Wilson: A variety of new offerings

Wilson: A variety of new offerings

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Wilson: A variety of new offerings

Although 2010 products from Wilson have yet to be officially introduced and won’t be in golf shops until November, the company’s offerings are intriguing:

>> a new graphite and steel shaft called the Half-and-Half;

>> new D-FY irons that essentially are a marriage of distance irons with hybrid fairway woods;

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>> new FYbrid HS fairway utilities, featuring a new body design and spotlighting the unique FY club, designed as a transition between fairway woods and hybrids;

>> the FG Tour iron that was used by Ricky Barnes at this year’s U.S. Open;

>> a new Ci9 iron set, with the long irons duplicating the clubs used by three-time major champion Padraig Harrington;

>> a golf ball designed expressly to accommodate new grooves as outlined by the U.S. Golf Association and R&A;

>> an 888 family of putters, attempting to gain recognition from the famous Wilson 8802 blade putter;

>> a large offering of clubs for women, including the Ci9 irons, the FYbrid HS metalwoods and the 888 putters.

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“We want to be known for our innovation,” said Bob Thurman, Wilson’s global director of research and development.

Perhaps there is no better way to do this than with a shaft that is roughly 50 percent steel and 50 percent graphite.

True Temper has a BiMatrx shaft that is steel and graphite, although the steel content is only about 18 percent. Furthermore, the BiMatrx is a shaft for woods that is designed to be extremely tip-stiff. Tiger Woods used the BiMatrx shaft in his 3-wood a few years ago.

The Half-and-Half is an iron shaft that is aimed at golfers with slower, smoother golf swings.

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D-FY irons

The skinny: This is get-the-ball-up-in-the-air technology for golfers with slow-to-medium clubhead speeds. The standard eight-club set includes 19.5-degree FYbrid utility club, 4-hybrid, hollow-core 5- and 6-irons with wide soles, cavity back 7-, 8- and 9-irons plus a pitching wedge. Matched with Wilson’s new Half-and-Half shaft.

Cost: MSRP $999

Available: Nov. 15

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888 Putters

The skinny: With its family of five new putters, Wilson decided to use five head shapes. The 8881 is heel-and-toe weighted with a plumber’s neck; the 8882 is heel-shafted with an offset hosel; the 8883 is a toe-weighted small mallet (pictured); the 8884 is a smaller heel-toe mallet; and the 8885 is a larger heel-toe mallet with a heel-shafted hosel. Each has grooves in the face to promote consistent roll.

Cost: MSRP $149

Available: Nov. 15

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FYbrid HS fairway utilities

The skinny: The FYbrid has been redesigned. Its new name is FYbrid HS for heavy sole. The family includes a 3-wood, 5-wood, FY transitional club, 3-hybrid, 4-hybrid and 5-hybrid.

Cost: MSRP $249 each (3- and 5-woods), $199 each (FY and hybrid clubs)

Available: Nov. 15

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