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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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Toulon Santa Monica: The inside scoop

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As many have already seen this week in the forums, we spotted a brand new model from Toulon: the Santa Monica.

There were a lot of finer details going on with this putter that got peoples ears up including

  • The one-piece design – no variable weight sole plate
  • A classic head shape with Toulon refinements
  • The finish & overall aesthetics

Thanks to a ton of positive feedback, we had to find out more.  So, we went right to the top and called up Sean Toulon to find out about this new model and what else might be coming in the near future.

Here’s what we know:

The Santa Monica, that was captured is part of a larger project that will be going all out when it comes to customization and “showing the world what we can do when it comes to design and manufacturing,” according to Toulon. This line of putters will not be available on the grand scale and instead will focus on individual pieces and prioritize the customer experience.

This new line from Toulon will also include new putters not yet seen, although we have one name so far: La Grange (shout out to Texas!), and it will also include different materials not currently found in the Toulon/Odyssey line. The focus will be 100 percent on boutique, different and just for you, said Toulon. The new line will center around exercising total creativity, and also have the potential for one-off and limited-number pieces.

We don’t have a timeline for when these will become available to the public, but when we do, we will be sure to let you know.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Dave D and it surrounds Viktor Hovland’s future as a Ping staffer. There has been plenty of chatter on our forums after Dave D shared this post from @golfnation_’s Instagram account.

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.

  • cvhookem3: “Seems like he was hinting at that with his equipment changes at the US Open. Good for him. He should be a lot of fun to watch.”
  • bladehunter: “Figured. He had near a full ping bag anyway. Love this kid. I really predict great things. Loads of raw tools.”
  • ImagineThat: “I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Viktor Hovland in the future…enough where his name will no longer appear strange. He seems to really be an upbeat guy with a nice personality, and he has a nice friendly smile to go with it.”

Golf Digest’s E. Michael Johnson reported Hovland is now a Ping man, writing he “signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including driver and putter, along with a Ping staff bag and logo on the hat.”

Entire Thread: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping?”

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TaylorMade signs Matthew Wolff to a multi-year deal; Wolff WITB

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TaylorMade Golf has officially announced the signing of Matthew Wolff on a multi-year agreement that will see the 20-year-old play the company’s metal woods, irons, wedges, putter and ultimately, TaylorMade’s flagship golf ball, the TP5x.

Wolff had previously unveiled that he would be making his professional debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, and just as top prospect Collin Morikawa did earlier at this month’s Canadian Open, Wolff will do so as a TaylorMade staffer.

The NCAA All-American and 2019 NCAA Division I individual champion made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year where he finished T50 after opening his week with a round of five-under par.

Matthew Wolff WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design TP 7TX

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 TX

Utility Iron: TaylorMade P760 (2)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 130x

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52, 56, 62 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

 

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