Wilson Staff D7
Again, thin face equals fast face, and fast equals long. Revolutionary new technology, super distance, and a lower cost… these could be the next big thing.
Wilson Staff falls into a curious niche in the pantheon of golf manufacturers. Not one of the big boys, but not a small player either. As such, they can often go under the radar when releasing new clubs - however, something tells me the D7 irons are going to get noticed big time.
These power holes are essentially slots in the sole of the club, pushed up against the face. These apparently, according to Wilson, increase ‘face deflection and contact time between the ball and the face of the iron for more efficient energy return.’ Essentially, more efficient energy transfer means quicker ball speeds from slower swings, and quicker ball speed means one thing: more distance.
Inside the ‘Power Holes’ is what Wilson Staff has named ‘Power Chamber Technology,’ which sounds fancy and exciting but is essentially just a variation on what all manufacturers do with hollow-headed irons: fill them (examples include Taylormade’s Speedfoam technology).
The problem with hollow irons is that they don’t sound or feel as nice, so Wilson Staff uses the Power Chamber Technology to fill the Power Holes, reducing vibration and improving acoustics and feel.
These are definitely game improvement clubs, but they don’t look as ugly or chunky as forgiving irons can often do, which is a big plus. There’s a fair amount of offset on the D7 irons, which will mean they won’t appeal to lower handicappers, but for the mid to high handicapper who has a bit of trouble with losing iron shots out to the right, that should help fill them with confidence.
Overall, the profile of the D7s is exactly what you want in a modern game improvement club - large enough to look easy to hit, small enough to still look appealing.
However… there’s no denying the Power Holes are a bit of an eyesore. Because they only cover half of the sole, they seem a bit unfinished, which isn’t a great look, and due to the black colour they really stand out. Maybe to some people they look cool and futuristic, but to me they’re a bit off putting.
Of course, the real question isn’t whether they look good; it’s whether they work.
Admittedly, the lofts are very strong, but there’s good news in that department as well. Despite being lower lofted than traditional irons, which in turn lowers the spin rates, these irons launched so high and therefore came in so steep that they’re still easy to hold on the green.
The feel is okay - they make quite a loud noise on impact and feel very powerful off the face, so they’re maybe not the most workable clubs in the world. But, truthfully, you’re not buying these clubs to be workable; you’re buying them to be long and forgiving.
They definitely are long, and they seemed forgiving as well: dispersion was good even on off-centered strikes, and the combination of thick top line and long blade length adds up to a very easy-to-hit iron.
On top of this, there’s another aspect of the D7s, which is even more exciting. Golf clubs are becoming more and more expensive, to a frankly ridiculous degree, and most iron sets from top manufacturers are going to set you back around a grand.
The D7s, however, will only cost you just about five hundred dollars. You get and make the Wilson Staff D7s an absolute must for golfer’s looking for a new set of game improvement irons for the performance.