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Magna is back and bringing oversized with it!

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Are you a hardcore golfer looking for multi-piece ball offering tour-level distance and spin around the greens? Well this ball isn’t for YOU, and thats ok.

BUT…

If you’re a casual, fair-weather, lower-swing-speed, higher-handicap, out-for-some-fun kind of golfer, who is looking to hit more fairways, and greens, or if you want something that feels nice and soft, along with being a great value from a premium ball company…

Callaway might have just created your new favorite ball: the Callaway Supersoft Magna!

Many people might remember the Magna name thank to TopFlite, but other than sharing a name (Callaway purchased TopFlite and Spalding  brands years ago) this Magna is a whole new beast.

Built from the ground up, utilizing technology and materials from the SuperSoft line, the New Magna is soft-feeling, low-compression, low-spin, two-piece ball thats easier to get airborne, thanks to its large size (1.72″ vs a standard 1.68″) and higher center of gravity.

Similar to the way more people get enjoyment playing softball than “hardball” baseball, since that larger ball instills a bit more confidence to make contact, has a higher moment of inertia, and is inherently easier to hit.

BUT a larger ball means it’s worse in the wind right?

Callaway looked to solve that problem by re-engineering the Magna’s HEX Aerodynamics cover design, to help eliminate the extra drag created by the larger surface. They by no means claim that it has the wind piercing capabilities of a ChromeSoft, but the “Magna Player” should actually seeing improved distance thanks to the lower spin and straighter flight.

Available in both white and yellow (sorry, no Truvis yet) the Magna comes in at a very reasonable $22.99 a dozen, and could be a big (shall we say, “oversized”) hit (couldn’t resist) with the target golfer.

 

 

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. Magna Watcher

    Feb 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Anyone play these yet? Are they easier to hit?

  2. Safe Hans

    Feb 12, 2019 at 7:56 am

    How can a sphere have a higher centre of gravity??

  3. Steve Cantwell

    Feb 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Being a traditionalist, I don’t much care for the idea of a larger golf ball. However, being a realist, this seems like a pretty good idea. It’s not as if another player is taking money out of my pocket.

  4. Joey5Picks

    Feb 11, 2019 at 12:18 am

    “…easier to get airborne, thanks to its large size (1.72? vs a standard 1.68?) and higher center of gravity.”

    So the center of gravity is .02″ higher (half the difference in the diameter, about 1/2mm)? I don’t see how that will make it easier to get airborne.

  5. George Bush 3

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I really do not like black people.

  6. Shank Haney

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    My hosels will be definitely be seeing more action.

  7. Brad

    Feb 10, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    This ball won’t go as far as a traditional ball for a decent player, nor would it give any advantages to them whatsoever. On the other hand, it would be easier for Junior or beginning player to hit and get in the air, making it a little less likely they would quit the game out of frustration.

    How about the whiners keep playing their balata ball, 1950’s irons and persimmon woods and let the rest enjoy the game. Oh, wait I’ll bet none of the whiners have ANY problem using a 460cc titanium driver, super-juiced irons, and a super-low spin ball to make the game easier for them to play…so never mind.

  8. Bruce

    Feb 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I bought some yesterday and I’m excited about trying them whenever the weather clears up. They’re noticeably bigger even my girlfriend that doesn’t play could tell they were much larger than a typical golf ball. When I addressed the ball with a wedge it just gave you confidence. I’m only worried that you might loose some distance cause they also feel much lighter than a standard ball. I can see how hitting a fairway wood off the deck would give you huge benefits it’s almost as the ball is teed up.

    • john

      Feb 11, 2019 at 11:44 am

      I’m opposed to these. I get a lot of free beers betting that I can get four golf balls in my mouth at one time. I’ll only be able to manage three with these even with my teeth out.

      • Charlie

        Feb 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

        Tears are pouring down my face from laughing at this too hard.

  9. Wes B

    Feb 10, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I think this is awesome. I’ll use these to help my little brother gain some confidence hitting the ball!! I’m not switching from my TP5X anytime soon but they might be fun to mess around with. Really good for the game here.

  10. Seth Riser

    Feb 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Wow. Congrats Callaway. You just dumbed down golf.

    • Craig

      Feb 12, 2019 at 5:27 am

      That’s what they have been doing since the original Big Bertha.

  11. Simms

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Anything golf companies can do to help speed/enjoyment of the game is super important…here in California we have golf courses closing all the time because of lack of play and cost of maintenance. And the courses still open are being held on by the play of senior golfers during the week…so anything to improve their enjoyment is a must,

    • Jim Garner

      Feb 11, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      I thought CA was closing them down to make homeless shelters for illegals.

  12. Magna

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    It’s easier to find!

  13. Chip

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Where the USGA/RA at on this?

    • USGA/RA

      Feb 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      1.68″ is the minimum size of a golf ball. There is no maximum.

  14. Joseph D

    Feb 10, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Oh so, 460 cc drivers and oversized putting grips are ok?

  15. Sandhills Golf

    Feb 10, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    What’s the big deal? If it makes a few sr’s, jr’s and lady golfers enjoy the game more or keep up better? Why not? Lot’s of baseball players use aluminum bats. I suspect with it’s intro the haters came out at that time as well.

  16. Bob

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Why dont we just use rubber balls so we can all hit it 400 yards and just putt .think of the money we could save on irons . Lets get real about the game .

    • JP

      Feb 10, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      In what way does this ball hurt the game? It’s tailored to a small minority that can’t hit it very far either way, so where do you see the problem?

    • Funkaholic

      Feb 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      If they aren’t competing with you, why do you get your panties in a wad over how another person chooses to enjoy the game?

  17. X

    Feb 10, 2019 at 2:35 am

    So sad.
    Everybody wants to play away from the rules. And we’re selling them the drugs to fuel it.
    And they wonder why there is rampant bad behavior all over the game

    • scratchgolfer48069

      Feb 10, 2019 at 5:40 am

      Unless something changed this year, the rules govern a minimum size and maximum weight, so I don’t think the stretches or breaks any rules.

    • Rich Douglas

      Feb 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

      The ball breaks no rules. The rules say how SMALL the ball can be, not how large. They also dictate how heavy the ball can be, but not how light.

      This ball conforms.

    • USGA/RA

      Feb 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      So sad.
      Everybody wants to whinge about the rules, but yet doesn’t know them.

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