Martin Hopley

If you live in the USA you will be familiar with the backstory to the Wilson Staff Triton driver and how it was created via a reality TV contest on the Golf Channel.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

For those in the rest of the world who missed out, you can read my interview with the Driver vs Driver winner Eric Sillies here.

However what Eric has created is now in the market for real and it is my job to see if what he has created in conjunction with the Wilson Labs team is worthy of your cash.

Named after the Greek god who was the messenger of the sea, there are two keys features on the Wilson Staff Triton driver and the first is very obvious when you put it down at address. Of course what looks like a silver line has to have a three word title ending in technology and so Wilson has christened it Swing Active Technology.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

This was one of Eric's gems and it is a few millimetres narrower than a golf ball so that you can align the ball with the centre of the face and then the face with the target.

The 'SAT' gets narrower as it goes back and almost seems to indicate the takeaway path and reminds me of a similar feature on the old Scotty Cameron Detour putter.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

Whilst the crown looks like it has been scalped, the SAT does the alignment job well, particularly as the head seems to sit a little closed, as most Wilson drivers tend to do.

The other three word feature is the Moveable Weight Technology, or more accurately, the moveable sole plate, as the Triton driver comes with a 22g titanium sole plate and a 9g red-bordered carbon fibre version that can be interchanged.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

Each one is held in place by three weight screws that are chosen from the supplied pair of black 2g screws or the red 6g screws.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

This is all clever stuff as the different sole plates allow the CG to be moved vertically whereas the screws will move it horizontally through a range of 12 possible options.

To show you how this works I took the Triton driver on the SkyTrak launch monitor with the 10.5° head in the standard setting with the 6g weight in the back and the 2g weights in the heel and toe.

Starting off with the lighter carbon sole plate, the Triton felt very good with a slightly more hollow sound than the titanium version below.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

The performance distance was pretty similar, but you can see that with the titanium sole plate I got an extra 150rpm of spin and a slightly higher launch angle. This is because the heavier sole plate lowers the CG in the head to give this effect, so if you need more launch then this would be the sole plate to go for.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

However spinning at over 3000rpm is way too high for a driver so I used the other adjustable options to bring this down. I went back to the carbon sole plate to raise the CG and then delofted the face 1° to 9.5° using the adjustable hosel.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

This had the desired effect of increasing ball speed from the straighter face as well as dropping the spin to around 2600rpm with a slightly higher launch.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

The higher launch with lower spin saw a longer overall total distance and equal longest carry from a slightly slower club head speed, so I would expect this to give me the longest drive all things being equal.

So as you can see, getting the correct loft will be the biggest factor in setting up the Triton driver, whilst the sole plate will have a reasonable effect on spin.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

The screw weights are more for fine tuning and putting the two heavy red weights in the heel and toe and the lighter black weight at the back added some of the weight back into the head to offset the lighter carbon soleplate without increasing the spin as much.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

Moving the weights around will also change the sound and feel of the head as you swing it so using the two red or two black weights in the heel/toe positions could give similar MOI performance and you can then choose the setting that gives you the feel you prefer.

Distance wise in its optimum setting it was up there with the longest drivers I have tested this year, so then some of the more touchy-feely factors come into play.

As mentioned it does sit quite closed, even in a delofted open setting and the rear of the head features a straight section, like the back of it has been clipped off like a fine cigar.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

It's quite a tall face and unusually there are no pretend groove lines on the face, not that it really needs them as hardly any drivers have actual grooves now.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

There is a wide choice of 10 shafts available at no extra charge, with the stock Aldila Rogue giving a high quality option that is very stable and suits the slightly lighter feeling than average 203g Triton head very well. Unfortunately it is 45.75 inches as standard which is really too long for most players, so see if getting it shortened benefits you, which it probably will.

Aldila Rogue Shaft

As I found it when I interviewed Wilson Global Director of Golf R&D Michael Vrska the first version of the Triton driver was ruled non-comforming becuase the sole plate had too big a rear edge by a couple of milimetres so that the USGA did not feel it was 'plain in shape'. All they had to do was swap these and the sole plates marked DvD for 'Driver vs Driver' are the conforming ones.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

The original model also had a 12g weight screw option, which when put in a set up with the two 6 gram weights and the titanium sole plate made the ball come off too fast. Wilson say that the E5 swingweight of this setting would be too heavy and create a huge fade, but they removed that weight option anyway.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

However it just goes to show what is possible with the Triton driver and how close to the limits it is. The non-comforming story may seem like a black mark, but in some ways it has been a marketing benefit too.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

Overall I do like the Triton driver because it is distinctive, innovative and comes with a different take on the adjustable weight story. The soleplates give decent vertical CG movement which is probably more beneficial to performance than horizontal movement.

The components are all top drawer and this is a very well put together club. It could maybe sound better and the SAT line is more function than form, so with only a £50 price advantage it could struggle for attention when going head to head with top of the range models from the leading driver brands.

Wilson Staff Triton Driver

However if you like the price, visuals and the acoustics then the Wilson Staff Triton driver will be a worthy contender and will live up to its name by giving the ball the message.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Wilson Staff Triton Driver

Wilson Staff Triton Driver - Product Details

UK Launch03 April 2017
UK Launch RRP£349.99
USA LaunchFebruary 2017
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityRight
Right Handed Lofts9°, 10.5°, 12°
Head Volume460 cc
Club Length45.75 inches
AdjustabilityLoft, Weight
Shaft NameAldila Rogue
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff, X Stiff
Shaft Weight60g
GripLamkin Wilson Staff Crossline
Manufacturer's WebsiteWilson Website

User Reviews

Nomo Stew
August 2018

I've set this up differently than the article suggests, with the heavier plate and the two heavier weights on the outside, and then delofted at the hosel to make up for the higher launch with this set-up. It's now incredibly easy to swing this club correctly and hit it straight and long. It's perhaps 3% shorter than my previous favorite, the exceptionally beastly Tour Edge Exotics 6, but much straighter and much less prone to generate any kind of mishit. I've played for over 50 years, and I buy and sell a lot of used clubs so that I can try out about everything eventually. It's a better scoring driver than anything else I've ever hit.

Jerry boetcher
April 2018

I am able to work the ball and my drives are a good 20 yards longer. I'm 72 years old and now drive the ball longer than I did we 10 years ago and consistently in the middle of the fairway. Great club.
April 2018

Bought the 12 degree and received the correct face plates. Love the way its helped me keep the ball on the left side of the fairway. The sound varies, but does not detract at all from the performance.

January 2018

Bought this club and took it straight to course. Without any adjustments my drives were a good 20 yards longer. Not being a big hitter 2 club distance made big difference in the round. I may try some adjustments after a few more rounds and some time on the range.

Mario the Uber
January 2018

Had this driver about a month and have been surprised with the distance I am getting. I bought the driver from Roger Dunn in Anaheim, California and was impressed on the distances I was getting on their monitor. I was getting 30 more yards than my Titleist driver. I am 69 years old and been one of the longer drivers with my golf mates. Now, I out drive my golf friends further. It still surprises me when I hit really long drives. I am not complaining but have asked my expert golf buddy if somehow this driver is illegal. I think he is considering purchasing one too. Trade in his XXIO.

October 2017

Played for 45 years,and this club maybe the biggest surprise ever. As I have gotten older my swing is more restricted. Seems like my hands don't finish and my body finishes ahead of where needed. I push a lot a lot of balls right. Found this club in my local golf pro shop marked down to $149.00. Tried it set up for a draw and it was great, didn't miss a fairway and was as long as I was at 40 years old and I'm now 63. This is a great club if set up correctly, if your unsure let your club pro help. Don't be deterred by the looks or the price.

September 2017

I like this driver I only have played 3 rounds and so far I have only 6 bad drives - all my fault. This club is very forgiving although on average it's not as long as my previous driver. So I have more tinkering to in quest for distance.

Woody Joe
September 2017

Without a doubt best driver on the market. My TaylorMade's are now history. Thank you Wilson - you all deserve nothing but great press concerning this club.

September 2017

Watched the DvD show on Golf Channel which I found entertaining. Didn't like the driver that won (just too ugly) and reinforced my opinion when I saw it in the stores. However, when the price dropped I decided to give it a try. Glad I did. Once I got it dialled in it's the straightest (by far) driver I've ever hit. Not really any longer than my Callaway XR16, but aiming it and hitting it straight is a far superior experience than the Callaway and it was the straightest driver I'd hit prior to the Triton. I have the 10.5 degree with the Rogue Tour stiff shaft and use the carbon sole plate, which for me, actually has a higher trajectory than the titanium plate. A tip for those of you that hate the sound (I did) of the carbon sole plate, take it off and spray a coat of Flex-Seal on the inside of the plate. It's a textured rubber so it muffles the sound a bit.

Jacopo Ferrero
August 2017

I like very much this product, is a great Driver with an easy set up, a good price and a wonderful sound and look. Worth The price.

Happy Golfer
June 2017

I purchased this driver a week ago, and I have been impressed! In the past, I have only hit the favorite brand of drivers because of marketing and what the pros are playing. This driver provides more consistency and distance straight from the store with no practice. I made a minor adjustment to the loft and change to the carbon sole plate and voila the magic began to happen. My other driver is for sale now, and I am playing what works for me! Like most golfers, I wanted to play the popular clubs and got fit with the proper shafts, but hands down the Triton outperforms all of the competition for me.

April 2017

Had this driver two months now and I am hitting more consistent with it. I like the feel and the dull tone making contact. I am fairly new to the game but believe this driver would suit all handicaps. Its a pleasure to swing.

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