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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. JM

    Feb 23, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Why bother posting pictures if you aren’t going to include players view, looking down. That’s the only view that matters.

  2. Shallowface

    Feb 22, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    The W/S Shield logo is iconic!

  3. Dave r

    Feb 22, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Is it just me or are companies getting away from hybrids? Can’t seem to find much on them or new ones being produced. As a older golfer I like them but hard to find a good model,most have faces so closed .
    Would like to see an article on just hybrids.

    • Christopher

      Feb 22, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      The current Titleist and Ping G410 models have options to flatten their hybrids, along with the option to change the lofts (I think if you lower the loft it opens the face), you should be able to find one that sits square to open. If you need a 4-hybrid try a 5-hybrid and lower the loft until it suits your eye. If you need 6,7 or 8-hybrids, Callaway offer models to suit. A fitter should be able to help.

    • Thomas A

      Feb 22, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      Seriously? Every major brand has brand new hybrids on offer.

    • Eric

      Feb 23, 2019 at 7:02 am

      Wilson Staff has new D7 hybrids out now

  4. rex235

    Feb 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    It’s 2019.

    Very nice looking design, but-

    More than likely these will be just like Wilson’s FG Tour 100 Forged iron model…

    RH Only.

  5. Tom

    Feb 22, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Same old.. same old….nothing meaningful except cosmetic changes in golf equipment due to the equipment standards of the USGA. Save your money, re-grip what you have and be on your way.

  6. J.E.D.

    Feb 22, 2019 at 9:53 am

    First the FG Tour 100s now these! Who ever is designing Wilsons irons needs a raise. Wilson, Srixon and Cobra hitting home runs this year in the iron department. I personally think those 3 are putting out some of the best looking bladed irons ever.

    • O

      Feb 22, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Cobra blades are the same ones from 3 years ago lol

  7. BJ

    Feb 22, 2019 at 8:37 am

    man Wilsons neew clubs look clean!!!

  8. C

    Feb 22, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Did someone misclick on ‘Shank’?

    There are nice!

    • PJ

      Feb 22, 2019 at 11:18 am

      They must have, that can’t be right. Or they work for TaylorMade, Callaway, etc.

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WRX Spotlight: Puma polos

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Product: Puma polos

Pitch:  From Puma “A world leader in high-performance sports clothing, Puma launched their first golf collection in 2004 complete with Puma golf shoes and clothing. The collection has gone from strength to strength ever since its creation, with tour pro golfers wearing the range out on the course. With bold colorful clothing to classically sporty and smart pieces, Puma golf is a versatile collection certain to appeal to golfers of all preferences.”

Our take on Puma’s polos

It’s difficult to look past Puma’s 2019 polo collection without seeing its Paradise golf shirt. Showcased by Rickie Fowler during the Island stretch of golf to begin the new year, the unconventional all button up shirt may not be to everyone’s taste, but anyone who pulls the shirt on will likely agree on its comfort. The shirt will channel your inner Ned Flanders, “feels like I’m wearing nothing at all,” and the ultra-lightweight feel combined with the looseness makes it an ideal summer shirt for swinging the club freely on the golf course.

Puma has a lot more polos on offer in 2019 than its Paradise shirt though, and one of the most visually striking shirts of theirs is the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo. The shirt comes in three vibrant colors (blue, white and green), and its camo inspired pattern is subtle and discreet which gives the shirt a cool look without being distracting. Also a lightweight polo, the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo features a clean three button look, as well as a very comfortable fit, and its dryCell technology means you won’t be drenched in sweat this summer.

Then there’s the Rotation Golf Polo which comes in both solid and stripes styles. The shirts offer a very modern feel and look, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the selection of colors which the shirts come in, with an abundance on offer.

On the throwback front, Puma has you covered with their Nineties Golf Polo, with a striped shirt style and color. There are five different color blocks to choose from which are about as representative of spring/summer as I’ve seen, and the shirts also come with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is a nice summer touch.

The Faraday Polo is according to the company itself “one of our best”. Lightweight and one of the softest shirts they provide, it’s hard to disagree with them in terms of comfort level. The only off-putting feature of this shirt for me is the odd unfinished lining around the pocket.

The exhaustive selection of golf polos provided by Puma is impressive, and they’ve covered everything you’d want in a golf shirt in each of their styles. Prices range from $50-$70, and no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find a great summer golf shirt to add to your collection from their 2019 lineup.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Glowbal who is on the lookout for sexy, slick, minimal irons ala Scratch Golf’s old SB-1 iron set. Clean, as little branding or markings as possible and lofts instead of numbers on the club, are all the things Glowbal wants from an iron set, and our members have been on hand sharing their suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Fried Slice: “National Custom Works are Scratch. Same grinders and owners I believe. I’m sure they can hook you up. http://www.nationalcustomworks.com 
  • 11forgedblades: “When I was looking for irons without any logo, Geotech blades only had the numbers on them…completely blank.”
  • ivygynonc: “I have a set of Kyoei MB’s black.  They are nicer than my BBs as far as feel and looks.  Look great at set up.  Can’t go wrong with these.  And they are on the low end as far as costs for JDM blades, at least they were when I bought mine.”
  • kmay: “Another for National Custom works, incredible products, and from what I see watching there IG every day, they will make them to your exact requests, any stamping you want (or don’t) any shape muscle you want, sole grinds you want, seems like everything can be customized starting from forged blanks. True craftsmen.”

Entire Thread: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

 

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WRX Spotlight: Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology

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Product: Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology (the first driver to feature interchangeable club faces)

Pitch: From Lynx: “Switch-Face Technology is an idea that has taken the best part of a decade to perfect and produce. Various innovations in the past have tinkered with removable and replaceable faces on drivers – primarily for the purposes of changing the sound generated while striking the ball – but none of them have ever proved successful long-term.”

“The concept was borne out of the desire to give golfers true loft change options for the first time in an adjustable driver so, while adjustable hosel drivers, including other models in the Lynx range, do give golfers multiple options to configure their clubheads, setting and maintaining the perfect true loft and face angle combination for their own individual swing becomes almost impossible.”

Our take on the Lynx Prowler VT Driver with Switch-Face Technology

After a solid drive, you might have said “I hit it on the screws!” in your life. Well in 2019, you actually can. Lynx has taken a different approach to adjustability in a driver. Instead of using an adjustable adapter in the hosel to change the loft of the club, with the Prowler VT driver, you swap out the face by turning five small screws. That’s right. The whole face.

We were admitted skeptics when we first heard of the Lynx VT Prowler driver. We might even have chuckled a bit (we did). Nonetheless, we were intrigued. We tried it out and the verdict is….hey, that’s actually…not too bad. Good look at address. Good sound. Good ball flight. Chalk us up as “pleasantly surprised.” Now understand we didn’t put this through its paces on-course or deep dive into launch monitor testing and dial it in, but the initial reaction was positive.

Before you run out to purchase, we do have some long-term questions. How will the design hold up over time? Will the screws keep the face secure during an entire round? Is that hosel design going to hold up? What rule enacted by the USGA are we potentially breaking by putting this in our bag? (Kidding about the last one — kind of).

Still, for $500, you’re getting a driver with two faces with true adjustability of face angle and loft. We’re pleasantly surprised.

The Prowler VT is available in five different lofts (8,9,10,11 and 12 degrees) with varying open and closed settings (2-degrees closed, 1-degree closed, square, 1-degree open and 2-degrees open), giving golfers 25 different face and loft angles. Orange/Black or White/Black models available.

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