Why Wilson's new driver should be on your radarJanuary 14, 2019 Golf Equipment
Equipment editor James Savage is smitten with the Wilson D7 driver. He explains why in his latest review
Our Wilson D7 driver review took place at Leicester Golf Centre.
We used their Toptracer technology to test the product and also had a SkyTrak launch monitor set up for additional data gathering.
Wilson D7 driver review: First impressions
The D7 driver review comes a month after the brand’s D7 irons were introduced.
And we know from the letter ‘D’ that this is product aimed at mid- to high-handicappers. D is for distance as C is for crossover as F is for feel in the Wilson F-C-D system.
The driver this is replacing is the D300 which was launched a couple of years ago, but from a looks point of view they couldn’t be further apart.
We’ve got a lovely carbon composite crown on the D7 which instantly elevates the aesthetics in the address position. It puts it on a par with some of the bigger, more expensive driver brands.
There’s no adjustability in the D7 – not even in the hosel. Wilson say they have created three D7 drivers at lofts of 9˚, 10.5˚ and 13˚ with different weighting and CG placements in each.
This is to try and give options in the fitting process rather than trying to dial in a head by moving weights or adjusting the loft.
There’s just the one shaft option – the UST Helium – which Wilson say should suit the players who will get along with the D7 driver.
They say if the shaft isn’t right, then the head probably won’t be so they’d recommend you looking at the C300 head instead.
Wilson D7 Driver review: The technology
So the carbon composite crown saves a significant amount of weight which allows them to place it more strategically for optimal launch and spin.
And they have added a kevlar layer which aims to really reduce any unwanted vibrations.
They say removing adjustable weights on the sole has also helped them improve the sound and feel.
Movable weights can make it very difficult to control the sound.
“The process of creating the D7 driver started with designing the head shape and then stripping out all available weight, almost 25 grams,” Jon Pergande, global innovation manager at Wilson Golf, told us.
“This weight was strategically returned to the head with the goal of improving the sound of the driver and optimising ball flight with dynamic launch control.”
Wilson say the 9˚ head is for players with a faster swing speed with weighting forward in the head for lower launch and spin.
The 10.5˚ should suit those with a moderate-to-fast swing speed with weighting in the middle of the head for a higher launch and spin.
There’s weighting further back and towards the heel in the 13˚ for the highest launch and a draw bias making is better for slower swingers.
That’s the technology but how does it perform? Find out on the next page…