REVIEW: Wilson Staff D9 3-wood

Surprisingly Easy & Good
I’m no different than anyone else; I have preconceived notions of how a club is going to perform. Sometimes I just look at clubs and assume they won’t work for me for one reason or another. Some is based on over a decade of testing products, others are based on how a manufacturer describes their product. But that doesn’t stop me from testing and it shouldn’t stop you from trying clubs that at first glance don’t appear to be what your game needs. Sometimes brands are avoided for the same reason or stigma. While typically I’m going to shy away from clubs described as “game-improvement” there can be benefits to what they offer. The Wilson Staff D9 3-wood might not have wowed me on paper prior to my review, I am surprised (and pleased) with how easy this club is to hit and how good the results are.
The Wilson Staff D9 3-wood is described as a “CONFID9NCE” inspiring club.  It doesn’t appear to have many bells or whistles with a glued hosel and a simple back weight.  The simplicity of the design might make one think that there isn’t much tech in the club.  But a deeper dig into Wilson’s work on this club shows a variable thickness face which creates a hot forgiving face.  The crown has a visual mark for alignment which makes it easy to point in the right direction.  It sits very square at address so that it doesn’t favor one side or the other.  While simple, it looks sleek, fast and quite nice.  The color scheme is also muted and mostly black for a clean look.
The Wilson Staff D9 3-wood simply performs on the course with ease.  Sometimes testing clubs requires a little extra thought, a tiny swing adjustment or tweaking to get the most out of the club.  This one however was simply point and swing.  I didn’t adjust, I didn’t think, I just hit the ball.  It went high, long and straight; which is pretty much the goal of every 3-wood shot.  I wouldn’t say it was the “most” of any one category, just very good at all aspects of performance.
 
The Wilson Staff D9 3-wood comes stock with the Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue which fit a mid launch, mid spin profile.  The combo in this head offers just that, an easy to launch mid high flight that goes straight and long with some run out.  It is not a low spin monster or some super high hitting 3-wood, but very middle which might seem boring to some, but actually serves really well in terms of consistency.  It does the same thing on every shot.   This repetition of results creates confidence which leads to on course success. For this review I used the Wilson Staff Duo Balls.
 

FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor

Wilson Staff D9 3-wood 15*

  • Spin: 3158 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 16.2*
  • Dispersion: 3.8yds
  • Club Head Speed: 100.8 mph
  • Ball Speed: 144.6 mph
  • Total Distance:  260.7 yds
  • Carry Distance:   245.1 yds

The Wilson Staff D9 3-wood is much better than you might think.  Don’t be so quick to write it off because of the name or brand.  Wilson has had some missteps with the Driver vs. Driver products, but this one was designed by the pros and it is a legit performer.  It isn’t going to be a true “pro” 3-wood but don’t write it off as a game-improvement club either.  It is simply really good and easy to hit which low and mid-handicap golfers can enjoy.

Check the price online here

For more information: www.wilson.com/en-us/golf/woods-hybrids/game-improvement/staff-d9-fairway-woods

Quick Hits:
+Easy to hit
+Straight
+Forgiving
+Long
+Accurate

–No adjustability

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