Wilson Staff D200 Driver
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9° (adjusts 8° to 10°), 10.5° (adjusts 9.5° to 11.5°), 13° (adjusts 12° to 14°), with UST Mamiya Elements Chrome graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A classic, old-school-looking driver with modern performance.
DISTANCE: Lightweight club requires minimal effort to crank drives a good, long way; produces very strong launch monitor numbers for some guys.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The club’s strongest attribute; several testers describe the D200 driver as consistent and automatic; this stick helps to both straighten and lengthen your errant drives.
FEEL: Cushioned feel disguises the power behind the ball at impact; plenty of stability throughout the swing, despite being one of the lightest clubs in the bunch.
PLAYABILITY: High, right-to-left ball flight excites many guys unaccustomed to hitting a draw; the ability to manipulate trajectory by adjusting loft helps in unfavorable playing conditions.
LOOK: The classic shape avoids distractions, while the angular alignment aid is useful; matte black head pairs nicely with the shiny chrome face.
Some guys complain about a tinny impact sound; others believe that consistency and forgiveness come at the price of distance loss; aggressive swingers beware—this model reacts best to slow and smooth.
BOTTOM LINE: A true game improver, it’s one of the better-reviewed clubs. Slow swingers looking to hit more fairways will enjoy the light, friendly D200.
HOT STIX’S TAKE: Lightweight club for players trying to hit it longer by increasing carry distance. Draw bias weighting reduces fades and slices. Lots of forgiveness across the face.Launch – Mid; Spin – Mid
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MORE INFO ON THE WILSON STAFF D200 DRIVER
From the November 2014 Issue of Golf Magazine
Recent history shows that Wilson Staff is committed to building superlight drivers for slower swingers. Now the company is taking the next step in that process, outfitting these clubs with adjustability features typically found in standard-weight drivers. The bottom line is that slower-swinging golfers can now access the type of toy that faster swingers [and lower-handicappers] have used for years.
The D200 can be switched from 1° weaker to 1° stronger than the marked loft, and the club offers upright settings that produce a draw bias. At 268 grams, the D200 is one gram lighter than its predecessor, the D100. That’s a notable achievement, considering the added mass that comes with the inclusion of an adjustable, aluminum hosel. The D200 also has a lower CG than previous models, due in part to a thinner, lighter crown.
And it’s not only easier to swing — the Wilson Staff D200 is designed to be a slice-buster, too. The aforementioned upright lie settings can straighten out shots by adding 9 to 12 yards of draw bias, according to company testing.
Like the existing D100, the D200 features “Right Light” technology, which combines a light, forgiving clubhead with a lightweight shaft. This requires tweaks to the club’s balance point, MOI and swingweight but ultimately allows players to generate more clubhead speed without swinging harder. Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 13° — Rob Sauerhaft
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