Which Wilson iron suits me?

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Which Wilson irons should I buy? Your guide to each iron in Wilson's line-up, and who they are aimed at

Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 2019 line-ups, which shows the importance of having solutions for all golfers, irrespective of ability or personal preference. Choices range from slimline musclebacks to hollow heads and cavity backs, and while some are forged, others have springy faces just like a driver.  

So with such a huge amount of choice out there, we felt it was far too easy for golfers to get confused about which model best suits them. Even golfers who have a good idea of which iron suits them probably don’t realise what they put on the line in terms of ball speed, carry and forgiveness by choosing a set above their station.

So as 2019’s irons hit pro shop shelves, we felt the time was right to show how a brand’s whole iron range compares against each other.

As well as launch monitor data from our pro, we’ve given every iron a forgiveness rating and a handicap guide to spell out simply what sort of players should be considering what sort of models, and why.

Wilson Staff Model iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 34°; Offset: 1.8mm; One-piece forged from 8620 carbon steel construction

Iron forgiveness rating

Wilson Staff Model iron

Who are they for?

Wilson weren’t able to sort us a Staff Model blade sample, so we can’t show data for how it compares to the rest of the range. But if history is anything to go by you can pretty much guarantee it’s just as demanding as the other blades we hit.

PGA Tour player Gary Woodland is using these, but it shows how tough the Staff Model is to live with when early season tour winner David Law, who’s also a Wilson staff player, opts for a mix of FG Tour V6 and C300 instead for his own bag.

Wilson irons have won more Majors (61) than any other brand, and predominantly they were won with irons just like these. Only trouble is that was back in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, when cavity backs hadn’t even been invented. Only excellent ball strikers need apply.

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Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 35°; Offset: 1.9mm; One-piece forged from 8620 carbon steel construction

Iron forgiveness rating

Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 119.6 MPH Launch Angle: 20° Backspin: 6673 RPM Peak Height: 36 Yards Descent Angle: 50° Carry Distance: 165 Yards

Who are they for?

Padraig Harrington’s iron of choice for several years now. For the right player V6 is a great blend of a compact forged head, traditional lofts and a degree of forgiveness thanks to progressive tungsten weighting throughout the set.

We’ve heard lots of golfers who’ve picked them up comment on how good they look, but subsequently are put off by how small the heads really are, which is exactly why Wilson created the C300 Forged. If you’re a good player and are choosing between V6 and C300 Forged, the stock shafts give a clue as to who each is predominantly aimed at – V6 comes with heavier, lower flighting Dynamic Gold AMTs (better players), while C300 Forged have slightly lighter, higher launching KBS Tour 105s.

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At a glance comparison

Wilson iron comparison

Wilson Staff C300 Forged iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 33°; Offset: 2.54mm; Forged 8620 carbon steel construction

Iron forgiveness rating

Wilson Staff C300 Forged iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 121.7 MPH Launch Angle: 20° Backspin: 6627 RPM Peak Height: 38 Yards Descent Angle: 50° Carry Distance: 168 Yards

Who are they for?

Anybody who loves the V6, but feels intimidated by the tiny head.

C300 Forged are a lovely looking iron and we reckon they’re a great option for anyone torn between player and game improver models, as they sit right on the fence between the two. FLX Face and a stronger loft than the V6 bring a bit of extra ball speed to the party over the FG Tours, and do so without cutting launch, backspin or descent angle.

Considering most forged irons are now likely to set you back over £1k a set, we reckon C300 represent excellent all-round value, too.

Wilson Staff C300 iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 31°; Offset: 3.3mm; Cast stainless steel

Iron forgiveness rating

Wilson Staff C300 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 121.5 MPH Launch Angle: 18.5° Backspin: 5611 RPM Peak Height: 35 Yards Descent Angle: 48° Carry Distance: 173 Yards

Who are they for?

The “C” family bridges the gap between golfers who predominantly desire distance (D7) or feel (FG Tour V6).

How do you know if you’re a C300 player or not? Well, you’re probably not too worried about a forged sound and feel; if you are, take a look at the C300 Forged. Logic says you’re probably not after forgiveness at all costs, either, as that means looking at the bigger and more offset head of the D7.

The stock KBS Tour 90 shafts tell a story, too – they’re lighter and higher launching than those in the C300 Forged, yet are a fraction heavier than the D7’s Tour 80s.

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How do they compare - Handicap Guide

Brands hate giving an indication of which handicap of golfer each iron typically suits, as it pigeon-holes their models. We've given each a handicap guide below to help ensure you buy the set most suited to your ability.

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Wilson Staff D7 iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 28° Offset: 5mm; Cast stainless steel 

Iron forgiveness rating

Wilson Staff D7 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 130.1 MPH Launch Angle: 18° Backspin: 5374 RPM Peak Height: 39 Yards Descent Angle: 49° Carry Distance: 189 Yards

Who are they for?

Any golfer who puts a high premium on distance and forgiveness, and isn’t overly concerned about what they give up in terms of size and shape.

The heads are over-sized with wide, rounded soles, and it’s exactly these traits that allow Wilson’s engineers to decrease loft (for more ball speed) without unduly affecting launch, spin and decent angle. And because Wilson’s “D” family has always been about lightweight performance, the lightest steel shaft in Wilson’s iron line-up means you not only get extra help rinsing club speed from your swing, but they’re high launching to maximise carry, too.

How they compare in data

Wilson iron data