Wilson Staff D9 Hybrid Review

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Wilson Staff D9 Hybrid Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

An affordable hybrid with performance and looks that is somewhat comparable with its pricier competitors. While there are hybrids out there that will give you more overall distance, you'll struggle to find one as consistent or forgiving as the D9.

Reasons to buy
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    Sharp, sleek looks

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    Plenty of forgiveness

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    Offers superb stopping power into greens

Reasons to avoid
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    High spin reduced distance

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Wilson Staff D9 Hybrid Review

Building off the success of the D7 series of clubs, Wilson Staff's D9 range aims to deliver a hybrid for golfers who put a premium on easy distance and plenty of forgiveness, with the D9 one of the most forgiving hybrids that money can buy.

The first thing we took note of with the D9 was its looks. For what some would deem an entry-level hybrid , it strikes a premium and symmetrical look at address that inspires confidence.

It's also a fairly compact head for a hybrid that is as forgiving as this one, and the all black crown and subtle alignment aid adds to the appeal, although we'd have like it to be easier to align.

Performance wise, the D9 slightly disappointed from an overall carry perspective, with the 19° head offering just 211 yards of carry on average - leaving it bottom of our standings versus other hybrids that we have tested.

With the 'D' in D9 standing for distance, this was a disappointing showing versus its competitors and, much like the D9 fairway wood and driver, it was down to excessive spin. 

Admittedly, we weren't fitted for this club, it was in the standard stiff shaft offering, so if you do get dialled in with it you may have a different experience. However, the higher spin may also become beneficial for the higher handicap, slower-swinging golfer this club is aimed at, so don't rule it out based on this alone.

However, what you do lose in overall distance you gain in control, consistency and ball flight, with the D9 being one of the most consistent hybrids we tested this year. From a dispersion and distance perspective, it was hard not to hit the same shot with the D9 hybrid.

This kind of consistency will suit the golfer who wants a trusty club to get them out of some trouble, but there's nothing standing in the way of the D9 being an attacking, scoring club too.

In testing, the D9 created the most spin of any hybrid we tested this year, making it a great option for approaching greens from distance, with plenty of stopping power making it great on long par 3s too.

Wilson also offers this hybrid in six different lofts - from a 17° 2-hybrid down to a 31° 7-hybrid - catering for golfers who want something to replace a fairway wood all the way down to a 6 or 7-iron.

At this price point, it's an ideal option if you are looking to invest in more than one hybrid and we're sure that higher handicappers will gain more confidence with the clubs at the top of the bag thanks to the D9.

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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