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Issue 635 - November 18th, 2020
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Tom's Featured Tip: Want To Spin It Like The Pro's? Try a Paintless Golf Ball

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Tom's Featured Tip: Want To Spin It Like The Pro's? Try a Paintless Golf Ball

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Everyone "oohs" and "aahs" when the pro's hit a wedge shot that sucks back 20 feet, and many amateurs feel that type of shot would be impossible to pull off.

While it's true that it takes a good wedge, a good strike, a good release, and the right type of ball to accomplish that, one of these factors just changed.

The right ball used to be a ball with the right properties for spin, but now there's a totally new ball concept that will give max spin.

A paintless golf ball.

I read on MYGOLFSPY that Wilson just introduced the first paintless ball that I've ever heard of for retail sale - The Wilson Staff Model R Golf Ball. By the way, I am getting nothing from Wilson to mention this ball, it's simply an intriguing new twist on equipment.

It's a completely raw/unfinished golf ball. It it has neither paint not a clear-coat protective layer,and it's said to launch lower and spin more than the standard Staff Model ball.

The typical process for finishing urethane golf balls goes something like this:
  1. The ball is painted,
  2. then stamped (logos, player numbers, geometric patterns, etc.),
  3. and, finally, a protective clear coat is applied to give the ball a glossy look and protect against scratches and scuffing.
With the Wilson Staff Model R, Wilson skips steps 1 and 3 entirely. Seams are polished, the raw balls are stamped, boxed and shipped to retailers.

How paint affects the flight of a golf ball.

Dimples drive the aerodynamics of a golf ball. Paint coats the dimples. Therefore, paint has the potential to impact and disrupt the aerodynamic performance of the golf ball.

Every golf ball manufacturer is aware of this, so every manufacturer accounts for the thickness of the paint layers when it designs dimples.

Perfection is not always achieved.

On those occasions when paint isn't applied to the prescribed thickness and, especially when it isn't applied evenly, the ball isn't going to fly as intended. When paint isn't perfect, it can be the difference between hitting or missing the green on a 200-yard shot.

Wilsonís data suggests that its paintless Staff Model R provides tighter dispersion than competitorsí (and presumably, its own) painted balls.

Notwithstanding the lack of paint, the Wilson Staff Model R golf ball is the same as the current white Staff Model. Itís a Wilson-designed golf ball (including the dimple pattern) manufactured by Foremost in Taiwan, one of the leading golf factories in Asia.

The current ball compression is 98. That puts it solidly in the firm category alongside balls like the Titleist Pro V1x, RZN HS-Tour, and the TaylorMade TP5x.

The lack of paint has performance implications. Despite being fundamentally the same as the standard Staff Model, you can expect the Staff Model R to perform a bit differently. With that in mind, Wilson is positioning the Staff Model R as a performance alternative to the standard model, not just a cosmetic one.

The lack of finish creates a bit more friction between ball and club throughout the bag. Because of that, the Staff Model R can be expected to launch lower and produce more spin throughout the bag.

The upside is youíre going to get more stopping power on approach shots and greenside play. The downside is youíre going to generate more spin off the driver, which typically means shorter drives that potentially stray a bit further offline.

The durability of the Wilson Staff Model R. To some degree, paint and clear coat exists to protect the ball but neither is essential to the design of a golf ball.

When a ball gets a minor scuff or scrape, itís typically in the paint layers. Urethane is more durable than paint so Wilson contends the Staff Model R will prove more resilient to the minor damage that most golfers associate with durability.

But donít expect the Staff Model R to look as good as new for more than a hole or few.

Without the protective layers, numbers and logos are likely going to wear and stains from grass and dirt are going to impregnate the urethane. Whether that means the ball looks unpleasantly dirty or, as Wilson suggests, will develop a cool patina, is entirely golfer dependent.

The overall bottom line for whether this ball fits your game or not it is this:
  • If you are a low spin player that likes the thought of more stopping power, it might be worth a shot.
  • If you are currently a high spin player, it probably won't suit your game.
The ball carries a premium ball price tag - $49.95 a dozen.

What am I going to do?

I'm a medium spin player. My wedges stop on the green, and they back the ball up a little once in awhile. My swing speed also doesn't match well with a high compression ball. Having said all of that, my curiosity is trumping everythng else - I've got to give them a shot just to see what happens.

Try it, you might like it!


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Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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