Wilson Staff C300 Irons Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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6 Comments

  1. Hey Matt,
    I have asked this question to Matt S on the website before but I’m curious what your opinion is. Why do you think Wilson Staff doesn’t get the recognition it deserves for making some really great equipment?

    I have played W/S irons for several years and just got the Triton driver. I’ve only hit the driver at the range but I’m loving it so far. Can’t wait for warmer weather to get it out on the course. I’m the only person in my group of friends who plays W/S and I’m not even sure any of my friends would seriously consider W/S equipment. It’s too bad really, because like I said, I think they make some really good performing stuff. How else can W/S raise their profile in order to get in more bags?

    • Matt Meeker

      There are a lot of factors at play here – more than I can get into. I will say Wilson Staff is getting the most important long term aspect right – making great equipment. As open minded golfers explore what’s available, brand visibility will continue to grow. And importantly, like you are demonstrating, play what you like!

      Matt M

  2. Sir shivs, you are correct. When I was working I was on Wilson Staff and started with the P7s and it has been up from there with a new current set every year. I am retired now and still play Wilson. All my friends I play with are always asking me why I stick with them rather than Callaway, or TM, or Ping or some other name brand and they will not even think about Wilson. I still have my C200s and a set of V6 forged along with some older Woods. Today it is C300 Woods and Irons in the bag. I also love the Triton as it works for me, and even the Duo ball is great. I think part of reason is marketing which is way behind the other majors.

    Golfers, serious and fun golfers do not know what they are missing, and the prices are great. Best to you and good Golfing.

  3. I am currently playing the C9 irons but I am changing over to the C300
    Can’t wait to try them out

  4. Kudos to Wilson. I started playing with C200 in 2018. I love them. Simply “align and swing”! I have hit more dead-on shots in a couple of weeks than I have in a number of years. I ditched my Hybrids because I’m so confident in the 4 and 5 iron. That is hard to say for any 17 handicapper. Favorite club is the 4-iron!!! KBS shafts rule.

  5. After 3 seasons playing WS M3 FG Tour iron I decided to move to the C300’s. Not unhappy with the old clubs but felt I needed to recognize that my swing is destined to suffer the effects of old age at some point in the near future. (71, 12 HCP) Season closing down in upstate New York, but did play 27 holes in October under less than ideal weather conditions and I am impressed with their performance (distance, forgiveness etc.) Hope springs eternal with Wilson Staff in my bag since the 70’s with my X31’s.

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