Wilson boasts extra softness with Duo Spin ball

Wilson’s Duo Spin golf ball officially will be unveiled Jan. 20-23 at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., and will go on sale in the United States on Jan. 24, the day after the PGA Show.

The Duo Spin, a three-piece ball with a Surlyn cover, joins the updated two-piece Duo, also with a Surlyn cover. So what is the difference between the two balls, besides the retail price of $19.99 for the Duo and $26.99 for the Duo Spin?

Wilson says the compression rating of the Duo is 29 and the Duo Spin is 35. Although the measurement of compression is different from manufacturer to manufacturer, these balls are clearly among the softest in the industry. Softer golf balls have lower compression ratings, while firmer balls have higher compression ratings.

The Duo Spin, because it is a three-piece ball, will create more spin than the Duo. For most golfers, this means the Duo Spin will be somewhat easier to control around the green. Meanwhile, it is likely the Duo will carry a few yards farther off the tee.

Both balls have a distinct soft feel, even on putts. In advance of the Jan. 24 introduction at retail.

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