Martin Hopley
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One category of golf equipment that Wilson Staff is renowned for is their irons, which have been used to win more majors than any other brand over every decade since the 1920's.

So you would expect them to draw on this heritage to get the Wilson Staff D200 irons right and I think they have.

Wilson D200 Irons

The D range is all about distance and forgiveness, something most major champions are OK for, but the rest of us could do with some help on.

Wilson D200 Irons

Compared to the previous D100 model, the D200 irons look a little larger at address, but it is a little bit of an optical illusion as the heads are the same size, but the grooves are fractionally wider towards the toe.

Wilson D200 Irons

The D200 irons feature the same large undercut cavity as before, but Wilson has made the bottom of the cavity where it joins the face thinner in order to let the face flex faster. They claim the CT is over 230, which is very high for an iron and almost the same as a driver.

Wilson D200 Irons

Like before, the cavity is so deep that you can see the trailing edge on the 6-iron upwards. I am not mad about this, but at least what you can see looks a little better than it did on the D100.

Wilson D200 Irons

Using this to create 2mph extra speed is all well and good, but irons are not about speed, they are about hitting the ball a fixed distance on a consistent basis. You need around 7 or 8 of them in sequence that cover a 100 yard range from around 90 yards upwards in equal gaps.

Wilson D200 Irons

Forgiveness also comes into this and they have taken the saved weight from the cavity and used it in two 'Weight Pods' placed in the heel and toe to minimise twisting on off centre strikes and increase the MOI by 5% over the D100.

Wilson D200 Irons

The forgiveness was pretty good, but certainly shots that came out of the generous sweetspot generally flew higher and better than those from further out. Low strikes were good, but the extreme heel and toe strikes did not receive as much forgiveness as I thought they would.

The flight was mid to high, although not as high as I expected, but the feel and sound were very good for a game improvement cast iron.

I do like the raised centre section on the sole of the D200, which is narrower than the D100 and skips through the turf very easily and should improve the playability for a lot of players.

Wilson D200 Irons

The lofts are quite strong and the review set of 5 to SW I tested resulted in a huge gap between the PW at 43° and the SW at 55°, so the 47° GW is a must buy.

Usually in these chunky iron designs, the short irons don't really get with the program, but the D200 SW was one of the best I have come across in this category of iron. It played with a reasonable level of bounce from tight lies and was good enough from the sand for most players to get by with it rather than avoid it.

The D200 irons come with a uniflex True Temper steel shaft that is stable and will suit most levels of golfer, as well as a graphite shaft option too.

Wilson D200 Irons

If it sounds like I am being a bit harsh on the D200 irons, then I apologise as most comments are just niggly things. Take a step back and look at the overall package and the D200 irons are a very easy to hit, well made game improvement irons that give good forgiveness, distance, sound and feel.

But the best thing is they are one of the cheapest sets around so in terms of value for money and playability I have no hestation in recommending them to anyone starting out or improving into a mid-handicap.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Wilson Staff D200 Irons - Product Details

Launch UKFebruary 2015
Launch RRP£349
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
ManufactureCast
MaterialSteel
Swing WeightD2
Shaft NameTrue Temper SL 85 (Steel), UST Mamiya Chrome Elements (Graphite)
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Uniflex
GripWilson Staff Tour Traction
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional Clubs4, GW, SW
Manufacturer's WebsiteWilson Website

User Reviews

August 2016

I tried the irons out yesterday and was very impressed. I play a forged club now and I play to a 7 handicap. The Wilson's were at least 10 yards longer comparing iron to iron, easier to hit high and went straight. I am buying a set this weekend.

August 2016

I used to be a 3-4 handicap. I do not play as much as I would like anymore but in my head I am still that lower handicap player. These irons validate that. They just arrived last night and I took the 5 iron and PW along with me to try. The lofts are strong, glad I have the GW. It took a few looks at address to get use to the club head, but I'm sold. The ball flight is a tad higher than what I wanted (I have a steep swing to begin with) but I'll adjust to the soft landings.

June 2016

I tested a 6 iron graphite shaft at the range yesterday and was impressed in the repeat control hit after hit - 160 - 190 yards. Came off the toe twice and still produced a 90 yard shot.

April 2016

I just tried them at our club demo day yesterday. I was interested in the more expensive C200's but found the D200 to outperform for me. The clubs are very light and easy to hit. I put an average of over 10 yards on my current Taylor Made 8 iron.

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