Wilson Golf took a risk in teaming with Golf Channel to make "Driver vs. Driver." The company had no idea what kind of ideas they would get, much less if any of them could eventually pan out into a driver that would excite golfers to buy it.
On Tuesday's finale, the company named a driver from designer Eric Sillies as the best, awarding him $500,000. The driver, dubbed Triton, will hit stores in time for Black Friday, Nov. 25.
The most notable feature of the Triton is its two interchangeable sole plates, one made of titanium and the other of carbon fiber. The idea is the sole plates can offer different launch and spin characteristics at launch. The 22-gram titanium sole plate is for the greater majority of players who need to get the ball off the ground more with lower spin, while the 9-gram carbon fiber sole plate is designed for a better player who wants a more penetrating ball flight and low spin.
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On the crown, an alignment feature called Swing Active Technology is the width of a ball and designed to act like a full-ball alignment aid you'd see on a putter.
The Triton has five moveable weights -- a pair of 2-gram weights, a pair of 6-gram weights and a 12-gram weight -- that can be set in 18 different configurations to tune in ball flight by adjusting center of gravity and shot-shape bias.
The Fast Fit adjustable hosel is small, light and accessible, offering six loft options, including three draw-bias settings.
The Wilson Staff Triton Driver will be available on Black Friday, Nov. 25, for $450 in 9-, 10.5- and 12-degree options with a choice of a stock Aldila Rogue Tour Silver 125 MSI or 10 other shafts available at no up-charge, available in senior, regular, stiff and extra stiff flexes.