Callaway Chrome Soft Ball Review - We test the latest Callaway Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X out on the golf course over multiple rounds to asses performance

Product Overview

Overall rating:

2018 Callaway Chrome Soft Ball


  • A very soft feel but without sacrificing short game control or long game performance.


  • The soft feel wont be to everyone's taste.


2018 Callaway Chrome Soft Ball


Price as reviewed:

£37.99 (per dozen)

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2018 Callaway Chrome Soft Ball Review

Aimed At
The Chrome Soft is aimed at golfers who want a ball that offers both driver and iron performance as well as a soft feel and short-game control.

Key technology
A new graphene Dual SoftFast core has allowed for a thinner outer core and a larger inner core to enhance the ball’s speed and reduce long-game spin for more distance. A new urethane cover means the feel has been made softer. You can read more about it here. The Chrome Soft also comes in an X version for faster swingers to maximise distance. A yellow Truvis Chrome Soft option will be available from 19th July this year.

GM Review


Long Game
The long-game performance of the Chrome Soft was excellent, even with our above-average swing speed. Distance was comparable to more expensive premium models from other brands, the flight was stable and the spin was low off the tee.

Short Game
The Chrome Soft doesn’t just feel soft on chips and pitches, arguably softer than most in the premium/tour ball category, but it grips noticeably on the second bounce with a nice low flight when you catch it cleanly.

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The price of tour-calibre, premium golf balls is only going one way (up) but in the Chrome Soft, Callaway has created a ball that performs in all areas of the game and for most swing speeds for less than £40 a dozen.

This is no mean feat, considering the infusion of graphene and the improved urethane cover, and it is more than comparable to balls considerably more expensive than those in and around its price point. It lives up to its name of feeling soft, which most people will enjoy, and has the short-game control to match. But more noteworthy is the fact that the long game performance, especially off the tee, hasn’t been compromised.

The spin is low and the flight stable and strong enough to cater for different clubhead speeds. Fast swingers are likely to see better driver and iron performance from the X version but without losing out on spin around the greens.


The 2018 Chrome Soft ball is ideal if you want that premium level of performance through the bag without the premium price tag.