Greetings gents. Just a quick blurb on the much maligned Wilson triton. I must admit I was intrigued after the TV show and always planned to get one, once prices started to fall. Now they are dirt cheap and I picked up one in 7/10 condition for $35 with the adapter, which was acceptable to my cheap bastage ways lol.
Lets start with the good - performance wise - very good in my opinion. I only tried with the heavier sole plate, but I am liking the results so far. Mind you just one range session and one round in the books, but overall I am quite impressed. I have it shafted with a hot pink Bimatrx bubba watson shaft at 47", so outdriving buddies with a "piece of sh&t driver" with a pink shaft is pure joy lol.
Sound - nothing notable. Not too loud nor muted - just your average driver.
Distance - Hard to gauge completely with wet/cold conditions but distance seemed pretty good. I would guess its about as good as anything on the market. It doesn't feel as hot off the face as my 2016 m1 in comparison, but the distance is comparable. I would definitely need more time to compare as well as dry fairways to compare rollout but for pure carry distance - right up there with everyone else
Forgiveness. I was amazed at the forgiveness. I had 3 bad swings in my last round. One resulted in a a straight pull OB left. One was a crappy reverse C, low heel that faded into the left side of the fairway about 230 yards up. The other bad swing was my typical outside in that was a near skyball, high on the heel side of the face that went about 240, middle of the fairway. My good drives were going about 260-270 which is about right for the weather and course conditions. So, two bad misses on the face still went good distance and found the fairway - I'll take that all day long.
Shot height - for me this driver hits similar to my m1 in terms of height. I have used this shaft in a 9 deg Ping g, 9.5 deg m1 and a 9 deg 815 Big bertha alpha. The BB alpha launches moonballs for me, while the other 3 drivers have a similar ball flight, with the Ping G being a bit higher than the m1/triton
In terms of negatives - this driver sits closed at neutral and even in the -1 degree setting, still a bit closed. I had to manipulate the driver open in my hands before my backswing in order to feel like I am not going to hook it. In terms of feel - it doesn't feel like anything special but it performs. At the range, the ball feels like it jumps of the face of my M1 versus the triton, but performance is comparable (carry distance only). As far as looks go, I could do without the centre grey alignment stripe but its not that big a deal. I will probably just paint it black anyways.
Overall, this a great value driver in my opinion. It performs well and has a lot of adjustability and you can pick them up dirt cheap - probably in the same price range as a cobra amp or r9, ping g20 etc. If you struggle with a hook, it might not work for you but after i opened up the face and put the heavier sole weight in toe side, i felt like I could hit my desired power fade without fear of the hook. The other cool thing is when you take the face plate off, the whole hollow interior of the driver is exposed. It would be easy to cotton ball it to the weight you want or put some lead tape inside to your desired location to manipulate ball flight. I believe the head weighed about 200 grams with the heavier sole plate and 187g with the lighter one. I prefer a heavier head so thats why i tried the heavier plate option first - not sure what the lighter carbon fiber plate is supposed to do to ball flight and spin - have to check that out.
Thanks for reading and allowing me to procrastinate - now I gotta get back to work!