Wilson D9 Forged Irons Review

Checks Every Box: Distance,Forgiveness, Feel & Looks

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Ryan Heiman
Founder and head author at Independent Golf Reviews

I’ve been gaming the Wilson D9 Forged Irons for 6 rounds of golf.  They might be a set of irons that has flown under the radar, but they check off every box: Performance, Feel and Looks.  These irons are perfect fit for the mid-handicap golfer.

This is my Wilson D9 Forged Iron Review for 2022.

In my opinion Wilson irons are the most underrated irons in golf.  While they have a long history, there was a time not too long ago that they kind of fell out of favor among serious golfers.  Some of that had to do with some “gimmicky” clubs and others had to do with a perception of value.  But in the last 5 years, Wilson has produced some of my favorite irons in all of golf.  The Wilson D9 forged irons are their newest version of great irons.  They hit that mid to low handicap golfer looking for a combo of distance, forgiveness, feel, and looks.  These check all those boxes.
The Wilson D9 Forged Irons are listed as a distance iron.  They do distance, but with looks and feel.  I wouldn’t call them the longest irons I’ve hit, but they certainly aren’t short either.  I found them to balance out the distance chase with “players” qualities.  By that I mean they don’t just bomb the ball 3 clubs longer and only hit one style of shot, they are about 1 club longer than standard but allow the golfer to still hit different styles of shots like cuts and draws; lows and highs.  This isn’t something every distance irons can do, but these do it with a level of forgiveness too.

The Wilson D9 Forged irons create distance and forgiveness with their “power holes”.  These are asymmetrical slots on the longer irons which add a level of forgiveness and power with irons that most golfers tend to hit inaccurately.  The power holes aren’t in every irons as most golfer don’t need the extra power or forgiveness in their PW-8 iron.  The “power holes” especially help on shot low on the face.

The Wilson D9 Forged Irons have very smooth/round lines from every direction.  In the bag or at address they have a compact shape, thin lines, but all done with with very rounded edges which make them look outstanding.  While some golfers like “sharp” lines, these offer that really nice blend between a “players” iron and a distance iron for a players distance combo that appeals to every level of golfer.  The deep cut cavity is part of the forgiveness and distance and the tuning plate in the cavity back looks clean while make them feel outstanding yet super clean.  The rounded aspect of these irons also means they have great turf interaction.  They have just enough “sharp” to cut in for small divots, but round enough to avoid digging or sticking in the ground.

The Wilson D9 Forged irons come stock as 5-iron-GW.  This is really the ideal make up for most mid-handicap golfers.  While hitting that stinger 3 irons would be amazing, most golfers shouldn’t bother.  I’ve even found most golfer are better served replacing their 4-iron with a wood or hybrid.  Especially in a distance set of irons, having a matching GW is nice too to fill the gapping at the lower end of the bag. You can however get a custom 3-iron or 4-iron ordered through Wilson if you can’t live without those clubs.  The lofts are little strong and the length of each iron tends to be .25″ longer.  These are major changes to standard specs, but this is part of the reason for additional distance.

The Wilson D9 Forged Irons will be a great fit for golfers looking for a combo of distance, feel, looks and forgiveness.  Wilson offers different irons for each one of those categories in their others sets, but these really check off every box with a perfect blend.  They aren’t the top in any one category, they do however hit every shot with a little from all the boxes.  They are offered in 3 different stock shaft models: Recoil graphite, True Temper Steel and KBS Steel.  I went with the True Temper DG 95 steel shafts.  These are nice fit with the slightly lighter weight, but still that DG control and feel.  This combo seems to pair nicely for shots on the course.  The combination with the forged heads make these irons feel very soft at impact and yet even sensation that you could feel the quality of a shot, but never too harsh if it was miss hit. 

All the checked boxes of the Wilson D9 Forged Irons meant good scores too.  I’ve been finding my groove again this late summer with some high quality golf.  These irons certainly performed on the course.  The distance and forgiveness helped me hit greens for good looks at birdies.  The results paired with looks and feel led to confidence while standing over shots with these clubs.  While I do like a 4-iron, I was able to squeeze enough distance out of my 5-iron I really didn’t have any on course club selection issues.  The short irons were crisp and accurate.  The distance wasn’t too long that I had to make major changes to my club selection.  I liked the added distance and forgiveness, but was also happy that it wasn’t extreme.  One thing that I noticed is the high launch and soft landing, even with the stronger lofts.  This kind of keeps everything balanced so that these clubs perform very well on the course.

Wilson D9 Forged 8 Iron Stats

Data from Flightscope Xi Launch Monitor

 Spin: 8006 rpms

 Launch Angle: 29.2*

Dispersion: 2.8 yds

 Club Head Speed: 89.1 mph

 Ball Speed: 117.9 mph

 Total Distance: 159.7 yds

 Carry Distance: 155.9 yds


Wilson irons are some of the best in golf; even if they fly under the radar.  The Wilson D9 Forged irons are perfect for the mid-handicap golfer looking for irons that can check all the boxes: performance, feel and looks.  Wilson blended a combination of all their iron models to get these high performance, yet player looking irons.  If your irons aren’t checking all the boxes, check these Wilson D9 Forged irons out. 

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Wilson D9 Forged Irons – KEY POINTS
  • ℹ️  About Wilson makes some of the best irons in golf. The D9 Forged irons blend together a little something from all their different iron models.

  • ✅  Pros Good distance, Ample Forgiveness, Excellent Looks, Soft Feel, On-course performance.

  • ⛔  Cons Maybe not the top in any one category.

  • ⛳  Verdict The Wilson D9 Forged Irons are perfect for a mid-handicap golfer looking for all around/check every box performance.



About The Author

Ryan Heiman – Founder and Head Author of Independent Golf Reviews
Ryan has over 10 years of experience testing and writing golf reviews of nearly every brand out there.
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