As anyone who read our piece on the Wilson Staff FG Tour 100 irons knows, this year Wilson celebrates 100 years as a company. To commemorate the occasion, they are releasing a range of "100" series irons.
The latest "100" model comes in their "Control" range, in the form of the Wilson Staff C100 irons.
In case you are not aware, Wilson Staff use a lettering system on all their irons to guide golfers to which range is best for them. Each irons fits into one of their F, C or D ranges, referring to the 'Feel', 'Control' or 'Distance' emphasis.
The C100 irons are the the fourth generation of Wilson's "Control" range and have been designed to offer "a player’s club look at address with the added benefit of distance and accuracy."
They feature the same, black PVD head finish as the Wilson Staff Ci11 irons that they replace. Wilson say the darker finish helps minimise the look at address and reduces glare off the clubhead in brighter conditions.
The key technology behind the C100 irons is the new Exoskeleton weighting. Seen in grey in the photo above, the heavier material makes up a third of the total head mass. Wilson say this additional perimeter weighting helps to improve the MOI of the club whilst keeping within a headsize that appeals to lower handicappers.
Just as the modern golfer is getting stronger, so are the clubs. Wilson have used a stronger stainless steel to make the C100 irons, which allowed them to create the thinnest face they have ever put into a C-series or 'Control' iron. In case you didn't know, a thinner face means faster ball speeds and faster ball speeds means longer distances.
Here's Michael Vrska, Wilson Golf’s Global Director for R&D, on what went into designing the C100 irons:
Based on our extensive player test results, the C100 is one of the longest-playing irons on the market. The Exoskeleton technology makes the irons very powerful and easy to hit. When combined with the midsize head, it provides the perfect blend of control and distance for golfers who want to get down to a single-figure handicap. Due to its sleek appearance and playability, the iron will also appeal to low-handicap golfers – for instance, we’ve already built a set for Padraig Harrington, who has used ‘Control’ irons over the years for extra distance on blustery links courses and won on Tour with various ‘C’ irons in his bag.
Because the C100s are aimed at mid handicappers, they are available in either steel or graphite. Players can choose a 4-PW set fitted with either True Temper CL100 steel shafts (RRP £449) or Aldila's RIP Phenom 75-gram graphite shafts (RRP £549). Both options come with Wilson's brand-new Tour Traction grips.