Expert Review: Wilson 2022 Duo Soft+ Golf BallsPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Joe Mallock
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in October of 2022.
The Wilson 2022 Duo Soft+ Golf Balls are great for beginner and intermediate-level golfers who want a quality ball at an affordable price. The distance from the driver is great, and I really appreciate the soft feel on the greens.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2022 Wilson Duo Soft+ Golf Balls
- Color: White
- Average score: 79-85
- Handicap: 8.4 index
- Experience: 25 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical shot shape: Fade
- Typical trajectory: High
- Club swing speed: 105 mph (driver)
- When I bought this: October 2022
- Days tested: Two rounds
- Where I’ve used it: Black Creek Club in Chattanooga, TN
- Weather and wind conditions: Sunny and dry with light winds. Temperature in the mid-70s.
- Turf conditions: Fast and dry fairways with moderately thick rough.
- Green speeds: Moderately fast greens.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I’ve been looking for a ball that costs less than $25/dozen with quality performance characteristics. Namely, I wanted a ball with excellent distance with the driver and long irons, a ball that has a soft feel with the scoring irons and putter, and a ball that can deliver decent spin.
Why I chose this golf ball
I’ve been experimenting with lots of different balls for less than $25/dozen. I was intrigued by the Wilson 2022 Duo Soft+ because Wilson claims that the ball has great distance and is still very soft, so I wanted to check it out. Some other balls I’ve tested recently include the Wilson Tour Velocity Distance and the Srixon Soft Feel. For my comparison of the three different balls, see the section below called “Value for the Money vs. other options.”
What I love about it
- Distance: For a ball that is advertised as Soft+, the Wilson Duo Soft+ still gets a surprising amount of distance. The ball is designed to produce low spin with the driver, and the result is sneaky long distance, even on drives that aren’t my best.
- Feel: The feel of the ball is decent with my woods and irons, but it really shines with the putter. I feel a soft connection with each putting stroke, which helps me dial in my distance control on the green.
- Durability: There are no durability issues with this ball. There are minimal scuffs on the ball after playing 18 holes, just the usual grass stains and light wear that I’d expect after playing a round.
- Color: The ball is a standard white color, which I find easy to spot in the air and on the course.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Green Spin: The Wilson Duo Soft+ ball has distance and soft feel, but it doesn’t complete the trifecta because this ball has no spin. No matter how tight I clip my wedges or scoring irons, I can’t generate a hop-and-stop spin when the ball lands on the green. That’s not surprising, though, since two-piece golf balls are not known for delivering any spin.
Best shot with this golf ball
The 18th hole at Black Creek Club is a par 5, and the tee shot is riddled with danger: water runs up the left side for 250 yards, and the right side is marked with out-of-bounds stakes. The green is protected by a creek that runs 50 yards in front of it, so in order to have any chance of reaching the green in two shots, my drive must go at least 270 yards and hug the left side of the fairway. With the Wilson Duo Soft+, I hit my best drive of the day—a low, penetrating shot that was straight as an arrow. The ball carried 260 yards and ran another 30 yards, leaving me with 220 left into the green!
Value for the money vs. other options
For inexpensive options, players should consider Wilson's Duo Soft+ balls and Tour Velocity Distance balls. For players who want any type of feel with the ball, it’s worth paying a few more dollars to get the Duo Soft+. However, for only $21.99/dozen, I think the Srixon Soft Feel golf balls offer an even better playing experience as they have more feel and spin than the Duo Soft+ balls.
The Wilson 2022 Duo Soft+ Golf Ball is a solid choice for a ball that only costs $22.99/dozen. It offers long distance and a soft feel around the green, but for better players, it will leave something to be desired regarding spin.