Expert Review: Wilson D9 HybridPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in December of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in December of 2022.
The Wilson D9 Hybrid club is great for attacking pins on those long par 3s and approach shots on par 5s. This club is geared toward mid to high handicappers who need a club to help them with distance.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2021 Wilson D9 5 Hybrid
- Loft setting: 25 degrees
- Shaft type: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Silver
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Left to right
- Golf ball used: 2020 Titleist Tour Soft
- Club swing speed: 97mph
- When I tested the club: December 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Inside
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new wood that offered distance and forgiveness as my current Callaway XR16s are becoming increasingly outdated, and I don’t love their feel.
Why I chose to test this club
I tested this club because it was visually appealing to my eye with the glossy black head. I also wanted to see how it performed because it was on the cheaper side of fairway woods, and I didn't want to break the bank by buying a new wood. However, I didn’t buy this wood as it didn’t perform best for my playing abilities. I was looking for something with a little more feel and forgiveness on shots on and off the tee.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance is spot on with my current woods—maybe five yards added to each shot—because its optimal weighting allows for a lighter, easier swing plane.
- Workability: I could move the ball from left to right with a high draw pretty consistently, so I was pleased with the workability it offers.
- Adjustability: Straightforward. I don’t need anything fancy. I prefer standard stock items, so I was happy with how they performed.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Sleek, simple design. It looks cool from behind when addressing the ball.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: It wasn’t consistent on shots that were hit on center and off the heel or toe, which affected the ball's flight and overall control.
- Feel: The feel wasn’t great. I could feel every ping in my hands on every shot, which didn’t give me assurance on purely struck shots.
- Sound: Average sound. Nothing crazy about it, but nothing to truly get excited about.
- Shaft Feel: The hybrid shaft was set at regular flex, so if someone is considering the hybrid, they should ensure that they are properly fitted for the correct shaft that matches their swing speed.
- Grip Feel: Standard. I like custom grips on my irons, so I would replace them with new grips once purchased.
- Launch Angle: A little high, and I also hit a fade, so it felt like it launched higher than I would like because of its variable face tech.
- Spin: The spin rate was a little higher than I would have liked at 4,500rpm versus being closer to the 4,000rpm mark.
Best shot with this club
The one shot I can remember hitting was when I set up to hit a big cut and was able to move the ball right to left 20-plus yards on the first try. I was surprised that moving the ball with this club was as easy as it was.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think this is a quality wood for the price. However, I wouldn’t recommend this club for the low handicap golfer as I believe the TaylorMade Stealth or the Callaway Epic fairway woods are a better, higher-performing option.
The Wilson D9 is a decent option for the average weekend golfer looking to help improve those longer-range approach shots on par 3s or into longer par 5s.