ClubTest 2022: 2 new Wilson drivers tested and reviewed
This year’s ClubTest is bigger and better than ever. To help you make sense of the mountain of high-tech new clubs on the market, we put all of the latest offerings from the top golf club manufacturers to the ultimate test, making use of a state-of-the-art swing robot to put each club through its paces. Below you will find the test results and complete reviews of two new Wilson drivers.
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WILSON DRIVER REVIEWS
Wilson Staff D9
We tested: 9°, 10.5°, 13°
Our take: The black carbon fiber crown glistens in the sun like a sports car. That comparison makes even more sense since the D9 drivers are especially fast given their lightweight constructions and speed-producing performance. Our testers took notice of the speed they felt with these drivers, and the modern looks at address.
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Wilson Staff D9 driver
The details: Wilson paid particular attention to face engineering on the D9 drivers. After simulating hundreds of different face geometries, the company is using faces that are divided into a series of fractal zones. The new Peak Kinetic Response Face is meant to optimize speed and forgiveness. The D9 drivers also have a crown made from Kevlar and Carbon Fiber to reduce vibrations and enhance speed in the lightweight heads.
Wilson Launch Pad
We tested: 10.5°, 13°
Our take: One GOLF tester summed up exactly what the Wilson Launch Pad driver is designed to do: “I’m a fader, a slicer on a bad day. This flies a lot straighter for someone like me. I don’t know if I would ever think to grab a Wilson driver off the rack, but I hit this great. Even when I mishit it, it’s still straight.”
Wilson Launch Pad driver
The details: Wilson packed the Launch Pad drivers with three main technologies to help slicers hit the ball straighter: 1) There’s moderate offset built into the hosel; 2) there’s 13 grams of added weight in the heel section of the heads; and 3) the heads have an upright lie angle. They also have super lightweight heads and a face designed to launch the ball higher. These are a high-draw machine.