It took 16 months to perfect, and won its designer half a million dollars. But what makes Wilson Staff’s Triton driver so special is that it was crowned the winner of a TV contest.
That’s right. While we’ve been subjected to X Factor and I’m a Celebrity, the Golf Channel has been treating US viewers to a ‘Driver vs. Driver’ reality golf show.
The amateur driver-design competition saw Eric Sillies – a 26-year-old industrial designer from Cincinnati – walk off with $500,000. That was the prize for what Wilson is calling the ‘world’s most adjustable multi-piece driver’ yet.
The Triton driver, which comes equipped with an adjustable head, CG and MOI, got the thumbs up from two-time PGA Tour winner Kevin Streelman – one of five celebrity judges – and goes on sale on Black Friday.
The design features two detachable sole plates, one made from 22g titanium and the other from 9g carbon fibre. The heavier version is geared towards players seeking a mid-to-high launch angle and low spin, while the carbon-fibre plate is said to produce a more penetrating ball flight and lower spin.
For an extra boost of customisation, there are three adjustable weight ports – two 2g, two 6g and one 12g – to optimise ball flight, as well as a six-way Fast Fit adjustable hosel to configure loft and lie angles.
On the crown, Wilson has used 1:1 Visible Swing Active Technology to create a white alignment aid which doubles as a swing plane guide.
It all adds up to £349 worth of technology, and a piece of kit worthy of seven weeks of TV coverage.
Wilson Staff Triton Driver
Stock shaft: The Aldila Rogue
Flex Options: A, R, S, X (Graphite)
Loft Options: 9.0°, 10.5°, 12.0° (RH) / 10.5° (LH)
Available from November 25