ClubTest 2015: Wilson Staff D200 Irons

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On the Range: Wilson Staff D200 Irons

Wilson Staff D200 Irons

Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $600, steel; $700, graphite
WE TESTED:
4–GW with True Temper SL 85 steel shaft and 4–GW with UST Mamiya Elements Chrome graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A thin-walled transition area between the face and the sole increases ball speed on shots struck below the sweet spot.

PROS

PLAYABILITY: The D200 produces a high, soft flight that can hold any green; very solid from thicker rough and other trouble lies; it’s up to the challenge when your situation calls for a three-quarter shot or a knockdown.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the highest-rated models; thin and toe shots don’t lose much, and they go where they’re aimed; other misses find a way to get on the green; not a lot of unintentional curving.
DISTANCE CONTROL: One of the D200’s strongest attributes; they’re green-hitting machines; decent strikes travel as expected; plenty of distance when flushed, about a half club longer than many testers’ current sticks.
FEEL: They’re light, but you can still tell where the clubhead is at all times; smooth through the ball with some life at impact; no sensation of twisting or turning, even in the rough.
LOOK: At address, the thick topline hides a large cavity; for some guys, the brushed chrome harks back to classic Wilson irons; naturally square setup and slight offset are easy to aim.

Wilson Staff D200 Irons
Michael Chini

CONS

A few testers complain that mis-hits with the D200s produce a bit of sting in the hands; one or two guys have a more difficult time than expected getting their iron shots to stop quickly enough on greens.

BOTTOM LINE: The best iron model tested in the max game-improvement category. The D200 is a true standout that provides balanced performance highlighted by lots of length and forgiveness.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Wilson Staff D200 irons

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