Wilson Golf will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2014 but the company has a lot to celebrate in 2012. In fact, Wilson Golf has had a lot to celebrate over the years. Its famed Wilson Staff irons, played by the likes of Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen and today with Padraig Harrington, has won more major championships – 61 – than any other iron brand in golf.
With the launch of the Wilson Staff Ci11 irons and FG Tour V2 irons at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, it’s no wonder Wilson Golf General Manager Tim Clarke is smiling.
“We’ve got a lot of positive things going on,” Clarke said. “The new irons are our best yet. In the Ci11 with the new Metal Black finish, I don’t think there is a better playing or better looking out there today.
“Our Tour players (including Harrington, Ricky Barnes and Kevin Streelman) switched to the FG Tour V2 last year, so we knew we had a great product. When you get all of your Tour players to move within two weeks, that really says a lot.”
Add rising LPGA star Karen Stupples to that list. Stupples signed with Wilson Golf this week and also will play the FG Tour V2 irons. Stupples is the first LPGA player to join Wilson Golf in several years. The most famous LPGA player on the Wilson Staff, of course, was Patty Berg, a founding member of the LPGA.
Wilson Golf is the founding equipment company of the LPGA in 1950. Clarke certainly is proud of that past, but he’s even more excited about Wilson Golf’s future.
It’s great to see the momentum coming back,” Clarke said.