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, 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".
Along with the short game, Shiels 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, we certainly agree with the Golf Monthly Top 50 coach, 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.
Which golf balls you may ask? Well, if you're looking for an all-round performer, then the TaylorMade Tour Response, 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.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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