Bridgestone Tour B RXS vs Callaway Chrome Soft – What’s The Better Golf Ball In 2020?

Marrying tour grade performance with the distance help that everyday golfers like us need has proven difficult for golf ball manufacturers. There is almost always something sacrificed. While some balls give effortless distance, they tend to lack short game control.

And we can’t fault them for it – it’s a tall order. The physics simply dictate that if you want speed and distance, you will have to give up something in the way of accuracy. The problem is that all manufacturers claim to have solved this problem.

Even worse is that they charge a tour grade price for a product that sometimes falls well short of tour grade performance. So today we wanted to keep a couple of tour grade balls honest with an in-depth review. Do these balls really deliver distance and accuracy? Read on to find out.



Bridgestone Tour B RXS

Callaway Chrome Soft








“Reactiv” Urethane

Soft Urethane





The Callaway Chrome Soft Balls

The Callaway Chrome Soft balls have developed something of a cult following in the years since they were released. People love the exceptionally soft feel, the forgiveness and the straight line of these balls. And with good reason.

The Callaway Chrome Soft balls feature a 65 compression rating which is perfect for golfers with swing speeds hovering somewhere in the 90’s who are trying to get that number up. And these balls really do hold their line very well.

We tested these balls for 2 full rounds and were very impressed at how straight they shot even when the wind kicked up. Another great thing about these balls is that they feature a 4-piece design which helps transfer energy more smoothly.

The result is great speed and distance on your drives and with your longer irons. Then Callaway took the softness factor to another level with a thin, soft urethane cover that features 332 hexagonal dimples.


  • These balls launch off the tee
  • You get great launch angles from them
  • Great for moderate swing speeds
  • They come in a variety of colors and designs
  • Great spin control with wedges
  • They play long


  • More expensive than the Bridgestone balls
  • A bit hard to work
  • Hard to manage spin on the green
  • The cover doesn’t seem very durable

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The Bridgestone Tour B RXS Balls

Bridgestone has put a lot of hype behind their new Tour B line of balls. By working with a host of rubber and polymer engineers, they promise that the Tour B line of balls perfectly marries green side spin and distance.

The Tour B Balls were apparently nearly a decade in the making. And once we got our hands on them, we could feel that they were the culmination of a lot of dedicated time and research. First of all the Bridgestone Tour B RXS balls feature a compression rating of 64.

That’s pretty soft but the real show-stopper is the new “Reactiv” seamless urethane cover which is very adaptive. This new cover design is very responsive depending on which club you are using and how hard you are hitting it.

Of course, with a compression of 64 you can imagine that these balls are suited to mid-speed swings and that they give great distance. In fact the Bridgestone Tour B RXS balls even feature an energy gradient core for better energy distribution off the tee and with long irons.

But the Reactiv cover actually rebounds very well on long shots and provides a good amount of spin on lower impact shots.


  • 3-piece design
  • Good greenside spin
  • They play long
  • They have a great feel to them
  • 338 aerodynamic “dual dimple” design
  • Great ball speed


  • Not great for putting
  • Not good for faster swing speeds
  • Not the straightest balls
  • Not very forgiving

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Driver Performance

The gradient core of the Bridgestone Tour B RXS seemed to have given them a bit of a boost over the Chrome Soft balls. While the Chrome Soft’s did an excellent job of retaining energy and transferring it on drives, the Bridgestone Tour B RXS just did a slightly better job.

We were getting about a yard or two more with the Bridgestone Tour B RXS over the Callaway Chrome Soft balls.

Fairway & Approach Performance

We loved the accuracy, forgiveness and distance we were getting from the fairway with the Callaway Chrome Soft’s. Even off toe and heel impact with our irons the Callaway’s flew straight and gave us more bite.

And with the wedges it was no comparison. The Callaway balls provided excellent spin for optimal positioning.

Putter Performance

The Bridgestone Tour B RXS feature a seamless urethane cover which gives them excellent feel and spin control. This was a distinct advantage on the green as we were able to react off these balls more than we were with the Callaway Chrome Soft balls.

While neither of these balls really wowed us on the green, the advantage would still definitely go to the Bridgestone Tour B RXS’s.

Price Comparison

Believe it or not, the Bridgestone Tour B RXS balls are actually a bit cheaper than the Callaway Chrome Soft balls. You can find the Bridgestone Tour B RXS’s at most retailers for about $41 per dozen while the Callaway Chrome Soft balls generally retail for about $48.

Which is the Better Ball?

We should start by saying that the search for the perfect ball (one that gives optimal distance and greenside spin)continues. The Callaway Chrome Soft’s  give great distance and even wedge spin but they are hard to work and fall short on the green.

The Bridgestone Tour B RXS gave better distance and greenside spin but they aren’t as accurate or forgiving. Still though, between these two we have to say that the Bridgestone Tour B RXS balls performed better overall.

They are essentially as close as we have seen to the perfect ball so far. They are our choice so pick them up today!


Bridgestone B RXS

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