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The Wilson Staff Duo has been a favorite since it was released because of its unparalleled soft feel. The new Duo is even softer and the Duo Spin has that soft feel with added short game spin for aspiring or better players.
For 2015, Wilson Staff is releasing three new golf balls to align with their familiar F-C-D player segments. The F (Feel) player will get a new version of the exceptional FG Tour, and two new versions of the Duo fit the C and D players. The 2015 Duo, built for the D (Distance) player is softer than ever with a compression rating of 29. The Duo Spin is a new offering designed to deliver low compression (35) with increased spin for the C (Control) player.
Without question, the feel of the original Duo is what made it noteworthy, and that’s still here in the updated model. It’s marshmallow-soft off the putter, but the real fun is hitting it with a long club. With a wood or iron, the Duo makes it feel like you’re hitting a tennis ball with a baseball bat. Even mishits feel crushed.
That feel is still here with the new Duo, and the Duo Spin feels very similar. In fact, they’re practically identical. If you’re some kind of golf ball savant you may be able to distinguish the two, but most golfers will enjoy both equally.
Off the tee, there’s no ball as fun, and few as long, as the Wilson Staff Duo. In our testing, we found it to be one of the lowest-spinning balls off the tee, plus it generated great ball speed. What was unexpected was that the Duo Spin nearly matches the Duo for distance. We found that it did spin more – approximately 150 RPMs – but it is still soundly in the “low driver spin” category. With either of these balls, you can expect to hit your long clubs a little longer than you expect.
In the short game, the Duo Spin takes center stage, though not by a huge margin. In our testing, we found that the Duo Spin produced several hundred RPMs more spin than the Duo. While that sounds like a lot, it’s really only about a 10% difference. To put it in more practical terms: the difference between these balls is not the difference between spinning it back and watching it roll through the green into the rough. It might be more accurate to say that it’s the difference between a ball stopping and a ball backing up a little. Ultimately, these balls are well-designed for the short games of the D and C players, respectively. The Duo is far from a range rock, and high handicap players will be able to get some spin when the hit a shot well. The Duo Spin has some added versatility for the C player who wants to add more shots to his short game arsenal.
Who This Ball Is For
I think Wilson Staff is pretty much spot on with their player recommendations for these balls. The Duo is a great choice for higher handicap players who are primarily focused on distance. The low compression feel is great and the low driver spin means long tee shots. The Duo Spin is still plenty long, but it adds enough spin for the aspiring player. I also think the Duo Spin is a great cold weather choice for better players.
If you want to give the Duo and Duo Spin a try, Wilson Staff is letting you do just that with its DUO Nation promotion. On January 24th, you can pick up some free DUO golf balls at any major golf retailer. What’s more, if you go online and tell Wilson Staff what you think about the DUO, you will be entered into a contest to win a trip to Pinehurst. Free golf balls and the possibility to go to Pinehurst for free? I know where I’ll be on January 24th.
In a segment where most products are nearly indistinguishable from each other, Wilson Staff has found a way to stand out. No ball feels as soft as the Duo, yet it still performs well, even with above average club head speeds. The Duo Spin is a great addition to the line up; it allows most discriminating players to still enjoy the trademark Duo feel.