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Wilson launches Staff Model RB Utility iron

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Designed to give golfers a versatile option in the gap between the fairway woods and long irons, Wilson today announced its new, hybrid-alternative, better-player-focused Staff Model RB utility in three loft offerings (18, 21, and 24 degrees).

Drawing on Wilson Advisory Staff member input (including Padraig Harrington, who is gaming the club), the RB is crafted with a thin topline and sleek look favored by better players. Engineers strategically distributed weight to the toe and sole of the club in this “mid-to-low” CG club for greater resistance to twisting and improved forgiveness.

Additionally, the high-strength C300 maraging steel-face club is hollow-bodied for greater ball speed and aerodynamics. Engineers strategically placed rib structures within the head for better stability, and thus performance, on mishits. Perhaps most interestingly to WRXers, Wilson mentions this improves acoustics on the hollow-bodied (and non-foam-filled) design.

“The professional athletes and elite amateurs with whom we tested all commented on its amazing  soft feel at impact and optimized ball flight,” said Bob Thurman, Global General Manager of Golf  and Vice President of Research & Development at Wilson. “We feel we created something special for  golfers in search of that easy-to-hit distance club.” 

Pricing, specs, availability

Price: $249.99

Lofts: 18, 21, 24 degrees

At retail: July 9

Stock shaft: Project X HZRDUS GEN 4 Black

Stock grip: Golf Pride Z Grip

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  1. John M

    Jun 4, 2024 at 7:54 pm

    Can’t wait, play the current model utility and it was starting to feel a bit harsh off the face after a few years. I wish manufacturers offered utility irons up to a 5 iron replacement, they all seem to stop at the 4 iron. So many good golfers I know hit their irons well up to 6 iron, then really struggle from 5 iron onwards, but don’t want to play a utility or fairway.

  2. stephen

    Jun 4, 2024 at 2:12 pm

    This a very beautiful golf club

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Three Swing Challenge: Testing the Edel Array F-2 putter

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This week on the Three Swing Challenge, we have the Edel Array F-2 putter. With the Array line of putters, Edel gives golfers several different options to match their putting styles and tendencies. It is a cool concept, but let’s see how it performs.

Why three swings?

Many years ago, the legendary Barney Adams, founder of Adams Golf told us this:

“My formula as a fitter was three shots only. I discounted No. 1 just because it was the first one, counted 100 percent of No. 2 and discounted No. 3 because the player was starting to adjust.”

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New plaque commemorates Rory McIlroy’s famous Scottish Open 2-iron shot

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from an article our Andrew Tursky filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report. You can read the full article here. 

In case you forgot, McIlroy closed the tournament with back-to-back birdies to snatch the title from Scotland’s own Robert MacIntyre. McIlroy’s final approach was a perfectly executed 2-iron stinger to 11 feet, a putt he holed for a one-shot victory.

The shot was so good, in fact, that The Renaissance Club in Scotland commemorated it with a plaque. And McIlroy was happy to recall one of the best shots of his career in his Wednesday press conference. He had not yet seen the plaque but had seen photos posted online.

“To hit two iron shots like that and to hole the putts what I needed to, yeah, it was awesome,” McIlroy said. “Sort of I felt in some ways bad that it came at the expense of Bob but at the same time it was amazing to win a tournament that I had never won before. Good memories and good to be back.”

Looking back, the famous shot actually almost never happened at all … at least, not with a 2-iron.

McIlroy has a 5-wood in the bag most weeks instead of a 2-iron. But in preparation for last year’s trip to Scotland, McIlroy dove into his stash of backup clubs in his garage and pulled out a 17-degree TaylorMade P760 2-iron. The low-flying iron was meant to replace his higher-flying 5-wood, giving him the option to hit the ball a bit lower and with less spin to pierce the Scottish winds.

Obviously, that decision worked to perfection.

You can read the full article here.

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Marcus Kinhult WITB 2024 (July)

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Driver: Titleist GT3 (9 degrees, B1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSR2 (15 degrees, D1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 70 TX

3-wood: Titleist GT2 (15 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Blue 70 TX

5-wood: Ping G25 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80 TX

Irons: Titleist T200 (4), Titleist 620 CB (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 120 S

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (50-12F, 54-08M, 58-08M,
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 120 S (50), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue 120 S400 (54-58)

Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Armlock

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

See more in-hand photos of Marcus Kinhult’s equipment here.

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