Wilson Profile SGI Teen Set Review
Old and Tom Morris, Davis and Dru Love, Jay and Bill Haas, Chad and Connor. What do all these duos have in common…okay what do three out of four of these duos have in common? I’d love to say my son, Connor, and I are as amazing a father and son golfing combo and the other three but sadly I, at least, never achieved my full potential (still holding out hope for the PGA Champions tour in a few years though). There’s still plenty of hope for Connor though. Which brings me into part one of the review for the Wilson Profile SGI Teen Complete Set.
Let me back up a bit though and tell you a little bit about my fondest memories of golf. I’ll never forget playing golf with my Dad up in Michigan. He was a great golfer back in those days and I just liked to go out with him, swinging out of my shoes, trying as hard as I could to keep up with his monster drives. Even though we played quite a bit when I was younger, the golfing bug didn’t really hit me with full force until I was in my younger 20s. This was when I decided I wanted to put some effort into the game and play as well as I could. Flash forward 20 years and I’m hitting the ball further then my Dad ever did and we still love to play together. It’s how we bond. It’s also the same bond I always hope to have with my 12 year old son Connor.
(Connor was 7 in the pic above)
To tell you a little about Connor, he’s pretty big for his age. At 12, he’s already 5’6” and weighs as much as me. He attends golf camps every summer, at a local course in South Carolina, where he quickly earned the nickname “Tank”. We’ve been playing golf together since he was six years old and he’s gotten better and better over the years. In addition to the golf camps, he’s also taken private lessons with the golf pro that runs the camp, and he thinks Connor has tons of potential, especially with his size and strength. We are building that same bond my Dad and I had. He’s already got the golfing bug it took me too long to acquire. I haven’t gotten him into playing competitive golf yet, but I think he’s close to being ready. When we go out to play, I normally have him play from the red tees and his drives are very often further than mine are from the back tees. His biggest strengths are his length and chipping. His biggest weaknesses are his putting and a lack of understanding the rules (he loves that foot wedge!). These are two things we can work on though. I’ll have him ready for PGA in no time!
Connor has had many golf sets over the years. He grows so quickly that sets don’t last him very long. Last summer, Connor was playing a set of US Kids golf clubs meant for 10-13 year olds but his golf instructor told us he had outgrown them,when he was eleven, so I purchased him a Callaway Big Bertha Fusion 13.5 degree driver playing at 44.5” with a lightweight, regular flex shaft and a Big Bertha Fusion 5 wood at 41”, also with a lightweight, regular flex shaft. Those two clubs were game changers for him, as you could really see how far he can hit it with better equipment. His irons/hybrids on the other hand probably aren’t great for him. They are a set of Pinemeadow PGX clubs that look like Taylormade knock-offs. They were purchased with the intent for my wife to learn the game, but after sadly collecting dust for a couple of years, I figured maybe my son could get some use out of them. He’s hit some good shots with them but he’s also been inconsistent, so I’m not sure if they are the best fit. His sand wedge is an old Cleveland 588 RTX and his putter is a 33” Spider Tour that I kicked out my bag about a year ago.
Protecting his driver is a Darth Vader head cover and the fairway wood is protected by none other than Yoda (good thing they are friends now in the afterlife). He’s has a golf towel with the words “MAY THE COURSE BE WITH YOU.” Housing all his clubs is Carolina Gamecock golf bag that he got for Christmas (as a Michigan State Spartan fan, this one hurts me a little). It’s a great golf bag though, with plenty of pockets and individual slots for every club.
Now, on the new sticks. The Wilson Profile Teen SGI set comes with a 10.5 degree driver, a 5 wood, a 5 hyrbrid, 6-SW irons/wedges, a blade style putter and a golf bag. Most of the clubs, and bag, have yellow highlights on back of the clubs, which is perfect since yellow is Connor’s favorite color. The shafts are a made for Wilson shaft with a teen flex. The driver and fairway wood have graphite shafts and the rest of the set, including the hybrid, all have steel shafts. The grips are also made for Wilson but feel nice and soft in the hand. They are made for teens in the 5’3” to 5’8” range, which Connor is right in the middle of. Putting them up against his current set, they are about an inch shorter than what he has now, but he usually grips down on the club, so that should be perfect.
(At least he's got the right shirt on in this pic)
Initial impressions from Connor is that they look “cool” (he’s very insightful and descriptive). I think they are sharp looking clubs. Although Wilson makes some of the best clubs on the market, especially irons, most people look at their complete sets as cheap, but it looks to me like some thought went into this set. The driver presents a lot of loft and I’m convinced it’s more than 10.5” but I think Connor needs that. The 5 wood and hybrid look very forgiving, like it will be easy to get the ball up in the air. The irons have a thick topline and also look to pack in a lot of forgiveness. The wedge looks forgiving but also very playable from a variety of lies. The blade putter has soft looking insert and feels very light. It also comes with a thin grip which is very different from the Superstroke he has on his Spider putter. The bag is decent, but it lacks pockets (3) and isn’t nearly as nice as his current bag. If he didn’t already have a bag it would be sufficient.
(Current iron on left, Wilson iron on the right)
(Current driver on left, Wilson driver on the right)
Our initial thoughts are as follows. He prefers his current Gamecock golf bag to the Wilson bag, so that contest was over quickly. The Wilson irons/hybrids seem to be a lot better fit than his current irons, so these will most likely make it into the bag and stay. The driver/fairway woods will battle it out to see what will make it into the bag. The putter will also have a tough battle to beat out the great Spider Tour but, if it performs, it might make it into the bag. Over the next several weeks, Connor will be putting all these clubs to the test. He will try them head to head on the range. We will use my Swing Caddie SC300 launch monitor to see what’s giving him the most consistent distance. He will also test some of these clubs on the course against his current set to see which one he strikes better. It will be a tough battle for some of these Wilson clubs but I think they have a good chance. Which clubs will win this epic battle? Stay tuned for the stage 2 review to find out. I know we’re excited to see what these things can do.
(Time for a test run of the new sticks)