Look, not everyone can hit blades. In fact, hardly anyone can hit blades well.
An increasing number of tour players have moved away from them to other cavity-back or hollow-body irons for their performance characteristics that are irreplicable in blades. Curiously, while that has meant fewer blade releases in recent years, the blades that are released are that much more striking and beautiful. A new blade is a rare sight to be appreciated.
That's why I went gaga for the Wilson Staff proto blades Gary Woodland put into play at the 2018 Hero World Challenge. Yeah, Woodland's change was signaling a move to Wilson, but the clubs were just gorgeous.
Now, Wilson is releasing its Staff Model blades, the official version of what Woodland used in the Bahamas.
The new Staff Model irons, made from forged 8620 carbon steel, have shaping similar to the prior-gen FG Tour 100, maintaining the Fluid Feel bore-through hosel build designed to offer discretionary weight for better forgiveness and feel. These irons were created in consultation with two-time PGA Tour winner Brendan Steele. Steele's was particularly insistent on bringing in a thinner topline for a more classic appearance without sacrificing performance.
A milled diamond pattern, part of the milled face, helps frame the hitting area and offers more control with better grab at impact. The high-polish mirror finish gives the irons the look a blade player will adore.
The end product, after two years of collaboration, not only resulted in the Staff Model irons but also in a three-year extension for Steele with the company.
Now with Woodland putting the irons in play and Steele extending with the company, Wilson has more to boast about as the company continues its comeback into the public's golf consciousness.