Wilson Staff Triton DVD Driver Review

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The Wilson Staff Triton DVD driver is highly adjustable and high performing.  The best Wilson driver that I’ve ever tested.

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Introduction

The Wilson Staff Triton DVD driver has something on its resume that no other driver can claim: it literally had its own TV show.  While that may be the most well-known thing about this club, what’s more important is that Kevin Streelman is playing it on the PGA Tour.  This is the first time in a number of years that Wilson Staff has had a driver in play on Tour, and we wanted to see if the Triton performs for amateurs as well.

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Looks

What stands out most about the Triton is the “1:1 Visible Swing Active Technology” on the crown.  The idea is to make alignment and takeaway correct and intuitive.  I don’t have a way to measure whether or not it improved my aim, but as someone who often yanks the club “inside”, I did like the takeaway remind.

Beyond the crown, the Triton is a fairly standard looking driver.  It has a bit of a “reverse pear shape” (bulkier in the heel than the toe), and the back edge is squared off, but the size and dimensions are conventional.  One small detail that I like is the plain black club face.

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Sound & Feel

Due to the removable weights and sole plate, the Triton has a lot of open space in its head (check the slideshow below for pictures).  This leads to an impact sound that is louder than average.  I give Wilson Staff a lot of credit, however, because the sound is still very pleasing.  It’s a mid-pitched “crack” without any shrill, tinny notes.

The feedback on strike quality is excellent in both sound and feel.  Mishits create a duller sound, and I was able to locate impact precisely through the feel in my hands.  For a driver geared towards better players, this is a big plus.

Performance

The thing that stands out most about the Wilson Staff Triton driver is the huge amount of flexibility it gives you.  When you buy it, you have the choice of 10 premium shafts at no up-charge.  There are a lot more choices once it’s in your hands: two sole plates, four movable weights, and six hosel positions.  What’s worth noting is that all these changes are meaningful.  Adjusting the hosel will change the way the driver sits and has a big impact on ball flight.  The weights have a noticeable affect on ball flight and a huge affect on swing weight.

I started dialing in the Triton with the sole plate.  The choice was easy because the carbon fiber sole plate, while cool looking, made the swing weight much too low for me.  Next, I cranked the hosel into a more open position and loaded more weight into the toe.  With the swing weight, face angle, and weighting that I prefer, the results took care of themselves.  I was hitting consistent, straight, low-spinning drives with minimal effort.

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Conclusion

It took very little time with the Wilson Staff Triton driver to see why it won Driver vs. Driver and why it’s being played on the PGA Tour.  All the basic elements of a modern driver are covered – solid forgiveness, low spin – and it adds tremendous adjustability.  Whether you’re new to the party or a longtime Staff fan, you ought to give the Triton a shot.

Buy the Wilson Staff Triton Driver HERE

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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6 Comments

  1. W.B. Neal

    Once again the only test was with a driver speed of over 100 MPH. Please, have another test with swing speeds of around 90 MPH for those of us with average swing speeds.

    • I just got my Triton and at 78 yrs old I doubt if my Swingspeed could break the speed limit in School Zone with age and a stroke my average is 180. After a couple of rounds and some adjusting I have it going 200 and more now. I am sure that with some more fiddling 350 is possible, lol. But the fact is that it is a very good club, but you may have to work a bit with the weight and balance a bit to find the potential, which is there. I have the HAZRDUS Red R flex and it is a good shaft. I did cut it down 3/4 of an inch and it is dead straight down the middle. Good Club and as a former very good player and Club Tech I can vouch for that.

  2. Michael Tile

    Could not agree more with W.B. Neal but would like to see the results with a senior flex shaft for even lower swing speeds.

  3. Matt Saternus

    Gentlemen,

    Thank you both for the comments. There are two reasons why, at least in the foreseeable future, this is not going to happen.

    1) Logistics. Some people may think that Bill and I golf 365 days a year, but in reality we both work full time jobs and have families. We have limited time to do our own testing let alone wrangle other testers. Also, it’s really hard to find other testers. Everyone thinks they would love to test golf equipment, but when we put out calls to actually show up at a certain place and time to have numbers recorded, we hear nothing but crickets.

    2) Philosophy. This is the much more important of the two reasons. We are strong advocates of fitting. We see time and again, in every test that we do, that golfers who are not fit are leaving huge performance gains on the table.
    We post our LM data in the reviews to give some context to the performance comments. We do NOT post them so that readers can say, “Wow, this guy has my swing speed and he hit driver X really far, I should buy it.”
    Furthermore, swing speed is only one factor. Another player may have your swing speed but a different club path, attack angle, or strike pattern. Those things can be as impactful on the numbers as speed. Then you get into club specs: this player may have your swing, but he’s testing the wrong loft, flex, or shaft model.
    All of this to say, again, we do not post the data for readers to make buying decisions with, only to add context to our written performance comments.

    I don’t mean to belabor the point, but it’s a fair question and I wanted to give a comprehensive answer.

    Thank you for your readership.

    -Matt

  4. Chad Hershberger

    I just picked this up for $75, brand new, off the clearance rack of a major golf store. I hit it today on the range and I’m seriously impressed. I’m going to play 18 with it tomorrow to see how it handles course play, but there’s a good chance it could go straight in the bag. I love the alignment line on top. It’s sad to see such a high quality driver fail. I don’t think enough people gave it a chance.

  5. I have had this driver for about 5 months now and love it. At 60 years old and a chf patient, it makes golf fun again. I was hitting a jet speed before with an avg about 220 yrds with a slight draw. I am at 240 now with an easier swing . Ball flight is dead straight with a few in the 265 yrd range. I lowered the loft to 9 and a half with the rest at standard settings. Picked it up new for $149 and don’t see me changing anytime soon. Great driver!

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