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Callaway Chrome Soft X Golf Ball Review
Dimples: 332 HEX Aerodynamics
Some manufacturers do not reveal or emphasize the compression ratings of new golf balls. Some models are now designed and marketed to fit and appeal to a golfers preferences for price, distance, spin, feel and control.
Category Comparison: Tour
Cover: Thermoplastic Urethane
Core: Dual SoftFast Core
The 2017 version of the Callaway Chrome Soft X is built and designed as an improvement or at least an alternative for last year’s 4-piece Chrome Soft. The Callaway Chrome Soft X is somewhat different from the previous generation, as it will provide you with more spin from the fairway and off the tee. This golf ball retails for $40 a dozen, which is not cheap, but for that kind of money you’ll receive a four piece/90 compression ball, designed with an inner core, an outer core, an urethane cover featuring hexagonal dimples and a mantle layer. To get the picture, the regular Chrome Soft has an overall compression of 75. While the 2016 Chrome Soft was designed with tour players in mind and had a moderate success on tour, some players complained about the ball’s low spin performance. The Callaway Chrome Soft X was created to mitigate this issue, i.e. to feel just like the Chrome Soft via the company’s proprietary Dual SoftCore technology, but with increased spin throughout the golf-bag.
The cover of the Callaway Chrome Soft X is firmer, yet still very soft for a urethane cover. Also, the Dual SoftFast core is a tad firmer than in the Chrome Soft golf ball, but now it’s larger, helping with maintaining the overall feel for the Callaway Chrome Soft X. In real life, the Chrome Soft X will fly longer than the regular Chrome Soft. However, the Callaway Chrome Soft X was not designed to be a better performer, as both golf balls are equally good performance wise, they’re just addressed to different type of players. Introduced on February 3rd, the Callaway Chrome Soft X is available in white and yellow colorways. The Truvis versions for Chrome X will also arrive in yellow/black starting with March 2017.
– Designed for mid- to high-handicap golfers with swing speeds below 90 mph; typically feature two-piece construction and firm covers; promote greater distance over high spin rates. Examples: Pinnacle Gold, Slazenger RAW Distance
– Designed for low- to mid-handicap golfers with swing speeds of 90-99 mph; typically feature multi-layer construction and medium-soft covers; happy medium between Value/Recreational and Tour categories for distance and spin qualities. Examples: Titleist NXT Tour, Callaway HEX Diablo
– Designed for low-handicap and professional golfers with swing speeds in excess of 100 mph; typically feature multi-layer construction and soft covers; promote greater spin rates and enhanced feel over distance. Examples: Titleist ProV1, Bridgestone Tour B330