Variety is the spice of life and it’s nice to see PGA Tour success with non-typical equipment companies. The usual suspects: TaylorMade, Titleist, Callaway, Ping and Cobra get most of the buzz, but Wilson — a blast from the past just won the U.S. Open. The front of Gary Woodland’s hat reads, “Wilson,” and he won his first major with Wilson Staff Blades. Beyond irons his bag is symbol of diversity. There’s a Ping driver and three-wood, he has two Titleist wedges, a 64-degree TaylorMade and a Scotty Cameron putter, but it’s those Wilson irons that caught our eye.
“It’s been a year of learning and progression. To win my first major here at the US Open in Pebble Beach is an unbelievable feeling,” said Woodland. “This course is so tough. You need every edge possible to play your best, and with partners like Wilson and their Staff Model Blades, I felt completely confident that I could make the shots I needed in crucial situations.”
Woodland joined the Wilson Golf Advisory Staff in January, And his prescence and insights have quickly permeated the brand. Not cheap, a set of eight precision-milled muscle in the soft-forged 8620 carbon steel heads retails for $1,200 on the Wilson website.
Per Wilson.com, “The Staff Model Blades from Wilson Staff pay homage to our long history of forged irons, with stunning design and details that exude quality. From the beautifully crisp top line to the triple-knurled hosel, these blades offer a level of fit and finish rarely seen in a production iron. Individually milled face and score lines throughout the set give these blades incredibly precise control, allowing you to shape shots with ease and confidence. The Staff Model Blades were developed for tour-level performance with input from Brendan Steele, who along with Gary Woodland, play these exact clubs on tour.”
Primarily cavity backs, there are 13 sets of irons on the Wilson website which range in price from $1,200 to $500. Perhaps the second most coveted set in their roster is the Staff FG Tour V6 Irons, which sell for $1,000.
There are equipment choices galore. Justin Rose plays Honma, Abraham Ancer is hitting Miuras, Billy Horschel swings PXG and Paul Casey’s playing Mizunos. Last year the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment returned as an online-only business. They offer three different sets of irons, woods, wedges and putters. However, the talk for the moment is about Wilson. At clubs everywhere, members are asking, “Do you have any demos of those Gary Woodland Wilson irons?”