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The Wilson DUO Soft+ is the latest version of Wilson’s trend-setting super soft golf ball. Softest ball in golf. Strong ball speed for the recreational player. Lower spin throughout the bag.
If you’re looking back at the biggest trend in golf balls in the last five years, it wasn’t started by Titleist or Bridgestone or Callaway, it came from Wilson. Wilson’s original DUO set off a race to see who could create a ball that felt incredibly soft but still performed well in all facets of the game. With the DUO Soft+, Wilson continues to push the envelope for both feel and performance.
Nothing is softer than the Wilson DUO Soft+ golf ball. With a compression rating of just 35, the DUO Soft+ feels like a marshmallow on the club face – if you can feel it at all. There were times when I hit wedge shots and genuinely wasn’t sure if I had made contact. With the driver, it’s soft and incredibly quiet.
On the green, where many players love the DUO the most, I found the DUO Soft+ maintains the uber soft feel it’s known for. With a milled putter, it creates a barely-audible “thud”. I imagine that with a soft insert, the DUO Soft+ might not make a sound at all.
Wedge spin is the one area where the DUO Soft+, a two-piece ball without a urethane cover, tends to come up short. I found that on a variety of wedge shots, it spun 10-15% less than a tour ball. The extent to which that will affect your game depends on your short game style and the courses you play. On slower greens, that spin gap may be meaningless. On glassy putting surfaces, you’ll probably want every RPM to maintain control of your ball.
It’s also worth stating again that I’m a fairly low spin player, and your results may vary.
Oftentimes it’s hard to know what an OEM is trying to emphasize with a given product. That’s not the case with the DUO Soft+: the words “softest and longest” are everywhere. Wilson claims that their Velociticor technology makes the DUO Soft+ longer. Specifically, their testing with a 90 MPH driver swing showed “initial velocity of the ball increased by two miles per hour.”
With my swing speed typically between 100 and 105 MPH, I found the DUO Soft+ to be decent in terms of ball speed but not exceptional. I didn’t feel that I was losing anything with this ball, but I didn’t see anything to indicate ball speed gains either. If your swing speed is closer to 90 MPH and you’ve tested the DUO Soft+, please post a comment letting us know if you gained any ball speed.
Another element of long distance is low spin, and the DUO Soft+ delivers there. The low spin that the DUO Soft+ produces off the driver was helpful in creating a strong, straight ball flight with plenty of roll out. With my irons, the DUO Soft+ spun several hundred RPM less than a tour ball, which added a little distance and some roll out. As a low spin player, that’s not ideal for me, but higher spin players may welcome the stronger ball flight.
At only $19.99 per dozen, the Wilson DUO Soft+ golf ball provides a unique feel and a solid value. For the player who can admit that their driver swing speed is in that 90 MPH range, the DUO Soft+ may also help them add some pop to their tee shots.