EquipmentDecember 19, 2016

Another model on conforming list for Wilson's Triton driver

The Wilson Triton driver, the club that won the Driver vs. Driver reality TV series but ran into somewhat bizarrely obscure technical problems meeting the USGA’s conforming standards for plain in shape and spring-like effect on two of its lofts, now has one of those lofts on this week’s conforming list.

The list, published this morning, shows the 10.5-degree loft on the USGA’s conforming clubhead list. Previously, a 9-degree model was on the list.

The club was altered slightly by Wilson to reach conforming status. The removable soleplate was shaped to reduce the rear edge by a few millimeters. In addition, the club’s adjustable weight kit has removed the 12-gram weight, which according to Michael Vrska, Wilson’s global innovation director for golf caused the driver to exceed the USGA’s pendulum test for spring-like effect. Vrska said that the when the driver was set up with the heavy titanium sole plate and the 12-gram weight in the toe, it produced a characteristic time of 258 microseconds, one microsecond over the USGA tolerance limit of 257 microseconds.

Vrska said a revised 12-degree model of the Triton also is in the process of being evaluated by the USGA for conforming status.

Wilson is producing revised soleplates and weight kits for all current Triton drivers that have been sold or are in the marketplace, and it expects to have them ready by early 2017.

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