Ok, I had to try them. Callaway’s latest golf ball with, what can only be described as a soccer ball design, in of all colors, red. Well, as a 50 something golfer my first thought was, oh boy another marketing gimmick. But the folks at Callaway, say they have solid research on their side that shows the Callaway Chrome Soft with Truvis Technology increases visibility of the golf ball.
As you can see from the photo above, they are indeed visible and a real conversation piece among my playing companions. But how do the Callaway Chrome Soft with Truvis Technology balls perform? I have to say, I really like them over all. Probably no surprise to any of you who have seen my past reviews of the Chrome Soft ball, but I do find that the design does help visibility, especially with my driver.
Stands to reason if you think about it. Most golfers mark their ball in some way that not only differentiates your golf ball from others, but also as an aid to alignment, and targeting. I for example, usually add two dots on either end of the ball’s alignment mark, most balls have these lines now, and a dot under the Callaway logo. I use the two dots to help with putting alignment and try to see the dots rolling over each other when I put, to tell if I have hit it true. The dot under the logo is often used as a target dot to aim at with a driver off the tee. The Truvis ball takes care of all of this by giving you, one a very distinctive ball so you know that one is yours, and the pattern makes it really easy to align puts and see if they are rolling true. The ball still has a putting alignment mark, but I found that on every ball there is an area in the pattern that when you put it rolls only the white part of the ball in the center and the patterns on the outside. Hard to describe, but it creates a clean white stripe as the ball rolls, if you hit is true, and you can really see if wobble if you don’t, nice! With the driver, I could line up one of the red patterns in the perfect area on the ball I wanted to hit, and the result was one of my best driving days all summer. Since I only played one round with the Truvis balls, it might take a little more time to get used to them with my irons, but I had a great driving day, and a not so good day with irons, that happens with white golf balls, so the jury is still out on irons.
Under the markings, the ball itself is really good, and if you haven’t tried the Callaway Chrome Soft yet, maybe the Truvis will be just the “gimmick” that gets you to try a sleeve. Still one of my all-time favorite golf balls!