Wilson Staff D200 Irons Review

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The Wilson Staff D200 irons are among the best super game improvement irons that we’ve tested.  Very long and very forgiving.

Introduction

Any golf instructor who has taught for more than 10 minutes knows that there are two things that every golfer wants: more consistency and more distance.  If you’re one of those golfers (and you are), settle in for a minute and let me tell you about the latest iron set from Wilson Staff, the D200, which can give you both of those things without changing your swing.

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Looks

While the D200 irons aren’t going to please the traditionalists, the super game improvement crowd should really like the way they look.  There’s a lot of offset, a thick sole, and a thick top line.  If you want a pin-up, check out the FG Tour V4, but the D200 is built to instill confidence in players who are seeking maximum forgiveness.

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Sound & Feel

This is the one aspect of the D200 irons that actually surprised me.  As super game improvement irons, I expected them to feel firm, maybe even a little “click-y.”  In reality, these irons feel soft with a muted, traditional sound.  They’re not as buttery as a forged blade, but they are among the softest game improvement irons that we’ve tested.

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Performance

After testing the D100 ES irons and watching my dad play the D100 irons over the last few years, I had a pretty solid idea what to expect from the Wilson Staff D200 irons: loads of distance and plenty of forgiveness.  They delivered on both counts.  These irons are over a club longer than my regular gamers, and they make nearly every shot feel flushed.

New to the D200 irons is Speed Sole Technology.  This isn’t a slot but rather a thinner face-to-sole transition that flexes more and creates more ball speed.  In my testing, I certainly saw ball speed that was as high, and as consistent, as any iron on the market.

Like the rest of the D200 line, the D200 irons have Wilson Staff’s Right Light Technology.  This means that they’re lighter than conventional clubs without necessarily feeling too light or whippy.  While some of the woods can feel too light, especially to players used to heavier clubs, the weight and feel of the irons is really dialed in.  Though the shafts in the D200 are over 40 grams lighter than what I’m used to, I had no difficulty picking them up and hitting good shots right off the bat.  Though the feel was comfortable, I know that the weight reduction plays a big role in how far I hit these irons.

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Conclusion

If you want maximum distance and forgiveness from your irons, the Wilson Staff D200 irons should be on your short list.  Their performance is on par with any other super game improvement iron, and the excellent feel is very a pleasant surprise.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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17 Comments

  1. Matt,
    At what point in a golfer’s progress/improvement do you recommend stepping up from game improvement irons to a better player set? What are the typical measurables used for such a recommendation or do most golfers stay in their respective “iron set” type for most of their golf playing years? In other words, is there any chance I improve enough to warrant switching from my current set of WS Di9s to the FG line? The new FG V4s are amazing looking clubs and were terrifically reviewed here on pluggedingolf. I’m not sure my game justifies a switch. Thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      This is a great question, and there’s no one right answer. If you look at the PGA Tour, you’ll find every different kind of iron set: pure blades, players cavity backs, game improvement, and super game improvement. This speaks to the fact that you can play any type of club at the highest level. That said, I think the majority of players do like their clubs to reflect their abilities. Whether this is out of need or ego, I don’t know.
      As for when to make the transition, there’s no clear line in the sand. I would ask the same question I ask any iron buyer: “What do you want from your clubs?” If you want to shoot the lowest scores, you need to figure out if players clubs will help you do that or if you’re better off with forgiveness. If you want something that’s pretty, feels good, and lets you manipulate the ball a bit more, make the switch, but know that it might not necessarily translate to lower scores.
      I hope that helps.
      Best,

      Matt

  2. these videos are awesome.
    Regarding the D200’s from Wilson Staff:
    I’m 66, about a 10 and have lost about 10 yards with each club. I am looking for distance to improve as now I can play more golf (only play a dozen times per year in past 5 years). I looked at some new irons today and some were game improvement clubs. Pro suggested the E200’s. I could not believe how easy they were to hit and at least 10 yes longer than my current irons. I’ve never considered such game improvement clubs in the past. I always figured that I must be giving something up to hit these, but I don’t know what that is. Is it not being able to maneuver the ball? Is it distance control? Or is it ability to stop the ball on the green?
    There must be something I give up, but if not, my Titleist days are over.
    Thanks for your help. Anxious to hear your response.

    • Matt Saternus

      Frank,

      The idea that you can’t “work” SGI irons is nonsense and forgiving clubs should be more consistent with distances than “players” club, all else equal. The only real performance benefit of players irons – ignoring preferences like looks and feel – is the ability to flight the ball down easily.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. I am 73 years of age, golf 3 to 4 times a week and have a handicap of 14. I am presently playing with a set of Yonex Vmass 350 I purchased in 2002. I am presently looking at upgrading and on your website I have been looking at game improvement clubs and two that have caught my eye are the Callaway Big Bertha set and the Wilson Staff D200’s. Are these a good option? If not can you suggest some others. Looking forward to your response.

    • Matt Saternus

      Fred,

      I think these are a great option. My Dad plays them and has picked up a lot of his lost distance. More than anything, though, I would recommend a fitting to get the right head and shaft combination.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Bill Piskothy

    Matt
    I am 71 yrs young and play to 16 handicap and I am looking at the D200 or C200 Wilson Staff irons. Over last 3 yr I have lost about 10 yards per club playing Adams os7 clubs. Will these new clubs help?

    Thanks
    Bill

    • Matt Saternus

      Bill,

      The new technology, plus a fitting, could definitely help you regain some of that distance.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Brad Schofield

    I assume these are a cast club?

    If so can they be bent? i was recently fittted, and found i require 3* flat lie

    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Brad,

      Yes, they are cast. Any club can be bent, it’s just a question of how much.

      Regarding your fitting, 3* flat relative to what? The answer matters quite a bit.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Im a new player, playing no more than once a week. Which one would you recommend wilson staff d200 or cobra fly-z xl? Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Gabriel,

      I would recommend working with a fitter to find the one that works better for you. Both are fine choices.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. I’m trying to decide between the Wilson D200 or c200 irons I’m looking to hit my irons further and I don’t know which set would be better

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      Have you tried them head to head? They’re really different in terms of look, and I think you’re likely to hit one much better than the other because of it. By the numbers, the stronger lofts of the D200 should be longer, but you also have to consider launch, spin, and strike quality.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. Hi Matt,

    Do you know the different between red clubhead Wilson d200 and the same clubhead in yellow?
    Thank you in advance

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