.

$450 retail.

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