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  1. Got the official info on this the other day and thought you might find it interesting. Wilson Staff is officially launching its new ECO stand bag. What makes the ECO interesting is that its made from over 50 recycled plastic water bottles. The bottles themselves are ground up and melted and then turned into recycled polyester. 50 bottles will make 1.7 yards of recycled polyester, and that equals 1 bag. According to Wilson, recycled polyester is virtually the same as virgin polyester, but takes 59% less energy to produce. Apart from being recycled, the ECO has a 5-way padded top with two full length dividers and an integrated handle. It's fairly light, coming in at 4.3 pounds. It has six pockets which, from what we can see, look pretty standard - and it comes in three colors: Alpine Green, Deep Ocean Blue and Cloud Silver. The ECO was not included in this year's MyGolfSpy Stand Bag Buyer's Guide - but its big brother the EXO was. The EXO finished in the middle of the pack overall, not really standing out in any category. The ECO is more compact and lighter than the EXO, which weighs in at 5.5 pounds. The ECO is priced pretty aggressively at $149.99. You can check it out here.
  2. So I just finished reading the "Best Blade Putters for 2020" that was just published by MyGolfSpy, and was just wondering about your guys thoughts on the Wilson Staff Infinite line that was involved in the testing (the West Loop and Windy City models). I currently game an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball and was considering trying out a blade putter instead (also my birthday is in two days so I figured it could be an early gift to myself ). If anyone currently games one or has tested them in the past, I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Thanks in advance.
  3. Some sweet new bags released today by Wilson Golf. Whaddya guys think? WILSON UNVEILS NEW EXO GOLF BAG FAMILY The new Wilson Staff eXo cart and carry line delivers a higher level of organization through its wide open top and geometric pocket designs. CHICAGO, September 24th , 2018 – Wilson has officially announced the 2019 line of eXo carry and eXo cart bags. Designed with optimal club space and ergonomic pockets, eXo offers a wide range of storage options for golfers who enjoy easy access to their equipment while walking or riding during their round. The five-way 10' x 7.5' top of the eXo carry bag incorporates five large dividers which allow for easy club organization and accessibility. With six functional storage pockets, the new carry bag provides golfers ample storage space and convenience access to the essentials during a round on the course. “The organization and design of each pocket on the eXo carry and cart line make things effortless for golfers,” said Jean-Pierre Degembe, Global Product Director. “We went to great lengths to meet the needs of the everyday golfer, who enjoys the game without the hassle of searching or misplacing items inside their bags.” The lightweight eXo carry bagweighs in at 5.1lb/2.3 kg, features a non-skid base which rests flat on the ground and has integrated stand legs completing the self-standing design for greater stability around the golf course. The bag also offers a 2-in- one self-balancing four-point double strap system for carrying comfort. Designed for the keen carrier, the eXo carry bag integrates 3D air flow padded straps and a 3D air flow hip/low back pad to keep golfers cool in warmer conditions. Additional features include an umbrella and glove holders, a towel ring and rain hood for inclement weather. The eXo cart bag features a new 14-way 11' x 9' top with 14 full-length dividers with an enlarged putter well to accommodate oversized grips. A new base which features a trolley anchor, which fits easily on a cart and securely on a trolley. Eight functional pockets provide smooth access to belongings, which includes two “Dry- tech” pockets, two full-size garment spaces and three front accessories pockets. The cart bag also showcases one large cooler pocket. The umbrella and glove holder, tee holders, towel ring, rain hood and 3D foam padded strap complete the list of additional bag features. Both eXo carry and eXo cart bags are available in four stylish colour schemes: Blue/Royal/Yellow, Black/Black/Orange, Navy/White/Red and Red/White/Red. The eXo family will be available starting Monday, Spetember 24. Price Details: eXo Carry: $159.99 eXo Cart: $179.99
  4. Anyone watch last night's episode? I thought it would be lame, but it was interesting to see the "celebs" try the clubs. Was impressed with Willie Robertson's swing - seems like he spends some time on the range as well as in the swamps. Josh Beckett had the best swing, but the guy I'd love to play 18 with would have to be Herm Edwards, with Kevin Millar as close second. So, who are you puling for? Didn't think I'd care this much, but they're doing a good job of building the suspense. I wish they'd have showed more of the down and dirty design stuff, but I'm guessing that - while some might find it fascinating - the larger audience might have been bored to tears by it. Really looking forward to the finale!
  5. Apparently Season 1 proved successful enough for Wilson Staff to go to the well once again for Season Two of Driver Vs. Driver....We'll see what we can find out...
  6. Wilson Staff is announcing a new tour level ball today: a re-introduction of the FG Tour Urethane - a 4-layer ball with a soft, cast urethane cover. Barnes will be playing the FG Tour ball this weekend. The new FG Tour Urethane lists for $44.99/dozen - Wilson doesn't have a formal release as of yet as this is a "soft launch' (get it??) for green grass accounts. It is available on their website though.
  7. Like your typical beginner golfer, I selected my first balls based on the fact that I was likely to lose a lot of them. So for my first round I grabbed 2 boxes of Nitro distance balls at Wally World for 5 bucks per dozen. Yup, lost most of ‘em. But at least I realized pretty quickly that balls sure do make a difference. So I tested several balls as I went along, as my game improved, so did my ball selection until I finally ended up choosing the Srixon Z Star, which is my current gamer, and has been since the middle of last year. Enter the new Wilson Staff Duo Soft Spin (SSP), promising extra spin around the green and a super soft feel. As a die hard Wilson Staff fan (see my signature for the proof) I just had to give these balls a shot. They are a 3 piece ball with an Ionomer cover. My initial thoughts are all positive, I think Wilson Staff has created a fantastic ball at a great price point. However, they definitely aren't for everyone, and here's why: That super soft feel part, holy moly. The balls are only 40 compression, so when you hit ‘em good, you definitely get a rubbery feedback, so if you don't like that sort of a feel, you'll hate these balls. I just so happen to like it; and around the greens it actually provides me with great feedback and improves my touch, but we'll get to that in a sec. Off the tee on hole 1 at the oaks in Somersworth NH, I hit a 253 yard bomb with my 3 wood. The ball went dead straight over the bunkers that cross the fairway, the ball went high enough that my friends and I lost it in the sky and never saw it down. But as I pulled up I saw that my ball had almost rolled through the fairway but stopped about a foot short, leaving me a lob wedge into the par 4 for my second. Don't get too excited, I ended up 3 putting for a bogie. But this leads me well into the next part. On approach shots, I had no trouble getting the ball to stop quickly on a course that in notorious for ridiculously fast greens. On hole 11, a par 5 I had another lob wedge into a green with the pin at the front of the green. I caught the fringe and the ball checked up less than a foot from the pin for a tap in birdie. The ball provided plenty of spin around the green. I had multiple chips that I felt I hit way too hard but the ball checked up quick enough to keep me 10 feet or less from the pin. And the feel was fantastic, I could really tell if I had hit the ball with the right touch. Off the putter was great as well. I did some of my best putting ever during my first round with this ball. 35 putts, when I average in the 40s on a normal day. The ball felt soft but borderline solid off the putter face with a nice quiet sound, no clicking from this ball. This ball will definitely be staying in my bag for a while for further testing. But so far I am a huge fan. Plus, now I can say I play all Wilson everythang. Check back for updates.
  8. (4) TESTERS WANTED!! WILSON STAFF C300/C300 FORGED IRONS Gotta say gang, we're really excited to bring this one to you. There's been more buzz this spring about the Wilson Staff C300 and C300 Forged irons on these pages than any other Wilson offering that I can remember, and for good reason. They do represent one of the more intriguing iron releases of 2018. Both irons fall into the Game Improvement category, with the C300 offering more distance and forgiveness and the C300 Forged offering a more compact frame, bit more pop than a better player's cavity back and all the forged goodness you could possibly want. TESTERS WANTED: We're looking for four of you to do that voodoo that you do and give these things a good MyGolfSpy Forum going over. We need two avid golfers to test and review (and keep) a set of the C300's, and two more to do the same thing with the C300 Forged. As always, we want to make sure you're ready to tackle the challenge of being a MyGolfSpy tester. You'll be asked to spend a solid two months working with these irons on both the practice range and on the course. You'll also be asked to write a two stage review (we'll provide you with a template) and provide your fellow Forum members with a detailed, thoughtful and - most importantly - honest evaluation of the C300's. This review opportunity is open to any avid golfer/dedicated reviewer in the US, Canada or the UK. How To Apply: If you want to test and review (and keep, did we mention that?) a set of C300's, please apply in THIS FORUM ONLY (applying in the blog won't do you any good, okay?). In this thread, please tell us the following: Your first name/home state or province Your current iron set/shaft combo Your current handicap Your review preference - C300 or C300 Forged We'll be selecting two of you to review the C300's and two others to review the C300 Forged. We'll be announcing the testers in this thread next week, so make sure to check back! Thanks, and best of luck!!!
  9. Wilson is unveiling a new red (and I mean RED) matte DUOSoft ball...and they're having a "Name That Color" contest on Instagram. Not sure what the prize is, but dang, that thing is RED....
  10. Official Forum Member Review Wilson Staff D300 Irons josmi15 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Camcmart Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Reesedw Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 PunkRockDoc Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
  11. Wilson is unveiling the new DUO's today - and trust me, they WILL get your attention! Yup - those are the new DUO matte colors and I gotta say, they look pretty cool in person. As for performance, if you like the old DUO, you'll like this one just as much. It's not a Tour-level ball, but for the average player (or anyone playing in cool temps) it performs very well. The new DUO Soft Spin is getting a facelift too -- some tech tweaks and the Wilson shield as a logo (looks VERY classy). Full report is on the blog - check it out here Thoughts?
  12. RE-EDIT: Steele wins again at the Safeway!!! That's two in a row... EDIT: This is an update from a post from March of 2015 - an interview with Wilson Staff Tour Pro Brendan Steele. I got to meet Brendan at a Wilson Photo Shoot in December of 2014 - he had just joined Wilson from Titleist and enjoyed very solid, but winless, 2015 and 2016 seasons. In last year's Safeway, Brendan held the 54-hole lead heading into the final day but a final round 76 denied him his 2nd Tour victory. Brendan took a different path this weekend, charing from behind with a final round 65, finishing birdie-birdie-birdie. Steele's WITB for the Safeway: TaylorMade M2 driver, and FW woods (15 & 21*) Wilson Staff FG Tour 100 blades (4-pw) Wilson Staff FG Tour PMP Wedge (50* bent to 52*) Vokey SM5 wedges (58 & 60*) Scotty Cameron Futura X Tour Proto Putter Here's our Q&A with Brendan - I found him to be, like other Wilson Staffers, a really good guy. Enjoy.... PGA Pro Brendan Steele heads into today's suspended final round of The Honda Classic tied for 4th with Phil Mickelson, just three strokes off the lead. Brendan is enjoying a solid season 2015 season, making 8 out of 8 cuts, with 1 top 5 finish and 3 top 25's. He's currently 25th in Fedex Cup points (that should change after today) and is ranked 105th in the world. Brendan's lone tour win came in his rookie season of 2011, holing a clutch 5-foot putt on the 72nd hole of the Valero Texas Open to edge out Charlie Hoffman and Kevin Chappell. Brendan joined Wilson Staff this past off-season, and I had a chance to talk with him a few months ago during a Wilson Staff photo-shoot. Here's what he had to say… MGS 5Q's: You have kind of a unique swing. If you were to say your swing is modeled after anyone's, who would it be? Brendan Steele: (Laughs) Good question! I don't know that it's really modeled after anybody, and it's probably just an insult to everybody if I tell them that I copied them! You know, I have a very unique swing. I do a lot of things that are unconventional and that you wouldn't really teach. I have a very strong grip, I kinda get the club behind me and with a lot of club rotation. I guess it's my swing, my way – the way I've always done it and I've just tried to build on it throughout the years. So I've always kinda done it the same way, but I've picked things up as I went along. It may not be the prettiest thing, but it's somewhat effective. I'd like to be more on plane and shorter and more under control, but it's all part of my timing mechanism. With the strong grip I've got to get the club in a certain place and it's got to be a little bit longer to find the “slot” of your backswing, if you will. And then that gets me in a position where I can get it on plane as I get back into the ball. So everything's a kind of a cause and affect, and it all starts with my setup and my grip. MGS 5Q's: What are your goals for the season, and what are your favorite early season tournaments? Steele: Definitely to make the Tour Championship. That really sets you up for the following season. If I could pick up a win before Augusta that would be great, because you always want to play Augusta. But those are definitely the two things that I'm after. Your favorite tournaments are the ones where you always play well in. I usually play well at Phoenix – I've had three good results there the last three years, I think a 4th, 5th and 6th the last three years, so that's one that I always look forward to (Brendan tied for 26th this year). Torrey Pines, I grew up playing Junior World there and different things, so that's one of my favorites (tied for 45th). Humana is a home tournament for me – I grew up in the mountains right there, I get a lot of support out there so I like to play well there (and he did, finishing tied for 2nd). And Riviera is also one that I've had a little bit of success at and I really love the track (tied for 14th). MGS 5Q's: What made you come to Wilson after your contract with Titleist ended? What specifically about the equipment made you go to Wilson? Steele: You know, when my contract was up this last year I really wanted to base my bag around the best clubs that I could possibly find. I did extensive testing and Wilson came out ahead and it was a really easy decision for me. The irons are the best irons that I've ever played, the weighting on them, the way that they go through the turf, how straight they fly and how far they fly was superior to anything that I'd ever tried before. I'm bagging the FG Tour 100's, and with a blade you wouldn't think that there was that much more that you could do. I mean, everybody makes a pretty good blade, right? Well there's a big difference. There's a big difference in the weighting, and how the ball comes off and how straight they go. Most people don't want to play blades because they don't think they can hit them straight. Well these are the straightest blades I've ever hit, by far. You have to work to make them move, which is great. When I want it to hook, I can make it hook. But if I don't want it to hook, it doesn't really hook. You can make it do what you want and you've really go a forgiving blade that will also go a long way, so it's kinda the best of all worlds. MGS 5Q's: Forgiving blade sounds like an oxymoron. How can a blade be forgiving? I think it just has to do with the weighting that they put in the head, and where the center of gravity is. The distribution of the weighting is the only explanation that I have for it. I'm not smart enough to figure that stuff out, but the way it goes through the turf and the way it launches off, it's just a totally different kind of feel and different flight. MGS 5Q's: Have you ever been in “the zone” when you're playing? What does it feel like? Can you feel it coming? What's that experience like? Steele: Well I know I was in the zone watching Kevin (Streelman) finish at Traveler's last year. I posted, I think, 13 under and was thinking ‘maybe this has a chance if some guys make some mistakes coming in.' And then Kevin went and birdied seven holes in a row, so I'd say that qualifies as being “in the zone.” There are times when you feel like the only thing you can do is focus on the shot that you have. You're not thinking anything negative, you're not concerned with anything else that's going on. You can just feel everything that's happening around the shot. And there are other times – most of the time – when you hear everything, you see everything. You see all the trouble you can get into, you're concerned with things that have no bearing on what is actually going on, whether it's mechanics or the fact that you just made a bogie or whatever. That is the complete opposite of being in the zone. It's just this feeling where it's total commitment and inclusion in the shot. And a quiet mind. The game seems very simple when you're in the zone, and it doesn't come around very often. But when it does it's a lot of fun and you always want it to come back and come back more often. But there's no way to know when it's going to come, or why, but if you knew that, then you'd be in pretty good shape!
  13. I'm a new poster to the Forums, here, though I've been reading the tests and your posts for years. After I'd paid for someone else to install grips and, later, shafts, in my clubs, the technician said, "Look, you seem to be a pretty handy guy, these are just mechanical processes. You could be doing this yourself and not paying me." Made sense! I'm a "Build Your Own Clubs" (BYOC) fan! I've been building my own clubs since about 1999. I mostly use Bang Golf heads and have tried a LOT of different shafts. I keep coming back to my old Grafalloy Prolite Elite's in my drivers, and the Prolite Colors in my fairway woods (yes, they're metal, but...) I keep a couple of running searches on eBay. These older Stiff shafts just seem to fit my swing. I have two sets of clubs with Bang drivers and fairway woods and Bang Mellow Yellow irons (one with the paint-fill changed to red) that I rotate most weeks. I recently added Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility Irons to both sets. Each set is housed in an appropriately colored Sun Mountain C130 bag. (University of Wyoming for the yellow set.) I've been playing the red set for the past month or so, since I switched to full-cord grips in the heat. I'll leave the yellow set with the multi-compounds for now. I'm a brand-loyal kinda guy. I try not to buy knock-offs, though I think I bought some fake Golf Pride's last year by mistake. Won't happen again. I have two nearly identical Scotty Newports with Golf Pride SNSR Contour grips. One is copper-plated (aftermarket,) and the other was refurbed in Scotty's shop. I ruined the platinum finish on that one a couple of days after I got it back. Turns out I like it better this way! I'm a ball snob. I started playing Wilson Staff balls when I was in college, and I don't play anything else except to try a sleeve to compare once in a while. I've read everything ever written here on golf balls, and I just keep thinking that this is one more variable I can eliminate. I usually buy last year's model, NOS, in bulk, on eBay. I don't pay more than a buck a ball, including shipping. On the day I think it's the ball that's costing me strokes, I'll buy THIS year's model. (And probably lose 'em just the same!) My wife says I'm a "shoe horse." Okay, ten pairs of golf shoes is probably overkill, But, they keep my feet happy! Again, brand-loyal: Gloves and shoes all FJ, all the time. I know I won't ever make a living from golf, and that's just fine with me. Once in a while I make a club for someone else, or give someone a driver or a putter if I think it will help them enjoy playing more. I once bribed a service technician with a new Cobra driver. I bought the head on eBay, paired it with an excellent shaft I didn't like, and he loved it! I think a big part of the reason more families don't take up golf is because clubs for kids are difficult to fit and buy or make. Components are not readily available, and sets are far too expensive to fit kids who grow so fast! (There ought to be an exchange program for kids' clubs!) I'm building a new set for my wife who has had three sets in the past 15 years and has yet to play a full round of golf. (It's along story.) I LOVE golf and golf equipment! But, I think the act of hitting a golf shot depends upon the interaction of the entire "system:" We buy or build golf clubs to fit the swing we THINK we have, to hit the ball we choose (for sometimes dubious reasons,) and adapt the swing we REALLY have to produce results as close as possible to the results we had in mind at the outset. When the results or expectations change, we try again. And, therein lies the fun! Thanks for indulging my fancy, fantasy, and fanaticism!
  14. (4) Testers Wanted Wilson Staff D300 Irons We can make it official now - Wilson is back! Back in the MyGolfSpy Community Review Program, that is. And somewhere Wilson Staffers like Sam Snead, Ty Webb and Shooter McGavin are smiling... We're looking for 4 of you to test, review and keep a set of the Wilson D300 irons, with FLX Face Technology. Wilson's Players Irons take a back seat to no one,and its F-C-D irons classification system (Feel-Crossover-Distance) is as simple as it gets. We want to know if the d300rons deliver the goods. Signing up is easy, and must be done in this thread. Please tell us the following: Your first name and home state/province: Current handicap/avg score: Have you ever gamed Wilson irons? If so, which set? What is your current iron set? We'll take applications into next week and will be announcing the testers here. Good luck!
  15. From GD -- Streels is putting the Triton in play on Tour this weekend. What I found most interesting from the article: in 10 years Streelman has only had one driver contract for about half a season. How does a PGA Tour player put a driver in play designed by an armchair engineer? Very carefully... Kevin Streelman, who was a judge on Wilson Golf's Driver Vs. Driver television show is going to put the winning Triton DVD driver in play this week at the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge. In speaking with Streelman about the decision he made two things very clear: This was not a kneejerk decision and he's not contractually bound to do it. “Dead honest—I'm not getting any bonus and haven't signed anything contractual to play this club,” said Streelman, who does have an endorsement contract with Wilson, but it does not include the driver. “I love to support Wilson and the company, but for me to switch to this club it had to be as good if not better than what I was using before. I know some people will be saying, ‘Oh, he's getting paid a lot of money to switch' but that's not the case.” While it would be easy to raise an eyebrow to that statement, consider Streelman has played 10 years on the PGA Tour and only had a driver contract for half of one season. He has essentially used two drivers for the last six seasons. It's not an easy club to get in Streelman's bag. “I'm very particular about my driver,” said Streelman, a winner of two PGA Tour events. “It's the best club in my bag year to year. I've been top 20, 30 in driving most every year I've been on tour [he's been in the top 26 in strokes gained/driving three of the last four years]. I was all about being fun and supportive during the design process, but once I had a prototype to hit, I was going to be their toughest critic.” Now 38, Streelman knows he needs to find the right launch angle to spin ratio in order to keep up with the Justin Thomas' of the world. ShotLink shows Streelman's numbers at a shade over 11 degrees launch and 2,554 spin. Not bad, but not ideal. “Triton is high launch and low spin which for me is very exciting because I tend to have a spinnier ball flight,” noted Streelman. “I'm excited to see my swing launch it at 12 to 13 degrees with 2,200 to 2,300 rpms of spin. Before when I got that high on launch the spin was closer to 3,000. That difference can equate to 20 to 30 yards of roll on the firm fairways of the PGA Tour.” Streelman's testing process involves a significant amount of time on TrackMan gathering data using clubs built to specific specs. “Whenever a company wants me to try a club I say ‘it has to be this length; this shaft, tipped this amount, with this grip.' Basically I want to compare apples to apples,” said Streelman. After gathering his data from TrackMan, Streelman then goes on course. “You play practice rounds or money matches with it and it's amazing what you'll see on the golf course that you don't see on a range,” he said. “That's because we play at a different speed on the course. There's a different intention of the shot. There's the nerve factor. You have to play with some pressure to see how it truly performs. Then I'll take it to maybe a pro-am, then give it a shot in a tournament. That's how I do my business. It's critical to get it right and I'm a harsh critic. It's my livelihood and that of my family on the line. It has to be right.” Part of getting it right was arriving at the final setup. After extensive testing at his home course of Whisper Rock as well as TPC Scottsdale, Streelman arrived at a 9 degree clubhead with the loft setting at neutral. The adjustable sole plate is the lighter, 9-gram carbon fiber version (which Streelman says also helped reduce spin) and the weights are 6 grams in the heel, 6 grams in the back and 2 grams in the toe. The final piece was the shaft. “At first I struggled with it because we kept trying to build it to the same spec as my Ping G30, which I have used for three years now,” Streelman said. “I kept trying my Aldila Rogue shaft but it didn't feel right in the Triton. Then we tried some different shafts and one, the blue Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited, clicked. I was seeing the ball flight I wanted with the lower spin.” All of which, along with taking some of ex-Chicago Bear and fellow Driver vs. Driver judge Brian Urlacher's money at Whisper Rock, has Streelman confident enough to put it in play in PGA Tour competition. “I'm really excited to see what this driver can do under tournament conditions,” said Streelman. “I had a great start in the fall and I hope this thing makes it in the bag all year and I win multiple times with it. You can't predict what the future will hold, but it'll be in the bag this week so we'll see.”
  16. Wilson announced its new Super game improvement offerings today - the D300 irons and metal woods. Have had the chance to try them over the weekend - duly impressed with both. The irons are even easier to hit than the D200's, if such a thing is possible. Adding the FLX Face Tech to the irons has given them a much softer, almost forged like sound and feel. Impressive for an SGI irons. Like the Steelheads, JGR Hybrid irons and others in that niche, they go VERY high with the stock shafts - with some carry to them. The metal woods aren't bad, either -- stock shaft as the Matrix Speed Rulz A type -- 44 grams with a no upcharge option for the 65 gram. These are also designed to help get the ball up in the air and get some carry - but I played a D200 for the season 2 years ago with a RIP Phenon NL shaft and loved it. The sound is not nearly as tinny as the D200, as well -- it's much more muted and "thwacky." Blogs posts on each today. Click here to check out the irons, and here to check out the metal woods. Gotta say, some of the comments on the metal woods blog are borderline hilarious, if not particularly enlightened Thoughts?
  17. Well ain't that a kick in the head... The 9* model is good to go, but apparently there's an issue with the others. Hmmmmm..... More info to follow. Wilson Triton drivers ruled nonconforming by USGA By Martin Kaufmann 55 mins ago Share Tweet Email Print (Wilson) The U.S. Golf Association has ruled that Wilson Golf's new Triton driver, which has been on sale since Nov. 25, is nonconforming under the Rules of Golf. “The Wilson Staff Triton DVD with the 9-degree loft is listed on the conforming list,” USGA spokeswoman Janeen Driscoll said Dec. 12. “All other submissions of the Triton clubs were determined to be nonconforming to the Rules of Golf.” The USGA would not specify the reason the club was ruled nonconforming. A retail source said a Wilson employee indicated there was a problem with the Triton's soleplate. The Triton was the winning product in the Golf Channel reality series “Driver vs. Driver.” The series finale aired Nov. 22, with winning designer Eric Sillies of Cincinnati collecting the $500,000 first prize. RELATED COVERAGE Wilson Staff Triton Driver Driver error: Wilson Triton weeks away from USGA approval On Dec. 5, the USGA placed one 9-degree Triton driver on its list of conforming clubs, apparently for use by one of its PGA Tour players. In a TV ad for the Triton, Wilson endorser Kevin Streelman says, “It's in my bag, and it should be in yours.” Streelman could not use the club in competition until it was placed on the USGA's list of conforming equipment. The USGA's approval of that one driver did not extend to the thousands of Triton drivers currently available at retail for $450. Those clubs remain nonconforming, meaning they cannot be played in rounds used for handicap purposes or in tournaments governed by USGA rules. Wilson hoped that the Triton would make a big splash during the holiday selling season and promoted the club with demo days that have run at dozens of shops and golf courses across the country. Retailers contacted by Golfweek in the days following the Triton's retail launch were unaware the driver was not on USGA's list of conforming clubs. Had retailers and consumers been aware that the Triton is nonconforming, it effectively would have killed sales. Tim Clarke, president of Wilson Golf, said in a Nov. 26 interview with Golfweek that his company met with the USGA on Nov. 21 to discuss the Triton, but that a decision was weeks away. He said the tight timelines of “Driver vs. Driver” prevented the company from delivering Triton samples to the USGA in time to get a ruling prior to the holiday selling season. So Wilson gambled and went forward with the retail launch. “When you're doing something that has not been done, you're taking calculated risks,” Clarke said. “Make no mistake, our intention was to have a ruling before the driver (hit retail).” There was some indication the USGA wanted to expedite the review process because of concerns it would face criticism. The USGA sometimes has fought the perception that it is not receptive to equipment innovations. Retailers contacted by Golfweek during the holiday weekend were unaware that the Triton is a nonconforming product. Products that are nonconforming are difficult to sell because they cannot be used in competition or for rounds used for handicap purposes.
  18. HARRINGTON SIGNS NEW LANDMARK DEAL WITH WILSON GOLF 20 years playing their clubs Words: James Greenwood Photography: Getty Images Padraig Harrington has signed a new multi-year deal with Wilson Golf that will see him reach a milestone of 20 consecutive seasons playing Wilson Staff clubs on Tours around the world. The new agreement follows impressive recent form for the three-time Major champion, culminating in his first European Tour victory in eight years at the recent Portugal Masters, where he won playing with the new FG Tour V6 irons that he put into his bag for the first time that week. “My association with Wilson Golf is currently one of the longest in the sport and I'm proud to be renewing our agreement for more years to come,” said the Irishman. “The new V6 irons are exceptional and I'd encourage all amateur players to try out the latest Wilson Staff clubs, as they can help golfers of all abilities to improve their games.” Padraig first signed to play Wilson Staff clubs in 1998 and went on to help the brand achieve more Major victories with its irons than any other (61), with back-to-back Open Championships in 2007 and 2008 and another victory at the US PGA Championship in 2008. In recent years, he secured the 2010 Johor Open, finished fourth at the 2012 US Open, won the prestigious PGA Grand Slam of Golf title against three other Major champions later that year and in 2014 was victorious at the Indonesian Open. In 2015, he won on the PGA Tour for the first time in seven years with victory at the Honda Classic and earlier this year represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in Rio, before acting as a Vice Captain of the European Team in the Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine. “We are thrilled to have Padraig sign a new agreement for him to keep playing Wilson Staff clubs and continue to represent our brand around the world with such passion,” said Tim Clark, President of Wilson Golf. “He's a valued member of our Wilson Advisory Staff and contributes a great deal to the development of clubs across the range.”
  19. The finale's on -- anyone watching??? Putting my money on the table now -- it's Triton!!
  20. Have you guys been watching? It's starting to get interesting now that they've weeded out some of the weaker entries. They've posted some of the "commercials" the remaining contestants have put together to tout their ideas. See anything here you'd game?
  21. Gotta share this one -- a couple of the craziest ideas submitted to Driver Vs. Driver (Episode 2 tonite). What these guys lack in golf knowledge they more than make up for in enthusiasm. Not to mention crazy!
  22. ​This came across the InBox this morning -- Wilson is announcing its 11 finalists for the Driver Vs. Driver program on Golf Channel. Wilson announced it was doing this program last summer - basically they're giving people the opportunity to design a driver and the best overall design wins the competition, gets $500,000 and has their driver put into production for 2017. There have been a few naysayers out there in cyberspace, but if nothing else the show looks like a hell of a lot of fun and it'll be interesting to see what the teams come up with. And I'll watch almost anything with Melanie Collins... FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR GOLF CHANNEL'S NEW DRIVER VS. DRIVER SERIES, PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCT. 4 AT 10 P.M. ET Wilson Golf Taking Unique Approach To Find Next Great Golf Driver, Shining Spotlight on Aspiring Equipment in All-New Elimination-Style Reality Television Series Finalists Range from College Students to Former Golf Professionals to Engineers and Product Designers Panel of Celebrity Judges Includes Former NFL Linebacker and Avid Golfer Brian Urlacher; Two-Time PGA TOUR Winner Kevin Streelman, Former USGA Technical Director Frank Thomas and Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 24, 2016 – Golf Channel announced today the 11 finalists who will present their innovative driver concepts and ideas with the hopes of ultimately becoming Wilson Golf's newest driver for 2017 on a new, first-of-its-kind television series, Driver vs. Driver presented by Wilson. The series premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET. Driver vs. Driver will follow the trials and tribulations of aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the chance to win $500,000, and the opportunity to have their driver design sold at retail under the Wilson Staff name. The finalists, selected through an open call application process, will present to a panel of celebrity judges – former Chicago Bears linebacker and avid golfer Brian Urlacher, former USGA Technical Director Frank Thomas and President of Wilson Golf Tim Clarke – during the series' first two episodes. Two-time PGA TOUR winner and Wilson Advisory Staff member Kevin Streelman joins the series as a judge beginning with the third episode. Following the presentations, the judges will debate on which finalists' concepts will advance in the competition. The seven-episode series will then take viewers behind the scenes as the advancing teams work with Wilson LABS – the innovation hub at Wilson – engineers to evaluate, critique, refine and test their concepts, all while the panel of expert judges evaluates the best concept that will help golfers perform off the tee. Viewers also will get a look behind the curtain at one of the most iconic sports brands in history, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Golf Channel cameras will give viewers a glimpse inside the company's Wilson LABS facility, an expansive innovation center that serves as a primary design and testing hub for its sporting goods concepts and products, including tennis, basketball, baseball, football and golf, among others. The series' finalists are a diverse cast that includes professional golfers and former club manufacturers, college students, engineers and product designers. Some of the finalists are well versed in the sport of golf, where others have never taken up the game but have extensive engineering and design background. FINALISTS: Jonathan Dineen (26, Wilmington, N.C.) – An industrial engineer with a determined work ethic, Dineen's driver design concept is called “The Wasp,” the concept for his senior thesis at Appalachian State University. Richard Gischer (37, Crowley Texas) and Kimberly Leonard (35, Pinckneyville, Ill.) – A brother-sister team, Gischer is the golf expert and Leonard is the sales and communications expert. A graduate from the Professional Golf Management program at Campbell University, Gischer formerly worked at Nike, building custom golf clubs for some of the best players in the world before leaving the company to pursue another passion of his – mission work. Their driver concept is a green design, with the hopes of creating a driver using renewably sourced bio-product. Kyle Hanquist (26), Kevin Neitzel (30), Ann Arbor, Michigan – Colleagues and friends at the University of Michigan, Hanquist and Neitzel are both PhD students in aerospace engineering, studying aerothermodynamics of high speed flight. When they aren't in school together, they play golf and travel the world – their idea for Driver vs. Driver was submitted while traveling through Europe. Jimmy Huynh (26), Brian Mar (21), Patrick Soriano (25), Sheila Pancani (45), Patrick Soriano (25) and Matt Ulery (30), Long Beach, Calif. – Seniors in the industrial design program at California State University, Long Beach, this diverse is determined to create a driver that is, in their words, “Sick.” The group – who has no golf experience – underwent a three-week driver cram session to learn everything they could before submitting their driver design. Their micro-honeycomb design was modelled after Formula 1 cars and the grill from Ulery's motorcycle. Branndon Jones (21) and Ryan Nelson (21), Knoxville, Tenn. – Students at the University of Tennessee, Jones and Nelson have known each other since their freshman year of high school. Nelson is more outgoing and creative, where Jones is more analytical. They plan on having a balanced approach to try to create the most unique and technologically advanced driver on the golf market today. Their design idea came about after Jones watched Serena Williams, a long-time Wilson Advisory Staff Member, on television competing in a tennis match. Steve Kirouac (59, Welland, Ontario, Canada) – A retired art teacher, Kirouac had a “eureka” moment one afternoon grilling sausages in his backyard that led to his driver concept. The sound of the fly swatter hitting the wood while he “shooed” away bees reminded him of a driver hitting a golf ball and thus, an idea was born. The result is a honeycomb golf club, an aerodynamic club designed to increase club speed. Weston Maughan (35, Draper, Utah) – A former golf professional who is now working in the business sector, Maughan has been hooked on the game ever since Hall-of-Famer Johnny Miller gave him instruction tips that yielded instant results as a young child. Maughan is utilizing his golf expertise in developing his driver design, which allows the driver to dial in the weight of the club, making it customizable. Matt Purtell (37, Sonoma, Calif.) – An avid golfer and building contractor who has lived his entire life in Sonoma, Calif., Purtell's driver design idea stemmed from often mis-hitting his driver, but never his 3-wood. His concept focuses on overlaying the crown of a 3-wood on top of the driver to help make a more controlled golf swing. Eric Sillies (26, Cincinnati, Ohio) – A product designer who believes in the power of making better products to make life better for people, his driver design is called “Manta,” a multi-piece construction with a unique alignment feature. Sillies formerly interned with Dick's Sporting Goods while in college, where he had the opportunity to help design the aesthetic direction for the 2012 Nickent golf club line. Gavin Wallin (40, Eagle Mountain, Utah) – A product designer who has extensive experience in golf club design with multiple manufacturers, Wallin is combining his real-world experience and his industrial design college degree to develop an adjustable driver concept that has benefits for both the low handicap and high handicap player. Karl West (43, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) – Originally born in New Zealand and now residing in Victoria, British Columbia, West is a long time golf instructor at Royal Colwood. A self-professed “tinkerer,” West enjoys conceptualizing and designing putters and drivers in his basement lab. West is self-taught in developing concepts for drivers and putters, and his ultimate goal is to bring his driver idea to life through the series. MELANIE COLLINS TO HOST: Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins will serve as the host of Driver vs. Driver. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS' college football and basketball coverage, Collins also was co-host for Golf Channel's competition series, Big Break. GRAND PRIZE: The finalists are competing for $500,000 and the opportunity to have their driver design sold at retail under the Wilson Staff name. SERIES PRODUCTION: Following a call-for-entries in the summer of 2015, production for Driver vs. Driver began in the fall of '15 and continued through July 2016. Driver vs. Driver will air weekly for seven episodes, concluding Tuesday, Nov. 22.
  23. Rather than further hijack KCLeo's thread on the M1, let's start a new one on another new driver, the Wilson Staff FG Tour F5... While possibly rivaling Callaways Big Bertha Double Black Diamond 816 for the most syllables in a new driver release, Wilson's new driver fills a hole for them, a "player's" driver. I gamed the D200 this season and really liked it -- forgiving, easy to hit and plenty long. Received the F5 about 3 weeks ago for the blog's First Look piece (click here) and have played 5 rounds with it and I gotta report that this thing is the real deal! Some stats: - 460 CC head, traditional pear shape, fairly deep face - 9* & 10.5* heads, adjustable in .5 degree increments - 1* down thru 2* up - Real deal Fubuki Z 50 shaft (shaft coloring is altered slightly to match the head) - FastFit hosel is supposedly the lightest on the market, allows them to redistribute weight - Green Means GO adjustability - you can adjust the head without having to remove the head - 3 interchangeable sole weights - Reactive Face Technology - Maximize ball speed no matter where you hit it on the face - Serious baddass looking headcover - nice departure from the sock-puppets they offered for the D200 On the course, for me the thing launches somewhat high, but not as high as the D200. But I have been getting some pretty serious distance - even keeping up with my Hack To Jack partner, who can hit it a mile! Outdriving much younger bombers is better than Viagra! The sound is really unique -- I'm still struggling with the best way to describe it -- it's kind of a "KLOCK" sound -- sorta like the original Alpha. it's not a bad sound at all, but it's definitely distinctive, and not metalliic or "clinky" like many drivers. It's a low/forward CG driver, and a 7 gram sole weight comes factory installed. You also get a 3 gram and an 11 gram weight. Wilson says their testing shows most golfers will achieve maximum club head speed with the 7 gram weight, but some will swing faster with the lighter or the heavier options. On the LM I was swinging a fairly steady 102 with the 7 gram weight...haven't tried the others yet simply because I've been pretty happy with the stock results. I would, however, love to see if a fitting would put me into a different shaft. Again, it's hard to argue with the results thus far, but you never know. I did hit this thing side by side against an R15 on the LM a couple of weeks ago, with both drivers set to 9*. The results were interesting. Comparing best swings to best swings, the F5, while launching a bit higher, provided roughly 27% less spin than the R15 with 7 to 10 more yards worth of carry, plus some roll. Disclosure - I fiddled with the R15 weight settings to try to get the best performance I could out of it, but I have no idea whether it was optimized. Wilson has changed their F-C-D fitting program a little. F is Feel, while D is Distance. C used to stand for "Control," in the future it will stand for "Crossover," which is probably more descriptive. The player's clubs - the FG 100 blades and V4 irons are in the F category, while the D200 SGI irons are in the D category. The D200 driver is a GI driver, but Wilson is putting the F5 in the Feel and Crossover category. A 15 handicap who hits the driver well can play the F5. The matching F5 hybrid and fairway woods should be coming in the next week or so...can't wait to give those things a try. The fairways come in three options (13.5*, 15* and 17*) and all are adjustable 1* down and 2* up in .5* increments. The hybrids also come in 3 options (17*, 20* and 23*), and are have two levels of adjustability. You can go 1* up or down in 1* increments, but you can also adjust the lie angle between either Standard or 2* upright. Questions?
  24. It's been a busy couple of days for Wilson Staff. We've already shown you new C200 irons, but this week also marks the debut for Wilson's new wedge series and a new ball in the DUO line that's sure to raise an eyebrow or two. Let's take a look at the new FG Tour PMP wedges... Okay, let's get all the "Pimp My Wedge" jokes out of our systems. Are we settled? Good. In this case, PMP stands for "Precision Milled Performance," which Wilson says will maximize spin on full and partial shots. Basically, you have big deep grooves for full shows and 11 laser etched smaller grooves, called Micro Spin Lines, for spin on partial shots. The big change for Wilson is the addition of a third sole grind. Their most recent wedges, the FG Tour TC line, offered 2 soles- the wider-soled Traditional Grind for medium to steeper swings, and the thinner-soled Tour Grind for shallower swings. The new line adds a Wide Sole grind to the mix. With all of the different soles, bounces and lofts (each can be bent +/1 3 degrees, which effectively changes bounce), the PMP line has 97 different possible combinations. They'll be available in either Tour Frosted or Gun Blue PVD, and can be customized with stampings and paint fill through Wilson's Custom Department. The PMP wedges are already in the bags of Troy Merritt, Ricky Barnes and Brendan Steele. Kevin Streelman and Padraig Harrington are expected to start gaming them soon. Wilson is offering the KBS HI-REV 2.0 shaft with the Lamkin Performance Plus 3Gen grip as stock. MSRP for the FG Tour PMP Gun Blue model is $119.99, the Tour Frosted model is $99.99. They'll be in stores January 15th, but can be ordered now on Wilson's website.
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