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First Look – 2017 Callaway Supersoft Golf Ball

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2017 is shaping up to be an absolute banner year for golf balls. In the tour ball category, there are no less than five new products that will be officially announced soon – and that’s without consideration for the TaylorMade TP5, which hasn’t hit shelves yet.

Add to that another exciting offering that’s still about six months away, and there’s going to be plenty more than just the Kirkland Signature to talk about in the tour ball category.

That’s eight new tour-level balls by mid-season. Frankly, I’m a little giddy.

What About Everyone Else?

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While that’s just wonderful for some of us, we also know that not everybody plays a four or even a three-piece tour ball. Plenty of you, especially those who might not swing as fast as you used to, are plenty happy playing a 2-piece ball, and so we wanted to make you aware of an updated offering from Callaway.

Just announced is the 2017 version of the Supersoft Golf Ball.

As the name implies, the focus here is soft. Supersoft is the softest feeling ball in the Callaway lineup. That soft feel comes from a low compression core that spins less off the tee. Worth noting, those same low spin properties help reduce sidespin and keep the ball flying straight.

“Supersoft’s long-soft performance has made it one of the most popular products in our golf ball lineup. The improvements we’ve made should continue to grow the popularity of what we believe is one of the best engineered two-piece balls on the market.” - Dave Bartels, Callaway Senior Director of Golf Ball R&D.

It’s probably not unreasonable to suggest Supersoft is, by some measure, the answer to the Bridgestone e-Series.

A softer Ionomer (Tri-Onomer – it’s Trademarked) cover provides a softer feel and better wedge spin around the greens, while an updated HEX dimple pattern helps reduce drag.

The bottom line, if you love a soft feeling golf ball, and don’t obsessive over extra layers and urethane covers, Supersoft is the Callaway ball for you.

Colors, Pricing and Availability

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The 2017 Callaway Supersoft golf ball will be available in white, yellow, pink, and multi-color (white, yellow, orange, blue) packs beginning this Friday (1/13).

Retail price is $21.99/dozen

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Melvin P Fritze January 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

what is the compression of this ball?

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K. Smitley January 12, 2017 at 12:24 am

These low compression balls offer optimal distance performance for golfers of all ages and handicaps. Skilled golfers will be satisfied with tee to green performance and yes there is some rollout on pitch shots and mid-irons into greens. I find them about a 1/2 club longer on iron shots so what you may lose in check, you make up by using a higher lofted club producing a steeper descent to the green.

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Steve Richardson January 12, 2017 at 2:07 am

Yep

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TexasSnowman January 11, 2017 at 7:24 pm

This is a nice golf ball. I am a single digit, ‘high spin’ player and play this ball as well as the E6; No, it won’t back up like a ProV1 but for me it stops fine on iron shots and it has a very soft feel; Just gotta play for a bit of run out on green side shots. The modern multi-layer “Tour” balls actually are ‘clicker’/firmer feeling to me than the supersoft, e6, etc. That’s a major reason I prefer these softer feeling balls; more similar feel to the old balata.

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Paul Gornick January 11, 2017 at 11:17 pm

So, MGS, what’s with the terminology here? Why are softer feel golf balls, which are presumably MORE compressible, referred to as “low compression” balls?

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MyGolf Spy January 12, 2017 at 1:20 am

It has to do with the way compression is measured. Short story, the softer the ball, the lower the compression value. So the term low compression refers to that value rather than the actual amount the ball compresses at a given force. -TC

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Bob Boyce January 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

This would be an excellent article, identify the current balls and provide the compression rating of each along with other technical data that you see fit to add. I know the Wilson Duo is 34 and the Pro V1X is about 95.

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MSG January 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

This became my go to ball last year before the season ended here in Canada. I am super satisfied with it and I came from the NXT Tour S. Sure it does not spin as much as the Tour S on the greens but I was able to adjust. I just love the soft feel of the golf ball from tee to green. Plus it’s so cheap.

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Ryan Kukla January 11, 2017 at 7:58 pm

The Wilson Duo Urethane is a great low compression ball. Tried them out for the first time this year and prefer them to the Callaway ChromeSoft or the Bridgestone B330rxs I was playing.

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Max F January 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

Couldn’t agree more. The Duo Eurethane is my favorite ball of all time (been playing since early 1980s) at any price point. Wish Wilson would never change it. I will have to stick up before they do.

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Bob Boyce January 12, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Try the Titleist DT Truesoft (in the red box), I think that is one of the better soft balls out there. Bridgestone just released a new e6 in two versions, Soft and Speed.

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Kenny B January 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Agree! How is this different than the old Supersoft. Also, with an updated HEX dimple pattern, does this ball replace the HEX Soft? If not, where do the two stand in relation to each other.

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ryebread January 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

I love the Supersoft. It’s one of my favorite balls for the exact reasons cited in this article — soft feel, some additional distance, and more importantly less side spin off the driver. As a medium to high handicap player, my score most closely correlates to how many balls I lose OB (or in a hazard).

Yep, a two piece (Supersoft, Soft Feel, Lady Precept, etc.) doesn’t stop as well on the green, but that is less important to me than keeping the ball in play. I can adjust to playing front numbers and letting the ball roll out some.

What’s unclear to me is what’s really changed this year. Is it a new cover? Hopefully they make the yellow look a bit better. It lacks some of the visual pop of some competitors.

I’d really like to see a comparison of this ball and the E6 Soft. I think they have to be the two highest sellers in this particular market (i.e. the “discerning” 2 piece buyer).

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Tony Covey January 11, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Small differences for sure.

Core is just a tick firmer – likely imperceptibly so. New cover material is softer (more greenside spin), and the hex dimples have been updated. They may appear a bit more aggressive.

Supersoft is a popular ball so there wasn’t any pressing need to completely overhaul it.

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