Wilson Dynapower Carbon Driver Review

Wilson Dynapower Carbon Driver sole

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The Wilson Dynapower Carbon driver has good forgiveness, particularly directionally.  Mid launch and spin.  Adjustable hosel and two models allows for a good range of fitting options.

Introduction

No OEM has as deep a historical well as Wilson Golf.  They’ve successfully traded on that history to build their updated Staff family, with some of the more desirable irons in the last decade in the Staff Model Blade [review HERE] and Staff Model CB [review HERE].  For 2023, they’re reaching into the more recent history to try to breathe some mojo into their woods.  Can the Wilson Dynapower Carbon driver emulate the success of Staff?  I tested one to find out.

wilson dynapower carbon driver address

Looks

The Wilson Dynapower Carbon driver earns its name with a large swath of carbon fiber covering the majority of the head.  It is long from front to back, but the shape is symmetrical and round.  The alignment aid sits slightly toward the heel, but the head does sit square at address.

Flipping the club over, you see a variety of different greys and blacks.  The majority of the sole is a dark, matte grey, and there’s a carbon fiber patch on the toe.  There is a good deal of branding, but it’s all shifted away from the leading edge, which seems to minimize its influence.  My favorite element is the outlined Wilson Staff shield at the edge of the toe.

wilson dynapower carbon driver face

Sound & Feel

A strike with the Wilson Dynapower Carbon drive yields a hollow “pop.”  The sound is low pitched, slightly above average in volume, and lacking in metallic tones.  This staccato sound is a bit quieter and tighter on center, giving the player modest feedback.

In the hands, the feel is a solid slap.  The tactile feedback is stronger than the audio, allowing players to locate the strike with some focus.  You also get a faster, hotter feel on perfect hits.

Performance

While the name is a callback to days gone by, the Wilson Dynapower Carbon driver is powered by the same modern technology that most OEMs are using.  The PKR2 dynamic face thickness was designed with the help of artificial intelligence to create more ball speed across more of the face.  In my testing, I found good ball speed on center and off.  It’s short of elite, but the differences are hard to notice without a launch monitor.

Wilson states that the Dynapower Carbon driver has a low, forward CG for lower spin.  While it may be more forward than their previous models, the performance leads me to believe that it’s not pushing the envelope – which is both good and bad.  To the good, the Dynapower is quite forgiving.  Particularly in terms of left-right dispersion, I found this club to be impressive.

On the “bad” side – depending on your needs – the spin is not terribly low.  Overall, I would rate the Wilson Dyanpower Carbon driver to be mid launch and mid-low spin.  The stock shot for me was a penetrating ball with good roll out.

Check out the Wilson Dynapower fairway wood HERE

The Wilson Dynapower Carbon driver is adjustable through the hosel.  There are six settings that allow players to remove as much as one degree of loft or add up to two degrees, all in half degree increments.  Per Wilson, each degree of loft equates to 250 RPM and 7 yards left or right.

Finally, the Wilson Dynapower family has two drivers – the Carbon model reviewed here and a Titanium version.  Per Wilson, the Titanium version will launch higher and spin more than the Carbon with a stronger draw bias and higher MOI.  The Titanium version is also $70 less than the Carbon.

Conclusion

The Wilson Dynapower Carbon driver is a step in the right direction of getting their woods on par with their irons.  This is a solid overall performer with good ball speed and impressively tight dispersion.

Visit Wilson Golf HERE

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3 Comments

  1. In is south Africa, where can I find this wood

  2. Mike Brugman

    Hi Nico,

    I am a Wilson SA brand ambassador. Send me a DM on Instagram @faffbrugman We should be finding out about stock in the next week or so. Unfortunately there has been quite a back log with the Dynapowers.

    Kind regards,

    Mike

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