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We spent a lot of time last year talking about how Wilson Golf was on the comeback trail. They used to be at the top of the industry and many of the best players in the world trusted their equipment. The company went through some slower times… their products didn’t catch on and they fell behind the pack in terms of both design and technology. 2005 saw them revive the Wilson Staff name and start down the long road back to the top. Much is expected of the 2006 Wilson Golf line and it could be a real make it or break it year for the company. Our first Wilson review of the year focuses on the Pd6 driver.


The Pd6 driver is a huge improvement of last year’s Pd5. Wilson has pulled out all the stops in hopes of making the perfect driver for the more accomplished player. Let’s first have a look at some of the technologies used. Wilson uses “L-Pods” (weights) to alter the center of gravity in their drivers. The Pd6 has two L-Pods located in the sole of the club… towards the middle of the head. These forward weights help raise the center of gravity… providing a slightly lower launch angle. One of the biggest technologies from Wilson is their ETF or Energy Transfer Frame technology. The Wilson Golf website does a good job of explaining ETF but I’ll try and sum it up. Think of it as an energy “catch-all”… it helps transfer energy to the face instead of letting it disperse throughout the head. More energy transfered back to the face… the more energy passed on to the ball. The more energy passed to the ball… the farther the ball should go. The Pd6 also features a 410CC head and a great stock shaft.


People are slowly warming up to the Wilson name again and if they can continue to make quality clubs like the Pd6… it will only help. The Pd6 is the best Wilson driver in recent memory. My customers really like the way the club looks. The 410CC size is hidden very well and it’s refreshing to see a non-460CC head. The ETF technology helps make the Pd6 very forgiving and the club feels great on most shots. The lower ball flight… thanks to a combination of the forward L-Pods and the high kick point on the shaft… make this driver very appealling to the better player. Wilson offers some great shaft options in the Pd6 and their custom department is very good. The stock Aldila NV-PL 65 is a great shaft for most better players but some may choose to try a shaft like the UST ProForce V2 (good for someone that demands a lot of control) or the Aldila NVS (good for someone wanting a slightly higher ball flight). I think one of the keys to this driver is understanding who it is for. The Pd6 is designed for a golfer that is looking to shape his/her shots. Most of these golfers also like a slightly lower ball flight and don’t need to use a club that reaches the legal limit for clubhead size. It doesn’t really feature any “slice fighting” technologies so don’t expect it to turn your banana into a frozen rope. Wilson also offers the same technology in their Dd6 driver… and the majority of players are better off with it. I’ve heard a few negatives too… the main one having to do with feel. Many players mention that the Wilson still doesn’t have a driver that feels as good as some of the other “big boys” in the performance driver category. The company is closing this gap but it doesn’t look like they are there yet. Another knock on this club has nothing to do with it’s performance. The Wilson line still lacks that “wow” factor with many players. It’s unfortunate that a club can look great, feel great and perform great but some players will still turn it down because it lacks a “big” name or flashy cosmetics. Get the club that works best for you… not the club that looks the best in your golf bag.


A quick review… the Pd6 offers the better player the ability to shape shots, keep the ball low and transfer maximum energy to the ball. Wilson is able to wrap it all up in an attractive and affordable 410CC package with a decent stock shaft. Wilson is getting closer to the industry leaders and they could get back in the race very soon with more quality products like the Pd6.


SirShanksAlot Rating Out Of Ten: 8


Target Handicap - 15 and below - This driver is targeted at the better player


Head Size - 410CC


Stock Shaft - Aldila NV-PL 65




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Hey All:

 

I've been scratching my head since last years golf show where I met the Pi5 irons. The Wilson Staff products are great under-rated clubs. I fell in love with them last year and even though it took a year they are in my bag now and will not come out for a long time to come.

 

In the past I have touched on this and I do not understand why Wilson Staff doesn't receive more love on db's such as this. Perhaps it's the poor marketing of the past (which their rep admitted at the Toronto Golf Show) or the fact that they don't spend large amounts of money endorsing players. Which could lead to the average golfer (for the lack of a better term) raise their noses at them. In February, I was in the market for a fairway wood and I tried everything. I was set on the V-Steel at the end of the final selection process (which took a month) but the Wilson Staff FwC beat it out. I got it for $128 CDN.

 

As far as the review goes, another great review by SirShanksAlot. I hit the Pd6 at the Toronto Golf Show and the Dd6. I liked the Pd6 over the Dd6 hands down. The Pd6 is a nice feeling club, and the face is hot. Until I re-shafted my Cobra 460SZ it was between the Pd6 and the Nike SQ to become the heir apparent. It still may happen with the Pd6 considering it's price point versus the SQ. I have heard from a Wilson Staff pro that the new Pi7 irons are beautiful and apparently are being introduced at a lower price point than the competitors. This is the final year of the Pi5 irons that are played by Padraig Harrington and Jesper Parnevik.

 

Hit'em Pure,

 

Alex

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