Wilson Staff C300 Forged Irons Review

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Don’t fall in love just on their looks – the Wilson Staff C300 Forged irons also offer power and consistency.  A great option for players looking for a responsive feel with some forgiveness.

Introduction

“More majors won than any other brand.”

I had to let that resonate for a moment after seeing it on the box from Wilson Staff that was waiting at my door.  Seeing the C300 Forged irons inside that box was a testament that Wilson Staff isn’t a company resting on their heritage.  Forged irons with power holes in the crossover category – that’s innovation.

Looks

‘Fabulous’ was my one word reaction upon seeing the C300 Forged irons.  The backside looks crisp and clean in silver and black.  There’s a lot of details, but somehow it doesn’t look busy.   Nearly imperceptible circles radiate from the W/S crest and fine contrasting lines fill in space at the edges.  The unpolished steel around the model name is reminiscent of the standard C300.

Face on, the C300 and C300 Forged irons are nearly identical in shape and finish.  The soles of the two models are similar, distinguishable only by the different patterns of their double row of power holes – through the 8 irons that is.  The 9 iron, PW and GW of the C300 Forged are power hole free and look more like precision scoring weapons.

The topline is where the C300 Forged irons defy the crossover marque.  The look at address leans much more towards a better players club.  Having gamed the C300s for a few months now, and the C200s before that, the thinner topline is really appealing.

Sound & Feel

The Wilson Staff C300 Forged irons with power holes have a softer sound, more of a muted thwack, than the standard C300s.  The power holes increased the area of shots that feel flush with moderate feedback as contact drifted from center.  Hitting both models back to back, the forged irons felt softer, but it wasn’t a significant difference.  It’s hard to describe, but the C300 Forged felt more responsive, like I was leading the horse, not just along for the ride.

In the irons without the power holes, the sound had more click to it.  The feel was solid and controlled.

Performance

With forged in its name, I expected some harsh results on mishits but was amazed at the forgiveness.  Talking it over with Evan of Club Champion Orlando, he told me that was a common misconception.  Forged doesn’t imply unforgiving, most golfers just jump to that correlation based on the forged butter knives they’ve seen advanced ball strikers using.  The expanded sweet spot of the C300 Forged irons deliver very consistent performance on both height and carry.

The key component to the outstanding performance of the C300 Forged irons is the power holes.  With less contact between the body and the face, the Wilson Staff designers we able to increase face deflection over 25%.  The results are greater ball speeds over a wider area.  Distance and forgiveness – a nice combination for the majority of golfers.

Conclusion

The C300 Forged irons are a great addition to the Wilson Staff line up.  The sleek topline and forgiveness of the power holes are a compelling combination for better than average players who may have felt trapped between player and game improvement irons.  And there’s just something about the word ‘forged’ that adds mystique and credibility.  One more nod to credibility – consider the fact that both Troy Merritt and Ricky Barnes have C300 Forged 3 and 4 irons in their bags weekly on the PGA Tour.

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13 Comments

  1. Brad Shepard

    How is the distance dispersion? Always the potential problem with irons like this is getting that hot spot that goes 15 yards farther than expected. What have you seen?

    • Matt Meeker

      Great question Brad. My dispersion was in the 5-7 yard range on distance. When I really caught one spot on, the jump was around 10 yards from average.

      -Meeks

  2. Matt,

    Any thoughts on these vs. the Taylormade P790’s when it comes to performance? Is the performance of the P790’s worth the extra $$$?

    Joe

    • Matt Meeker

      I don’t have any experience with the TM P790s Joe. And the only real way to weigh performance vs cost is to hit them both yourself. But I totally track what you’re asking – if performance is similar, why spend extra $.

      -Meeks

  3. David Lichtenwalner

    These clubs remind me of my old Wilson Staff RM irons. Perimeter weighted, forged heads but with new “power holes” and a little stronger lofts. They must be sweet! #SecretGiveaway

  4. Mike Vanschaffel

    The p790s have way to low spin.they go far but u can’t stop them.c300s forged have great spin numbers.i also had the f5s and the c300 forged are vastly better.and I mean by a lot

  5. CAMPBELL RODDEN

    I’m in the market for a new set of irons , I’ve got an interest in the new Callaway Mavrik pro irons , however, I hit a wilson staff C300 Forged iron yesterday and was very impressed . Performance wise was quite similar to Mavrik pro . $300 more for the Mavrik pro . I’m a bit of a golf snob and think callaway will look better in the bag , however, there wasn’t $300’s worth of difference between them .
    I had a chance to hit both recently and there was only minimal difference between them in the performance numbers. Mavrik slightly longer
    I currently play off 14 and are pretty good with 7-PW not as consistent with 5 and 6 .

    Your feedback would be appreciated .

    • Matt Meeker

      You’ve entered the personal quandary hole Campbell. You’ve done what we always encourage – tested them both. But dollars always come down to you. I will say this; it’s a big investment either way, so go with what will make you happiest for several years. I think you already know which ones you really want.

      – Meeks

  6. Rusty Bishop

    I’m 65 yrs old, distance isn’t my issue, forgiveness is, is this iron for me and my 20 handicap?

    • Matt Meeker

      You may want to also check out the Wilson D7 or the soon to be released D9s. The D stands for distance, but they are also the most forgiving.

      – Meeks

  7. Mark Caley

    Just found this site and love the straightforward reviews. 64 now, swing speed with driver high 80’s to low/mid 90’s, smooth transition swing, current handicap is 12.6. Good ball striker and low handicap in younger days with forged player irons and DG stiffs. Still like the look of player irons but need more forgiveness and softer shafts. Mainly been looking at forged used clubs such as Titleist and Mizuno and just saw a couple of your reviews on Wilson Staff, the FG Tour V6 and these forged C300’s. Could you compare the two on levels of forgiveness and turf interaction? Due to renewed popularity of golf will be hard to swing test as locally good used clubs are hard to find and will probably have to order from used online dealers. Will probably then get fitted for shafts unless I love them immediately. Thanks in advance for your response.

    • Matt Meeker

      I have not hit the Tour V6 Mark – Saternus reviewed those. Both reviews were several years ago, so our memories would likely be sparse regardless.

      Good luck in your search.

      – Meeks

      • Mark Caley

        Thanks for the fast reply Matt. Went to the range today and hit some gently used Mizuno 850’s and PXG 0122 irons they had in the shop. Hit the Mizunos better than my current clubs and hit the PXG’s better than the Mizunos. Loved the PXG’s (better feel, ball flight, and longer) and bought them at a very fair price. Mitsubishi MMT regular shaft which made a big difference for me over the steel that I have always played. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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