Wilson Golf's new Duo Professional ball aims to offer value, color and performance

Wilson Golf’s new Duo Professional ball aims to offer value, color and performance

Wilson Golf has found a bit of a market in recent years with lower (and lower still) compression golf balls, offering incredibly soft feel while injecting some personality with a bevy of color options. Selling the balls at a reasonable price point completes the trifecta, and Wilson's found some avid players who love the Duo Soft line.

However, the company also wants a ball for a better player who demands more spin while retaining some of the soft feel that comes from lower compression. What they've come up with is the new Duo Professional, which is a firmer ball than the Duo Soft and checks in at a compression rating of 60 (higher than the Duo Urethane, its predecessor, by 5 compression rating points). At that compression, a better player can still get soft feel and put a little action on the ball around the greens and with wedge in hand.

The Duo Professional is a three-piece ball, retaining the softer cast-urethane color of a premium ball, with an ionomer middle layer, it creates up to 10 percent more spin than the Duo Urethane while retaining a distance-forward profile to keep it flying out there with its peers in the premium category. The softer core -- the biggest part of the ball -- keeps the compression and driver spin down to keep the ball going straight. A firmer mantle builds up the spin profile while retaining the overall softer feel in combo with the cast-urethane cover, which is actually 40 percent thinner than the Duo Urethane while offering deeper dimples in the same 362-dimple pattern.

Of course, what's a Wilson ball these days without a number of color options? The Duo Professional, selling Dec. 3 for $35 per dozen, will be available inĀ gloss white, matte orange, matte yellow and matte green.

Wilson's hoping the mixture of personality, performance and price will lead to purchases and give a player with a more common swing speed the right blend of distance and spin for their game.

About the author


Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

Ballengee can be reached by email at ryan[at]thegolfnewsnet.com

Ryan occasionally links to merchants of his choosing, and GNN may earn a commission from sales generated by those links. See more in GNN's affiliate disclosure.

What Viktor Hovland’s lost golf clubs can teach us about traveling with sticks Vokey SM9 wedges revealed this week on the PGA Tour Trump, PGA of America settle over cancelled PGA Championship The one thing Tiger Woods will never do in a golf tournament The new TaylorMade Stealth driver hits the USGA conforming list