Expert Review: Wilson Dynapower Fairway Wood [with Video]Published on 07/13/2023 · 5 min readGolf Expert Ryan Hernandez tested the Wilson Dynapower 3 Wood.
Curated Golf Expert Ryan Hernandez got his hands on the Wilson Dynapower 3 Wood to test this spring. Check out how it performed, but consider the fact that each and every golfer is different; if you have any questions about the Dynapower 3 Wood or need recommendations on which club would be best for you, reach out to a Golf Expert here on Curated.
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What does Wilson claim about this club? Wilson claims that this club is going to match rear weighting with variable phase thickness and AI to deliver the fastest ball speeds and the highest soaring heights of any 3 wood out there.
What are the specs of the club you are testing? This is the Dynapower 3 wood, 15 degrees. The Ventus Blue 6-X shaft from Fujikura. This is the non-VeloCore option and the stock Wilson Lamkin grip.
What is your overall impression of the club? First impressions of the club? Very impressed. I love the low profile. I don't like a high thick face on a 3 wood, so I love the low profile of this club. It is Tour inspired; Kevin Kisner came on staff and inspired a more Tour influenced look on it. Playing with the Ventus shaft is a huge upside for me and so I really like the way that shaft feels through impact and it's solid throughout. And then I did really love the contact I was getting. I love the feel of it. I love the result of it. Overall, I think it hangs with any 3 wood in the game.
What technology is built into the club? They're using AI. AI is pretty rampant in the golf business now. Basically, what they've done is they've taken a thousand different permutations or pieces of data to get the perfect thickness on each section of the club face. Variable face thickness means it changes throughout the club face. That's going to give you the fastest ball speeds and maximum forgiveness. That's what they have in here, much like Callaway is doing, and something that TaylorMade is not able to do with the carbon face yet, which has the same thickness through it.
The rear weighting, 12 gram weight in the back, it delivers higher MOI for higher launch – MOI is moment of inertia – higher launch angles, and a more forgiving club base is what that's going to do. So those are the tech aspects of what's going into this golf club.
How is it for spin? Most of the weight is at the back, so it’s going to give you a little bit higher spin if you’re a more advanced player, just because it’s made to help launch the club in the air. I don't know a lot of people who want to hit 3 woods super low, but if you're more of a low ball fly, low spin player, this can do that, but it's not what it's designed to do.
What do you find unique about its appearance? I don't know if I find anything unique about its appearance or head shape. Again, it's a more mature, inspired shape. It looks very much like a SIM 2, it seems like they took some inspiration from TaylorMade. Again, I don't know if that's true, but it looks very similar in design. I love the look at address. It's got the matte finish, which I really love, because there's not a lot of glare. I think that looks pretty great and just a very small kind of cool alignment aid there as well. So nothing too gaudy. Just a small red band around here with a little like Kevlar pattern at the back side, which kind of matches the titanium driver as well.
How would you describe the sound of this club and feel at impact? The swing of this, it feels perfect at impact. The face feels good. There's not a lot of clickiness. There's not a lot of pingyness, which I don't like. I love that kind of absorption sound, I don't know how to even describe it, but it's got that sound where the ball kind of just sticks to the face and then explodes off it. I don't like a ton of aluminum tinny noises, and I don't want something that I can't feel at all, which this did not have either of those.
Is the club adjustable? This is not adjustable. You're stuck at the 15 degrees. You can buy a weight kit to switch out these weights if you want. But that would be the only adjustability you can make to it after you buy it, unfortunately, because it is kind of fused in there. Lack of adjustability may be a drawback for this club.
What may make a player shy away from this club? Wilson doesn't have the brand name of a Callaway, TaylorMade, or Titleist, as people associate them with beginner sets or low end clubs. But these are not that. They've really revolutionized the way they're doing things. They're making Tour quality stuff. These clubs can compete with the highest brands out there.
Who would you recommend this club to? I would recommend this club to a 2 to 4 handicap and I could definitely put this in my bag and have no issues playing it at all.
Who should avoid this club, and what type of club would be a better option for that player? If you're a lower handicap, and you want to do a lower spin 3 wood to match your lower spin driver, this might not be the play for you or there might be some better lower spinning options out there. But again, I'm not sure there's anybody that avoids this club. If you're a very high handicapper who wants a bigger, thicker face, then this may be a turnoff for you. Again, it's all personal preference. I feel like Wilson did a really good job mixing a Tour inspired look with game improvement performance.
Golf clubs work differently for different types of golfers. If you are wondering whether the Dynapower 3 wood is the right club for you, chat with Ryan or any other Golf Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized club recommendations on the best 3 wood for your needs.