Expert Review: Callaway 2021 ERC Soft Triple Track Golf Balls · White · One DozenPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of this golf ball, which I bought with my own money in December of 2021.
All photos by Jorge Arteta
About this review This review is my honest opinion of this golf ball, which I bought with my own money in December of 2021.
The Callaway ERC Soft Triple Track Golf Ball is a good option for mid to higher-handicap players. It competes in a very crowded mid-price category but holds its own. While some can debate whether they like the triple lines and multiple colors, this is a soft ball that goes a long way. As a teaching golf professional, some students asked me about the alignment aid, so I took a firsthand look at this ball and played a few rounds.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2021 Callaway ERC Soft Triple Track
- Color: White
- Average Score: 78
- Handicap: 6
- Experience: 19 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical Shot Shape: Straight to Fade
- Typical Trajectory: Medium to high
- When I bought this golf ball: December 2021
- Days tested: Multiple Rounds over 3 months
- Where I’ve used it: Orlando, FL area golf courses
- Weather Conditions: Sunny, windy, and damp
- Green Conditions: Bermuda, wet and dry, mostly medium-to-fast speed greens
What I was looking for
As I was using this ball, I was trying to find a reason to use the triple lines for my putting, which I never got used to. But, as far as driving and iron play, it seemed like it held its own.
Why I chose this golf ball
I decided to test this ball because a few of my students asked me about the triple line aid. As aforementioned, I’m not a big fan of the triple line aid, but if it does help, then go for it and play confidently.
To test the putting theory, I have the student hit 10 putts from 6 feet away and see how many putts they can make of the 10 in the first round with the triple line aid ball and then the second round with a ball with no line aid. I let the students tell me their scores and what ball they should use in the future. The average player's scores are too similar to say whether they should use one ball over the other. It comes down to their budget and personal preference.
It provides low spin from the new Hybrid cover technology call Paraloid, and holds itself well even in windy conditions.
I was pleasantly surprised by the distance. The ball seemed to compress easily and went effortlessly with the driver and irons down the fairway.
This is a soft ball compared to others. I can feel the cushion of the ball very easily. It has a nice feel to it instead of like hitting a rock.
It is a soft ball which for being around the greens is nice. It checks up okay, although I wasn’t completely confident in how it would play until I used the ball for a while. Ultimately, it feels good within 20 yards. It doesn’t really spin as much as launch high and drop to the ground, which is a different type of shot, but it still works for a lot less than a $50 premium ball.
Price: ✮✮✮: 3 out of 5 stars
It is a three-piece ball with a hybrid cover called Paraloid. Price seems a bit high for its features. It isn’t as durable as I would expect at this price point. The ball scuffed up very easily to me. To me, there are just so many other balls at a lower price point that can provide similar results.
Alignment Aid: ✮✮: 2 out of 5 stars
I can see the benefits of the triple lines as an added dose of confidence when lining up the ball for a putt. However, it becomes a distraction when the lines show up in other places on the course, such as the fairway or rough. I’m not a fan of adding more distractions when golf is already a tough game. Although, I do see how golfers can confirm their target line with the triple lines, and I say if it helps, go for it.
Best shot with this golf ball
I did hit a really good shot one round with this ball. I went around a tree draw spin from about 70 yards of the flag and dropped it to within 2 feet. The only reason I remember the ball is because I remembered looking at the triple lines against the grass at address when I was getting ready to hit (smile).
Value for the money vs. other options
The Callaway ERC Soft Triple Track golf ball has some other deserving contenders for golfers' money in this category. I do like the fact that the ball is offered in white or yellow. I believe the Bridgestone e12 Contact and the Srixon Q-Star are much cheaper and offer more bang for the buck. The Callaway is more expensive, and I just don’t see the return on investment as that high with this ball.
The Callaway ERC Soft Triple Track golf ball is a good option in a mid-price category filled with many good golf balls to choose from. I like that this is available in white or yellow. The triple line alignment aid is not for me, but I absolutely believe that if it helps, then, by all means, use the lines for putting.
It is a soft ball for the mid to high handicapper and offers high launch and low spin to help get the ball up and some distance simultaneously. If budgets allow it, golfers should look at this ball for their next round. It is a good all-around performer for those golfers who appreciate that it’s not a premium ball but still has many good features. So have fun and enjoy the next round.