Wilson Staff sent us over a couple boxes of the Wilson Staff Duo golf balls to review. I immediately was interested because I personally have not used many Wilson Golf products. I was interested to see how the Duo golf ball would compare to some other two piece balls on the market. My personal preference on two-piece golf balls is either the TaylorMade Burner and the Noodle. I have to admit that I have not used a two-piece golf ball in quite sometime so I was also interested in seeing how the technology had changed.
Wilson Staff claims what they call a "Double Take" on performance that will be long off the tee and be soft around the green. The Wilson Staff Duo golf ball is also meant to have less spin off the driver for more control. Also that it will be softer for improved playability around the greens.
The one very interesting part of the Duo ball is it has 40 Compression, which basically has half the compression of the average competitor balls with an industry average COR.
Nothing special here about the looks of the ball. It has the basic Wilson logo and on the other side of the ball it has "DUO". The one interesting and helpful part of the ball would be what is on both sides of the DUO logo. Wilson Staff put two lines for a built in alignment system for you people who like to draw lines on your golf ball. With the lines already on the ball and perfectly straight, there is no excuse for a crooked line.
Looks Score: High
At this point of our review, while reviewing clubs, we usually have a "Feel" section followed by a "Performance" section. For this review will be integrating both since they go hand in hand when reviewing a golf ball.
With Wilson Staff adding more rubber to the core of the Duo golf ball, it lowered the compression and you can tell the difference when hitting it. Not many two layer balls have much spin around the green. I am not going to say that it had more spin than a ProV1, Kick X or Nike 20xi ball, but for a two layer ball it had plenty spin. Every company boasts big claims with each of their products and that is just part of good salesmanship. Wilson has done a great job marketing the Duo golf ball, with claims that 8 out of 10 golfers that try the new ball switch over. I'm not sure about those numbers, but what I can tell you is I enjoyed hitting this ball.
It allowed me to go after it a little more off the tee because of the reduced spin. The ball took off nicely on tee shots and had decent distance. Spin is where I have to break down this ball a little bit. Like I mentioned before, I normally play a multi-layered golf ball and am used to those balls helping me with spin. I was pleasantly surprised with the Wilson Staff Duo golf ball. For a two layered ball it had plenty of spin. This ball is perfect for the golfer who is looking to keep their ball straight off the tee and also allow a little bit of spin and touch around the greens. I would say if you are a low hanidicap player and you try to work fades and draws this ball probably isn't for you.
Performance Score: High
You see so many reviewers giving good comments about every golf ball on the market, but in reality these golfers that write these reviews don’t have your handicap or play your game. We suggest that if you are a beginning golfer and have a problem slicing the golf ball, the Wilson Staff Duo will limit the side spin you will get. High-handicappers will also benefit from this golf ball.
By Ken Lee
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