Callaway is still a newer golf manufacturer, at least relative to some other big names in the game. The company first sold golf clubs, then decided to make golf balls beginning in 1996.

That effort produced the Rule 35 ball, which Callaway marketed as a one-size-fits-all style ball. The idea was to eliminate golfers trying to figure out which ball was a good fit for them. Callaway called this approach a complete-performance ball.

Callaway soon discovered, like other manufacturers, that players want choices. The result is a number of different options. We have included info for all the current models that Callaway sells here. Keep in mind that within each brand of ball are different options.

For example, the Chrome Soft comes in Chrome Soft X, geared toward professionals. There is also a Chrome Soft with a Truvis cover, which differs slightly from the cover on a normal Chrome Sot. Including all of those here would be unwieldy at best.

First, we begin with a chart listing some characteristics of each ball. These are listed in order of list price, which is a good general guide for the quality of each ball. That should not be your only consideration, of course, when choosing which ball is best for you.


At A Glance: Our Top 3 Callaway Golf Balls


  Construction Compression Dimples Core Cover List Price (USD)
Chrome Soft 4-piece Mid 332 Hex SoftFast Urethane $47.99
ERC Soft 3-piece Mid 322 Hex Graphene Dual Hybrid $34.99
Superhot 3-piece Low 332 Dual Core Ionomer $29.99
Supersoft 2-piece Low 332 Hex Low Compression Ionomer $22.99
Supersoft Magna 2-piece Low 332 Hex Low Compression Ionomer $21.99
Hex Soft 2-piece Low 332 Low Compression Ionomer $21.99
Warbird 2-piece Mid 332 Polybutadiene Ionomer $17.99

Now, on to reviews of each ball.

OUR TOP PICKS

2020 Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls (Triple Track White)
Best Overall
Chrome Soft
  • Long distance without sacrificing feel
  • Aerodynamically designed
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Callaway Golf ERC Soft Triple Track Golf Balls, (One Dozen), White
ERC Soft
  • Great combination of distance and feel
  • Hybrid cover of urethane and ionomer
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Callaway Golf 2020 SuperHot Bold Matte Golf Balls (Red)
Best for Distance
Superhot
  • Great distance
  • Low compression rate
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Callaway Golf Supersoft Golf Balls, (One Dozen), White
Best Budget Option
Supersoft
  • Good distance
  • Good for slower swing speeds
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Callaway Golf Supersoft Magna Golf Balls, (One Dozen), Yellow
Supersoft Magna
  • Easy to hit
  • Forgiving
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Callaway Hex Soft Golf Balls (One Dozen)
Hex Soft
  • Low spin rate
  • Forgiving
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Callaway Warbird Golf Ball, Prior Generation, (One Dozen), White
Warbird
  • Durable
  • Good distance
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The Best Callaway Golf Balls


Chrome Soft

2020 Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls (Triple Track White)

This ball is a terrific combination of soft feel, forgiveness, and straight flight while retaining its workability.

The inner core is larger than previous versions, giving even more distance. Callaway gets away with this with a graphene-infused outer core for greater strength in a smaller package.

The mantle of the ball, which sits just inside the cover, is made from a proprietary blend of ionomers that create more energy transfer from the core. This provides faster ball speeds, all while giving golfers consistency and durability. The stiff mantle also helps provide spin for shorter shots.

Optimized spin is also the goal of the urethane cover. It is thinner and more resilient. This, Callaway says, makes for a ball that spins less on longer shots and spins more on the shorter ones.

The Chrome Soft is aerodynamically designed for a higher ball flight and reduced drag for greater distance.

Callaway also makes the Chrome Soft X that has less spin and more forgiveness.

The newest version of this ball has the Triple Track alignment system intended to be paired with Callaway putters for superior alignment.

This is the finest ball Callaway makes, one that is used by tour professionals.

Pros

  • Long distance without sacrificing feel
  • Aerodynamically designed
  • Consistent and durable

Cons

  • High price
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ERC Soft

Callaway Golf ERC Soft Triple Track Golf Balls, (One Dozen), White

The ERC Soft is a riff of the Chrome Soft, with one major tweak. The ERC Soft is designed for maximum distance, while maintaining the soft feel and control around the green.

Since it is designed off the Chrome Soft, it might be instructive to note what remains the same and what is different.

The ERC Soft retains the graphene-infused core, as well as the Triple Track alignment system.

The differences are important, beginning with the construction. The ERC Soft is a three-piece construction. That will make it less soft and responsive than the Chrome Soft.

The ERC Soft also has a different cover, made from a combination of urethane and ionomer materials.

If you are willing to give up some feel and control for a bit more distance, the ERC Soft could a good fit for you.

Pros

  • Great combination of distance and feel
  • Hybrid cover of urethane and ionomer
  • Triple Track alignment system

Cons

  • Lesser version of Chrome Soft
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Superhot

Callaway Golf 2020 SuperHot Bold Matte Golf Balls (Red)

This is a ball designed for distance, as the name implies. It has a very low compression rate that makes it great for slow swing speeds. That compression rate is too low for golfers with a higher swing speed, but those golfers are not who Callaway is targeting here.

The dimple pattern assists with distance as it flies through the air with little resistance. And the oversized High Energy Core is also designed for distance.

It does have a three-piece construction, but still falls short when it comes to feel. But no one is buying this ball for feel around the greens. They want to go big.

Pros

  • Great distance
  • Low compression rate
  • Aerodynamic design

Cons

  • Lacks feel
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Supersoft

Callaway Golf Supersoft Golf Balls, (One Dozen), White

This is another Callaway ball that takes its cue from the Supersoft, but is actually far different than the ERC Soft.

This is a game-improvement ball, intended for players who have slower swing speeds and handicaps on the high side.

It has a very low compression rate, which gives it a great rebound effect with slower swings. This can actually reduce your distance if you have a swing speed of 100 miles per hour or greater.

Callaway overplays a bit the Supersoft’s performance around the green. This is a two-piece ball with an ionomer cover. It simply will not spin enough to grab the greens well on pitch shots.

The Supersoft is made for distance for mid- to high handicappers.

Pros

  • Good distance
  • Good for slower swing speeds
  • Low compression rate

Cons

  • Lacks stopping power on greens.
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Supersoft Magna

Callaway Golf Supersoft Magna Golf Balls, (One Dozen), Yellow

At first glance, this seems like a strange move for Callaway, making a golf ball that is larger than normal. The rules of golf insist the ball must be no smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter. The fact there is no regulation on the ball being larger should alert you that smaller is better for almost every golfer.

A larger ball will be more difficult to hole putts with, as the hole remains the same size. A larger ball will also travel less distance, for two reasons. One is the increased bulk and the other is an increase in drag. So why does the Supersoft Magna come in at 1.73 inches in diameter?

The reason is that a larger ball is easier to hit. Therefore, this is a ball aimed at a particular target audience, high handicappers with slow swing speeds.

You might argue that those golfers also need extra distance, and you would be correct. Still, there are golfers out there who like the Supersoft Magna. And it comes with a small price tag, making it relatively painless to give it a try.

Pros

  • Easy to hit
  • Forgiving
  • Great for slow swing speeds

Cons

  • Lacks distance
  • Feel is subpar
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Hex Soft

Callaway Hex Soft Golf Balls (One Dozen)

This is another two-piece ball designed for distance. It carries a low compression rate and a dimple design that is aerodynamic.

Where this ball stands apart from other distance balls from Callaway is the very low spin rate. Good luck trying to work this golf ball. Of course, the people choosing it are not looking for that. They want a ball that will reduce hooks and slices (especially slices).

The Hex Soft is a two-piece ball with an ionomer cover. It has better feel than the Warbird, but still not great in that department. It will fly long and straight, traits that appeal to mid- and high handicappers with slower swing speeds.

Pros

  • Low spin rate
  • Forgiving
  • Good distance

Cons

  • Poor feel
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Warbird

Callaway Warbird Golf Ball, Prior Generation, (One Dozen), White

This is another ball designed for distance but the Warbird differs somewhat from the Superhot. It has a core that is even larger, so much so that it only allows for a two-piece construction.

Warbird has been around for a while and does not carry the low compression rates of many of its predecessors. Its 90 compression rate is a better fit for those golfers who carry at least average swing speeds.

The large core only leaves room for a thin cover, which is pretty stiff and made from an ionomer. That makes this ball durable but lacking in feel.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good distance
  • Very large core

Cons

  • Not soft enough
  • Poor feel around greens
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Conclusion

There is a clear delineation in Callaway balls between those made for tour players and low handicappers, and those that appeal to the rest of the golfing world.

The Chrome Soft is an outstanding ball that captivated the golfing world in 2015. This ball benefited from an almost evangelical zeal by top professional Phil Mickelson. It has undergone some changes over time, notably from a 4-piece to a 3-piece construction.

Chrome Soft is an unusual ball in that it appeals to golfers of a wide range of abilities. Still, mid- to high handicappers need to be careful. The high price tag is also a detriment to many golfers.

The ERC Soft is a somewhat cheaper and almost as good version of the Chrome Soft. The biggest difference is that it has a bit less spin, making it not quite as good at holding firm greens on approach shots.

The rest of Callaway’s offerings are geared toward mid- to high handicappers. They all have ionomer covers, which are more durable but offer less feel than urethane covers. All of them are designed for better distance or less spin or some combination of the two.

Less spin makes these balls more forgiving but with less feel. Low compression rates can mean greater distances for slower swing speeds, but can actually be a detriment for higher swing speeds.

One ball that is different from all the rest is the Supersoft Magna, an oversized ball that is very forgiving but actually creates less distance.

Callaway is among the better golf ball manufacturers. If you cannot find a ball that fits your game among Callaway’s catalog, you may have problems in your game no ball can fix.

Three Balls We Like

There is no question the Chrome Soft is the finest ball Callaway makes. It is an easy choice for Best Overall among all the company’s offerings.

The Superhot is our choice as Best for Distance. Admittedly, there are a number of choices in this category.

Several of Callaway’s balls are relatively inexpensive, too. Still, we like the Supersoft as Best Budget Choice.