Wilson Staff Di9 irons and Smooth driver

Wilson Staff is hoping that Padraig's back-to-back majors will leave golfers eager to try its late 2008 launches

Wilson Di9 iron

The Di7 was a solid performer for Wilson in the mid-price iron market last year, bringing the brand’s famous Fat Shaft back into play, and offering very high degrees of playability and forgiveness for a relatively modest outlay. Wilson is now hoping the Di9 will take up the baton to help it ride the crest of a Harrington-generated wave hot on the heels of the Irishman’s sublime summer exploits.

The Di9 has an even wider sole than its predecessor and a slightly lower-profile blade for even greater playability, especially at the longer end of the set. It’s also been weighted such that the sweetspot is more towards the toe where the vast majority of amateur mis-hits occur – so if you snap up a set you won’t necessarily have to embark on that expensive series of lessons to iron out your ball-striking!

The brand’s Spine driver from last year didn’t achieve the widespread popularity hoped for, perhaps as a result of its unusual head shape and impact sound, and also the fact that it never found its way into Padraig’s “live” bag. So it’s perhaps no surprise that its forthcoming “Smooth” offering will boast a much more conventional head shape and style, prompting Padraig to undertake full playing tests in recent weeks (including tournament play) while he ponders its merits relative to those of the Dd6 and TaylorMade models he currently flits between. But this isn’t just a tour driver by any means, with head weight moving further back in the higher lofts to help all golfers find their optimum launch conditions. The club's launch date is yet to be announced.

You can read more about both in our November issue, with a full playing test of the Smooth provisionally scheduled for our January issue.

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf

Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response