Ball Lab: 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS
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Ball Lab: 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS

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Ball Lab: 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS

MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of the golf balls on the market to help you find the best ball for your money. Today, we’re taking a look at the 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS. To learn more about our test process, how we define “bad” balls, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

About the Callaway Chrome Soft X LS

2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X golf balls being measured inside the MyGolfSpy Ball Lab

The Chrome Soft X LS is the newest member of the Callaway Chrome Soft family. The original launched in early 2021 and then was updated alongside the standard Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X LS earlier this year.

It’s billed a low-spin offering and, while there’s often some wiggle in those descriptions, golfers should expect it to spin less than the standard Chrome Soft X.

Callaway Chrome Soft X LS Construction

The Chrome Soft X LS is a four-piece offering. Like the CSX, it’s a dual-mantle (as opposed to dual-core) design. Like other Chrome Soft offerings, it features a 332-hex dimple cover. While the count is the same, Callaway says it alters the geometry of the dimple on each cover to provide an optimized trajectory for each model.

The Chrome Soft X LS is made alongside other Callaway Chrome Soft balls at the company’s Chicopee, Mass., factory.

Compression

A Callaway Chrome Soft X LS golf ball going through compression testing

On our gauge, the 2022 Chrome Soft X LS has an average compression of 94. That’s five points softer than the previous model and effectively identical to the standard Chrome Soft X. The inference here is that target compressions for the X and X LS are identical. That Callaway is hitting that target repeatedly is also notable.

Across the market as a whole, it qualifies as a firm golf ball (which is kind of the opposite of “soft”). What’s in a name, right?

Diameter and Weight

A 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS golf ball being weighed

While the standard Chrome Soft runs small, the Chrome Soft X LS is a solidly average-sized ball. Callaway doesn’t appear to be flirting with the USGA rules so it’s no particular surprise that none of the balls failed to meet the USGA’s minimum diameter requirements.

With respect to weight, we have found the occasional overweight Callaway ball in the past. With our Chrome Soft X LS sample, we found no issues. Despite being heavy relative to the market average, all of the balls conformed to the USGA weight requirements.

Inspection

Centeredness and Concentricity

Precision Technology is the rallying cry inside the Callaway ball plant this year and it most directly applies to layer concentricity and what Callaway calls “concentricity offsets.”

Bear that in mind when I tell you that the concentricity within our Chrome Soft X LS sample is the best we’ve seen to date. Absolutely nothing of any concern was noted. I should also mention that instances of the outer mantle bleeding into the inner mantle were few in number and minor in severity.

Core Consistency

The core of a 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS inside a precision diameter/ring gauge.

Core consistency and color were consistent throughout the sample.

Cover

No notable cover issues were found.

Callaway Chrome Soft X LS – Consistency

In this section, we detail the consistency of the 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS. Our consistency metrics provide a measure of how similar the balls in our sample were to one another relative to all of the models we’ve tested to date.

a chart showing the consistency of the 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS

Weight Consistency

  • Weight consistency for the Callaway Chrome Soft X LS falls within the Good range.
  • You’d be hard-pressed to say that any one box was more or less consistent than the other two.
  • Across the market as a whole, the CSX LS is heavier than average which likely benefits performance.

Diameter Consistency

  • Diameter consistency for the 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X LS falls within the Average range.
  • The size of the balls falls within the Average range relative to the market as a whole.

Compression Consistency

  • Compression consistency falls within the Good range.
  • Box 1 was slightly softer while Box 3 was a touch firmer but the sample was very consistent ooverall.
  • The compression delta across the entire sample was 7.5 which is also above average.

True Price

True Price is how we quantify the quality of a golf ball. It's a projection of what you'd have to spend to ensure you get 12 good balls.

The True Price will always be equal to or greater than the retail price. The greater the difference between the retail price and the True Price, the more you should be concerned about the quality of the ball.

Callaway Chrome Soft X – Summary

To learn more about our test process, how we define “bad” balls and our True Price metric, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

The Chrome Soft X LS is the best ball we’ve tested from Callaway to date. Given that it’s produced at the same factory as the other Chrome Soft offerings, it’s reasonable to believe that Callaway has turned the corner. High scores may be the norm moving forward.

The Good

  • Compression and weight consistency above average
  • Diameter consistency is squarely within the average range
  • No layer/concentricity issues to speak of

The Bad

  • Nothing of consequence

At the time of review, the 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X receives a Ball Lab score of 89. That’s significantly higher than the average score of 74.

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      Stephen

      2 years ago

      Who would you recommend this ball for?

      Reply

      Tim

      2 years ago

      Finally!!! Callaway hits a homerun……i really like the CS lineup and next to Titleist, its the best performing group of premium balls ive ever tried.

      ……that being said, we need the left Dot in the lab and we need it tested agaist other balls…….its the unicorn

      Reply

      I believe the 2022 xls is worth trying by those that want more length, while staying in bounds,

      2 years ago

      The 2022 xls does not make it easy to work it right to left or left to right. It flies long, straight, and rolls out good. I do not spin the ball a great amount, but a 6 iron may roll out 5 to 10 feet. I am 66 years old, I can live with that. Thanks for the informative platform

      Reply

      Jordan

      2 years ago

      I’m a medium spin, 106 SS, 6hcp player… been playing bx and prov1 all summer… did the ball fitting website and it threw me in the LS. It said I’d get 4 yards more off the tee, significantly more spin around the greens (they had LS a 85 of 100 on green side spin) whereas bx and prov1 were in the 25/100 range plus I’d do much better in the wind.

      Everything was true when I switched (I HATED last years LS, this one is better) and the only ball i like in comparison is the left dot. After buying 2 dozen, it’s been too hard or too high priced to purchase more. LS is a firmer ball than left dot but similar to BX. I prefer it but I do prefer a firmer ball in general.

      Glad to hear the ball lab says it’s a consistent ball too.. thanks!!!

      Reply

      Bill

      2 years ago

      Good review. I’m chomping at the bit waiting for Srixon Z Star and Q Star Tour Ball Lab reports

      Reply

      JB

      2 years ago

      to be honest I can’t tell the difference of hardly any ball except between covers such as as urethane and suryln. I shot in the 70s recently playing a cheap Wilson zip golf ball, bent grass greans, $24 for 2 dozen. And I’ve shot in the high 80s with a Pro V-1, and visa versa.
      I do like a softer covers for greens like Bermuda and faster harder surfaces but generally it really doesn’t matter to me. I can stink it up with pretty much any brand.

      Reply

      Mike

      2 years ago

      I sort of agree w/ you in that the only real & obvious differences I can see in balls is between those with a urethane & a surlyn cover. My preference has become a urethane ball but not a higher spinning one. On MGS I learned that the TP5 spins more than a Pro V1. So I don’t play the TP5’s now. I’ve had some injuries over the past 2 seasons so I’ve been able to practice a lot of short game but not full swings. I’ve grown accustomed to the feel & runout of urethane balls now, so if I play a surlyn balls I find that they tend to run out too much for me.

      Reply

      Jim

      2 years ago

      This smells like an advertisement for Callaway.

      Reply

      Hopp

      2 years ago

      First time ever reading an MGS ball lab review? No different than any other brand review but hey, RIF.

      Reply

      MyGolfSpy

      2 years ago

      Jim,

      Not sure if you are aware, you might not be. But, our Ball Labs uncovered the original issues they had with the Chrome Soft cores. They have spent over $50+ million dollars to fix that problem and others that we helped bring to consumers attention. You didn’t see and most likely never will see a Golf Digest or Golf.com exposing that type of issue and putting the #ConsumerFirst. So, all I ask is that before you begin making baseless accusations do your research on who the hell you are talking to. We are here for you NOT them. Facts. – Adam

      Reply

      Richard

      2 years ago

      Got ’em!

      Scott

      12 months ago

      Jim messed up there. I have been reading MGS ball reviews for years and they are who enlightened me about the chrome soft issue a few years back. Kind of the similar issue for Srixon Q Star Tour a bit back too I believe.

      Jack

      2 years ago

      Played the Chrome Soft X LS on the front 9 before I tried the X. Drives were literally pounded. It made a significant difference in my driving distance as well as fairways hit (most likely due to lower spin). I did notice that my balls weren’t sticking on the greens. On the back 9 I switched to the X, I noticed my shots actually spinning back 3 to 4 feet again after impact. Chips were sticking close and my short game was much better. I loved the X LS from tee to green but didn’t like its ability to sit down. I’ll probably stick with the Chrome Soft X for clubhouse tournament play but I’ll give the LS another try when I’m playing for fun.

      Reply

      MarkM

      2 years ago

      I’ve liked the LS balls I’ve found and played with in the past.
      And I’m glad to see the continued lessening of quality issues in Callaway balls across their ball range. Keep going Callaway, let’s see you get up there with the big boy.

      Reply

      Hopp

      2 years ago

      This is definitely my go to ball, I am not sure what it is with the Chrome Soft X LS, but it just seems to fit me and I am a medium speed swing player based on what MGS has posted in the past.

      All of my longest drives have come with this ball. I first discovered it last year when I found one, I thought it would be hard as a rock and never work for me. I teed it up on the 10th hole of the course I was playing and promptly hit the longest drive on that hole that I had ever hit. It conti nued on for 4 more holes including a par 3 where I hit it past the pin and spun it back, and I am not a high spin player with my wedges.. On the 5th hole I blocked it out right up into some rocks and mountains and wasn’t going to look for it. The next day I bought a dozen and continued playing them. I have played both versions and haven’t noticed a ton of difference in either one..

      Reply

      scott

      2 years ago

      I’ve played the LS ball, it felt similar to the TP5x . With out testing all high end spin balls feel the same to me. . In summer when the greens firm and fast playing a spin ball is a must. but to rate one over the other I can’t tell.

      Reply

      Charles

      2 years ago

      Love the honesty in that answer.

      Reply

      Erik

      2 years ago

      What type of player is this ball good for?

      Reply

      Chris

      2 years ago

      anyone willing to spend $50 a dozen on golf balls I’d say!

      Reply

      James C

      2 years ago

      They made it for Xander Schauffele. It’s similar to ProV1X left dash. Generally for high speed/high spin players.

      Reply

      Tucker

      2 years ago

      I think it depends on the conditions, but later in the year, Xander was playing the CSX.

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