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ClubTest 2013: Wilson Staff D-100 Irons

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Wilson Staff D-100 Irons

Wilson Staff D-100 Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $599, steel; $699, graphite
WE TESTED:
4-GW with True Temper SL 85 steel shaft; 4-GW with Matrix Studio 6.1 graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A 50-gram ring pulls mass lower and toward the toe and heel for more forgiveness (12% higher MOI than Di11). The lightweight, thin-face irons (up to 7 percent thinner than Di11) generate faster ball speeds than their predecessor.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
The short and mid-irons fly high and straight, while the longer irons have a slightly lower, medium-high trajectory; the wedges are among the better chipping clubs around the green.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Good shots are rewarded with dead-on precision, while off-center hits don’t stray too far off-line.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Big sweet spot allows shots to reach their target on balls struck a little off-center; heavy shots still finish close to the mark.
FEEL: Nice, pleasantly soft, forged-like feel on center hits; light shaft and head are well-balanced and easy to control.
LOOK: One of best-looking irons in its class; Wilson maintains its heritage of classic blade shapes in a max game-improvement club; a great combination of well-hidden technology and traditional lines, along with an attractive, bright chrome finish.

CONS
The 4- and 5-irons are not as forgiving as some hybrid iron counterparts; similar feel makes it difficult to distinguish good shots from bad.

BOTTOM LINE: More traditional in its appearance than others in the group, the Staff D-100 is also among the lightest and easiest to swing.

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