Wilson Golf Equipment
In 1914,Wilson Sporting Goods Co was born and in the last 98 years they have produced some of the most iconic equipment in golf. Gene Sarazen was the first golfer to become a member of the fabled Wilson Advisory Staff with Sam Snead, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo, Payne Stewart, John Daly and Vijay Singh among those to join him later, as Wilson Staff grew a legendary Major-winning tradition.
In the 1930s, Willie Ogg’s design for distributing weight away from the heel and moving it towards the 'sweet spot' of the blade was featured in the Wilson Ogg-mented irons, the forerunner of perimeter weighting.
In 1932, Sarazen won The Open with a clubhead that glided smoothly through sand – he welded a piece of steel to the sole of the club and ground it to produce ‘bounce’. The sand wedge was born and that year Wilson sold 50,000 of the new club, known as the R-90.
In 1964 Wilson Staff helped introduce the modern era of balls with the introduction of the Wilson Staff ball while in 1970, now somewhat bizarrely owned by PepsiCo, Wilson brought out the famous Staff Dyna-Power, Fluid Feel and FG Series blades.
The Staff Tour Blade was then introduced, as well as the Staff persimmon woods with an aluminium face insert. Wilson also launched another landmark ball – the Ultra.
In 1997 the Wilson Fat Shaft irons were introduced and created less torque, meaning less twisting and greater accuracy.
In Wilson's current line-up, the FG iron range incorporates the sleek-looking Players irons the FG 62s, FG Tour V2s and FG Tours, as well as the more forgiving, higher MOI Ci9 and Di11 irons. There are two iron-hybrid sets aimed at higher handicappers, the D-FY Combo set and Progressive Combo set.
The DXi range of drivers is split into two; the Superlight version – at just 269g it offers greater clubbed speed for slower swingers – comes in 9˚, 10.5˚ and 12˚ options while the DXi version – available in 8˚, 9˚, 10.5˚ and 12˚ – allows players to alter the centre of gravity for soaring distance.
There are DXi fairway woods and hybrids as well as the FYbrid RS fairway utilities which have a rocker sole for use on a variety of lies and allow golfers to build proper distance gapping into their bag.
Wilson Staff offer FG Tour wedges and new versions of their classic putters – the 8881, 8882, 8883, 8884 and 8885, which offer a wide spectrum of blades, mid-mallets and mallets.
The FG Tour ball is joined in the range by a yellow FG Tour high-visibility ball as well as the C:25, Zip, Duo and D:25.