Wilson’s new line of Staff Model putters is somewhat predictable and might not cause mass hysteria. But they’re beautiful nonetheless.
By Tony Dear
It’s unlikely many readers keep too close an eye on what Wilson is doing with its golf equipment these days, but those that do will have noticed the emergence of its Staff Model products in recent years. The Chicago company launched its gorgeous Staff Model Blades at the start of 2019, its Staff Model Driving Irons at the end of the year, the Staff Model Wedge in early 2020, the Cavity-back irons (CB) in the fall of that year, and the four-piece Staff Model R ball a month or so later.
The premium range saw its latest addition last week with the release of four handsome Staff Model putters, each milled from a block of soft 304 Stainless Steel, a very commonly-used steel, prevalent in household and industrial hardware. Removing thin strips of metal in the computer-guided, precision-milling process is costly and takes times but it’s the most reliable way to ensure consistency between clubs. The faces are heavily milled too to make the roll of the ball as consistent and dependable as possible.
Wilson’s Infinite line of putters, cast from 431 Stainless Steel, has served the company very well, but it is a value product whereas the Staff Model is strictly high-end, designed for Wilson’s elite players and those who appreciate real quality.
There’s nothing terribly earth-shattering about the four models – they will be familiar to everyone who has even the smallest interest in these things – but there’s no denying they are extremely attractive.
The top-of-the-line model – not officially but, given its history, perhaps deservedly – is the classic 8802 used in previous generations by Arnold Palmer in the early 1960s, Ben Crenshaw, Phil Mickelson and many other top players.
The three other models are the BL22 – a heel-toe-weighted Anser-style blade with a plumber’s neck and slightly less toe hang than the 8802 – the MT22 – a semi-circle mallet with a short-slant neck – and the TM22 (TM stands for Tech Mallet) – a winged mallet that has the highest Moment of Inertia (MoI) in the family.
All four are available in 33,34 and 35-inch options, have three degrees of loft and a 71-degree lie angle. All, except the 8802, have sole weights – the 33” models with two 20-gram weights, the 34” clubs with two 15-gram weights and the 35” models with two ten-gram weights (25 gram weights are also available).
Price – $350 each
Loft – 3˚
Length – 33”, 34” and 35”
Shaft – KBS Tour 120 Putter Shaft
Grip – Lamkin Deep Etch Putter Grip
BL22 and TM22 available in right and left-and. 8802 and MT22 in right-hand only.
Available to pre-order on Wilson web site now, and at retail on November 1st
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