Here I will be reviewing the Callaway Superhot 55 golf ball. Named after its soft 55-compression feel as well as its tendency to fly long and straight, it’s one of Callaway’s latest and best ball releases for the 2016 golf season.
Is this ball worth the buy? Does it deliver as advertised? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Read on to find out what you need to know about it to make an informed purchase.
In a hurry? Here’s the quick overview and verdict for you…
Rating: 4.9/5 (Excellent)
Pros: One of the longest golf balls available; low spin does a great job of mitigating slices and hooks; feel is impressively soft around the greens yet impressively firm off the tee
Cons: Low spin has its drawbacks including limited workability and stopping power around the greens
Compression Rating: 55 (low)
Recommended for: Golfers who don’t mind sacrificing spin for distance and accuracy — this can include high handicaps, mid handicaps, low handicaps or even Tour pros.
Best places to buy online: For new Superhot 55 balls, see this Amazon page, this eBay page (some discounts available particularly for bulk purchases) or Global Golf (check their coupon page for current coupons that you can use at checkout). For recycled AAA+ Superhot 55 balls, you should look through this eBay page.
Want a closer look at the Superhot 55 golf balls? Click on the composite image at the top of the page and navigate the images.
What are the reviews like?
While the 2016 55 model of the Superhot ball hasn’t been on the market for very long, the response it has received has been extremely positive overall. It has, for example, an average customer rating of 5/5 (100% recommended) on the DSG website. In general, the Superhot 55 ball is praised for its tendency to fly long and straight with a low spin rate (thanks in part to the surlyn cover). While they’re not the cheapest balls out there, the general consensus is that they deliver superb performance with a moderately firm feel.
What are the features?
The Superhot 55 ball is designed for golfers of virtually all skill levels (ranging from high handicappers to Tour pros) who want any of less spin, a straighter ball flight (hook and slice resistant) or more distance from tee to green.
The Superhot 55 features a three-piece dual-core construction consisting of a very soft mantle layer and soft trionomer blend surlyn cover — these both work together to reduce spin and hence deliver straigher, more controlled shots. The ball features 332 “Hex Aerodynamic” dimples. The ball has an aerodynamic design that’s built for lower drag, more optimal lift and longer carry (and hence more distance!). The low 55 compression contributes to a softer feel and allows golfers with slower swing speeds to sufficiently compress the ball.
How does the ball perform from tee to green?
Short game feel is surprisingly soft. The Superhot 55 ball affords a good amount of control around the greens with decent spin, but there’s only so much you can expect in these respects from a surlyn cover as opposed to a urethane cover found on balls like the Titleist Pro V1 and Bridgestone e5.
Long game performance is similar to that of the Bridgestone e6 but longer; in fact, the Superhot 55 is one of the longest balls on the market right now. The low-spin attribute of the ball really comes into play to straighten out ball flight and minimize the damage of slices and hooks, which makes the Superhot 55 a great ball for golfers who struggle to keep the ball in the fairway. This does, however, come at the expense of some workability, and so highly skilled golfers looking for maximum flight-shaping control might want to look elsewhere.
What about feel?
First off, the Superhot 55 feels great off the putter face — on the softer side (but not too soft) with a touch of firmness. Overall feel around the greens is similar. I would say it’s certainly one of the best and softest feeling surlyn-cover balls out there right now, and I applaud Callaway for being able to pull that off. Off the tee these balls feel hot and firmer than one might expect for a 55 compression rating. On the whole, the Superhot 55 balls feel quite a bit softer than the previous Superhot model of balls while providing virtually all of the same benefits.
Where can I get used Superhot 55 balls at a lower price?
If you’re not buying new, I strongly recommend getting recycled Superhot 55 balls with condition ratings of AAA or above (see some of my other ball reviews for more about my views on used balls). Arguably the best place to find such deals online would be eBay — check out the relevant link in the review overview at the top of the page.
The Callaway Superhot 55 are excellent golf balls, ideal for any player who appreciates low-spin distance in the long game and solid spin and control around the greens. They’re also a definite improvement over the previous Superhot ball offering.
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