Choosing a golf ball can be a challenging process. There are so many brands, so many different types of golf balls, and they all come in at various price ranges. There is a reason for the madness, however.
Everyone swings the golf club differently and at different speeds. Some golfers lose more golf balls than others but choosing the correct golf ball can lower your scores.
In this post, I’ll discuss the Callaway Chrome Soft vs Pro V1 and try to help point out some of the subtle differences. Hopefully, you’ll know your golf game well enough to make an informed decision about which would work best for you.
There are a few simple rules to follow when choosing a golf ball.
How to Choose the Best Golf Ball For You
If you are newer to the game, I would suggest trying a wide range of golf balls and see which one you like best and feel the most comfortable with. This will let you know that the ball you chose performs the best for you.
- Fit to your scoring clubs
When you are selecting a ball, a common misconception is you want the one that carries the ball the farthest off the tee. While distance is important, finding a golf ball that your irons, wedges, and putter perform well with is more important. Those are the clubs you use to set up your scoring opportunities
- Be prepared to spend some money
As you would expect, the best golf balls are usually the most expensive. Be prepared to spend upwards of $45 for a dozen golf balls. All of the tour balls have a urethane cover and their durability is really good. If you don’t lose many balls while you play, a higher-priced ball is worth the investment.
Now, let’s dig into the Titleist Pro V1 and the Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls. If you are looking for a quick comparison, check out the table below.
|Callaway Chrome Soft||Titleist Pro V1|
|Construction||4 Layer||3 Layer|
Titleist Pro V1 vs Callaway Chrome Soft
Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls
The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball has been one of the leading golf balls in the industry for decades. The Pro V1 is a medium compression golf ball that is used by many a number of touring professionals and amateurs alike. The compression of the golf ball is how tightly the core threads are woven together.
So, a golf ball with low compression will be much softer and travel farther than a golf ball with a high compression which will be harder and more accurate. A medium compression ball, like the Pro V1, is a combination of the two combining distance and control.
Some of the benefits the Pro V1 include:
- Long-distance with consistent ball flight– The Pro V1 is one of the longest and straightest golf balls due to its large casing layer which allows for maximum speed off the clubface producing long tee shots.
- Low Spin Drives: The Pro V1 is one of the lowest spinning golf balls which can be contributed to the fast core of the golf ball.
- Penetrating Trajectory: When the golfer compresses the Pro V1 which a solid descending strike, the ball comes out with a penetrating ball flight and a good launch angle with all clubs.
- Soft Feel: The Pro V1 is great around the greens with its soft feel. The ball pops off the clubface with enough backspin to stop on the greens.
The Pro V1 is considered the best all-around golf ball by most people in the industry. It is the most used ball on tour and produces consistent results for almost everyone who uses the ball.
Titleist also produces a Pro V1X golf ball. The Pro V1X golf ball is a higher compression golf ball meaning it is not as soft as the Pro V1. Only golfers with high swing speeds (How to Swing A Golf Club Faster) should play the Pro V1X golf ball.
Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls
Like the Pro V1, the Chrome Soft is a medium compression golf ball that Callaway markets as one of the softest feeling golf balls in the industry. The Callaway Chrome Soft really is an up and coming golf ball that will help many club golfers save a stroke or two, along with a few bucks usually.
Some of its features include:
- SoftFast Core: The Chrome Soft inner core has slightly increased in size which has created a higher launch and lower spin rate.
- High Speed Mantle System: The mantle system which weaves the ball together adds more consistency and durability to the golf ball and more ball speed.
- Thin Urethane Cover: The outer core is very thin and really provides that soft feel for more spin with wedges and chips around the green.
- Optimized Aero Design: The design of the golf ball reduces drag for overall distance and allows for a good trajectory when hit well off the clubface.
- Triple Track Option: The Triple Track is a special option the golfer can choose to have on the golf with alignment help. The Triple Track is a unique feature that will help on the greens when lining up putts.
Similar to the Pro V1X, Callaway has a high compression golf ball called the Chrome Soft X. This is a higher compression golf ball that will work well for people with high swing speeds north of 100mph. If you don’t swing the club that fast sticks to a mid to low compression golf ball as they will travel farther for you.
Pro V1 and Chrome Soft off the tee
This will depend on each golfer but those with a swing speed of under 100 mph might prefer the Chrome Soft. The distance achieved with the Callaway seemed just a few yards further. If you’re looking to increase yardage on your drive the Callaway might provide that extra 5-10 yards.
The takeaway here is, a softer compression will accommodate a slower swing speed.
Pro V1 and Chrome Soft with irons
If you feel confident with the yardage you’re getting out of your driver, but would like to focus on your irons, I feel like both the Pro v1 and Chrome Soft are quite similar. A case can be made that the Pro V1 does have a slower spin speed, which could be at the retirement of sticking greens.
I don’t have my irons or short game dialed in so well that I could tell the difference. If you can strike the ball at the same speed every shot, you might be able to tell a difference.
Pro V1 and Chrome Soft with a putter
Again, this is kind of difficult. If you were to put a blindfold on me and swap out the balls I probably couldn’t tell you which ball I was hitting. That being said, when I was hitting the balls there were 20+ feet away from the cup, the Pro V1 did feel a bit harder at impact.
An amateur or player with a high handicap might get a better feel for putting and the amount of power needed with the Chrome Soft, but that’s my opinion.
Who should use Pro V1?
The Pro V1 with its compression rate of 90 is probably tailored a bit more towards a golfer with higher swing speed and a bit more accuracy. This translates to straighter and further drive.
The Chrome Soft with its compression rate of 75 and 4 layer construction is helpful for golfers with a little slower swing speed (compared to the Pro V1) and is capable of mishits on their drives. In my experience, a mishit off the driver with the Callaway is more forgiving and I felt like I had more spin control with my wedges. Again, this is just how it felt to me.
Which is more durable between Chrome Soft vs Pro V1?
This might go without saying, but it’s important to note the durability aspect of each. I included in the table above, that the Chrome Soft is constructed with 4 layers while the Pro V1 is a 3 layer constructed ball. This puts Chrome Soft just a bit higher in the durability category.
Depending on how hard you’re crushing balls, this could be a factor in your decision.
A users review of Chrome Soft vs Pro V1
Finally, I wanted to show a user’s review of the Callaway Chrome line.
Conclusion of Chrome Soft vs Pro V1 – Verdict
Listen, all of the top manufacturers produce great golf balls that fly similar distances and have a soft feel around the greens. The Pro V1 and Chrome Soft are very similar when it comes to performance. The Chrome Soft has a softer feel to it when I have used the ball, but the Pro V1 seems to produce a more optimal ball flight and has good spin rates.
When it comes to choosing golf balls it often comes down to personal preference. If you like playing a Pro V1 because of the status that comes with it and its great performance, by all means, use those.
If you want a softer feeling golf ball and not as flashy, the Chrome Soft is a great option as well. I really enjoy the Callaway Chrome Soft Triple Track because it helps with lining up putts (Best Putter for Bad Putters) on the green. Choose the ball that performs best for YOU, because it will help lower your scores.