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ClubTest 2013: Wilson Staff D-100 Hybrid

Wilson Staff D-100 Hybrid
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Wilson Staff D-100 Hybrid

Wilson Staff D-100 Hybrid
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $149
WE TESTED:
3h (19°), 4h (22°), 5h (25°) with Matrix Ozik Altus Hybrid 5.6 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The head, shaft and grip combine to weigh just 269 grams, which enables you to swing faster without having to swing harder. A large, deep face with multiple thicknesses creates a broad sweet spot and fast ball speeds on off-center hits.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
A high, repeatable iron-like trajectory that goes straight; above-average performer from the rough and fairway bunkers thanks to a high, quick launch; testers can dial trajectory up or down.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A real asset -- one of the easiest hybrids to hit straight; the Staff D-100 is as long as the irons it replaces but flies higher, so shots land more softly; misses generally turn out better than expected.
DISTANCE: Above-average length is not far behind the leaders in this category; toe shots gear back toward the target with minor distance loss; thin shots are forgiven.
FEEL: Its greatest strength -- soft enough to provide great feedback, firm enough to deliver great performance; crisp, responsive feel without being overly heady or heavy.
LOOK: Flattened, teardrop shape resembles a small fairway wood; sets up easily.

CONS
As with many high, straight flyers, a few testers have a problem with the lack of playability and movement; several testers are turned off by the contrasting black head and white shaft combo -- resembles an Oreo cookie.

BOTTOM LINE: A reliable, high-flying, accurate hybrid with the best feel in its class.

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