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Wilson flips design strategy with FG Tour ball

By Mike Stachura

Traditionally golf-ball development works in one direction: Technology targeting elite players trickles down to average golfers. Wilson is flipping the script with its latest tour ball that seeks to build on the success of its low-compression Duo balls, which are designed for average golfers.

Wilson FG Tour ball new (430).jpgThe new Wilson Staff FG Tour ($45) will be one of the softest multilayer, urethane-covered balls on the market, with a compression of 70. Most balls in the category are in the 90s and 100s. Wilson officials say their research shows even low-handicap players prefer a lower compression ball.

The four-piece construction has two mantle layers offering improved velocity and a core that helps reduce driver spin. The urethane cover is designed to produce plenty of short-shot spin.