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The Wilson Staff Model CB irons look beautiful and feel great. Surprisingly high levels of forgiveness and consistency. Great irons for good and improving golfers.
Over the last couple years, Wilson has built substantial buzz among better players with their Staff Model family. Starting with the ultra-desirable Staff Model Blade [review HERE] and continuing to the Utility Iron [review HERE] and Wedge [review HERE], they’ve released a small line of clubs built to the standards of the legendary Staff name.
For 2021, Wilson is bringing a more playable iron to the Staff Model family. The Staff Model CB irons build on the successful framework of the Tour V6 irons [review HERE], a follow up that Wilson fans have been clamoring for. I tested a set to see if they could prove worthy of their intimidating lineage.
Like the other clubs in the Staff Model family, the Wilson Staff Model CB irons have a clean look and a traditional silver and black color scheme. That said, there are plenty of subtle features that make them aesthetically interesting. The cavity is split in three with each section carrying its own branding – the Wilson Staff shield, “CB,” and “Staff Model.” There’s also the matte silver on the toe, signifying the placement of the tungsten weight.
In the playing position, the Wilson Staff Model CB irons have thicker top lines than the Staff Model Blades but seem to share their other dimensions. Both sets have a rounded shape in the pitching wedge that gets more square in the mid and long irons. Compact heel-to-toe length and virtually non-existent offset will both appeal to the better player.
Also like the Staff Model Blades, the Staff Model CB irons have a mirrored finish on the heel and toe of the face and around the perimeter of the club. This is a welcome change of pace from the matte finishes seen on so many modern irons, but they may cause glare in brighter situations.
Sound & Feel
The combination of a forged carbon steel face and Wilson’s “Impact Mass Area” give the Staff Model CB irons a very strong, satisfying feeling when hit well. On center, the feel is quite soft. If you move away from the center, you get moderate feedback via a firmer impact sensation. With a urethane-covered golf ball, impact is a quiet “thud.”
Wilson describes the Staff Model CB irons as the best of their V6 irons and Staff Model Blades. Clearly I had forgotten just how good the V6 irons were, because the level of forgiveness in the Staff Model CB caught me totally off guard. Despite the blade-like appearance, these irons are more than happy to take a mishit and deposit it safely on the green.
The keys to the consistency of the CB irons are the 20 grams of tungsten in the toe of the long and mid irons and the Tri-Brace stabilizer. I was seeing a loss of 10 yards or less even on fairly ugly mishits. This is a level of consistency that still surprises me in an iron this compact.
In terms of launch, spin, and distance, the Staff Model CB bridges the gap between players distance irons and blades. They have the same loft sequence as the Staff Model Blades, which is fairly traditional by current standards. The CB spins a bit less than the Blade, which will lead to slightly longer carry distance for most players. Shot shapers need not fear – there’s still plenty of spin to hold greens and bend draws and fades.
Finally, I have to mention how impressed I was with the 4I. As a low launching player, I typically game a utility iron in place of a traditional 4I to get higher launch and better distance gapping. With the Wilson Staff Model CB irons, the 4I launched easily, consistently, and with enough spin to create a proper distance gap from the 5I. It’s easy to see why Wilson’s Tour Staff love this set.
For fans of Wilson’s FG Tour irons, your patience has been rewarded. The new Staff Model CB irons blend the beauty of the Staff line with the playability you remember from the best FG Tour irons. Even in a crowded market of irons for better players, these are worth a serious look.