PREVIEW: Callaway Golf Chrome Soft and Superhot 55 golf balls

PREVIEW: Callaway Golf Chrome Soft and Superhot 55 golf balls

Building on the success of its original Chrome Soft ball, Callaway Golf has come out with an updated version for 2016 that, it hopes, is better than Version 1.0.

The big difference in this iteration is that the ball has gone from three layers to four, introducing what amounts to a two-piece core with the intent of delivering more distance off the tee through, in part, reduced spin, and more spin around the greens. It's kind of like taking Chrome Soft and making it into the Chrome Soft X, which is the popular golf ball label for the longer and not quite as soft version of its tour ball. That's a good option for a lot of players, especially those who prioritize yards over feel, but also want feel.

All of the other facets of the original Chrome Soft come back. The mantle layer protects energy delivery from the core on all strikes while delivering more spin with scoring clubs. The Tour Urethane cover is soft but durable.

The new Callaway Golf Chrome Soft balls hit the market Feb. 5 for $40 per dozen.

Callaway has also come out with a new three-piece ball, dubbed the Superhot 55. The 55, you might guess, is the compression rating of this softer ball. The idea is that the ball will spin less off the tee, not only for more distance but also less left-to-right dispersion on tee shots. Lower compression offers softer feel.

The Callaway Golf Superhot 55 golf balls are also available Feb. 5 for $28 per dozen.

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