Sound Bite: Wilson Staff Spine

Clank or 'Toynk' decide

Tim Beard
Wed, 4 Mar 2009

  My golf game occasionally has some comedy moments, but few more so than when I enacted my own version of Spinal Tap at the weekend.

But rather than heavy metal, it was the light, white-shafted wafting of Wilson Staff’s Spine driver which was producing all the interest – particularly the distinctive sound as clubface struck ball.

It’s not often that conversation during a round of golf centres more on sound than sight, but my Sunday morning fourball at Stoke Rochford near Grantham spent much of the time trying to come up with one word to describe the sound of driver on ball.

The closest we came was probably ‘toynk’ – although the smile was eventually wiped off our opponents’ faces with the distance and penetration I was starting to achieve, even into a head wind.

During the early holes with I managed to do something that even Padraig Harrington couldn’t. When first got hold of a Wilson Staff Spine, he reckoned he couldn’t miss a fairway. I missed the first three! Two left and one right. And comments about the Wilson Staff Spine’s white shaft being more useful to someone with, let's say, impaired vision, as I searched around in the rough, didn’t help my initial demeanour.

But a slight slowing of the swing and a little more concentration saw the timing start to improve and the ball fly off into the distrance impressively.

I still had to get your mind around the strange clank from the Wilson Staff Spine’s club face at the point of strike, but hitting fairway and getting good distance too is a heady cocktail and one that will always enjoy.

Wilson Staff says the Spine is ‘powered by an innovative crown super structure and perimeter weighting to generate high MOI. Low centre of gravity for higher launch comes from redistributing weight from the centre of the crown to the perimeter, hence the spine effect, which also reinforces the face behind the impact area.’

The Wilson Staff Spine I’ve been testing is the 12 degree version, so flies quite high. But with a steady swing, accuracy was reasonably easy to achieve.  



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