Wilson Dynapower Carbon Driver Review

Wilson hopes its new Dynapower Carbon driver can compete with the big four in terms of performance but does it deliver?

Wilson Dynapower Carbon Driver Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Dynapower Carbon is a tech-advanced, visually appealing driver that, well fitted, should perform admirably against what’s in your bag. Didn’t quite match the big four’s recent launches for ball speed but we certainly enjoyed the dull, dense sound and feel at impact.

Reasons to buy
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    Premium looks

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    Dense, satisfying feel at impact

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    Stable and forgiving off-center

Reasons to avoid
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    Initial ball speed fell short of 2023 marquee launches

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    Hosel settings aren't visible when secured

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Wilson Dynapower Carbon Driver Review

The driver market is becoming increasingly congested with genuine challengers to the big four of TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping and Titleist. Brands like Cobra, Mizuno and Srixon have made significant strides in creating new drivers that compare favourably with the products most popular out on tour, and now it’s Wilson’s turn to have its voice heard.

The new Dynapower driver is one of the most adjustable drivers ever created by Wilson and is available in both Carbon and Titanium head options. The carbon model is designed for the slightly better player - we’ve even seen it in the hands of new signing Kevin Kisner out on tour - and features, as the name suggests, sizeable carbon fiber panels on the sole and crown to make the weighting of the head more efficient.

Wilson Dynapwr Range Unveiled

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The sole view is relatively subdued but it certainly looks premium in the bag. Flip it over and there is a comparison to be drawn with the new Callaway Paradym driver in the way the carbon fiber section contrasts subtly with the front edge and how it adopts more of a gloss finish. Factor in the subtle markings on the PKR2 face and there isn’t much to go on in terms of alignment, but the shape manages to be both traditional and inviting behind the ball at the same time.

Wilson Dynapwr Range Unveiled

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The abundance of carbon fiber built in means the impact sound is quite dull, dense and short. Some may want a little more feedback but I actually quite like the reassuring ‘thud’ that accompanies a well struck shot. This driver feels solid and stable.

I got custom fitted for this driver, albeit in pretty terrible weather conditions on an outdoor covered driving range, into a Fujikura Ventus Blue 6-X shaft and a 10.5° lofted down, which isn’t something that normally happens because my attack angle is typically significantly on the up. On the day in my fitted spec, it got very close to the Titleist TSR3 driver currently in my bag, matching it at times for both distance or dispersion but the TSR3 still probably edged it. When testing it again indoors on the Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor with Titleist Pro V1x golf balls, it again struggled to keep up with the new launches like the Callaway Paradym and TaylorMade Stealth 2, falling between 5-10 yards short in terms of carry distance. It was a touch spinny, but not excessive, and the launch angle was healthy, it just seemed to be lacking that last few percentiles of performance that perhaps a re-fit could solve in better conditions and with premium balls.

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It certainly delivered on its promise of a neutral to slight fade shot shape bias, toning down my draw shape nicely, which allowed me to swing with full commitment and still find fairways. Off-centre forgiveness was more than ample - I didn’t see big drops in ball speed when I hit the ball slightly from the heel or toe, although it didn’t always stop me from missing fairways. The adjustability certainly helps in optimising your ball flight, although the settings aren’t visible until you unscrew the head, which is a little annoying - although does contribute to a cleaner overall look.

There really is a lot to like about the Wilson Dynapower Carbon driver - it's comfortably among the best Wilson golf clubs you can buy. Get fitted for it and it will be competitive, especially if your driver is a few years old. Versus the best golf drivers of 2023, it may struggle but the £420 price point makes it a mightily appealing prospect.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x