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The Wilson Staff C300 driver has meaningful adjustability and good forgiveness. Very strong performer.
Over the last few years, Wilson Staff has reestablished themselves as one of the premier iron companies in golf. Whether it’s the FG Tour V6 for the better player, the D350 for the high handicapper, or the C300 for everyone in the middle, Wilson has something for everyone.
Where the company is still trying to find their groove is in the woods. Though they’ve had some quality offerings in the last few years, nothing has broken the public perception of Wilson as an iron company. The C300 line represents their latest, best effort to break through that barrier.
Any discussion of the C300 driver’s looks has to start with the red crown. One thing that I didn’t appreciate until I saw it in person is how dark and rich the red is. This is not a shiny Crayola red like the Nike Covert driver. This is a deep, matte red that eliminates glare.
Once you’re past the color, your eyes are drawn to the Power Holes on the front of the crown. The two black ovals surround the Wilson Staff shield alignment aid and frame the golf ball at address.
If you can get past those non-traditional elements, you’re left with a beautifully shaped driver. It has a tall face and the slightest bit of pear shape. By modern standards, it is fairly compact from front to back.
Sound & Feel
Impact produces a solid “thwack” that’s slightly louder than average. I didn’t mind the extra volume because the sound has no sharpness to it, no metallic “ting.”
When you catch the ball perfectly, there’s a slight bouncy feeling that’s really pleasant. You get the sense that the ball is trampolining off the face. It’s akin to smacking a Duo Soft ball – soft and satisfying.
Power Holes. Whether you love the name or hate it, it certainly has people talking. And more importantly, they seem to do their job. I found that I was getting very solid ball speed even when I was striking the ball on the heel or toe.
Just as important, I found the spin rates to be robust. On pure strikes, the spin was quite low – I was regularly under 2000 RPM. When I hit the ball on the bottom of the face – the highest-spinning part – I was keeping the spin in the mid-2000’s. This translated to distances on mishits that weren’t wildly short of my pure strikes.
Lost in the discussion of Power Holes is the fact that the C300 driver has meaningful adjustability. At the hosel, you can tune the loft down one degree or up two degrees. This also changes the face angle.
To further dial in your shot shape, you can move the weights. There are three weight ports, and you can set the driver to promote a draw, fade, or neutral ball flight by moving the heavier weight plug. I found that the weights provided a noticeable but not overwhelming change. If you’re a chronic slicer, putting the heavier weight in the heel is not going to change your life. However, if you play a fade and want to make sure that your occasional heel strike doesn’t go wildly to the right, you’ll find the adjustment very helpful.
Time will tell whether the Wilson Staff C300 driver proves to be the product that breaks through to mass appeal. What I can say for sure is that this driver has the performance to be in the discussion with the best of 2018. If you’re bold enough to rock the red, give the C300 driver a try during your next fitting.