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The Wilson Staff Model Blades are beautiful. Great, solid feel and surprisingly high playability.
With 62 major championships and a major win in every decade going back to the 1920s, no golf company has the history that Wilson Staff does. Their latest iron, the Wilson Staff Model Blades, is a modern interpretation with distinct nods to the company’s storied past. With one major win already under its belt, this iron is on its way to carving out its own spot in the Wilson Staff story.
I love everything about the look of the Wilson Staff Model Blades. From address to in the bag, I don’t think any company has an iron that looks this good. What earns them such high praise is the way they blend classic and modern elements.
Let’s start with the playing position. At address, these irons have the exact silhouette that a blade player wants: compact length, thin top line, virtually no offset. The little details elevate it to another level. A row of diamonds border the grooves, a throwback to Wilson irons of the past. The “triple-knurled hosel” adds visual interest without being distracting.
As good as the Wilson Staff Model Blades look at address, I think they look even better in the bag. The profile is a classic muscle back, but the shaping of the lower portion has a distinctly modern look. Wilson’s shield logo adorns the toe and is balanced with the “Staff Model” branding in a clean, modest-sized font. Finally, the attention to detail really comes through in the stylish placement of the iron numbers, tipping just slightly off the edge of the thin sole.
Sound & Feel
Playing a blade is as much about the feel as it is the look, and the Wilson Staff Model Blades don’t disappoint. Hitting a pure shots is extremely rewarding, producing a solid feel and a robust impact sound. If you’re tired of the “click” of thin-faced distance irons, you will love it.
The feedback from these irons is as impressive as anything I’ve hit in years. What makes them stand apart is the way they distinguish a good shot from a great shot. Only a truly pure shot gets the feel described above. A good shot feels good, but not amazing. These irons won’t spare your feelings when you make a bad swing, either. Hitting one on the far toe or heel has a weak, slappy feel that can make you wonder if you should be playing blades.
In the grand scheme of golf equipment, the Wilson Staff Model Blades are just that: blades. They’re designed to give pros and very low handicappers supreme control over their ball flight, and they do just that. To be able to imagine a specific shot, make a quality swing, and see that exact shot is a joy.
Within the world of blades, the Staff Model Blades are surprisingly easy to hit. Wilson credits their Fluid Feel Hosel, adapted from the classic Dyna-Powered irons, for eliminating unnecessary weight and increasing playability. I was particularly impressed with the way these irons dealt with thin shots.
The Wilson Staff Model Blades have a mid-spin profile that makes them playable for a wide variety of swings. They are slightly higher spinning than most cavity back irons because skilled players want that spin as a means to shaping their shots. However, they are not as high spinning as some blades, which strengthens their ball flight and gives them more distance.
Finally, these irons are milled to ensure tighter tolerances. This makes the head weight more consistent which in turn leads to more consistent swing weight. With more consistent swing weight, each club will feel similar and that should lead to confidence with every iron in the set.
If it’s not obvious, I’ll say it plainly: the Wilson Staff Model Blades are one of my favorite iron sets of 2019. They’re beautiful, they feel great, and they’re a joy to play. The audience for true blades like this is fairly small (most golfers should check out Wilson’s C300 irons HERE), but those golfers will be thrilled by this blend of old and new.