979SS Irons

Game improvement investment cast stainless steel iron design with progressive blade height, and a semi-wide sole iron


  • Progressive blade height design graduates through the set from semi-shallow on the long irons to conventional blade height on the short irons  to position the CG low on the lower loft irons but conventional on the higher loft irons
  • Semi-wide, symmetrical width sole design with face-to-back sole radius and blunt leading edge achieves clean, solid contact through all grass/turf conditions
  • Undercut back cavity combines with semi-wide sole to keep CG lower for more game improvement launch angle assistance
  • Twin Weight Bores allow for a maximum headweight addition of 15g to satisfy any combination of custom length and shaft weight fitting considerations
  • Precision investment cast from 431 stainless steel for ease in loft/lie bending, finished in a bright satin finish with attractive cosmetic highlights. Available in RH in #4-PW, AW, SW and in LH in #4-PW

A 360º view of the 979SS Iron Clubhead.

Ratings and Reviews

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Rating: 3.9/5 (70 votes cast)


979SS, 3.9 out of 5 based on 70 ratings


  1. Hi Tom
    I am owner of a new set of your irons 979ss
    I play since 60 days….hp 36 of course
    It is right for me?
    Thanks marco from Italy

    • MARCO

      Thanks very much for taking your time to both own a set made with one of our models and to contact us for information. We are always happy to help !!

      As a new golfer, you are learning the game and you are working hard to learn the proper swing movements that will make you a better player. We wish you the very best in this adventure as you work hard to get better ! The 979SS is an iron design that is very much a good model for a beginning golfer or a golfer with less experience to use. The 979SS has a wider sole than most irons. A wider sole will lower the center of gravity of the heads which is a small way to help the golfer get the ball up in the air to fly and carry. The 979 is also an iron that is made with a deep cavity on the back of the head. This is done to put more weight AROUND the perimeter of the clubhead. When you put more weight around the perimeter of the head, you will increase the Moment of Inertia of the head. And when you increase the MOI of a clubhead, it makes the head so when you do hit a shot off center, there is not quite as much loss of distance compared to a head with a lower MOI in its design. So all in all, the head you have chosen is a good clubhead model for your level of ability in the game right now.

      The important thing now is to work very hard to find a GOOD swing coach who can help you and encourage you to learn the swing fundamentals and practice them so you can continue to improve and make your handicap lower ! Good luck to you in this great game !!

    • Thanks Tom
      I will keep you update on my improvements.
      Ciao and thanks again

    • Hi Tom here again after one year of golf
      My hp now is 18, good improvement I think ,
      In any case yout irons work wery well.
      I,m using Calloway woods ( used ) with stiff shafts.
      When do you think that to be the right time to change my clubset ?
      Thanks for your answer
      Ciao marco

    • MARCO
      I am pleased to hear that your first year of golf has been successful enough that you are enjoying the game. Please understand that it is really not possible for me to offer a recommendation for what clubs you should play with at this time without me knowing a lot more about your game, how you play, your clubhead speed, your accuracy tendencies, what your bad shots look like and what you feel that you do well in the game so far and where you feel you need the most improvement. Any information I might offer from what you have told me in your comment is just not going to be as helpful as it could be if I know a lot more about your game at the current point.


  2. Will you be making an AW in your 979ss irons for left handlers in the near future?
    I love these irons and I wish I had an AW to complete my set.

    • TERRY

      Wish I could give you happy news, but it is not likely that we’ll be making the tooling to produce an AW for the 979SS set of irons. Sadly at times one just has to look at the demand side of a club model to see if the door is open to additions or changes in the model. The 979 sits 5th on the list of iron sales demand for the company so that is the telling fact that prevents thought about additions to the model. Hate to say that, because with clubhead design I wish it were just about playing and fun, but shoot, business does get in the way sometimes !!

      Thanks very much for your support and the very best to you in this great game,

    • Tom,

      Thanks for your reply. Is there an AW available on any of your irons for a left hander?

    • TERRY

      Only in the Sterling single length left hand model is there an actual AW as part of the set. We do have a left hand gap wedge in the PCF Micro Tour wedge family which is a standalone wedge model in our design line. I am sorry about that, this is just one of those distasteful things that I as a designer have to accept in terms of the business side of what I do. With left hand golfers being only 8% of the total market, that affects what I can and cannot do in terms of the set makeups for doing a left hand version of a model. Unfortunately AW’s are ordered in far less quantity overall in iron sets and when you pare that down to the much smaller percentage of left hand demand, it just means the cost of the tooling dies and inventory minimums don’t add up for an AW as part of a left hand set.


  3. Hi Tom,
    I am the happy owner of a 979SS set for 2 years, and I am now 13 Hcp.
    I am 44 and pretty strong, do you see any need to change for the 565 or maybe 771?
    Xmas is coming!

    • Nicolas
      Yes, Christmas is coming and if we put a “Saint” in front of your name, you could be one of the jolly old man’s helpers from which he might bestow a set of new irons upon you !! HA ! OK – if you ever are at a point with your iron game in which you want or need more distance without having to lower the loft angles, then that would be a reason to look at the 771’s. Their high COR face most certainly would make them about 3/4 to a full club longer per number than the 979’s. And the variable thickness face of the 771’s is the best off center hit forgiveness performance of any iron in our design line. The 565’s are an iron that if you love forgings, and if you know you do not need or want more distance with the irons than what you are getting now, but you realize as a 13 you need to have good off center hit forgiveness, then that is a reason to think of the 565’s.

      That’s the scoop on it and thanks SO MUCH for your interest and continued support of what we do ! Happy Holidays to you !

    • Ho ho ho, but no, I am not Santa!
      Thank you for your answer, I’ll see André from Golf N’Swing in a couple weeks 🙂
      Happy holidays!

  4. Looking forward to getting properly fitted by Richard Kempton the club Doc in the UK on your advice.. he has been very helpful with all my questions and it will be terrific fun revamping my ancient unsuitable forged blades with some good inexpensive Wishon cast heads etc. which will suit my game far better.. Cheers

    • TOM
      I am SO PLEASED to hear that you worked with Richard for your fitting needs! He truly is one of the very best clubfitters on the planet, and I kid you not about that. If not THE best, really. Thanks very much for taking the time to let us know !!


  5. after playing golfsmith products for years I was happy to find out Tom was still in the clubmaking business. Just replace my old pythons with the 979. They are great.
    Thanks Tom

    • Thanks Andy !! Yes, there is life after Golfsmith for old Tom here !! We started our company in 2002, a year after I left GS. Proud to say I have been doing the best work of my life since starting Wishon Golf and should have done it sooner ! Although better late than never is always a good credo !


  6. please tell me if the 979ss iron heads are as forgiving as the 771 csi iron heads

    • JACK:

      In all honesty, the 979SS are not going to be quite at the level of off center hit forgiveness as are the 771CSI irons. The variable thickness face design of the 771’s really does put them into a different class with respect to off center hit forgiveness which the 979SS does not have. So you would notice not only more distance per iron in the 771’s for on center hits because of the high COR face, but off center hit forgiveness would be at a higher level with the 771’s from the variable thickness design of the high COR face.


  7. Dear Tom
    Just checking-in to let you know that there is at least one person (myself) has been and still using your 979SS Iron set here at the North Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia).
    Wonderful Iron Set!

    • Thank you Jason! You know, it really is a thrill for me to have the chance to think about one of my designs doing its thing way over on the other side of the world from where we’re at here in the States !! Thanks so much for your support, and for sharing this with us. We really appreciate that and wish you all the best in this great game,

  8. “Twin Weight Bores allow for a maximum headweight addition of 15g to satisfy any combination of custom length and shaft weight fitting considerations.”

    Hi Tom, Could you speak more about the Twin Weight Bores and how to add the additional grms of weight? Thanks,


    • GRANT

      Sure thing. We are a custom clubmaking engineering company which just means we sell our designs as heads only to custom clubmakers around the world. The clubmakers will custom build our designs into a very wide variety of custom fit specs, including a wide range of different lengths, shaft weights, grip weights and final swingweights. As such they need to have a way to add weight to the clubhead to allow them to achieve the final swingweight desired for each golfer, based on what length, shaft weight, grip weight they fit the golfer with.

      So all of our clubhead models are designed with at least one weight bore to add weight to the head, some of our models as possible are designed with two weight bores. These weight bores in the heads accept cylindrical weight plugs that we offer in different weight increments so the clubmakers have an assortment of different weights to then hit whatever swingweight they want in the custom assembly work. These weight plugs are then epoxied into the weight bore(s) during the assembly of the clubs. In the case of the weight bore located at the bottom of the shaft bore, a dab of epoxy is put into the weight bore with a thin stick like a cut off bamboo skewer or such, the weight is dropped in and pressed down into the weight bore in place, then the shaft is epoxied into the hosel so tip of the shaft sits above the weight in the weight bore. That and the epoxy keeps this weight secure permanently.

      For heads that have a 2nd weight bore, like the 979SS irons, the weight plug is again epoxied in the weight bore. but the 2nd weight bore in our heads is covered by an oval shaped logo medallion that is secured both with the adhesive on the back of the medallion and also with a small dab of epoxy placed on the ledge upon which the medallion sits to cover the weight bore.

      Our weight addition capability designed into our heads is not there to let golfers mess with moving weight from one place to the other. They are to enable the clubmaker to achieve whatever final swingweight he fits the golfer to have in his clubs on a permanent weighting basis. However, down the road if the golfer wanted the swingweight changed, the weights can be removed by the clubmaker by heating the epoxy bond holding the weight plug to remove them.

      Hope this helps and thanks for your interest,

  9. Tom, I went ahead and purchased the 979SS irons 5-SW. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for the 560MC’s as most of my rounds are more in the low 80’s. All I can say is WOW! I built them on a lightweight steel shaft, MOI matched and the sound (Click!) they produce when struck cleanly was noticeable to everyone I played with. I threw them in my bag, through cation to the wind, hit thirty balls on the range and hit the course. I was in at 38 on the turn! Although my back nine was quite as good as the front, it was no fault of the irons, (a flatstick issue) The feel I received from these irons was like no other. If this is your initial offering, I can only imagine whats in store for my future. My sales are starting to increase in the repair business and I have been looking for the perfect component line that is well designed thought out products, that every other Tom, Dick or Harry cannot just get online and order, and I have found it! At one time or another, I flushed every new iron during my round and it was a great experience! I am SOLD.

    • CURT

      Many thanks for taking the time to stop in and offer your comments. We appreciate that very much and we’re so pleased to hear that your business is doing well and that you are impressed with what we’re doing in our work to offer clubmakers a truly quality line of components to support your clubfitting business. If you like the 979’s, then I would recommend you get a demo iron in the 771CSI design for game improvement players or a 560MC for the better player who needs decent off center hit performance to go along with a nice, traditional forged look and feel. And of course, the 919THI is pretty much the best driver anyone can find plus its bendable hosel offers you the chance to offer your golfers a very wide range of fitting specs for loft, lie and face angle.

      Thanks again and for sure, if you need some help setting up a decent but affordable demo selection for your market, give us a call at 800-470-0072 and we can help.


  10. Tom, Although I have been building clubs for many years, and have played quite a few sets from Golfsmith, I have been going back to a set I rebuilt for myself many years ago and I can’t seem to get away from them. It’s a copper set made by Nevada bobs back in the very early 90’s called Primma III’s. They are wonderful irons to hit and I want to try these 979ss’s but wondering if it’s worth it. I shoot anywhere from 76-86 on a short (less than 6000 yds) course. I can (half of the time) and like to work the ball either way. Maybe I’m just seeking more forgiveness? When I’m on, I really love my old irons. Also, they are on DG shafts, I hit my 7 iron right at 150.

    • curt

      I am sorry I am not familiar with the Prima II irons you have so I am not able to comment on what they were like in terms of forgiveness vs other models. I can tell you for players who play as you do, to be good enough to break 80 but still have those rounds in the 80s, I would really recommend you take a look at the 560MC forged cavity back irons. They’re everything a forged carbon steel traditional design is for feel and low offset and what 70s shooters can like, but the off center hit forgiveness with them is, if I do say so, nothing short of unbelieveable even vs cast iron models. If it makes any difference, I now shoot between 75-84 myself since age is catching up a tiny bit and I have played the 560s in my bag since they came out – in fact I have the first set ever made and in all the years of other models I have had the privelege to design, for me and my game, I really can’t see any reason to switch to one of the others (even though I could do that anytime I want !!!!)

      Thanks very much!!


  11. These irons are the best ive ever used. Very easy forgiving and boy when you hit the middle you will feel you chose the wrong club. ie, I hit a 9 and think I chose an 8 ! they look beautiful too trying to keep them like new…..

    • GARY

      Very pleased to hear that you like the new irons!!! Thanks so much and may they always bring you enjoyment in this great game!


  12. I just had mine retooled by coles custom clubs… Great great set now…So easy to to swing…I feel like ernie els…

    The nippon shafts were a perfection fit… I am all wishon now

  13. Tom are these clubs heads ok for players with higher swing speeds?

    • George
      If you are referring to the new 771CSI irons, they are designed to withstand normal repeated use for golfers with clubhead speed up to 95mph with a 5 iron. That’s pretty high so I should think unless you hit your normal 5 iron over 210, the 771’s will work fine for you.

      Thanks much!

  14. Tom,

    Are theses 979 heads available in Left hand
    Your spec sheet says only right hand
    The page where you order says you can buy the left version
    I’m confused.

    • Len
      Yes, the 979SS irons are available in LEFT HAND. Sorry for any confusion about that.


  15. The Wishon 979SS iron heads are an excellent choice to precisely custom fit all levels of golfers. A very ascetically pleasing design, as well as easy to hit, very forgiving on mishits, excellent for the better ball strickers as well.

  16. Great feel & performance. Possibly the finest cast head on the market.

    • Bought a set of these (and had them custom fit) when I took lessons at Leatherman. Best irons I have ever owned!! I would definitely buy Wishon again when/if I ever wear these ones out.

  17. Very solid performing head. If you don’t want to spend the money on a forged head like the 560MC, this is the head to go with.

  18. Forgiving, solid, consistent performers. I only play Wishon components purely for the stated characteristics above.

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