Wilson Staff D300 driver, fairway woods: Preview, photos, specs, release date

Wilson Staff D300 driver, fairway woods: Preview, photos, specs, release date

Wilson Staff is out with a follow-up to its game-improvement lineup, bringing in the D300 family of clubs to replace the two-year-old D200 bag.

The D300 driver and fairway woods come packed with technology all designed to improve swing speed and lead to an increase in distance and hitting more fairways (just like any driver, really, but this is geared toward a mid-to-high-handicap player).

The first thing you'll see looking at the D300 driver and fairway woods is what Wilson Golf calls Micro Vortex Generators, which are little bumps arranged in an optimized pattern on the crown. Much like what we've seen with turbulators from Ping and the Speed Step from Callaway, the idea is using aerodynamic improvements on the crown to better air flow and generate additional swing speed. There are three rows of these arrowhead-shaped nubs. The company claims a 2.5 mph increase in club-head speed over the prior D200. That's about 5-7 yards of distance.

The company also brought back RightLight technology, redubbed SuperLight technology, continuing with the claim that the D300 is the lightest adjustable driver in the market. The idea behind a light driver is pretty easy to get. You can swing a lighter driver faster, leading to more club-head speed, leading to more distance. However, with the D300 driver there is now a weight port to not only add some weight but also move center of gravity.

As for the stock shaft on the D300 driver, there are two choices: the Matrix Speed Rulz A Type, available in 44-gram and 65-gram options.

The D300 driver has complete hosel adjustability as well, with the Fast Fit system, which doesn't require a user to separate the head and shaft to make changes. It's adjustments go up and down 1 degree, including a standard and upright bias.

The Wilson Staff D300 driver is available in 9-, 10.5- and 13-degree heads, coming in at 46 inches, longer than your standard-issue driver.

The D300 fairway woods and hybrids retain the Micro Vortex Generators, but they do not have a weight port or an adjustable hosel. They use a Carpenter Custom 455 maraging steel face and have the same weighting features. In the hybrids, Wilson has adjusted the size of the head as the lofts strengthen, curving the face more for improved, consistent contact.

The fairway woods are available in 15-, 18- and 21-degree options with the 49-gram Matrix Speed Rulz A Type shaft, while the hybrids come in six lofts from 17-31 degrees with the Matrix Speed Rulz A Type 54-gram shaft.

The Wilson Staff D300 driver will be available Jan. 23 for $350, with the fairway woods at $220 each and the hybrids at $200 each.

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