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In the world of golfers, nothing is harder to choose than the golf ball. It seems that every time we get comfortable with the selection we have made, a new ball pops up that promises more distance and greater feel. Recently I had the opportunity to be “fitted” for a golf ball by a local pro here and that endup making me more confused than I have ever been. It seems what I want, I cannot have. A ball that is good with distance, good with spin, great with feel, and all for half the price of what the “Tour” balls are going for.

When Wilson Staff sent over the Wilson Staff Zip ball I was curious. I had tried these previously and liked what I felt but was just unsure. It was definately worth a try, the price point alone means that they should be tested. These can be found at most places for around $20. Here are the bullet points behind this golf ball:

3 Piece Construction
Golf’s only Zero Compression Core to maximize soft feel
312 crisp, pan-head dimples
Thin ionomer cover maximizes greenside control
Lower Compression = Softer Feel

So as usual we have claims about everything but the true test would be out on the course. If the claims are true, at $20 these are a steal. So I packed up the balls they sent over and myself and two others from the club took them to the putting and chipping green. The first thing I noticed was the sound. I really liked it. The ball while putting and chipping reminded me of the old balata balls that I used to play from 10 years ago. All the way down to the sound was similar to my old favorites.

Each one of us took 3 Wilson Staff Zips and 3 Titleist Pro V1’s. We each chipped and the what I noticed is that if I didn’t look at the logo, I could not tell which ball was which once the ball was struck. They spun exactly the same around the green with chipping. Both of the gentleman I was with thought the exact same thing. But of course a putting green is not the true test for THP, but nonetheless I was thrilled so far.

I decided to take them to the course and play two balls. The ball I normally play and a Wilson Staff Zip. After eight or nine holes a couple of things were very clear to me:

1. These definitely remind me of the old balata balls minus the part of ripping them to shreds.
2. They spin almost as much as the tour quality balls. Just a shade less on approach shots.
3. They spin less off the tee which is great for people that hook or slice.


The rest of the round was finished and the overall thoughts were the same. I have since put these in play for two more rounds and feel my original findings were accurate.

My overall feelings are quite positive. I have not lost any distance off the tee. The approach shots are very close to being the same as what I am used to. And definitely not enough difference to care about. Around the green the feel is fantastic. And the best part is the price is less than half of what I am used to paying.

I urge anyone out there to give these a try. At this price point I cannot believe what I am getting. You can learn more about them at Wilson Staff.

Till Next Time

Josh B.

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Josh is the Publisher of The Hackers Paradise and co-founder of THP Media with his wife Morgan Babbitt. Together they share a passion for golf, and they travel the country along with their two dogs in the THP Tour Van bringing their love and knowledge of the game to golfers everywhere.

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  1. Courage 29 says:

    I have been playing these for a while now. By far the best performance/value going today.

  2. The Duffer says:

    I play the wilson staff 50, and like those. Maybe I should try these because the 50’s dont spin too much.

  3. Nancy Drew says:

    I just went to the store and bought these for my husband.

  4. Sir Shanksalot says:

    You convinced me. I’m going to give the Zip a try.

  5. TheGasman says:

    Ill have to pick up a sleeve and try them out.

  6. Hammer84 says:

    I switch to zips this year and there is no going back. I recently won a couple dozen AD333 from my proshop. After one round with them the rest were givin away. I have not found a ball like the zip except for the “tour” balls at $40+ a doz.

    I get great distance with all clubs and they spin great on the approach shots with great feel on the green.

    No ball is perfect, but for $20 a doz they are close 😉

  7. NHGolfer says:

    I am going to try these balls out in a couple of weeks down in Florida. I’ll write about my experience when I return.

  8. NHGolfer says:

    Not a bad budget ball, but not the one for me.

    1. Distance was less than usual in warm weather.
    2. Putting was ok.
    3. Backspin off of wedge was good.
    4. Too soft a ball for my swing speed, 95-100.

    Good ball for slow swing speed and cold weather IMHO.

    I’ll stick with my Top flite d2+ feel.

  9. peter scharff says:

    I shot a course record 26 at Fernbank!!! With this ball!!! Par is 31 for nine.

  10. Kirk says:

    I love these Wilson Zip balls. Price and feel. Been playing them for a year or so. I’m very happy with them.

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