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#1 coach1775

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:57 PM

I've posted a couple of threads about the Wilson Duo which I absolutely love. I must say that I have not had any problems with it other than one; they are cracking. I've only played three balls in 9 rounds and 2 of 3 have cracked. My swing speed is not that fast and I usually hit it down the fairway or slight rough. The ball is not being abused in other words. I know what you’re thinking maybe I should change balls occasionally but I’ve never had this happen. I wanted to see how durable it would be. Could this be a manufactures issue?  Or is anyone else having this problem?
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

Dont use that ball,,but if this were my problem, I'd contact Wilson customer service.  I would think they would want all the balls from that dozen back just to evaluate the problem, and also be willing to send you replacements.

It's likely you arent the only person experiencing the problem.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 05:22 PM

You are getting an average of three rounds out of each ball, right?
If so, it is not unusual for a ball to crack after this much use. I have a Flightscope L/M and I switch balls out every week, for just that reason. They crack. And it doesn't matter which brand. The more often they compress, the more likely they are to break.
Most balls never see a full round of use, let alone three or more. I wish I owned a ball for that long........
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

I've never had that problem. But then again I've never had a Duo in play for that long. Props to you. :-)
Hey...be nice.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

I can about scrape a cover off the c:25 balls in 5 holes


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 07:24 PM

I have played a few rounds with a duo and haven't cracked one yet!! Maybe my swung speed is too slow!!

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

View PostPadre John, on 21 November 2012 - 07:24 PM, said:

I have played a few rounds with a duo and haven't cracked one yet!! Maybe my swung speed is too slow!!
What! You don't lose golf balls either? :-)
Hey...be nice.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

Wow, I play the duo in the winter and haven't had that happen yet. I'll be watching now though.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:53 PM

View Post78blades, on 21 November 2012 - 08:30 PM, said:

Wow, I play the duo in the winter and haven't had that happen yet. I'll be watching now though.
I'm not bashing the ball because I love it.  I must say though I played my 1st Duo for 4 straight rounds never switching it out and the 2nd Duo for three straight rounds.  I was just wondering if it has happend to anyone else.  My swing speed is not high prob round 90-95 with the driver

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

View Postcoach1775, on 21 November 2012 - 08:53 PM, said:

View Post78blades, on 21 November 2012 - 08:30 PM, said:

Wow, I play the duo in the winter and haven't had that happen yet. I'll be watching now though.
I'm not bashing the ball because I love it.  I must say though I played my 1st Duo for 4 straight rounds never switching it out and the 2nd Duo for three straight rounds.  I was just wondering if it has happend to anyone else.  My swing speed is not high prob round 90-95 with the driver

I didn't take it that way; and now i'll be watching cuz its a winter ball for me.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

I notice that one of mine cracked too.  it was not as severe as yours; when i get back home on Friday I'll snap a pick.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:36 PM

Years ago I had a defective Wilson ball..don't remember which model. It looked like "sputnik: with some long nubs along the equator of the ball, out of the box.

Called Wilson and they asked for it back. A few weeks later I got 24 new Wilson balls in the mail with a note explaining they had not completely finished that particular ball in assemble and their regrets.

I would call Wilson and see if they will do the same for your cracked ball. It could be like winning the lottery if they send you a dozen or two.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:14 AM

I had the exact same thing happen last weekend. I usually play 2 balls switching every nine, so the duo probably had about 18-22 holes of use. On a par 5 I hit my approach to the green. When I marked it and picked it up, it was cracked about 3/4th around. Weather was in the 50s, so not that cold. I swing about 90-92 with ddriver, so not a big hitter.  I have never had it happen with any other ball- even the Fifty or Zip I played from Wilson in the past.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:05 PM

This actually is a pretty common problem with this ball

I have no scientific proof but I think it has something with the compression being so low.

My dad swings around 90-100 and has split one. It was during the summer temperature may play a part in it as well.

That said, I played the same ball for 36 holes 60 degree weather and didnt split it yet. I swing around 108-113.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

I played a DUO today and on the 9th hole, mine almost broke in half.  Was so pissed!!


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

Here's another...I enjoyed this ball for 34 holes before I noticed this crack
Didn't hit any trees or carth paths, only hit fairways....lol



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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:20 PM

Wow!!! you guys must be animals with 120 MPH swing speeds cause I have been playing the same Duo for 4 rounds and have given some to my buddies, and none of us have experienced that problem. Cuddos to you for being able to do that to a Golf Ball, PPPPLLLEEEAAASSSEEE dont evr hit a ball into us if you are behond us on a golf coudse cause you will kill one of us!
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:04 AM

i wish, 225 carry, maybe 240+ total distance, I'll let you do the math:)

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:48 AM

I guess Duos have an expiration date somewhere on them..after 36+ holes of play :taunt:


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:58 AM

Being cheap, I always try to get as many rounds out of a ball as possible.  

I put a dot on the side of the ball after each round so I can see how many rounds it goes.  I have brands crack after 3 or 4 rounds, from Titleist ProV1's to Nike Mojos.  I also occasionally notice a cracked ball in the bucket at the practice range.

It's not an extremely common occurrence, but it happens.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:58 AM

Wondering if 55 overall compression is simply too low for golf balls hit at anything exceeding 80 MPH.

Seen three pictures of DUO cracks and they all looked like "stress" cracks. Uneven, jagged. As if the deformation of the ball was too much for the cover, which tore, then rebounded into its original position.

Their ZIP ball also had extremely low overall compression, but the mantel layer may have prevented over deformation. I noticed, and have remarked, that the ZIP distances and behavior were quite a bit more consistent than the ELITE 50 that came before it. ELITE 50 would release some whoa surprise distances at the oddest times (not always full swings).

Wilson Staff may have taken golf balls to the Low Compression Cliff.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:42 PM

Ok got a dozen a couple weeks ago usally switch out after a round. I forgot to put some in bag played an old one a sure enough split right down the middle. Wasn't real cold 55 next day same thing 2 out of the same sleeve. Not real happy cause I like the ball and they're cheap, with frozen ground not sure about it being a winter ball. Had a FG Tour do the same thing in Ca last year kinda wondering about Wilson balls.

Edited by rlchris130, 27 November 2012 - 01:44 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:07 AM

I'm shocked that you guys can play a ball for 36 holes. I am happy to lose only one on each 9. I play courses with a lot of "natural grass" areas that are black holes. For those that play both, how is the Duo compared to a Q-Star or E6?

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

I routinely play the same Pro V1x for 3 or 4 rounds (with some luck while searching for those errant shots) and have never had one crack.  To suggest that all balls crack after 3 rounds is simply ridiculous.  There are balls in the hitting bay at the local Golfsmith that are almost worn smooth from overuse, that still don't have cracks.  

To the OP:  You have defective balls (sorry couldn't resist).  Seriously, contact Wilson, I'm sure they would like to get their hands on them (that wasn't meant to be funny) for some testing.


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:51 AM

Hope they get this fixed.  I love this ball.  Switched from ProV1X to use this ball and am real happy with it.  I do change balls out after a round or two though.  Or if it has any tree or cart path marks.  I have not seen any cracks in mine but can't say I have been paying any attention.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:29 AM

View PostBrettasaurus, on 28 November 2012 - 11:07 AM, said:

I'm shocked that you guys can play a ball for 36 holes. I am happy to lose only one on each 9. I play courses with a lot of "natural grass" areas that are black holes. For those that play both, how is the Duo compared to a Q-Star or E6?

I've played the Q-Star and Duo and would put them at about even for feel and performance. I would also put the Top Flite D2 Feel in that group as well. I have not played the E6 in ages so I can't help you there.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

I thought about trying these until now...  I play Pro v1's, they get shredded after 18 holes.  I'm not used to playing a ball for more than one round, let alone 3...

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:16 PM

I play Duo's, 50 Elites, and C:25S. While looking at the compression chart from GolfBallTest.org I noticed that the compression/ cover hardness for the Duo is 51/ 87. The C:25 numbers are 85/ 90. The 50 Elites are 75/83.
  With the Duo have having a low compression core and a cover hardness equivalent to a higher compression ball might explain why some are cracking. The cover isn't flexible enough.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

I'm done with the DUO....!!!! I gave them a second chance and I was let down again. The ball pictured below was brand new out of the box today and completely cracked in half off the 9th tee. 98 SS in 50 degree sunny SoCal.
This ball was from a different batch than my last failure. Great ball for the price but my dad always told me "you get what you pay for"


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