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Callaway launches new Chrome Soft, Chrome Soft X, Superhot balls (2018 PGA Show Demo Day)

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“The ball that changed the ball” is back.

Callaway announced new Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X balls for 2018, as well as a retooled Superhot, which it is offering in some bold colorways.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

Chrome Soft

Callaway promises innovation at every level with the new Chrome Soft. That starts with a new Graphene Dual SoftFast Core. The company touts the new Chrome Soft as a fast, soft, high launch, low spin ball. But let’s dig a little deeper.

According to Dr Alan Hocknell, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Callaway, Graphene is an “atomic-scale honeycomb lattice made of carbon atoms and was first produced in a laboratory at the University of Manchester in 2004 by Russian-born scientists, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who went on to be awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work.”

The material is stronger than diamond and 200 times stronger than steel, however, it’s also elastic and can be stretched a substantial amount. It sounds like Callaway thought the material was interesting and decided to see how to incorporate it into a golf ball, which is cool.

“We had to assess which part of our golf ball we could mix it with to get a strength advantage and where in the golf ball we would want it…We looked at various parts of the golf ball and the functions of each, and we quickly decided that if we were going to use a material that made any part of our golf ball substantially stronger it would be in the outer core, because its role is partly to allow the inner core to be soft. What we wanted to produce was an outer core that was much stronger, effectively a thinner but stronger ‘crash helmet’ for the inner core and that would allow us to make the inner core bigger.”

“If you think of this inner core as the engine of the golf ball, the inner of the new Chrome Soft is now bigger and softer because it is protected by the stronger outer core, which allows us to pump up the speed, pump up the spin-reducing characteristic of the soft core, and still retain the soft-feel benefits.”

Hocknell says the new Chrome Soft is similarly, well, soft to the original ball. However, feel around the green is crisper and there is a “clickier” sound on those shots. As expected, the new ball features higher ball speeds and lower spin on driver shots relative to the previous incarnation.

Chrome Soft balls are also available in yellow and Callaway’s Truvis pattern. $44.99/dozen.

Chrome Soft X

We’ll let Dr. Hocknell explain the reworking of Callaway’s tour ball for higher swing speeds.

“The X ball has undergone the bigger transformation of the two…In the new 2018 Chrome Soft X we have dramatically reduced its spin profile through the bag so, in many ways, it is similar to the standard Chrome Soft ball of 2017, but what you will find now is a firmer overall feel, while still retaining excellent spin properties around the green.”

“The differences between both golf balls are mostly focused on feel and then if you have a swing speed in the higher ranges – roughly 105mph and above – you might be an ideal candidate for the X, as its increased firmness will convert more driver head speed to ball speed, compared to standard Chrome Soft.”

Superhot

Callaway is also releasing a new version of its three-piece Superhot ball ($29.99/dozen). The new Superhot features improved aerodynamics for low drag and optimal lift, according to the company. Additionally, Callaway is introducing Superhot Bold colors in matte red, yellow, and orange.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

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  1. Jack Nash

    Jan 24, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    However, feel around the green is crisper and there is a “clickier” sound. Isn’t that “clicker” sound code for skull or shank? 🙂

  2. Ollie

    Jan 23, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Soft… supersoft… forgiving… mushy… feel… forgiving feeeel… more spin… more money… more of everything good …. 😛

  3. Joey5Picks

    Jan 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Chromesoft used to be about $32. Now they’re $45? I’ll pass and stick with the Kirkland Signature.

  4. Uhit

    Jan 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I’ll give it a try, to see, if it is at least as good as the Chrome+…
    …the Chrome Soft was a step backwards in my book.

    However, I don’t really think that it can beat the OnCore Elixr, or the B-XS, but who knows yet?

  5. nyguy

    Jan 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    guess I should order a few boxes of the 2016 chrome…..

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club that you game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from uwhockey14, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for the oldest club that they still use out on the course. Despite the latest technologies continually leading to new and improved equipment, this thread shows that for many of our members, there will always be a place in the bag for that certain trusty older club.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • leo the lion: “Odyssey Dual Force 56 degree wedge which is about 20 years old. These wedges have what I believe are called Stronomic inserts in the face. The inserts are made of a very hard material and still look new. I have not found a wedge that gives more spin and control than these wedges. Ping Eye and ISI’s come close but the Dual Forces can almost stop on a dime. I also have a 52 degree that I will use together with the 56 on shorter courses.”
  • NRJyzr: “Playing Golden Ram Tour Grinds right now, they’re approximately 38 years old.”
  • Moonlightgrm: “My Ping ISI irons are 18-years old. Nothing can move them out of my bag. Easy to hit and very forgiving. I tried a set of Mizuno JPX900 forged this year, and they lasted exactly 3-rounds.”
  • sneaky_pete: “18* Mizuno Fli Hi II Driving Iron from around 2006/2007.  This will never leave the bag! Also still rocking my Adams Speedline Super S 3 wood from 2012.”
  • dpb5031: “Arnold Palmer AP30r blade putter – ~50 years old. Kasco K2K #33 (sorta between a 2 hybrid & 5 wood) – 18 years old.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club that you game?”

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Wilson Staff Cortex wins “Driver vs. Driver 2” (in-hand photos)

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Designed by show contestant Evan Hoffman of San Diego, California, the Wilson Staff Cortex is the winning driver design of the second season of Driver vs. Driver.

The titanium-bodied Cortex features carbon panels and a sliding adjustable weight system.

Additional Cortex features

Fast Cage Technology — The company describes this as, a “weight-tuned titanium internal structure with an impressive 44% of its surface area covered in Carbon Fiber Panels. This Ti –Carbon construction allows for extremely precise distribution of weight and frees up additional weight for maximum adjustability.”

Wilson’s longest ever Slide Track — An eight gram sliding adjustable weight is positioned in the center of the head. Additionally interchangeable two and eight-gram weights can be adjusted on the sole and heel of the club.

Fast Fit Technology hosel system — Players have six adjustable options to dial in the loft of the driver in half-degree increments.

A Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec shaft — red, blue, or black — is standard.

“Season Two of the show yielded two amazing finalists; the Cortex and the Rozwell,”
said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “Ulimately, the Cortex came out on top with
its clean, classic shape, overall consistent performance results from a wide range of
player testers, and steady sound across the entire face of the club. We are excited to get
this driver into the hands of players at all levels of the game.”

Hoffman presented his original concept to Wilson LABS, and the engineers chose if from hundreds of submissions. After a nearly two-year process of refining, Hoffman is the winner of a $250,000 grand prize and the inclusion of his creation in the Wilson Staff Line.

The Wilson Staff Cortex will retail for $499.99 and will be available in 9-, 10.5-, and 12-degree models.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their recommendations on soft and forgiving players cavity irons. A whole host of different irons get a mention in the thread, with Mizuno’s cavity irons proving to be one of the most popular choices amongst our members.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • jimb: “I haven’t hit anything better feeling than the 2013 Callaway X-Forged.”
  • deep18: “As others have said, JPX919 Tour. Players look but according to Mizuno’s data, slightly more forgiving than the AP3 and almost as forgiving as the MMC.”
  • elwhippy: “Mizuno will be the softest. Srixon a close second. I imagine the TM will be most forgiving. AP2s are very blade like in their performance. P760 goes very high and straight with DG 105 and 120 shafts.”
  • 300_Straight: “Wilson V6 Tour is also a great feeling iron from what I’ve heard. Never personally tested it, though. Any Srixon 7 or 9 series irons are very soft, as are most Mizunos, Callaway X Forged, etc.”

Entire Thread: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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