I really thought that the ChromeSoft X was gonna be the one. Wether I can use it or not , I want Callaway to make a ball that takes over on tour. Ever since I saw P. Reed with a bridgy the other day ive been stewing. I dont like H. Stenson using that T-ball either. Callaway is the best at everything so can we make the ball the best too ? I promise i will buy them !! Even if im not good enough to get the best out of them . Several people will attest to that , haha. I just want Callawy / Us to beat everybody at everything.
I think there is an inertia to the golf ball market. When was the last time t-ball was not the '#1 ball on tour'?
Back in the days of balata, I would float the balls in epsom salt water (following a Dave Pelz trick) to see if their CG was in the middle of the ball. I found far more Maxfli balls had the CG in the center of the ball versus any other brand.
I was listening to an early Ship Show when Harry was discussing the Chrome Soft and how complex it is to get a ball into the market in a manner that makes a dent against the competitors.
When you talk pros, you've got to consider any contracts they have in place. It will take some time for the CSx to get used by a couple of pros that have success, then it will be the 'cool' ball to play.
Honestly the chrome soft does perform better for me the the "t-ball" and I'm sure there are a lot of other players out there that has the same experience. You have to remember the t-company has over 500 ball contracts out there so that all will forever be the most played ball. Also guys like stenson will always play the t-ball because he always has. He only plays equipment he's comfortable with and makes very few changes. Reed however is struggling and blames everything on equipment instead of just poor play. He's playing Cleveland wedges now too if I'm not mistaken. He blames a lot of his short comings on equipment I wouldn't be upset is callaway finally got tired of his crap.
@Beachgolfacadem I think you hit the nail on the head with guys doing it just because they always have. If you (they) have been playing competitive golf for 20+ years, what was around then that is still around now? Pretty much one answer. And, most of these guys don't like to switch. Look at the Diablo Tour 3 wood Stenson had forever.
BTW, if you're an Amazon prime member, they had a really good deal on Chromesoft today with the subscribe and save. I'm not totally sure how that works for future shipments, but if it's your first one, you get 20% off. Brought them down to about $29. That changes daily I think though.
I just bought 3 dozen Chrome Soft X balls. The Pro V1 seems to spin a bit better for me on short irons but seems to spin more than the standard Chrome Soft ball. I like the feel of the Chrome soft, but will have to try the "X" this week.
I dont know if it will take over the tour but I am sure Callaway would have no problem being the number one selling ball even if the tour doesnt mirror the spending habits of the consumer.
We can only hope
Unfortunately, there are a lot of great golf balls out there on the market. The balls that are referenced that Cally staffers are playing are different performance/construction characteristics from what Callaway is currently marketing, but I would think a staffer could get anything he/she wanted to a point. When the Chrome+ went out of production, I bought up as many as I could find and played that ball probably 15 months after it was no longer available.
Golfers are finicky, and superstitious and the ball changes every couple years. Think of the difference of the SR series versus the Chrome Soft, and how both of those differed from Rule 35 and the original HEX line. It really kind of stinks when you think about it when you do find something you like in a ball because you know it will be gone soon.