"Oh about '50/50' I'd say." This is the latest Wilson Staff offering in golf balls, and it's aimed straight at the Weekend Warrior with a penchant for working the ball. If you're looking for a tour level ball--this ain't it. If you need a new 2-piece ball w/a soft yet shockingly informative feel--this one will have you on the right track. It really is a nice ball, and for a two piece offering it rates right up there. I think the new Top Flite D2 Feel is a slightly longer ball w/a slightly softer feel, but this one is a shade more informative, a bit easier to work, and provides enough greenside spin to rival some of that new budget 3-piece balls. It's definitely a better ball than Wilson DX2 that it replaces, and is well worth the entry fee of $15.99 A DOZEN. It is a better ball than the Nike Ignite (Barfo), and Callaway HX Hot (Top Flite XL 3000 In Callaway Clothing), so in that respect it represents a very good value. The problem for Wilson here is that the Top Flite D2 "Feel" has a bit better distance; while the Nike "Power Distance Super Soft" (though somewhat vague in the feel department) has a softer touch. However, if you're looking for a ball that is somehow slightly firm while retaining a somewhat soft feel, and would like two piece durability w/a bit of spin, then this just might be your new ball. In the interest of reviews, and clarification, I took the time to shoot two rounds at my favourite training course this last weekend, and since it was empty I shot three balls off of every hole. You guessed it--a head to head w/Wilson 50/50, Top Flite D2 Feel, and Nike Power Distance Super Soft. So--"Gentlemen--"Start your reading glasses!"
Recommend this product?
The Wilson proved by far to be the most workable of the three. If I wanted a slight fade to a high cut, or a baby draw to a pseudo hook this was definitely the go to ball. It is as workable as most intermediate priced three piece balls, better than the budget models, and almost on par w/the tour models. The feel was firm w/out being rock-like. I found this surprising as in theory it sports the lowest compression of all three. --Must be the cover. Either way--it's workability was no less than astounding for a two piece ball. Distance wise she trailed the other two by about 4-7 yards. The trajectory tends to be a bit more boring than the other two, and did prove the most reliable of all three when fighting a 3 club wind.
The Nike remains the most fun of all to hit. "POOF" she's up up and away w/super high trajectory, and way down the fairway. The feedback, however, is non-existant from this little marshmallow on steroids-- thus rendering her workability factor to guesswork at best. The low compression and soft ionomer cover reduced any overly viscious side-spin so she tended to fly straight. The Nike and Top Flite tended to trade top honours for distance back and forth. The Top Flite holds a better line than the Nike, but not quite as true as the Wilson's. She has a high trajectory that is straight. Though more workable than the Nike, the Top Flite simply couldn't match The Wilson in workability, but did tend to nick her for a few yards on a consistant basis.
Long Irons/Hybrids/Fairway Metals
This is a very strange call here, because one would tend to think that the longest ball honors should be the winners here. Sadly, we are often setting up approach shots from here on many an occassion, so workability remains an important factor. Hands down--the Wilson 50/50 simply steers incredibly well for a two piece ball. The Nike wins again for fun (how can you not like "POOF" she's gone), but the Top Flite definitely took top honours for distance time and again. The deal on these balls boils down to this---if you chunk your 3 wood a lot--go for the Nike. It has the softest feel and the highest trajectory. If you need pure distance from these clubs than the Top Flite offers the next highest trajectory, but definitely the most yardage. If you are good w/all three of these clubs, and like to work the ball, as well as avoid balloon shots--then The Wilson 50/50 would be the better choice.
This department starts to blur the lines even further on all three. Everyone of them is a safe bet for middle of the green approach shots. Pin-Seeking is questionable w/all three, but the green sticking power--such as it is, depends on the shots you prefer. If you can already generate a lot of spin then The Wilson is the only ball out of these three that will return the favour. It actually spins fairly well, but be forewarned--it is still a 2-piece so don't go looking for Pro V-1 type of backwards dancing. The other two will stick if you have a fairly high trajectory. That's because they will fly that much higher, and use the loft for a softer landing, and hopefully a stop after a bounce or two. In feedback it's definitely Wilson followed closely by Top Flite, and Nike "Mr. Poof Daddy" lands the softest, but again, gives the least feedback.
Short Irons/ Wedges
Again we get back to the question of spin. If you already use it--go with The Wilson. It's added workability and bit extra spin make it the target ball of the bunch. The Top Flite is close here, but makes up for the difference w/loft. The Nike is pure loft. Your pitching wedge is going to fly as high as a Lob Wedge here, and the soft landing will be your bail out. As we get to wedges--durability also becomes an issue. The Top Flite, like its legendary ancestors, definitely takes top honors here. The Wilson is darned close, w/the ability to take a good wedge whack or two as well w/out any smiles on the ball. The Nikes tended to scuff easier, and leave more plastic in the grooves of my clubs.
The Top Flite and Wilson ran neck and neck here. Both feaure the much sought after "Muted Click" for an audible cue, and both tended to give very good tactile cues off of all putter faces--be they metal, insert, metal grooved, or polymer grooved. They both offered some semblance of clinginess before coming off of the putter's face. (Yes I had several putters stuffed in my bag that day.)The Top Flite gets the nod, however, thanks to the alignment feature on the ball. Nice little touch.The Nike stayed true to her "Marshmallow Core" roots and just kind of poofed her way off of the putter. No real cues here of either variety.
If you want fun and distance, and don't count on feedback--the Nike is a great ball.
If you need feedback, and distance, but don't really care to work the daylights out of a ball, then the Top Flite is the winner.
If you are willing to sacrifice a smidgen of distance in order to work the ball, and get a little greenside spin (similar to the Volvik Crystal's greenside spin, in other words, as much as a 2-piece ball can offer) then Wilson is the winner.
Amount Paid (US$): 15.99