Unfortunately, the name Wilson Staff usually congers up the memory of sub-par golf equipment (pun intended). As such, they are probably still one of the most underrated golf equipment outfitters in the world. And, although resurrecting the name Wilson Staff and bringing it back to the forefront of the sport won’t be an easy task, products such as the new Di11 irons will help out tremendously. In fact, Wilson is so convinced of the exceptional performance of Di11 irons, that its forthcoming marketing campaign is based on the theme: ‘In a world of 1 to 10, this goes to 11…Once you hit it. You get it.’
There are several advantages with Wilson’s new Di11 irons – the longest set of irons ever produced by the company. In fact in testing conducted by an independent lab, the Wilson Di11 irons are longer than all leading rivals in the same club category.
For starters, these irons offer the largest sweet spot of any Wilson iron, the result of weight being removed from the perimeter of the face and inside of the cavity. Secondly, it claims to be the most forgiving iron on the market – a claim it can substantiate by having a much larger sweet spot – 24% larger than any other Wilson iron ever produced. Thirdly, a lightweight elastomer coating is used to dampen vibration on off-center shots. This elastomer coating is the same coating used on the underside of bridges to dampen traffic vibration.
Most of the weight in the clubhead is pulled lower which promotes a higher ball flight. The weight has also been pulled back and away from the face to provide exceptional stability and accuracy. The super-wide sole makes for better contact between ball, turf and club, giving you the ability to shred through the heaviest of rough without sacrificing control. The Di11 irons also incorporate a thinner and rounder top line to improve the visual styling at address and inspire confidence in shot-making to all golfers, regardless of ability.
The Wilson Di11 irons can be purchased with your choice of three different shafts: a steel True Temper SL95 wide tip (95g), a graphite UST AXIVCORE shaft (65g) or a “half and half” (half steel/half graphite) shaft which offers the feel of steel with the playability of graphite. The steel shafts still only come in one flex (uniflex) as do the graphite shafts – although they will soon be available in different flexes.
Forgiveness is where these clubs truly shine. When we amateur golfers miss hit the ball, the majority of us do so by hitting it out towards the toe rather than the heel. With a much wider face, the “safe-hitting zone” of the clubface is enlarged. If you can even come close to a repeatable swing, these irons are going to make you look really good.
Most golfers who hit the new Wilson Di11 irons will be pleased with how easy they are to hit, how forgiving they are and, most importantly, how far the ball goes. With the majority of mid to high handicappers searching for extra distance with their irons, the Di11 are just what the golf pro ordered! In fact earlier this summer three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington played with a Di11 3-iron to gain accuracy and distance off the tee on blustery links courses.
I have found that I hit my long irons (3, 4 and 5) ten to fifteen yards longer than my other irons (any of them). I am also amazed at how easy they are at getting the ball airborne quickly; there is little effort required at all. In the past I have had problems with graphite shafts, actually snapping them off at the hozel. However with a few swing modifications (and a new appreciation for the fact that you need not kill the ball to make it go far) I am really enjoying the new shafts.
I haven’t experienced the same longer distance with the lower irons – especially the 9, wedge and gap wedge. I might get four or five extra yards out of them however I think it’s more the Indian than the arrow.
The confidence these clubs give you as you stand over them is worth more than their asking price; the thinner top line and moderate amount of offset inspire you to hit the ball where you want it. After all, confidence in golf is everything; and the new Wilson Di11 irons instill that confidence and will inspire you to play better.
For the most up to date information on the new Wilson Di11 irons, you can visit their website at www.wilson.com/en-us/golf/irons/.