Expert Review: Callaway Chrome Soft 22 Golf BallsPublished on 03/14/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Joe Mallock
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in July of 2022.
The Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis 22 golf ball provides exceptional short-game control and good distance for players who swing at least 100 mph. Personally, I love the soccer ball design—it helps me stay loose and reminds me that the game isn’t too serious. This is an expensive, top-tier ball that’s built to perform best for players who are a single-digit handicap.
About the golf balls I own
- Model: 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis 22
- Color: White and Red
- Average score: 78–85
- Handicap: 7.7 index
- Experience: 25 years of golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-Handed
- Typical shot shape: Fade
- Typical trajectory: High
- Club swing speed: 105–110 mph
- When I bought this: July 2022
- Days tested: I’ve been playing the Chrome Soft Truvis for 2+ years.
- Where I’ve used it: My home course: Black Creek Club in Chattanooga, TN
- Weather and wind conditions: I’ve been playing this ball for two years, so I’ve played in all conditions. The photos were taken on a hot and humid day where the conditions were slightly soft and the greens were average speed.
- Turf conditions: Soft turf, slightly overgrown rough
- Green speeds: Average given the soft conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
My top priority was to find a ball that delivers excellent feel inside 100 yards. I need to know that I can generate good spin with my ball so that I can flight my shots and get them to check on the green. My second priority was to ensure I still got great distance with my driver and longer clubs—even with a ball that delivers so much spin.
Why I chose this golf ball
While I could play the Chrome Soft X or the ProV1x, since those balls maximize distance for fast swing speeds, I find them a little too hard. I don’t like the sound they make on contact, especially with my wedges. So between the ProV1 and the Chrome Soft Truvis, I prefer the Truvis, because it gives me more control with the driver, which is probably the least consistent part of my game. The ProV1 generates too much spin, and when I mishit my drive with that ball, the spin is exaggerated. The Truvis seems to be more forgiving when I mishit the driver. Plus, I grew up playing soccer, so I love the soccer-ball design.
What I love about it
- Feel: I’ve always preferred playing a softer golf ball. When I hit an iron pure, it feels like hitting a marshmallow. The Truvis gives me that soft feel that I love.
- Green Spin: The spin with this ball is great. When I have a shot inside of 100 yards, I know I can hit a knock-down shot that hops and stops right on the green. And when I’m in a greenside bunker, I can generate effective spin so that I don’t have to worry about the ball running out into the fringe or the rough. The ability to stop the ball quickly makes it much easier to attack tucked pins.
- Color: I love the soccer-ball design (white ball with red dots). I grew up playing soccer, so I enjoy the reminder of a game I love. Plus, the soccer-ball design helps my ball stand out from the others in the group, so it’s always easy to identify which is mine.
- Other: Putting is the name of the game, and the Truvis really makes that easier for me. The ball is soft, so I feel the feedback from each putt in my hands, but not so soft that I feel like I need to slam each putt. As I get a sense of the speed of the greens during the round, my putting speed gets more consistent with the Truvis, especially on lag putts.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Distance: The Chrome Soft Truvis is the softest ball in the Callaway Chrome family. This means that I don’t need to swing as fast to get the most compression out of the ball. Since my swing is about 105–110 mph, I know I could get full compression out of a harder ball, like the Chrome Soft X or the X LS, so I am losing a little distance with the Truvis. However, I love the soft feel of the Truvis, which is why I’m willing to sacrifice 5–10 yards with the driver.
- Durability: The Truvis ball is expensive, and if I’m able to play the same ball for the entire round, then unfortunately I won’t be playing that ball again. Even if I don’t hit a cart path or a tree during the round, the ball usually gathers a few scuffs from my wedges and irons.
Best shot with this golf ball
On the 16th hole at Black Creek Club, I found myself in a large greenside bunker that was well below the green. I was short sided, meaning I didn’t have much room to work with since I had to elevate 20 feet to get onto the green, and the pin was only about 5 yards onto the green. I could only see the top of the flag from my lie, so I blasted it out of the bunker. I felt like I put some good spin on the ball so that hopefully it would check up by the pin. I was playing alone, and when I got up to the green, there was no ball to be found on the green. I checked the cup, and sure enough, there was my Truvis soccer ball. Birdie!
Value for the money vs. other options
The Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis 22 is among the most expensive balls on the market. Like the Titleist ProV1 or the TaylorMade TP5, a dozen balls cost $50. Compared to these other high-quality balls, I like the Truvis best for my game. The ProV1 spins too much, and my drives get away from me. The TP5 tends to elevate too much for me; and I already have a high ball flight, so I don’t need to get it any higher. The Truvis plays just right for my long game. And inside of 100 yards, it delivers soft touch and exceptional spin.
The Chrome Soft Truvis is my favorite ball to play and I highly recommend it for single-digit handicappers. I’m able to keep my driver in play, I love the soft feel when I hit my irons, and the spin with my wedges gives me great control. When I putt, I get a consistent feel which helps me dial in from all over the green, leading to more one putts and easy two putts.