CALL­AWAY SU­PER SOFT

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Call­away’s soft­est ball. They say softer balls give more for­give­ness, as golfers see lower drop-offs in ball speed and less un­wanted side and back­spin. An ul­tralow com­pres­sion core pro­motes faster ball speeds and lower spin for longer and straighter full shots. An ionomer cover in­creases soft­ness for great feel and wedge stop­ping spin.

The com­plete op­po­site of a “bud­get ball” from 10 years ago. As Call­away’s low­est com­pres­sion ball the Su­per Soft re­ally does give a very soft feel no mat­ter what club you hit it with. Our pro felt at his club speed (with a driver) he prob­a­bly com­pressed the ball too much to hit his long­est drives, but the Su­per Soft was within two yards of his long­est iron shots. Soft balls don’t

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Three

Surlyn White

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nec­es­sar­ily mean more spin in the short game, but our data said 92% of the balls we tested were within 700rpm (back­spin) of each other. That means they’re pretty dif­fi­cult to sep­a­rate for short game spin alone.

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With a 40 com­pres­sion Wil­son says the DX3 is the world’s soft­est multi-layer ball. A new in­ner core gen­er­ates lower-spin­ning drives for ex­tra dis­tance, while a softer surlyn cover in­creases spin on

VER­DICT:

A bril­liant low-com­pres­sion ball and is very well matched to golfers who own an av­er­age swing speed, which won’t over power and com­press the ball too much to cost dis­tance. That means most of us.

ap­proaches. A new, shal­lower dim­ple de­sign pro­motes higher tra­jec­to­ries and longer carry dis­tances.

wasn’t that long ago golf ball com­pres­sion was a sim­ple choice be­tween 90 and 100, and back then the 40 com­pres­sion Wil­son would have been laughed at. Our test pro re­ally en­joyed hit­ting the DX3, though like the low com­pres­sion Call­away he gave up 3-4mph of ball speed with a driver, thanks to over­pow­er­ing the struc­ture of the ball. That cer­tainly doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice, and at slower speed with irons the Wil­son was within three yards of our pro’s long­est and it span re­ally nicely with a wedge.

Just like pick­ing a driver or set of irons, our data shows that golf balls need care­ful selec­tion, too. A bril­liant low com­pres­sion op­tion for golfers who de­mand soft feel, even if you own a set of harder cast steel irons and wedges. The Wil­son is very well suited to av­er­age driver swing speeds.

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