An impressive all-rounder, the Wilson Triad delivers good distance in the long game and a great feel on and around the greens.
Good distance in the long game
Consistent ball flight
Soft feel off the putter
Not as much greenside spin as a Tour-level premium golf ball
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Wilson’s new Triad golf ball has been designed for those golfers after the feel and control of a urethane model without having to pay the premium price of a Tour golf ball. To find out whether it delivers on its aim we tested the Wilson Triad on the course and on a launch monitor up against another 3-piece urethane golf ball, the TaylorMade Tour Response. This article and video reveals what we thought of the latest mid-priced urethane-covered ball to hit the market.
The Wilson Triad has been designed as an all-rounder for ‘the competitive golfer striving to break 80.’ The brand says the construction of the ball should deliver high speed and low spin off the driver and long irons and a more stable flight for better accuracy. Of course, the urethane cover, which is ultra-thin, should provide good spin control in the short irons and wedges. And finally, the Triad has a uniform density throughout its three layers for a better roll on the greens.
That’s the theory but how did it perform during our test? We started by hitting it on a SkyTrak launch monitor up against a competitor model - the TaylorMade Tour Response. We hit a series of 50-yard and 100-yard pitch shots, then we hit 7-iron and driver shots to see how both golf balls performed in different areas. We finished off on the green to see how the ball felt and rolled.
With the driver, the Triad actually span a fraction more than the Tour Response (about 200 rpm). It had a slightly lower launch so the overall flight was very similar. In terms of pure distance, however the Wilson came out on top by 6 yards overall. We were impressed by the consistency of the flight as well - but exactly how much of that was down to the ball versus the driver/shaft set up is hard to say.
In the 7-iron, again, the performance was very similar. Like with the driver the Triad span a fraction more than the Tour Response (about 300 rpm) but, for us, both golf balls carried 171 yards. This is up there in terms of distance with any of the best golf balls on the market this year.
For the 100-yard pitch the TaylorMade Tour Response delivered almost 1000rpm more spin from exactly the same flight (both balls launched at 33˚ and had a peak height of 24 yards). However, with the 50-yard pitch the spin performance was almost identical.
Interestingly, we also hit a few 50-yard pitch shots with a Titleist Pro V1x to see what you give up in this area when you drop down a price-point. The Titleist delivered over 1000 rpm more spin which for such a slow clubhead speed is significant.
So, it might not be up there with some of the best premium golf balls when it comes to spin control when attacking the greens but we still think the Wilson Triad (and TaylorMade Tour Response) offers good spin control when attacking the green from close range.
The final part of our testing took place on the green. Off the face of the putter this has a lovely, soft feel. We were really impressed by the touch on and around the greens and, whilst we tested this in winter, it was clear this ball will offer good control, even on the fastest summer greens.
How is the Wilson Triad R version different?
The R in the Wilson Triad R name stands for 'raw' and essentially it offers golfers a slightly different look. Wilson says that applying paint to a ball can cause it to pool in the dimples having a detrimental affect on the aerodynamics. By removing the paint, the raw version could offer slightly more performance (although this wasn't something we were able to pick up on).
What it certainly does do is create a different, duller aesthetic. We thought it was akin to some of the premium, high spin balls of years gone by. We quite liked it and it is certainly a nice point of difference but if it was our choice, we'd lean towards the painted version which we think would look fresher for longer.
With a recommended retail price of £39 per dozen, the Wilson Triad comes in a little less than you’ll find with the Tour-level premium balls on the market. However, this is very much a product that is clearly aimed at the serious golfer looking for good performance from tee-to-green and is a strong contender as one of the best mid-priced golf balls of 2022. With plenty of distance and consistency in the long game and a good feel on the green, the Wilson Triad is a worthy contender in this segment of the market.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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