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ClubTest 2015: Wilson Staff D200 Hybrid

On the Range: Wilson Staff D200 Hybrids
ClubTesters talk about one of their favorite new clubs of the year, the Wilson Staff D200 hybrid.

Wilson Staff D200 Hybrid

 

Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $170
WE TESTED:
19°, 22° with UST Mamiya Elements Chrome graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A thin, Carpenter Custom 455 maraging steel face insert improves ball speeds on misses.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: The D200 can bail you out of ugly lies; a rare game-improvement club that allows stronger testers to maneuver shots in both directions with relative ease; a fairly low natural trajectory holds straight and steady through the wind.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A consistent club that lands most shots in a relatively tight window; a straight-shooter with little unwelcome sidespin and no built-in draw bias to speak of; shots hug the line and hold the green; the D200 hides minor misses well.
DISTANCE: The clubs provide pretty decent but not dazzling distances that substitute nicely for long irons; the D200 rewards a rhythmic swing tempo with repeatable results; low-launching tee shots on shortish par 4s generate a good deal of roll.
FEEL: Some testers find the D200 surprisingly meaty for a superlight club; the head feels substantial during the swing and stable through the ground; impact is clean, crisp and communicative, with more feedback than a lot of its competition.
LOOK: An attractive, understated, traditional club; exudes a vibe of low-key confidence, as if it doesn’t need to shout to get your attention; neutral, flat-black finish with just the right amount of bulk behind the face; bonus points for the chrome graphite shaft, which looks like old-school steel.

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Wilson Staff D200 Hybrid

CONS

 

The D200 is a lightweight club, and for some testers it tends to get bossed around by heavy rough; there are easier hybrids out there to elevate; a couple of guys want more pop.

BOTTOM LINE: The D200 is a dependable, meat-and-potatoes hybrid that can do a little of everything—including put your long irons out of work. It’s a natural extension of the chart-topping D200 irons, at a competitive price point.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Wilson Staff D200 hybrid

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