ClubTest 2015: Wilson Staff D200 Fairway Woods

Wilson Staff D200 Fairway Wood
Michael Chini

Wilson Staff D200 Fairway Woods

Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
Price: $200
WE TESTED:
3 (15°) and 5 (18°) with UST Mamiya Elements Chrome graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Players can swing the light club faster with the same effort.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: The heads cut through rough well; some shot shaping is possible—ample workability from the tee puts you where you want to be; testers like the medium flight and soft landings.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A modest amount of directional and distance forgiveness; they do a decent job reducing sidespin; in general, shots want to go straight.
DISTANCE: These woods move the ball out there, despite their light weight; some testers find that a slower swing produces more distance; most say the length is on the long side of adequate.
FEEL: The D200’s forte—soft, solid and stable at impact; the light club is capable of generating plenty of speed while remaining well balanced and easy to track through the swing; provides a good deal of feedback on all hits.
LOOK: An understated clubhead that’s reasonably wide from heel to toe—appears easy to hit; the chrome shaft and brushed silver face contrast with a matte black head, which looks ready to charge sitting behind the ball.

CONS

Not for players who need a lot of help or want a weighty clubhead; fairly difficult to get a high ball flight from fairway lies; it takes some getting used to since slower, rhythmic swings have the best results.

BOTTOM LINE: The D200 is best suited for players looking for a lightweight fairway wood with pleasant feel.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Wilson Staff D200 Fairway Wood

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