November 05, 2019
By Andrew Tursky, PGATOUR.COM
- The design of Wilson's new utility iron helps to increase distance and forgiveness. (Andrew Tursky/PGA TOUR)
Wilson has officially announced that new Staff Model Utility irons, debuted by Brendan Steele at the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic, according to his Instagram, are coming to retail. That means the ever-popular Wilson FG Tour V4 utility irons are being replaced. Up until now, the FG Tour V4 utilities, which were first released to the public in 2014, were employed by PGA TOUR players including Gary Woodland, Kevin Streelman, Padraig Harrington, Ricky Barnes and more, but that could change given Wilson’s new update.
With a new look compared to the previous utility iron from Wilson, the new Staff Model Utility irons bear quite a resemblance to the Staff Model blade irons that Woodland used to win the 2019 U.S. Open. Actually, those Staff Model blades, which were released to the public in early 2019, were designed with major input from Steele, as previously revealed to PGATOUR.COM. So it’s no wonder the Staff Model Utility irons look similar to the blade versions, then, because according to an Instagram post by Steele earlier in 2019, he also helped design the Staff Model Utility irons.
Unlike the blade irons, which are one-piece forgings, the utility irons have hollow-bodied constructions with C300 maraging steel faces. Additionally, 7 grams of weight has been added to the soles to lower center of gravity (CG) in the heads. These designs for the utility clubs, according to Wilson, help to increase distance, forgiveness, and raise launch angles.
“The Staff Model Utility irons will give golfers confidence on every shot and in every condition,” said Jon Pergande, Manager of Golf Club Innovation at Wilson, in a press release. “Originally created for our professional staff members, we are excited to bring the utility irons to golfers and believe the strong mix of distance and forgiveness will enable players to attack the course with more confidence.”
The Wilson Staff Model Utility irons (18, 21 and 24 degrees) will come stock with KBS Tour Hybrid graphite shafts and Golf pride Tour Velvet grips. They will be available for presale on Nov. 12 and hit retail on Dec. 11, selling for $229.99 per iron.