Callaway ERC Soft Golf Ball Review

We put the Callaway ERC Soft golf ball through its paces on the golf course to see how it performed

Callaway ERC Soft Golf Ball Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Callaway ERC Soft ball offered excellent distance and easier alignment. All-in-all, the value for money is competitive here, especially given how durable we found it to be. However for a few extra pennies, the Callaway Chrome Soft ball would be a worthy upgrade.

Reasons to buy
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    Soft feel on all shots

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    Good distance off the tee

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    Additional alignment help via the Triple Track design

Reasons to avoid
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    Lines on ball may prove off-putting from the fairway

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Callaway ERC Soft Golf Ball Review

The 2021 version of the Callaway ERC Soft ball is billed as the brand’s longest golf ball with soft feel and it definitely delivered in both these areas. The High Energy core and High Speed mantle produces really impressive ball speeds, comparable to some of the best distance golf balls on the market - something we noticed with every club in the bag.

Unless you are playing at an extremely high level, as amateur golfers noticing differences between equipment can often be difficult due to lack of consistency when it comes to strike. However, this was not the case when it came to the ERC Soft golf balls. Almost instantly I noticed a significant difference in carry distance when the ball was struck nicely and even on occasion with shots I would consider miss-hits. It's high launch and soft feel characteristics produced a towering ball flight that was welcomed, particularly with the longer clubs in the bag. The soft feel provided confidence when it came to the short-game and was on par with that of some of the best soft feel golf balls we have tested.

Callaway ERC Soft Golf Ball Review

The three-piece construction is one of the reasons this ball feels so soft off the clubface.

The new ‘hybrid’ cover, made with a durable Paraloid Impact Modifier from Dow, is said to be the secret behind the combination of distance and greenside control with durability. It combines with the High Speed mantle and core to create more efficient energy transfer between the layers.

The cover produces a noticeably soft feel and ample greenside spin on the majority of well-struck, short-game shots. It probably doesn't check up quite as much as the Chrome Soft, but the difference is minor and competitive with many of the best golf balls for high handicappers.

Callaway ERC Soft Golf Ball Review

The Callaway ERC Soft golf ball is ideal for higher handicappers seeking distance in a soft feeling ball.

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The ERC Soft continues to feature Triple Track technology to aid alignment, much like on the Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X golf balls. This consists of three high-resolution parallel lines – a thick red line down the centre of the ball flanked by two thinner blue lines – and relies on Vernier Hyper Acuity, a technology found on aircraft carriers to aid landing.

We were slightly dubious about this before trying it but it did get us concentrating a lot more on lining up the ball properly and seemed to help with consistency of start line on the greens. It’s definitely something to consider if you’re guilty of lacking focus when putting.

If you’re not a fan of lines then they only cover half of the ball so can be hidden on other shots around the course, especially if you play ball in hand. It is more affordable than the best premium golf balls on the market and worth considering if you’re searching for those all-important extra yards and don’t want to give up on feel.

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David Taylor

David joined Golf Monthly in 2015 as a content editor for the magazine and regularly contributes to the website. He has worked in magazine publishing and editing since 2003. He is a keen golfer and up until recently was a member of Blackmoor Golf Club in Hampshire. He has covered various big events and tournaments for GM, the highlight of which was witnessing Tiger Woods win his 15th Major at Augusta in 2019. Email:

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