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Wilson introduces new Duo Soft golf balls, available in matte colors

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Wilson is unveiling the industry’s lowest-compression two-piece golf ball and adding some color in the process.

“The industry’s lowest 29-compression golf balls are not only the softest, longest and straightest, but now even longer and more durable,” says Frank Simonutti, Wilson’s Global Director of Golf Ball Innovation.

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“With a 3 percent larger core for increased ball velocity and a softer, thinner sodium/zinc ionomer cover for optimal distance and durability, this newly formulated 2-piece golf ball provides low driver spin, exceptional yardage and unparalleled soft feel to the Distance (D) player.”

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The Duo Soft balls, which will be available in-store and online November 17, bear a $19.99 price tag for one dozen. In terms of price, the Duo Soft slides in behind Wilson’s premium Staff FG Tour Urethane ($44.99/dozen) and Duo Urethane ($37.99/dozen).

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Simonutti also notes company testing shows the new Duo Soft is an industry leader in the two-piece ball market.

“The optimized dimple pattern has reduced dimple depth by 5.7 percent, resulting in higher trajectory and longer distance performance.” These enhancements give DUO Soft the (1) best feel, (2) longest distance, and (3) the lowest spin leading to straightest flight off the tee in testing against all competitive premium 2-piece balls.”

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Consumers will be able to pre-order the Duo Soft golf ball– in one of six matte finishes –starting October 30. The balls are available in red, green, yellow, orange, pink, and a women’s matte white.

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  1. Vito B

    Oct 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Interesting. On My Golf Spy, Frank Simonetti says that they tested a large number of different golf balls and there was no more than 4 yards difference in all of them.(except for Aeroburner Soft which was “a lot shorter”). So which is it Mr. Simonetti, are they longer or not? Or are you wearing your “marketing”(aka B.S) hat?

    • JB

      Oct 13, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      In context he you are referring to two separate comparisons.

      When he says they are longer, he is referring to the previous ball these replaced. Which, yes, can generally be viewed as marketing. It is always expected to be better than previous generations. Do you think anyone would ever sell a product if they said “It is kind of better than the previous generation.” It would be like Apple saying “This is the same exact iPhone, with no real improvement over the old generation”, or “The battery life is the exact same.” Probably wouldn’t sell many phones.

      His other comment about a 4 yard difference is a comparison across all balls, both tour and non-tour caliber balls. In other words under the USGA rules, all balls essentially get the same distance, and the only difference is feel, spin, etc. So if your buying a ball just for “distance” you are wasting time, they all go the same distance give or take a few yards. Keep in mind this comparison is not a comparison with the previous DUO.

  2. William Milne

    Oct 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Must tell you guys…I am senior golfer and at one time scratch player for years. I tried the duo about a year ago and have tried all the other brands and was long time PRO V! player. For my swing speed at about 90 MPH it is great! Also, what I like is that it is the softest feel off pitches and putter of ANY ball I have ever used. Sure, it doesn’t bite as well as the premiums, but for price and feel, I have come to conclusion that it is the only ball for me and I am going to quit trying to find better ball. Tried the duo spin, but did not like it as well…not sure why.

  3. matt

    Oct 11, 2017 at 10:49 am

    So Women only get the white-balls???

    • Thomas A

      Oct 11, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Don’t be racist.

    • JB

      Oct 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      I heard they were going to make matt black balls too, but you know what they say about going black…..

  4. Gorden

    Oct 10, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Like what he said about distance, all most all golf balls have reached distance limit, last year Barney Adams (original Adams golf) told us Drivers had reached distance limit within the last 6 years or so….Now we need to see how long before golf governing bodies cave in to club and ball companies and make the average tour drive 350….with 400 common for big hitters…..

  5. Volvik

    Oct 10, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Welp, there goes my business…

    • Real Volvik

      Oct 11, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Not really, we are supplying the technology to Wilson Staff. We’re doing just fine.

      • Real Real Volvik

        Oct 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

        Just kidding, no one plays our balls anyway.

        • Rick

          Oct 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

          I play the green. I don’t see as well as always but hate wearing glasses while playing. Easy to see and no glare. It even lights up the face of my irons when sun is right which is no benefit, but cool

  6. Scott

    Oct 10, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Why don’t they come out with blue balls…

  7. etc.

    Oct 10, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    29-compressioin?!!! They must feel like a silicone ball or a really old marshmallow !!!

  8. Shane

    Oct 10, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Says matte but in photo at top with the box they look like regular white, thus so or not? I saw them elsewhere and the shield was blue in color, what gives?

  9. Steve I

    Oct 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Balls! … White balls … Yellow balls …. Orange balls …. what’s next … Blackballs?

    • etc.

      Oct 10, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      IIRC Nike came out with a ‘black’ ball.. but it was quickly discontinued…. wonder why.

  10. Cornwall1888

    Oct 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Softest, longest, straightest? Too good to be true

  11. Dat

    Oct 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Just in time for fall/winter. I like it!

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GolfWRX Forum Thread of the Day: Bettinardi Ryder Cup Celebrity putters

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Our GolfWRX Forum Thread of the Day was started by member devey07 who posted photos of red-white-and-blue Bettinardi Ryder Cup putters with the Paris skyline on the back cavity. On the hosels, you’d think there would be names of the 12 players on the USA team… but that’s not the case.

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Click here to join the full discussion about the Bettinardi Ryder Cup celebrity putters.

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Dustin Johnson decided to putt cross-handed mid-tournament at East Lake

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Dustin Johnson made a weekend charge at the Tour Championship, and it was almost good enough for him to capture the FedEx Cup title (and with it the $10 million jackpot). Although he fell short, the revival gave him a third-place finish at the season finale, after he fired back to back rounds of 67 at East Lake. The most interesting part about his weekend performance? Well, during the sixth hole on Saturday, Johnson decided to putt for the rest of the event cross-handed.

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Under Armour releases limited-edition Spieth 2 (Red, White and Blue) golf shoes for the Ryder Cup

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It’s officially Ryder Cup week, so let the custom gear and apparel begin!

For the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris at Le Golf National, Under Armour has made a patriotic pair of shoes for Team USA’s Jordan Spieth. Not only are they for him, however, but Under Armour has released a limited number of “similar” shoes to the public, according to a press release from the company. The Spieth 2 USA shoes are available now on Under Armour’s website for $200.

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Stay tuned for more custom products from the Ryder Cup.

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