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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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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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  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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GolfWRX Spotted: Prototype Callaway Jaws wedge (Updated with in-hand pics)

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Update (6/8): Our friends at Sports Marketing Surveys sent along some in-hand photos of the new Jaws wedge from the Scottish Open. For the first time, we can see the wedge has full-face grooves and is stamped with “Full Toe” on the hosel, leading us to not-so-expertly suspect this might be called the “Callaway Jaws Full Toe.”


Callaway introduced the most recent iteration of its Mack Daddy line in September of 2019 with Jaws MD5 wedges. So, you don’t have to be the savviest of GolfWRX forum members to deduce we’re due for another generation of Callaway wedges soon.

I mention all of this as a preamble to ask the question: Is this design we spotted in the bag of Chase Seiffert at the Rocket Mortgage Classic the next Callaway Jaws wedge? (and might we be sold bold as to christen it the “MD6”?)

The answer according to Callaway? Not exactly.

The official word from the Carlsbad-based company, “This is a prototype wedge. We’re constantly testing prototype products with our staff pros out on tour.”

In other words, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but they aren’t saying.

Regardless of whether this is the “MD6”, it is a new wedge design with a different channel in the rear of the club. Given the trend toward moving mass around in wedges, we can assume this is done in order to optimize weight placement to enhance launch and offer a measure of forgiveness. There certainly looks to be more mass high in the toe of the wedge.

Enhanced grooves were a big part of the MD5 story (generating lower launch, higher spin than with the Mack Daddy 4). Indeed, Callaway marketed the Jaws grooves as “the most aggressive grooves in golf.” It stands to reason that, if this is the MD5’s successor, there will be improved groove technology here as well — but that’s difficult to determine from a spy shot of the cavity of the club and no comment from the manufacturer!

Chase Seiffert’s Callaway Jaws Prototype wedge

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We’ll keep an eye on Callaway staffers’ bags in the tournaments ahead and will certainly let you know when we have more information.

In the meantime, speculate away! What do you think about this design? Does this have the look of a wide release to you or is this a more limited prototype? Let us know in the comments.

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The Wedge Guy: Some putting research I’ve been doing

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As many of you might know, I started my golf industry career in the advertising and marketing world, and my first golf client was the Ray Cook putter company, which in the 1980s was still a very relevant brand, with a long history of PGA Tour use and over 150 wins, including all the majors. But it didn’t take me long to be drawn to the back end of the business, where putters were created and crafted.

Being the kid that was loaded with curiosity, I began to dive into the “whys and wherefores” of putter function. I read nearly every book I could find on putting and was blessed to be able to spend time with many teaching pros, PGA Tour pros, and mental coaches.

In the decade before I became focused on wedges, I became somewhat of a “junkie” into the cause-and-effect of the trilogy of putter design, agronomy practices, and technique evolution. And I created over 100 different putter designs for several companies during that decade.

To me, the modern history of putter design is kind of a chicken-and-egg thing. It’s apparent to me that the design of putters and changes in putting technique have evolved together. And that this “dance” has been driven by advancements in agronomy practices that have made greens ever faster and smoother.

A hundred years ago, when greens were probably not any better than the typical tee box today, putting was done with a lightweight club with considerable loft and a very wristy “pop” or “hit” of the ball. Bobby Jones and his peers were masters.

As greens got quicker into the 1960s and 70s, a more arms-and-shoulders stroke began to replace the “pop”, and putters like the Ping Anser, Zebra, and Ray Cook mallets began to replace the staid old blades like the Bullseye and 8802. Putters also began to get much heavier. This continued evolution of agronomy has pushed even typical green speeds into the 10+ range on the Stimpmeter, and the intertwined dance of putter design and putting technique has continued to evolve. The modern oversized mallet putters are many ounces heavier than their forerunners, and grips have gotten larger to take the small muscles out of the stroke action.

And whereas unconventional methods were rare 20 years ago, the “claw,” “armlock,” and “left-hand-low” are now seemingly the norm on the PGA and LPGA Tours. It is all driven by faster and faster green speeds. With that bit of my own historical perspective, let’s go to that research I’ve been conducting on my own the past few months.

One of my goals for 2021-22 is to shoot my age, which means I need that magical day of 2-3 under par to pull that off. To give that a chance to happen, I realized have to get more consistent on the greens – good shotmaking alone doesn’t put those scores on the card. So, I purchased a practice putting mat for the living room and made a commitment to not just practice my putting, but to return to my penchant for learning.

I’ve been studying what I have been learning along the way.

My personal favorite putter is a “modernized” take on the Bullseye that I designed for the Ben Hogan Company in the early 1990s. It has a then-patented approach to weighting that makes it face-balanced and pretty darn forgiving for the type of putter it is. And it is that forgiving thing that is the subject of what I want to share with you today.

As I hit dozens of putts several times every day, I have been exploring the effect of off-center impacts and different stroke paths. I’ll offer this disclaimer and tell you that this is pure visual observation, as I am not recording any of these putts with high-speed cameras or radar. And that I am watching putts of 5-10 feet on an indoor mat that probably runs about 9 on the Stimpmeter.

But what I’m observing goes against almost all of what we are told about putter “forgiveness.”

First, realize that the ball is in contact with the putter face for mere milliseconds on almost all but the longest putts. On a deliberate off-center hit – even ½ to ¾ of an inch toward the toe or heel – I am consistently seeing the ball leave the face on an exact right angle to the clubface angle at impact. And yes, while the face does recoil a bit from an off-center impact, the ball is obviously already gone so it is not affected measurably by that recoil. In other words, I’m seeing putts intentionally hit on the toe go straight at the hole, as do putts hit intentionally the same measure toward the heel. I have hit hundreds of putts with these kinds of misses and see the same result every time.

My toe hits go straight, and my heel hits go straight.

I then began to watch the ball’s path when I altered the stroke path from extreme inside-out to extreme outside-in. I have been making a deliberate effort to keep the face square to the intended line, though the stroke is crossing that line from inside-to-out or outside-to-in. Again I am observing how the ball leaves the face of the putter, regardless of whether the putter is coming across the line from the outside or inside. And every single time, I see the ball leave at right angles to the face, rather than reacting at all to the direction of the putter head path.

My point of sharing all this is to encourage you to relax your focus on hitting putts perfect and get more focused on the hole . . . or rather your intended starting line. As long as the putter face is square to that line at impact, the ball will go pretty much where you are looking, regardless of whether your impact is perfect or your stroke flawless.

I expect this to generate interesting responses, and I look forward to seeing all of you chime in.

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best fairway wood of 2021

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What is the best fairway wood in 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best driver of 2021.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the full results for the best fairway wood of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best fairway wood of 2021: The top 5

1. Titleist TSi2

What Titleist says: “For players seeking incredible speed and accuracy across the entire face. A deeper, lower CG pairs with the new Active Recoil Channel 4.0 to produce a consistently higher, faster launch.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @MPAndreassi: “I have a TSi2 7 wood on the way. The launch and flight of them is unbelievable for me.”
  • @XanderSingh: “I’m gaming the TSi2 4w and 7w. still messing around with shafts for both, but they are great performers and very easy to hit off the tee and the ground.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the TSi2 fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Ping G425 Max

What Ping says: “In the G425 fairways and hybrids, two shared PING innovations known as Facewrap and Spinsistency combine to deliver more distance and spin predictability for carrying trouble and hitting greens. A tungsten sole weight increases the MOI in the stainless steel heads for added forgiveness. ”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @monkeyboy: “Added Ping G425 max 3 and 5 woods with stock shafts about 4 months ago. After many range sessions and rounds, I can accurately say that these are the best fairways woods I have owned. I think the main difference for me is how flat they sit at address; it just works well for me. I make better contact, more often with these clubs – from tee and deck. In the end, I really think that I could have gotten away with just the 5 wood – it is a powerhouse, many time distance is as good as the 3 wood, easier to control.”
  • @quizzylish: “It’s a very nice fairway wood, and it took me a little bit to get used to the very shallow face and head shape; the sound is very different too. It is very straight and maybe even draw-biased; I had a hard time trying to hit fades unless I feel like I make a ridiculous swing, like holding off my release. “
  • @uglande: “And don’t sleep on the 7 wood. It’s so handy and does not balloon like I thought it might. Really nice high but powerful trajectory.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the G425 Max fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. TaylorMade SIM2 Ti

What TaylorMade says: “When we brought back V Steel and combined it with SIM, our goal was simple. The lowest CG of any fairway we’ve ever created. In 2021, we’ve taken it low again. With a low CG, you can launch it higher with SIM2 Titanium.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @heavy_hitter: “They are lower spinning fairways, and they hit BOMBS!!”@bjno1300: “I’ve only had one quick session with mine, but on the monitor before I bought it, the numbers were great. Bought one off the shelf so didn’t have to wait, but now I’ve gotta dial it in with a shaft.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the SIM2 Titanium fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. TaylorMade SIM2 Max 

What TaylorMade says: “Multi-material construction and efficient weight distribution on the sole of the club deliver ultra-low CG for explosive distance, high launch and low spin.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @platgolf: “Played the Sim Max 5 wood with a regular flex Ventus shaft. This is one amazing club. It is long and straight! Unless something happens, it is in the bag. The sound off the face means business. No wonder these clubs have such a high rating here. Forgot to add, hitting off the turf is so easy!”
  • @buckethat72: “I have hit both (TSi2 and SIM2 MAX) and feel the same way, can’t go wrong with either. I have been a TM woods guys for many years and sticking with the SIM Max2.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the SIM2 Max fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. Titleist TSi3

What Titleist says: “TSi3 fairways feature a new SureFit CG track technology, offering three unique positions to adjust club head CG to fine-tune ball flight with neutral, fade or draw flight.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @ak90: “I’m a high-speed player and, as mentioned above, love the TSi3 as a second tee club, but it is nearly worthless hitting into any green. Spin is very low, and flight is super penetrating. I really like the TSi2 for hitting into longer greens but don’t find myself hitting it off the tee very often. I’m still working that section of my bag out… I have a tsi3 18 degrees with a 10TX Ventus black that I use for a “driving iron” and interchange that with the TSi2 18 degrees.”
  • @MH2: “I have found the tsi3 fairway very forgiving and easy to launch off the deck and an absolute beast from the tee.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the TSi3 fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

See the full results for the best fairway wood of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

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