Wilson Staff Model Golf Ball Review

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The Wilson Staff Model golf balls is the equal of any Tour ball on the market.  Excellent spin in the short game.

Introduction

If you want to build something to last, you build it slowly, brick by brick, just like the smartest of the three little pigs.  This is the approach that Wilson is taking in bringing back the Staff branding.  They started with a flourish – the gorgeous Staff Model Blades [review HERE].  Then they added the Staff Model Utility Iron [review HERE] and Staff Model Wedge [review HERE].

Each piece of gear bearing the Staff moniker has been of the utmost quality and designed for the better player.  But no one really doubted that Wilson could do irons and wedges.  The biggest gamble of the new Staff Model Era comes now with the Staff Model golf ball.  Will this offering continue to build the brand or start to blow it down?

Feel

From the driver through the putter, the Wilson Staff Model golf ball keeps things right in the middle of the bell curve in terms of feel.  On the green, you’ll hear a dull click that’s neither buttery soft nor overly firm.  On the tee, the ball doesn’t melt into the face like Wilson’s DUO but it doesn’t feel like you need a sledge hammer to compress it either.

The benefits of not going extreme with feel are twofold.  For Wilson, it means no one is going to be turned off by the Staff Model.  For the golfer, it puts the focus on playing the game, not thinking about the ball and how it might react.

Short Game

Most of my golf ball testing is done on a launch monitor where I can tease apart the minute differences between models.  While I’ve done that with the Wilson Staff Model golf ball, I’ve also gotten an above average amount of on-course time with it.  Both forms of testing have left me impressed.

During my first round with the Staff Model, I noticed short irons and wedges backing up more than normal.  Generally my scoring irons end up where they land.  With the Staff Model, a well struck 8I might back up a yard or two.  My sense that the Staff Model is slightly higher spin was confirmed on the launch monitor.  Peak spin with a wedge was above average for a Tour ball, and the spin generation was very consistent, even on less-than-perfect strikes.  Iron spin was also slightly above average.

Long Game

The driver spin is just north of average for a Tour ball, but that’s provided me with some extra carry distance and better consistency.  Ball speed is also excellent.

Where I’ve been most pleased with the Staff Model is on long approaches.  The combination of slightly higher spin and strong ball speed has resulted in longer, higher long iron shots and more eagle putts.  Any ball that puts me in position to make more eagles is going to see more time in the bag.

Conclusion

For the golfer who is looking for more spin throughout the bag and a soft, solid feel, the Wilson Staff Model Golf Ball is worth considering.  This ball absolutely deserves to bear the Staff moniker as a quality, Tour-level product.  I’ve been very happy having it in my bag for the last couple weeks and look forward to continuing to game it.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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16 Comments

  1. Any indication it will come in bright yellow? All the Wilson tour balls have been excellent but yellow is just easier to see with sunglasses on.

    • Matt Saternus

      I haven’t heard anything about that yet, but I imagine it could be in the works if the ball is successful.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. N. Buratti

    Are these available to purchase? I haven’t seen them anywhere.

    • Matt Saternus

      At a minimum, they’re available through Wilson’s website. I haven’t been in a golf store in a few months, so I can’t speak to the retail side.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Bill Givens

    The balls are $49.95 on Wilson’s web site. I don’t know how many people will pay more than a ProV1 for a new ball

  4. You mention data, but don’t show any. Why?

    • Matt Saternus

      Dennis,

      There are a number of reasons, but primarily it’s this:
      Putting up a wall of numbers may look impressive to some but it provides no value to the reader. As far as actually helping people to make an equipment choice, the value is in simply stating, “This ball is high/low/average spin.” As an analogy: I know nothing about car engines. I would vastly prefer that someone tell me, “This is a fast/efficient/strong motor” versus posting a bunch of numbers that may or may not have any context or meaning to me.

      Best,

      Matt

      • As the reader, I think it adds value because some of the info is super interesting.

        For instance the soft ball that spins more than most tour balls on full swings as you mentioned, even on miss hits would be out of this world.

        Those things don’t really come to fruition too often as the core level compression is responsible for various amounts of spin by the golfer. Therefore when an authority reviews it and finds that, as well as says data was captured, golfers like me would like to peruse to understand what is going on.

  5. Hi Matt , what is recommended swing speed for this ball.

    • Matt Saternus

      Robin,

      There’s no recommended speed from Wilson, but I would *guess* that players slower than 95 MPH get more ball speed out of something else.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Joe Don George

    Havent seen them anywhere. I just purchased D7 irons and i see an improvement in control,i think for the price i will stay with pro v balls

  7. Joseph Bottari

    Would you at sometime critique the Top flight ball I’ve been playing this ball for a while it seems distance wise it goes further than any other and I do get control on the short irons would love to see you take a crack at this ball

  8. Great review. I’m currently gaming the Duo Pro as I found the performance to be as good as anything I’ve played. Besides a firmer feel, have you found this ball to play differently from the Duo Pro?

    • Matt Saternus

      Bobby,

      For me, the spin with the irons and wedges is noticeably higher with the Staff Model.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Gary Stacey

    I play short par 3 or 4 holes and put a premium on backspin when shooting for the green with my two gap wedges or pitching wedge. The golf ball may be my best choice, I will try a sleeve.

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