I’ve played a few rounds with a Callaway Supersoft, but this was my first experience with the Supersoft Max. To be honest, when I first heard that Callaway was releasing a golf ball that was actually oversized, I was a bit skeptical.
After playing a few rounds with the Supersoft Max, I’m kind of impressed with what they did. While this isn’t a golf ball that will work for all players, there is some technology here that is worth understanding.
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Table of Contents
- Overall Rating and Thoughts
- What I Like About Callaway Supersoft Max Golf Balls
- What I Dislike About Callaway Supersoft Max Golf Ball
Overall Rating and Thoughts
The Callaway Supersoft Max is a good distance golf ball, and Callaway does a good job with overall quality. This golf ball isn’t an all-around solution for any golfer’s game, so I had to take a few points off.
Best for: The Callaway Supersoft Max is best for slow swing speed players seeking extra distance in their golf game. If you struggle to get the ball to travel as far as you once did, put the Supersoft Max into play and see what happens. In addition, for golfers who are struggling to see the ball and stay focused on the course, the slightly larger size of the Supersoft Max may be helpful.
Overall Score: 8.4/10
The most significant feature of the Callaway Supersoft Max is the fact that it’s an oversized design (more on this below). However, there are a few other things to understand here, specifically the low compression and advanced Tri-Blend Ionomer cover.
Callaway was able to make the Supersoft Max slightly larger than other golf balls on the market, yet ensure that it still qualifies as a USGA-legal golf ball. In other words, if you decide you like the Callaway Supersoft Max, you can still use it to play in a golf tournament.
Two Piece Technology
The Callaway Supersoft Max is a 2 piece golf ball, so it does fall into the category of a distance ball or a value type golf ball. The interior core is a high speed core built for distance, and the outer cover is a Tri-Blend Ionomer material.
Tri-Blend Ionomer Cover
The cover of the Callaway Supersoft Max is a Tri-Blend Ionomer cover designed to be both durable and long-lasting. The cover also features the Callaway HEX Aerodynamics to help improve overall distance and lower the total spin.
30 Compression Rating
Compression rating tells us how good a golf ball is for a slower swing speed. The Callaway Supersoft Max is an incredibly low compression golf ball designed for the slowest swinging golfers in the game.
Now that we’ve covered the features of this ball, let’s talk about its performance. I played a few rounds with the Callaway Supersoft Max in play to test how it is off the tee, on approach shots, and around the greens.
Pricing for the Callaway Supersoft Max is very fair. I would say this one falls within the category of a value golf ball. However, the technology you get is a bit better than a true cheap golf ball. As far as price is concerned, this golf ball sits exactly where it should.
Feel and Sound
The Callaway Supersoft Max has a very soft feel coming off the face of the driver. It almost had a deeper sound to it as well – not a real tingy noise like you hear with a higher compression golf ball.
I know my swing speed is likely a little high for the Callaway Supersoft. So I was afraid that would mean this ball would feel “mushy”, but it doesn’t.
One thing that I think is worth mentioning here is the looks of this ball. Most golf balls look relatively the same, but with the Callaway Supersoft Max being larger than standard, you can tell the difference.
It’s pretty obvious when you take the ball out of the box. However, when you’re in the middle of your round, the larger size of the Supersoft Max is certainly not distracting or annoying in any way.
Overall, the feel and sound are good, -nothing out of the ordinary, and certainly not the same as a premium golf ball like the Callaway Chrome Soft.
The spin from the tee is quite good with the Callaway Supersoft Max. I was able to get a good amount of roll from my drives. I also noticed that the ball flight was not quite as high as I expected – it was a little lower than I thought it would be.
I think the combination of the low spin, 2 piece technology, and the more penetrating ball flight was helpful when it came to spin off the tee.
Around the greens, the spin here is not great.
I had a really hard time stopping the ball where I wanted to when chipping. One of the days I was playing, the greens were particularly fast, and there was just no stopping the ball.
I tried some higher approach shots, even hit some sand shots, hoping to be able to grab a little spin, and I just couldn’t.
The softer feel is nice, but you have to be prepared that this one will roll once it hits the green. If you play slower greens, it may not be an issue.
As I mentioned, the ball flight was a little lower than I expected. However, I was able to get a lot of distance off the tee with the Callaway Supersoft Max. In addition, the approach shots to the green were plenty long.
Callaway made the Supersoft Max to be a distance ball for the slower swing speed players, and it certainly is.
What I Like About Callaway Supersoft Max Golf Balls
When you look at the Callaway Supersoft Max, you must look at what it claims to be. Callaway calls this a distance golf ball for slow swing speed players with a relatively soft feel, and that’s exactly what it is.
Distance from The Tee
Some of the best distance I’ve ever shot off the tee was with this ball. I like the way it comes off the clubface. Callaway calls it forgiving – I didn’t notice too much of that, but the Supersoft Max has a lot of roll.
Distance from Irons
If you are a slower swing-speed player who has recently lost some distance on the full swing shots, the distance from the Callaway Supersoft Max will help you get back in the game. Expect a few extra yards on your iron shots. You won’t get a ton of spin, but the extra yardage is helpful.
Cover Doesn’t Cut
I love a good Urethane cover, so when the cover is Ionomer, I tend to be a little picky. However, I was impressed with the overall quality of the cover here. It doesn’t cut, even from a higher swing speed player like me using a golf ball designed for slower swing speeds.
What I Dislike About Callaway Supersoft Max Golf Ball
The Callaway Supersoft Max is not a golf ball with impressive greenside performance. If you struggle to spin your chips and pitches and you think this is the ball that will save you, think again!
Lacking in Greenside Spin
Getting the Callaway Supersoft Max to stop on the greens is very difficult. Even from a clean lie or the sand (where I usually generate a lot of spin), I had a really hard time getting the golf ball to spin at all.
I think you can get used to this as a golfer, but you do need to be aware of it and prepare for it. If the pin is in the back of the green, give the ball some time to roll to it so that you can get the greenside performance you need.
Ball Flight Not All That High
I might have compressed the Callaway Supersoft a little more than it should have been, but the overall ball flight on the driver was quite low. Of course, I checked to ensure it wasn’t my angle of attack, and I put another golf ball into play.
I think slower swing speed golfers would have an easier time with the higher ball flight, but I don’t know if we can call this one quite as high flying off the tee as advertised.