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Producing a powerful, high launching ball flight, the C300 irons from Wilson Staff provide impressive distance and forgiveness. Consistent, easy to hit irons for the mid handicap player.
I’ve been gaming the Wilson Staff C200 irons since they were released to much acclaim in 2016, and as 2018 approached, I waited patiently to see what the new generation would entail. As teaser pics started to surface, my anticipation grew, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new clubs. Then as I’m packing the car to head to my parents’ for the holidays, the long narrow box arrived. I decided the gift to myself could wait, but it taunted me with every mile. Settled in at my destination I tore into that box like a 5 year old on Christmas morning. The joy of shiny new irons evoked one clear thought – I must get to the driving range NOW.
At address, the Wilson Staff C300 irons look identical to the previous generation except for a bit more offset (I’ve included a few photos of the C200 and C300 side by side in the pictures near the bottom). The black urethane in the power holes along the moderately thick topline creates a slimming effect visually. The club face retains the matte finish with only the white filled, slightly wider bottom groove identifying it as the 2018 version. That’s where the similarities end in the looks department.
On the sole, the power holes were modified and a second row added – more on that in a moment. The backside is a complete re-vamp, with strong, angular lines and the absence of Wilson Staff red. For me, the cavity design is a home run. The black and white Lamkin grip looks sharp, but it’s the Wilson Staff red cap that really completes the club.
Sound & Feel
That second set of power holes were incorporated to boost face deflection for performance purposes. To keep the C300 irons from feeling too soft, Wilson Staff designers utilized a much harder 17-4 stainless steel face. Paired together, I found the feel solid and stable, reminiscent of the C200, but with a wider area of shots feeling flush. There was moderate feedback on contact near the perimeter.
The harder face produced a crisp, throaty sound that was unique to my ears. It was much less metallic than I expected – more similar to the snap of a green tree limb. Overall, the KBS Tour 90 shafts provided a balanced feel throughout the swing.
The face deflection mentioned above isn’t trivial – the increase was over 50%. There’s a great finite element analysis graphic on the Wilson Staff website displaying the impact. What I felt was effortless power. I repeatedly observed an additional 5-10 yards over my gamers. Although the lofts were 1 degree stronger than the previous generation, the C300 irons launched equally high and had a beautiful trajectory.
It’s a simple thing, but the white line on the face turned out to be a great reference for alignment. One final note – that rather large notch on the hosel serves a valuable purpose, allowing club fitters to adjust loft and lie for dialed in performance.
The Wilson Staff catch phrase for the C300 irons is “Power Your Play” which seems to capture their performance perfectly. I really like that the powerful launch extends across an expanded sweet spot, providing more forgiveness on those not-perfect strikes we all produce. The C300 irons are far more than a cosmetic makeover of the successful C200s and deserve serious consideration in the game improvement arena.