What’s new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on the Wilson Staff Model Golf Ball
The new Wilson Staff Model ball has been adapted to suit tour player needs, so now it features a slightly softer compression and produces a lower flight. So how did we find it? Find out in our Wilson Staff Model ball review
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Wilson are at it again with an updated 4 piece ball that will give you more distance than the 2023 model. The ball has a better print
A new addition to Wilson’s premium golf ball lineup, the Staff Model X is a four-piece ball looking for more spin, more height and more control with their shots.
- Love the old-school logo and text
- Great ball speed from driver
- Feels good on short shots around the green
- Not as much ball spin with irons and wedges as The Wilson Staff Model X ball
Wilson Staff Model Golf Ball 2024 Review: First Impressions
Right out of the gate, the new Wilson Staff Model golf ball is an improvement from last year with the logo changing to the old style text, the Wilson logo instead off the Staff logo. I liked the Staff Model ball a lot last year and thought its high performance went largely unnoticed in a world where people either stick with the same ball out of habit or just play whatever random balls they find.
Golf balls are a hugely undervalued part of a golfers kit bag. Brands spend millions of dollars on R&D to produce balls that will compress enough at your swing speed, to give you the optimal speed, launch and spin to get the ball close to the hole. In 2024 Wilson have moved to a 2 tour ball offering, with the Staff Model X flying higher with more spin and the Staff Model more for players who already generate plenty of spin, and require some help keeping the ball in the perfect window.
On the 50-yard pitch shot that starts our ball test, my shots were coming out low and fiery. I was pleased to see some shots recording up to 8000rpm of backspin which is more than enough to throw the ball at the flag and expect it to stop. I didn’t quite achieve as much spin as I could with the Staff Model X ball, but the slightly softer compression means this ball just won’t spin as much on shorter shots.
The new Staff Model ball has a lot of similar characteristics to last year’s ball but has an adapted inner mantle layer and advanced V-COR™ performance technology, which optimises iron spin from the fairways.
Moving onto the 7-iron portion of the test, I love how consistent the spin rate is on the shots I hit. Spin is control, and although yes, you want perfect numbers, consistent numbers are probably more useful to a player and will lead to better approach shots into the green. The ball was launching high enough with a great decent angle, which would give me adequate stopping power on the greens.
The driver numbers, too, were pretty pleasing. I averaged about half a mile per hour faster with this ball than the Wilson Staff Model X ball, and although I didn’t strike the ball that great with the test, I am relatively happy with the 274 yards average total.
As expected, around and on the greens, the ball felt great, similar to other popular tour golf balls. I really like how the logo with the old-style text looks on the ball, and the line alignment aid is spot on for golfers who choose to line the ball up on the green.
I believe this is a good ball, and because of its value, it could absolutely attract some players who want that tour ball feel and spin but don’t want to pay the TP5 or Pro V1 prices. I am more likely to lean towards the Staff Model X ball as it gives me more of what I want out of a ball, but the Wilson Staff Model will make a lot of golfers happy in 2024.
Wilson Staff Model Golf Ball 2024 Review: The Details
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