I’ll admit that the Callaway Chrome Soft is my favorite Callaway golf ball. However, it’s not cheap. I thought I would try out some of the less expensive golf balls from Callaway to see if there is much of a difference.
I can tell you for sure there is a big difference between the Superfast and the Chrome Soft. I won’t tell you that’s a bad thing – it’s more just something you should be aware of when purchasing golf balls to play with.
I’ll show you what you can realistically expect from a Callaway Superfast and whether or not it would be a good option for you to put into play.
Table of Contents
- What I Like About The Callaway Superfast
- What I Dislike About The Callaway Superfast
- Overall Rating and Final Thoughts
The Callaway Superfast is a mid compression distance golf ball designed to be both affordable and high performing at the same time. I took the Callaway Superfast out on the golf course with me for a few rounds, and this is an overview of the experience.
Hybrid PARALOID Cover
When you see a fair price on a 15-pack of golf balls, you can almost always assume that you won’t be working with a soft urethane cover. The Callaway Superfast golf balls feature a hybrid cover made with the PARALOID Impact Modifier that is produced by Dow Chemical.
The cover is durable, and it’s not incredibly soft, but it is a unique cover material specific to Callaway golf balls.
High Speed Core
The Callaway Superfast features a high speed core to help players maximize total distance throughout the bag. If you struggle with distance from the tee or even on your approach shots into the green, a two piece distance golf ball is a great solution.
HEX Aerodynamic Dimple Pattern
A common feature throughout the Callaway lineup is the HEX Aerodynamic dimple pattern. This Superfast is no different. The dimple pattern increases lift a bit (the ball should fly higher), and it reduces overall drag.
The higher ball flight technology is specifically geared toward the lower swing speed distance seeking golfers.
Bold Color Availability
The Callaway Superfast comes in both a red and yellow color for golfers that like some easier visibility and tracking. In addition, you can stick with the plain white like we did for this test.
On the golf course, there were a few things that surprised me about the Callaway Superfast (mostly the feel and the spin from the tee). Outside of that, I think the Callaway Superfast does hold up to its name of being a distance golf ball with a decent feel around the greens.
Spin From The Tee
I thought the Callaway Superfast was going to be a little bit lower spin than they are. I may be playing with this ball even though it’s slightly lower in compression than what I need, which could certainly play into this.
However, you can see from this picture below that the ball landed in a pretty decent-sized pitch mark and rolled forward about 10-15 feet. I like a little more roll than that when I can get it.
One of the things I think plays into this is the higher of the Callaway Superfast. It’s really easy to hit this high, so I think that’s why I saw the ball stop prematurely. Granted, the course was wet on the day this picture was taken, but the spin is not incredibly low.
Spin and Control Around The Greens
The advertisement for the Callaway Superfast golf balls says that they offer “superior greenside control.” I can’t go with superior as my word of choice here. However, I will say that for the price and considering the fact that they are a 2 piece golf ball, the Callaway Superfast has decent greenside control.
As I mentioned, I like the Callaway Chrome Soft the best of all; the Callaway balls and the Superfast certainly do not compare when it comes to drop-and-stop technology that you find in the Chrome Soft, but they are also less than half the price per golf ball.
Overall I think you could learn how to have the control you want around the greens by using the Superfast for several rounds. It’s going to release a bit when you hit a short chip (especially) out of the rough.
In addition, I noticed that unless I had 50-60 yards where I could really get a bit of speed on the ball, it was hard to get the Superfast to stop.
The Superfast is long. Even after the issues I mentioned with a bit more spin than I would like on the driver, the golf ball travels a long way. If you are a newer player looking to maximize your distance and keep the affordability of the golf ball in check, the Superfast is a good golf ball to consider.
I always like to consider distance in approach shots with irons in addition to the woods. I had no trouble getting my full distances (maybe even a few yards extra with the Superfast in play).
The Callaway Superfast golf balls are really affordable. They always come in a 15 ball pack, so make sure you are considering that when you compare pricing with competitors.
I think for the technology that they offer and the overall performance on the golf course, the price is very fair and should be looked at as a positive with this golf ball.
The overall ball flight of the Callaway Superfast golf ball is quite high. If you are a golfer that generates a good amount of speed with your swing or has a steeper attack angle, you may struggle with how high the ball travels with this Superfast golf ball.
Try something with a bit more compression and lower spin off the tee if you want to keep the ball flight down.
Feel and Sound
The feel is better than a really cheap Ionomer cover, but not nearly as good as a urethane cover golf ball. I think Callaway did a good job with this hybrid material in the cover to give it a good mix of “hot” for the speed with “soft” for the spin.
It’s not the softest golf ball you will ever play, and in fact, it comes off the clubface a little strong with the woods.
Around the green, you will find that the Superfast has a slightly softer and more responsive feel. Again, don’t confuse this with high greenside spin – it still isn’t the best for adding backspin within 50 yards of the hole.
What I Like About The Callaway Superfast
The Callaway Superfast had a few things that really stood out to be positives. Will I be switching to this golf ball all the time? No. However, there are certain players that I could recommend this to.
- Great distance from the tee and impressive distance on the irons into the green – if you lack clubhead speed, the Superfast will help make up for it.
- Overall the pricing of the golf balls is fair.
- Feel and sound is better than other lower priced two piece golf balls on the market.
- The cover material is very durable – you can play more than one round with the golf ball in play.
What I Dislike About The Callaway Superfast
The Callaway Superfast on its own doesn’t have too many negatives. When compared to a premium golf ball, you can see some of its shortcomings, but that is to be expected. Here is where the Callaway Superfast leaves some room for improvement.
- The overall look of the cover would look better if it was a matte white; the hybrid cover is a little cheap looking.
- High ball flight can be an issue for golfers that get a lot of spin and higher swing speeds.
- We can’t say this ball has superior greenside control; I would call it average greenside control.
Overall Rating and Final Thoughts
I like the Callaway Superfast for golfers that have mid to slower swing speeds and are looking for a golf ball with a bit of affordability and performance combined. Higher swing speed players will struggle to control the Superfast.
The ball earned an 8.5 out of 10. It’s important to remember that this is a two piece value distance golf ball. So I guess the fact that there is any spin (and some decent feel) around the greens should be looked at as a positive.
Another golfer that can benefit from the Callaway Superfast is the one that loses a few golf balls per round. With 15 of these in a box, you should have plenty of gear to last you a long time!
Overall Rating: 8.5/10