Which 2022 Callaway golf ball is best for me?

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Callaway offer a wide range of golf balls to suit every golfer. With an emphasis on a high-energy core, Callaway golf balls have great aerodynamics and have a fantastic feel around the green.

Callaway have made great strides in the golf ball marketplace in the last 20 years, and the signing of Jon Rahm in 2021 proved an inspired move as the big Spaniard quickly won the US Open using the Callaway Chrome Soft X.

Phil Mickelson also used the ball when he incredibly won the USPGA while it was also the ball of use for Olympic champion Xander Schauffele.

The trio are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of leading professional golfers using Chrome Soft, but Callaway golf balls have always been a great option for keen amateurs and those with slower swing speeds. The Supersoft, with its emphasis on helping you get the ball in the air, has proved incredibly successful.

Here we’ll take you through every model, who they’re aimed at, what they’re made from and

If you are a big fan of Callaway do check out our feature on the best Callaway drivers and our guide to which Callaway iron Is best for you.

But let’s start with a look at the Best Callaway Golf Balls…

The Chrome Soft X LS is one of the best Callaway Golf balls

Callaway Chrome Soft X / Callaway Chrome Soft X LS Golf Balls

RRP £39.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER (X) | VIEW OFFER (XLS)
Golf ball construction
 Four-piece with cast urethane covers | Colours White, Yellow, Truvis

After watching both Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson win Majors with the same Callaway ball and knowing that it was our pro’s ball of choice for all of our 2021 clubs tests, it would be easy to plump for the Chrome Soft X as the overall better option of the two premium Callaway balls. But our testing has shown there’s quite a bit of difference between them.

The lower spinning X LS was our test pro’s longest tour ball with the driver (he swings the driver at 112mph), and it was just a single yard behind the very longest (the Srixon Z-Star and Wilson Staff Model R) with a 7-iron (see graphic above for 7-iron comparison with Titleist Pro V1). 

The Chrome Soft X is one of the best Callaway Golf balls

Add driver and iron performance together and the X LS was 15 yards out in front of the Chrome Soft X, making it one of the best golf balls for distance.

Callaway say that for players to get the best out of either ball you need to swing the driver at 105mph+ (lower speeds should look at the standard Chrome Soft – see below). 

Think of the X as giving a lower, more penetrating ball flight, and a little more full wedge and green-side spin and you really won’t go too far wrong. 

The X LS is a brilliant option for high-speed players who yearn for extra yards off the tee.

FULL REVIEW: Callaway Chrome Soft X and Chrome Soft X LS Golf Balls

The Chrome Soft is one of the best Callaway Golf balls

Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls

RRP £39.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction Four-piece with urethane cover | Colours White, Yellow, Truvis

The original Chrome Soft was designed from a very different place to other premium balls. Callaway wanted it to resonate with club golfers, so where the market leaders focused on optimised balls for the driver (which have a firmer compression), Callaway wanted the Chrome Soft to come at ball design from a strokes gained perspective, rather than just driver optimisation. 

So where a typical club golfer’s round of 80-85 will include 10-14 drives and 30 putts, there are 20-25 iron and hybrid shots that can be helped through a ball’s design, and that’s where the Chrome Soft foundations lie. 

Callaway say most Chrome Soft players should be swinging the driver at less than 100mph. We reckon lots of club golfers will find themselves choosing between this and the slightly cheaper ERC Soft. 

The ERC Soft’s three-piece construction doesn’t have a urethane cover, but Callaway say it’s their fastest soft ball, which is worth remembering if your game favours a fraction more speed and distance over short game/wedge spin.

FULL REVIEW: Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Ball

The ERC Soft is one of the best Callaway Golf balls

Callaway ERC Soft Golf Balls

RRP £36.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction
 Three-piece, hybrid blend cover | Colours White, Yellow

The ERC Soft, Callaway’s longest soft golf ball, is very much a modern hybrid ball. Its three-piece construction is rare in this category, but by creating a hybrid blend cover it targets the all-round performance traits of soft feel, great speed and decent levels of spin for reasonable money (£3.08 per ball).

Plus it has the brilliant Triple Track alignment lines, which making lining up putts an absolute doddle. It is a great option and one of the best golf balls for mid handicappers.

RELATED: Best Balls For Club Golfers

The Supersoft is one of the best Callaway Golf balls

Callaway Supersoft / Callaway Supersoft Max

RRP £22.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER (SS) | VIEW OFFER (SS Max)
Golf ball construction 
Two-piece, hybrid blend cover | Colours White, Gloss Yellow, Matte Red, Matte Green, Matte Pink, Matte Orange

At £22.99 per dozen (£1.92 a ball), it’s not surprising that Supersoft is Callaway’s most popular ball and one of the most played golf balls among mid-high handicappers. 

RELATED: Best Balls for Beginners and Higher Handicappers

The Supersoft Max is one of the best Callaway Golf balls

It’s a great option for average club golfers who lose too many and don’t want to spend a fortune on balls. Thanks to its high launch tendencies, the Supersoft is a very good choice for maximising distance at moderate speeds.

And if you find the look of a larger ball inspires extra confidence, the oversized (but still legal) Supersoft Max is the ball for you.

Personally, we think it’s one of the best golf balls for beginners and higher handicappers and we love the array of colour options.

FULL REVIEW: Callaway Supersoft Golf Ball

The Reva is one of the best Callaway Golf balls

Callaway REVA Ladies Golf Balls

RRP £19.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction 
Tri-Blend Ionomer cover | Colours Pearl, Pink

The Callaway Reva golf ball was designed specifically to help women unlock more distance and is effectively a ladies’ version of the Supersoft Max. In fact it’s the same ball, just with different packaging, colour choices and alignment graphic.

It has been designed with Callaway’s Tri-Blend Ionomer Cover, which the brand say they developed especially for lady golfers. It maximises distance and forgiveness in the swing and is built for longer, straighter shots from ball speed, high-launch and low spin while providing an impressively soft feel.

The Reva is oversized, measuring .05 inches larger than a “standard” golf ball. It is designed for moderate swing speed players who don’t always make perfect contact. The idea is that the larger size will boost your confidence over every shot, leading to more consistent contact for better results and is ideally suited to beginners and seniors.

RELATED: Best Ladies’ Golf Balls

The Warbird is one of the best Callaway Golf balls

Callaway Warbird Golf Balls

RRP £19.99 per dozen | VIEW OFFER
Golf ball construction 
Tri-Blend Ionomer cover | Colours Yellow, White

Callaway’s Warbird golf ball was designed for golfers that wanted a more penetrating ball flight and the ball to go further. Someone once described the experience as like hitting a stone and you have to have some serious clubhead speed to take advantage of its firmness. 

It is still available in white or yellow and features a large, soft, high-energy core designed to enhance ball speed. Callaway’s HEX Aerodynamics help reduce drag and produce even better low-speed lift to help create a more penetrating ball flight. 

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How do I choose the best golf ball for my game?

Choosing the right golf ball can be a minefield. Between them, the big golf brands (Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Srixon, Bridgestone and Wilson) alone have more than 40 different models to choose between… and that doesn’t include different colour or alignment aid choices.

To the untrained eye, most golf balls promise similar benefits – more speed, more distance, less spin with a driver, more spin with a wedge, along with great feel. Researching them all and testing a few to find one that compliments your game is way beyond the attention span of most club golfers.

But after years of testing and fittings, we know that identifying the right ball for your game and handicap can help lower scores. We also know that it can be expensive and that you want the best value golf balls for your money.

Where should you start with choosing a golf ball?

We’ve categorised all the leading balls from each of the main manufacturers (as well as seven direct-to-consumer brands that sell online) so you can clearly see which balls offer similar benefits, plus how to choose between various models when there’s more than one option in a single category. We’ve also included information from our tests to highlight which have performed well for us.

Start by setting yourself a budget, and be honest about how much you can realistically commit to spending on golf balls in a season. The typical club golfer gets through six dozen (72) balls a year (less if you buy one of our recommended golf ball retrievers) and there’s a huge consistency benefit in playing the same ball all of the time.

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