The global athletic giant has spent the past year leveraging the latest in computational science to engineer clubs that break the mould. The new D9 line, consisting of driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, are aimed at providing advantageous distance to more players. For elite ball-strikers, Wilson’s deftly improved their forged CB irons, while better players will reap the benefits of their Tour Model Forged Wedges.
The “D” stands for distance, and that’s exactly what you’ll find more of with Wilson’s D9 line. Built upon the success of its predecessor, D7, this complete set lineup seeks to appeal to a larger audience. Previously, the D-series utilized a lightweight construction to assist players with moderate swing speeds. But Wilson’s taken a fresh approach to D9, no longer relying on less weight, instead seeking more of the latest tech to improve launch and ball speeds.
“D is all about distance. We’re catering to players who want to hit it further and straighter to provide the best possible experience for the consumer,” says Jon Pergande, Wilson Golf’s Global Innovation Manager.
How’d they do it?
Pergande says it starts with super-computing prowess, a process that includes optimizing dozens upon dozens of potential club head designs to generate the ideal candidate. The end result is their D9 driver, equipped with Wilson’s new Peak Kinetic Response (PKR) face, promising to deliver faster ball speeds across a more generous impact zone. To get these speeds, Pergande says the computer separated the face into many distinct parts, called zones, which are then individually run through the computer to create a club face that’s provides a mosaic of performance.
Are they for me?
Power hungry? If so, your appetite will be satisfied with D9—this is a driver built for sheer distance.
The ideal companions to the D9 driver, the latest D9 fairway woods and hybrids also rely on an innovative face design to deliver the distance players demand from their long game. Wilson calls their latest advancement “variable face thickness,” and says it works to produce fast ball speeds even on off-centre strikes. By thinning out the face at the impact zone for improved ball speeds and thickening it along the perimeter nearer the heel, toe, sole and crown, D9 fairway woods combine distance and forgiveness for improved consistency.
“We’re happy to deliver a mid to high launch with these products,” says Pergande. “Utilizing Carpenter steel and having it in variable thickness throughout the entire face contributes to improved ball speeds and greater distance.”
Are they for me?
If you’re a mid-handicap player who requires a little extra power to hit more greens and maybe even the occasional par-5 in two, you’ll benefit from the forgiveness of these models.
You want towering trajectories that go forever and land softly next to the pin—I mean, don’t we all? With D9 irons, Wilson believes they’ve unlocked serious distance gains in creating their longest iron ever.
“The driving force of D9 irons was to take the centre of gravity as low as possible,” says Pergande. “We’ve made D9 a degree stronger than D7 and are hitting it higher with greater ball speeds to yield unbelievable distances.” But it doesn’t end there, Wilson once again used computers to redesign their signature Power Holes, a key feature for producing faster ball speeds.
“Power Holes are something we’ve had in our line for seven or eight years, and every year it gets redefined,” says Pergande. “We inputted the specs in the computer and said “go.” The computer takes the best results and then refines them further.”
Are they made for me?
If you’re seeking pure distance, the sort of envy-inducing carries your foursome will take notice of, you’ll appreciate what D9 has in store.
A classic aesthetic combined with the latest tech—that’s what Wilson’s Staff Model CB irons delivers to better players. Completed with a clean nickel-chrome finish, in a subtle cavity back design, this iron improves on Wilson’s previous V6 model.
By adding significant tungsten weighting to the toe of longer irons, 20 grams to be exact, Staff Model CB empower players with greater stability on every strike, diminishing the severity of wayward misses while maintaining distance on less-than-perfect contact.
“The tungsten is all about adding improved forgiveness and performance in a smaller package,” says Pergande.
The keystone piece of tech in this model is Wilson’s new Tri-Brace, a connecting feature that supports the face at impact to generate increased ball speed. If you’re wanting to shape shots and hit an iron that feels as smooth as freshly rolled greens, you’ll find it in Staff Model CB.
Are they for me?
If you’re a solid player with a handicap in the single digits, you’ll appreciate the workability and forgiveness of these irons.
A wedge that’s as versatile as the shots you’ll face on the course, Wilson’s Staff Model Tour Grind Wedge delivers consistent spin and ultimate performance for highly skilled players. Available with Wilson’s Tour Grind Sole, this wedge is engineered for hitting crisp pitches and chips off of firm lies, the kinds tour professionals often face, while giving players the opportunity to hit flop shots or low bump-and-runs.
“We’ve had the Tour Sole in some of our past wedge lines, and now we’re resurrecting that knowledge to build on. We talked to our Tour guys and we want to provide heel and trailing edge relief to provide flexibility around the greens,” says Pergande.
Flexibility, consistency and versatility, is what you can expect from Wilson’s latest wedge release, Staff Model Tour Grind.
Are they for me?
Pergande says these are tailored for better players who can execute a variety of shots. That said, anyone can benefit from the versatility they provide. If you’re a low handicap player, or have been struggling to play certain shots around the greens, you might benefit from having this wedge in your set.