Meet The Wilson Staff Cortex: Winner of Wilson’s Driver vs Driver 2

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Wilson Staff Cortex driver head

After 7 exciting episodes, the winner of Wilson’s Driver vs Driver 2 has been crowned. Each episode took the viewer on a journey as contestant’s designs were put to the test by a wide range of players. Testers included Wilson Advisory Staff from the PGA Tour, social influencers, and industry insiders representing the common golfer. Elements like sound, performance, and overall visual appeal were just some of the criteria judges looked at to declare a winner. In the end, the Wilson Staff Cortex was stood above the crowd.

Evan Hoffman’s Cortex design started out as a concept with insipration from motorcycles. The design evolved over the course of the show into what is available today. The driver has several unique features that help optimize the club’s performance for each golfer. We take a closer look at the driver to help you better understand the features and why they help your game.

Wilson Staff Cortex Features

Weight Distribution

Wilson Staff Cortex Fast Cage frame

The weight and CG location of the Cortex controlled by Fast Cage Technology, which combines carbon fiber with a titanium frame to make up the head. Over 44% of the Cortex’s head consists of lightweight carbon fiber. Using so much carbon fiber not only lets you swing the club faster, but it also puts the center of gravity lower in the head for optimal launch and spin.

The titanium frame provides strength to the club, complementing the carbon fiber. The rigidity of the frame helps keep the shape of the head at impact, transferring energy to the golf ball.

Adjustability

Wilson Staff cortex slide track

There are 3 ways to adjust the Cortex driver. The first is a Slide Track on the sole that runs perpendicular to the face. The moveable 8-gram weight in the track slides forward or backward, controlling the launch angle and spin. Moving the weight to the forward-most position produces a penetrating ball flight with less spin. Placing the weight all the way back transforms the club into its most forgiving form, placing the most weight in the perimeter. The ball also launches higher with more spin for extra carry distance.

wilson staff cortex direction control

The 2nd way to adjust the Cortex controls the left and right ball flight on the driver. An 8-gram weight and a 2-gram weight can be interchanged between 2 ports, 1 near the toe and 1 near the heel. Placing the heavier weight in the heel promotes a draw bias while placing it in the toe gives a fade bias.

Wilson Staff Cortex Fast-Fit hosel

Finally, the Cortex comes with Fast-Fit® adjustable hosel. You can choose from 6 different loft settings in 1/2-degree increments. Your options include: standard, -0.5°, -/+1.0°, +1.5°, and +2.0°.

Stock Shaft Offerings

Wilson staff cortex stock shafts

Fujikura provides the stock shaft for the winner of Driver vs Driver. You can choose from the ATMOS Tour Spec Red, Blue, or Black. All 3 of these shafts are specifically designed to feel exactly the same yet produce different ball flights. The butt and mid-section of the shaft have the same stiffness across the board. Choosing the right shaft for your game is as easy as choosing a color. The Tour Spec Red produces the highest ball flight. The Tour Spec Blue has a mid-launch with mid-spin. Finally, the Tour Spec Black has the lowest ball flight and spin.

There are also several custom options that you can choose from. Remember, a proper fitting into the right loft and shaft combination for you ensures you’re getting the most performance out of the club. The Wilson Staff Cortex will also be available to try the club before you buy it with our U-try program.

The Wilson Staff Cortex is available now.

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[Interview] A Chat with Wilson’s Driver vs Driver 2 Judge Jeremy Roenick

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Jeremy Roenick

As we approach the finale of Wilson Golf’s Driver vs. Driver 2, we were given the opportunity to speak with one of the show’s judges, Jeremy Roenick. If you’re unfamiliar, the show, which airs on the Golf Channel, has contestants submit designs and compete for their design to come to market. Designers that advance each episode work with Wilson Lab engineers to refine and improve their designs.

We chatted with Jeremy about his involvement in the show, his favorite parts of Season 2, his takeaways, and more. Take a few minutes to read what he had to say.

(Note: Interview edited for flow)

Global Golf: Thanks for joining us, Jeremy. How did you become involved with the show?

Jeremy Roenick: I got a call from a friend of mine that I’ve done some work with about being a part of the show. They asked if I’d be interested in replacing Brian Urlacher as a judge and I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. I just had to make sure that, with my NBC Sports Network hockey programming, they were on board and gave me enough time to hit all the events and the shooting locations. I was so excited to do something in the golf world, outside my element but one that I’m very passionate about. Plus, Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf, is a Chicagoan so that Chicago connection really helped.

GG: What’s been your favorite part of Driver vs Driver 2 so far?

Jeremy Roenick driver vs driver 2 judge

JR: I think to watch the dynamic of what goes into creating a driver. I never knew that there were so many USGA rules you had to be cognizant about. These guys were so brilliant. The minds of the of the final fourteen contestants are amazing. I think about what goes into creating a driver; from front to back the engineering, the critiquing, the tweaking, and the material the driver is made of was very very interesting.

GG: Was there a part of the design process that stuck out in your mind?

JR: You know, I really loved the different ideas on the weight distributions of the club. Guys were creating fade and draw aspects, the spin rates, and launch angles using different engineering techniques. Some used just aerodynamics, some used track systems, some used just plain, square weighted systems. It was just a really cool array of mentalities, how these guys tried to put their own idea of golf engineering.

GG: What have been some of your goals as a judge on the show this season?

JR: My job wasn’t to get into too much of the real engineering. My job was to be totally honest, give my golf fan mentality, a guy who loves to go into a golf shop and look at clubs. I’m a guy who, when he hits the ball, knows what it feels like but doesn’t know why it feels that way. As a judge, I was not so much the bad guy but the guy that gives a direct opinion of a club; really viewing it and being honest about how it looks and how it looks in the bag. That was my role in the show.

GG: In that case, what do you look for in a driver?

JR: I’m a traditionalist. I don’t like drivers that try to recreate the shape of a driver. I’m a big, big sound guy. I really pay attention to how the ball sounds coming off the club. That’s very very important for me. I found a lot of the drivers that we had throughout the season really didn’t fit my ear. When they don’t fit my ear, they’re not going to fit in my hand. So, not so much how the ball comes off the club, more how it sounds.

GG: Do you like a duller thud versus like a high pitched “ting”?

JR: Yeah, I don’t like the high pitched “ting.” I like it to sound like a marshmallow coming off the club. I want to feel and hear that the ball is compressing on the club. That “ting” sound will drive me crazy. It’ll just sound too hard and “metally” for me.

GG: I’m with you. Do you tinker with your clubs at all?

JR: Once I get a driver,  I’ll go hit and test it. I’ll move everything to where I think I need it and then after that, I never touch it again. How I’m hitting the ball on the first day of testing is pretty much what I’m gonna go with so I’m hoping it’s the best.

GG: Getting back to the show a little bit, what was your strategy behind giving away the “W” to Tim Slama?

Jeremy Roenick judge driver vs driver 2

JR: Tim impressed me so much because of his brilliance and his high IQ. His design implements how our bodies work, how our nervous system works, how the brain sends different triggers to different parts of our body when making of a golf swing. So, his design takes into account the energy that goes through our body, through our hands into the shaft a club.

This guy was so far beyond the normal IQ level of a twenty-year-old. I loved his idea of the infinity track system on the bottom. I thought it was really unique on how the bottom of the club looked. That’s the part that when sitting in a rack at a golf store or at a pro shop, it’s the first thing you see. I really love the fact that you can play with all the different types of variations and weight transfers. Those are all the reasons why I thought he deserved not even to be considered of elimination early.

GG: Yeah, just taking that doubt completely out of there.

JR: Absolutely.

GG: I wanted to touch a little bit on the EOS process of making prototypes showcased in Episode 3. Do you think that process is the wave of the future, with Wilson leading the charge? Will other companies start to gravitate towards this type of prototype construction?

EOS prototypes driver vs driver 2

JR: One hundred percent! The benefit of being able to hit a demo club as fast as possible is huge. To be able to create as close of a feel with the materials, to feel how the ball comes off the club, how the ball is going to react; the quicker you can do that without having to spend the money to fully manufacture, the better. This system has been able to revolutionize how drivers can be made. Of course, Wilson is the pioneer of that, which they’re very proud of.

GG: That was completely fascinating, to see the process go so quickly, from months to days to be able to put these prototypes together.

JR: Definitely. I think the designs are going to continue to get better. You’re gonna see a couple really cool things that are gonna come out in the show’s last 2 episodes. You’re going to see some pretty unbelievable finale situations that are going to bring the whole season to a conclusion. From what we thought of everybody; what we thought of their minds and what we thought of their designs. I loved how these last episodes really bring the viewer in and make the viewer really appreciate the genius that went into both the contestant’s designs and the engineers of Wilson’s ideas.

GG: Any other things stand out over these last episodes that viewers should tune into?

JR: The absolute, one hundred percent commitment and how involved and totally engaged these contestants were to win this contest. Their beliefs in their drivers, their commitment in their driver designs, and how bad they wanted to win Driver vs Driver. You’ll see their emotions really come through in these last episodes.

GG: Looking forward to that! One last question: just curious if you’ve seen Alex Ovechkin’s swing and whether or not Rick Shiels can help him out at all.

JR: (laughing) It’s terrible. Between Ovechkin and Charles Barkley, I don’t know if there’s anybody that can fix those swings very quickly.

GG: (laughing) Exactly. We appreciate your time Jeremy. We’re excited to see who comes out on top of Driver vs Driver 2.

JR: I appreciate it. Thanks for having me.

 

Be sure to tune into the finale on November 13th at 9/8 CT on the Golf Channel. For more information, head to the show’s official page HERE.

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Adjust Your Putting With PING Sigma 2 Putters

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Sigma 2 putter lineup

Another breakthrough putter design idea from the innovation originator, PING, is in the Sigma 2 putter family. Notably, these putters have improved feel and are even adjustable. The lineup offers a variety of shapes, ranging from the classic Anser to some brand new models to suit any golfer. We give you a closer look at what’s new on the Sigma 2 putters and introduce you to the models and finishes that are available.

Sigma 2 Putter Innovations

Feel

It goes without saying that feel is extremely important in a putter. In the Sigma 2 putters, PING combines a soft feel with the responsiveness for consistency usually found in firmer-feeling putters.

Sigma 2 putter insert

To accomplish this, PING uses a new Dual-Durometer PEBAX material for the insert. The insert consists of two layers, one soft and the other firm. The softer front layer (think pencil eraser), provides an extremely soft feel for short, delicate putts. The firmer back layer (think tire tread), provides the solid feedback and distance control needed for longer putts.

Sigma 2 TR face pattern

The face of each Sigma 2 putter features PING’s patented TR face pattern. The depth of the pattern varies, deeper in the middle and shallower as you move toward the heel or toe. This design speeds up off-center hits, providing more consistent ball speed on all putts.

Adjustability

ALONG WITH THE NEW FACE DESIGN THAT’S BOTH VERY SOFT AND RESPONSIVE, WE’RE PROVIDING GOLFERS THE ABILITY TO CUSTOMIZE THEIR SHAFT LENGTH BY INTRODUCING A SIMPLE AND INTUITIVE ADJUSTABLE-SHAFT-LENGTH TECHNOLOGY THAT IS A STANDARD FEATURE ON EVERY PUTTER IN THE LINE.”

—JOHN K. SOLHEIM, PING PRESIDENT

Adjustability is nothing new for PING, previously offering it in the PING Nome putters. The Nome was adjusted using a tool in a clamp-like ring around the shaft. While functional, it wasn’t very easy to use. To loosen, you had to turn it counterclockwise and lining the grip square again was often a challenge. PING engineers addressed these issues in an incredible way.

Sigma 2 adjustability

Every Sigma 2 putter has a USGA-conforming adjustable length shaft. This allows you to adjust the length of your putter from 32 to 36 inches quickly and easily. Unlike past iterations of adjustable putter shafts, a screw inside the shaft is adjusted from the top of the grip with an adjustment tool. A full turn of the tool alters the length approximately ¼ inch. This allows the length to be changed quickly without the prior risk of the grip ending up not square. Because the mechanism is inside the shaft, changing the grip won’t limit your ability to adjust the length.

PING Sigma 2 Models

The Sigma 2 line comes in 9 different models and 2 finishes, Platinum or Stealth. Meet the models:

Anser

sigma 2 anser finishes

This classic blade putter is the only Sigma 2 putter that comes in both Platinum and Stealth finishes. As with past Anser putters, the Sigma 2 Anser has a plumber’s neck that fits golfers with a slight arc in their stroke. The familiar single alignment line on the back flange of the putter helps with alignment. A medium, 350-gram head weight, 70-degree lie angle, and 3 degrees of loft complete the stock specs.

ZB 2

Ping Sigma 2 ZB2

The Sigma 2 ZB2 is a blade putter with a flow neck hosel. At address, the ZB2 looks like a smaller, rounder Anser (with a different hosel, of course). Despite its smaller size, ZB2 packs the same amount of MOI as the Anser thanks to an improved design. The center cavity is cut deeper, allowing more weight to be placed on the perimeter, upping the MOI by 25% over the previous model.

The ZB2 has a generous amount of toe hang, perfect for a strong arc putting stroke or if you have a pull tendency. The putter head weighs the same as the Anser (350 grams) and has the same standard loft and lie angle (3 and 70, respectively).

Arna

Ping Sigma 2 Arna

The Sigma 2 Arna is a new, mid-mallet design that comes in the sleek Stealth finish. The head weighs in at a slightly heavier 360 grams. This extra weight helps deliver a smooth, confident stroke on short putts without sacrificing distance control on lag putts. Lining up putts is a cinch thanks to the long alignment line on the back.

The flow neck hosel gives the Arna a moderate toe hang, which fits a slight arc stroke type. The standard loft is 3 degrees and the lie angle is 70 degrees.

Kushin C

Sigma 2 Kushin C

Sticking in the mid-mallet category, next up is the Sigma 2 Kushin C, available in the platinum finish. The Kushin line reemerged last year with the Sigma G Kushin, a heel-shafted, wide blade putter and can be built to suit either a straight or arced putting stroke. The Kushin C mainly varies in looks, notably being center-shafted. This fits golfers with a straight putting stroke.

Another difference is the multiple, smaller lines that pair with the main alignment line on the back of the putter. The additional lines further help with alignment.

The width of the Kushin C is about the same as the previous model. However, the Kushin C has a notchback look, making the putter increasingly stable by placing more weight by the heel and toe.

Fetch

Sigma 2 Fetch

Another new putter model is the Sigma 2 Fetch. This is arguably the most interesting looking model in the Sigma 2 putter line for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, is the hole in the middle. The hole not only pairs with the 2 alignment lines to help you aim, but it will also pick up your golf ball. Also, the unique shape of the head fits inside the hole so you can grab the ball with your putter after sinking that long putt.

On the technical side, the head weighs slightly more, tipping the scale at 365 grams. It comes in the clean platinum finish and fits a straight-back-straight-through putting stroke.

Tyne

Sigma 2 Tyne Stealth

PING brings back the popular Tyne model for the Sigma 2 line. The Sigma 2 Tyne, available in the stealth finish, has a familiar “fang” design, found in other popular putter models. The design’s popularity comes from its performance. The shape frames the ball nicely and boosts MOI  for extra forgiveness.

The alignment line on the Sigma 2 Tyne is moved to the back of the putter (versus being on the top of the Sigma G Tyne). The line pairs with micro-lines and the “tines” to easily line up putts.

The heel shafted head can be custom built to fit either a straight or slight arc putting stroke.

Tyne 4

Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4

Looking down at the Sigma 2 Tyne 4, it’s easy to confuse it to the Sigma 2 Tyne. Both have the same overall shape, forgiveness, and alignment features. Besides the different finish, the Tyne 4 has a different hosel, which is a short, flow-neck hosel. This gives the Tyne 4 more toe hang, making it better suit a player with a strong arc in their putting. The head of the Tyne 4 is also slightly heavier (5 grams), giving it a little extra stability.

Wolverine H

Ping Sigma 2 Wolverine H

The Sigma 2 Wolverine H also received a makeover versus the previous model. The view from above looks like a cross between the Sigma G Wolverine T and a Craz-E. To us, the Wolverine H helps line up the ball easier.

The hosel is also different on the Sigma 2 Wolverine H, resembling a plumber’s neck. This gives the putter a mid-toe hang, fitting a slight arcing putting stroke.

Valor

Ping Sigma 2 Valor

Last but not least, meet the Sigma 2 Valor. This full mallet is a new model for PING. The squarer look pushes more weight to the perimeter, increasing the MOI/forgiveness. The large area in the middle makes alignment super easy too. The heel-shafted head can also be customized to fit either a straight or slight arc putting stroke.

Last Word(s) on Sigma 2 Putters

Whew! That was a lot of information to digest about the PING Sigma 2 putters. The quick takeaways are:

  • A new, Dual-Durometer Face insert gives a soft feel on short putts and firm feel on long putts for better distance control and confidence
  • Each model adjusts from 32 inches to 36 inches, in 1/4-inch increments
  • 9 different models (10 total putters) are available in 2 finishes

Now it’s time for you to experience these putters for yourselves. Head HERE to start shopping today.

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