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Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

Wilson Golf Balls

Wilson offers a full range of balls, including six different “Staff” (high performance) balls and four additional recreational balls branded “Tour” (these have replaced the prior SL line). Wilson just released for 2013 their new Will Custom Fit Staff Center to help players determine the best golf ball for their game from their Staff lineup. The player enters six pieces of information: average score, driver distance, preferred feel, importance of distance/accuracy (and interesting combo) or short game, whether you shape your iron shots, and how important it is to spin the ball around the green. This should be a vast improvement over their prior tool, where a visitor would enter a competing ball, and Wilson would provide their comparable version (not ball fitting at all). After providing this information, players will be presented with a preferred ball as well as an alternative to consider.

Staff balls include the FG Tour and FG Tour X, which are both urethane cover balls. The FG Tour is designed for spin and is marketed as having “the softest feel of any urethane cover ball in the market” (we’ll let you decide for yourself if you agree). The Wilson FG Tour X is a firmer (93 compression vs 75), lower-spinning ball that is designed for additional distance for high swing speed players.
Wilson Staff FG Tour
MSRP: $39.99
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Wilson Staff FG Tour X
MSRP: $39.99
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The other balls in the Staff lineup are all ionomer cover balls, including the C:25, DUO, Fifty Elite and Zip. Only the C:25 has multiple layers (3-piece), the rest are 2-piece balls. The DUO and Fifty Elite are focused on distance, with the DUO as a 40 compression (!) ball, the softest on the market, and the longest ball Wilson has ever made. The Fifty Elite, appropriately named, is a 50 compression ball, still marketed as long (just not as much as the DUO), providing additional feel. The Zip is a value ball focused on spin.
Wilson Staff C:25
MSRP: $24.99
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Wilson Staff DUO (also available in yellow)
MSRP: $19.99
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Wilson Staff Fifty Elite
MSRP: $19.99
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Wilson Staff Zip (2-dozen)
MSRP: $24.99
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In Wilson’s Recreational category are four “Tour Velocity” models, the Tour Distance, Tour Feel, Tour Accuracy and Women. These are all ionomer cover balls with low-mid compression and come in 15-packs with an MSRP of $14.95
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Tour Velocity – Tour Distance
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Tour Velocity – Tour Feel
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Tour Velocity – Tour Accuracy
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Tour Velocity – Women
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