The first thing players notice about the new Ci11 irons from Wilson Golf is the black PVD finish on the clubhead. It gives the latest generation of the equipment maker’s Control line a striking look as it also ensures that the game-improvement iron appears smaller at address.
A thin top line on the 431 stainless steel clubhead only enhances the visual picture. But company engineers say the real allure of the Ci11, which is designed for the aspirational golfer looking to lower his handicap, is performance.
“We’ve re-engineered the exoskeleton weighting system so we can provide even more optimal MOI (Moment of Inertia) and even greater forgiveness by pulling weight away from the clubface and toward the heel and toe,” says Michael Vrska, global director of golf research and development for Wilson. “That makes the Ci11 that much more forgiving, and at the same time we have given it a thinner, harder face for stronger ball flight and distance.”
According to Vrska, the clubmaker has also installed a one-piece, soft-response insert to dampen vibration on mis-hits. And Wilson has made the irons available with a trio of stock shafts: True Temper TX Flighted steel, Aldila VS Proto II graphite and its own, patent-pending Half & Half, which employs a technology using both graphite and steel that was applied with great success in baseball bats and is now used throughout the Wilson club line.
“What’s great about these irons, which have a standard set make-up of 4 to PW, is the way they combine looks and performance,” says Vrska. “And they give players in that handicap range of, say, eight to 18 two very good reasons to upgrade.”