I’ve been an avid player of Titleist Pro V1x for as long as I can remember. To the point where it was like buying toothpaste where you don’t even think, you just buy your regular brand and move on with life.
During the winter months however, I do tend to switch to a firmer two-piece golf ball. For me, in the colder months you lose some of the benefits of a premium, softer three-piece ball. And with the winter weather comes a boggier golf course where you can even lose a ball plugged in the middle of the fairway!
Suddenly the lure of playing a premium 3 piece golf ball at £3.75 per ball disappears!
That’s where the Callaway Supersoft comes in. It’s been one of Callwaway Golf’s top sellers for the past few years and is renowned for excellent value.
The ball has seen a number of improvements to the latest model so I wanted to give this a go.
Callaway Supersoft Golf Balls
- Distance golf ball with spin, feel and control
- Maximum ball speed
- High launch & low spin
- Maximum consistency and optimized trajectory
- Exceptional value golf ball
Callaway Supersoft Design
It’s fair to say that the Callaway Supersoft golf ball is aimed at the mid-high handicapper.
For one, the price range of the ball is pitched at the middle / low end of the market (for golfers who lose a fair few of them). Secondly it has two-piece construction which is designed for longer distances. We’ve done a whole piece on the different types of golf balls if you want to understand a little more about this.
But the Callaway Supersoft stands out a little in the category with some recent improvements.
For starters there’s a new “hybrid cover featuring PARALOID Impact Modifier made by DOW Chemical” which I’m guessing leaves you about as clueless as I am. But in plain english, it basically means it unlocks a way for Callaway to create a ball that delivers high ball speed and long distances yet maintaining the feel around the greens.
The soft compression core helps compress the golf ball and is what largely maximises the energy transfer from the club to the ball to increase ball speed and promote longer distance.
But the new cover means that once you reach the green, you still have the soft feel which will help you with your short game.
Finally, the HEX aerodynamics complete the golf ball to reduce drag and help carry the ball a little further in the air. It also promotes a higher flight, something a lot of mid-high handicappers struggle with.
Callaway Supersoft Performance
The first thing I noticed when I got my hands on the Callaway Supersoft was how soft they feel. In the hands, they definitely felt one of the softer golf balls in this price range.
Taking the ball out on the course, they performed great from tee to green.
I have to say I didn’t notice much of an increase in distance with the Supersoft, but then again my method wasn’t very scientific. On a couple of tees I hit a drive with a Supersoft and another couple with a Pro V1x and a Srixon AD333 golf ball and all finished at pretty similar distances.
It was on the approaches where I noticed the big difference. I don’t expect too much spin or control on the greens from golf balls in this price range, but I found that the Supersoft had some receptiveness on the greens, stopping fairly quickly with mid – long irons.
And this continued in and around the greens (or from 80 yards and in). Now it would be unfair to compare these to my usual Pro V1x ball – the Pro V1x is obviously better with a softer feel, more consistency and better feedback, but a dozen balls come in at over double the price!
What I really wanted to find out is whether they are a good enough ball to swap to for winter or for the occasional practice round. The short answer is yes!
Longer pitches felt great and it was possible to stop the ball pretty quick from 50 yards or so. However, on shorter chips it was more obvious the Supersoft is a 2 piece distance ball. Whilst the ball felt soft in the hands, it definitely “pinged” a little more off the clubface at slower swing speeds, so there wasn’t as much control over the ball from shorter distances. Again, something you wouldn’t really expect from a ball in this price range though!
Moving on to the greens, the soft hybrid cover means the Callaway Supersoft feels like a premium golf ball. The feel from the putter was almost as good as a more expensive 3 piece ball. I also really liked the way the Supersoft name on the side could be used as an alignment piece too.
In terms of durability, I would say the ball performed about average or slightly below. I used the same ball for 18 holes and was pretty consistent. I maybe hit the odd branch but didn’t hit it hard into many trees or paths.
Given the softer cover, at the end of the round the ball had a little more than the usual wear and tear from the grooves of the clubs. It’s nothing that really affected the performance of the ball, but I doubt I would get another 18 holes out of it.
Callaway Supersoft Conclusion
Overall I’m a big fan of the Callaway Supersoft. They are a great performing golf ball, but most of all offer excellent value for money.
I would say they’re perfect for serious mid-high handicappers, particularly those looking for a little more feel around the greens. For mid-low handicappers they offer an excellent option as a ball to change to in winter or use in practice rounds as an alternative to playing with more expensive premium balls.