When I first started playing golf, many years ago, choosing a ball was pretty easy thing to do. There were basically three choices, well besides brand name, 100, 90, and 85 compression. Compression was determined by your swing speed. The higher your swing speed the higher compression ball you could use for maximum distance. Ball cover was make of balata rubber and a thin hit resulted in what was called a smiley, which ruined the ball for good.
Today it’s Amazing the Changes that have been Made
Better materials and a boatload of R&D, which includes mixing and matching covers and layers of varying hardness with cores in a dazzling array of sizes, have accelerated golf ball design at lighting speeds. Selecting the best ball for your game, as a result, isn’t a black and white as it once was. One example: choosing between Callaway’s flagship Tour model, the Chrome Soft($45 per doz.) and its low compression, distance-oriented cousin, the Supersoft($22 per doz.)
Jason Finley, Callaway Global Director, Brand Management, Golf Balls, says, ” A ball like Supersoft – with its soft ionomer cover and an extremely low compression – is very low-spinning on long shots, delivering big time distance and straighter flight, but due to the sort cover, can still provide solid green side performance.”
Will it be Seen on the Tour?
Finley goes on the say, “The solid green side performance applies only if your game is based on hitting less-demanding short-game shots. In other words, square-face pitches and basic bunker blasts. An ionomer cover will never spin as much as one made of urethane on wedges shots. However, it will give some players more distance off the driver. As long as your swing speed is not above 99 or so.
The Chrome Soft is a low-compression four-piece ball with a Graphene Dual Fast Core and urethane cover. The use of graphene (light and strong material) allows for a larger, softer inner core and a smaller outer core. The result is a hefty dose of spin separation. If you don’t favor high spinning wedge shots or shaping approaches the Chrome Soft most likely won’t help you score lower than Supersoft.
HUH? Spin Separation
Finley says,”The Chrome Soft design amps up spin around the green and limits it off the driver, which is a big WOW for the better players.
“There are massive differences between Chrome Soft and Supersoft”, says Finley, and adds “the real differentiator is the precision and control the Tour model provides, not only around the greens but also on mid and short iron shots.”
So which ball is right for your game? This is how Callaway fits a ball to its Tour staff, start on and around the green ans see which ball works and feels best to you. Then move to short iron and wedge shots. Only after you determine the model you prefer should you check your driver and fairway wood numbers. Even if a given ball gives you five more yards off the tee, it probably won’t help you shave many strokes off your game 100 yard in.
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