Wilson Launch Pad Driver Review

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True to its draw bias designation, the Wilson Staff Launch Pad driver is anti-slice and offers great forgiveness.  Nice looking with an attractive price.

Introduction

Living close to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, I attach significant meaning to the words ‘launch pad’ both from a historical perspective and current endeavors.  Knowing the legacy of the company, I wasn’t surprised that Wilson had selected Launch Pad as the name for their new irons and woods.  Having learned that the irons were true to the name [read our review HERE], my expectations soared for the Launch Pad driver.

Looks

If you learned the price before seeing the Launch Pad driver, you’d probably be pleasantly surprised by the good looks.  I did that in reverse: unboxing the driver and seeing the deep metallic finish on the crown and refined sole before being amazed that the driver was at a $300 price point.

Looking down at address, the pinstriping on the trailing edge helps define the bulbous head.  The club sets up closed, but the continuous black finish from the crown to the face keeps it from being a visual distraction.  Face on, the club stands tall, offering immense contact area.

Sound & Feel

The Launch Pad driver produces a loud metallic crack that’s consistent across the face.  As Wilson’s “most forgiving face yet” it wasn’t surprising to discover that like the club’s sound, feel was also consistent.

The solid feel of every decent strike had me checking the face for visual clues to impact location.  Although I needed an impact sticker to check location in the hitting bay at Club Champion, I predict players will benefit from not being concerned with feedback out on the course.

Performance

Before I get into the performance numbers above, please note that by design the Launch Pad driver is draw biased – it’s printed right on the head.  Wilson Staff designers accomplished this with three physical attributes:  an offset hosel, heel-side weighting, and an upright lie angle.  As someone who typically hits a straight ball or a slight draw, my swing at odds with those design elements.  Even so, the club was playable and displayed its forgiveness.  Although I was catching the ball towards the heel and hitting a strong draw, distance was down less than 10%.

Setting up for a fade to mimic an outside to in swing, the Launch Pad driver produced a wonderfully high and straight ball flight.  With more centered contact, ball speed increased as did carry distance.  As I grew more comfortable with the performance and pushed for speed, the driver never faltered, and I gained an additional 5 to 10 yards.  I could easily conclude that was the result of the lightweight construction, but the decline in my strike precision speaks volumes about the forgiveness.

Conclusion

If you’re tired of your tee shots curving right, the Wilson Staff Launch Pad driver may be the dream club you’ve been searching for.  The draw bias design elements and super forgiving face not only tame a slice, but combine for a high, straight ball flight that’s very satisfying.  Toss in the great looks and this driver can truly “elevate your game.”

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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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7 Comments

  1. How does this compare to the F7 driver released last year?

    • Matt Meeker

      Alex,

      The F7 is from 2017. If you meant the Cobra F9 I reviewed last year, please take note of the draw-bias design of the Launch Pad. The adjustability of the F9 can allow for compensation of swing path, but for a slicer, the LP is a great choice. As always, there’s no substitute for hitting clubs before purchase and proper fitting is the only way to get the most out of any club.

      – Meeks

  2. John Campbell

    I am a left hander and prone to slicing. If this driver can limit my slice I’ll be a very happy golfer.

  3. Sorry, I meant the Wilson Staff D7 driver,

    • Matt Meeker

      Ah, I should have thought of that Alex. The drivers are very similar on performance for their intended player. Both are designed for slower swing speeds and max forgiveness. The D7 is intended for ‘general’ ball flights whereas the LP is setup to straighten out slices. Be true to your swing tendencies and as always, try before you buy.

      – Meeks

  4. I have purchased the Launch Pad driver and can really see the benefits
    For sure I had a slice and was of course losing distance and fairway placement
    After a month my accurcy onto fairway are now at 85% from from low of 60 %
    Ball spin is down from 3800/4000 to 2500/2200
    Distance has increased on average to 25 yards all in temperatures below 12c degrees 53f
    10.5 loft gives a good height
    Occasional slices still happen but confidence is flowing and all areas of game seem to be moving well
    I tried all the latest more expensive drivers and none gave the quick result that this club has shown
    At 64 i reckoned that my swing could still improve but not to give the consisitency I’m now seeing
    Will almost certainly invest in a 3 Launch Pad fairway wood

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