Callaway Chrome Soft 2022 Golf Ball Review

Our Callaway Chrome Soft 2022 golf ball review reveals what to expect in all areas of the game

Callaway Chrome Soft 2022 Golf Ball Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

If you’re a high-spin player looking for a ball that will offer a good combination of control and distance off the tee, as well as soft feel on the greens, the Chrome Soft 2022 golf ball is well worth considering.

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

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For the latest iteration of the popular Chrome Soft franchise, Callaway says it has ‘enhanced every component and design feature’ to improve performance. Billed as a model that will work for all levels of player, we wanted to see whether the 2022 Chrome Soft is one of the best golf balls on the market this year so we tested it on a launch monitor against the new Chrome Soft X and X LS versions.

Any player willing to pay around $50 (or £50 in the UK) for a dozen golf balls will want everything from good spin control and feel in the short game to distance off the tee. Callaway says the new ‘Elastic SoftFast Core’ is what delivers the Tour-level combination of speed and control in the Chrome Soft.

We started our testing by hitting a series of 50-yard pitch shots using a SkyTrak launch monitor. We immediately noticed the soft feel (noticeably softer than both the X and the Chrome Soft X LS 2022 golf ball which felt sightly hotter off the face of the wedge). For our 50-yard shot, we averaged 5417 rpm of spin. When you couple that with a relatively high flight, we thought it offered solid control when pitching from this distance. The spin here was around 800 rpm higher than we had when testing the impressive, mid-priced Srixon Q-Star Tour 2022 golf ball but it was over 1000 rpm lower than with the Chrome Soft X. 

Callaway Chrome Soft 2022 Range

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We then hit a series of 100-yard shots and for us, the Chrome Soft was the lowest spinning of the three Callaway balls we tested. For those prioritising short game spin control, the Chrome Soft X 2022 might well be the way to go. 

Next we hit some 7-iron shots and in truth there wasn’t much to choose between all three models. The Chrome Soft, like the others, offered a good mix of launch and spin to provide both impressive distance (we averaged 174 yards carry) and good control (5837 rpm spin and 33 yard peak height). These numbers would be exactly what we’d be looking for from a 7-iron.

Callaway Chrome Soft 2022 on course testing

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Onto the driver and for us, the Chrome Soft was the lowest spinning of the three Callaway balls we tested (around 200 rpm lower than the X LS model). If creating too much spin off the tee is an issue in your game, this may well help you find more control. At 13.3˚, it launched relatively high - almost 2˚ higher than the Chrome Soft X. This combination of high launch with relatively low spin offered impressive distance. However, one important point to make here is that Callaway says the X and X LS versions should both be faster off the face of the driver and our experience would back that up. Oft the three it was the Chrome Soft X that offered the highest ball speed and the most distance. 

The final and most subjective part of the test was on and around the green. Whilst many golfers will prefer a slightly firmer feel, we loved the muted sound through impact from the Chrome Soft. What’s more we thought it offered a real point of distinction from the other options in the family.

Callaway Chrome soft putter

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It is clear that the Callaway Chrome Soft for 2022 is a good 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. For regular players in search of a premium golf ball that performs well in every area of the game, the Chrome Soft 2022 is well worth considering. 

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Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons: PING Blueprint S (4&5), PING Blueprint T (6-PW) Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X