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The new Wilson Staff golf balls – DUO Soft, DUO Soft Optix, and DUO Soft Spin – feel unlike any other golf ball. Solid performance and fun color options.
Opening a box of golf balls doesn’t usually put a smile on my face, but when I saw the new Wilson Staff DUO Soft Optix I was grinning ear to ear. In a variety of bright neon colors, these balls are a constant reminder that we’re playing a game that’s supposed to be fun. Of course, there’s nothing fun about a golf ball that doesn’t perform, so I put the new DUO family through its paces on the launch monitor and the course.
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I’ve heard the feel of the Wilson DUO Soft described as a being like whacking a tennis ball or a super ball. Unsurprisingly, no one I know has compared it to any other golf ball, because it is unique in the game.
From the driver through the wedge, you can really feel the DUO Soft compress against the face of the club and explode off it. Its a feel that makes even the slower swingers feel like Dustin Johnson.
Interestingly, the DUO Soft feels a bit firmer with the putter. This is likely due to the Ionomer cover. It’s not a hard or clicky, but it’s firmer than a urethane-covered ball.
The difference in feel between the DUO Soft and the DUO Soft Spin is negligible. If you’re really looking for it, the DUO Soft Spin is a touch firmer, but I defy anyone to tell the difference during a round.
Yes, Looks in a golf ball review. The Wilson DUO Soft is available in a rainbow of colors as DUO Soft Optix. Neon pink, yellow, green, and orange are available and make finding and identifying your ball much easier. Plus, they’re just fun. If you don’t want to go bold, there’s also a matte white women’s ball available.
I played a single ball for an entire round and found the color to be very durable. There was no scuffing, loss of color, or dulling of the finish.
The expectation with a non-urethane ball is that there will be less wedge spin. This was the true of the Wilson DUO Soft balls in some situations but not others. On full swings, the DUO Soft and DUO Soft Spin had just as much backspin as the top selling ball in golf. Where the gap appeared was on partial wedge shots of about 50 yards. On these shots, the DUO Soft had about 25% less spin than a tour ball. As I moved to even shorter pitches, the gap between the DUO Soft and the tour ball became quite small again.
The DUO Soft Spin had slightly higher spin than the DUO Soft, but the difference was not huge. If you want every last RPM, try the DUO Soft Spin, but I think most players will be satisfied with the DUO Soft.
One of the major selling points of the DUO Soft is the low spin off the driver, and it definitely delivers there. I played numerous rounds with the DUO Soft and felt like I hit much straighter drives than normal. On the launch monitor, I saw spin that was slightly lower than normal, which matched my on course observations. If you need to drop a little spin to maximize distance and hit more fairways, the DUO Soft and DUO Soft Spin can help.
The Wilson Staff DUO Soft family of balls deliver in expected and unexpected ways. I knew the feel would be outstanding, and the performance was also excellent. What came as a surprise was the fun of playing a neon ball and the tremendous value at $20/dozen.