What’s new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Hannah Holden brings you the low down on the new Callaway Chrome Tour Golf Ball
The Callaway Chrome Tour golf ball is a brand new model for 2024, so what’s different about it and should it be on your radar?
Callaway has seriously upgraded their game here, the new Chrome Tour golf ball is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor.
I love the upgraded looks, which may seem like an unnecessary improvement but I think if feels like a much more premium product.
My data was extremely consistent throughout the bag and I was really impressed with the consistency of my ball flight and dispersion.
- Looks more premium than the previous Chrome Soft model
- Great data across the board
- Feels good on short shots around the green
Callaway Chrome Tour Golf Ball Review: First Impressions
The first thing I noticed here was the huge visual change, and I was so excited about it. I have always felt the Chrome Soft didn’t visually look as good as some other tour balls and Callaway has completely resolved this for 2024.
We’ve got a new white paint colour that looks more premium. We also have redesigned numbers that are a different shape and have a new red paint shade. All this has made a massive difference.
I initially tested this golf ball on TrackMan at the PGA Headquarters in Texas. I did a head-to-head test against the latest Pro V1 golf ball, and it was almost impossible to pick one set of data apart from the other. I also tested the Chrome Tour X, which gave me some significant gains. (Chrome Tour X is expected to be the longest of the two golf balls for the majority of golfers).
I have since done some more in-depth data testing with my own TrackMan, which you can see below. My data was extremely consistent throughout the bag, and I was seriously impressed with the consistency of my ball flight and dispersion.
Starting at the bottom of the bag, on a three-quarter swing pitch shot, I was generating 6866rpm of spin on average, which I was very pleased with. My distance control was great, which is obviously crucial at this end of the bag. You can see from the trajectory just how consistent the ball flight is, which was probably what was most impressive here.
Again, with the 7-iron, the key theme was consistency. My data here is almost robot-like, which I could certainly get used to. Spin at an average of 6478rpm with a land angle of 44.9° is certainly going to help me control the ball on the greens. I could perhaps do with some more height, but that is something I am seeing across the board with my mid-long irons at the moment. The average carry at 141 is about right for the temperature at this time of year and my swing speed with a few jumpers on!!
The driver data was also very strong. I did average 2735rpm of spin, which some people may say is too much, but I like that, so it keeps my bad strikes in the air, and TrackMan optimiser showed it was happy with this too. This certainly wasn’t my quickest swinging day, which is reflected in some of the data, but actually, a 225.5-yard average carry in winter from 92.9 mph club head speed is pretty good.
Following my data testing, I have taken this out on the course for numerous rounds to see how it performs out in the elements. My overarching theme would be that it just feels really comfortable and consistent to use. It does exactly what I want it to without having to adapt by flight or shot shape.
I personally felt the biggest difference from the previous Chrome Soft model was that it felt much more stable in the stiff Yorkshire breeze I have been playing in. Perhaps this is down to the new Seamless Tour Aero design that sees Callaway combining their famous hexagonal surface geometry with strategically placed spherical dimples.
Perhaps the best compliment I can give this golf ball is that when I take it out on the golf course, it performs just how I want it to. All I know is I would happily use this golf ball this season, and I think you will find the performance very pleasing, too.
Callaway Chrome Tour Golf Ball Review: The Details
Available: 2nd Feb 2024
Colours: White / Yellow / Tru Trak / Triple Track / 360 Triple Track
More information: Callaway Website
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