A company that has been around since 1914 (Wilson’s history) shows that it still has some legs left. The Wilson Staff name had gone out of fashion in the 90’s with companies like Nike, Callaway, Adams, Taylormade, etc., dominating the game for most of the last 20 years. But a resurgent Wilson is back with big names like British Open Champion Padraig Harrington leading the way in the last couple of years.
Their new-found commitment to great golf equipment can be no more evident then with the introduction last year of what I believe is one of the best golf balls on the market for the serious recreational player, the three piece Wilson Staff Zip Zero compression ball. You heard right, it is the first zero compression ball and it is awesome.
I happened upon these gems when I made a purchase on the TGW website and responded to their impulse buy offer of a 2-ball sleeve for a ridiculously low price. I figured why not and zero compression was just too intriguing to pass up. Well that impulse buy completely changed my perception of the Wilson name. The Zip is of course super soft but unlike a lot of “soft” golf balls this one is also long and accurate. I am a 15 handicapper and it is a sight to see for a 15 handicapper to launch a shot and back it up on the green. To say my playing partners were shocked is an understatement. I don’t know how many times last season I hit wedge shots that I thought would never hold on fast hard greens that just bit. And talk about touch around the greens, these babies define feel in my opinion. On hybrid shots it is stick and stop. Last week I hit an Adams A2OS 3 hybrid to a narrow green from 195 yards and the ball landed and hopped 1 foot to the left of my ball mark. Now if that does not bring a smile to your face, quit golf now.
The price is also remarkable because Wilson is not charging Pro-V1 or Nike One prices for the Zip, you can get them on TGW for under $25 a dozen.