PREVIEW: Callaway Chrome Soft and Superhot 55 Golf Balls

Callaway Golf has announced the newest additions to their incredibly successful golf ball line: the Callaway Chrome Soft and Superhot 55 golf balls.

Callaway Chrome Soft

Building off the success of the original Callaway Chrome ball last year, the new Chrome Soft upgrades distance off the tee and control on the greens wrapped in a soft feel package.

Wait, did I just say "soft feel package?" Let's pretend it never happened and move on. Save us Phil!

That's right; the Callaway Chrome Soft is a 4-piece construction geared toward giving you more control in all areas of your game. I loved the original Callaway Chrome ball for this reason, so hearing that the new Chrome Soft has somehow improved on this characteristic has certainly peaked my interest.

Throw in optimized HEX aerodynamics (which refers to the ball's dimple pattern), higher spin rates when you need them, less spin when you don't, and a soft cover that I prefer every time... well, you've got the making for a superb golf ball.

The premium Callaway Chrome Soft will retail for a very affordable $39.99 per dozen.

Callaway Superhot 55


Let's get this out of the way right now: "Superhot 55" is a really, really, really bad name for a golf ball. It reminds me of a bad stretch of an interstate or something. I don't get it.

That aside, the tech that's gone into this mid-price-point ball sounds impressive and appealing.

The new Superhot 55 Golf Ball is super long, super straight, and has a low 55 compression to give you incredibly soft feel. Our proven aerodynamics promote low drag and optimal lift for a strong flight that keeps the ball in the air longer, so you get more distance from tee-to-green. The soft mantle layer and cover system work to lower spin for reduced hooks and slices so your shots fly straight.

At $27.99 a dozen, I fully expect this ball to be a big seller in 2016. Callaway is making a huge push in the premium -- and affordable -- golf ball market as of late, and these two new offerings are sure to prove that again this year.