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The Wilson Dynapower irons have huge distance potential, especially in the mid and long irons. Very consistent on toe strikes but less forgiving of heel strikes. Powerful sound and feel in the longer half of the set.
Wilson is no stranger to making great irons. They have more majors in their trophy case than any other OEM, and it’s that history that they’re looking to tap into with their new Dynapower line. Mixing the excellent performance we’ve seen from irons like the D9 [review HERE] with their storied past, Wilson is hoping to reestablish their position as a first tier OEM.
The Wilson Dynapower irons sit slightly toward the players side of the game improvement category. There is a healthy amount of offset, but the top line is thinner than many GI offerings. The blade length is average for this type of iron, but the contrast between the matte center and chrome heel and toe makes it appear smaller than it is. As you can see below, only in the long irons is there any “extra” sticking out beyond the top line.
In the bag, the Wilson Dynapower irons strike a good balance with some complex elements done in small doses. The iconic Wilson shield is the focal point. Toward the heel, you see the “Dynapwr” branding on top of layers of red, carbon fiber, and shiny black. An elevated slate grey piece gives the cavity some depth and geometric interest.
Sound & Feel
As I’ve noticed with many GI and SGI sets, the sound of the Wilson Dynapower irons changes substantially throughout the set. In the wedges and short irons, a centered shot produces a tom drum “pop” at a medium volume. Mishits are a louder, more discordant “slap.” As you get into the mid and long irons, the sound of impact gets louder. Pure strikes transform from a “pop” to an explosive “snap.”
The feel of these irons also changes noticeably from the short to long irons. In the short irons, the feel is medium firm and slightly dull. Moving to the longer irons, the feel of a good strike becomes faster and more powerful. Throughout the set, there’s clear feedback through the hands. I did notice I was more easily able to locate strikes vertically than horizontally – these irons are apt to cover up a small heel or toe miss.
In my review of the D9 Forged irons [find it HERE], I was introduced to the effectiveness of Wilson’s Power Holes technology. The Wilson Dynapower irons utilize Power Holes 3.0 and Dynapower A.I. Technology to enhance ball speed. What’s interesting is that Wilson’s tech points talk about biasing the off-center speed toward the toe, which is something I saw in my testing. While these irons are very forgiving high and low on the face, heel shots can lose a substantial amount of ball speed and distance. Strikes toward the toe do perform very much like pure shots. Whether this design makes sense will depend on what your most common miss is.
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Just as I observed in Sound & Feel, there is a divide between the long and short part of this set. In the short irons, Dynapower means consistency in the ways that matter most. Ball speed was robust regardless of strike location. The launch and spin jumped around significantly, but, interestingly, the distance did not. Some shots were towering, some were much lower, but they all ended up in the same tight range. Additionally, they all had enough spin and landing angle to stop quickly.
Moving to the mid and long irons, the Wilson Dynapower irons have elite ball speed and distance potential. On my best strikes, the Dynapower produced ball speed equal to the anything I’ve tested. This combines with mid spin and launch to create very long shots. As I noted earlier, these irons also have very good forgiveness if you stay off the heel.
The long irons also have elite speed, but they didn’t launch high enough for me to see playable distance gaps through the 4I. This leads to my one major concern with this set: distance gapping. If you’re going to put the Dynapower irons into your bag, it’s imperative that you get fit. You need the right shaft and perhaps some loft tweaking to get consistent, sensible gaps throughout the set.
The Wilson Dynapower irons are some of the longer irons I’ve tested, which will make them a favorite for players looking to add or regain distance in their approach shots. These are also quite consistent, so long as you keep your strikes away from the heel.
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