Wilson DUO Soft+ Golf Ball Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Feel

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.

Short Game

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.

Long Game

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Matt Saternus

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Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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22 Comments

  1. proven – soft is slow

    • Matt Saternus

      Proven? By whom?

      • “Proven” by another site. They push this narrative constantly. BUT for low and moderate swing speed players, that finding doesn’t seem to bear out because the Wilson Soft line has many avid fans As did the original Noodle and the original Precept Lady.

      • Smokeman2

        I use the wilson zip ball and I luv it..it is a soft ball

    • “PROVEN” by “WHO”? That ‘other’ site, which compares balls hit at a 105 MPH driver speed? If that’s you, congrats (& I’m envious!). If not, test balls yourself. I’m an 85 MPH driver swing speed player who has lost NOTHING (& possibly gained a little) playing the Chrome Soft (yup, another ball that ‘other’ site completely panned).

      • Matt Saternus

        Mike,

        I don’t know that I’ve ever done this before, but I’m replying simply to applaud this comment. Congratulations on ignoring the click bait and making your own decisions about what works for your game.

        -Matt

  2. I’ve played the Wilson Duo for the past few years as my cold weather ball. 2 thumbs up. My warm weather driver swing speed is 105 +, but in cold weather I am bundled up and swinging slower.

  3. Lol, you know what he’s referring to. Everybody in the industry knows without a doubt. It was a very elaborate test the shook alot of people up and is hard to dispute honestly.

    • Matt Saternus

      I was hoping the reference was to something more meaningful than that other site.

      I don’t agree with their conclusions or the idea that their work is “hard to dispute”.

      I’m going to leave it at that as I don’t wish to get caught up in bickering with other sites. Let’s keep the comments to this review, your experience with this ball, etc. Comments about other sites won’t be published any more purely to avoid tribal BS.

      Have a great weekend, everyone.

      -Matt

    • Yes, an “elaborate” test that looked pretty conclusive…if you’re swinging at >100 MPH.

  4. Again, what’s with the “soft is slow BS?” FOR WHO? For Tiger, probably yeah. For sub-90 swing speed it’s a whole different game.

  5. Charles Gordon Wiles

    I’m age 78 but still shoot around the mid 80s. I love this ball and get good distance and control

  6. Cuts and scratches easily

  7. I played the Duo Soft not the plus and I cracked 2 balls in the same dozen. I sent Wilson an e-mail explaining the issue, and another one when I didn’t receive an answer. I still have not received any answer and offered to even send them the cracked ball. Certainly CS is not their strong point. To that I will add, I still use their Professional ball and really like it.

  8. i live in ct & play thru the entire winter. im 66 yrs old & in that 90-100 mph category. for years now i’ve been huge fan & committed to the maxfli softfli balls with their 35 compression. they are long, like butter off driver, fairway woods, irons, putter and around the greens. bought some wilson duo softs online clearance that had 29 compression & prior to these new softs & saw little no difference vs maxfli’s.
    but the home run was & per the post above about wilson zips & lovin them i tried those & would play them over the 2 balls i mentioned. they are long, soft, all you could want. the grand slam is i found them in a walmart store here in ct, 2 dozen cellophane wrapped package for $19.99 or $10.00 per dozen. i’m a 10 handicap & not a hacker so i know what i’m looking for.

  9. Cliff Phifer

    Played the low compression Wilson ball 3 ball pack. I’m 78 yrs. old, with a 90 swing speed. I was very pleased with my distance. The ball did every well except float.

  10. Crazy reason, I know, but the graphics on this ball cheapen the look. I just can’t overlook that.

  11. Mike ferraguti

    I used to play Srixon Q-Star but then switched to the Wilson duo 29-compression ball as temps dropped. It’s buttery soft and I got addicted to the ultra soft feel. As temps warmed, I pulled out a higher compression ball and did not like the clicky feel. Wilson duo 29-compression is my go-to now. And I have a slower swing speed just below 90. I hit it far for my 65-year-old body and find that I can control it better. As for spin, I don’t need spin since I, like most amateurs, am usually short of the pin anyway.

  12. Johnnythunders

    I’m a big fan of doing my own testing and using anyone else’s opinion as just a data point. My driver swing speed is 82-90 depending on back. I love any soft ball over the harder clicker balls. Last year played Callaway supersoft as my bad back ball and pro1x and Bridgestone b rx as my good back ball. The harder balls had minor distance or dispersion advantage. I don’t lose many so they get a lot of play. Harder balls looked a little better after play. This year but the wilson duo soft and Srixon soft feel in and dropped the harder balls. So far I’m liking the duo the best, very straight, longer and better spin then the other two.

  13. I migrated from Chromesoft to Duo a couple years ago. At 60 i have a borderline 100 mph swing. In the real world i keep up with younger guys that play better balls. When i do use a titleist it will back up with a wedge, the Duo won’t, but i don’t need it to. I only need it to be consistent. A+

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