Wilson Staff Triton Driver Review - Golf Monthly technical editor Joel Tadman reviews the Wilson Staff Triton driver with some very interesting results!
Wilson Staff Triton Driver Review
This driver is aimed at Wilson fans looking for function over tradition keen to get dialled in during a fitting to optimise their driver’s performance.
The product of the Golf Channel’s Driver Vs Driver competition, Triton boasts two changeable sole plates, one is 22g made of titanium and the other is 9g made from carbon fibre, said to adjust performance in areas like launch and spin. These sole plates are held in by different weights, which can be moved around to alter the shot shape.
There’s also a six-way adjustable Fast Fit loft sleeve to fine tune the launch angle even further, including draw settings. On the crown, 1:1 Visible Swing Active Technology creates an alignment and swing plane guide. The Triton driver comes with 10 premium shaft options at no extra cost, the Aldila Rogue being the stock option.
How we tested
We hit the Triton driver on our GC2 launch monitor using premium golf balls in both sole plate configurations as well as with the weights in different positions to discover how the performance changed in the different combinations.
The unique look at address is eye-catching but certainly functional in aligning the clubface and creating a visual aid to help swing the club away on a neutral path. It’s certainly not traditional, and may put off a certain audience, but we actually quite liked what was facing us at address.
The launch monitor numbers across the board were excellent, but we’d have liked to have seen more separation in performance between the two sole plates.
Generally you might expect a lower launch angle from the lighter carbon sole plate and you might see an increase in swing speed too from the lighter head.
But as you’ll see from the data below, in the same loft the different sole plates barely changed anything. In fact, the launch angle, ball speed and carry distance stayed the same with spin dropping only slightly, and this could as much be down to variation in strike that the weighting of the clubhead itself.
That said, an average carry of 270 yards is impressive. The flight was long and strong, we’d be confident it would hold its line in a cross wind and the forgiveness off-centre provided a surprising amount of room for user error.
As always with a club that has as much adjustability as this one does, it’s vital you get custom fitted to get the most out of it, but it arguably the best driver Wilson Staff has created to date.
The premium shaft offerings no doubt contributed to the impressive launch monitor numbers we created and we’d be more than happy to put the Triton in play out on the golf course. When you consider the price at £349, there’s a very good amount of value to be had here.
On the face of it, you’re getting a whole lot of technology for your money with the Wilson Staff Triton. While we didn’t experience a great deal of variation in performance when switching between the carbon and titanium sole plates, that’s not to say this will be the same for you and don’t let that detract from the fact that this is a very high-performing driver indeed.