Callaway CXR Control Review [Soft Feel?]

We all want to be able to hit the ball the farthest, however, a lot of the time in golf, being able to control your golf ball is the key to success.

Callaway golf balls are some of the best and most popular options on the market. From budget balls to more premium balls used by tour players.

In this review, we’ll have a look at the Callaway CXR Control golf balls to see if it lives up to its name and whether it’s much different to the cheaper Callaway CXR Power balls.

Callaway CXR Control Golf Ball Reviews

Callaway CXR Control

The Callaway CXR Control golf ball is designed with a 3-piece core, using a soft Ionomer cover with the aim of creating greater control, but not sacrificing distance.

These Callaway balls feature the HEX Aerodynamics, aimed at limiting any drag on the ball in the air and creating a more penetrating ball flight.

The ball’s compression helps create fast ball speed off the clubface and limits driver spin.

For a pack of 12 golf balls, the price comes in at around £15, just over £1 a ball.

Our Verdict

When I found these and saw the price, I knew I had to get them out onto the golf course for a test.

As the name suggests, they’re sold as having great short-game control and increased spin around the green.

To start with, the ball isn’t soft. Despite the 3-piece core, it does feel firm off the face, which certainly isn’t a bad thing as it means that good distance is still possible.

The feel when you hit these balls does take some time to get used to, especially if you’re used to using more premium golf balls with softer covers.

With good contact, the ball flight is slightly higher than I’m used to. The higher flight can definitely be a good thing for golfers that struggle to get the ball in the air, but also the increased trajectory will help golfers stop the ball more quickly on the greens.

Around the greens, the greenside control is what I would expect from a ball of the price. It jumps off the face and doesn’t feel overly different to the CXR Power, which is just a 2-piece ball.

Short chips are difficult to judge as the ball lacks the soft feel I like to see on these sorts of shots.

Having said that, once you understand how the ball reacts off the face, it can offer some good control on shorter shots, just don’t expect to be gaining much backspin.

Durability-wise, the ball does hold up pretty well while out on the golf course. The Ionomer cover does mean that the ball won’t scratch up too quickly if you hit a few thin’s or catch one off the cart path.

Overall, for the price these golf balls are pretty good. For me, they took a little getting used to and I don’t think I’ll be adding them to my equipment lineup for this season.

They won’t offer a fantastic feel, but they are a little softer than the CXR Power and you don’t really lose out on any distance.

For the price, I think they could be a good choice for beginner golfers or if you struggle to end the round with the same golf ball, but don’t be fooled into thinking that these golf balls can offer any more than a basic level of control.

Final Thoughts

That’s it for our look at the CXR Control Callaway golf balls. The CXR Control could be a good choice for your game this year and won’t have to fork out too much money each time.

Check out our review of the Callaway Warbird and Hex Tour Soft.

Ed Welton

Founder, Editor

Ed is the founder and editor at EEE Golf. He’s been playing golf for over 20 years, competing in many top amateur events. He’s played courses all over the world and played with some of the best players in the game. His aim is to help educate people about the game of golf and give insights into the sport he loves most.

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