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Tried the Wilson Cortex - Initial Thoughts & Pics

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Good review O3Black. I've actually been thinking about this driver and my interest has been at about a 10 since looking one over recently. I have not hit one yet. Today and after reading your comments/thoughts my interest level has dropped to a 7. The fitting issue might be a problem with me also as there are limited shaft options it seems. Some of the quality issues you mentioned are something for me to consider also. Next time I'm in our PS I'll take a closer look and ask about shaft options. I have a much slower driver SS than you do at around 85-90? but our hcps are close. All very interesting and thanks for posting your thoughts & photos.

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Great insight, thanks! It is a shame they cut corners during the manufacturing process since they priced it at $499. I did think it would be better performing in the ball speed category but I wasn't sure that the movable weights would make any difference. I have always loved the metallic sound of the Wilson drivers. 🤷‍♂️

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@03trdblack Thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts.  I am a little disappointed to hear about the cost cutting measures.  Despite those, I hope this will be a success for Wilson.  I cannot wait to get my hands on one to try as well.

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What a great write-up. I think this club (once discounted) will appeal to the 'walk-ins' buying off the rack for looks rather than performance or quality. 

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13 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

What a great write-up. I think this club (once discounted) will appeal to the 'walk-ins' buying off the rack for looks rather than performance or quality. 

You made a good point Tony. At this time I'm a walk-up and have been attracted to the look of the club. However, quality and fitting might be a deal killer for me. We'll see and learn more as the story of this driver unfolds.

EDIT: I went back and looked on Wilson's site and the Cortex. There are 3 mfgs of shafts each with multi options. As with most drivers these days there are several loft, grip, and length options available too. However, I'm not sure how that works for shafts if the shop / fitter doesn't have those shafts available. At my course shop they only have 2 shaft options I think. Red or Blue of some flavor.

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1 hour ago, PlaidJacket said:

You made a good point Tony. At this time I'm a walk-up and have been attracted to the look of the club. However, quality and fitting might be a deal killer for me. We'll see and learn more as the story of this driver unfolds.

EDIT: I went back and looked on Wilson's site and the Cortex. There are 3 mfgs of shafts each with multi options. As with most drivers these days there are several loft, grip, and length options available too. However, I'm not sure how that works for shafts if the shop / fitter doesn't have those shafts available. At my course shop they only have 2 shaft options I think. Red or Blue of some flavor.

I'd be surprised how many of those shafts end up at a store to try out.  Golf Galaxy said Wilson didn't even send them any demo clubs so we had to tape up one from the rack.

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Thanks for the great write up 03trdblack. I will admit every time I see a pic of the Cortex in the address position it gets better looking. I love the round compact shape. I am hoping to get somewhere soon to hold this bad boy in my own hands but if I was going to buy a club on looks alone, from the pics I have seen it would be the Cortex or the yellow Cobra F9. I think Wilson accomplished their goal of a premium looking driver.


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I do think the Cortex looks the best of all the W/S driver so far, however I honestly have no idea if I'll even get a chance to demo one given how narrow their distribution is. 

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I hit it at Golf Galaxy on Black Friday while my wife spent too much money...lol

I’m not sure about it, just never really could get to work....too much spin for me too, I kept seeing a ballooning effect.


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I just went to PGA Superstore for a driver fitting. Didn’t have any specific driver in mind to replace my F8+(which I loved the looks of but didn’t get fit for) because the ball was just dropping out of the air. I hit some shots with my club and confirmed my spin was to low (1800rpm with a cut) for my 101 mph swing speed. So I told the fitter that I don’t like the look of a closed club face, because I hit a cut, and to bring me suggestions. After trying several head/shaft combos I was as surprised as anyone to have the Cortex come out on top.  Best combo of distance and dispersion and got my spin numbers up (2000-2400). 

 Not to mention it is gorgeous!!

Ended up with 10.5 with the ATMOS Black shaft with the weight in the draw setting (to help keep the cut from over cutting) and spin weight in middle front.

 PGA superstore gave me a good trade in on my F8+ to help take away the sting of the hefty price tag. 

Ill update it after it has made the trip to Hilton Head for a golf trip at the end of January. It will be a good test since most HH courses are tight driving holes. 

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1 minute ago, JPT said:

I just went to PGA Superstore for a driver fitting. Didn’t have any specific driver in mind to replace my F8+(which I loved the looks of but didn’t get fit for) because the ball was just dropping out of the air. I hit some shots with my club and confirmed my spin was to low (1800rpm with a cut) for my 101 mph swing speed. So I told the fitter that I don’t like the look of a closed club face, because I hit a cut, and to bring me suggestions. After trying several head/shaft combos I was as surprised as anyone to have the Cortex come out on top.  Best combo of distance and dispersion and got my spin numbers up. Not to mention it is gorgeous!!

Ended up with 10.5 with the ATMOS Black shaft with the weight in the draw setting (to help keep the cut from over cutting) and spin weight in middle front.

 PGA superstore gave me a good trade in on my F8+ to help take away the sting of the hefty price tag. 

Ill update it after it has made the trip to Hilton Head for a golf trip st end of January. It will be a good test since most HH courses are tight driving holes. 

Did they have fitting/demo heads? What shaft options did they have 

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They did have a demo head and the red, blue and black ATMOS shaft available to test. The ATMOS shaft is $300 bucks to buy alone but Wilson has no upcharge. 

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31 minutes ago, JPT said:

They did have a demo head and the red, blue and black ATMOS shaft available to test. The ATMOS shaft is $300 bucks to buy alone but Wilson has no upcharge. 

Thanks. 

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On 11/26/2018 at 6:16 PM, 03trdblack said:

I'd be surprised how many of those shafts end up at a store to try out.  Golf Galaxy said Wilson didn't even send them any demo clubs so we had to tape up one from the rack.

Great review-- Did not know you were over here too--- Hey you gotta post your Boston on your avatar here too--- These guys will love it

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Still no interest in this, and the review I just read, doesn’t help. I wish I could like this one after watching the show, but I just can’t, and 499 with questionable screws and Adapter fittings sounds like Wilson missed again. 

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Ballspeed numbers are slower than just about anything else on the market and the 2019 drivers are looking to be hot off the face again this year! 

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Ballspeed numbers are slower than just about anything else on the market and the 2019 drivers are looking to be hot off the face again this year! 

I haven’t seen a lot mentioning slower ball speeds. Everything I have read have been stating similar ball speeds but higher launch and spin. Granted I haven’t had a chance to hit it myself yet but I’m hoping to before too long. Also nobody seems to be able to demo with a shaft that fits so I wonder how skewed everyone’s numbers are and what they would be when properly fit.


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