Callaway ERC Soft

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  • golfgirlrobingolfgirlrobin Members Posts: 2,283 ✭✭
    I generally play the Chrome Soft but thought these might be a good winter alternative. Our greens get very grabby in the winter and the CS has almost too much spin.



    Seemed like a better quality Supersoft, plenty long off the tee and seemed to launch fairly high off the irons. I found it pretty disappointing around the greens, though. I obviously expected more run out on chips and pitches, but these just wanted to run. I was consistently long and the “one hop and stop” shot that I use a lot was just not going to happen.



    To me, it’s a $25 ball in a $40 box. When you can buy last year’s CS for the same price, I don’t quite see buying the inferior ball just because it’s got lines on it.
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  • BY#99BY#99 Posts: 321 ✭✭


    I generally play the Chrome Soft but thought these might be a good winter alternative. Our greens get very grabby in the winter and the CS has almost too much spin.



    Seemed like a better quality Supersoft, plenty long off the tee and seemed to launch fairly high off the irons. I found it pretty disappointing around the greens, though. I obviously expected more run out on chips and pitches, but these just wanted to run. I was consistently long and the “one hop and stop” shot that I use a lot was just not going to happen.



    To me, it’s a $25 ball in a $40 box. When you can buy last year’s CS for the same price, I don’t quite see buying the inferior ball just because it’s got lines on it.




    I agree. Not sure the market for these balls and price point. Other than the lines which are unique not sure why you would pay $40 for these.
  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members Posts: 6,989 ✭✭


    I generally play the Chrome Soft but thought these might be a good winter alternative. Our greens get very grabby in the winter and the CS has almost too much spin.



    Seemed like a better quality Supersoft, plenty long off the tee and seemed to launch fairly high off the irons. I found it pretty disappointing around the greens, though. I obviously expected more run out on chips and pitches, but these just wanted to run. I was consistently long and the “one hop and stop” shot that I use a lot was just not going to happen.



    To me, it’s a $25 ball in a $40 box. When you can buy last year’s CS for the same price, I don’t quite see buying the inferior ball just because it’s got lines on it.






    Hmmmmmm now you've got me thinking....so not much better than supersoft....dang .....I'm hitting it well and longer with irons than CS.....more exploration to but done I guess
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,616 ClubWRX
    I played nine holes with this ball yesterday (Thanks TB) and I have to say I came away impressed. I’m not a big spin player so that does t effect me greatly.



    I loved the feel of it, both off the full clubs and the putter. It appeared to be plenty long, although it’s difficult to tell this time of year for sure. It did appear to launch high (which I want). I’ll be looking forward to trying it out in more normal conditions.
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  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members Posts: 6,989 ✭✭


    I played nine holes with this ball yesterday (Thanks TB) and I have to say I came away impressed. I’m not a big spin player so that does t effect me greatly.



    I loved the feel of it, both off the full clubs and the putter. It appeared to be plenty long, although it’s difficult to tell this time of year for sure. It did appear to launch high (which I want). I’ll be looking forward to trying it out in more normal conditions.






    I've played it exclusively for past 63 holes.....I've hit 51 greens in that time....high, long(for me) a plenty of spin into the greens



    #GAMER
  • ashortgameashortgame Posts: 164 ✭✭
    ashortgame wrote:


    After reading the ERC was Callaway's longest ball and low compression I got a sleeve for my wife to test.

    She is distance challenged but has an extremely tidy short game. We've tried most balls for her and she had been using Callaway Super Softs which was a decent enough ball for her however control on the greens was issue.

    Surprisingly its turned out that the best performing ball for her was Titlesit DT TruSoft. Not quite as long as the Supersoft but close enough however it spins so much better from 50 metres in.

    We played 18 holes yesterday and for the first 9 holes she used the DT TruSoft up against the ERC. With the driver the ERC was consistently 7 to 12 metres shorter than the Titleist.

    Quite surprising considering what I had read.

    Results may vary with different players of course, but actually I was quite shocked given Callaway's hype.





    Edit: corrected. My bad. I should really check before I post. Sorry about that!


    Thought I should update this earlier post of mine.

    I played a round this week with a fellow PGA senior tour pro (Australia) who I've played a lot of golf with and was surprised when he teed it up with an ERC soft.

    I've got to say the ball was impressive. He remarked that it really wasn't much different for him than his usual ball the Chrome Soft.

    We are usually pretty close distance wise from the tee and he was consistently 15 to 20 yards longer than me which I was not very impressed with! Pissed off would be a better description. I am using the Bridgestone XS which for me is just slightly shorter than a Chrome Soft. I actually moved from the Chrome Soft to the Bridgestone XS because of consistency. I've found that occasionally you can get a dud Chrome soft.

    Back to the ERC, the ball was certainly long for him and it sat down as good as a Chrome Soft which quite surprised me. The ERC surprised me enough that I grabbed a couple of sleeves from the shop after the round.
  • erock9174erock9174 North Canton, OHMembers Posts: 3,932 ✭✭
    ashortgame wrote:

    ashortgame wrote:


    After reading the ERC was Callaway's longest ball and low compression I got a sleeve for my wife to test.

    She is distance challenged but has an extremely tidy short game. We've tried most balls for her and she had been using Callaway Super Softs which was a decent enough ball for her however control on the greens was issue.

    Surprisingly its turned out that the best performing ball for her was Titlesit DT TruSoft. Not quite as long as the Supersoft but close enough however it spins so much better from 50 metres in.

    We played 18 holes yesterday and for the first 9 holes she used the DT TruSoft up against the ERC. With the driver the ERC was consistently 7 to 12 metres shorter than the Titleist.

    Quite surprising considering what I had read.

    Results may vary with different players of course, but actually I was quite shocked given Callaway's hype.





    Edit: corrected. My bad. I should really check before I post. Sorry about that!


    Thought I should update this earlier post of mine.

    I played a round this week with a fellow PGA senior tour pro (Australia) who I've played a lot of golf with and was surprised when he teed it up with an ERC soft.

    I've got to say the ball was impressive. He remarked that it really wasn't much different for him than his usual ball the Chrome Soft.

    We are usually pretty close distance wise from the tee and he was consistently 15 to 20 yards longer than me which I was not very impressed with! Pissed off would be a better description. I am using the Bridgestone XS which for me is just slightly shorter than a Chrome Soft. I actually moved from the Chrome Soft to the Bridgestone XS because of consistency. I've found that occasionally you can get a dud Chrome soft.

    Back to the ERC, the ball was certainly long for him and it sat down as good as a Chrome Soft which quite surprised me. The ERC surprised me enough that I grabbed a couple of sleeves from the shop after the round.




    Report back for sure.

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  • tjeffoctjeffoc Members Posts: 37
    tjeffoc wrote:
    Played the ERC last weekend for the first time and putted lights out with the triple track. Only hit 9 greens, but 25 putts and made a couple over 20 feet. Felt confident in the line and only had to focus on speed.



    As far as distance goes, this ball is a little over a club longer in the irons than the ‘19 V1X I’ve been playing, which I felt like had too much spin and was fluttering at times. Spin around the greens is better than I expected, but not great.



    Look forward to Cally making these lines available on more balls soon. If it isn’t for you that’s fine, but it definitely works for me.




    Played the ERC side by side with the V1x and the AVX the other day. Every bit as long with irons as the AVX, with more consistent distance and much more spin around the greens. Felt like the AVX was out of control on pitch shots and was able to get much better control without having to alter trajectory with the ERC. Certainly doesn’t spin as much as the V1x, but I’m giving that up to gain a full club of distance off the irons.



    Not here to say whether they are a value at $44/dozen, but my experience has been very good.
  • caniac6caniac6 Members Posts: 2,660 ✭✭
    Played with the ERC soft today. Never been a fan of Callaway balls, but I liked this one. Felt very good off the irons, and stopped well on the greens.
  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members Posts: 6,989 ✭✭
    erock9174 wrote:

    ashortgame wrote:

    ashortgame wrote:


    After reading the ERC was Callaway's longest ball and low compression I got a sleeve for my wife to test.

    She is distance challenged but has an extremely tidy short game. We've tried most balls for her and she had been using Callaway Super Softs which was a decent enough ball for her however control on the greens was issue.

    Surprisingly its turned out that the best performing ball for her was Titlesit DT TruSoft. Not quite as long as the Supersoft but close enough however it spins so much better from 50 metres in.

    We played 18 holes yesterday and for the first 9 holes she used the DT TruSoft up against the ERC. With the driver the ERC was consistently 7 to 12 metres shorter than the Titleist.

    Quite surprising considering what I had read.

    Results may vary with different players of course, but actually I was quite shocked given Callaway's hype.





    Edit: corrected. My bad. I should really check before I post. Sorry about that!


    Thought I should update this earlier post of mine.

    I played a round this week with a fellow PGA senior tour pro (Australia) who I've played a lot of golf with and was surprised when he teed it up with an ERC soft.

    I've got to say the ball was impressive. He remarked that it really wasn't much different for him than his usual ball the Chrome Soft.

    We are usually pretty close distance wise from the tee and he was consistently 15 to 20 yards longer than me which I was not very impressed with! Pissed off would be a better description. I am using the Bridgestone XS which for me is just slightly shorter than a Chrome Soft. I actually moved from the Chrome Soft to the Bridgestone XS because of consistency. I've found that occasionally you can get a dud Chrome soft.

    Back to the ERC, the ball was certainly long for him and it sat down as good as a Chrome Soft which quite surprised me. The ERC surprised me enough that I grabbed a couple of sleeves from the shop after the round.




    Report back for sure.




    Read my review above! ;-)

    Launches high, cuts through wind, bites on shots into and around the green



    I've played AVX, Srixon Q star tour, chrome soft , B'stone XS/RXS .....most complete ball of the lot for an average swing speed player....
  • Popeye64Popeye64 Posts: 871 ✭✭
    edited Feb 28, 2019 8:59pm #102
    I have played this for the past few days on the simulator. First off I love the feel of the ball. From driver to wedge for me the feel is just right. The ball flys higher than my gamer TP5x and seems to be quite a bit straighter. Iron distance has been very consistent and while its only in a sim it has played very well for me. On the indoor putting green I like using the TT. I'm short putt challenged at times and I think this will go a long way to at least making sure I'm lined up. 8bee8efad5feb2f4598023e031a375f1.jpg
  • ginringinrin Posts: 95 ✭✭
    Thats a nice looking putter, what brand is it?
  • Popeye64Popeye64 Posts: 871 ✭✭
    That's the new Maltby Moment XI Tour. Milled aluminum with stainless steel weighting. The Orange is anodized. $99 for the kit including the grip. I love this putter. Solid feel, wicked easy to align and look great. They have four versions of this style. This one is a bit smaller than the others.
    ginrin wrote:
    Thats a nice looking putter, what brand is it?
  • WilburmanWilburman Members Posts: 40 ✭✭
    deepred wrote:


    If it is a Callaway it is probably a direct copy of some other companies ball.




    ^^^^

    ????

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  • jjfcpajjfcpa Posts: 320 ✭✭
    Played 9 holes today as a practice round. I wanted to test the ERC against my gamer, Bridgestone Tour B RX. I was really disappointed in it.



    Driver - Only once did the ERC go further than the RX and it was a toe hit with the RX. I was not impressed.



    Pitching - I didn't not see any real difference between the ERC and the RX. I felt the RX was more predictable on the way it was going to react when hitting the green.



    Irons - No real difference and the RX seems to be marginally longer.



    I saw nothing to make me consider the ERC over the RX.
  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members Posts: 6,989 ✭✭
    jjfcpa wrote:


    Played 9 holes today as a practice round. I wanted to test the ERC against my gamer, Bridgestone Tour B RX. I was really disappointed in it.



    Driver - Only once did the ERC go further than the RX and it was a toe hit with the RX. I was not impressed.



    Pitching - I didn't not see any real difference between the ERC and the RX. I felt the RX was more predictable on the way it was going to react when hitting the green.



    Irons - No real difference and the RX seems to be marginally longer.



    I saw nothing to make me consider the ERC over the RX.




    Have you tried the Srixon Q star tour?
  • jjfcpajjfcpa Posts: 320 ✭✭
    SwooshLT wrote:

    jjfcpa wrote:


    Played 9 holes today as a practice round. I wanted to test the ERC against my gamer, Bridgestone Tour B RX. I was really disappointed in it.



    Driver - Only once did the ERC go further than the RX and it was a toe hit with the RX. I was not impressed.



    Pitching - I didn't not see any real difference between the ERC and the RX. I felt the RX was more predictable on the way it was going to react when hitting the green.



    Irons - No real difference and the RX seems to be marginally longer.



    I saw nothing to make me consider the ERC over the RX.




    Have you tried the Srixon Q star tour?




    Yes, I have in the past and liked it, bu it did not give me the same distance I was getting from the RX.
  • larciellarciel I play for eagle Members Posts: 2,202 ✭✭
    Tried ERC in yellow. felt pretty hard and nothing special.
  • elwhippyelwhippy Members Posts: 3,076 ✭✭
    Our local store has them at the same price as Chrome Soft...not sure they will shift many at £35 / $47 a dozen for a non urethane ball.
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,616 ClubWRX
    18 today. I did notice several shots around the green running out more than I expected. Of course it wasn’t til I was at home that it dawned on me that could be part of it.
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  • deepreddeepred Members Posts: 221 ✭✭
    Wilburman wrote:

    deepred wrote:


    If it is a Callaway it is probably a direct copy of some other companies ball.




    ^^^^

    ????

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    Other than some changes to the dimple pattern the Callaway Supersoft is a Wilson Duo
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  • deepreddeepred Members Posts: 221 ✭✭
    edited Mar 12, 2019 9:21pm #113
    Can anyone compare this ball to the Diablo Tour ball that is about half the price?
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  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members Posts: 6,989 ✭✭
    jjfcpa wrote:

    SwooshLT wrote:

    jjfcpa wrote:


    Played 9 holes today as a practice round. I wanted to test the ERC against my gamer, Bridgestone Tour B RX. I was really disappointed in it.



    Driver - Only once did the ERC go further than the RX and it was a toe hit with the RX. I was not impressed.



    Pitching - I didn't not see any real difference between the ERC and the RX. I felt the RX was more predictable on the way it was going to react when hitting the green.



    Irons - No real difference and the RX seems to be marginally longer.



    I saw nothing to make me consider the ERC over the RX.




    Have you tried the Srixon Q star tour?




    Yes, I have in the past and liked it, bu it did not give me the same distance I was getting from the RX.




    But RX doesn't perform around the greens as well....#tradeoff
  • AmazinBlueAmazinBlue Members Posts: 1,104 ✭✭
    I just received 3 doz ERC Soft and have putted extensively indoors (2 feet of snow in northern Michigan) and the ball feels and sounds great. Not sure about the low spin I may get off of irons as I plan to play the Rogue Pro this season. I am a believer in choosing a ball starting on the green and working back to the tee.
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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,616 ClubWRX
    They are certainly not as durable as my Snell Red. Two 18 hole rounds and the ball is looking shag bag ready.
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  • jjfcpajjfcpa Posts: 320 ✭✭

    I played 9 holes with the ERC exclusively a couple days ago. I was all but convinced that this was going to be my gamer after hitting a few shots with it a week ago while playing. But after using it exclusively, I'm no longer convinced. Just didn't like the feedback that I was getting off the driver or long irons. Seemed to check up ok on the green and putting was ok, but while it was as long as my gamer (Snell MTB Black), just didn't give me a lot of feedback like the Snell does.
    I also found the lines distracting when teeing up or hitting from the fairway. I don't use lines to line up my putts so I would turn the ball over so the lines weren't facing. I think the MTB Black gives me better results when putting... could be that the MTB just responds better off my putter (on this particular day I was using a Scotty Cameron Newport 2). Sound was very muted.
    I'm going back to the MTB Black because it's the best all-round ball that I have ever played. My top five are as follows:

    Snell MTB Black
    Bridgestone Tour B RX
    Callaway Chromesoft
    Titleist ProV
    Callaway ERC

  • MahamiltoMahamilto NYCMembers Posts: 1,853 ✭✭

    I keep hearing people saying the ERC soft has as much short game spin as the AVX...

    I play the AVX, and while it certainly doesn't have the grab of the ProV1 inside of 20yards, it spins pretty well and has a urethane cover, which the ERC does not. Typically, no urethane = no serious spin.

    Can anyone actually substantiate these claims that the ERC Soft is outspinning the AVX around the greens (IE inside of 20yards), or are we just going off what we see?

    Anybody put this thing on a trackman or LM with the touch shots?

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  • The Real PacmanThe Real Pacman Members Posts: 77 ✭✭

    This has quickly become my new ball of choice. Great feel, exceptional distance, and has me putting like I did a few years ago when I was lining everything up with a sharpie line on my ball.

  • SimpSimp Members Posts: 2,908 ✭✭

    I played the ERC soft for a couple of holes in fairly high wind today here in Texas. Off the tee it was fine but I hit two shots with it that really turned me off to the ball. 170 yard crosswind shot that started on a great line for a fade into the green but at the top of its trajectory the ball took a really hard right hand turn and missed the green completely. The second shot was a short wedge shot of about 100 yards that was also blown off line at the top of its trajectory. No bueno.

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  • mattdubyamattdubya Members Posts: 90 ✭✭

    i played with them here yesterday and was pretty happy with it. i really liked the alignment lines...it really just reinforced in my mind to try to get it right.

    as for the ball itself. i thought it felt pretty nice, maybe not as nice as an avx which i only played a sleeve or two or last year.

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