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#31 73monte

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:23 AM

View Postjsanatx, on 27 April 2018 - 11:20 AM, said:

to the OP, what was it that attracted you to the Duo Soft?  Did you gain distance off the tee and/or stops on a dime on the greens?
What other balls are out there that are similar or better?

Initially, I was just looking for a cheap ball for Fall golf. Moving to the QST and the Duo-U is what started getting me to like a softer ball, then when I felt the extremely soft feel of the Duo, I was hooked. I just love the feel of an extremely soft ball now. It's probably psychological, but it even feels less jarring on my aging joints/hands.

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#32 73monte

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:31 AM

OP here,

I didn't think this post would get many replies. Just wanted to address my use of the word "embarrassed". Several posters implying that I, (or anyone), shouldn't be at all embarrassed about their choice of equipment.

You are all absolutely right about that. I choose the wrong word there, and I would certainly never judge anyone for their choices of anything. I suppose I was trying to point out the contrast to my choice of clubs being reasonably current, but I opt for the cheapest ball on the market.

Anyway, I wondered if others would like this ball, and it seems definitely so by the replies so far.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:25 AM

View Postkiwihacker, on 27 April 2018 - 05:03 PM, said:

Only negative about the Duo is that a lot of players at my club were complaining they were splitting after only a few holes use. Hasn't happened to me personally but the pro shop at my club sells them and they were getting a lot of complaints. I noticed a couple of the more recent reviews on the golfreview website also stated that the balls had split. Seems to be a 2016-17 problem not noted previously.

I've used Duos for a good 3 years now or so - never once had a problem with a split, to be honest.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:28 AM

View Post73monte, on 30 April 2018 - 05:23 AM, said:

View Postjsanatx, on 27 April 2018 - 11:20 AM, said:

to the OP, what was it that attracted you to the Duo Soft?  Did you gain distance off the tee and/or stops on a dime on the greens?
What other balls are out there that are similar or better?

It's probably psychological, but it even feels less jarring on my aging joints/hands.

+1  Although, I don't like a mushy ball, I do appreciate the less jarring affect too

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 07:22 AM

Wilson make a lot of fine products. No issues in using a Wilson ball. Enjoy it.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 11:54 AM

View Postxkilgorextroutx, on 30 April 2018 - 06:25 AM, said:

View Postkiwihacker, on 27 April 2018 - 05:03 PM, said:

Only negative about the Duo is that a lot of players at my club were complaining they were splitting after only a few holes use. Hasn't happened to me personally but the pro shop at my club sells them and they were getting a lot of complaints. I noticed a couple of the more recent reviews on the golfreview website also stated that the balls had split. Seems to be a 2016-17 problem not noted previously.

I've used Duos for a good 3 years now or so - never once had a problem with a split, to be honest.

Yeah me neither. Have to wonder if it was one dud batch? One of my buddies split several and he is definitely  not a big hitter.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:23 PM

Just a slight update. I played today and had a chance to put the new Duo soft into play. As I suspected, it seems indiscernible from the original Duo. Maybe I need a few more rounds with them, but like the commercial says, "I can't tell the difference, can you tell the difference"?
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:06 PM

Never take your ego to the golf course, leave it at home!

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:42 AM

View Post73monte, on 30 April 2018 - 05:23 PM, said:

Just a slight update. I played today and had a chance to put the new Duo soft into play. As I suspected, it seems indiscernible from the original Duo. Maybe I need a few more rounds with them, but like the commercial says, "I can't tell the difference, can you tell the difference"?


Their Wilson site says the Duo Soft has a 29 compression core.  Same as the previous model Duo, I believe.
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:45 AM

View PostNo Catchy Nickname, on 27 April 2018 - 08:05 AM, said:

Seems like a good place to ask about the Wilson DX-2, which I think is a low compression ball. I have been looking for the Duo as I heard it is good for persimmon clubs. I haven't been able to find Duos where I am, but have found the DX-2s, and I liked them a lot. What's the difference between the two balls?

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:12 AM

I don't mind the Duo's.  I did found a Wilson ball that just has some alignment line but no model name on it.  Any idea what it is?

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:37 AM

View Post73monte, on 30 April 2018 - 05:31 AM, said:

OP here,

I didn't think this post would get many replies. Just wanted to address my use of the word "embarrassed". Several posters implying that I, (or anyone), shouldn't be at all embarrassed about their choice of equipment.

You are all absolutely right about that. I choose the wrong word there,

You didn't do so well with "Keep you ego in check, and leave the pro-v's on the shelf" either.  (cool)
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:42 AM

At 65 years old with 200 yard driving average and using a 6i from 150 yards out, my ego is not a factor anymore.  Wilson Duo, Cally SuperSoft, Top Flite D2, etc. are my go-to balls.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 06:55 PM

View Posterock9174, on 26 April 2018 - 09:04 PM, said:

If you like the duo try the Callaway Supersoft and Srixon Soft Feel. In my opinion both are superior to the Duo. Duo was always shorter off the tee for me.
How's spin from <100 yds on the Supersoft and Srixon?

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:01 PM

View Postgscott7, on 01 May 2018 - 06:55 PM, said:

View Posterock9174, on 26 April 2018 - 09:04 PM, said:

If you like the duo try the Callaway Supersoft and Srixon Soft Feel. In my opinion both are superior to the Duo. Duo was always shorter off the tee for me.
How's spin from <100 yds on the Supersoft and Srixon?

Supersoft has no spin from <100 yds. Most two piece balls have no or little spin. If you upgrade to Duo Spin, it's a 3 piece with some spin. Would love a current review on the Duo Soft Spin.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:00 AM

View PostSean2, on 26 April 2018 - 07:46 PM, said:

View Post2putttom, on 26 April 2018 - 07:45 PM, said:

View PostSean2, on 26 April 2018 - 07:37 PM, said:

Why would you be embarrassed to admit that? Where in the rules of golf, or on the scorecard, does it say you must play a certain ball?
the wrx Sean  :taunt:  if ya ain't playing what the pro's play ya ain't a player and if ur playing what the pro's play ur payin'.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:21 AM

View PostTanner25, on 01 May 2018 - 08:01 PM, said:

View Postgscott7, on 01 May 2018 - 06:55 PM, said:

View Posterock9174, on 26 April 2018 - 09:04 PM, said:

If you like the duo try the Callaway Supersoft and Srixon Soft Feel. In my opinion both are superior to the Duo. Duo was always shorter off the tee for me.
How's spin from <100 yds on the Supersoft and Srixon?

Supersoft has no spin from <100 yds. Most two piece balls have no or little spin. If you upgrade to Duo Spin, it's a 3 piece with some spin. Would love a current review on the Duo Soft Spin.

I played both the Duo(my normal ball) and the Duo Spin last year for 10+ rounds each. If the Duo Spin spins more than the Duo its negligible and was unnoticeable to me.
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Posted 03 May 2018 - 05:35 PM

I usually play Pro V1x or Chrome Soft X as my ball of choice. Last week I found a Wilson Duo U and played it for about 12 holes and thought it was pretty amazing. Good distance, not as long off driver but nothing drastic. It felt great and spun on iron shots. I’ll give these a try for future rounds.
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Posted 03 May 2018 - 07:24 PM

View PostAKHx03, on 03 May 2018 - 05:35 PM, said:

I usually play Pro V1x or Chrome Soft X as my ball of choice. Last week I found a Wilson Duo U and played it for about 12 holes and thought it was pretty amazing. Good distance, not as long off driver but nothing drastic. It felt great and spun on iron shots. I'll give these a try for future rounds.

Academy sports has the Duo U at 30 and I am sure they will drop again.

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 05:56 AM

View PostTanner25, on 03 May 2018 - 07:24 PM, said:

View PostAKHx03, on 03 May 2018 - 05:35 PM, said:

I usually play Pro V1x or Chrome Soft X as my ball of choice. Last week I found a Wilson Duo U and played it for about 12 holes and thought it was pretty amazing. Good distance, not as long off driver but nothing drastic. It felt great and spun on iron shots. I'll give these a try for future rounds.

Academy sports has the Duo U at 30 and I am sure they will drop again.

it is a good ball!!


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 11:02 AM

I really don't care what others play iro equipment/balls etc..  And if others do care and make snide comments, they should get professional help.

I love the game of golf but there seems to a good number of posers who think just because they use ie, prov1s, they are good golfers.  $50 well spent?
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Posted 06 May 2018 - 11:18 AM

View Post73monte, on 26 April 2018 - 05:31 PM, said:

Up until 4-5 years ago, I played the highest spin tour ball I could find that suited my game. Personal favorites were, Bridgestone b330S, Taylormade Penta, occasionally a pro-V.

After 55yrs of age, and the new groove rule, I opted for a lower compression urethane spin type ball. Favorites for the last couple of years, Wilson Duo-U, and Srixon Q-star tour.

Now pushing 60, I tried some of the very soft variety of balls, mainly choosing them for Spring/Fall golf.

Since doing that last year, I came to realize that the Wilson Duo is now the perfect ball for me. I will very likely go to the newer version Duo Soft, but don't really expect much difference.

For anyone getting older, and can really appreciate the feel of a very soft ball, the Duo is simply the best. Keep you ego in check, and leave the pro-v's on the shelf.

Everyone should do what you've done - find a ball that works for them and their equipment.

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 11:40 AM

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 06:33 PM

View Postlil, on 01 May 2018 - 10:12 AM, said:

I don't mind the Duo's.  I did found a Wilson ball that just has some alignment line but no model name on it.  Any idea what it is?

I believe these are the practice type balls they sell - they come in a net bag (seen at Walmart or similar ) which is the only reason I say that

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:40 PM

I've played duos for a long time. Mostly due to cost. Since I used to lose a lot of balls. Recently switched to duo spins and have gained very noticeable control from 170yds and in. And no worse dispersion off the tee.

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:57 PM

I've hit a couple of found one's. Seem as good as any.
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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:51 AM

View Post73monte, on 26 April 2018 - 05:31 PM, said:

Up until 4-5 years ago, I played the highest spin tour ball I could find that suited my game. Personal favorites were, Bridgestone b330S, Taylormade Penta, occasionally a pro-V.

After 55yrs of age, and the new groove rule, I opted for a lower compression urethane spin type ball. Favorites for the last couple of years, Wilson Duo-U, and Srixon Q-star tour.

Now pushing 60, I tried some of the very soft variety of balls, mainly choosing them for Spring/Fall golf.

Since doing that last year, I came to realize that the Wilson Duo is now the perfect ball for me. I will very likely go to the newer version Duo Soft, but don't really expect much difference.

For anyone getting older, and can really appreciate the feel of a very soft ball, the Duo is simply the best. Keep you ego in check, and leave the pro-v's on the shelf.

Softer compression golf ball is the best friend for an aging golfer !

I can definitely echo your feeling toward the softer golf ball.  Back in the compression rated era, I played the 100 compression golf ball,  Not much choice there since every OEM has the 100 or the 90 compression golf balls. Except for the non rated two piece rock ball.  Then came the "Lady's" variety which started the revolution toward softer compression.
It's difficult to find the perfect golf ball for me because  too soft a compression will lose the driver distance but they sure feels great of the irons.  
I also found the Wilson DUO is a great golf ball for those colder days, compressing the DIO is not a problem even when it's in the high 30's F.  When the weather gets back to a drier 70° -80° F I still find the premium golf ball give me the most distance and performance.
So, I don;t have a "favorite" golf ball year round now.  I switch between a premium golf ball and a soft compression golf ball , sometimes in the same round ( for recreational play ).

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:58 AM

I use the Callaway Supersoft and Wilson DUOs.  Both are nice off the clubhead and direction/distance is great.  Once in awhile, I'll play the Bridgestone 330 rx (when I get them as gifts :taunt:)
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Posted 11 May 2018 - 03:12 PM

The Duo feels too much like a bouncy ball for me but I play the 50 Elites all the time.  A little more firmer feeling but not hard.  Works very well in the early/late part of the season.  

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 07:04 PM

View Postwkuo3, on 11 May 2018 - 09:51 AM, said:

View Post73monte, on 26 April 2018 - 05:31 PM, said:

Up until 4-5 years ago, I played the highest spin tour ball I could find that suited my game. Personal favorites were, Bridgestone b330S, Taylormade Penta, occasionally a pro-V.

After 55yrs of age, and the new groove rule, I opted for a lower compression urethane spin type ball. Favorites for the last couple of years, Wilson Duo-U, and Srixon Q-star tour.

Now pushing 60, I tried some of the very soft variety of balls, mainly choosing them for Spring/Fall golf.

Since doing that last year, I came to realize that the Wilson Duo is now the perfect ball for me. I will very likely go to the newer version Duo Soft, but don't really expect much difference.

For anyone getting older, and can really appreciate the feel of a very soft ball, the Duo is simply the best. Keep you ego in check, and leave the pro-v's on the shelf.

Softer compression golf ball is the best friend for an aging golfer !

I can definitely echo your feeling toward the softer golf ball.  Back in the compression rated era, I played the 100 compression golf ball,  Not much choice there since every OEM has the 100 or the 90 compression golf balls. Except for the non rated two piece rock ball.  Then came the "Lady's" variety which started the revolution toward softer compression.
It's difficult to find the perfect golf ball for me because  too soft a compression will lose the driver distance but they sure feels great of the irons.  
I also found the Wilson DUO is a great golf ball for those colder days, compressing the DIO is not a problem even when it's in the high 30's F.  When the weather gets back to a drier 70° -80° F I still find the premium golf ball give me the most distance and performance.
So, I don;t have a "favorite" golf ball year round now.  I switch between a premium golf ball and a soft compression golf ball , sometimes in the same round ( for recreational play ).

I'm glad you like the Duo, but if you feel you're losing distance with too soft a compression, I would also recommend the new Project A. It's firmer feeling than the Duo for sure, but still in the lower compression category. If distance is an issue, I would say the Project A seems to be longer. Although, the price is definitely to high for a ball in this category.

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