The Softest Golf Balls You Can Buy in 2019 and 2020

There is a lot of talk about soft golf balls these days and for rightful reasons. More and more golfers are trying to maximize their ability to get as much distance as possible while also being able to control their shots around the green. Here are some of the best soft golf balls that you can buy.

Why buy a soft golfball?

Generally, the softer the cover on a golf ball, the more spin you’re going to get around the greens. Having more spin on your ball from short approach shots into the green gives you the best chance to fly your ball as close as possible to the hole and have it hop and stop or even fly it past the flag and have it spin back.

Soft my also be referring to the overall compression of the golf ball or how much the golf ball squishes at impact. This is good for slower swing speeds (95mph and under) as the amount of energy transferred is greater. This can be bad for the overall distance with your driver if you are someone that swings the ball 105mph and faster (Drives normally above 250yards). A softer ball might be too soft and lose some of the speed that you’re transferring in your drive. 

What makes a golf ball soft?

The softness of a golf ball usually refers to the outer cover for wedge shots and more compression with the driver. Pretty much all golf balls have a core made from various synthetic, rubber-like materials. The softness is usually an indicator of how mailable and soft the cover is. The softer the cover, the more the golf ball can grip on groves of your clubface and create more spin. The softer the core, the more the ball will compress.

Brands that offer a soft golf ball will usually have the ball covered in urethane. You may have noticed this when you’ve picked up a premium “tour” ball. The cover almost has a “sticky” but soft feel to it.

There are also much better materials and manufacturing processes that allow golf balls to include all kinds of multi-layer cores of varying thickness and softness to achieve the desired effect.

The best premium soft golf balls

ProV1

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls, White, Standard Play Numbers (1-4), One Dozen
  • Extraordinary Distance with Consistent Flight
  • Very Low Long Game Spin and Penetrating Trajectory
  • Drop-and-Stop Short Game Control

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The pro v1 is going to be the softest premium golf ball that Titleist offers. It’s basically the kleenex of golf balls and the one you’ll find most tour players using. That’s because it offers great spin off the clubface and a core that will still provide lots of distance.

Things We Like

  • I mean… it’s the kleenex of golf balls
  • Tour proven performance.
  • Great distance off the tee

Callaway Chrome Soft

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Callaway Golf Chrome Soft Golf Balls, (One Dozen), White (Prior Generation)
  • Fast ball speeds & low spin off the driver
  • Distance & control through the bag
  • Pinpoint greenside control

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Could you tell by the name that this ball is soft? This is another flagship model of Callaway and what is considered their tour-level ball. The multi-layer ball features an ultra-soft Tour Urethane cover. 

Essentially what they are saying is the ball has an extremely soft cover that will allow it to grip well on pitches and chip shots. Of all the premium soft golf balls, I think the Callaway is the best value for money.

Things We Like

  • Cool soccer ball paint schemes
  • Great value for money
  • Performance rivals the ProV1

Taylormade TP5

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TaylorMade TP5 Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)
  • MORE SPEED IN THE MOST COMPLETE TOUR BALL TP5 utilizes a 5 layer golf ball construction that is...
  • TRI FAST CORE. The unique 3 layer core system in TP5 features progressive compression, enabling...
  • DUAL SPIN COVER. Contrast of an ultra soft cast urethane & a semi rigid inner cover creates maximum...

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I’m not usually a guy that uses Taylormade products, but I can’t resist the TP5. This is a soft golf ball and it performs. The 5 and 5X spin better than the ProV1x that I typically use and they have very soft covers that allow me to work shots around the green.

Every time I find a TP5 in the woods or I’m given a box of them, I always tend to play well with the ball. There is something about the cover on this ball that makes it soft to play, yet still firm enough to give feedback on putts. If you are looking for a premium ball that is soft and don’t want to shell out for Prov1’s, the TP5 has to be on your list.

Things We Like

  • Always available on sale so great value for money
  • Softer than the ProV1
  • Spins more than the ProV1

The best bargain soft golf balls.

Don’t let the title “bargain” fool you. Some of these golf balls have the softest covers you can buy in the market and still have the performance of a “premium” soft golf ball but without the price tag. I wanted to list the top options that I’ve played and discovered through my numerous ball testing.

Snell MTB Black

Snell MTB Black My Tour Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)
  • Tour caliber golf ball
  • Cast urethane cover
  • Great performance

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If you haven’t heard of Snell, that’s okay, most people haven’t. Dean Snell is the creator and designer of the original ProV1. He created his own direct to consumer golf ball company in an effort to offer the average golfer the quality and performance of a premium soft urethane golf ball without the premium price.

He has been tremendously successful in this area and it’s a ball that I’ve switched back and forth between when I’ve run low on ProV1x’s. The cast urethane cover is about as soft as you can get and the performance doesn’t just rival a ProV1, it’s actually been tested and independently tested to be a bit longer off the tee than the ProV1

Things We Like

  • Best Value for money in the market
  • Independently tested to be the longest premium ball
  • Performs like a tour ball

Taylormade Project (a)

TaylorMade Project (a) Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)
  • Dual distance core: Larger and softer 2 layer core
  • 322 seamless cast urethane cover
  • Low drag aerodynamic design

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If you are looking for a soft golf ball then you don’t need to look any further. I’ve played this ball on multiple occasions and one of the covers was so soft that my long iron damaged it on its first impact. Now, I’m sure that was just an isolated incident of the one ball, but I can personally guarantee that these are some of the softest golf balls that I’ve ever played.

They spin like a premium golf ball around the greens and they also have a softer compression for greater distance with your driver. Taylormade has really made some strides in the golf ball industry with the release of the Project A and the TP5. I think they are a serious contender in the realms of golf balls

Things We Like

  • Softest cover that we've tested
  • Great greenside spin

Vice Pro Soft

Vice Pro Soft Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)
  • 3 piece cast urethane cover
  • Low compression for extra-soft and responsive feel
  • Extremely durable 336 dimple design

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I don’t think you can have a conversation about bargain golf balls without bringing Vice into the equation. They have definitely solidified themselves as the #1 direct to consumer golf ball brand in the market and for many good reasons.

They deliver a phenomenal product that has great quality control and a product that performs as well as balls that cost 2x’s as much. I was given a box of these for my birthday (people ALWAYS buy me golf stuff for my birthday) and I have to say that I was impressed.

When I think of soft, I always want to make sure that I’m getting enough spin around the green on my short approach shots. That is where the Vice Pro Soft golf ball delivers. It has more than enough response and performance around the green from 100 yards and in. Definitely a ball that needs to be on everyone’s list if they are looking for a bargain soft golf ball

Things We Like

  • Love the solid black logo line for putts
  • Solid value if buying in bulk
  • Performs as good as a premium ball

How do you decide if a golf ball is soft enough for you?

There is no universal standard to amongst soft golf ball manufacturers to determine how “soft” a golf ball is. It is somewhat up to the individual golfer and not entirely measurable.

Some players think of softness as the cover itself and how the ball feels to them when they chip it or putt it. This is something that relates to being soft since I don’t usually notice the difference on full swings with longer clubs.

Soft Short game - Usually will feel light or soft off the impact with the putter. The ball will glide off the putter face without a “springy” or “clicky” feel. Typically chips are going to have the same response and will have a deep but soft feel on impact with the face of the wedge

Soft Long Game - From what I understand, there are players that can hit a ball with a driver or an iron and hear/feel a different response when the ball makes contact with the club. I can’t explain this one personally as I can’t feel anything different with my driver, but I can totally understand the idea of a soft gall ball making a different sound at impact.

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer. It’s up for you, the player, to decide what you like

Kennie Kat

Kennie 'Kat' Elerby is the creator of KennieKatGolf.com, a website created to share his journey, hold himself accountable and inspire other amateur golfers to improve. You can find my content on Youtube - KennieKatGolf