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Review: Callaway Superhot 70 Golf Ball

Callaway Superhot 70 Golf Ball Review

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Who is this golf ball for?

The Callaway Superhot 70 golf ball is one of the best golf balls on the market for players looking for distance. This golf ball is designed for super low compression and will fly high and far.  This is one of the best golf balls for slower and lower trajectory swing speeds.  However, due to its 3 piece design, is also meant to provide some reaction on the greens.  But don’t kid yourself, this ball is meant for distance.  If you’re in the market for spin, then check out the Srixon Q star.  Unlike other golf balls out there, the Callaway Superhot 70 comes in a box of 15 as opposed to 12.  Honestly, we’re not really sure why Callaway is offering 3 additional golf balls. But at least its a confusing way to get more bang for your buck.  Let’s get into the specifics.

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High ball flight and lots of distance:

To start, let’s examine why the Callaway Superhot 70 is one of the best golf balls for distance. This golf ball is focused on providing golfers with a high ball flight off of the tee.  Although you never want to hit the golf ball too high, a high trajectory is key to distance.  Low ball flight prevents the ball from reaching an optimum trajectory, which sacrifices valuable yards.  This golf ball’s low compression core, ionomer cover, and spin reducing mantle making it long off of the tee.

The Callaway Superhot 70 golf ball is a three piece golf ball designed to reduce spin on longer clubs and rocket off of the clubface.  Although there is more to optimum ball flight than the ball you play (driver shaft and loft is huge), it is still important.  Countless golfers hit low trajectory shots and wonder why the ball never stays on the green.  This golf ball is designed to help to solve this problem.

Why this golf ball flies so high:

A key characteristic that separates Callaway golf balls from other companies is the hexagonal dimple pattern used on its golf balls (more below).  In addition to this key characteristic, the compression level of the golf stands out.  These two characteristics together make the golf ball fly farther, straighter, and higher.  A pretty good combination.

The cover/shell –

According to Callaway, the hexagonal pattern on its golf balls reduces drag on the golf ball allowing it to fly higher and further.  This is because the hexagonal pattern reduces the amount of space on the golf ball’s out layer covered by flat surfaces.  Flat surfaces increase drag when golf balls are flying though the air, so the few flat surfaces the less drag.  In addition to the hexagonal design, the cover of the Callaway Superhot 70 is made with Ionomer.  Ionomer is a harder more durable cover that is great for distance, but not that great for spin.  This means longer and straighter drives, but less reaction on the greens.

The core –

The core of the Callawy Superhot 70 is one of the lowest compression core’s in the game.  Its compression rating of 70 means that the golf ball is harder than most of the tour quality golf balls.  Low compression golf balls are meant for slow swing speeds due to the efficient energy transfer produced when the club impacts the ball.  The Callaway Superhot 70 is a higher compression than the previous version of the golf ball (Callaway Superhot 55), but is still much lower than other balls.  While it’s not the highest spinning golf ball out there, it will certainly produce more distance.

Mantle –

 The mantle of the Callaway Superhot 70 golf ball is meant to reduce spin off of the tee and with long irons.  The hexagonal cover of the golf ball (mentioned above) gives the ball excellent workability which is what produces this golf ball’s exceptionally high ball flight.  However, this high spin can cause dramatic slices and hooks for amateur golfers.  To counteract this effect, Callaway added a mantle to the Superhot 70 to reduce some of the spin.

Is this the best golf ball for you?

The Callaway Superhot 70 is a top contender when choosing amongst the best golf balls for distance.  Remember, it is by no means a golf ball that will spin a lot around greens.  But if you’re looking for a soft golf ball that will go long, this is the best golf ball for you.

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9 thoughts on “Review: Callaway Superhot 70 Golf Ball”

  1. Like every other golfer out there, I always looking for distance along with a good putting ball. I GOT MY FIRST 15 Superhot 70’s at the end of July 1917. WOW, my drives ( driver and 3 WOOD) are all between 30 and 50 yards further. I’m age 70 so I guess these balls were made for me. I in the fairway 80-90 percent and with the Chrome soft my drives were around 190 – 210 yards. NOW WITH THE SUPERHOT 70’s in the 230+ range. And my putting average is 26 to 29 putts per round.

  2. Question. The pro shop at my club is no longer carrying the Superhot 70. I was told it was discontinued. What ball can I purchase with the same flight, feel and distance characteristics?

    1. Thanks for the question, Will. The Callaway Superhot 70 is a great ball. Despite your pro shop’s decision to stop carrying this golf ball, if you really like playing it you can still get them through amazon by clicking one of our green links in the post. They lead you right to the 2017 version of this golf ball. Alternatively, if you find yourself poking around your golf shop before a round and they don’t carry the Superhot, try out a sleeve of Titleist Velocity golf balls. They’ll be a little bit harder than the Superhot (less compression due to the two layer construct, shell, and core size/type) but they’ll fly just as far. However, these tend to run out and won’t bite as much as the Superhot. If you don’t want to give up distance, but really like bite around the greens, check out the Srixon Q-Star tour. I play these golf balls. They’re affordable three layer golf balls that offer great distance for swing speeds less than 105 mph (like mine) and have great spin characteristics due to their three piece construction. Let me know what you end up doing and, more importantly, go low out there!

  3. I switched to the SH70 ball late this summer.. Scores haven’t changed and I like the ball flight compared to the Chromesofts I’ve been using.. I also have begun using the Erixon TriSpeed Tour again and find it very similar to the SH70 in terms of trajectory and spin. I carry both, one in white the other in optic yellow to change things up.

    I’m thinking the discontinued TriSpeed Tour (Ionomer Cover), has morphed into the Q Star Tour (w/ Urethane Cover). I love the TriSpeeds and hope the new Q Star Tour will be equally satisfying – once I run out of TriSpeeds!

  4. Don’t understand. ” SH 70 is harder than most tour quality balls.” ??? Thought most tour quality balls were firmer and thus, higher compression, like 90+.

    1. Hi Moe – Great question. The “feel” of the golf ball comes from a combination of the cover and the core/mantle of a golf ball. The SH70 feels harder because it has an ionomer cover which is a much harder material than urethane (or even suryln), which you find on tour quality golf balls. Some people love the harder feel of this durable golf ball while others prefer a softer feel. It really depends on personal preference. Compression of a golf ball has to due with compressing the golf ball’s core. This golf ball has a compression rating of 70 which means that it will compress even with low swing speeds, but the transfer of energy to the golf ball with be efficient and will “pop” off the clubface due to the hard ionomer cover. Hope this helps!

  5. I have seen the Callaway SuperHot Bold in some pro shops this summer. I can’t seem to find out whether it;s same as the 70 or the SuperHot 55, Also what differences ate there in the SuperHot 55 & 70?



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