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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil75070 View Post
    Apparently Phil Mickelson believes in the Triple Track Technology as he has had Callaway put those lines on his Chrome Soft X. From what I have watched this week he is putting pretty darn good!
    I saw Phil's ball yesterday and thought he was playing the ERC. It looks weird to me but if it helps me make putts and is longer than CS, I'm in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB View Post
    I saw Phil's ball yesterday and thought he was playing the ERC. It looks weird to me but if it helps me make putts and is longer than CS, I'm in.
    Phil isnít playing ERC. Heís playing CSx with triple track.

    I think it deserves a try out, the triple track lines definitely seemed to help me when I used them, but itís not something I normally use, so I need to do some more testing with the lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jman View Post
    Yep, Iím sure that means we will see them on other Callaway balls soon enough. Would def get me more interested I think.
    I thought about this watching Phil play this week.
    On one hand it may validate the alignment aid works. But wouldnít that mean a selling point and differentiator for the ERC? If they add it to the other balls that could take away sales from the ERC. They havenít added TruVis to their other lines.

    Also keep in mind that adding the lines to their other ball lines means more skuís. They may or may not want that from a manufacturing and marketing perspective.

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    Got to put erc soft in play yesterday on extremely soft greens and while that did affect spin it did let me go at pins without hesitation and I enjoyed my time with the ball.


    Launch was great compared to the gamer ball (ProV1)Iíve been using. Didnít notice any negatives off the driver other than sound but thatís to be expected given the differences in materials used.

    Feel was were this ball shined. A lot was said about the cover make up. Personally I like the little bit harder feel coming from a premium ball to this. Let me know contact area at impact as well provided good auditory feedback based on compression at impact as well.

    I used a lot of wedges with this ball yesterday and the durability is outstanding. No shredding or pitting from any of the full swing shots with MD4 wedges at all.


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    I've been thinking about this ball a lot.

    Last summer I did a shoulder tap ball testing for a bunch of balls. The one ball that surprised me most was a hard distance ball. I think I said something like 'I don't spin the ball anyways and the extra distance really helps my game'. Apply that to the ERC...as I inch into my early/mid 50's extra distance definitely matters. I get that with the ERC and don't have to give up feel. It is kind of silly sometimes, but it is easy to overlook things. The ERC is long AND soft. I can see this ball being my regular gamer, with the CS on hand for those rare instances where I know I am going to be playing especially firm/fast greens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erock9174 View Post
    I thought about this watching Phil play this week.
    On one hand it may validate the alignment aid works. But wouldnít that mean a selling point and differentiator for the ERC? If they add it to the other balls that could take away sales from the ERC. They havenít added TruVis to their other lines.

    Also keep in mind that adding the lines to their other ball lines means more skuís. They may or may not want that from a manufacturing and marketing perspective.
    Oh I didnít say I thought we would see it soon, just eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erock9174 View Post
    I thought about this watching Phil play this week.
    On one hand it may validate the alignment aid works. But wouldn’t that mean a selling point and differentiator for the ERC? If they add it to the other balls that could take away sales from the ERC. They haven’t added TruVis to their other lines.

    Also keep in mind that adding the lines to their other ball lines means more sku’s. They may or may not want that from a manufacturing and marketing perspective.
    Some valid points, but I think it being Callaway's longest ball, and the high launch without sacrificing much in the way of spin might be enough of a differentiation, not even taking price into account. I'm curious if this will eat into the CS sales as it is. At this point I'm probably going to switch from the CS to the ERC as my everyday gamer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erock9174 View Post
    I thought about this watching Phil play this week.
    On one hand it may validate the alignment aid works. But wouldn’t that mean a selling point and differentiator for the ERC? If they add it to the other balls that could take away sales from the ERC. They haven’t added TruVis to their other lines.

    Also keep in mind that adding the lines to their other ball lines means more sku’s. They may or may not want that from a manufacturing and marketing perspective.
    At the same time, someone who plays the CSX exclusively is not likely to switch to the ball (assuming it's a good fit for them). They've already got 3, sometimes 4 colors of Truvis, and they seem to be doing OK with that in terms of SKUs/manufacturing/etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alez367 View Post




    Got to put erc soft in play yesterday on extremely soft greens and while that did affect spin it did let me go at pins without hesitation and I enjoyed my time with the ball.


    Launch was great compared to the gamer ball (ProV1)Iíve been using. Didnít notice any negatives off the driver other than sound but thatís to be expected given the differences in materials used.

    Feel was were this ball shined. A lot was said about the cover make up. Personally I like the little bit harder feel coming from a premium ball to this. Let me know contact area at impact as well provided good auditory feedback based on compression at impact as well.

    I used a lot of wedges with this ball yesterday and the durability is outstanding. No shredding or pitting from any of the full swing shots with MD4 wedges at all.


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    Great shots and loved the feedback. I think anyone who plays a firmer ball like will definitely notice the difference in feel. Several of us saw the same things you did in terms of launch and also spin into greens. It's not going to spin like a tour ball, but it definitely spins. It's a great option for lots of golfers.
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    I don't think I could get use to the alignment lines.

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    I was curious about what the ERC might offer so I signed up on the Callaway community and was selected to test. I received a sleeve last Monday and promptly started putting and chipping around the house. I found the ERC to feel/play almost the same as the Super Soft (my normal winter ball) and the Chrome Soft with the putter but noticed a difference with chipping. The ERC felt a bit "clicky" I was able to take the ERC out to the course over the weekend and confirmed this ball can fly. Soft course, 52 degrees and overcast but I was carrying the ball close to normal targets. Approach shots felt great, the ball flight did seem a bit higher but it was very easy to get dialed in and play nice controlled shots. The difference I felt while pitching around the house did carry over to the course, 30 yards in, the chips and pitches were tough to judge, if I caught the ball a bit thin it would jump much more than the SS or CS, if in normal contact area of the face the ball would pop up and fall much shorter than SS or CS. I think some of the issue could be course condition but the difference seemed worth noting.

    My one thing that stands out about the ERC is the Triple Track. I have moved away from drawing lines on the ball and using it for aim and alignment but Triple Track just begs to be used, drives, putts, approach (thank you lift, clean) I found that just making the 3 lines go in the general direction made me focus more on swing path and helped improve my alignment and overall direction. I really hope Callaway makes more sku's and offers Triple Track across multiple balls.

    I will put this ball in play again in the spring but I'm not sure I would purchase at $39.99, Super Soft for every day play is much less and Chrome Soft for couple of dollars more seem like a better value... I can't wait for things to start warming up and drying out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunker Snot View Post
    I was curious about what the ERC might offer so I signed up on the Callaway community and was selected to test. I received a sleeve last Monday and promptly started putting and chipping around the house. I found the ERC to feel/play almost the same as the Super Soft (my normal winter ball) and the Chrome Soft with the putter but noticed a difference with chipping. The ERC felt a bit "clicky" I was able to take the ERC out to the course over the weekend and confirmed this ball can fly. Soft course, 52 degrees and overcast but I was carrying the ball close to normal targets. Approach shots felt great, the ball flight did seem a bit higher but it was very easy to get dialed in and play nice controlled shots. The difference I felt while pitching around the house did carry over to the course, 30 yards in, the chips and pitches were tough to judge, if I caught the ball a bit thin it would jump much more than the SS or CS, if in normal contact area of the face the ball would pop up and fall much shorter than SS or CS. I think some of the issue could be course condition but the difference seemed worth noting.

    My one thing that stands out about the ERC is the Triple Track. I have moved away from drawing lines on the ball and using it for aim and alignment but Triple Track just begs to be used, drives, putts, approach (thank you lift, clean) I found that just making the 3 lines go in the general direction made me focus more on swing path and helped improve my alignment and overall direction. I really hope Callaway makes more sku's and offers Triple Track across multiple balls.

    I will put this ball in play again in the spring but I'm not sure I would purchase at $39.99, Super Soft for every day play is much less and Chrome Soft for couple of dollars more seem like a better value... I can't wait for things to start warming up and drying out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alez367 View Post




    Got to put erc soft in play yesterday on extremely soft greens and while that did affect spin it did let me go at pins without hesitation and I enjoyed my time with the ball.


    Launch was great compared to the gamer ball (ProV1)Iíve been using. Didnít notice any negatives off the driver other than sound but thatís to be expected given the differences in materials used.

    Feel was were this ball shined. A lot was said about the cover make up. Personally I like the little bit harder feel coming from a premium ball to this. Let me know contact area at impact as well provided good auditory feedback based on compression at impact as well.

    I used a lot of wedges with this ball yesterday and the durability is outstanding. No shredding or pitting from any of the full swing shots with MD4 wedges at all.


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    This is great feedback! It's nice that others are seeing similar and some of the same things that us from #TheGrandaddy saw. Glad you liked it! I really enjoyed it, especially off the irons and wedges. Also enjoyed the feel off the putter. I prefer the CS feel off the driver but I haven't gamed it enough to make the decision which ball I prefer better overall. I like it enough for it to be one of my gamers along with the CS this year though!

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    So I did some puttout practice today with these on my puttout matt and puttout. I can tell the difference in this and the CS. It doesn't feel as soft off the putter, but still feels great! I also compared it to the SuperHot Bold, which is also a 3 piece ball from Callaway with a different cover material. Felt closer to this ball, but still not the same as the SHB. Just a little food for thought.

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    First round in the books with the ERC Soft yesterday, and I really enjoyed it. I happened to have the best ball striking I've had in a while, which didn't hurt obviously, but I am 100% convinced that this ball will get a chance at being my main gamer this year. I'm looking forward to seeing the yellow version in person. I only used the triple track once or twice and it's nice but I hate it when it feels like I'm playing slow and having to line up lines just feels slow to me. I'll give it more of a chance next time perhaps.

    The ball felt great off of all my clubs, and the height, distance and stopping power met or exceeded my expectations. When one of the Zoo Crew's better players make the switch, you gotta give it a try at least, and this trial showed me why it's well liked. I'm looking forward to more rounds with the ERC Soft.
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