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Wilson Staff D9 hybrids


Gear: Wilson Staff D9 hybrids
Price: $199.99 each with Mitsubishi Tensei AV Silver shaft and Lamkin Crossline Genesis grip
Specs: Maraging stainless steel face with stainless steel body. Available in 17-, 19-, 22-, 25-, 28- and 31-degree versions
Available: Jan. 27

As with the new Wilson Staff D9 drivers and fairway woods, the Staff D9 hybrids are designed for golfers who prioritize distance and forgiveness above factors like shot shaping and feel. In other words, mid- to higher-handicap players who typically struggle to get the ball airborne and achieve enough carry.

To do that, Wilson gave the Staff D9 hybrids a variable-thickness, maraging steel face for the first time. The steel is strong, so Wilson could make it thin without worrying about durability, but it flexes efficiently at impact to help generate more ball speed. Now, however, because the edges of the face are even thinner than the center, Wilson says players can expect to get that ball speed on shots hit toward the heel and toe, not only in the center on well-struck shots.

The face of the Staff D9 hybrids have been designed to increase ball speed. (Wilson)

Hybrids that are designed for elite players often come with an adjustable hosel that allow for precise fitting and distance-gap adjustments. Wilson opted to go with a bonded, fixed hosel in the Staff D9 hybrids, however, because adjustable hosels add weight and can elevate the center of gravity. Wilson designers also know that most golfers who struggle with distance are more worried about getting the ball high in the air than hitting precise distances.

In the address position, the Staff D9 hybrids have a clean, classic look with a glossy black crown.

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