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In this review, I’ll take a good look at the 2021 edition of Callaway’s Supersoft golf ball.
The Supersoft has been one of the most popular golf balls on the market for years, particularly for golfers with slow swing speeds. Now, Callaway has made improvements to the flight, core and cover technologies to squeeze out more performance than ever before.
What improvements have been made? How does the performance compare to previous iterations of the Supersoft? Is it worth putting these in the bag?
Here’s what I’m going to be covering in this review:
- Features & Technologies
- Tee-To-Green Performance
- Where To Buy These Balls Online
Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing, body and clubs are different, results with a particular golf ball may differ from person to person.
How are the reviews?
The Callaway 2021 Supersoft ball is one of the highest-rated golf balls on the market, and it’s a hot seller too.
What People Like
- terrific feel around the greens
- affordably priced
- high ball flight
- very soft feel
- superb distance
What People Don’t Like
- doesn’t produce much spin
- attracts dirt that is difficult to remove without washing
- some of the coloured balls can be difficult to spot on the course
What are the features?
As is implied in the name, the Callaway 2021 Supersoft golf balls have a very low compression rating of around 38. This allows golfers with slow swing speeds to compress the ball sufficiently for optimal energy transfer.
The 2021 Supersoft also has a two-piece construction, which is engineered to spin less and fly straighter.
Compared to the 2019 edition of the Supersoft, the 2021 edition makes improvements to the cover, core and flight technologies.
Instead of a soft Trionomer cover, the 2021 Supersoft uses a new hybrid cover made of a PARALOID Impact Modifier created by The Dow Chemical Company.
This enables a versatile multi-material construction that is able to deliver new levels of soft feel, durability, greenside control, low spin, and high launch.
Soft Compression Core
Callaway marketed their 2019 Supersoft as having an “ultra low-compression core”.
The 2021 Supersoft has a similar core, but it’s referred to as a “soft-compression core”. In addition to promoting high launch and low spin in the longer clubs, it’s designed to transfer energy to the ball more efficiently, squeezing out more ball speed in general.
HEX Aerodynamics make a return in the 2021 Supersoft, but the technology has been refined and optimized further.
This refers to a unique dimple pattern that removes flat spots from the ball’s surface, reducing drag and increasing lift for more carry, distance, and stopping power into greens.
How does the ball perform from tee to green?
From The Tee
If you have a slow swing speed, you’d be hard-pressed to find a golf ball that will give you more distance off the tee.
Generally speaking, the 2021 Supersoft flies high, goes very long and straight, and gives plenty of rollout. Spin rates do indeed tend to be low, and this means that hooks and slices won’t curve as much, making it more likely that you’ll find the fairway.
On The Approach
One thing that stands out to me with woods and irons is how explosive and long the 2021 Supersoft is, especially with long and mid irons.
Spin is on the low side, but this is balanced out by a high launch, resulting in solid stopping power into greens.
Moreover, short irons are still quite easy to put spin on; if you want the ball to stop dead or even zip back, it’s quite possible to pull off.
The best way I can describe performance of the 2021 Supersoft around the green is that it’s very controllable and consistent.
Having said this, the ball does tend to run out a little bit on the green unless you put a really “spinny” strike on it. This lends itself to a more “bump-and-run” style of short game rather than stopping the ball right next to the hole.
Because the 2021 Supersoft feels so soft off the putter face, you may feel like you have to give a little more power to the stroke to achieve the distance you want.
What about feel?
I found that the feel of the 2021 Supersoft off the tee depends largely on how fast your club head speed is.
With a slow swing speed, the Supersoft delivers softness and explosiveness with just a touch of firmness to make the strike really satisfying.
But the faster you swing, the more it feels like you’re “squishing” the ball and the less explosive it feels. This is obviously not ideal, and it’s why the Supersoft is unquestionably designed for golfers with slow swing speeds.
The premium, soft feel carries over to every other aspect of the game including irons, wedges and putting.
Where should you buy these balls online?
The 2021 Callaway Supersoft ball is available in white, yellow, red, orange, green, and matte pink colours. 3-ball sleeves are also available.
But right now, your best bet is to buy from the official Callaway store while the offer is still up. Not only are they offering cases for a couple dollars cheaper than everywhere else, but they also give you the option of personalizing your 2021 Supersoft balls with lines, initials and custom messages.
If you’re not buying new, I strongly recommend getting recycled 2021 Supersoft balls with condition ratings of AAA or above. You can save quite a bit of money this way — especially if you’re buying in bulk — and you enjoy nearly the same performance.
Arguably the best place to find such deals online would be eBay. Be sure to give the listings there a look.
Callaway’s 2021 Supersoft gives you practically everything you could ask for in a soft, low-compression golf ball. It’s long and straight off the tee, explosive with the irons, and soft and controllable around the greens.
Its performance is similar to the 2019 edition, but if I could point out anything, it would be that the 2021 Supersoft seems to do everything just a touch better.
The Supersoft is definitely a ball you should try if your swing speed is less than 85 mph. When choosing a colour, remember that pink, green and yellow tend to be the easiest to see on the course.
Thanks for reading this review. Have you hit the 2021 Supersoft balls yet? What do you think? Go ahead and leave a comment below with your thoughts and experiences.