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Initial thoughts Wilson staff Duo Soft Spin (SSP)

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Like your typical beginner golfer, I selected my first balls based on the fact that I was likely to lose a lot of them. So for my first round I grabbed 2 boxes of Nitro distance balls at Wally World for 5 bucks per dozen. Yup, lost most of ‘em. But at least I realized pretty quickly that balls sure do make a difference. So I tested several balls as I went along, as my game improved, so did my ball selection until I finally ended up choosing the Srixon Z Star, which is my current gamer, and has been since the middle of last year.

 

Enter the new Wilson Staff Duo Soft Spin (SSP), promising extra spin around the green and a super soft feel. As a die hard Wilson Staff fan (see my signature for the proof) I just had to give these balls a shot. They are a 3 piece ball with an Ionomer cover.

 

My initial thoughts are all positive, I think Wilson Staff has created a fantastic ball at a great price point. However, they definitely aren't for everyone, and here's why:

 

That super soft feel part, holy moly. The balls are only 40 compression, so when you hit ‘em good, you definitely get a rubbery feedback, so if you don't like that sort of a feel, you'll hate these balls. I just so happen to like it; and around the greens it actually provides me with great feedback and improves my touch, but we'll get to that in a sec.

 

Off the tee on hole 1 at the oaks in Somersworth NH, I hit a 253 yard bomb with my 3 wood. The ball went dead straight over the bunkers that cross the fairway, the ball went high enough that my friends and I lost it in the sky and never saw it down. But as I pulled up I saw that my ball had almost rolled through the fairway but stopped about a foot short, leaving me a lob wedge into the par 4 for my second. Don't get too excited, I ended up 3 putting for a bogie. But this leads me well into the next part.

 

On approach shots, I had no trouble getting the ball to stop quickly on a course that in notorious for ridiculously fast greens. On hole 11, a par 5 I had another lob wedge into a green with the pin at the front of the green. I caught the fringe and the ball checked up less than a foot from the pin for a tap in birdie.

 

The ball provided plenty of spin around the green. I had multiple chips that I felt I hit way too hard but the ball checked up quick enough to keep me 10 feet or less from the pin. And the feel was fantastic, I could really tell if I had hit the ball with the right touch.

 

Off the putter was great as well. I did some of my best putting ever during my first round with this ball. 35 putts, when I average in the 40s on a normal day. The ball felt soft but borderline solid off the putter face with a nice quiet sound, no clicking from this ball.

 

This ball will definitely be staying in my bag for a while for further testing. But so far I am a huge fan. Plus, now I can say I play all Wilson everythang. Check back for updates.

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Excellent write up. The Duo is one of my favorite balls (I have some of the Duo Soft prototypes thanks to Twitter) however since DSG stopped carrying them, they're difficult to find locally unfortunately. I hope that changes soon.

 

 

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Like your typical beginner golfer, I selected my first balls based on the fact that I was likely to lose a lot of them. So for my first round I grabbed 2 boxes of Nitro distance balls at Wally World for 5 bucks per dozen. Yup, lost most of ‘em. But at least I realized pretty quickly that balls sure do make a difference. So I tested several balls as I went along, as my game improved, so did my ball selection until I finally ended up choosing the Srixon Z Star, which is my current gamer, and has been since the middle of last year.

 

Enter the new Wilson Staff Duo Soft Spin (SSP), promising extra spin around the green and a super soft feel. As a die hard Wilson Staff fan (see my signature for the proof) I just had to give these balls a shot. They are a 3 piece ball with an Ionomer cover.

 

My initial thoughts are all positive, I think Wilson Staff has created a fantastic ball at a great price point. However, they definitely aren't for everyone, and here's why:

 

That super soft feel part, holy moly. The balls are only 40 compression, so when you hit ‘em good, you definitely get a rubbery feedback, so if you don't like that sort of a feel, you'll hate these balls. I just so happen to like it; and around the greens it actually provides me with great feedback and improves my touch, but we'll get to that in a sec.

 

Off the tee on hole 1 at the oaks in Somersworth NH, I hit a 253 yard bomb with my 3 wood. The ball went dead straight over the bunkers that cross the fairway, the ball went high enough that my friends and I lost it in the sky and never saw it down. But as I pulled up I saw that my ball had almost rolled through the fairway but stopped about a foot short, leaving me a lob wedge into the par 4 for my second. Don't get too excited, I ended up 3 putting for a bogie. But this leads me well into the next part.

 

On approach shots, I had no trouble getting the ball to stop quickly on a course that in notorious for ridiculously fast greens. On hole 11, a par 5 I had another lob wedge into a green with the pin at the front of the green. I caught the fringe and the ball checked up less than a foot from the pin for a tap in birdie.

 

The ball provided plenty of spin around the green. I had multiple chips that I felt I hit way too hard but the ball checked up quick enough to keep me 10 feet or less from the pin. And the feel was fantastic, I could really tell if I had hit the ball with the right touch.

 

Off the putter was great as well. I did some of my best putting ever during my first round with this ball. 35 putts, when I average in the 40s on a normal day. The ball felt soft but borderline solid off the putter face with a nice quiet sound, no clicking from this ball.

 

This ball will definitely be staying in my bag for a while for further testing. But so far I am a huge fan. Plus, now I can say I play all Wilson everythang. Check back for updates.

 

Nice Review! I will have to give them a try. 

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Nice Review! I will have to give them a try.

 

Thanks! Definitely worth a try.

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Excellent write up. The Duo is one of my favorite balls (I have some of the Duo Soft prototypes thanks to Twitter) however since DSG stopped carrying them, they're difficult to find locally unfortunately. I hope that changes soon.

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I tried out the duo as well. A very good ball for the price.

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I've been playing the Duo Soft for 3 rounds and shot under my handicap in each. Launches high and lands soft for me and best of all I score better with it.

 

 

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Great review. I agree with everything you said. I just tried them last week. Great ball.

 

 

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I'm really digging this ball. Friday I played the back 9 at Nippo Lake in Barrington NH. First hole of the day was a hard dogleg left 437 yard short par 5 with a crazy downhill Tee shot. I went 2 hybrid 2 hybrid and hit the green in 2. The ball stopped less than 1 1/2 feet from the pitch mark and left me with a great look at Eagle. Unfortunately I lipped out the putt on the right for a tap in birdie. See pics below.

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Great write up, keep us posted on how it goes with this ball.

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Nice review. I haven't got to try the new Soft Spin. But I'm a huge fan of the Duo and Duo Spin. If the Soft Spin are anything like those, then I should have them in my bag soon.

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Nice wright up, I have been looking at these to try.

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Nice review. I haven't got to try the new Soft Spin. But I'm a huge fan of the Duo and Duo Spin. If the Soft Spin are anything like those, then I should have them in my bag soon.

I've played duo soft, duo, and duo soft spin now, and the soft spin is a slightly firmer feel than the duo soft and duo, but checks up much better. They don't check up as well as the z stars which are my usual gamer, but I prefer the feel of the SSP.

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