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Barbajo probably stole my thunder here with the Nike thread. He started his because of the action in the Driver testing opportunity. I'm starting this one because of the inactivity on Mark's thread and mine on our new irons.

 

Wilson once was what Titleist is today. If you saw Wilson in a guys back it screamed out. Player! Unlike Titleist though they were innovative. They sensed that there would be a GI market so they developed club's for it and they also produced boxed sets for discount stores. It was the latter that nearly killed them.

 

Frankly I would not have tried Wilson if it weren't that my teacher is a Wilson/Mizuno guy and Wilson was at the better price point. The C100's have served me well. There was no upcharge for an after market shaft. They represented a good value. The C200's demonstrate that they listen to consumers as they've addressed certain issues. The products in their other categories represent good values at favorable price points. They have a reasonable demo plan, too.

 

So what do you think when you see Wilson? What would they have to do to get you to try their club's? Lots of buzz around Hogan and their stuff is no where near the value of what Wilson puts out. Further Wilson was bigger for longer back in the day. Thoughts or crickets?

 

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Taylor Made Stealth 10.5  Aldila Ascent Red R flex

Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

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Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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I'm always in to give Wilson a shout out whenever I can. I suppose I'm a bit younger and a few years ago I fell into the category of not knowing Wilson made high quality stuff outside of the box sets. It wasn't until I started working in the industry that I saw their "good stuff" and I gave it a try and I've been hooked on their irons ever since. As a company they've always been really easy to work with and the rep in our area is awesome. I think they have a lot of good things going for them and I hope they continue to grow.

 

 

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Driver:  :ping-small: G30 9*

 

Irons:  :callaway-small:  X-Forged 3-PW

 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: RTX 2.0 52*

                :ping-small:  Glide 58*

 

Putter:   :taylormade-small: Itsy-Bitsy Spider

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I'm a fan of Wilson, i play their hybrid from last year, doesn't hurt that they picked up some engineers and designers from Adams.

They are working to get their equipment out there, at the upcoming mega demo day at Haggin Oaks here in Sacramento, while most companies may throw you a hat with a paid fitting appointment ($25) , they are giving you a wedge (not sure which line)

I appreciate the break down of their line up for what type of clubs you are looking for, and their DUO ball has been very highly rated, so I think they're on the upwsing. 

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What's in my  :cleveland-small: bag:

Driver :  :cobra-small: F9 10.5, Fujikura Speeder 757 TR 

Fairway  :cobra-small: F9 15.5° Aldila Rogue White 80X

Hybrid:  :cobra-small: King F7 18° KBS Tour PROTO Hybrid 95 S+

Irons:   :srixon-small: z585 4i - 6i,  z785 7i-PW, Nippon Modus 120X

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX  50.11, 55.11, 60.10  TT DG S400 Black

Putter:  post-53756-150768041262.jpg Honey Badger 34" 

Ball:  :srixon-small: Q-Star Tour

 

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Excellent thread - this maybe should start a trend!

 

Like Rev, and most other older guys, I remember Wilson's heyday in golf - they were IT.  And then they weren't.  

 

Being able to tell that story in blog form over a year ago was a treat and a great learning experience. In my mind you have to look at Wilson Staff as a $120 million dollar company - it's a small, lean outfit.  They have a lot of talent working there and an excellent R&D team led by Michael Vrksa.  I'd say since 2012 or so their irons have been as good as anyones, and their woods - while not overly "sexy" - are on the upswing.  More importantly, as a company, I get the impression that they know who they are and, more importantly, who they aren't.  

 

During my visit Doug Thiel, their global marketing director, said "Yeah, Wilson isn't TaylorMade, but then again, there was a time when TaylorMade wasn't Wilson, either."  Given developments in the past year, that seems to have been a prophetic statement.  They keep their marketing budget under control, simply because they're a little company and they have to, even though they're part of a gigantic global entity in Amer Sports.  They live within their means.  I visited there about a month ago with a local Minnesota teaching pro. We met with the marketing department, the R&D team and their Tour fitter.  When we left, he said "that's the kind of company I want to work with. They're nice people."  Bryan isn't the kind of guy to be wowed by fancy lobbies, flashy offices or high-powered suits - he's as down to earth as a golf pro can get.  Take that for what you will, but in my mind that's the kind of company Wilson is at this point -- they have to be personal to keep moving forward.  

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :titelist-small:TSi3  
FW Wood: PXG Gen4 2-wood
Hybrids:  PXG Gen4 18-degree
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*
Irons:; PXG 0211; :Hogan: Pro Combo; :benhogan-small:FTX Combo;:benhogan-small:'99 Apex Plus; :benhogan-small:'99 Apex blades; :macgregor-small: 2010 VIP irons; :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: RTZ ZipCore: :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60
Putter: :scotty-small: Newport Special Select;  :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8; :wilson-small: Buckingham; MATI Monto

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X; :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV; :wilson-small: Triad

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I haven't hit a lot of Wilson stuff lately, but they have definitely been on my radar.  A lot of that is due to Barbajo's gushing reviews of their stuff over the past couple seasons.  If I was in the position of wanting new irons the F5 and C200 would definitely be on the short list to demo.  

 

I love it when companies come out with quality products and instead of paying a premium you actually get a price break compared to their competitors.  Being able to pick up their used equipment dirt cheap is also a big plus in my book.

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Driver: :taylormade-small: SLDR w/ Fujikura Ventus Black

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :cleveland-small: 5i - gap Launcher CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 CBX & 58 Zipcore w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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My view is that I really like the gear that they are coming out with, but I grew up in the boxed set generation for Wilson.  Heck the last notable player from my younger days that I remember playing Wilson clubs was JD in the early 90's (still would love to hit the "0" iron) with the Killer Whale driver.  After that they seemed to just morph into quite frankly where Adams is right now.  Recently I hit their utility iron and liked it a lot and would have put one in the bag if I could have purchased it with a shaft that fit me.  Really like the trajectory that they are on at the moment, but have apprehension that they can compete in the driver/fairway wood market (similar to Mizuno).

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:callaway-small: Epic Max LS 10.5* GD AD DI 7x

:callaway-small: X2Hot 3 Deep GD AD GT 8x

:callaway-small: Apex UW 17* UST Elements Wind 9f5

:callaway-small: Apex 19 21* Nippon GOST X

:callaway-small: Apex Pro 19 5 - AW Steelfiber 115x

:callaway-small: JAWS 5 54* & 58* Steelfiber 115x

L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 34"

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As a brand name, Wilson Staff doesn't seem to carry the cache that alot of the other brands do.  Think they have a reputation of being 'cheap' or your 'grampas clubs'.  But they are making some great quality products.  I can't wait to start gaming all my new equipment, from the demo of the C200 irons, I feel like Wilson is actually trying to make strides in performance through technology (flex face), as opposed to jacking the lofts and claiming extra distance (cough cough Taylor Made cough)

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Fairway: :callaway-small: Epic Speed 5w

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :mizuno-small:M Craft Type V

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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I love my M3 gunmetal black irons and wedges. I also have the D200 driver, 3 wood and 5 wood. Love it all!! I can hit that 5 wood 260!! Most the time I should prob hit that instead of driver! I'm young"er" and dumb! Going to regrip soon so I'll be even more deadly with these irons!! #Wilson4life

 

 

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I also feel like since they don't have a ton of pga tour players, esp big names, it's harder for them to create a 'buzz'

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Fairway: :callaway-small: Epic Speed 5w

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :mizuno-small:M Craft Type V

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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I gamed the Wilson R90 Sand Wedge for 20 years....and would pull it out occassionally until I got my SCOR wedges.  I have always thought well of Wilson, but continue to get confused between Wilson and Wilson staff......They should put all of their golf equipment under one label....like the "F", "C" and "D" categories.

 

Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.pngPXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.pngPXG 0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: Ben Hogan VKTR 3 Hybrid(18*)w/Recoil ES regular shaft

IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zipcore (50*/54*/58*) w/DG Spinner wedge shafts 

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG & Titleist Pro V1x.

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The problem was that once Wilson's majority of equipment ended up being box sets the view of the company changed.

 

I think that Wilson produces some of the best irons and balls out there. The FG Tour ball is one of the best on the market and there is no denying the feel of their M irons rivals the highest rated OEM's.

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In my bag:

Driver: :cobra-small: Speedzone Xtreme 9.0* Fujikura Motore X F1 6X

Wood: :cobra-small: Speedzone Tour Fujikura Motore X F1 7X

Hybrids: :cobra-small: King Utility 19.5* Diamana Tensei White Pro 90TX

Irons: :srixon-small: Srixon ZX5 4-6 (1 degree weak), ZX7 7-PW Project X 6.5

Wedges: :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 50*, 54*, 58* Tour Issue S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Nashville Z1C 34"

 Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X 

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I guess I look at the Wilson brand the way many look at Nike. I don't seek their products out to demo them but if I see them in the store I will hit it.

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Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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I remember getting my first "real" set of Irons. They were my dads originally. Wilson Staff Dyna-Power Fluid Feel. I'll also never forget the look on my Dad's face when my mom insisted that he give them to me. It was like he was getting an arm cut off or something. He had switched to something else and the Staffs were just sitting in the corner of the garage. It was a full set 2i - SW including the driver and three FW woods. Sweet. I played them for quite a number of years and still have all of them to this day. Thanks Mom.

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My Sun Mountain bag currently includes:   TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 771CSI 5i - PW and TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png PFC Micro Tour-c 52°, 56°, 60 wedges

                                                                               :755178188_TourEdge: EXS 10.5*, TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 929-HS FW4 16.5* 

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As a brand name, Wilson Staff doesn't seem to carry the cache that alot of the other brands do.  Think they have a reputation of being 'cheap' or your 'grampas clubs'.  But they are making some great quality products.  I can't wait to start gaming all my new equipment, from the demo of the C200 irons, I feel like Wilson is actually trying to make strides in performance through technology (flex face), as opposed to jacking the lofts and claiming extra distance (cough cough Taylor Made cough)

Didn't you game Wilson staffs in the movie?

 

I'm very happy to see some Wilson love here. I played the Duo Urethane on the back nine today and was even going into 18. Pulled it into the bunker for a choking dog double to pair up nicely with my double choking dog 42 on the front. Regardless it's a great ball with a feel approaching the old balata balls but distance that matches any modern tour ball out there. Spin is okay, similar to most tour balls.

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Taylor Made Stealth 10.5  Aldila Ascent Red R flex

Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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I believe Wilson Staff makes great clubs/balls and I recommend them to anyone who ask. I've actually gotten a few buddies converted over to the Duo. Sadly I forget about them sometimes and I'm not sure why. Not many people in my area play them and they aren't readily available for the most part. I don't game any Wilson clubs but I don't have a good reason for that other than I like what's already in my bag. Really like their golf balls too, The entire range. I think Wilson is brand that unfairly gets forgotten which is sad because they make quality equipment.

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Driver- Tmag 2017 M2 tour issue 8.5* actual loft 7.8* w/ HZRDS Green PVD 70TX"
Fairway Metal- Taylormade SLDR Mini Driver 12* w/ Fujikura Rombax TP95-X"

Utility- Mizuno MPH5 1 iron w/ Aldila RIP 85X (depending on course/ conditions)

Irons- Mizuno MP- FLI HI 2i w/ Aldila Proto ByYou 100X
          Mizuno MP59 4i-6I w/ PX 6.5

          Mizuno MP69 7i-PW w/ PX 6.5

Wedges- Scratch 8620 Driver/Slider set.  50*, 54* bent to 55* and 60*

Putter- Taylormade Spider Tour w/ flow neck
Ball- Bridgestone Tour B X

Bag- Sun Mountain C130 Supercharged

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I also remember when Wilson Staff blades were top of the tree.  My first set were Wilson GE1200s, bought second hand around 1990. My brother had a set of Wilson Staff blades that were way too much for him. The sweet spot was tiny, but if you found it, it was incredibly sweet.

 

I've hit a few of the more recent higher end irons, thought they were pretty good.  Haven't tried the Duo Urethane, my daughter plays the original Duo, might try the Urethane model for her.

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:cobra-small: F8 3 & 5 Woods Project X Evenflow Blue 6.0

:titelist-small: TS2 7 Wood Project X Evenflow Blue 6.0
:mizuno-small:  MP18 MMC - Project X LZ 5.5
:cleveland-small: Zipcore Wedges 50,54,58 - Project X LZ 5.5
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:srixon-small:  Z Star
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I'm a fan of Wilson Staff and the direction they're heading as a company. Especially enjoyed the pieces Barbajo did on them for the blog. I just don't know anyone that games them and there isn't anywhere local to try them.

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Driver -  :taylormade-small: M1 9.5* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Fairway -   :taylormade-small: M1 5W 19* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Hybrids -   :ping-small: G25 4H 23*

Irons -  :mizuno-small: JPX 850 Forged 4-PW w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Wedges - :mizuno-small: S5 50*07, 54*12, 58*12 w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Putter - Oddyssey Metal-X #7 w/ SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

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The Wilson Brand has been one of those that got a bad rap (perhaps because of the boxed sets) but has started to produce some really good stuff.  My dads irons were great and helped him enjoy golf again after years of playing with 30 year old clubs. 

 

As I recently posted in the Wilson thread, they sold me. I switched gamers to the Wilson Duo Urethane. At this point it's about getting hte clubs and balls in hands of players. I went to three stores before I found a golf smith that carried the Duo Urethane which means they also have that problem.

 

Either way, think Wilson's word of mouth will help them more, and if they can grow sales and spread out they may be a force, but could also end up not being more than a bit player.

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 Driver:   :callaway-small:  Epic Flash 12 Degree

Wood: :callaway-small:  GBB 3 Wood
Hybrid: :callaway-small: Razr 4 hybriid stiff stock shaft.
Irons: :callaway-small: X2 Hot 4 iron (pro version) 5 iron - Gap Wedge (non pro version).  KBS 120g Shaft stiff cut 1/2  inch bent 1°upright
Wedges: :vokey-small: 52° 56° and 60°.
All grips are Golf pride grips midsized
Putter (lefty):  Odyssey Metal-X #8 34", stock shaft bent 2° Superstroke grip
Golf Balls:   :titelist-small: 2018-9 Pro-V1x and Prov1s
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I also remember Wilson as a discount store box brand. Wilson was sold at Kmart or Walmart as a complete set right next to nerf footballs and badminton sets. When they did start making better clubs it seemed to be gimmicks. Remember the Fat Shaft irons?

 

I think the first time I saw a new Wilson model and said "Wow" was the FI5 combo set. Beautiful, clean forged irons. Then Padraig Harrington had some wins with th Wilson Pi5 irons, which were a good looking and performing small cavity back.

 

Unfortunately, I think Wilson has never figured out what they want as their image. They have tried their best to shake the discount brand label, but after a few years of classic looking clubs, the Fi5 and Pi5, they have gone to more modern looking clubs like the C200 which look like Cobra's to me. It seems to be an identity crisis. If you can't stand out how can you win over buyers, especially buyers that remember the cheap Wilson.

 

Personally, as a contrarian myself, I'd game a set of Wilsons. I never liked having what everyone else is playing. But again, I'm drawn to their 10 year old designs, not the high tech looking clubs they are currently selling.

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Spalding Top-Flite E.V.A. Sand Club

Rife Legend Z Putter

 

 

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I also picked up the game during the Wilson boxed set generation, hence was never interested in trying them out.

However, I do think they offer quality equipment for other sports... I played tennis for many years during high school and all my gear was Wilson.

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:callaway-small: X2 Hot 3 Deep 14.5* w/ Aldila Tour Green 75 S
:taylormade-small: JetSpeed 5W 19* w/ Matrix Velox T 69 S OR :adams-small: Super LS 3H 19* w/ Kuro Kage Black 80 S
:mizuno-small: JPX919 Forged 4-PW w/ Modus3 105 S
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 50/08F, 54/14F & 58/08M w/ Modus3 115 Wedge
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