Wilson Triad Golf Balls (2022)

Wilson Triad Golf Balls – Key Takeaways

  • Cast urethane, three-piece ball for golfers who want to “break 80.”
  • High MOI due to balanced density in all three layers
  • 85 compression
  • $39.99 per dozen. Available Feb 15.

The new Wilson Triad might very well be one of the most innovative golf balls of 2022. Whether “innovative” actually means “better” is a different discussion but the tech story behind this ball is fairly compelling as is the go-to-market strategy.

Wilson introduced the Triad in New York City last night, hosting a media event at its new Wilson retail store on Broadway (more on that later). The Triad is aimed at a specific golfer: the aspiring player who’s striving to break 80. And, if we read the marketing tea leaves correctly, that aspiring player also happens to be on the young side, probably under 40.

If that sounds like you or if you like the idea of a cast-urethane, mid-compression ball for less than $40, then you may want to try the Triad.

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Wilson Golf Balls: Under the Radar?

MyGolfSpy’s 2021 ball test gave us several surprise performers, two of which were Wilson. Wilson’s Staff Model (and its unpainted brother, the Staff Model R) and the older Wilson DUO Professional should have raised your eyebrows a little. The 99-compression Staff Model finished first in driver ball speed for both low and mid-swing speeds and was in a virtual tie for first in high swing speeds (1/100th of an mph behind Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash).

The Staff Model was also among the top five balls for spin for 115 and 100 mph swing speeds and was in the top five for wedge spin. Perhaps the dark horse performer of the test was the 63-compression DUO Professional. The DUO Professional was one of the lowest-spinning balls throughout the test with the driver which is good if you want distance. It was in the top 10 in driver distance for both 85 and 100 MPH swing speeds. It was also among the lowest spinning balls with irons, which is good if you want distance. It’s not so good, however, if you want to do something crazy like stop the ball on a green.

The Triad is ostensibly replacing the DUO Professional but Wilson says it’s a different animal altogether.

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Wilson Triad: The Tech Story

According to Wilson, the Triad is a three-piece cast-urethane cover ball designed for “the modern, athletic golfer” who’s trying to break 80.

Which raises the question: How the hell do you design a ball to do that?

Wilson’s answer: Design a ball that will hit more fairways, attack more pins and sink more putts.

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Well, one thing a ball can do to help the golfer hit more fairways is spin less off the tee. Think of Triad as a three-legged stool. What Wilson has done to minimize driver spin is the first leg of that stool.

The three parts of a three-piece golf ball have their own weights and densities, or weight per measured unit. A typical core might weigh around 36 grams with a density of 1.2 grams per cubic centimeter. The mantle layer is lighter (less than six grams) and less dense (0.98 grams/cc). Then there’s the urethane cover at less than four grams and 1.13 grams/cc.

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What Wilson has done with Triad is make the core lighter and less dense while making the mantle a little heavier and denser. In fact, the density for each layer is the same: 1.13 grams per cubic centimeter.

That, says Wilson, impacts the ball’s moment of inertia.

“We know when we increase the moment of inertia, it lowers the spin rate,” says Frank Simonutti, Wilson’s Global Director of Golf Ball Innovation. “To do that, we moved material from the core to the mantle. Mantle density increased by 12 percent but it’s volume increased by only three percent.”

Does it reduce spin? On its face, yes. In our 115 mph test, the DUO Professional was the lowest spinning ball at 2,664 rpm. Wilson’s testing shows the firmer Triad at 2,382 rpm at the same swing speed.

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The Second Triad Leg: Spin

Common sense says, and our Ball Test data suggests, a ball that’s low spin off the driver isn’t going to be high spin off irons. The trick is to get enough spin on approach shots while keeping driver spin under control. To do that, designers need the right combination of a firm mantle layer backing up a soft, thin urethane cover.

How thin? The Triad’s cast-urethane cover is roughly 0.6 millimeters thin. That’s Srixon-level thin and Srixon has some of the thinnest covers in the business.

“Short irons and wedges, that’s all mantle and cover,” says Simonutti. “The thinner you make the cover, the more spin.”

Wilson’s test data compares Triad with what it considers comparable balls. These include the Titleist AVX and Tour Speed, Callaway Chrome Soft, Bridgestone RX and RXS and the Srixon Q-STAR Tour.

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Not surprisingly, Triad outspun all comers in 7-iron testing at just over 7,400 rpm. That bested AVX by nearly 1,000 rpm, nearly 1,200 more than RX and RXS and 300 more than ChromeSoft.

The 56-degree wedge spin results were similar with Triad coming in at 10,280 rpm. That was only 85 more than Chrome Soft, but 600 more than AVX and 700 to 800 more than RX and RXS.

Two things to note here. As mentioned, the comps are balls Wilson considers the competition; urethane balls with compressions below 90 but above marshmallows. Second, the Triad will be selling at least $10 less per dozen than the three balls mentioned. It’s priced the same as the Titleist Tour Speed but more than the Srixon Q-STAR Tour.

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The Last Leg

The third leg of the Triad is consistency. Wilson calls it Tri-Balanced construction, a patented technology that is basically an offshoot of the high MOI design. The theory is if all three layers of the ball are density balanced, then the ball should be perfectly balanced. And all three layers should be perfectly concentric.

Wilson is going all-in on the Triad for 2022. It’s being positioned as the ball for the player who’s getting better. They may not be ready for a $50 a dozen Tour ball but they’ve outgrown the two-piece ionomer ball.

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“It’s a tweener. It’s for the player who’s on the cusp of breaking through,” says Wilson Golf Marketing VP Tom Gruger. “They’re ready for a better ball. Maybe not a $50 a dozen ball. But they’ve outgrown the two-piece Surlyn ball.”

Wilson views this as a wide demographic but it’s focusing on the under-40 age group. It’s creating a social media army called “Team Triad,” what Wilson is calling a “collective of golfers representing the ideals of the athletes Triad will help the most.”

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One of the leaders of Team Triad will be Manolo Vega, a Southern California golf influencer and teacher with more than 680,000 Instagram followers. Fair warning: If you take your golf way too seriously, you won’t like him. If, however, you’re serious enough about golf want to get better but still want to have some fun, you’ll find him entertaining.

“He connects with a lot of the type of player we’re trying to reach,” says Tom Gruger, Wilson Golf’s Global Marketing VP. “The age demographic of the player who’s getting good is getting younger.”

And as always, there’s the requisite hashtag: #TrustInTriad.

The Wilson Store

The other star of the show was the new Wilson retail store. It’s in the heart of Manhattan, right on Broadway. And it’s not far from a huge adidas store and is rubbing shoulders with Forever 21, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton.

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Wilson Sporting Goods’ new ownership group includes Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon. His influence has spawned a growing line of sportswear. It’s mostly general sportswear and tennis apparel now but Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke promises golf apparel will be coming out over the next 12 to 16 months.

The flagship store in New York features a wide array of sportswear as well as tennis equipment and golf clubs and balls. In the rear of the store is a full golf simulator, a putting green, basketball hoop and tennis backboard.

The first Wilson store opened in Chicago, Wilson’s home base, earlier this year. A third store is planned for Los Angeles.

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Clarke reminded the audience that Wilson was one of the founding partners of the LPGA. And he used the opportunity to introduce the newest member of Wilson’s pro staff, rising LPGA player Sophia Schubert, the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion.

Wilson has also unveiled its new van for the PGA TOUR. It’s a fully decked-out 18-wheeler, something Clarke says Wilson badly needed.

“If you’ve been out on Tour, you’ve probably seen what I called our horse trailer,” says Clarke. “One year at Augusta, we had the new TaylorMade van next to us on one side and Callaway was on the other side. It was pretty painful to go out there.

“But now we can park (the 18-wheeler) and support our Tour players.”

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Wilson Triad Golf Balls: Price and Availability

The new Wilson Triad golf balls will be available in white only. They’ll be priced at $39.99 per dozen and will hit retail Feb. 15.

For more information, visit Wilson’s website.

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FAQs

Is Wilson Triad golf ball good? ›

The Wilson Triad features three-piece construction and offers a soft cast urethane cover. While swing speed and target score are often overblown as fitting factors, Wilson suggests the Triad is an excellent choice for golfers looking to break 80.

What compression are Wilson Triad golf balls? ›

The Triad has an 85 compression, which Wilson refer to as medium firmness, which is similar to the Titleist AVX and Tour Speed, so if it's super soft feel you're after you really should be looking at the Duo Soft + ball instead.

What do the numbers 1 2 3 4 mean on golf balls? ›

So, to recap: A single-digit number on a golf ball, under the brand, is there for identification. a double-digit number, if one appears, most likely represents compression. a triple-digit number most likely represents the number of dimples.

What is the hardest compression golf ball? ›

The hardest golf ball available is the Mizuno RB Tour X, which has a compression rating of 110.

Which is better Chrome soft or SuperSoft? ›

Conclusion. Get the Chrome Soft if you want a Tour quality ball that spins on the greens. If you're after more distance and less shape, particularly with a speed around 85 or 90 mph, the Supersoft is a great choice.

Why are nitro golf balls so cheap? ›

Ball 3 – Nitro Ultimate Distance Golf Balls

Whereas the previous two balls have the more expensive urethane coverings, the Nitro goes with the cheaper ionomer alternative. This cheaper ionomer makes for a scuff proof ball that perhaps doesn't have quite the same weight to it as others.

What is the compression of the Titleist AVX golf ball? ›

The compression rating of the AVX is somewhere around 80 while the Pro V1 has a rating closer to 90. Because of this, these balls are designed for golfers with average to above-average swing speeds. The compression rating is basically how much force it takes to compress the ball.

What is the compression of the Titleist Pro V1? ›

The most popular ball on tour is the Pro V1, which has a compression rating of 87-90. The Pro V1x is also popular, which has a compression rating of 97-100. Most balls are somewhere in this range.

What is the compression of Callaway SuperSoft golf balls? ›

As is implied in the name, the Callaway 2021 Supersoft golf balls have a very low compression rating of around 38. This allows golfers with slow swing speeds to compress the ball sufficiently for optimal energy transfer.

What do red numbers on golf balls mean? ›

The color of the golf balls being black or red go back to when golf balls were truly made to compression ratings. Red numbers used to represent 90 compression balls, and black numbers were to represent 100 compression balls.

What does XL mean on a golf ball? ›

With respect to drivers, XL again stands for “extra long,” and again refers to the distance the driver is supposed to achieve, rather than the club's length -- although the term may have a double meaning for a 48-inch driver, which is the longest allowed under the Rules of Golf.

What number golf ball should I use? ›

If your ball has a single digit, it will most likely be 1- 4, however anywhere from 0-9 is acceptable. If your golf ball has a two digit number, this will most likely indicate the ball's compression rating. The compression rate of a ball relates to the feel of the ball.

What golf ball is best for 90 mph swing speed? ›

Here is our top pick Golf Ball if your swing Speed is 90-95 MPH
  • Callaway Golf Superhot Bold Matte Golf Balls.
  • Bridgestone E6 Speed Golf Balls.
  • TaylorMade TP5 Prior Generation Golf Balls.
  • Nitro Long Distance Peak Performance Golf Balls.
  • Wilson Staff Duo Soft Golf Balls.
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Do low compression balls go further? ›

As a general rule, low compression golf balls will go the same distance or further for golfers with swing speeds below 100 MPH. Once swing speeds exceed 100 MPH, higher compression balls will generate more distance.

What golf ball has 70 compression? ›

By far the best 70 compression golf ball is the Srixon Soft Feel.

What swing speed is needed for Chrome Soft? ›

What swing speed is needed for Chrome Soft? Even though the Chome Soft is a tour level golf ball, those with 85 mph and up swing speeds can really benefit from the performance. Once the swing speed gets above 105 mph consistently, then the Chrome Soft X tends to be a better option.

Do low spin balls go straighter? ›

As a general rule, low spin golf balls will go straighter, and as a result, further for most golfers compared to high spinning balls. Having a ball that spins less will reduce some of the sidespin your ball has and will generate a lot less backspin.

What compression are Kirkland golf balls? ›

The Kirkland golf balls compression measures around 95. This is considered to be a higher compression golf ball as something like the Callaway Supersoft will have a compression lower than 50.

Do softer golf balls go further? ›

Do Softer Golf Balls Go Further? As a general rule, soft low compression golf balls will travel further when you hit your driver and irons. With your wedges, soft and firm golf balls should travel the same distance.

What kind of golf ball goes the farthest? ›

We discovered that the Titleist Velocity Golf Balls are the undisputed champs as far as distance golf balls go. Golf balls should prioritize essential factors such as spin, control, and feel. Nowadays, most brands go a step further and enhance their balls' feel, playability, price, and even visibility.

Are colored golf balls frowned upon? ›

One of the reasons you may think you almost never see professional golfers using coloured golf balls is that they are simply not allowed to do so because of rules on the PGA Tour or other major tours throughout the world. The PGA Tour has no rule preventing pro golfers from using a coloured golf ball.

Which ball goes further Pro V1 or AVX? ›

Bottom Line: If your club head speed is lacking, the AVX can get you a bit more distance than the Pro V1; overall, from a distance perspective, both balls offer excellent performance.

What is the best golf ball for a 85 mph swing speed? ›

At a swing speed of 85 mph to 90 mph, you will fit into most golf balls. But the overall best ball for average swing speeds like this is the Kirkland Signature for feel and performance. The other option is the Taylormade Tour Response. These balls both factor in all three priorities.

Does anyone on tour play the AVX? ›

Nope. In terms of launch and spin profiles, Left Dot fits between Pro V1 and AVX. Moreover, Pro V1 Left Dot is played on the PGA TOUR every week. AVX is not.

Is Pro V1 a good ball for seniors? ›

Are Pro V1 golf balls good for seniors? A Pro V1 golf ball can be an excellent choice for a senior that needs low spin and long distance from the tee and spin technology that helps a ball stop on the greens. The only issue with the Pro V1 for seniors is that it can take a slightly higher swing speed to compress.

What golf ball should I use with a 80 mph swing speed? ›

If your average driver swing speed is below 83 mph, it is viewed on the slower spectrum. Therefore, anything below this speed should use a low-compression golf ball. As a result, the best golf ball for 80 mph swing speed in 2022 is the TaylorMade Distance +.

Do high compression golf balls go further? ›

A ball with a higher compression is wound tighter and is referred to as being harder. Low compression balls (80 or below rating) travel farther than more tightly wound balls due to their softness and the reaction they have to a swung club (more rebound off the club).

Is Callaway Supersoft a good ball for seniors? ›

Callaway Supersoft golf balls are an excellent choice for senior golfers because of their high amount of softness and greenside spin. It's easy to see why these balls are rated a 4.8 out of 5 on Amazon with well over 4,000 reviews.

What swing speed is Callaway Supersoft for? ›

Callaway Supersoft golf balls have a compression of 75, based on a range of tests and estimates. This means that Callaway supersoft golf balls are suitable for players with a swing speed of 100 mph or less.

What is the compression of Bridgestone e6? ›

What differentiates the e6? For starters, there's its core compression of about 50 – lowest of any three-piece ball on the market, according to Bridgestone. That not only makes it quite soft, it helps golfers with moderate swing speeds (90 mph or less) generate maximum driving distance.

Who makes Wilson golf balls? ›

Wilson Sporting Goods

What kind of golf balls should I use? ›

If you're someone who has a high swing speed (above 100 MPH), you'll want a high compression golf ball. Anything with a compression rating above 90 should be ideal. If you have more of a moderate swing speed (between 85-100 MPH), you'll be somewhere in the middle.

What is the compression of the Titleist AVX golf ball? ›

The compression rating of the AVX is somewhere around 80 while the Pro V1 has a rating closer to 90. Because of this, these balls are designed for golfers with average to above-average swing speeds. The compression rating is basically how much force it takes to compress the ball.

What is the compression of the Titleist Pro V1? ›

The most popular ball on tour is the Pro V1, which has a compression rating of 87-90. The Pro V1x is also popular, which has a compression rating of 97-100. Most balls are somewhere in this range.

Do any pro golfers use Wilson golf balls? ›

Wilson don't have a huge presence on Tour, but former Open champion Paul Lawrie does play the Staff Model ball on the Legends Tour. Gary Woodland, Padraig Harrington, Kevin Tway, Brendan Steele, Kevin Streelman, Joaquin Lagergren and Paul Waring are among the players who use Wilson clubs.

What are the best Wilson balls? ›

Best Wilson Golf Balls
  • Wilson Staff Model Ball. ...
  • Wilson Staff Model R Ball. ...
  • Wilson Triad Golf Ball. ...
  • Wilson Duo Soft+ Golf Ball. ...
  • Wilson Duo Optix Golf Ball. ...
  • Wilson Fifty Elite Golf Ball. ...
  • Wilson Zip Golf Ball. ...
  • Wilson Velocity Distance Golf Ball.
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Do any pro golfers use Wilson? ›

Which Tour Players Are Using Wilson Equipment? Currently there are 3 PGA Tour players among the top players in the world playing Wilson clubs or other Wilson equipment. This list includes players like Gary Woodland, Brendan Steele, and Kevin Streelman.

Do softer golf balls go further? ›

Do Softer Golf Balls Go Further? As a general rule, soft low compression golf balls will travel further when you hit your driver and irons. With your wedges, soft and firm golf balls should travel the same distance.

What color golf ball is easiest? ›

Yellow balls are three times easier to track over long distances and, according to studies, are easier to see at 250 yards than any other colour. Some golfers also believe in the psychological benefits of colours.

Which ball goes further Pro V1 or AVX? ›

Bottom Line: If your club head speed is lacking, the AVX can get you a bit more distance than the Pro V1; overall, from a distance perspective, both balls offer excellent performance.

What is the best golf ball for a 85 mph swing speed? ›

At a swing speed of 85 mph to 90 mph, you will fit into most golf balls. But the overall best ball for average swing speeds like this is the Kirkland Signature for feel and performance. The other option is the Taylormade Tour Response. These balls both factor in all three priorities.

Does anyone on tour play the AVX? ›

Nope. In terms of launch and spin profiles, Left Dot fits between Pro V1 and AVX. Moreover, Pro V1 Left Dot is played on the PGA TOUR every week. AVX is not.

Is Pro V1 a good ball for seniors? ›

Are Pro V1 golf balls good for seniors? A Pro V1 golf ball can be an excellent choice for a senior that needs low spin and long distance from the tee and spin technology that helps a ball stop on the greens. The only issue with the Pro V1 for seniors is that it can take a slightly higher swing speed to compress.

What golf ball should I use with a 80 mph swing speed? ›

If your average driver swing speed is below 83 mph, it is viewed on the slower spectrum. Therefore, anything below this speed should use a low-compression golf ball. As a result, the best golf ball for 80 mph swing speed in 2022 is the TaylorMade Distance +.

Do low compression balls go further? ›

As a general rule, low compression golf balls will go the same distance or further for golfers with swing speeds below 100 MPH. Once swing speeds exceed 100 MPH, higher compression balls will generate more distance.

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