Best Wilson Golf Balls: Tested On-Course


Almost everyone is familiar with the Wilson brand since they make a wide range of different sports products. A lot of people overlook them though, but they actually make some really solid golf balls, which we’ll be comparing here.

The majority of people are probably using the wrong golf ball. Don’t get me wrong, playing a specific golf ball won’t drop your scores by 10 strokes overnight, but using the right one could help your game and also your wallet.

Alternatively, if you want to know about different brands instead, you can read our guides on the best Callaway golf balls, best Bridgestone golf balls, and best Srixon golf balls.

Wilson Golf Balls Specs

Golf BallHandicapLayersFeelCompressionSpeed (MPH)Driver SpinWedge Spin
Wilson Staff ModelLow4Firm100105+MidHigh
Wilson TriadMid-Low3Mid85Under 105MidMid-High
Wilson Duo Soft+High2Soft35Under 90LowLow
Source: Golf Ball Info Chart

Wilson Staff Model

  • Layers: 4
  • Cover: Urethane
  • Compression: 100
  • Feel: Firm
  • Swing Speed: 105+ MPH
  • Wedge Spin: High
  • Handicap: Low

This is Wilson’s premium golf ball and is mainly designed for low handicappers and professionals. The 4 piece design and high compression rating make this a good ball for high swing speeds (at least 105+ MPH).

Since the price of this ball is quite high I’d only recommend it for better players. You could use this ball as a mid/high handicap but I don’t think you’d benefit in any way. You probably (and me) aren’t able to hit our wedges solid enough to take advantage of the spin rates, plus the long game spin won’t help.

I don’t know what ball you currently use but I’d say this ball is very similar to the Titleist Pro V1x. Both of them have 4 layers and a compression rating close to 100.

After messing around with each ball, I noticed that they were very close in terms of distance and short-game spin. The main difference between them was the amount of driver spin.

The Pro V1x spins quite a lot off the tee, which means it curves more and flies higher. You can see how backspin and sidespin affect a golf ball here. The Staff Model spins less off the tee which means less height and less side-to-side spin. I prefer that.

Just in case you were wondering, the Staff Model spins more around the green and less off the tee compared to the standard Pro V1. Most people are probably familiar with that ball.

Overall, this isn’t a ball I’d use myself and probably wouldn’t fit the majority of people. It felt like I was hitting a rock off the tee and I got way more side-to-side spin compared to the Triad and Duo. Only use this ball if you’re a low handicap with a swing speed over 105 MPH.

Wilson Staff vs Wilson Staff R: These two golf balls are exactly the same, but the “R” stands for raw, which means that this model doesn’t have paint on it.

Wilson Triad

Layers: 3
Cover: Urethane
Compression: 85
Feel: Mid
Swing Speed: Under 105 MPH
Wedge Spin: Mid-High
Handicap: Mid-Low

This is Wilson’s middle-of-the-range ball and is one of the best golf balls for mid-handicappers. The reason is because of the cheaper price tag, and the reduced compression, and as a result, you won’t need to swing the club as fast.

Two balls that are pretty similar to the Triad are the Pro V1 and Chrome Soft. All three have the same number of layers, same cover material, similar compression ratings, and pretty solid greenside spin.

After testing them all out, I found that the Triad was my favorite when it came to overall performance. They were quite close, but the main difference was the distance and spin rates.

Off the tee, the Triad was longer than the others. One of the first holes I used this ball was a shorter par 4, so I used a 6 iron off the tee. I was pretty surprised when I ended up hitting the ball 206 yards and almost into the pond.

The most I’ve ever hit my 6 iron was 195 yards up until this point. I’ve used a Pro V1 and Chrome soft quite a lot, so for me, it was clear that the Triad was longer. Plus, I hit another shot that was 204 yards with my 6 iron, so it wasn’t a fluke.

With the wedges, the Pro V1 spun quite a bit more than the others. Both the Triad and Chrome Soft were pretty similar actually. It’s not a big deal for me (a mid handicapper), but it could be for others.

This tells me that the Pro V1 would most likely be a better fit for low handicaps and scratch golfers. That being said, the Triad is much cheaper than the others and performs similarly. That’s why I’d recommend this ball to a mid-handicapper who doesn’t want to spend a fortune.

Wilson Triad vs Wilson Triad R: Both of these balls have the same specs and will perform the same on the course. The “R” stands for raw, which means that the ball doesn’t have any paint.

Wilson Duo Soft+

Layers: 2
Cover: Surlyn
Compression: 35
Feel: Soft
Swing Speed: Under 90 MPH
Wedge Spin: Low
Handicap: High

This is Wilson’s entry-level ball and is one of the best golf balls for average golfers. Out of all the balls I’ve tested over the years, this one was one of the most forgiving, which means it finds the fairway.

My best 9 holes were 4 over and this was the ball I was using. Yeah, it doesn’t bite the greens that well, but playing your second shot from the fairway makes the game so much easier.

The ball that’s the most similar to this is probably the Callaway Supersoft. Both balls have two layers and an ultra-low compression rating (35-40). The Duo Soft+ is actually the softest golf ball out there (at the time of writing this).

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I found that the Supersoft slightly edged out the Duo Soft+ in terms of distance and greenside spin. When I say that, I mean just slightly. In saying that, I’d still play the Wilson instead.

The biggest problem average golfers face is slicing the ball off the planet. I’ve found that Supersoft doesn’t help that much. The Duo Soft+ is way straighter in my experience (along with the Titleist Velocity) and is the better option for anyone shooting over 90.

Wilson Duo Soft+ vs Wilson Duo Optix: Both of these balls have the same specs and will perform the same on the course. The main difference between them is that the Duo Soft+ is white while the Optix is colored.

Best Wilson Golf Ball For You

As we talked about before, there are many different types of golf balls. You could use a cheaper 2 or 3 piece golf ball and shoot in the 70s. You could also use a premium 3 or 4 piece golf ball and shoot 110.

Using the right golf ball won’t have a big impact on your scores but it can definitely help. Not only your game but also your wallet. There’s no point in paying a bunch of money for something that won’t help you.

I think the best approach is to use a cheaper ball that finds the fairway when you’re starting out. Then you can upgrade as you get better. As for the all-popular Pro V1, you probably aren’t good enough for it until you can shoot in the 70s.

So, which ball should you use and why?

If you’re shooting above 90: The best Wilson ball for you will most likely be the Duo Soft+. Even to this day, it’s one of my favorite balls. Nothing fancy, but it finds the fairway.

At this point, you probably slice or hook the ball way too often. You probably can’t put much spin on your wedge shots either. What’s the point in spending a bunch of money on a high-spinning ball?

Playing a ball with a low compression rating, softer feel, and less spin off the tee will be the way to go. Losing a Duo Soft that costs 2 bucks isn’t as bad as losing a Pro V1 that costs $5.

If you’re shooting in the 80s: The best Wilson ball for you will be the Wilson Triad. There’s a reason this ball is designed to “help you break 80,” according to the website.

That’s just a marketing gimmick, but it does have some truth to it. You could break 80 with the Duo Soft, but it might be a bit tricky. The reason is because of the increased short-game spin.

The Triad costs more than the Duo because it spins more. When you start working your way into the 80s, you can probably spin the ball a bit. Using the Triad will help you land the ball on the green and have it bounce once or twice and then slow down.

I’m sure you’ve hit the ball onto the green only to have it roll 20 yards long. This could help you out a bit. I still wouldn’t use a premium ball (they cost too much), but something in the middle will be the perfect solution.

If you’re shooting below 80: The best Wilson ball for you will be the Triad or Staff Model. What it really comes down to is your swing speed and how much short-game spin you need.

Generally, the Triad is best for swing speeds under 105 MPH (most people) while the Staff is for speeds over 105 MPH. The Staff was way too firm for me but I really liked the way the Triad felt.

When it comes to distance and trajectory, both of them were essentially the same for me. The only difference is that the Staff Model spins a bit more around the greens. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference, but better players might.

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Jon Webber

Just an average golfer trying to take my game to the next level. Was shooting around 100 not that long ago but have now been in the 80s consistently. Best round to date was 12 over. Best 9 holes were 4 over.

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