The first thing that intrigued me about the Callaway Superhot golf ball is the fact that it’s an affordable 3 piece golf ball. The more you test different golf ball technology, the more you will see how the number of pieces in a golf ball will significantly impact the pricing.
However, this line of balls from Callaway remains affordable.
I took the Callaway Superhot golf balls out to the golf course to see how they performed. I’ll fill you in on my experience, and whether or not I would recommend this ball.
Table of Contents
- What I Like About The Callaway Superhot
- What I Dislike About The Callaway Superhot
- Overall Rating
The Callaway Superhot is a low to a mid compression golf ball that will appeal to the needs of slower to mid swing speed golfers.
3 Piece Construction
The Superhot consists of three layers. You will get a high performance interior core designed for incredible distance. The outer cover is an Ionomer material designed to be both soft and responsive.
Just under the outer cover is an Ionomer mantle level for golfers looking for that extra level of performance around the greens.
Soft Ionomer Cover
A softer outer cover is designed to give players the feeling that their golf ball is responding as it should. If you feel as though you are not in control of the shots you are hitting around the green, the soft cover technology can help.
In addition, with most 3 piece golf balls having slightly higher compression, the soft cover of the Callaway Superhot allows golfers to have an easier time compressing the ball.
The Callaway Superhot features the HEX aerodynamic dimple design that we are so accustomed to seeing in Callaway golf balls. If you are looking for more of a piercing flight where the golf ball stays on the path, the HEX aerodynamics is a great feature to consider.
High Visibility Matte
The golf balls I tested were a matte red color, something that not many golf ball manufacturers offer. The red golf ball is designed to stand out on the course because of the contrast with the green. In addition, glare at setup and impact is reduced because of the matte nature of the finish on the golf ball.
Straighter Ball Flight
One of the technologies that Callaway tried to promote here is a straighter ball flight. The straighter flight is developed as this is a low spin golf ball that will keep your shot on track, even if you tend to put side spin on the ball.
Now for the fun part, what actually happened when I took this golf ball out on the course? I’ll break down how it does from a distance, spin, and overall feeling and performance. However, I can tell you that of the lower priced golf ball options from Callaway, the Superhot may be my favorite.
Distance From The Tee
The Superhot is a great ball when it comes to distance from the tee. In addition to the low spin allowing for plenty of roll on the drives, you will like the slightly softer feel coming off the clubface.
Sometimes that softer feel helps you feel as though you are compressing the golf ball, and it encourages a slightly more confident impact position.
I did notice that some of the tee shots were a little higher than I would like. I would say that if you are a high swing speed player, you may have a hard time controlling the ball quite as well.
Distance With Approach Shots
The next area I always like to look at is the distance on the approach shots. I tend to be more concerned about losing 5 yards on an 8 iron than I am about losing 5 yards on a driver.
However, when testing the Superhot, I found no issues with the total distance on the irons.
In fact, with this golf ball being a slightly lower compression golf ball than I am used to, I may have actually picked up a few yards of distance.
The launch angle was high on these approach shots, which I looked at as a positive.
The spin situation is probably the most surprising thing about the Superhot golf balls. The first hole I played, I hit a great drive and actually had a pitching wedge into the green. Knowing this was a slightly lower spinning distance type golf ball, I aimed for the front of the green to give the ball some time to release. To my surprise, the ball landed exactly where I hit it.
There was a strong combination of high ball flight and that 3 piece technology doing its job. With the spin on this full swing shot, I was feeling encouraged to see how the Superhot would spin around the greens.
I won’t tell you that it spins like a premium golf ball. However, the softer outer cover does help the ball feel more responsive.
I think it’s important for golfers to understand that a softer feel doesn’t necessarily mean more spin. It means you feel as though you have more control.
Greenside control is average for the Callaway Superhot. However, it’s exactly where I expected it to be, with an Ionomer cover and 3 pieces. The golf balls with the most responsiveness around the greens are almost always those with a cast urethane cover.
The great thing is the Callaway Superhot has a responsive feel, so you can eventually learn how to control the ball. It takes a bit of time to adjust to the amount of roll when switching from a premium golf ball, but it can be done.
Sound and Feel
I think with this being a matte red golf ball, it’s work talking about sound, feel, and looks.
The sound of the ball is great – it doesn’t come off the clubface quite as hard because of the softer outer cover, and I like that.
Feel is another positive of the Superhot. The overall feel is soft, but they didn’t make it so soft that you feel like it’s going to be mushy on the putting greens or when chipping.
The matte red coloring was surprisingly hard to see. I know there have been studies done to show that red is actually a great color for golf balls. However, it may just be too far from the white that I am used to for me to make that adjustment. If you have a hard time with colored golf balls, try something other than red.
The pricing of the Callaway Superhot is incredibly fair. You get 15 golf balls in a dozen, so when you compare that to other manufacturers selling a 3 piece ball for a higher price with only 12 balls in the box, you can see the value you get from the Superhot.
In addition, the Superhot cover seemed quite durable, so I think you can get more than one round out of a single golf ball.
What I Like About The Callaway Superhot
Overall I was impressed with the Callaway Superhot. For the pricing, it is a really responsive and well-designed golf ball. My favorite features include:
- Long distance off the tee shots and on iron approaches
- Low spin and higher ball flight from the tee
- Approach shots have enough spin to stop the ball on the green
- The softer outer cover is responsive off the tee and around the greens
What I Dislike About The Callaway Superhot
I’m convinced there is no perfect golf ball out there. Even though I liked what the Callaway Superhot has to offer, here are a few things I thought could use improvement.
- The greenside spin is still a little low
- Matte red color can be hard to see
- High ball flight from the tee is difficult for faster-swinging golfers
I have to give the Callaway Superhot a 9.2/10. If you look at the Superhot for what it is supposed to be – a distance golf ball with straight flight technology and fair pricing – you get exactly what you pay for.
A 15-ball pack of the Callaway Superhot should last you a long time. At the same time, it should help to lower your scores on the course. If you’re a beginner or slower swing speed player that wants to upgrade from really cheap 2 piece golf balls, the Superhot is a perfect solution.
For higher-swing speed golfers, and those seeking precision around the greens, I would go with a more premium golf ball like the Callaway Chrome Soft. The Superhot does not have enough spin around the greens, and the lower compression could cause you to lose control from the tee box.
Overall Rating: 9.2/10