Wilson Staff Model Wedge Review

Quick Take

The Wilson Staff Model Wedges are more workhorse than one trick pony.  While they are likely to grab your attention with their clean looks, they will keep your attention with the performance.  Also available in a high-toe design, Wilson has released a quality update to its tour wedge line that is worthy of a swing.

It has been several years since Wilson last updated its tour wedges, and by the looks of things, Wilson got it dead right, mostly.  The Staff Model Wedges are stunning, clean, and a number of other superlatives, and whoever designed them deserves (in my humble opinion) some recognition.  But do the aesthetics translate into performance on the course? I spent more than a month testing one to find that out.

I want to give a bit of background on my history with Wilson wedges to color this review a bit.  I spent about half a season playing an FG Tour Traction Control wedge and then a full year with a few PMP wedges.  As much as I liked each one, I never truly loved them.  While I cannot explain exactly why, they just never felt right and never gave me the confidence I wanted.  I think those concerns are a thing of the past and Wilson has a great wedge on its hands with the Staff Model Wedges, although they are not without short comings (more on that later). 

The performance and feel of the Wilson Staff Model Wedges are fantastic.  Honestly, I was seeing very high spin numbers on full shots (over 10,000 rpms), which delivered consistent carry distance and a lot of stopping power.  The quality spin numbers carried over on more finesse, partial swing shots (although obviously much lower) thanks in part to the machine-engraved scorelines on the precision milled face.  Best of all, I had surprisingly high confidence in full swings despite using a 56-degree wedge for the review, which is typically not a full swing club for me.  Most importantly, I was able to easily flight shots and move the launch window up and down with ease.  If you can do it, these wedges can deliver.

I also thought the changes to the stock shaft offerings were for the better, as I felt like the new stock setup (with True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 shafts) was incredibly easy to square.  It could be that the change to the DG 120 shaft is a better pairing for me but I found myself hitting the Staff Model Wedges much closer to pins (and yes, I brought the PMP out for some head-to-head comparisons).  I never felt like I was fighting the club and it just seemed to square up at impact better. 

So yeah, like I said, the Wilson Staff Model Wedges are workhorse wedges that deliver the performance in a compact, beautiful package.  The sound and feel at impact are also pleasing – both crisp and soft thanks to the forged 8620 carbon steel.  There isn’t much to dislike as long as you like the single grind option.  I think that is where Wilson sold itself a little short.

With only a few lofts (and even fewer if you are a lefty), a single grind option, and a single finish, the Staff Model Wedges do not have many of the options that golfers using other brands have grown accustom to seeing.  Whether it is trying to match up the wedge to playing conditions or giving a little sole relief to open the face around the greens, there are other options that many people might want or need to see. 

That said, if you are someone who likes the standard grind that Wilson is offering, the Wilson Staff Model Wedges are fantastic all around and I would strongly suggest you give them a try if you are in the market. Ultimately, it comes down to each individual golfer (and perhaps their fitter) to decide if the one-grind-fits-all Wilson Staff Model Wedge is right for them.  And for what it is worth, I plan to have one or two lower lofted wedges in the bag at some point this year in the PW or GW spot. 

Although they are a bit outside of the scope of this review, Wilson also expanded its wedge offerings by releasing its first high lofted, high-toe wedge in the Wilson Staff Model Wedge HT.  Although we did not receive one for review, the High-Toe design may provide the additional option for some golfers if the standard Staff Model Wedges lacks the versatility needed to show off your creativity around the greens. 

In sum, Wilson’s Staff Model Wedges are simply fantastic at what they do and should appeal to a majority of golfers.  Great looking, great feeling, and great performing wedges but with a lack of options to customize them to your game and not the other way around.  You can learn more about the Wilson Staff Model Wedges here, or join the conversation in the forum. 

The Details

Available: In stores and online now

Price: $129.99

Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 steel shafts

Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Lofts: Staff Model Wedges – RH: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60-degree; LH: 52, 56, and 60-degree

Staff Model High-Toe: 56, 60, and 64-degree

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  • Very clean looking wedges, and not a wedge option I have seen around me

    I do wonder how much the lack of options might impact people giving them a try?

  • Very clean looking wedges, and not a wedge option I have seen around me

    I do wonder how much the lack of options might impact people giving them a try?

    I think the casual golfers won’t notice and will try them if they are in store. It might affect some of the Internet golfers (like me) but it might not be as big of a deal. Time will tell

  • I think the casual golfers won’t notice and will try them if they are in store. It might affect some of the Internet golfers (like me) but it might not be as big of a deal. Time will tell

    I don’t disagree with that

    I am guessing they are a bit more readily available for you guys? I honestly can’t remember seeing a Wilson wedge in the stores near me, although they are available on the website for the same store

  • Oh wow. I didn’t even realize you had these in for review.

    Solid write up on them, it’s an interesting move/direction for Wilson.

  • That is almost always going to be the question for wedges. You have 3 companies that put out so many loft and sole options and then you have everybody else. With prices being fairly close, it is hard to not go with those 3 if you are getting fit or know what you like.
  • That’s a really lovely looking wedge, and adding the hi-toe lob wedge may well take away any issues with just the one grind being offered. I’ve not seen them around here either, would be a good one to try for sure.
  • I don’t disagree with that

    I am guessing they are a bit more readily available for you guys? I honestly can’t remember seeing a Wilson wedge in the stores near me, although they are available on the website for the same store

    I haven’t seen one in stores yet but I’m sure that will change as time goes on.

  • That is almost always going to be the question for wedges. You have 3 companies that put out so many loft and sole options and then you have everybody else. With prices being fairly close, it is hard to not go with those 3 if you are getting fit or know what you like.

    Agreed. I loved what I saw and the performance but I really like more sole options. Maybe the HT solves it, but I’m not certain

  • Looks solid but a bit surprised you have to go high toe to get the super high loft. If that look is a turn off to me, that just killed that option :/
  • Nice work, Gary ? I think these are improved looks-wise from the PMP, and it appears they can put plenty of English on the golf ball. These seem like a very good option for players who like to keep the face square and need some bounce. Plus they are at a very attractive price point whereas others continue their march toward $200.
  • What is the grind on them? Is it like an M grind?

    Almost Fiddy Plus 2

    I wish…. it is more of an S.

  • Nice review. Nice looking wedge too
  • What is the grind on them? Is it like an M grind?

    Almost Fiddy Plus 2

    Looks like a full grind, maybe some relief along the rear of the sole.

  • Looks solid but a bit surprised you have to go high toe to get the super high loft. If that look is a turn off to me, that just killed that option :/

    I also noticed they kicked off the low lofts between preview and launch. Originally had a 48, but no longer. No high, no low.

  • Looks like a full grind, maybe some relief along the rear of the sole.

    Basically, yeah. Right down the middle

  • I also noticed they kicked off the low lofts between preview and launch. Originally had a 48, but no longer. No high, no low.

    Their press release and specs on their website still have all the 48* info too, you just can’t buy it.

  • Their press release and specs on their website still have all the 48* info too, you just can’t buy it.

    That seems like a bit of an oversight on their part. Frustrating too, like come on man get it right, it’s your own website.

  • That is almost always going to be the question for wedges. You have 3 companies that put out so many loft and sole options and then you have everybody else. With prices being fairly close, it is hard to not go with those 3 if you are getting fit or know what you like.

    This is where I am at. While if I imagine a "classic wedge look" it’s this club’s shape that pops in my head, in a day of fittings and custom grinds available at similar price points, I am not sure which market these are for. The "one bounce, one color" approach yells "drive by sales at Dicks" versus marketing to a more upscale golfer who is willing to pay more to get exactly what they want.

  • Nice review. Wilson has been putting out some nice products lately!
  • I dont think the limited options hurts Wilson. I think a reasonable sales projection tells you that the bulk of their sales are in the standard grind and lofts. Plus Wilson doesn’t like to get out on the limb too far. All that making a profit stuff.I have gotten along with the last two models. I will be buying these.
  • Great write up! I feel a love/hate for these wedges. Love the look-hate the finish! They need to be chrome mirror plated to match the the Staff Model blades! I have never been wowed by a W/S wedge.
  • Nice write up and clean looking wedges. I however personally hate the bore through look, so that would remove any partial interest in these.
  • I dont think the limited options hurts Wilson. I think a reasonable sales projection tells you that the bulk of their sales are in the standard grind and lofts. Plus Wilson doesn’t like to get out on the limb too far. All that making a profit stuff.I have gotten along with the last two models. I will be buying these.

    You may be right. I think one or two could make it in my bag as well. I really liked the performance and looks (one of those matters more than the other, but I won’t say which)

  • Great write up. I see these going into stores like Big 5, where the new golfer is looking for "lower end" clubs or what to look for in a wedge. I didn’t know anything about them & found 1 that was in my price range & went with it. Now that I’m learning more & trying to take my game to the next level I’m learning more about clubs in general thanks to the the reviews here @ THP & all the input from this community.
  • Nice review Gary.

    Wilson nailed the looks. I’m surprised it’s the single finish, I think they’ve done raw better than anyone the last few years. Great pricepoint and I really like the offering of the DG 120 shaft.

    Curious to read THPer feedback from someone who games this and the high toe and if they do complement each other.

  • Nice review Gary.

    Wilson nailed the looks. I’m surprised it’s the single finish, I think they’ve done raw better than anyone the last few years. Great pricepoint and I really like the offering of the DG 120 shaft.

    Curious to read THPer feedback from someone who games this and the high toe and if they do complement each other.

    I hit this on the range with JB a few weeks ago, and everything about it just came out really high and soft. I’m sure that’s great around the green, but for some of us would like to take full swings with our wedges it was a pretty big head scratcher

  • I hit this on the range with JB a few weeks ago, and everything about it just came out really high and soft. I’m sure that’s great around the green, but for some of us would like to take full swings with our wedges it was a pretty big head scratcher

    Care to clarify? I might be reading it wrong – I like a high and soft wedge regardless unless it’s a low runner with lots of spin.

  • Care to clarify? I might be reading it wrong – I like a high and soft wedge regardless unless it’s a low runner with lots of spin.

    No, like… I couldn’t hit the 60 degree wedge more than 70yds. Everything just came out floaty and not compressed.

  • No, like… I couldn’t hit the 60 degree wedge more than 70yds. Everything just came out floaty and not compressed.

    Thats a death sentence right there

  • Thats a death sentence right there

    It reminded me a lot of the U grind MD 2 wedge. I tried everything to like that thing and it was awful for me. Got rid of that thing so quick after a lot of waiting for it :(

  • These look pretty good. Honestly, i think it’s fine for the one grind option. How many people actually get fit for wedges? How many only get fit doing a full swing test?

    I think they have a good looking wedge at a good price. Will I see many of these in bags? Nope, but I’m glad another company is putting out good looking wedges.

  • No, like… I couldn’t hit the 60 degree wedge more than 70yds. Everything just came out floaty and not compressed.

    Ah, yea that is not good at all. You have it on a LM? Wonder how the spin is for you compared to say Molten and his 10k numbers

  • I hit this on the range with JB a few weeks ago, and everything about it just came out really high and soft. I’m sure that’s great around the green, but for some of us would like to take full swings with our wedges it was a pretty big head scratcher

    Interesting. What degree were you hitting?

  • Ah, yea that is not good at all. You have it on a LM? Wonder how the spin is for you compared to say Molten and his 10k numbers

    Over 10k, baby. G can spin a ball thanks to way overactive hands and terrible form!

  • Over 10k, baby. G can spin a ball thanks to way overactive hands and terrible form!

    You have similar problems as Michael did?

  • Ah, yea that is not good at all. You have it on a LM? Wonder how the spin is for you compared to say Molten and his 10k numbers

    Negative, but was aiming at the 75yd flag and what wasn’t getting there with it, was waving to it with my 58

    Interesting. What degree were you hitting?

    60

  • You have similar problems as Michael did?

    I did not, although on course yardage didn’t match exactly to the LM. (You know, wind and cold doing what they do). I was seeing 95-100 on the LM in perfect, 80 degree conditions. Closer to 85-90 on course but I didn’t have any similar issues unless i missed it.
    I’m not certain I could hit the 60 with a full swing.

  • I did not, although on course yardage didn’t match exactly to the LM. (You know, wind and cold doing what they do). I was seeing 95-100 on the LM in perfect, 80 degree conditions. Closer to 85-90 on course but I didn’t have any similar issues unless i missed it.
    I’m not certain I could hit the 60 with a full swing.

    is it weird that after both of your comments I really want to try these lol

  • I still don’t understand how the 48 degree is still not for sale on the site and the 56 is sold out already. Very confused indeed
  • I still don’t understand how the 48 degree is still not for sale on the site and the 56 is sold out already. Very confused indeed

    This is thread is officially the #MondayMind**** Thread ?

  • This is thread is officially the #MondayMind**** Thread ?

    No, I don’t think we are there yet. But soon, very soon

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