What we say...
The Wilson Staff C300 Driver features FLX Face™ Power Hole Technology which the brand believes to be its best ever in offering adjustability, forgiveness and distance.
The new Wilson Staff C300 driver borrows “power hole” idea from Wilson’s popular irons, with each one boasting more face flex, higher ball speeds and better aerodynamics, so success in this super-competitive category often comes down to the amount of visible tech consumers can see on the rack.
By making that tech obvious, golfers can see what they’re buying into, so it’s no surprise Wilson’s new C300 driver is brimming with visible game improving features.
For the first time in a driver, “power holes” have been cut in the crown and sole, behind the clubface. Wilson says they increase face flex for higher rebound speeds, especially on toe and heel hits. And they’re so effective, deflection’s greater on off-centre hits than it is for middled drives. Three sole weights (two x 6g, one x 2g) allow golfers to dial-in a draw, fade or neutral shot bias, and a new hosel adaptor means this driver has 54 unique head set-ups, making the C300 very customisable.
The eye-catching Wilson Staff C300 Driver in a Deep Matte Red finish features four power holes – two on the sole and two on the crown – spaced towards the heel and toe of the 460cc club head, which Wilson Golf claim increases the overall Face Deflection and adds seven yards in extra distance.
The heel and toe Power Holes combined with new Reactive Face Technology provide greater balance performance across the entire club face.
Green Means GO! Fast Fit Technology 3.0 enables players to make quick adjustments by eliminating the need to remove the club head from the shaft. A six-way adjustable hosel covers loft settings from 8° to 14° in half degree increments allowing players to attain the ideal lie and face angle. Standard loft options are 9°, 10.5° and 12.0°. A Left handed option is available in 10.5° loft.
Multi-Fit Adjustability 3.0 allows a natural, draw or fade setting through three different weight placements – 2 x 6 gram weights (White paint fill) and a 1 x 2 gram weight (Black paint fill) that can be switched to create a desired shot shape.
Added to the hosel and loft options, the C300 driver creates a possible 54 unique head set-up’s making it one of the most adjustable on the market.
Wilson Staff C300 Driver: You need to know
Speed pockets and power holes have featured in irons for a number of years, the C300 is the first to bring the tech to the crown, toe and sole of a driver. Wilson say it improves ball speed performance across the entire face, and alone can add 7 yards of extra distance. Three sole weights (2 x 6g, 1 x 2g) can be interchanged to dial in a neutral, draw or fade bias to suit any golfers game.
Wilson Staff C300 Driver: We say
Like hybrids it seems drivers have evolved very much into a couple of body width categories recently. Stretched wide body drivers target ultimate forgiveness and protection of ball speed, but taller, narrower heads help reduce spin and improve workability.
The C300 is unashamedly in the taller category (it’s got a very deep face) meaning its highly likely to appeal to the “players” market. Slightly surprisingly the C300 was our test pro’s lowest spinning driver, which meant it naturally performed pretty well for distance. A 268 yard carry distance average was just 6 yards short of our test pro’s longest which has to say something positive about the effectiveness of Wilson’s Power Hole tech. Red heads aren’t usually everyones cup of tea, but if you’re a fan, and own a powerful golf swing that could benefit from cutting spin the C300 should definitely be on your short list to try in 2018.
Wilson Staff C300 Driver: Verdict
Wilson are targeting a very specific player with the C300, if you fit the bill, trust us you won’t be disappointed by the performance on offer. Don’t be put off by the power holes appearance they quickly fade into the drivers design at address. Golfers with much more average swing speeds are highly likely to be better off with Wilson’s speed optimised D300 instead.
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW WILSON STAFF C300 DRIVER...
1: THOSE HOLES ADD SEVEN EXTRA YARDS, SAY WILSON
Wilson say that comparing the C300 driver against the same head without power holes, there’s a 13.8% increase in overall face deflection, which equates to seven extra yards of distance.
2: IT’S RED
The head is painted in a deep matt red colour. And the C300 has been engineered for the “crossover” player who traditionally is a mid to low handicapper who wants a decent mix of distance, forgiveness and workability.
3: MULTiPLE ADJUSTMENTS VIA THE HOSEL
A new multi-fit hosel adaptor means the C300 driver covers off all lofts from 8 to 14 deg, so you’re guaranteed to find a perfect set up.
4: FAIRWAYS AND HYBRIDS SHARE THE SAME TECH
Matching C300 fairway woods (13°, 15°, 18°) and hybrids (17°, 20°, 23°) are also being launched. Both have four power holes in the sole and two on the crown to engage more of the head in the flexing process at impact, directing more energy back to the ball.
5: STRONGER STEEL FACE
A new carpenter 455 stainless steel face in the fairways and hybrids is up to 50% stronger. It means the face can be thinner, saving 5g of weight and increasing face flex and rebound over a larger portion of the hitting area.