Callaway REVA – the larger, softer golf ball – is the perfect addition to the REVA range of golf clubs for us girls.
Many female golfers, me included, love the game but are not necessarily top class golfers.
We generally have slower swings that our professional counterparts. And definitely slower than our male partners.
Thus, we need different golf equipment.
Callaway conducted some extensive research before designing its Big Bertha REVA Range of Clubs. Now this Callaway REVA larger, softer golf ball truly compliments that range.
What Is The Compression Of The Callaway REVA Golf Ball?
We have previously discussed the importance of compression ratings for slower swing speeds. You can read about it here.
Therefore, it is easy to understand that a golf ball with a lower compression (softer core) will more easily launch from your golf club than a harder golf ball.
In general, compression ratings of golf balls for female golfers are in the range of 45 to 65.
The Callaway REVA golf ball has an extremely low compression of 30. This is combined with a Tri-blend ionomer cover to give greater distance and better forgiveness.
In addition, the softer core, when combined with this cover, promotes a higher launch angle as well as lower spin, especially when hit off-center.
If you have trouble in launching the golf ball high off your driver, then this is definitely a golf ball worth testing.
Is The Callaway REVA Golf Ball Bigger Than Other Golf Balls?
Yes it is. And, even so, it still conforms to the USGA Rules of Golf.
This golf ball measures 1.73 cm, which is 9% larger than the average golf ball, which measures 1.68 cm.
Because it is larger than the standard golf ball, its higher center of gravity leads to better contact and a higher, more consistent launch.
This, of course, helps you to generate more distance from the golf ball.
Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s Senior VP of R&D said: “One of the main things we wanted to do here is make this ball the easiest to launch of any of the balls in our line.”
Do Low Compression Golf Balls Go Further?
The answer to this question is, of course, both Yes and No.
As we have discussed previously, low compression golf balls are more suitable to higher handicappers – or people with slower swing speeds.
An experienced, low handicap golfer, would definitely not use a golf ball with a low compression.
The impact of the club face on the golf ball causes a squashing action within the core. While you might think that a harder golf ball will travel farther, that is not necessarily so.
There is not enough power in your swing to compress the hard golf ball.
Low compression golf balls are specifically designed for golfers with slower swings. Thus, the ball bounces more readily off the club face and creates more distance.
Why Should Senior Golfers Play With Low Compression Balls?
It is true that most senior golfers will benefit from playing with a low compression golf ball, although we are generalizing here.
There are definitely senior golfers who do not lose the power of their swing as they age.
But, in general, as we age and our body becomes less flexible, the swing speed in our golf game reduces.
Recently, I have encouraged Rick, my husband and golf partner, to start using lower compression golf balls.
His game has improved markedly.
Although we love the game, we are often infrequent golfers due to other life commitments.
We are both seniors, being in our 70s, and really want to play a good game. Therefore, we both now play with low compression golf balls.
This has enhanced our game.
What Golf Balls Do Female Professionals Use?
Interestingly, 44% of the top female golfers use the Titleist Pro V1x (see more about this here).
The compression rating for the Pro V1x is between 97 and 100, which requires a swing speed above 95 mph to compress the ball for a good result.
The Pro V1x is favored by the LPGA golfers because it has a higher launch angle, trajectory, and an overall higher flight than the Pro V1.
This golf ball is totally unsuitable for those of us who only swing the club at about 70 mph. We would never be able to swing the club hard enough to get any distance from it.
So, just because the pro’s use it, is not a good reason for you to buy it.
Final Thoughts On The Callaway REVA Golf Ball.
This golf ball is definitely the best partner to the Big Bertha REVA set of golf clubs.
But even if you don’t have these, it is a great addition for us girls to get more carry and distance off our drives.
Callaway sought to make this golf ball the easiest to launch from any in their range. Its size ensures a better center of gravity for more forgiveness when hit off-center.
Because of its higher launch capacity, it will help you get longer drives and get over hazards more easily.
Callaway has put a great deal of thought and research into the design of this golf ball, as well as the REVA range of golf clubs. All especially designed with ordinary female golfers in mind.
You should definitely give this a try if you want a more consistent launch and better distance.