I have been playing the Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls since 2016. I believe these balls became available in 2015 and I started seeing Callaway commercials featuring Phil Mickelson using the White regular Chrome Soft. I had been playing the Titleist ProV1 golf ball for the last 10 years and I hesitated to change golf balls, especially to a ball with a lower compression. However, Michelson wasn’t going to change golf balls if he lost any distance so I thought I would buy a dozen to try out.
I took two sleeves of both the Chrome Soft and ProV1 and found an empty par four hole where I could do an evaluation. Distance off the driver was probably the biggest criteria. I hit the 12 balls and there was no discernible distance between the two brands. The launch angle seemed about the same and the final distance was close. Obviously since I’m not a professional, the scatter pattern between all 12 balls varied by about 30 yards but they both averaged about the same distance. I hit the 12 balls again (after I found another open golf hole) and again the distances were comparable. The fairways I was hitting into were on the softer side so there wasn’t much role but since both brands appeared to have the same launch angles, I assumed the role would be similar in harder conditions. The Chrome Soft definitely felt softer but the distance wasn’t affected. If also felt softer when chipping around the greens but the ProV1 seemed to have just as much spin close to the green. The biggest difference was actually how the Chrome Soft felt off my putter. It was softer and took a few rounds to get used to that feel and sound but it now feels normal.
The Callaway 2017 Chrome Soft X came out this year and I purchased a dozen to evaluate. It definitely has a firmer feel off the driver, irons, and putter. The distance was the same as with the regular Chrome Soft. I could sense a slight difference when hitting into the wind but not enough to impact performance. The chipping and pitching are comparable and I definitely like how the ball sounds off the putter face. I decided to make the change to this golf ball.
Another element of this golf ball that I will mention is durability. I don’t buy golf balls based on how long they last; I am looking for performance. I also play on a golf course with many water holes and heavy rough that lead to more lost balls than worn-out golf balls. However, these golf balls have been the most durable I have ever played. Callaway has developed a new urethane cover that is truly amazing. The picture below shows three Chrome Soft X golf balls. The ball on the left is brand new. The middle golf ball was used for one round. The third golf ball was used for three rounds. You will be hard pressed to see a difference in the cover of these three golf balls. I’m not sure what is more amazing: the fact that the balls still look brand new, or that I played three rounds without losing a golf ball.