CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–Gap with KBS Tour 90 steel shafts and 4–Gap with Aldila Rogue Pro graphite shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: “Power Holes” minimize contact between the face and chassis for more flex at impact.
PLAYABILITY: Repeatable mid-high flight that goes from the range to the course without a hitch and plays fairly well in the wind; a nifty club, puts fades and draws in play; clean as a whistle out of long grass.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Rarely off the mark; thin contact goes well; a broad sweet spot -- toe strikes are basically unnoticeable; a nice middle ground between curvature and correction.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Packs a serious wallop -- for a few, at least a half club longer than what they're used to; misses get good carry; decent on chips and pitches; full shots pepper the green like beanbags.
FEEL: A pleasant, warm crack through the ball; rewarding for a big cavity back -- it's meaty, muscular and the ball stays on the face a long time; the polymer insert devours vibration; the club projects power through the swing.
LOOK: A reassuring game-improvement shape with the right amount of offset; the color scheme presents a clear target; attention-grabbing design will have your jealous buddies stealing a look.
Some testers think these are a little jacked -- the distances take a while to get used to and can be tough to control; short irons are too shovelish for serious sticks; the busy combo of black, chrome and satin turns off a few minimalists.
BOTTOM LINE: With some new-age thinking, this old-school brand is rapidly returning to relevance. The Wilson Staff C200 irons are a complete club with power -- they can stand toe-to-toe with the Game Improvement big guns.
MORE INFO ON THE WILSON STAFF C200 IRONS
From GOLF.com, January 25, 2016:
The "C" is for "crossover" players who prefer a mix of accuracy and distance, with a bit of playability thrown in for fun. Judging from the look and offset of the midsize C200, that'll be mostly midhandicappers.
This model is an overhaul of last year's C100. The key is the new "Power Hole" construction, which punches holes at the border where the face meets the body. Only 24 percent of the face's perimeter makes contact with the frame, which generates more flex -- and distance -- than the C100.
Wilson fills the holes with urethane to dampen vibration and improve sound at impact, so this unorthodox technology produces a familiar, solid feel. -- Michael Chwasky