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New Wilson Staff Model utility iron launching for 2020

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It’s hard to argue with a major winner, and Wilson Golf is introducing the all-new Wilson Staff Model utility iron for 2020 on the heels of Gary Woodland’s U.S. Open win with the 18-degree model in the bag (for 36 holes…he switched to a set-matching 3-iron for rounds three and four).

Like many designs starting out, the Staff Model utility was strictly a prototype for Wilson Advisory Staff members, including PGA Tour players and other PGA Professionals. These iron-like utilities are designed to deliver the best possible performance and are built to replace harder-to-hit long irons; they combine a multi-material design with a classic muscleback profile.

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The 2020 Wilson Staff Model utility irons featured a hollow clubhead design to push mass lower and away from the face to increase launch angle and boost MOI beyond anything you would find with a traditional iron. The clubface is made from a high-strength C300 maraging steel—a material generally found in fairway woods to produce faster ball speeds across the clubface. By using the stronger, faster rebounding maraging steel, engineers can save mass in the clubface and move it around the head—including the seven-gram external weight positioned on the sole.

Wilson has been extensively testing the prototype utility iron since the beginning of 2019, and it has found it way into multiple PGA Tour player’s bags including Gary Woodland—who used one during his US Open win at Pebble Beach this year. Designers at Wilson are excited to get these new Staff Utilities into golfer’s hands to see the benefit from this new offering

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“The Staff Model Utility Irons will give golfers confidence on every shot and in every condition,” said Jon Pergande, Manager of Golf Club Innovation.

“Originally created for our professional staff members, we are excited to bring the utility irons to golfers and believe the strong mix of distance and forgiveness will enable players to attack the course with more confidence.”

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Wilson Staff utility iron: Specs & availability

The Wilson Staff utility irons come stock with graphite KBS Tour hybrid shaft along with Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet grip. Additional shafts and grips are available through Wilson Golf’s custom program with some potential up-charges applying.

The club is offered in 18-degree, 21-degree, and 24-degree loft options, and will be available for purchase on Wilson.com and at retail for $229.99 per iron, beginning Wednesday, December 11.

  • Join the Discussion: Remember to check out the GolfWRX Forums to see what others are saying about the all-new Wilson Staff utility irons.

 

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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 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. timmy

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    can you bend these?

  2. Matt Schulze

    Nov 10, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Nice club, but the offset makes me sad in the pants.

  3. Cody Reeder

    Nov 6, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Looks great. I just wish the shaft was a bit heavier.

  4. Scott19

    Nov 5, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Gorgeous utility iron. Another top notch release from Wilson.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Courses that are now obsolete on Tour due to power in the game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Titleist99 who asks WRXers if they feel some golf courses are now obsolete on Tour due to the ever-growing power element in the game. Some of our members list tracks which they think will struggle to host majors again, while others explain why they feel every famous course still has its place on the calendar.

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.

  • oikos1: “The courses aren’t obsolete because most fans enjoy seeing a course overpowered. Golf traditionalists may not like it but just look at other sports today. Sure, a no-no, once it gets to the 7th becomes interesting, but most fans want to see homers and runs scored. Same in basketball, no one wants a pro game ending at 60-54 and football clearly is shooting for high scoring passing affairs. The majority of golf fans just don’t want to watch pro’s grind it out every week. They want to cheer for birdies and eagles. They want to see if the impossible is possible, the potential for crazy good. Bring on the 54 in golf! So no, golf courses aren’t becoming obsolete. PGA Tour attendance has been on the rise the last three years. If anything, they are looking at ways to make the events bigger and will seek venues that allow for just that.”
  • LICC: “Some former Majors courses that are now too short for the majors: St. Louis, Canterbury, Northwood, Prestwick, Myopia, Five Farms, Wannamoisett, Chicago Golf Club.”
  • Obee: “The problem with the shorter courses is that the Tour players don’t like having driver taken out of their hands. And that’s really all it is. They get ‘bored.’I get it; it does take away a large part of the game. But I would love to see them play more short courses were drivers taken out of their hands on a good number of holes. But as far as ‘obsolete’ goes. None of the courses are obsolete. They are just different.”
  • NJpatbee: “Course design and not just length add to the difficulty of a course. Pine Valley will never host a pro tournament because of their inability to handle the crowds; I would speculate that even the regular tees would be a challenge for the PGA Tour pros. The Championship Tees would be a bear. Now, I have never played there, but I am available if any member wishes to invite me!”
  • Titleist99: “PGA TOUR might want to add a little rough to protect our classic courses..”

Entire Thread: “Courses that are now obsolete on tour due to power in the game?”

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Jason Dufner WITB 2019

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Jason Dufner WITB is accurate as of the 2019 RSM Classic 

Driver: Cobra King F9 Speedback (10.5 @9.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 65-TX (45.75”)jason-dufner-witb

3-wood: Cobra SpeedZone (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 75-TX (tip 1”, 43”)

7-wood: Titleist 915F (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX

4-iron: Cobra King Forged Utility
Shaft: LAGP Proto Rev A

  • Note: Dufner also has a set-matching King Forged 4-iron in the bag, leading us to assume the 4-iron is a game-time decision.

Irons: Cobra King Forged CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Wedges: Cobra Raw Custom (52, 56 degrees), Cobra King MIM (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport Circa 2001
Grip: Super Stroke Pistol GTR Tour


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Super Stroke S-Tech Cord

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GolfWRX Spotted: Prototype Callaway Apex MB

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Callaway Prototype blade 2020 MB

“Its the most wonderful time fo the year” I’m talking testing and prototype season on the PGA Tour as we head into the winter break. At the RSM Classic, we spotted what looks to be some early Callaway prototype irons in the bag of Aaron Wise.

We’ve seen a few different Callaway Prototype MBs in players’ bags this year including a “special Japanese forged” version made for a few players, including Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari, and more recently, Maverick McNealy.

The new Prototype MB/Blade has all the telltale signs of a traditional Callaway-shaped blade including the thinner hosel-to-top transition—also known as the crotch of the iron—rounded lines, high toe, and short heel-to-toe length. What makes it a unique Callaway iron, of course, is the noticeable screw in the back of the head behind the center of gravity.

This design feature is not new, and for many gear junkies probably brings back memories of the original Adams Pro Black MB irons or the 2011 TaylorMade MBs.

 

By using a weight screw instead of traditional tip weights to get the club to spec, there is zero chance of moving the center of gravity horizontally towards the heel of the club. It helps add mass to improve feel. In most cases, a blade/MB iron from any OEM is built as a showpiece in a classic design. If we are looking at the new Apex MB from Callaway as a potential release in 2020, sticking to a classic style can be a great thing.

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