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The towering distance and forgiveness of the new Wilson Staff D7 irons, together with their fresh look, make them a must try in the SGI category.
When I first heard about the new D7 irons from Wilson Staff, I wondered why they weren’t called D400s – the natural evolution of the successful D300 irons. But once I saw the D7s I knew immediately why they deserved a fresh name. Confident that the Wilson Staff designers had more in store than just new looks, I was anxious to hit the new irons. Having now seen in person and played the D7 irons, I’m pleased to report these are absolutely worth a try if you are in the market for Super Game Improvement irons.
Having gamed Wilson Staff C200 and C300 irons the past several years, I’ve grown accustomed to the visible power holes on the topline similar to those on the D300 irons. Knowing that look wasn’t universally admired, I applaud the Wilson Staff design team for eliminating those power holes on the D7s and creating a clean topline highlighted only by the matte finish.
Face on, the D7 irons are similar in size and shape to my gamers, and the modest size should appeal to most golfers. The cavity has been completely updated with clean, simple badging without a hint of W/S red. Gone also are the heel and toe weight pods which contributes to the cleaner, more appealing style.
I’ll discuss the “why” later, but as far as looks, the D7 irons have 3 rows of Power Holes on the 5i-7i, 2 rows on the 8i and 9i, and a single row on the PW and GW. The wide sole is visible at address on the longer irons.
Sound & Feel
Paired with the UST Mamiya Recoil 460, the D7 irons felt lightweight, encouraging good tempo. Impact had a soft feel and produced a crisp ‘snap’ with the longer irons having a tad more resonance. The feel of effortless solid contact was very generous from center, and even more so on long irons.
That effortless feel resulted in a powerful launch with towering height. I was easily getting 5 additional yards over my gamers. That extra distance is simple to explain with stronger lofts, but the impressive aspect was the trajectory – 6 iron distance with a 7 iron ball flight.
Back to those Power Holes – Wilson Staff looked at what players need and what benefits are most important across a set of irons and decided on a simple premise: “Distance when you need it, precision when you want it.” On the long irons (5, 6, 7) three rows of power holes are paired with a thinner face for maximum distance. As the lofts increase, the focus shifts to distance control by optimizing feel and removing rows of Power Holes.
Wilson Staff calls the combination of Power Holes, face thickness, and weighting RE-AKT Technology, all of which is geared towards powerful distance and ample forgiveness. Both were readily apparent in my testing. Most notable to me were the high trajectories on the long irons – great for clearing hazards and holding greens when distance alone won’t suffice.
If you haven’t already experienced a loss of distance because of age, trust me it will happen. Fortunately, Wilson Staff has made it possible to pull the club that matches up with your memories of your younger self without sacrificing looks. If you are a new golfer, the easy distance and forgiveness of the D7 irons will make the game more enjoyable. And best of all, this performance comes without a wallet-busting price tag.
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