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The Wilson Staff Model wedge is a strong addition to the Staff Model family. Two models – standard and High Toe – allow for players to customize their set up. Above average spin. Great look.
In their ongoing return to prominence, Wilson struck gold with the beautiful Staff Model Blades (review HERE) which were used to win the 2019 US Open. They followed that up with an outstanding utility iron (review HERE). The Staff Model family now includes an array of short game tools thanks to the introduction of the Staff Model Wedge and Staff Model HT Wedge. In this review, I’ll discuss whether these wedges are worthy of carrying the Staff Model moniker.
When I unboxed the Wilson Staff Model wedge, the first thing that caught my eye was the finish. The finish is darker than other matte finishes, and it lends the wedge a tough, rugged character. Branding on the Staff Model wedge is minimal, giving this club a ton of in the bag appeal.
At address, your eye is immediately drawn to the grooves that stretch all the way from heel to toe (the grooves do not cover the entire face on the standard model). This doesn’t look as unusual as it would have twelve months ago, but it’s still far from the norm. The high toe shape is not as extreme as other high toe wedges, which I prefer. You get the benefit of the design without having a club that looks gimmicky.
Sound & Feel
I started hitting chips and short pitches with the Wilson Staff Model Wedge and was immediately impressed with how soft it felt. The ball melted into the face, and there was almost no feel on centered strikes.
On those short shots, impact created an extremely dull thud that enhanced the soft feel. As I started hitting longer pitches and full shots, the sound transformed into a “tock” that left a little more of an impression in my hands.
The only negative of this very soft feel is that the feedback is a bit muted. That said, this is a Staff Model club designed for better players who should be a bit more sensitive.
With a Tour-style wedge, performance centers around two things: spin and sole design. When it comes to spin, the Wilson Staff Model Wedge is very good. From chips to pitches to full swings, launch monitor testing showed that the Staff Model Wedge produced above average spin. Even on frozen greens, I was able to maintain control of the ball.
In describing the sole, the word I wrote in my notes was “effortless.” I tested the High-Toe model, and the slightly wider sole worked extremely well for any kind of shot I wanted to hit. Typically with a wide sole, you need to be very precise with open-faced shots. With the Staff Model Wedge, I found myself swinging freely, never worried about blading a shot. To have that freedom plus the added insurance on spongy lies is an ideal combination.
The Wilson Staff Model High Toe wedge is available in 56, 60, and 64 degrees.
Under the Staff Model banner, Wilson is quietly building one of the most impressive line ups for the better player. I wouldn’t have the slightest hesitation about playing a Staff Model bag from the utility iron through the wedges. If they can develop putters and woods at this level, Wilson will be back on top of the equipment world in short order.