Expert Review: Callaway Chrome Soft XPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my own honest opinion of the golf ball, which I bought with my own money in Summer 2021.
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About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the golf ball, which I bought with my own money in Summer 2021.
The Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball is built for the mid-to-low handicap player who is looking for added distance without sacrificing spin around the greens.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2021 Callaway Chrome Soft X
- Color: White with Triple Track
- Average score: 76
- Handicap: 5.9
- Experience: 26 years
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical shot shape: Small fade with irons; Draw with driver.
- Typical trajectory: Medium
- Club swing speed: 108 miles per hour with driver.
- When I bought it: Summer 2021
- Days tested: Four days
- Where I’ve used it: World Woods Golf Course (Rolling Oaks) in Brooksville, Florida, and Orange County National (Panther Lake) in Winter Garden, Florida.
- Weather and wind conditions: Windy, rainy, sunny and humid conditions.
- Turf conditions: Soft to moderate
- Green speeds: 11 to 12
How it performs
What I was looking for
I read many positive performance reviews online, and after Phil Mickelson won the PGA using the Chrome Soft X Balls, I thought I would give them a try too. Whenever I decide to test out new golf balls, I work from the green to the tee. I prefer a soft feel off the putter face and high spin around the greens.
Why I chose this golf ball
I was using the TaylorMade TP5 before I made the switch to the Chrome Soft X, and looked at the TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x models before I made my final decision. I like the Triple Track alignment aid and the feel around the greens that the Callaway Chrome Soft X provides.
What I love about it
- Distance: I was blown away by the distance that these balls provide. Using the same clubs – I’ve been using mid irons – I was easily able to gain a distance that was half a club longer than I could make with my previous ball, the TaylorMade TP5. The design attributes allow the ball to cut right through the wind. I had no issues distance-wise with the Chrome Soft X.
- Green Spin: There is an abundance of spin around the greens. The ball checked and released very little and also had great spin out of the bunker.
- Durability: The ball held up well over the course of the round. There were a few minor scuffs from crisp wedge shots, but otherwise it held its own.
- Color: The ball is white with the Triple Track alignment feature, which helps to improve my alignment.
- Other: I was able to flight my wedge shots well with this ball. Into the wind, I like to flight the ball and I was very happy with the results. The added confidence this gave me allowed me to go after a few tucked pins later in the round.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: It has a very soft feel off the putter, and a similar feel using the driver. For players who like a more “clicky” sound off the putter, these balls may not be right for them. I could almost feel the ball compress off the putter face.
Best shot with this golf ball
On the second hole at Orange County National (Panther Lake), which is a par 5, I made a lay-up shot at a nice wedge distance. I had 75 yards to a tucked pin that was right behind a bunker. I was able to flight a nice wedge in there, two hops, and it stopped by the pin. Birdie!
Value for the money vs. other options
The Chrome Soft X is a top-tier golf ball. It’s in the same price range as the Titleist Pro V1 and the TaylorMade TP5 models. However, it is the Triple Track alignment aid on the balls that really helped me solidify my purchase. Similar balls in this price range have smaller alignment systems that do not quite appeal to me.
The Chrome Soft X gives me extreme confidence. I feel like I can hit any shot and the ball will perform for me. The Triple Track alignment on the greens gives me an added boost that I have been missing for some time. I can’t wait to see what this ball has in store for me the rest of summer 2021.