Taylormade Stealth Vs Wilson D9 Irons Comparison Overview
Unfortunately, there are millions of dollars that go into marketing golf clubs.
So much emphasis is put on marketing that it can be very difficult to sort through the dross and get to what really matters about a golf club.
To help you cut through the fancy claims and flashy gimmicks, we are continuing our series of comparison overviews with the Wilson D9 and Taylormade Stealth irons. What are these irons really all about? Let’s find out.
Taylormade Stealth Irons Overview
“Taylormade claims that by removing mass from the toe area and placing it in the sole, they have created an easily launchable set of irons.”
In this case, the physics is pretty basic: the more mass low in the head will make for a lower CG. So Taylormade isn’t blowing smoke with this claim. The Stealth irons do in fact launch high; but they’re not the highest-launching irons on the market.
Taylormade also states that the “ECHO Damping System” gives the Stealth irons a forged-like feel. Ya, this one is false. While the Stealth irons don’t feel harsh by any means, they are a far cry from feeling like actual forged irons.
The true merits of the Taylormade Stealth irons are that they launch high and offer a clean, solid feel at impact. You also get a good amount of workability from them as you can bend the ball left-to-right by a variance of about 3 degrees.
Wilson D9 Irons Overview
“Wilson states that the D9 irons optimize distance and ball speed with the addition of the Power Holes.”
For those who don’t know the “Power Holes” are cavities drilled into the soles of the D9’s and filled with urethane. From our testing, these Power Holes did seem to make some kind of a difference. In particular, they seem to increase ball speed on low-face strikes.
Wilson also says that the D9’s represent their lowest CG irons ever. While the Wilson D9’s certainly do have a comfortably low CG, again, these aren’t the lowest CG irons we’ve ever tested.
“Overall, we liked the well-rounded performance of the Taylormade Stealth irons better than the Wilson D9’s. While the Wilson D9 irons are forgiving, they don’t give you the lateral workability that the Stealth irons provide. The Stealth irons feel solid and provide comparable distance to the Wilson D9’s. They’re also better for lower handicaps.”