Callaway Chrome Soft Vs. Srixon Z Star Golf Balls Comparison Overview
We would feel comfortable placing the Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls in the premium category. They are certainly not up to par with some tour-grade balls but they certainly lean more towards the tour-grade side than they do to the distance side.
Still, every hypothesis needs a test. So to test the meddle of the Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls, we pitted them against established tour-grade balls: the Srixon Z Stars.
Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls Overview
The Callaway Chrome Soft balls are unique in that they have a generally soft feel and moderately low compression; but they won’t be totally unusable by faster swing speed players.
Off the club face, the Callaway Chrome Soft balls do a good job of sticking and letting you know where you made contact. They have a compression rating of 65 so they are pretty soft overall but feel firmer than your typical distance ball.
Off the tee, we were pleasantly surprised that both our fast and slower swing speed players were able to get at least 220 yards out of these balls. The distance performance was similar off the deck with hybrids, woods and irons.
Where these balls really shine though is around the green. The thin urethane cover belies the compression rating by adding a high rate of spin after landing and in the air.
Srixon Z Star Golf Balls Overview
The Srixon Z Stars have some overlapping features with the Callaway Chrome Soft but are firmly seated in the tour-grade golf ball category.
This should tell you a little something about the value of the Callaway Chrome Soft balls right off the bat which are a few bucks cheaper than the Z Stars. The Z Stars feature a 3-piece design and the urethane cover that we love so much – just like the Callaway Chrome Soft balls.
However, the testers in our party with an average swing speed of 105 MPH or higher liked the Z Stars off the deck more and were getting about 15 yards extra over the Callaway Chrome Soft balls. On the deck, they launched a bit on the high side for our liking; but greenside spin rates were superb.
In the end, the Callaway Chrome Soft balls don’t have the overall performance that the Z Stars had. But they are obviously a tremendous value for a premium ball.