Wilson Men’s 2017 Ultra Complete Package Golf Set Review

We advocate many purchases across the golfing spectrum, but, as you may have guessed, there are none so important as your choice of clubs. And for beginners, package golf sets tailored to game improvement often tend to be a sensible way to go – not only in terms of cost efficiency, but also as a user-friendly means of developing your game.

As the latest and greatest among market leaders go, it’s difficult to look past the Wilson Men’s 2017 Ultra Complete Package Golf Set, which has built on the success of the 2015 version before it. With this impressive collection, Wilson have focused on delivering clubs that seek to improve your aim, distance, and accuracy – all underpinned by maximum forgiveness to help you find the sweet spot consistently.

Helped, you might say, by a degree of “oversized-ness”.

We mean that in a good way though, and, as big fans of the Wilson brand, it’s with plenty of relish that we give a ringing endorsement to the 2017 Ultra Complete Package Set. All needs are catered for; every base is covered, and these clubs are going to provide an excellent launchpad for many a newbie.

We reviewed the Ultra 2017 set as part of our Best Golf Clubs for Beginners guide.

Wilson Men’s Ultra 2017 Complete Golf Set Review

The Wilson Men’s Ultra 2017 Complete Set comprises a 460cc titanium driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 6-PW irons, and an aesthetically-pleasing heel-toe putter. It also comes with a lightweight ergonomic stand bag that has ample pockets and storage space.

Great deals for this set can be found on Amazon. But if you stumble across a cheaper outlet, do let us know!

Unfortunately for our British readers the Men’s Ultra 2017s are not shipped to the United Kingdom from Amazon. If you struggle to find this set from other distributors at a similar price, an excellent alternative is the Wilson Men’s Profile XLS Complete Package Golf Set.

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Wilson Ultra 2017 – Overall Assessment

9 Total Score
User Experience

It's fair to say that Wilson haven't reinvented the wheel, but what they have done is incorporated incremental technological improvements to make this one of the most all-round, forgiving sets in the business. The 460cc titanium driver boasts a huge sweetspot, and a low centre of gravity that guarantees you distance, an easy launch, and plenty of leeway on bad strikes. But while the driver is probably the main attraction, we were also struck by the feature perimeter weighting on the steel-shaft irons, which limit the shape on mishits such that the ball stays remarkably straight. You really do feel in control. No complaints about the fairway wood or hybrid either, and the putter has a solid feel to it. All of this is rounded off by a stand bag that represents a noteworthy upgrade on its 2015 counterpart - which rather aptly represents this game improvement set on the whole.

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Value for Money
User Rating: 2.73 (139 votes)

Pros and Cons

  • The driver is one of the best on the beginner’s market at the moment. Unbelievably forgiving and easy to hit
  • Ergonomically-designed stand bag is light and easy to carry
  • Steel-shaft irons offer plenty of control and accuracy
  • Comes in both right and left-handed combinations
  • Putter lines up beautifully, and paddle grip is a nice touch
  • It’s $100 more than the 2015 edition, so a few players may be reluctant to make the leap
  • Bit of a gap between hybrid and 6-iron

What’s Inside the Bag? Features & Accessories

Two words to describe the Wilson Men’s 2017 Ultra Complete Package Golf Set? Simple and forgiving.

It really does raise the bar for game improvement sets, with a comprehensive package that scores well in all areas. Here is what you’ll find inside the bag!

Driver: The bag has a 460cc titanium driver which blew us away with the forgiveness and distance it offered. It combines both a hot face and a low centre of gravity, and trust us, the ball absolutely flies off the club face. Not only that, but the sweet spot is massive! Being the somewhat-inconsistent striker of the golf ball that I am, I hit a number of shots out the heel and toe – but barely a yard was lost. And, as a little bonus, it’s easy on the eye too!

Fairway wood and hybrid: The wood is appreciably smaller than the driver in terms of head size, so I assumed there’d be a notable discrepancy in terms of forgiveness. But that wasn’t the case. In fact, it has such an easy launch, and sufficient loft that you should be able to negotiate most lies without too much worry. The hybrid consolidates this nicely. In fact, a small criticism I might give is that it did seem to have a higher-than-average trajectory when I hit it. But for many beginners, that is the very thing you look for in a hybrid, so it comes down to personal preference. But, overall, you won’t be disappointed with the feel and performance of these bad boys.

Irons: The irons range from 6-9 and a PW, and these were the real surprise package for me. The struggle with beginner irons is finding something forgiving, which isn’t too cumbersome, and Wilson have struck that balance perfectly here. Not only that, but the ball literally comes off the clubface like a frozen rope, even when you mishit it. If you struggle with a big slice, or coming over the top, you’ll be really pleased to see how this one keeps your ball down the straight and narrow. This owes in part to the sizeable sweet spot, but also the perimeter weighting, which compounds that strong essence of forgiveness.

Putter: Wilson have gone for a heel/toe alignment putter, which is rather light, but still steady enough. It lines up very well, and I had good success from close range. However, none of this is at the expense of distance control, and the insert on the face offers a silky feel at the point of contact.

Bag and Accessories: The stand bag is probably one of the most notable enhancements from the 2015 version of this set. Although the colour is similar, the lightweight, ergonomic design will ensure that your shoulders don’t take on much strain, while there are a number of pockets to take care of your storage needs (including a big one for apparel). Although there isn’t an abundance of other accessories, it does come with a rain hood, headcovers for driver, wood and hybrid, and a carry backstrap. Most importantly, the bag sits nicely on your shoulders, and I’d put forward that it seems quite durable too.

Why should you buy the Wilson Men’s Ultra 2017 Complete Golf Set

For those who are new to the game, and keen to get their handicap down, you’re going to struggle to find a more forgiving set of golf clubs than this. Not only that, but the big clubheads and ample sweetspots still offer up plenty of control, with good feedback on your shots too.

The price is reasonable, without being a steal. There are also better populated sets out there in terms of the number of clubs in the bag. But, if you’re just starting out, and are less concerned about plugging marginal distance gaps between clubs, the Wilson Men’s 2017 Ultra Complete Package Golf Set is one of the most user-friendly game-improvement options on the market.

This brand is a leader in the beginner golf club domain, and has consistently set the pace. This set is no exception, and it is without hesitation that we give this fine collection of merchandise our stamp of approval.

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  1. Reply
    Ray June 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Would this Wilson Ultra 2015 set work for a kid who is 66″ tall? He’s outgrown the junior clubs I got him and now most junior sets don’t cover his height range but he still seems a bit short for standard club length. What is the shaft length for these clubs?

    • Reply
      Tom Davies June 25, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Hi Ray, Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, these clubs will be fine for your son. They are a full length shaft ideal for people 6’2″ and under. At 66″ or 5’5″ your son might find them a little long but will quickly grow into them, so I would recommend going ahead with the purchase. All the best!

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    Sam July 8, 2017 at 4:02 am

    How do you think this set compares to the Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Club Set? I just graduated college and am buying my first set of clubs to learn on, and play with colleagues (golf is the sport of choice for socializing at my office!). I have narrowed it down to these two. Also, the Callaway set says its “12-piece” but only has 9 clubs, is there some lingo I am missing out on Thanks!

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      Tom Davies July 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Sam, Both sets are very good but if I had to choose one I would go with the Callaway Strata, as the drivers and the irons, are in my opinion better. The 12-piece includes a 6 iron through to pitching wedge, a driver, 3 wood and hybrid, as well as putter (i.e. 9 clubs), and the other three pieces are two headcovers for the woods and a bag. The only club that I think is missing from this set is a sand wedge. If you want a more extensive set then go for the 18-piece Strata set. Hope this helps!

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        Sam July 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

        Very helpful! Thank you so much!

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    TJ McLean August 15, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I can only find the 2015 model set and am curious if there’s a big difference between the two model years? Is the 2015 set as good as the 2017? Or should I pony up for the 2017’s?

    • Reply
      Tom Davies August 15, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Hi TJ, The 2017 is a good improvement on the 2015 Ultra version. Here it is on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2uXQktl. If you can’t find it then the 2015 is still a great set of clubs. All the best!

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    Peter September 16, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    how does this set compare to the Wilson X-31?

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      Tom Davies September 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Peter, There isn’t a huge difference between the two sets. The X-31s include a sand wedge, and have slightly more offset, making them that little bit easier to hit than the Wilson Ultra’s. Apart from that there is not much in it. Hope this helps!

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    Bryan October 24, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Hey Tom,

    It seems like this set is difficult to find in Europe? All the local golf shops only provide the Wilson prostaff hdx, but i don’t like the small and hard grip on these clubs. Can you describe the grip of the Wilson Ultra clubs? Are they different from the Prostaff Hdx ? Maybe a little thicker?

    If i get this info maybe i can buy them online from the UK or USA.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Reply
      Tom Davies October 25, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Hi Bryan, yeah, availability in the Europe isn’t great. You might have better luck buying directly from Wilson as I think they ship internationally. A for the thickness on the grips I can’t actually recall contrasting the Prostaff HDX grip with the Ultra’s. You can always get the clubs re-gripped if you find that they are a little small and hard. Hope this helps!

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    Bryan October 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Hey Tom,

    Can’t find them on the Wilson website. Can you maybe provide a link? Also I think that the 2017 version has another look ( mainly the stand bag) and also includes a SW. (http://www.americangolf.co.uk/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-master-catalog/default/dw6f24fcaa/zoom/314065_1.jpg)

    Thanks for your help.

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      Tom Davies October 30, 2017 at 5:48 am

      Hi Bryan, yeah the 2017 version does have a slightly different stand bag and includes a sand wedge. The clubs also have a slightly different design to the 2015 version. I can’t seem to find them on their corporate website either, which is strange. Perhaps American Golf is your best bet. All the best!

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