The 'Best Feeling' Golf Ball Rick Shiels Has Ever Tested Around The Greens

In a recent YouTube video, Rick Shiels made an extremely bold claim to his 2 million subscribers

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A golf ball is arguably the most important factor in your bag that can affect your scoring whilst out on the course. Some will offer an increase in distance, while some produce more control around the greens. 

In a recent Rick Shiels video though, which you can watch here (opens in new tab), the YouTube star made a rather bold claim about the new 'Triad' golf balls from Wilson, with the PGA Professional stating that: "This golf ball is the best feeling golf ball I have ever used, with putter, period!" As well as the putting, Shiels also claimed that the feel with short shots - chipping, pitching etc - was "absolutely phenomenal".

Wilson Triad Golf Ball Review

The Wilson Triad is an impressive all-rounder which delivers good distance in the long game and a great feel on and around the greens.

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Along with the short game, Shiels (opens in new tab) was also seen striking the pin with one of his approach shots, before giving the thumbs up on the Triad's durability and fairway-finding capabilities. However, it was around the greens where the Wilson really shone.

Priced at £37 per dozen, the Triad golf ball has been designed for those golfers who are after the feel and control of a urethane model without having to pay the premium price of a Tour golf ball. Wilson actually state that it is for: 'The competitive golfer striving to break 80.’

In our review of the Triad (opens in new tab), we certainly agree with the Golf Monthly Top 50 coach (opens in new tab), as its soft feel with the putter is a definite standout on the all-round performing golf ball. However, around the greens, it didn't provide as much greenside spin as a Tour-level premium golf ball, with there being softer options on the market.

Wilson Triad golf ball in hand

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Which golf balls you may ask? Well, if you're looking for an all-round performer, then the TaylorMade Tour Response (opens in new tab), we believe, slightly edges the Wilson Triad.

Priced similarly to the Wilson, it also features a urethane cover that provides a soft feel on the greens, as well as good greenside spin control and a consistently strong ball flight.

The pivotal point though falls with the yardage of the Tour Responses, with our tests showing that it was around 10 yards further than the Triad. Although this may not sound like much, it can be around a full club difference when out on the golf course.

For more insight into the best golf balls (opens in new tab) on the market, as well as the best value for money golf balls, (opens in new tab) be sure to check out the Golf Monthly website here (opens in new tab).

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.