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The Club Report: Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 Putters

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Details on how you can win one of these putters at the end of the article.

 

More Majors Won Than Any Other Brand

By Dave Wolfe

It’s interesting how changes over time can be subtle with golf companies. We all expect golf equipment to change frequently, and we all notice when it does. At the company level though, it seems like it takes golfers a couple of years, or longer, to notice the change, and then that change usually comes as a surprise.

Image is a big deal for golf companies, and it is one that must be carefully cultured. Take Callaway’s #fiveyearwar plan of attack. The marketing people and club makers at Callaway are putting a ton of effort into letting people know all about the new Callaway. They are driving the brand away from the “for-old-golfers” perception that had settled in on the Callaway brand toward a new perception more characterized by words like innovative and exciting. Callaway is actively fighting to change golfers’ perceptions of Callaway Golf, and it seems to be working.

There are other companies working to change golfers’ perceptions as well. If the question “What golf company has won More Majors Won Than Any Other Brand?” came up during a local pub trivia night I am not sure that I would answer with Wilson Staff.

I started playing golf after the real heyday of Wilson Staff. If you did too, then you may not realize how they were the company in golf for a long time. A seriously long time.

If you are unfamiliar with the history of Wilson Staff, they have a great history page on their site HERE. As you skim though the timeline, you’ll see that it starts with big names in golf like Sneed and Sarazen, powers on through most of the 20th century. Toward the end of the 20th century though, the Wilson Staff brand seems to drop off the golf pinnacle. Maybe it was the selling of the company a couple of times. Maybe it was the fact that other competing companies like Ping and Callaway came into the market. Regardless, something happened where the Wilson Staff name did not mean what it once did. If you look at that history page, you can see that Padraig Harrington was almost solely responsible for keeping the Wilson Staff name relevant in tournament golf from 2000-2010.

Let’s bring it closer to home. Did you buy any Wilson Staff clubs in the first decade of this century?

But in the second decade of the twenty-first century, things are changing at Wilson Staff. Their clubs are improving, and people are starting to notice. Tour guys are playing them. Kevin Streelman just earned almost $400,000 with Wilson Staff clubs by finishing T3 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. In 2012, the FG Tour V2 irons were labeled as Must Demo by this very site, and during last year’s Most Wanted Driver Test, Tony called the Wilson Staff D100 driver “the perfect driver for guys who just love to hit golf balls.” I played the D100 driver a bunch last season, and I’ll attest that it’s fun (and long). Things are changing at Wilson Staff. Again, the gear is getting better.

Vizor Level 2

In every role-playing game I’ve ever played, being first level sucks. I don’t know that Wilson Staff even though of role-playing games when they named this incarnation of the Vizor “Level 2″, but that’s what it made me think of. Usually, if you survive to level two, then you get a little bit stronger, and a little bit more skilled at whatever your character is trying to do. At Level 2, you are simply better than you were at Level 1.

With the Vizor Level 2 line, Wilson has taken what was present in the original Vizor line, and refined it. The original Vizor mallet was a solid performer in our 2013 Most Wanted Mallet test, finishing in the top half of the pack with an accuracy score of 83.  What did our testers like about that Vizor? The soft insert, and the I-Lock alignment system. So what has been improved in Level 2? Well the urethane insert is now softer, the color and designs have been changed to promote a “more modern” look, and the I-Lock technology has been improved. Taking the strong points, and making them stronger seems like a solid plan.

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Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 Specifications

Materials: Steel construction with urethane insert.
Shaft: True Temper Steel
RH Models Available: 4
LH Models Available: Model 2
Grip:  Made from a proprietary X-Tack , synthetic material
Grip Size:  Midsized is standard; oversized and undersized also available
Insert: Urethane (10-15 durometer points softer than previous Vizor model)
Price:  $149.99
US Release Date: January 17, 2014

The Big Deal: I-Lock Technology

Vizor2 Alignment

I am fairly certain that anyone looking at the Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 putters will immediately notice the I-Lock alignment system. The concept behind the I-Lock system is that it helps the golfer to make sure that his or her eyes are in a position directly over the putter and the target line at address.  According to Wilson Staff, there are three main advantages to the I-Lock system:

  • Improves putting alignment by aiding the golfer in positioning the eyes directly over the ball and line of putt.
  • Visual reminder when eyes are over the target line for more consistent set-up, alignment and stroke.
  • Easy to understand and take from the practice green to the course.

EyeLock

So what makes this new I-Lock a Level 2 upgrade? Well, the original I-Lock system has been altered/improved in a couple of places. Again, according to Wilson Staff:

  • More open alignment “bridge” to allow additional light in for quicker and easier confirmation of being over the target line.
  • “Bridge” is now parallel (level) with the ground for a more consistent eye and address position.
  • Single color, high contrast black/white alignment system for perfect set-up.

It looks to me like the original I-Lock technology has indeed Leveled Up. They have taken what they had in the original Vizor, and improved it. But we just have their word for it, right? It’s not like they have supported the claims of the I-Lock system with data.

 

Supported By Data

Vizor Data

Well look at that, DATA! Now, of course, we need to remain skeptical because the data was generated by the company involved, but it is data none the less. How many times do we hear about great new innovations in golf gear that are not supported by any concrete numbers? We don’t get much information about the testing conditions, or the testers, but these two charts do make a pretty good case for the association between eye position and accuracy. 20% improvement is nothing to sneeze. A tour pro that improves 20% on the green would earn a whole lot more cash that year.
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The Wilson Staff I-Lock test shows us that eye position relative to the putter and line matters, and it also serves as a diagnostic for anyone that is missing. If you are pushing your putts, maybe your eyes are too inside; pulling, too outside. What the Vizor I-Lock does is give you a simple system to know if you are inside or outside, or locked.

No, I don’t find the I-Lock to be the most attractive feature ever added to a putter. However, I find making more putts to be very attractive. I bet you do too. Dismissing functional technology based upon looks is not a solid plan. Would you, could you, with a fish

 

Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 – Model 1

Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2-07

 

The Model 1 is the only blade in the Vizor Level 2 line-up, although some will argue that the addition of the I-Lock alignment system makes it more of a mallet than a traditional blade. I agree, it looks more mallet-like, than blade-like at address, but it really does play more like a blade while putting. It does have the design elements of the typical blade:  plumbers neck, heel-toe-weighting, and a toe-hang around 3:45-4:00.

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Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 – Model 2

Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2-20

The Model 2, and the Model 3, are definitely mallets. With the Model 2, we get a rounded visual that reminds me a bit of the bottom of a 2-Ball. Obviously, the I-Lock again is the dominant visual feature, but the other design elements, like being face-balanced as a result of the double bend shaft, will make the Model 2 very comfortable for the straight stroking putter.

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Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 – Model 3

Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2-32

 

The Model 3 is another face-balanced mallet, but this one is a bit more angular than the Model 2 and because of that, it may fit the eye of some golfers better than that more rounded Model 2 head. Play-wise, I personally found the Model 2 more to my liking, but I’m hard pressed to explain why. Both set up to the ball the same with the I-Lock, and both have identical urethane inserts. Maybe it’s a little weight distribution difference, maybe it’s geometry. I guess what I’m telling you is to roll both and make your own decision. They are different…

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Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 – Model 4

Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2-23

 

I love putters that are easily weaponizable. Hone the edges of those wings and you have a tool to make putts with and then defend yourself with when the zombies storm your course. Wilson Staff describes the Model 4 as Aggressive Mallet with Center Shaft Design. I like the word aggressive for the Model 4. I may have mentioned before that the Odyssey Sabertooth is one of my all-time favorite putters. It still gets game time when the putter review queue is light. This Model 4 reminds me of the Sabertooth, but the center-shaft, and the I-Lock technology make the Model 4 its own entity as well. This one is definitely my favorite one in the line.

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Moving in the Right Direction

So is the Wilson Staff brand moving in the right direction? I think that they are. I can say that these putters are better than the previous Vizors. The aesthetics on these Vizor Level 2 putters still may not be to your liking, but they do find the hole. The Model 3 and Model 4 are taking part in the 2014 Most Wanted Mallet test, and I have already had one tester email me about where he could buy one. Read into that what you will…

When thinking about the status of Wilson Staff in 2014, ask yourself the following question: Are there any Wilson Staff clubs that I would like to demo and maybe game from the current line-up?

Here’s my answer:

  • FG Tour M3 Driver
  • FG Tour M3 Fairways & Hybrid
  • FG Tour M3 Irons or new C100 irons
  • FG Tour TC Wedges
  • Nexus Stand Bag (2014′s MGS Most Wanted Carry Bag)
  • 2014 Wilson Staff FG Tour Ball

That looks a lot like a whole bag of Wilson Staff clubs. The only reason I didn’t list a putter is that I don’t actually get to play one putter for a season, or even many back to back rounds. Regardless, I don’t think that there is a year in recent history when I would have been able to put together such an expansive list of Wilson Staff gear. I think that means something. Granted, I’m just one guy, but if I’m noticing what is going on with Wilson Staff equipment, then I bet others are noticing as well. Will Wilson Staff ever return to its previous spot at the top of golf market, who knows? However, it seems like they are moving in the right direction.

Win A Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 Putter

Leave a comment below letting us know what you think of the I-Lock alignment system and which Vizor Level 2 model catches your eye. In a week or so, we will choose one commenter at random to win his or her choice of Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 Putter!

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Brian Archer January 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

Super article. Great looking putter line from Wilson. Concept for alignment is very innovative!

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Chris Tonn January 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

I’m very interested in this new alignment technology…and I need all the help I can get. I like Model 3 the best.

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Steve Sheridan January 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

Love the looks of the entire WS Vizor Level Two line.Instead of blowing up a good idea and starting over they refined the material and the look to appeal to the better golfer. Awesome update that blends with the entire 2014 lineup.

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Tider992010 January 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I like the Wilson putters and the I-Lock alignment system. Makes sense to me. I like the and which Vizor Level 2 Vizor 4 Center Shafted model. I’m a little partial to mallet styles.
I am really impressed with what Wilson Staff are doing in revitalizing their brand. The new products look great.

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Samuel Gargaro January 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

The model 4 would make a great addition to my bag!

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SeanMRivers January 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Tried this putter out in the MyGolfSpy Mallet testing with Dave. Ended up in my top 3 of favorite putters this year. This thing is money

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Ben Brendel January 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm

The Model 1 looks like the best one to me. The I-Lock alignment system intrigues me. Seems legit and like something that could really help my putting game.

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RyanF34 January 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I-Lock technology seems like it should have been used years ago, by everyone. Can’t wait to give it try for myself. I prefer Model 4.

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Nic S January 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Finally a good looking center shift mallet. I would play the hell out of that model 4. It’s an interesting concept

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Evan Davies January 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I like the Model 2. Would like to see what it does knowing that i have a slight arc in my putting stroke

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Kevin January 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Interesting design but if it works…sign me up! Model one is my preference not to much but just enough.

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Marc Mostert January 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

WOW! THIS IS AMAZING!! AND THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING TAYLORMADE

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Joel Johnson January 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I personally would have to say I would love to try the model #4. The alignment concept does look like an innovative take to get the putter square at address. Thanks for the opportunity… always looking for new ways to assist my putting.

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BenJ January 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

The one that appeals to me is the Model 1. Similar to a 2-Ball Blade 2 that I used for a while.

What I don’t see in your article is any discussion about lie angle’s effect on this alignment aid. It would seem to me that lie angle would have to be absolutely perfect for this alignment aid to work. For example, a lie that’s too upright will tilt the toe of the putter into the air and cause the putter head to be further way from the person with the alignment “locked” than the actual optimal position should be. The opposite would be true for situations where the putter is too flat.

The solution seems stupidly simple to me and that’s an adjustable neck. Wilson can feel free to pay me $1 million for this idea. With an adjustable neck and a plumb bob dangling from between your eyes, you could set your putter up exactly perfect and then lock the neck into place at the correct angle. Combine this with PING’s adjustable length idea and you’ve got a putter that you can make perfect with very minimal effort.

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pabloheitmeyer January 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

+1

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P Dubs January 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I am a fan of these alignment systems that aren’t in your face. The Versa is guilty of being over the top, IMO. Very subtle, yet efficient design. The face looks fantastic as well.

I would love to add the Model 4 to my bag.

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Scott Connors January 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Nice job by Wilson here! The folks are doing a great job getting to the forefront of design and this putter series seemingly proves that to be true with the I-Lock System. #4 looks awesome and would be a welcome addition.

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Brian Kuznia January 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

The proof is always in the pudding, but I would love to give them a roll or two. Checking out the different models I would lean towards model 4. I’m looking forward to your 2014 mallet test in addition to your 2014 driver test. Love your website and check it daily for updates. Keep up the great work!

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mygolfspy January 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Thanks Brian, appreciate it.

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Chuck Mabin January 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I keep going back to number four. It catches ny eye and looks well balanced.

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Gil B. January 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I like the model #4. The design of todays products obviously are to get your attention, that’s item number one but the key is to attract you to them so as to at least give them a try. If you start sinking more putts that’s a bonus. It’s the individual’s technique that gets the ball in the hole. Don’t get me wrong, I’d try it in a heartbeat and would be happy to get one.

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Roberta Upton January 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Looks good ! Technology and experimental results pointing at helping the golfer rather than hype for once. Well thought out, and looks easy to use too. My partner Mark would love one. He finds putters with lines on, rather than 2 ball type alignments, easier to use, and liked the first Vizor putter too !

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Lee H. January 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

The I-lock feature looks like it will benefit a typical amateur that struggles to get into the proper putting position. Instant feedback is given, which helps create a more positive attitude for the golfer. I think most of us will benefit from this technology.

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Charles P. January 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm

The alignment idea seems sound. I would think that I might prefer a white line indicator of perfect setup, versus the all-black indication they have, to create a better flow from the line drawn on my ball. I also like the softer urethane insert. The putter heads overall are a little “busy” looking, but if they get the job done who cares! Good to see Wilson Staff back in the game.

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bryce N January 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Love the forward thinking! not just weights but something us amateurs can actually benefit from. level 1 is slick!

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Caleb January 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I love the model 3. I currently play a blade putter and my alignment is probably terrible. I love the grip texture pattern on this as well

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Kris B January 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I really like the idea. I know for a fact I tend to putt with my eyes on the far side of the putter. Will be very interested in trying this out the 1st time I see one in stores. If I happen to win this one, I think I’d have to choose the Mark 4, though I like the looks of the 2 as well. Though I think the Model 2 I might like only because when I’m practising on the putting green I think it’d make it really easy to pick up all the balls. Just being honest lol.

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mike hallee January 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm

The Model 1 is the most traditional style putter of the bunch which is what i prefer to put with.
The additional alignment aid sounds interesting

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Jim V. January 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

As a designer myself, I’m glad to see golf companies pushing the boundaries – the industry is so nested in tradition. Nice job, Wilson! If I were to bag one of these, it would be #3, just from an aesthetic standpoint.

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Jay January 8, 2014 at 1:51 pm

The I-Lock alignment system looks amazing. Last year I spent A TON of time practicing on the greens. Even with that practice I would still go back and forth constantly in regards to my distance from the ball and my head position. My eyes aren’t the best and I have a difficult time making sure I’m over the center of my putter. Model 4 looks awesome.

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Willie January 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Love the look of the Model 2 and the Model 4! I think if they made the color closer to a black or gun metal, and/or made the insert white or black, they would have a real winner! Either way, these will end up in my hands on the demo green.

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Will January 8, 2014 at 1:56 pm

The line up piece looks like a scorpion tail, that putter is very busy. Cool concept though, they’re like SeeMores on crack, certainly worth a few rolls to see if it really lines me up better. Padraig still a Wilson guy?

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Anssi January 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm

New innovations are usually awesome. So is this new I-Lock! Customizing golf clubs is very important, because we are all so diffirent from each other. Customizing a putter is in my opinion even more important than a driver because in every 18-hole round of golf we stroke just 13-15 shots with the driver but over 30 strokes with the putter. Many guys sometimes over 40 strokes. Customizing your putter let’s these “40″ guys be at the 30 digits.

I really think the Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 – Model 4 caught my eye. Mostly because it looks like an attack helicopter so it kinda looks bad ass and dangerous! With this kind of putter I really would feel confident and would definetly attack for the putts. Look so cool!

Thanks,

Anssi

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Jonah January 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I love mallet putters, and I love to see the new innovation. It is also great that Wilson Staff is coming back as a major golf company. I never really gave them a second thought. I really like the concept of the I-lock technology. It is very innovative. These putters look nice, I would really like to try out model number four.

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Alex Rubin January 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Looks like a great putter. I really need a new one. Might have broke mine last time I played.

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markb January 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I think all of us have a few club makers that we love and favor, a few we hate and refuse to try, and a bunch that we overlook and don’t bother to even consider. But every so often, one of those overlooked companies does a few things that causes us to sit up and take notice. For me, Wilson is that company right now.

They’ve done about four things in a row that cause me to say “Don’t overlook them anymore.” I like the look of the FG Tour driver and it has an adjustable hosel, their Urethane ball deserves a poke or two, I like the way they clearly segment their products into three easy to understand player types, and now these putters. I spent several months using mirrors and various putting tools because my pro identify a flaw in my eye-line over the putter that I couldn’t see. These would have highlighted that flaw in two seconds.

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markb January 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

UPDATE:

Am I wrong or are these visors all DETACHABLE?! It looks like they are and I can find no mention of that fact in the article. If so, they just shot way up in my interest list.

Also, I think it should be mentioned that when adjusting your eye line, it’s important to set the club flat and MOVE YOUR HEAD, not cant the “roll” plane of the putter with your hands (from toe up to toe down etc.). The goal is get your hands shoulders and grip in the right place for a good stroke, and this may require more extensive fitting with shaft adjustments, then get your eyes in the right place over the clubhead.

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Lou G. January 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Would love to try this putter. Like the Model 3. Alignment is such a vital key in putting, this would have to help.

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JDog January 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Model 3 for me. I like the I-lock as it looks simple, effective, and I actually find it attractive.

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Dale Tipton January 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Choosing a putter comes down to two things for me. Is it pleasing to the eye when I am setting up behind the ball and do I like the feel at contact? If I like these two things I will work with my putter in practice and then feel confident when I pull it out of the bag on the course. I have not had the opportunity to hold this putter in my hand but it appears the design team is working toward what I feel is important. Good job.

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hckymeyer January 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Model 1 here. I find the I-Lock system very intriguing, I really just want to try it to see if I’m actually set up with my eyes over the ball on my current putter. They should market a clip-on device you can take with you to any putter.

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The Old Billy Baroo January 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I’d be willing to try Model 3. Looks like from the pics that the I-Lock system is removable. Is that the case? Once you fix your alignment issues, just take it off?

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Bruno st-amour January 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I like it ! What ever can hell guys make putts ! :p GO technologie

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Camden January 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Excellent innovation with the design and concept for a putter. I like all the models, and the ability to have different looks at a putter when I address the putt.

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Kevin bennett January 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Very interesting concept. Can’t wait to try 1 out.

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Matt January 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

The alignment system does a great job of standing out at the golf shop and I’m sure it helps on the course. I don’t know if that’s enough to tear people away from Odyssey, but I appreciate a company that tries something different from the rest. Model 3 looks the best to me.

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Kurt January 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Level 2, Model 1. I have never likes using the larger round putters but Model 1 looks like my current putter just with a far more accurate line on it.

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Cragboy January 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I really liked the looks of model 2&3. Model 1&4 seemed to look like something out of a starwars movie. I will try one out the next time I am at the golf shop.

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Bubba G. January 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I love what Wilson is doing all the way around. Their driver is rated way high in ranking, their golf balls are rated way higher than Pro V1′s and now these beautiful works.

The alignment tools they give folks should have a major effect on lowering scores. It’s really impressive how they designed for arcing or straight putting styles.

Keep up the good work youins.

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MG January 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I think the model 3 would be a great addition to my fg tour v2 irons! I actually think this is a pretty cool idea and would love to give it a try. Looks may not be ideal for the blade style but in the model 3 the looks don’t bother me at all. Especially if it performs!

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Shane January 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I like it, looking forward to testing Model 3.

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Joe Gilbert January 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Great article. I’m loving the looks of #4. I am looking for a center shafted mallet for the coming golf season. After 5 or 6 years of Odyssey #9, I have lost confidence in it, hence being on the lookout for a new center shafted putter.

When will these be out in the stores for demos?

Great website by the way. I don’t get on here more than once a week or so, but there is always great info to be found here. Keep up the good work.

Joe

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Pim January 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Looks great!

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picotrain January 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

They look well built and with a great concept.
I’m curious to know if anyone on tour will be playing any of them.
I’d like to see how they look up close and personal… even with as many pictures that are posted, so much of it comes down to what it feels like in your own hands…

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BD Ledbetter January 8, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Wow, another reason to look at Wilson for golf: i have liked the irons of late, was just talking with someone about the Duo golf ball, and now I am seeing the putters and I am liking(model 4 for me). Nice job Wilson, you have definitely turned my head.

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Chad O January 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I would game Model 3! I never know if I am lined up correctly or not, this looks like a good fix for that.

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Alistair January 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I’m intrigued by the idea of wilson bringing in another form of alignment aid thats incorperated into the putter. Its basically adding the functions of an alignment into the putter so you can use it while playing. Will be interesting to see how far companies take this approach and what we the players get because of it.

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Brian January 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I prefer the 3. Alignment aid is a great concept and I think it would benefit me. I often catch myself standing too far over the ball and I wonder about the times I don’t catch myself.

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Golfzilla January 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

The alignment tech looks quite good. I’m currently more inspired by insert tech like the Scottsdale TR and Bobby Grace to control distance. What do the stats say about 3 putts? Are they caused more by alignment or distance control?

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Don Koo January 8, 2014 at 9:38 pm

This is quite intriguing. The look is somewhat reminiscent of one of my old Ping putters with additional alignment technology to boot. At the very least it’s worthy of a try.

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RAT January 8, 2014 at 10:04 pm

WOW! I have one the first mallet models and it is great. Alignment Works . The improvements are just what it needed. Although I’m not sure about the softer face, I will need to give it a test . If it has improved the feel then I will bag one!

p.s I bagged the V2 Fg tour Irons last year and Wedges ! The ratings were spot on, I rated them to be even better. I play the Fg Tour X ball and it’s something everyone should give a try. Waiting for the new Fg M3 woods, hybrids will be in next week.
Look out The KING of CLUBS is BACK ,(62 now 63 this year.) Wilson Staff Don’t be scared give them a test run and you will want them!

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Alistair January 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm

I’m really intrigued by what Wilson has incorporated in these putter, its bassically built in a string line that you can use while playing in competition. It will be very interesting to see where this ends up in terms of makers incorperating more putting aids into there putters.

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MikeG January 8, 2014 at 11:26 pm

I would really like to demo the model 1 and the model 4, the model 4 is a lot like my current putter, a Ping G5 craz*e, center shafted. Some days I push, some days pull, I guess I could use the Alignment system, LOL.

Sure hope I win the Model 4, but will try to find a place to demo them both.

Thanks, MGS!

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Randy Waddell January 8, 2014 at 11:48 pm

How can you pass up a putter with the technology and good looks of the new Wilson Vizor Level 2 . I’m especially drawn to the Model 4 Mallet. I think the center shaft and extreme outer weighting along with the eye alignment have to be a great improvement to putting.Great job Wilson Staff!! I’ve played Wilson equipment for years and it’s getting better all the time.

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Jeremy January 8, 2014 at 11:57 pm

That Model 4 is dead sexy. I love it and must have it.

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Teun January 9, 2014 at 3:10 am

Out on the course I find it hard to determine the position of my stance, especially when putting. While I consider myself a feel putter, having actual visual feedback on the position of my body, would mean a tremendous boost in confidence, that should be very valuable to putting with feel.

So in other words, the i-Lock system sounds very promising, wish some retailers in my area would sell these putters.

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Jordan Kaneshiro January 9, 2014 at 6:07 am

I’m not a good putter at all and though I have been getting better with practice, an alignment aid like this would probably help tremendously. It’s foolproof and I like that it’s backed up with any data (though more would be even better). Right now I’m using a TPM 6 that I had regripped and it feels great. Whether it rolls great or not depends largely on my concentration and confidence at any given moment on the green. Whether I win or not I’d be curious to see how this model works for people who have the chance to try it.

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Isaac Scott January 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

Model 4 is right up my ally, I love the look of that putter and lining up is my downfall. Thanks for the cool contest.

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Andrew Carro January 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

I really like all the things Wilson is doing these days. This putter would definitely help with my alignment.

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Thom Bendtsen January 9, 2014 at 10:05 am

Looks similar to the Dead Aim putter without the attachable laser. I love this idea, it seems like alignment aide of this sort should be in every putter. I guess the model one is the only one suited to a slight arc so that would be the one for me.

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Carlton Durham January 9, 2014 at 11:12 am

I no doubt would use the model 4. Setup is like my TM I have been locking to replace. I just can’t get the roll I desire with blades and switching to the straight path stroke has helped me knock several strokes off on the green. Please put the model 4 in my bag!!!

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Arm O. January 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

Looks revolutionary and most importantly backed by actual testing not gimmicks. I would certainly try them!

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Bob Gray January 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

Anything which promotes a better path to consistancy looks golden to me. Looks like it will make lining up putts accurately and consistantly a breeze

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Rick January 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

Love the idea of being able to easily to see if my eyes are over the ball correctly. Very innovative design. Looking forward to trying model 1.

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Jon Sturm January 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

I have read that a pretty high number of misses result from poor eye alignment due to standing too close or too far away. The adjustments are simple after the fact but having the I Lock is really handy to make that adjustment BEFORE the miss rather than after that opportunity is already gone and also without the last second doubts clogging up your mind while standing over the ball.

Would love to try #1 or #2 in my bag!

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Jon Sturm January 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

I am also planning on trying the Wilson Duo balls this spring. Sounds like a really good combintation of distance and spin. I had been playing Titleist NXT Tour S and was pretty happy with gaining 1 club of distance on my irons over the PRO V and keeping soft feel. If I could get that feel and distance with just a touch more spin for some more agressive wedge shots that would be ideal and the DUO golf balls sounds like they may actually have that. Pretty tough to find a bad review of the Duo.

Would love to hear any experiences with comparing these if anyone has them.

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Damon January 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

As a big fan of Wilson Staff, I am excited to see the innovation they are putting into their new products. I am a big fan of center shafted, funky looking putters, so the obvious choice for me would be the #4 model. I believe the I-lock system will work to ensure a consistent setup. But I do agree with an earlier poster that I wish there were lie angle options. I putt best with shorter, upright putters. My guess is these sit around 72*, when I would prefer 74/75*. I would be interested in demoing this and seeing how my eyes would line up in my natural stance with the flatter than preferred lie angle.

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Don January 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

Good looking putters.Love the technology

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Wally Bruchman January 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

I like the lock – one less thing to think about.

Model 4 is my favorite.

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Artie January 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I am always looking for a better way to make sure I am aligned properly. the model 2 sure looks like an option to try out .

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Erik Torngren January 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Really seems like a great idea. I have issues sometimes with my alignment, so this sounds like something that might benefit me.

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David January 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Please! Anything that can help me with putting I’d give a go. Anything! That #3 would look awesome in my bag next to my Wilson FG’s. Going to Wison’s site to see where their tour van will be, need to hit that driver.

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Kevin Cunha January 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

If these putters perform as half as well as the D-100 irons and hybrid that I purchased a few months ago, I’m sold. Wilson Staff is definitely stepping up their game.

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w dandridge January 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Too cool love to play with it!

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steven stumper January 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I like the model 3 the best looking for my eye and I have some trouble with my putt alignment. also like the lock system.

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Glenn January 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

What could be an easier way to assure you are properly set up before you take the stroke?. The model 2 mallet would be most to my liking. My path is pretty much straight back and through.

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lance wuollet January 9, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I definitely like the model 4 the best. It just plain looks cool!

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Brian January 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I really like that they used the base as black with white line instead of the opposite. I like the Model 4 the best.

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Schilz January 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I have always loved the look and feel of Wilson golf equipment since the old staff line when I started caddying back in 1962. The Wilson name has always been associated with the Chicago area. But I will be damned if you can find places near by to buy their equipment. they seemed to have given up on selling product in the States and appear to be a bigger player in the other world markets. how the heck did that happen from a name that originally was a leader of sporting goods years ago in this country??

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Neal January 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

My Scotty Cameron Newport has a feature which is not as good. Very interested in trying this club.

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Eric B January 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I’d love to get excited about this putter. I’d love it if all I needed to improve is my bad aiming.

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Dustin M January 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I’m definitely a fan of the Model 1. My Titleist SC detour 2.5 looks alot like it just without the alignment aid. I would game this in a heartbeat.

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Leftienige January 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I still have a 80′s (or it could even be 70′s) Wilson putter that faintly resembles the “anser” -style blade , but with a matte-black finish .
Best putter I own !

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Tom Ryan January 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I have faithfully used Wilson equipment for over 40 years. Just put an 8881 in my bag and love it. Looks to be a very inovative putter. Always liking a blade putter I like model #1

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Mario Luna January 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

the new I lock alignment system really does make the new level 2′s a notch better. Love the instant feedback one gets. I prefer the model 4.

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gordon52 January 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Darn, finally thought I had found my perfect putter, TM FO-72 , but I know my alignment is wonky. Might have to track down the Vizor .

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Dale January 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Brilliant design and the colour combination looks like it would work for me. Previously a user of a Broomstick and 2-Ball Putters. Well done.

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Paul Kielwasser January 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Hey, similar technology has worked for SeeMore for years. They have a devoted following that believe in the message and they buy the putters. I, for one, have never liked the “feel” of SeeMores. They are harder than I like. So, this may be an answer for that dilemma! I like the looks of a #3 the best, but having a slight arc putting stroke, the #1 would be my putter.

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Patricia Kurz January 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I do best with a blade, but am very intrigued by #4. Whichever, I definitely want to own one of these before Spring.

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Ken O'Neal January 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

reminds me of the see more system, but i hope the model 4 is one of the left handed available. :)

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Les Harness January 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I had a bit of a push back with how the putters looked; however, after reading and understanding the I-Lock system, looks are not as bad as I thought. In fact, with the I-Lock system, alignment should make the putter a piece of ART. I plan to find a Model 3 and test,
then pray they have two, one for my bag and one for practice in house. (It’s not easy to align a 3 wood for your putter when you ran out and left the only putter against the wall at home.)

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Blake Q January 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I would be willing to put this in the bag and give it a try for a few rounds.

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gdiddy January 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Eye Level it! oops Love it. that alignment aid is cool as cool gets imo. And the sad truth is I need a new putter.
She was lost in a very sad Green to pond incident. That I am leagelly not supposed to talk about.

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Dwayne January 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I think you owe it to Her to confess to the rest of us how your baby ended up fish food.

Maybe she is safe with “Our Lady of the Pond”, and when the new king is born, you can get her back.

These putters are lke those See More putters, but appears like there are more choices.

Wilson overall is underrated, they deserve better.

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Jason January 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I think that with my slight arc the number one looks very promising. I have been using Wilson Staff irons and driver and have been pleased with the results so far.

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Matt wiseley January 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I love the idea and I think model 4 is the one I would use. Certainly will consider.
Grew up playing staff blades, wow have times changed.

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Kenny B January 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Interesting design concept. Model 2 for me. It seems that Wilson is making a strong comeback after years of mediocrity. I had a Fatshaft driver that was very nice, but they didn’t do much after that, until the last year or so. Might have to give them another try.

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Richard Geisel-Churchill January 9, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Wilson is making some great strides….would love to put this in the bag.

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Van D January 10, 2014 at 3:51 am

Ugly but I like Wilson Staff as a golf company and I’d give anything a chance to make more putts.

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Mark Salmon January 10, 2014 at 5:39 am

Definately model 2 for me with the 2 ball shape. I will have to try out the centre shafted model 4 though…….looks mad!

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Nick Makl January 10, 2014 at 8:25 am

Great article! I have been using a Odyssey Dual Force Rossie II brass mallet since it became available eons ago. It has served me well. I use a straight back straight through style of putting stroke and spend alot of my practice putting time on alignment and making sure that my eyes are over the ball. I do go through some spells when my putts are consistantly right or left of my intended line. I have my foursome watch me putt when I go through one of these spells and they don’t see any pull-push or loop. After reading about the Wilson Visor alaignment guide I think I may have found the cause and cure for my problem. The Visor Level 2-Model 2 I think is the answer for the club I need and I would be happy to get one.

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ignorance123 January 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

I have played Wilson Di-11 6-GW irons for a few years now and would definitely consider adding this new Visor Level 2 putter, especially with one that has a longer handle (I don’t anchor I just prefer a more upright putting stance).

I’m guessing I would like Models 1 or 2 the best.

Seriously?!?

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Ron Badger January 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

I like the looks of the Model 3 I-Look putter. The I-Look technology makes sense to me too. The fact that Wilson has done some testing and validated their claims intrigues me as well. Definitely worth a serious look.

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TWShoot67 January 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm

If I were to say one that caught my eye it would have to be the only center shafted putter out of the bunch. Not saying this would work for me as i’m more of a arc style putter but have always been intrigued with the center shafted putter and the straight back and through putting style.

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Golfer Burnz January 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Model 4 catches my eye the most. It has a sabertooth look to it and appears it would be high moi and well balanced.

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Golfer Burnz January 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

P.S. I like the look of the grip. It reminds me of the pattern on the red dodge ball in gym class back in the grade school days.

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nickel January 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Wow, can’t wait to get my hands on those. Old vizor was really good and these seem to be even better.

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Greg January 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

I love the look and concept. Can’t wait to try them all. The I-look should promote consistent setup which i believe is my biggest problem. I would lean toward model 2.

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ninetails January 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

I’m already a fan of WS as I currently game the Ci11s. Consistency is always what I’m looking for and I-Lock sounds really interesting. I’ve putted with a center shafted putter in the past and would love to to give it a go again with I-Lock.

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James Munn January 13, 2014 at 2:23 am

Eager to give it a try.

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Jeff January 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

This looks like an amazing product, hopefully a better price point than the SeeMore. The iLock is something that would help me a lot. Another home run for Wilson Staff.

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Pman67 January 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

This isn’t a new idea. The first place I saw it was in the Ray Cook tunnel vision putters a couple years ago. Seems like Wilson borrowed Ray’s idea. Wilson’s putters look way better than the monstrosity Ray Cook was trying to sell though.

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SactoMike January 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm

As a previous poster said I got a chance to put one in my hands last week while participating in the Mallet test with Dave. First, I absolutely love the alignment system. Simple and easy to use as well as being accurate. I’ll preface my next comment by saying that I’ve never been a big fan of inserts in putters be they blades or mallets.just something about the feel of the ball coming off the face doesn’t do it for me. That being said, I loved how the ball felt coming off this putter. The putter felt great in my hands from the first putt. This is a putter I would definitely put in my bag no questions asked. Especially at the price point it’s at.

If I were going to buy one it would be the model 4 and for the same reason that Dave said. I like the ability to “weaponise” it. :-P The course I mostly play at has a couple of families of bobcats, tones of turkeys and several deer that make the course home. Just think I could play a round of golf AND take home dinner. Anyone know if I need to purchase deer tags to hunt them with a putter?

Seriously, (do I get points for tapping into Wilson’s marketing) Anything that makes the game easier for a high handicap golfer like myself, that just doesn’t have the time or to be honest the inclination to spend hours on the putting green practicing is a big plus in my book. And this alignment system does just that.

Oh, and by the way the aesthetics don’t bother me at all that’s never been a reason for me to buy or not buy anything golf related.

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andrew January 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm

i think the model 4 looks great- i prefer center shafted mallets, lately, and this alignment system seems really usable…

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Jeff T. January 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I am an old school guy so I really want Wilson to gain ground. That being said, I was pleasantly surpised when demoing their irons last year. I have never changed putters since 1985 but this is the putter (Model1) that could put me over the top. I really like the idea of taking the guess work out of lining up. Would like to be 20% more accurate! Great job Wilson.

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Rick January 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I found blade putters to be most accurate for me. Site line of ball to hole easier to see than with mallets. Would definitely like to try the Wilson blade model 1.

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Rick Renda February 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

I use Wilson Staff irons and drivers and looking at these new putters at my local store, I am definitely going to purchase a model 3

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Bill March 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I mentioned this elsewhere but I had the chance to demo the original Visor and the Level 2 (I believe it was #2) recently. I liked the alignment idea but version 1 didn’t do it for me. Felt heavy and feel with the ball off the face didn’t inspire confidence. A whole different story with level 2.
LOOKS more high end in quality and design. But more importantly, the combo of midsize grip, softer insert and new head felt very good. I did an A/B test with the 2 levels and the new one was far more easy to dial in both distance and accuracy wise. Wilson has been upping their game for the last few years. They’ve wisely De-emphasized some of their lower lines and are concentrating on the D100 and FG lines with improved product. The new FG Tour Ball is a winner also.

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scott hietala March 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

I like the fact that they made a center shafted normal lenth putter. I have used a center shafted old style Wilson brass putter that gives a high pitched ting when struck correctly. I would love to try one out, but where I live I have not seen any in the local golf stores. The eyelock technology looks like it would be a great improvement for many amatuers along with the professionals.

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Andrew Watson April 14, 2014 at 7:38 am

Have tried the mallet style Visor [Level 2/Model 2] – great feel from the softer urethane face and whilst it takes a bit of patience to get used to, the aim/sight line procedure does pay dividends. My putting results pattern correlated closely to the results as depicted.

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Ken Eves May 27, 2014 at 8:35 am

The Wilson Visor Level 2 no.3 putter just looks like a work of art and the concept is just so easy,why hasn’t anyone else thought of this? I just love it.

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Jim Calverley June 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Great article and a good review.

I went and had ago with the m3 and m4 today as I’m currently looking for a new putter. The alignment feature didn’t just catch my eye it opened them. I hadn’t really realised how much movement I had in my stroke but after a few goes with these two id practically got rid of it. The alignment is so easy to use it straightens you out and gets your head right over the ball it seems to work perfectly for me! For me the m4 was the one but is was a close run thing with the m3 and I’ll probably have a go with both again before I actually purchase something.

I’m not a big golfer but this club actually excited me, it might sound stupid but it felt like it would reduce my score straight away. I can’t wait to get one in my bag!

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Kim. September 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Well done article. Nice putters.

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