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Wilson

D9

Silver

Our Review:

The company that brought us the “Driver vs. Driver” reality TV show for amateur club designers has a little secret. Your clay models and napkin drawings and erector-set projects? They are nice, but if you want to really design a better driver, you need to think faster than any human possibly could, especially when you are trying to maximize ball speed across the face. The multiple-thickness-face design on the D9 was driven by artificial-intelligence algorithms that churned out more than 500 versions at a clip in search of the optimum pattern. Wilson’s process yielded a new face shape in which ball speed is faster not only for the best strikes but for the off-center hits, too. This performance improvement is good science, but the D9 works because it helps better players and slower swings alike. One design key is a weight-saving carbon-composite crown that helps lower the center of gravity while improving sound. The other difference-maker is a setup that converts the standard model to a 40-gram lighter version with a head that looks the same. Read more >>

Price: $350
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Ratings
  • 4 1
    performance

    45%*

  • 4 1
    innovation

    30%*

  • 4.5 1
    Look / Sound / Feel

    20%*

  • 1.5 1
    demand

    5%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
  • low

    Feel off the face is almost like a forged iron, but the ball still jumps. I saw really good spin-to-launch ratios. Easy and fun to hit.

  • mid

    That carbon-fiber look has become popular, and this take is pleasing without going too far. The sound is deep and powerful. My performance was consistent on best and worst hits.

  • high

    Pure confidence in the soft feel. Hot off the face but barely notice contact because it’s so smooth.

Club Specs

Lofts

9, 10.5, 13; non-adjustable

Club Specs

4 Reasons Why You Need a New Driver

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