With the New Year just a few dark nights away, a set of shiny new golf clubs might be at the top of your wish list to get 2019 going.
In that sense, Wilson have timed it well with the launch of their new D7 irons.
Although they’re only officially on sale from January 17, we managed to get a sneak peek at a recent launch event. In fact, we got more than that – they were even crazy enough to let us hit a few shots!
Given our good fortune, we thought it only fair to share the love, and give you our thoughts on these new irons based on our brief, but enjoyable trial.
About The Wilson Staff D7s
These game-improvement clubs literally put the “D” in distance, and the D7s are intended as the successor on the conveyor belt to the D300 range, which also targeted mid-to-high handicappers.
Of course, Wilson still have their C300 range on the market for better players, and/or single handicappers. For top amateurs and pros, the FG Tour range has you covered.
One of the key upgrades to the D7s versus the D300s is the thinness of the face. In the long irons, for example, the face comes in at 0.079″ thick, whereas that rises to 0.097″ for the D300s.
There is also more focus on control with the shorter irons, and some impressive technology and design – as explained by Jon Pergande, Manager of Wilson Golf Club Innovation.
“The D7 line is our latest instalment of game improvement irons that will give golfers increased distances on the longer irons and precision with the shorter clubs. Our RE-AKT technology and ultra-thin, responsive club face increases ball speeds to help produce maximum distances, while the shorter clubs give golfers a greater feel and more distance control.”
A Deeper Look
The first thought that comes to mind when you survey these irons is that they are anything but extravagant.
The design is actually pretty clean and simple. The topline is neat, and the branding isn’t overbearing, which is a tick in the box – there’s nothing worse than bulging, ostentatious game-improvement irons. Sure, there’s plenty of cushion in these irons, and no shortage of offset either. But it’s all integrated well, and makes for a classy look.
The standout feature is the popular ‘power hole’ technology, although there is an added row of holes in the mid-long irons (three in total), compared with two in the shorter irons, and one for the wedges. For those who aren’t familiar with it, this technology is designed to boost flex in the face, and transfer more energy back to the ball – quicker – in order to boost ball speeds.
“Once again, we have taken Power Hole Technology to the next level by increasing the ball speed where it’s needed most on longer irons, then controlled the energy that’s returned to the ball on shorter irons where precision and feel is required,” Pergande added.
“We had two primary goals when we were improving the weighting of the D7 irons. The first was to improve the mass properties through the set, which we did by cleaning the topline to enable us to push the weight lower on the club head. The second was to push the weight towards the heel and toe to elevate the MOI. This resulted in a 10% increase in MOI over previous distance irons.”
D7 Irons – More Thoughts From Us
All we can say about this in terms of end-product is that there is plenty of distance on offer here, and we were pleased with our yardage numbers.
These are high-loft irons too, and, coupled with the lower CG as underpinned by the RE-AKT technology, it makes them incredibly user-friendly. Straight and far – that was our unanimous verdict, particularly with the long irons.
In terms of control with the shorter irons, we’d need to spend more time on the course to give a complete account, but there is no doubt the feel is excellent. There’s a pretty distinctive sound at impact, insomuch as it is unusually loud. But it’s not clunky, and nor is there much in the way of vibrations either.
In terms of other design features, it’s worth noting that these irons have some modifications to the hosel, which sits nearly 0.2″ longer than the D300 equivalents so as to allow for greater adjustability. As for shaft types, you can choose between the premium lightweight KBS Tour 80 steel option, or the UST-Mamiya 460 Recoil Series graphite option (both available in regular or stiff flex). You can also tweak things with a custom fit if you so desire.
And the standard 5-SW set comes in at a price of $599 ($699 for the graphite option), which is clearly very competitive. I don’t think you need to be Nostradamus to predict that these clubs are going to get a lot of traction in 2019, and improve a lot of people’s games – exactly what it says on the tin.