Wilson Staff D9 Irons Review

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Strong lofts and low spin give the Wilson Staff D9 irons tons of distance.  Easy to launch with ample forgiveness.  Premium look at a modest price.

Introduction

Wilson Staff captured our attention last month with the stellar looking and performing Staff Model CB irons [full review HERE].  Seeing the new D9 irons for the first time I thought to myself, “Looks like they’ve done it again.”  But displaying the esteemed W/S shield doesn’t ensure the D9 irons are worthy of sharing the 2021 spotlight.  The true test lies in performance.

Looks

The Wilson Staff designers did a marvelous job at creating a premium look for the D9 irons.  Although the cavity is deep, layering of materials and variation of elements give it a lot of eye appeal.  The matte finish on the face and topline let my eyes focus on the golf ball without distraction.

With three Power Holes on each iron (excluding the sand wedge which has none), the set has a much more uniform and appealing and look in the bag than the D7 irons.  At address, the trailing edge of the sole is visible with the 5 iron, and gradually disappears from view moving down to the 8 iron.  The D9 irons have a reasonable amount of offset for clubs that straddle the fence between game improvement and SGI.

Sound & Feel

Across the set, the Wilson Staff D9 irons had a satisfying sound and feel.  A bit on the loud side, the sound was a low pitch, crisp, ‘crack.’  Although the sound stayed fairly consistent with varying strike locations, the feedback in my hands was precise albeit subtle.  But don’t go declaring a mishit to your playing partners – the D9 irons are remarkably forgiving.

Performance

My current nemesis is the thin shot, and the D9 irons provided a miracle cure, sending those bottom groove strikes skyward.  Initially I attributed the results to the face flex imparted by the urethane filled Power Holes, but reading up on the D9 irons, clearly that credit is shared with the “lowest-ever center of gravity” that the Wilson Staff designers were able to create.  Swing after swing, the D9 irons made launching the ball easy.

Working my way through the bag on the range, two common observations emerged – the D9 irons are long and consistent.  Unsurprisingly, when I looked at the lofts of the D9 irons they were super strong.  A good example is the 27° D9 7 iron, which is only half a degree from my gamer 6 iron.

Testing on a launch monitor confirmed my field observation about consistency.  Balls speeds, launch angles, spin, and distances were incredibly consistent – something that will help golfers of all abilities.  Results also highlighted another factor in the distance boost – lower spin.  The lowest-ever CG mentioned above was great for launching the ball, but the low spin affected trajectory height on the 5, 6 and 7 irons.  On the plus side, for golfers craving distance, the low spin provided additional run out.  From 8 iron down to wedge, ball flight was towering with good stopping power.

Conclusion

Utilizing the power of computers to analyze hundreds of head shapes and Power Hole layouts, Wilson Staff designers were able to achieve an Intelligent Design for the D9 irons.  But make no mistake, the D in D9 stands for distance.  Add a generous sweet spot, ample forgiveness, and easy launching into the mix and the Wilson Staff D9 irons are a great choice for the mid to high handicap golfer.  The modest price makes the D9 irons attractive to new golfers as well as those who know Wilson Staff clubs are perennial values.

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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. That 7 iron is 3 degrees stronger than my 6 iron. At what point does a manufacturer admit they are jacking lofts to boost egos of short hitters? When you get older, you loose distance. I don’t understand why stamping a 7 on a 5 iron helps. Deep down, you know you didn’t really hit a 7 iron to that par 3 that’s 170 yards, no matter what the stamp on your club says.

  2. I could game these, but would treat and view them as a 4 iron through PW set, and then add 52° and 56° wedges

  3. I don’t want to be a stick in the mudd, but I usually look at the loft of a gap wedge to see how much they are lying about what’s what. A traditional gap wedge is 52°. I have Mizuno irons and they stamped 49 on it, which is 3° stringer than a traditional Gap wedge. That told me my clubs are really stronger than the clubs I had before. So an eight iron I called a
    8 1/2. Not quite a 7, but half way between. So when I see the Gap wedge is 47°, that a degree away from what a pitching wedge use to be. 5° from the traditional Gap wedge. So it’s a pitching wedge. Why not stamp the gap wedge with an 8 and tell people they can hit it 160 yards. The way these manufacturers are manipulating the product is out of hand. 52° to 49°, and now 47° Gap wedges. A gap isn’t a gap wedge anymore. Who wants 9° between a gap wedge and their sand wedge? I’m already carrying two gap wedges to make up for the 7° gap between the gw and the sw. No wonder hybrids are so popular. When your 5 is a 4, and your 4 is a 3, of course you think the hybrids are easier to hit. Heck, we are almost hitting 1 irons again if you have a three iron. No wonder if hey don’t make the long irons in these, nobody but a pro could hit them.

  4. You’re exactly right. They’re delofting clubs to have the average golfer think they’re hiring that club longer than it actually is. Should scratch the number off and put degrees instead.

  5. The D 7s were awesome. I don’t know how they can improve much over them in only 1 remake. I also liked the Recoil shafts but don’t see them offered for the D 9s.

  6. There should be industry wide standards that every iron has its loft on it. Each iron should fall within 2-3 degrees of a set loft. Most golfers don’t understand that that loft jacking began with the invention of the gap wedge: a sand wedge is, by necessity, going to fall around 56*. When manufacturers strengthened lofts they couldn’t do it to the sand wedge so there was a “gap” between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge. I own several sets of vintage Wilson Staff irons. The oldest set that I play is from 1958. I also own their new sets. I play the fg 100 Anniversary I also play their d7 forged. Both great irons. However there are loft differences between sets. My point is the day when you can look at your golfing buddies and go off what club they used for a certain shot is over. It’s a guessing game. The plus side is a lot of golfers are now going through their bag and getting their iron distances dialed in.

  7. Ken Robertson

    I understand all the comments regarding the jacking up of lofts. The point isn’t about ego. I am a senior golfer with a lower swing speed. A 5 iron to the green at 150 yards out with my old club would hit the green and run off. Using the D9 7 iron I can almost get the same distance but with the added height my ball stays on the green. My point is I am enjoying the game more with the new technology and who cares about whether it is a 7 iron or a 5.5 iron?

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