Wilson promised to make some waves in 2005. They were determined to get back to what made them a great company. They brought back the Wilson Staff line… and filled it full of quality equipment.
Wilson has always made a solid iron… except the more recent Fat Shaft clubs… and the 2005 Wilson irons are a good combination of traditional Wilson and new Wilson. The Di5 is the game improvement offering from Wilson.
The Di5 combines the look of a “players club” with the technology of a game improvement club. The top line and sole are actually pretty thin, the cavity is big but not huge, and it is free from all heavy sole weights and annoying graphics. It’s simply a game improvement iron that looks nice. One of the big technologies in the Di5 is the very thin face. Wilson tried to increase the COR of the iron… hoping to increase distance and forgiveness at the same time. The Di5’s also feature a progressive sole weight… this helps keep the ball high with the 3,4,5 irons and lower with the rest. The Di5’s are also available with hybrid long irons so ask your local retailer about that! The stick shafts are decent for the type of player that would enjoy these irons. The True Temper Wilson Staff Taper Tech steel and Wilson Staff Nano Tech graphite will work for most mid to high handicappers.
There is nothing really fancy about the Wilson Di5 irons. No crazy sole, no bulky top line, no deep cavity… it’s just a good looking game improvement iron. Our testers liked these irons but none of them rated them at the top of their lists. Some higher handicappers complained that they weren’t forgiving enough. A few people complained that there was not much feel… probably because of the thin face. That was my big complaint with these… the thin face didn’t feel all that great. It didn’t feel like there was anything behind the shot… although the performance was still good. Wilson’s newest entry into the game improvement market is much better than some of their recent Fat Shat offerings. It is a good start for the company and I expect their next irons to be even better. Sales of the new Wilson line are not as good as I expected but they are getting a lot of looks! Stay tuned… Wilson is back and I’m sure they will have some even better stuff coming!
Overall Rating – 70%
Target Handicap – 15 and Above
Ball Flight – Mid to High
Offset – Not Maximum, Not Minimal
Construction – Cast stainless steel
Stock Shafts – Wilson Staff Taper Tech steel, Wilson Staff Nano Tech graphite