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SPOTTED: Wilson C300 prototype driver and forged irons

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On the range at the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, we spotted new Wilson C300 driver and iron prototypes in staffer Ricky Barnes’ bag. Based on the photos we shot of the clubs, it’s clear the company is sticking with some familiar technologies, including speed slots, and “FLX Face,” which was a technology used in its C200 and D300 irons to boost forgiveness and distance. Based on stampings on the new C300 iron prototypes, the irons are also forged.

Here’s what Wilson had to say about Barnes’ prototypes:

 “A central part of our innovation process is play-testing and refining clubs with our Wilson Advisory Staff before we introduce them to the market,” said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “We are excited to introduce our new C300 clubs to golfers by year’s end. Ricky’s feedback has led to something we are very excited about and his use of the C300 Driver reinforces that.”

And here’s what GolfWRX members are saying about the new equipment. Check out more photos of the clubs below.

Wilson C300 driver proto

Wilson C300 Forged iron protos

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the C300 prototypes in our forums.

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  1. Per-Eric Gustavsson

    Nov 7, 2017 at 3:17 am

    The C300 irons look fantastic. I play Wilson V4 and they are really smooth. Hopefully the new ones are as smooth as the V4: s and forgiving as the C200. I also hope that Wilson will build C300 in left version as well and do not abandon us that are left handed.

    It would be nice if someone from Wilson gives us lefties a confirmation that they will give us C300 irons.

    Pelle G, Sweden

  2. Randy Kitts

    Nov 1, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I recently bought a set of Wilson C200 irons new,at a great price and got back the distance I lost with my 3 year old Ping I 25 irons and they aren’t forged either. They sure are sweet to hit!!!! C300’s look great !

  3. Randy Kitts

    Nov 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Wilson is very under-rated! Even if the face is forged and the rest cast,what difference does it make? You’re going to feel the forged face,not the cast body!!!!! As for the price on the made for TV driver,it’s no different than the other guys(TM,Callaway) After 6 months to a year the price drops rapidly.So what? You don’t have to buy it. Has nothing to do with the quality,it’s just todays marketing!

    • SK

      Nov 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Ummm, no. To feel the forged face impact the feel ‘shock’ must go through the cast body and hosel to get to the shaft and into your hands, where you feel the ‘feel’.
      You can’t just mount a roll forged plate on what is essentially a cast steel club and then claim a soft buttery ‘forged’ feel. Sorry.

  4. Scott

    Nov 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    So, these are the RickyB Protos

  5. Rich

    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    These look super. I very interested in the irons .I have the V2 Tour irons and if these are better than those then I’m all in on getting a set..The Driver looks interesting and if it’s better than the Triton it has to be KingKong of golf!!!!!!!

  6. PCR

    Nov 1, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Topline of the iron looks nicer than I remember Wilson’s previous flex face irons. The driver looks nice and compact.

  7. Simms

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:36 am

    How come you see most Wilson players using Taylormade Drivers? How about that great made for TV driver they sold, I see it for $149 everywhere and even $129 at one place…Wilson hasn’t ever recovered form when they tossed out John Daly after he won the British Open….

    • Thomas A

      Nov 1, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Same could be said for Mizuno, Bridgestone, PXG, and Srixon staffers. Wilson has recovered. Go test them out. I’m playing the FG Tour F5 irons and PMP wedges. They’re awesome.

  8. Ben Jones

    Oct 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Wilson had the original flex face iron with the Reflex.

    • Ron Wolsted

      Oct 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      Yah, but this new model has a face-forged faceplate and the rest of the clubhead is cheap cast steel and for top dollar.

  9. RegW

    Oct 31, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    As for the driver, if it’s good enough for Ricky Barnes it should be even better for the average golfer who can’t break 90 in their score or club speed.

  10. RegW

    Oct 31, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    The emblem plaque in the cavity looks chintzy. The slots in the sole will fill with mud and ruin performance. Wonder if it’s 100% forged, or just another club with cast steel body welded to a forged faceplate. Next.

    • ...........

      Oct 31, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      I’m 99% positive the slots are filled with some type of polymer like TM irons.

      • Thomas A

        Nov 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm

        Judging from the photos I’m 100% sure the slots are filled with a polymer.

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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Ping G410 Driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hervygolf21, and it surrounds the new G410 driver from Ping that is allegedly set for release at the beginning of 2019. Our members have found out plenty of information on the latest driver from Ping since the thread began, apparently, and here’s a quick look at some of the features you might expect from the new model (if you take forum members’ word for it).

According to the thread, the PING G410 will be black with red accents, will have a higher MOI than the current G400 model, will still contain the Ping Turbulators and will be offered in 12 degrees without draw weighting. It’s also believed that the G400 Max will remain current until July/August 2019, but at a lower price point.

Here are a few posts in the thread reflecting on the news, but make sure to check out the entire thread and join the discussion at the link below.

  • lc1342: “Love both the G400 LST and G400 Max, but if they are bringing out something better… I’ll take it!”
  • cz13x4: “This sounds like a very interesting update. Not keen on red but very interested to see what comes out.”
  • roho: “Late January?  Sounds like maybe a PGA Show unveil in Orlando.”

Entire Thread: “New PING G410 Driver”

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Ben Hogan adds Ft. Worth “White” to iron lineup

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After the launch of Diamond Black Metal finish Ft. Worth “Black” irons earlier this year, Ben Hogan’s nickel-chrome Ft. Worth irons are back…sort of. The Texas-baed company today announced the launch of Ben Hogan Ft. Worth White irons.

Now with respect to the “White” designation, If you’re skeptical/confused, well, let’s just have a look at a comment on BH’s Instagram post announcing the iron launch and the company’s response…

jonmodica: “Very unclear the changes from previous model… also… white? It’s chrome…..”

Benhogangolf: ”@jonmodica More progressive specific to each club head, a more aggressive V-Sole pattern and the ‘white’ is opposite of the popular and newly designed Ft. Worth Black.”

There you have it, folks. “White” as in contrast to the Ft. Worth Black irons, and the Ft. Worth White is not merely a re-issue of original chrome Ft. Worth, according to the company.

With respect to the changes to the V-Sole system, the company said this in its marketing materials for the Ft. Worth Black.

“Feedback from strong players and robot testing indicated that the leading edge could be increased on certain irons, and trailing edge softened … especially with less-than-full shots in the shorter irons.”

“So, in our ongoing quest to design and manufacture the best clubs in golf, we’ve modified the V-Sole Technology used on the Ben Hogan Ft. Worth BLACK slightly. The sole maintains the same basic design principles as the original V-Sole but has been optimized for each iron in the set. In effect, we’ve strengthened the leading edge from the sole to the face on some of the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, while reducing the trailing edge bounce on others.”

Obviously, the company scrapped the PreciseLoft system introduced with the original Ft. Worth irons. That system offered four loft profiles, all with consistent four-degree gaps. After finding the vast majority of players preferred the “mid-high” launch profile, the company did away with the others…and returned to tradition iron number (rather than loft) stamping on the toe.

The aforementioned lofts in the 4-PW set range from 22 degrees to 46 degrees.

“The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

Ft. Worth White irons are available for purchase on the Ben Hogan website exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (4-PW).

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