Stage 2 Review – October 7th, 2019
Wilson D7 Irons – Official MGS Forum Review
Finally, we’ve come to the end of our review period and I spent a lot of time on the range, the course, and here, with you all! Hopefully we’ve done a decent job answering any questions you had along the way and continue to ask questions about these irons. I also testing these irons against my current DCI’s and some R11 clones – even had a special guest appearance by a D300 4i for a bit to look at old-gen vs. new-gen. Basically, a lot of time spent with these irons and they were fun to test!
The D7’s look great right out of the package. All shiny, chrome-y, and the cavity back has a nice, contemporary design that is pleasing to my eye compared with a lot of irons out there. The W/S Shield, slant D7 logo, and overall design in the cavity back is simplistic enough to not distract or seem gaudy while relaying the relevant information to any onlookers. Additionally, the power holes on the sole are not distracting when I look at my bag either. Most folks are curious about them and want to ask questions, which has given me a lot of different perspectives/opinions on their looks – all positive feedback from folks on the course and range.
They are a little thicker than one would hope for (I mean, aren’t we all striving to play butter knife blades?), but the weighting on the sole doesn’t distract you at address. Compared with my old DCI’s, the overall thickness, grooves, and “look” are fine and what I would expect from any club in this category.
Additionally, the grips have been really fantastic! I’ve enjoyed their feel in my hands, solid grip, and nary an issue with the club moving in my hands on any swing.
Sound & Feel (8/10):
I had the opportunity to try these at a demo day back in June and they have a good feel, solid sound, and really no complaints in this area. The ReAkt technology gives you a bit of feedback when you get a solid shot, but nothing distracting in the hands during the swing. Basically, they sound and feel like a gold club should sound and feel. However, when looking at the review template MGS supplied us, one note in this category was “Compare to your worst/best feel and sound experience” and in this regard I had to knock it a few points. When I tried the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro – yes, I realize it’s a bit of a different category- the sound was crisper and feel was amazing on solid shots. That’s my “gold standard” which all clubs are measured to, hence the 8.
Basic Characteristics (18/20):
So let’s break this down a bit
Accuracy – The D7’s are as accurate as my swing allows them to be, haha. Dispersion is very tight – I’d say 12yds either side of my aiming line
Distance – A lot. Seriously, these things fly. My best hit with them was a 4i hit off the tee that went 247yds, as measured by the Grint app/GPS. My wife tried them and she was flying past her current irons about 20+yds, had a buddy try them and he was equally about 20yds past his current irons. Now, this brings up some other issues that I’ll address further on.
Trajectory – High. No two ways about it. If you have trouble getting the ball up, then these irons are design to help you get it in the air easily. If I’m honest, they flew too high for my liking, but I can’t knock the club for doing as it’s designed to do.
Forgiveness – This is the reason the D7’s exist. I have always pushed my shots to the right, or I slice the ball significantly with my DCI’s. My slice has all but disappeared and I rarely push the ball to the right anymore. If anything, I’m having to compensate for a draw now, which isn’t a bad place to be. Additionally, any mishits with these irons are not punished significantly and my shots still went plenty far and into playable territory with heel or toe hits. I was very pleased with how forgiving these clubs are!
Control – Since these are SGI irons, you give up some control in order to gain forgiveness. Since most folks are out there to have a good time and not spend all day in the woods looking for balls, it’s a fair trade off. With that said, I never once had any control issues with the clubs and it was fairly “point-and-shoot” for the majority of the shots I took with these.
Workability – Same story here as Control. You gotta give a little workability to get more forgiveness, so you cannot shape your shots all that well. However, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t able to exert some influence to get around a dog leg a bit better. Just realize what these clubs are meant for and go with the flow…no club can be everything to everyone.
Setup & Lofts – So here is my only real issue with the basic characteristics of these clubs, and ultimately what dings them a few points. The Lie and Length were no problem to get setup from the factory when we all ordered our clubs, BUT the lofts on these irons are pretty high. Mind you, I’m coming from a setup of clubs where the 4i was @ 25* and the SW @ 54*. The D7’s start at 19* for the 4i and end at 48* for the GW. This corresponds to the distance gains I’m seeing since the 4i is effectively a 5W for most players. It has really highlighted gaps in my bag that I didn’t have before so I’ve had to completely retool everything to accommodate the increased lofts. Another problem that I ran into was how the upper irons are gapped; 19-22-25 for the 4-5-6i meant that there was only about 10yds difference from the 4-6i, effectively ruling out their use in an average round. I understand that marketing dollars are at play and the desire for each new product to be “farther and straighter” than the last, but it comes at an expense that doesn’t make sense for the average golfer and most folks will only use about four or five clubs from a set of 8 on average…that means a lot of wasted space in your bag and money in the end.
On-Course Performance (28/30):
I noted in some posts during the review period that on average I gained about 3-4 strokes a side with these clubs. Yes, the Wilson Staff D7’s lowered my score, on average about 6-8 strokes! The distance provided, forgiveness in shots, overall accuracy, and even a bit of control/workability significantly helped lower my scores. Forget the gapping issues, the high trajectory, and the loss of some control and workability, at the end of the day these clubs can game.
I’m very pleased with the turf interaction on each shot, the distance off the tee’s (I mostly hit irons off the tee, and at 247yds w a 4i, who needs a driver!), the wedge play, and just general confidence I had with these clubs was fantastic. I never walked up to a shot and thought “oh crap, now what am I going to do” and instead just figured out my distance, selected my club, and whacked away.
Besides the amazing 247yd tee shot with my 4i, another great shot was ~128yds out and put it within 3ft with the GW. So even under my own pressure – and that of the people I was playing with – the performed admirably and was never in doubt on the course.
The D7’s have changed my perspective on Wilson/Staff clubs in a major way.
So here’s where we talk about the small things. The speed of shipping was a major issue – of course the timing didn’t help, though, as we placed our orders right before the US Open…that Gary Woodland won…with the Wilson Staff Model Irons…that made them super popular and everyone wanted a set…which pushed our orders to the bottom of the stack. However, it did take them about two months to get us our clubs, which is a ding overall.
The packaging, personal inspection notes, fit & finish, were all top-notch, though.
Also, everywhere I went with these clubs, people would ask me questions about them, how they played, how W/S was now, and inevitably, how they had an old set at one point in their lives and how they always liked them… It’s a storied brand with a bright future, assuming they can get products out the door!
Play it or Trade it (19/20):
Given that they have already lowered my score about 6-8 strokes a round, these are definite “play” irons and I would have no qualms heading to a tournament with these at any time. I think the price is very reasonable for any golfer and I would recommend them to anyone starting in the game or someone who has swing consistency issues, trouble getting the ball up, or maybe distance issues with age. I’ve certainly enjoyed them and will continue to enjoy them until I make the next step with my game to a players iron – many rounds from now.
Buy these clubs if you are a mid/high handicapper who wants to hit the ball longer, straighter, and have confidence that you can step up to any shot, take a swing, and it will go where you want it to*.
*Don't blame the clubs for your bad swings
Final Score: 90 out of 100