Game improvement golf clubs carry with them a certain stigma. You don’t love to admit that you need them or want them, but the truth is that just about every golfer in existence should be playing with them. Now, that doesn’t stop amateurs from buying tour blades with maximum control and minimal forgiveness due to ego, but the smarter folks play the clubs that help them play the best golf that they can. After all, golf is most fun when your shots actually do what you want them to do.

For anybody shooting in the 90 – 120+ range, a forgiving club is what you want in order to become consistent and hone the mechanics. With the latest Wilson Staff D200 series of clubs, the average golfer stands to improve their game significantly. This set is making waves in 2015, and also making Hot Lists all over the place. In fact each club in the series won a medal this year with Golf Digest.

Recently we spent good quality hands-on time with the Wilson Staff D200 family of golf clubs. Here’s what we discovered…

D200 Driver

Driver

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCKicking things off is the D200 driver. It combines an extremely light club weight with an adjustable hosel to allow for loft and draw tweaks. This club has very good feel and excellent feedback to help you improve your game by understanding when you go wrong.

On solid contact, the driver sounds fantastic and feels buttery smooth. Shots are long and seem to favor a left to right straight-fade on nearly any swing. On poor contact, the driver sounds like a tin can and might sting your hands a bit. The ball will still fly plenty far on a miss-hit (which is nice) but the feedback is important.

The club weight can be a little strange at first. It really is very light. It’s hard to complain about that fact though, and really you don’t notice it after a dozen swings or so. What it allows for is a greater focus on your mechanics rather than emphasis on smashing the ball. With a lighter club, you’re freed up to worry about more important things like your form.

Ultimately this was the least interesting part of the D200 family, but a very solid performer nonetheless – even taking home a 2015 Golf Digest Gold Medal despite being the least expensive club on the list.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Chemically Etched Crown
  • Reactive Face Technology
  • Adjustable Hosel
  • Right-Light Technology 

SPECS:

  • Lie: 58.0 – 60.0
  • Volume: 460cc
  • Length: 46″
  • Lofts: 9.0°, 10.5° and 13.0° 

TESTED:

  • Loft: 9.0
  • Dexterity: Right
  • Flex: Regular
  • Grip: Golf Pride Tour 25

Buy Now: $299 or to learn more, go to Wilson.com

D200 Hybrid & Woods

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SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCHybrids have been around a long time now and woods, well they’ve basically always been. With the explosive growth in the hybrid market, some have forgotten all about woods, but they are an excellent utility and supplement hybrids often.

The D200 wood we tested is the 3-wood; they also offer a 5-wood and a 7-wood. Shooting with the 3-wood was a joy. Shots were consistently high and soft making it great for long par 3’s. The large thin face allows for explosive ball speed even on miss-hits and from a variety of lies. The club has a focus on being light weight just like the driver and promotes a swing which requires less effort.

The hybrid tested was a 3-hybrid (also offered in 2-7 hybrids). I’m historically bad with hybrids while I’ve seen others play brilliantly with them. The Wilson D200 hybrid helped change that. The level of forgiveness in the club is outstanding, and the thin face shines again here. Something about hybrids makes me hit off center more frequently, but the D200 didn’t seem to mind. Most shots flew high and far, even on poor contact. That’s basically the definition of a game improvement club.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Increased face area in head and toe
  • 455 Maraging Stainless Steel Face
  • Right-Light Technology 

TESTED:

  • Wood Loft: 15.0
  • Hybrid Loft: 19.0
  • Dexterity: Right
  • Flex: Regular

Buy Now: $169 – $199 or to learn more, go to Wilson.com

D200 Irons
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SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCLast but certainly not least are the D200 Irons. Taking home a 2015 Golf Digest Gold Medal, these max-improvement golf clubs are the best part of the lineup in my opinion.

Everything about these irons is designed to help the average golfer play better and hit the ball farther. Weights on the toe and heel make the entire face an effective sweet spot. The speed sole tech, which places a thin segue between the face of the club and the sole, promotes absolutely monstrous distance. Seriously, you need to see the distance on these clubs with your own eyes.  The massive club head (and they are pretty gigantic) catapults the ball forward, even on off-center hits.

There is a big focus on distance over accuracy with this line of clubs, but don’t let that fool you. Accuracy is a relative measure in golf because it’s all about you and your form, less about the club. If you’re good enough to adjust the club head angle to shape your shot in specific scenarios, this club is not for you. The head is too big and forgiving for that. Instead you’d need a tour blade, but you would know that already if you were at that level. If you’re more concerned with making good contact and the ball going where you’re aiming, it’s hard to do a lot better than these clubs, especially at this price!

The feel of the clubs is also great. On solid hits it is like hitting the sweet spot on a baseball bat, so satisfying and pleasant. On mishits, you again get that important feedback like with the driver, only this time it’s more sting and less bad sound. Again, game improvement, you should know when you’ve been bad.

Being a middling golfer myself, these clubs have become my regular set. They help me shoot my best, even when I’m not at my best.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Speed Sole Technology
  • Weight Pods in perimeter
  • Right-Light Technology 

SPECS:

  • Shaft: True Temper SL 85
  • Launch / Spin Angle: Mid
  • Grip: Wilson Staff Trou Traction 

TESTED:

  • 4 – GW
  • HAND: Right
  • FLEX: Regular 

Buy Now: $599 or to learn more, go to Wilson.com

The Wilson D200 line is an amazing value offering performance which generally exceeds club sets that are much more expensive. They’ll help you get better and at the same time, make your round more enjoyable. Golf is always more fun when your ball goes far and where you intended it to go. A new Busted Wallet favorite for us amateurs on staff.

Wilson Staff D200 Family - Range Review
Despite a good but lackluster driver, the D200 line of clubs offer stupendous value for the game improving performance they provide. The irons in particular are excellent.
Driver8.5
Woods9.2
Hybrid9.2
Irons9.5
Iron Forgiveness9.7
Iron Distance10
PROS
  • Excellent Feel
  • Huge Iron Distance
  • Easy to hit Woods and Hybrids
CONS
  • Ho-hum Driver
  • No Lob wedge option
  • Miss-hits can sting
9.4Overall Score
Reader Rating: (151 Votes)
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About The Author

The Technologist

A life-long technology enthusiast and notorious early adopter, Matt has been copping and testing the latest gear for years. Already being used as a guinea pig for his friends and family before they take the leap on expensive electronics, Matt decided to share his opinions with the rest of the world via Busted Wallet.

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