Category: Golf Ball Compression

New 2023 Wilson Duo Soft Golf Ball Review

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This year Wilson released a new version of their softest golf ball. They are not just saying it is soft, they are claiming it is “the world’s softest golf ball”. The ball’s first version was initially released in 2011, meaning it has been around for some time. The new 2023 Wilson Duo Soft golf ball review will let you know how it was to play the newest version.

According to Wilson, the Duo Soft had a 35 compression a couple of years ago. This edition came out a touch firmer, with a compression of 40, again according to Wilson.

The ball has a core that is specially formulated for maximum energy return. What that should result in is a longer distance and an easier launch with less effort.

2023 Wilson Duo Soft Box by
2023 Wilson Duo Soft Box by

The official website also states that no other ball can match the soft feel of Duo Soft. That is a very bold claim to make. We will see if there is any truth to that. Additionally, this ball is engineered for fast ball speed and low driver spin. That combination should create a straight and long ball flight. We all know that ball manufacturers like to make all sorts of claims about their products. Sometimes they are a bit exaggerated and sometimes they are real. Therefore, let’s see on which side the Duo Soft ends up.

Who Is This Ball For?

There is no simple answer to this question, no matter what you hear. In theory, this ball should suit the best golfers with slower swing speeds. But it is never that straightforward, is it? Let’s say it is going to suit you better if you are somewhere in the slow to medium swing speed range.

Again, it depends on what you are looking for in a ball. If you prefer a softer feel, this ball could also work for you. In case the distance is what makes you happy, it could be a decent option as well. Also, it is a very good option for bargain hunters. This ball’s price is hard to beat by any competitor in the same category.

Let me also tell you in what case you should probably look past the Duo Soft. If your swing speed goes beyond medium and falls into the fast category, you might not get enough out of the ball. Furthermore, if you are looking for more spin on wedge and iron shots, you won’t get that either.


  • Distance
  • Price
  • Soft Feel
  • Straight Flight


  • Low Wedges and Irons Spin
  • Not Suitable for Fast Swing Speeds

Wilson Duo Soft Review

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Chipping and Pitching

On the Green

The experience I had with this ball on the putting surface was the best of all game segments. To start with, it felt very soft on each stroke. The feeling did not change for long or short putts, it was consistent. Controlling the distance turned out to be a not-so-challenging task. It did not take me long to adjust to stroking it.

When it comes to holding the line, the ball did a decent job. This goes both for long and short putts, whether I stroke it harder or softer. I have noticed that I was reaching the hole or going past it on most occasions. For that matter, it was happening more often than during my typical round. Finally, the alignment arrow did a decent job of helping me align the putts.

Around the Green

Chipping was a bit of a mixed bag with this ball. Let’s start with the feeling. As you can already guess, the ball felt very soft upon contact. No matter if the chips in question were bump-and-runs or higher trajectory ones. On higher chips, the ball would pop up in the air with ease, no matter how close to the green.

Overall, the short game was decent. However, there was one thing that I did not enjoy much. There is a very noticeable lack of greenside spin. I am perhaps being a bit too strict here. Understandably, it is not meant to have a lot of greenside spin, but I am just being honest with my opinion here.

Approach Shots

Again, because of the fact I do reviews on a par 3 course, every shot is an approach shot. Where do I start from? For someone who enjoys striking the ball, I have to say I did enjoy striking this one. There are a few positive things I have to point out. Firstly, it felt soft on each strike, in a good way.

The flight trajectory was high on average, exactly how the engineers had envisioned it. And, yes, it did go a long distance. However, at the same time, I had a slight issue with that. Most of the time it would go a bit too long, which led to it landing on the back of the greens. For some reason, I struggled with distance control, just couldn’t get a hang of it.

What the consequences of that were, most of the time the ball would just roll off the green. Even with the higher flight trajectory, it would not hold the green if landed too far back. Here is where I noticed the lack of spin the most. When I managed to land it around the front or middle of the green, it would be fine. But that happened only on a few occasions.


I have to say I am slightly disappointed with the durability. This does not mean whatsoever that the ball did terribly, but it maybe did a bit worse than expected. After one round on a par 3 course, it had a few marks and a couple of scuffs on the cover. The marks were mostly fine, but the scuffs did not look nice. Maybe it is just me, but I would expect a bit more in this department.

Appearance and Price

When it comes to appearance, this ball looks just average. It has the classic Wilson Staff logo above the “Wilson” writing, with the number in red below. The alignment arrow looks a bit too simple compared to other competitors. As far as Wilson golf balls go, I like the Triad appearance better than this one.

Here is a strong suit for this ball, its price. In the 2-piece ionomer cover category, it is hard to beat it. Additionally, these balls often go on promotions where you can get a good deal. Besides the classic white, the ball comes in yellow, green, orange, and red colors. This kind of variety with the price is a good combination.

Final Verdict

To summarize, this ball gives a decent value for money. No matter if you are a beginner, like a soft feel and long distance, or just a deal hunter, this ball could be for you. It will not give you a ton of workability, but it can suit you well if you simply want to enjoy golfing. For the price, you might as well just give it a try.

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Golf Ball Compression and Swing Speed – How They Relate

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When it comes to golf topics, this one falls into the open-to-interpretation category. I say that because I have heard and read different thoughts about it over time. Some experts have one theory, while others have a different one. Nonetheless, there is definitely a relationship between golf ball compression and swing speed to look into.

The fact is that golfers use golf balls with different compression ratings and swing the clubs at different speeds. Those things will never change going into the future.

Going back to the diverse theories about compression and swing speed, there are two main ones. The first tells us that there is a certain compression rating class for each swing speed class.

That means if you swing your club slower, you should go for low-compression golf balls. In the same way, if you swing faster, you should go for higher-compression golf balls.

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Image by Virgile Donadieu on Unsplash

The second, on the other hand, tells us that to play your best golf you do not have to follow the rules from the first one. In fact, some experts say you could be fitted in different ball compression classes from your swing speed class. For example, you could still be fitted for a higher compression golf ball even if you are in the slow or middle swing speed category.

In this article, I will not support any of the two theories, but I will explain what the golf ball compression rating and swing speed are. I will also talk about how it is all designed to work together and leave you to decide what you make of it at the end.

Golf Ball Compression Rating

Golf ball compression refers to the measurement of the hardness or firmness of a golf ball. That critical characteristic affects the ball’s performance and feel when struck by a golfer’s club. It basically means, that when a golf ball is struck, it undergoes deformation, compressing against the clubface before rebounding off it.

The compression intensity directly influences how the energy is transferred from the club to the ball during impact. Balls with different compression levels behave differently based on a golfer’s swing speed and other factors. The golf ball compression is measured between 0 and 200.

However, most standard balls are rated between 50 and 100, with a few models from different brands with compressions under 50. The lower the compression rating, the softer the ball, and the higher the compression rating, the firmer the ball.

Swing Speed

Now, when we talk about swing speed, we usually talk about two different things. There is the golf club swing speed which refers to the velocity at which a golfer’s golf clubhead moves during the golf swing. In some parts of the world is measured in miles per hour (mph), while in others in kilometers per hour (km/h).

The golf club swing speed, more precisely driver swing speed, is typically used as a reference for choosing the golf ball. It is also valuable for club fitting, choosing the right shaft flex, and optimizing the equipment for maximum performance. Professional golfers usually have swing speeds between 110 and 130 mph, while amateurs mostly range from 80 to 100 mph.

There is also golf ball speed. It refers to the speed at which the golf ball leaves the clubface after impact with the golf club. The clubhead speed, the quality of contact with the ball, and the characteristics of the ball itself directly influence its speed.

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Image by Samantha Gades on Unsplash

Low-Compression Golf Balls

It includes golf balls with compression ratings around 50 (or lower) to 70. They are primarily designed for slower swing speeds (typically below 85 mph). These balls help maximize distance for golfers who do not generate a lot of power in their swings. They tend to feel softer and are more forgiving.

Mid-Compression Golf Balls

These are balls with compression ratings between 70 and 90. They are suitable for a wide range of golfers with moderate swing speeds (around 85 to 100 mph). These balls offer a balance of distance and control. Unlike the low compression rating category which only consists of two-piece golf balls, here we can find two-piece and three-piece (also a few four or five-piece) balls.

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Image by Angelina Yan on Unsplash

High-Compression Golf Balls

Here we can find balls with compression ratings above 90. They are designed for higher swing speeds (above 100 mph) and provide more control and accuracy for golfers with faster swings. This is the category where we can find the fewest ball models out there.

How It All Relates

Golf ball compression is important, but is just one factor that influences golf ball performance. The construction and design of the ball’s core, cover, and dimple pattern also play crucial roles in how the ball behaves and performs. For this reason, golfers often experiment with different golf ball models to find the one that suits their game and swing characteristics the best.

The bottom line is that every golfer’s swing and style are unique. You can definitely go for a golf ball fitting and be fitted with a golf ball you least expected. At the end of the day what matters is the things you are looking for in a ball. You might want only distance, or you are more focused on short-game performance. Whatever it is, there is a golf ball out there for you.

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