Wilson D9 Hybrid Review

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Very consistent, the Wilson D9 hybrid produces a powerful ball flight that’s matched by its feel.  Appealing looks and price tag.  Six loft options from fairway finder to mid iron replacement.

Introduction

This review of the hybrid brings us full circle with the Wilson D9 family of clubs [full reviews HERE].  True to the “D” in the name, the common thread of the D9 driver, fairway, and irons has been distance.  And while I had no reason to doubt that the hybrid would follow suit, there’s only one way to know for sure – testing.

Looks

With a strong family resemblance to its larger siblings, the Wilson D9 hybrid has eye appeal from every angle.  At address the modest sized head was a welcome surprise, as I expected something a bit larger with distance and forgiveness as the marketing highlights.  The well balanced head curvature is accented with a simple, crisp pinstripe along the trailing edge.

The sole of the D9 looks sharp, but all the graphics make it borderline busy.  Slightly tall, the face has nice symmetry, and I really like the all black finish.  The black Tensei AV Series shaft and black Lamkin Crossline grip unify a stealthy look.

Sound & Feel

The D9 hybrid produced a medium volume, solid ‘click’ on every strike.  Although the sound was consistent, I was able to discern strike location through my hands.  The feedback was subtle, and overall I’d best describe the feel in one word as firm.  Firm and powerful, if given two words.

Performance

Before reviewing any launch monitor numbers I let my eyes take notes, observing penetrating, medium height trajectories that soared straight down the range.  The Wilson D9 hybrid was also easy to launch, with even my nemesis thin shots getting some air.  In thicker grass where I ended up hitting the ball a little high on the face, distances were still solid.  Teeing it up for a long par 3 shot and repeatedly catching the center of the face, I really enjoyed the consistency.

Performance data backed up my visual observations.  Ball speeds were good and spin a tad low.  Neither were off the charts, but definitely prime contributors to the powerful, straight shots I was hitting.  What stood out was how consistent the distances were – within a few yards, shot after shot.  The dispersion left and right was a bit wider than I’d prefer, but that was likely due to a shaft mismatch for my swing.  Regardless, the forgiveness of the D9 hybrid will keep your frustration levels low.  The prime driver of ball speed and forgiveness is Wilson’s utilization of variable face technology on a Carpenter Custom 455 steel face.

Whether you’re looking to get your first hybrid or taking even more irons out of the bag, Wilson wants to help, offering the D9 hybrid in 6 lofts – from a 17° 2H all the way to a 31° 7H.  Beyond filling the gaps in your setup, think about where you typically play – a hybrid makes a great fairway finder.  I pull one for the tee shot on a short par 4 at my home course that has water running down the left and O.B. that pinches in on the right.

Conclusion

Besides its familiar looks, the Wilson D9 hybrid also fits right into the D9 family with its consistent distance.  At $200, the Wilson D9 hybrid is also a decent value for golfers on tight budgets or those that need more than one new hybrid in their bag.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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2 Comments

  1. gary alan daubs

    Have you done any reviews on I guess you would call then iron woods.I have a set of tour edge older ones 7,8,9,PW and would like to know do these type of clubs have a Gap Wedge???

    • Matt Meeker

      We have indeed Gary. I can recall Cobra T-Rails, Cleveland Launcher HBs and Wilson Launch Pad off the top of my head. Scroll through the irons review tab or use the search function to find the reviews. I think they all went down to gap wedge.

      – Meeks

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