Best Callaway Golf Balls 2022

Check out all the best Callaway golf balls from the current range and find just the right model for your game

Best Callaway Golf Balls
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Best Callaway Golf Balls

Your club choice changes from shot to shot, but your ball remains constant whether you're looking to hit it as far as possible or get it down in two putts. For that reason, it's important that you find the best golf balls (opens in new tab) that help you play to your strengths, whatever they may be.

The latest extensive range of Callaway golf balls has something for everyone, whether you're after the best premium golf balls (opens in new tab) or the best distance golf balls (opens in new tab). From the tour-preferred Chrome Soft models down to the ever-popular Warbird, which offers maximum value and durability, Callaway really does have a ball for everyone. Some even feature handy alignment lines that can help you be more accurate on the putting greens, while others are jam-packed with technology that will help you strike the ball longer. 

So without further ado, in this guide we'll be walking you through some of the best Callaway golf balls you can currently purchase and give you a rundown of which ball is best for each kind of golfer. Alternatively, if you prefer a different brand to Callaway, take a look at our guides on the best Titleist golf balls (opens in new tab), best TaylorMade golf balls (opens in new tab) and best Bridgestone golf balls (opens in new tab).

Best Callaway Golf Balls

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An excellent premium golf ball

Specifications

Construction: Four-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow) Also available with Truvis and Triple Track designs

Reasons to buy

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Solid, all-round performance
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Soft feel around the green
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Low spin off the tee

Reasons to avoid

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Drop-off in short game spin versus the X version

Sitting at the top of the Callaway golf ball tree are the Chrome Soft golf balls and the standard version is the first model we will discuss in this guide. Billed as a model that will suit all levels of player, Callaway says it has enhanced every component and design feature in the Chrome Soft and one such example is the new ‘Elastic SoftFast Core’. But how well did it test? 

Well our tester, who has a swing speed of around 110mph, got a mixture of high launch and relatively low spin which resulted in a good level of distance - although that being said this same tester got more ball speed from the X and LS versions below so perhaps if you want a premium Tour-level model for pure distance, those models are worth testing for yourself. 

Around the green, whilst many golfers will prefer a slightly firmer feel, we loved the muted sound through impact. Our tester is also a Triple Track user on his Odyssey putter (opens in new tab) so he really connected with that design feature as well because of the alignment benefits on offer. Overall, the Callaway Chrome Soft for 2022 is an excellent all-around golf ball. The stand-out performance elements in our testing were the soft feel in the short game and the low spin but high launch flight off the tee.

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A tour-level golf ball that offers great distances off the tee

Specifications

Construction: Four-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow) Also available with Truvis and Triple Track designs

Reasons to buy

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Excellent ball speed off the driver
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Superb spin control from close range
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Ideal for faster swingers seeking maximum distance

Reasons to avoid

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Feel off the face is on the firm side

A model used by top players like Jon Rahm (opens in new tab) and Sam Burns (opens in new tab), the Chrome Soft X is a ball designed for golfers with high swing speeds that will deliver great distance in the long game. And our testing seemed to back this up somewhat because there was a jump when hitting the ball on a launch monitor up against the standard version. At our reviewer's clubhead speed (around 112mph), this equated to some not insignificant extra distance - over 10 yards in total versus the standard Chrome Soft.

Around the green, we thought the Chrome Soft X felt a little firmer off the face than the Chrome Soft, which some will enjoy, but some won't. This subjective point hits home how important it is to try different models out side by side against one another. Overall the Chrome Soft X was one of the best premium golf balls (opens in new tab) we have tested in recent years. It is consistently long off the tee, offers plenty of control when pitching from short range and feels brilliant off the clubface. 

Callaway Chrome Soft X LS ball

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A fantastic all-around golf ball

Specifications

Construction: Four-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow) Also available with Triple Track design

Reasons to buy

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Impressive ball speed and controlled spin off the tee
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High launching
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Impressive spin control inside 100 yards

Reasons to avoid

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Not as low spinning off the tee as we were expecting
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Feel is on the firm-ish side

Callaway extended its Chrome Soft range back in 2021 with the addition of an LS version of the X model that delivers lower spin. In 2022 Callaway has continued this model that is ‘designed for max distance in a fine-tuned lower spin profile.’ Is that what we saw in testing?

Well yes and no. The X LS version is designed to be higher launching than the Chrome Soft X and that was exactly what we discovered. The former was launching a fraction under 2˚ higher. However, it is also designed to be lower spinning but at our clubhead speed (around 112 mph), the spin profile between all three Callaway balls was very similar.

Ball speed did jump up when compared to the standard Chrome Soft and another big positive was the control it offered, especially on pitch shots. Once again because of the focus on distance it has more of a firmer feel which some players will like. What cannot be denied is the LS is a great all-around golf ball - and there will be some players who will get the most out of it. But given how close the LS and the X are in performance, we recommend that if you are a faster swinging player looking for distance off the tee and control into the greens, you test the two side-by-side.

Callaway 2021 ERC Soft Triple Track golf ball

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Features a very helpful alignment tool

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow, also available with Triple Track)

Reasons to buy

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Triple Track Technology aids alignment
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Exceptional distance combined with a soft feel
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More efficient energy transfer promotes added ball speed and wedge spin

Reasons to avoid

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Won’t suit those who prefer a cleaner-look at address
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High ball hitters may find launch is too high

The latest version of Callaway’s ERC Soft is packed with new technology and features designed to make it Callaway’s longest soft-feeling ball. It features Callaway's largest ever Graphene-infused Dual SoftFast Core, with the larger inner core maximizing compression energy at impact. This keeps driver spin ratios down and helps generate a high launch for more yards. A new multi-material cover produces an extremely soft feel around the greens.

In our testing all of this was valid. The ball launched high off the driver's face, held flight well and compressed nicely. Around the green, the Callaway ERC Soft isn’t as zippy as the top models but it feels nice, lands softly and checks up pretty quickly. Obviously, it also has Triple Track Technology which won't be for everyone but our tester thoroughly enjoyed its alignment benefits, especially with the driver and on the green. We think these are such good golf balls that we also included them in our guide on the best golf balls for high handicappers (opens in new tab)

Callaway Supersoft golf ball

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Great golf ball for mid-range handicappers

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Ideal all-round ball for those with average swing speeds
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New hybrid cover boosts distance and durability without sacrificing feel
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Construction and cover are engineered for straighter shots

Reasons to avoid

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Faster-swinging seniors won’t get the most out of the low-compression core

Callaway’s low-compression Supersoft ball has undergone several improvements. Principle among these is a new hybrid cover featuring what Callaway has christened a Paraloid Impact Modifier. The benefits are improved distance and durability without sacrificing feel and short-game control. Callaway’s famous HEX Aerodynamics cover pattern reduces drag and increases lift to help you launch the ball better. The Soft Compression Core then enhances energy transfer for more ball speed and a high-launch, low-spin combo in your longer clubs.

In our testing, we definitely felt this was the case and we also saw some receptiveness with approach shots, especially longer irons and hybrids. Another feature of the ball that we were particularly impressed with was the black background on the Supersoft name which provided a great alignment tool. It is also available in six colors - white and yellow plus matte orange, green, pink and red. This is one of the best soft golf balls on the market and features on our guide to the best soft feel golf balls (opens in new tab) .

Callaway Supersoft Max golf balls

Callaway Supersoft Max golf balls

A very forgiving golf ball

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow)

Reasons to buy

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An ideal all-round performer for average swing speeds
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Some may find its extra size confidence-inspiring and therefore easier to it

Reasons to avoid

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Others may not be able to adjust to the ball’s larger-than-standard size

Magna becomes Max in the latest incarnation of Callaway’s larger-than-standard low-compression golf ball, which you’ll be pleased to know conforms to the Rules of Golf. The Callaway Supersoft Max features a high-speed, low-compression core for better energy transfer at slower swing speeds and a super-soft feel.

Its Tri-Blend ionomer cover helps further on the speed front, while also promoting a high-launching, low-spinning ball flight for more distance. The oversize design is said to bring forgiveness too by increasing confidence over the ball and promoting more consistent contact.

Callaway Hex Soft Golf Ball Review

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A great golf ball for distance

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 1 (white)

Reasons to buy

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Good all-round performance
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Excellent value for money
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Soft feel
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Impressive levels of durability

Reasons to avoid

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Significantly less spin compared to urethane balls
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Soft feel won’t appeal to all

First and foremost the Callaway Hex Soft delivers a lot of performance for a relatively modest price, and as such, it offers excellent value for money. This is one of Callaway’s distance balls, but one that's billed as also offering great feel. Callaway says this is achieved through the low compression core which is said to give greater ball speed and increased distance in the long game, but in tandem with the trionomer cover feels soft on short game shots. 

In our testing, we felt the ball performed well enough to back up those claims and we also thoroughly enjoyed the durability on offer. Around the greens and off the putter face, the ball feels soft, and easy to control. If you're looking for a ball that provides distance and a soft feel at a value-for-money price, then the Hex Soft should be on your list. It is also featured in our guides on the best soft golf balls (opens in new tab) and the best value golf balls (opens in new tab)

Callaway Reva Ladies Golf Ball

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Specifically designed for female players

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 2 (White; Pink)

Reasons to buy

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Specifically designed for female players
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Slightly larger than the standard ball, so instills confidence
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Easy to launch and forgiving on mishits

Reasons to avoid

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Better players with a faster swing speed will not reap the benefits in terms of carry and distance

Designed specifically for women golfers, the Callaway Reva golf ball is an excellent offering if you're looking to increase your distance off the tee and launch the golf ball higher. Its slightly oversized construction instills confidence on the tee, and when we tested this ball out on the course, we felt it provided excellent forgiveness to help us hit fluid and complete shots. We found it very easy to get the ball into the air and felt the ball offered strong ball flights and good yardages off the tee. 

But the greens were where this ball really stood out from the crowd and we found ourselves nailing those tricky short game shots onto the green that would so often be duffed or topped. Putting was also a breeze and the ball felt big and easy to focus on against the face of the putter. It is a seriously impressive golf ball that packs a lot of potential to help beginner and high handicap golfers improve their swing. 

Callaway Warbird golf ball

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A great value for money golf ball

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow)

Reasons to buy

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Eyecatching low price for a top brand
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Designed for longer carries

Reasons to avoid

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Feels very firm around the green

Callaway has used the Warbird name for several decades now, and this budget model is essentially an out-and-out distance golf ball. The latest Warbird model generates its distance via the perfect combo of a large, soft, high-energy core plus a low compression. When we tested the ball, with the driver, it felt powerful and delivered a strong ball flight with plenty of roll - so it's hard to dispute that distance gains are there to be had.

Callaway’s renowned HEX Aerodynamics cover design further enhances distance by helping to reduce drag, allowing you to carry the ball further.  Of course, given the focus on distance, the feel is not comparable to the other more premium models above, but another big benefit is the durability. There were plenty of occasions where this ball could have scuffed, yet it seems able to take the odd poor strike without blemishing too severely.

Callaway Superfast Golf Balls

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Callaway Superfast Golf Balls

A ball designed to maximize distance

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors : 3 (White; Yellow; Red)

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional distance off the tee
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Excellent greenside control 
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Great for mid-handicap golfers

Reasons to avoid

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Might be a little firm for some golfers

If you're in the market for a complete distance golf ball (opens in new tab) then you should test out the Callaway Superfast golf ball. Specifically designed by Callaway to help golfers hit the ball further, the Superfast is made of a high-speed core and a hybrid cover that features an innovative Paraloid Impact Modifier that combines to increase the ball speed off the face of the club. The ball also features the same HEX Aerodynamics that are featured on many of the other balls in this list to help reduce the drag on the golf ball. The result is a high-flying shot that carries far, but also continues to roll once the ball has dropped to the ground. While this is a ball that is built for distance, it also has great greenside control too and  

How we test golf balls

When it comes to testing golf products, we have a thorough testing procedure (opens in new tab) that revolves around our ethos of giving insightful and honest reviews of golf gear so you are well informed if you want to make a buying decision. At Golf Monthly we are all regular golfers and therefore seek to be as honest and insightful as possible in all our reviews and buyers' guides, so that you can make an informed decision. 

Our Digital Editor Neil Tappin (opens in new tab) heads up all golf ball testing on the site, but all our writers are experienced golfers who are able to review a golf ball's performance accurately. Our procedure revolves around both indoor and outdoor testing. We start by testing the ball indoors to get some controlled data on how it performs. We always use launch monitors like SkyTrak (opens in new tab) or Foresight Sports GCQuad (opens in new tab). Often we hit new models alongside previous generations, or competing models to see how the performance differs as well. 

Outdoor testing comes next which revolves around hitting the product not just on a driving range, but on the course too. This way we can see how the ball performs by playing a variety of shots from different lies and conditions. We think golf balls have to be tested over a number of rounds because that is how you can test for things like distance, feel, durability, spin and so on. The final critical point we want to mention is that no manufacturer can buy a good review because we tell it how it is.

What to consider when buying golf balls

Golf balls are perhaps one of the most technical pieces of equipment in your golf bag, and for that reason, picking the right golf ball for you can be quite an overwhelming choice. With each golf ball featuring so many different features, it can be hard to suss out which is the right ball for you. For that reason, we've put together a few key points you need to consider when purchasing your next golf ball. 

1. Soft or firm?

What do you prefer from a golf ball feel-wise? Do you like a clicky golf ball or do you prefer something a little softer? The range of Vice golf balls we selected above all have different designs which fit into either soft or firm categories, so we would always recommend trying different golf balls from different distances to find your preference.

2. Cover material 

Urethane-covered balls offer the best spin control and feel but do cost more than surlyn-covered golf balls. Experiment to see if you notice enough of a difference to justify the extra cost, or whether the best mid-price golf balls might be an option.

3. Long game or short game?

Linking with the above point, which aspect of the game is most important to you? Do you want to get as much distance as possible out of your golf ball or would you prefer a model that allows your short game to flourish thanks to an improved feel?

If distance is your focus, then the Vice Drive is going to be the top model in all likelihood, whereas if you want a premium feel, then the Vice Pro Plus or Pro Soft models will give the best spin and short-game control. On that note, you may also want to check out our best soft feel golf balls guide for more models that are designed for feel.

4. Color

No longer do your golf balls have to be white, instead, they can be different colors like yellow, red, or even green. The Vice Pro Soft also comes in Hue colors like coral, blue and peach.

5. Budget

We would always recommend being aware of what your budget is when it comes to golf balls and then you can choose a model accordingly. What is interesting about Vice is the unique system they have for buying golf balls from their website. The way it works is the more you buy, the cheaper it is per golf ball so it may be worth thinking about buying them in bulk at the start of the season. 

For more advice on what golf balls you should purchase, take a look at our guides on the best premium golf balls (opens in new tab), best golf balls for high handicappers (opens in new tab) and best value golf balls (opens in new tab).  

FAQ's

Which Callaway golf balls are best?

Callaway makes several high-quality golf balls across every level of the game and across different player abilities. Therefore when answering this question it is about what you are after from a golf ball. If you want a Tour level design, then one of the Chrome Soft balls will be the best, or if you want distance then the Warbird will probably test best. Then you have factors like soft-feel, firm-feel and so on and so forth. Whatever you are after, Callaway has you covered. 

What Callaway golf ball is like Pro V1?

In terms of the testing Golf Monthly has done, the Callaway golf ball that is most similar to the Titleist Pro V1 in terms of performance is the Callaway Chrome Soft golf ball. 

What professional golfers use Callaway golf balls?

As mentioned above, former world No.1 Jon Rahm and PGA Tour player Sam Burns both use Callaway golf balls. Other players like Xander Schauffele, Si Woo Kim, Aaron Wise and Emiliano Grillo all use Callaway golf balls.