Wilson Staff D 100 ES hybrid-iron set

Wilson Staff D 100 ES.

Wilson Staff D 100 ES.

The Wilson Staff D 100 irons (that’s D for distance) are some of the longest irons in golf. There are plenty of stories of golfers hitting tape-measure shots with them.

Now Wilson Golf is about to introduce the Wilson Staff D 100 ES, which is a long-distance combination set of irons and hybrids. These clubs are scheduled to be available Jan. 15.

Why a combo set? Because a distance-producing 6-iron or 5-iron doesn’t mean much if a golfer can’t hit the ball in the center of the face. Many players have trouble making solid contact with mid irons and long irons – for most golfers, hybrids are simply easier to hit.

So the D 100 ES set includes 7-, 8- and 9-irons along with a pitching wedge and gap wedge. Then there are 4-, 5- and 6-hybrids. The retail price of these eight clubs is $699.99 with graphite shafts, $599.99 with steel shafts.

The graphite shafts are from Matrix: Studio 6.1 in the irons and Ozik Altus 5.6 in the hybrids. The steel is True Temper SL-85, a lightweight shaft that fits perfectly into the D 100 ES distance equation.

The irons in the D 100 ES set are close but not identical to the regular D 100 irons. If anything, the D 100 ES irons will hit the ball slightly higher (and, for some players, longer as well).

Both D 100 and D 100 ES feature Wilson’s exoskeleton technology. Wilson says exoskeleton provides a frame in the back cavity that allows precise placement of weight on the perimeter of the club. During the swing, exoskeleton also promotes stability in the iron head.

Wilson paid particular attention to distance gapping in this combination set. With some combo sets, there is a glaring distance gap between the longest iron and shortest hybrid. The reason this happens is that most golfers tend to carry their hybrids farther. In the case of D 100 ES, however, the irons can keep up with hybrids.

This reflects the Wilson F-C-D philosophy. Wilson clubs are earmarked for one of three groups: F for feel (excellent players), C for control (above average players), D for distance (average golfers).

D 100 ES includes the features that many distance players might be looking for, including larger heads, thinner faces and expanded sweet spots. The center of gravity is located low and toward the rear of the club, helping get the ball in the air.

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