124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2


Wilson Duo Soft

Hot List Gold 2023

The Wilson Duo has been setting the standard for low-compression two-piece balls since it debuted in 2011. The latest model continues down that path with what the company claims is “the world’s softest golf ball.”

Though soft is terrific—and this ball is with a compression of 38—no golfer is willing to sacrifice significant yards to enjoy a soft feel. Wilson understands this and set out to make a ball with increased velocity, too. The secret sauce is the presence of additional Zinc pentachlorothio-phenol in the core. For those without a degree in chemistry, in layman’s terms using more of it in the core helps amplify the power of a player’s swing, especially for those swinging in the 90-miles-per-hour range or slower. No lessons required.

Feel Rating (Soft to Firm)


Performance: 4.5/5

Innovation: 4.5/5

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