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The Wilson Staff C300 fairway wood is incredibly easy to elevate. Straight and consistent, but not the longest fairway wood I’ve tested.
Fairway woods are, for most golfers, the most temperamental clubs in the bag. When you find one that works you keep it forever because reliability in the long game is hard to find. Wilson Staff clearly had consistency in mind when designing the C300 because it may be the most consistent fairway wood I’ve tested.
The C300 fairway wood looks like a miniature version of the C300 driver. The most noticeable feature is the red crown, which is much darker and richer than it appears in photos. Traditionalists will also wrinkle their brow at the Power Holes that frame the Wilson Staff shield.
While there are obvious modern aspects of the appearance, the shape at address is quite traditional. The face is of average height, and the head has a slight pear shape to it.
Sound & Feel
Though the look is modern, the sound of the C300 fairway wood may have more in common with persimmon. Striking the ball creates a quiet, muted “tink” – strong emphasis on quiet. Even with range balls it’s quiet.
That soft sound pairs with a soft feel. When you strike the center, you can feel the face flex, and there are no excess vibrations. The only possible drawback is that there isn’t much feedback on the quality of the strike.
My first few swings with the Wilson Staff C300 fairway wood produced shots that were at or slightly above my best 3W trajectory and laser straight. “Wow,” I thought to myself, “I’m flushing this right out of the gates.” Then I actually caught one pure, saw it launch even higher, and realized those earlier shots had actually been a little thin. The C300 is far and away the easiest-to-launch and highest launching fairway wood that I’ve tested this year.
What didn’t change throughout my testing was how straight the ball flew. I don’t know if it’s attributable to the Power Holes or something else, but more often than not the ball did not want to curve. While the very best players may see that as a drawback, 99% of us will happily take straight shots from a fairway wood.
The one downside to the C300 is that it’s a little high spinning. This is what helps it create a higher ball flight and straighter shots, but it does hold back the distance a bit. On balance, I think most players should take the trade off of a few yards for more consistency and accuracy, but, again, the best players may want every yard possible.
Finally, the C300 fairway wood has the same adjustability as the driver. You can change the loft and face angle at the hosel. You can also swap the three weights in the sole to make it draw-biased, fade-biased, or neutral. The effect of the weights is not as large as it is with the driver, but it’s still noticeable.
As impressed as I was by the consistency of the C300 hybrid, I think the Wilson Staff C300 fairway wood is even better. I saw shots launch higher and more consistently than with any other fairway wood, and the ball flight was very accurate. If you need more predictability from your fairway woods, check these out.