What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on the Wilson D9 driver

Is the Wilson D9 worth considering when you next look for a new driver? Find out in our Wilson D9 driver review.

Wilson D9 driver review
Wilson D9 driver review
NCG SUMMARY

Wilson have built something really good in the D9. Its great ball speeds are very competitive in today’s market, it feels solid on miss strikes, and is significantly cheaper than the high-performing ‘premium drivers’.

PROS

  • Very forgiving
  • Reasonably priced
  • Competitive ball speeds compared to the more expensive ‘premium’ drivers

CONS

  • No adjustability

Wilson D9 driver review: First Impressions

This is a classy-looking driver. Wilson haven’t added any brash colours, or odd-looking designs to catch the eye of onlookers, but rather created a simple-looking head with the glossy black finish we all know and love. When I put the Wilson D9 behind the ball I loved the shape and how it sat behind the ball, I just hoped it had the performance to match its appearance.

Wilson D9 driver review

Wilson D9 driver review: NCG Verdict

As the price of new drivers continues to rise, I am always interested and hopeful that a brand can bring out a driver at a lower price point that performs somewhere close to one of the big names. We all love an underdog story and with the Wilson D9 retailing at more than £150 cheaper than the goliaths it is compared against, I really want it to work.

This driver feels a lot different from other drivers I have tested recently. Wilson have added Kevlar into the crown of the driver which makes it extremely light, and it feels like you can swing it really fast. Although this didn’t necessarily translate to more swing speed, the feelings it produced through the swing were different and I like it.

Wilson have added new tech into this driver, using computer modelling software to design a solution that produces maximum forgiveness and ball speed.

I was really impressed with how easy to hit the D9 felt, and how solid strikes were from non-centre contact locations. Realistically we all miss-hit shots, so it’s no good having a driver that goes miles on a centre hit, but is terrible on miss-hits. The first thing to note about my shot pattern is how the distance between my best and my worst is only 8 yards. For me this is unbelievable and a huge win, as I know I can make a good or bad swing and the ball is still going to travel a good distance down the hole.

Wilson D9 driver review

The big win for the Wilson D9 is the ball speed, which is just as good as any of the more expensive drivers I have tested recently. The ball seems to just shoot off the face really well and a 157.5mph ball speed from a 106.4mph club head speed is really good. My longest carry at 274 yards is as long as I can hit any driver at the moment.

I enjoyed hitting the Wilson D9 so much that I took it straight out onto the course to play 9 holes with, and the results out there were great too. I was regularly further down the fairway than my current gamer and the sound is great when hitting a tee shot in a tree surrounded area, which could be down to the carbon/kevlar layer composite crown.

The only downside to this driver is the lack of adjustability and custom options. The Wilson D9 comes in 3 different lofts, and the Mitsibushi Tensei Blue stock shaft, but your only options are regular, lite and stiff. It is unusual for a driver to have no adjustability at all, but this for a high-performance driver to cost radically less than the most expensive, there must be a cut back somewhere.

Wilson D9 driver review

This is perfect for golfers who are looking for the best performance out of the club whilst not breaking the bank. This driver is designed for golfers who want the classic-looking driver but with all the latest tech built in for more distance.

Overall, this is a great option for all golfers, suggest that anyone looking at a new driver should consider the Wilson D9. It’s long, really forgiving and is a great price!

Wilson D9 driver review: The Details

Available: Now

RRP: £299

Lofts: 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees, 12 degrees

Shafts:
Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 Graphite: Lite, Regular, Stiff

More information: Wilson Website

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Jack Backhouse

Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching. He also loves his golf equipment and getting into the data of the latest clubs on the market. Jack has quickly become a go-to for expertise on a wide range of golf products but specialises in reviewing hardware. If you are looking for some new golf clubs make sure you have checked out his latest driver, fairway wood or iron reviews. He previously worked in wealth management, all of this means that number crunching and launch monitors are his favourite thing in the world. Jack is a member at Sandmoor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to maintain his scratch handicap.

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