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Wilson Goes Lighter, Faster

Wilson Golf is opening its new year with the introduction of the Staff D-100 family of so-called Super-Light products, all of which reside in the Super Game Improvement category. The clubs are designed to enhance distance and improve forgiveness by optimizing weight distribution across the head, shaft and grip as they also follow the trend toward lighter weight clubs that exist even on the professional tours these days. The key, company officials say, is how the D-100s enable golfers to swing faster with less effort, and Wilson technicians seem particularly excited about the irons in this line as well as the D-100 hybrids, which can easily be integrated into those sets. “Our history as a golf equipment company is mostly with irons, and Wilson Staff irons have more major championship wins than any other brand,” says Michael Vrska, head of global golf Research and Development at Wilson. “So we worked really hard to make sure these performed as well as possible.” The technological features of the D-100 irons begin with a thin and unsupported clubface made of stainless steel that is designed to deliver faster ball speeds and greater distance. The use of Exoskeleton technology with an undercut cavity allowed engineers to move 35 percent more mass to the sole, heel and toe areas for extreme perimeter weighting and greater forgiveness. And a progressive head design enabled them to optimize head proportions throughout the set in an attempt to deliver ideal launch angles, ball speeds and spin rates for each loft. As for the D-100 hybrids, they are made to maximize distance through a construction that promotes ideal launch angles and spin rates. Company officials say a rounded sole with toe and heel relief provides shot control and confidence from all lies, and head size and face bulge and roll are optimized across each loft for better accuracy and length on shots. The D-100 irons are available with True Temper SL85 steel shafts stock and Matrix Studio 6.1 in graphite, both of which promote mid-to-high launches with mid-spin. The hybrids come with Matrix OZIK Altus 5.6 graphite shafts.


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