Wilson D9 Vs Taylormade M4 Irons Comparison Overview
When we pulled out our old set of Taylormade M4 irons, we were instantly reminded of why we fell in love with these irons in the first place.
They have such an inviting and, still somehow, modern look. They came out in 2018 so I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised.
The Wilson D9 irons on the other hand have the look of “instant game improvement” irons which is by no means a bad thing. We thought it’d be fun and enlightening to give these irons a whirl and test them against one another so we did.
Wilson D9 Irons Overview
“The Wilson D9 irons feature the Power Hole cavities in the sole that have been filled with soft urethane.”
The point of these Power Holes is to help the face flex more at the bottom and lighten up the whole load. Indeed, we found that the Wilson D9 irons were very forgiving on low-face strikes as we were seeing pretty good ball speed despite the mis-hit.
The Wilson D9 irons also boast a very low CG which tempers the strong lofts pretty well. Overall, we were treated to a controlled launch that could be pulled down or ballooned a bit depending on the need.
However, there was a bit of a pull on all but the most accurate strikes. Still, the sweet spot is pretty expansive so as long as you are moderately accurate, you likely won’t have to worry about the pull.
Taylormade M4 Irons Overview
“The M4 irons offer a higher launch than the Wilson D9 and a muscley cavity undercut.”
The M4 irons look great behind the ball. They have a slightly smaller profile than the Wilson D9’s; but they also have a deeper cavity undercut. That makes for incredibly high launch, steep descent angles and of course, good stopping power.
The Taylormade M4 irons were also a bit more workable from side to side than the Wilson D9’s. However, the Taylormade M4’s lost some distance to the D9s (about 7 yards on average). This is mostly due to the nearly-uncontrolled launch that will certainly hinder better players.
“The Wilson D9 irons are the more well-rounded irons. They play longer and allow you to work the launch as necessary. The Taylormade M4 irons are great for beginners and high handicappers; but they lack the distance that faster swingers need.”
Wilson D9 Irons – First Impressions
“We weren’t sure what to expect from these irons.”
We liked that they were sleeker than the D7’s; but again, we were put off by the matte/chrome finish on the face.
That became less important as the test session pressed on. We were very impressed with the forgiveness and distance of these irons.
While spin rates are a bit low, Wilson seems to have compromised with higher launch.
Taylormade M4 Irons First Impressions
The Taylormade M4 irons have a clean, cavity back design with an extended sole in the rear which looks very comforting for beginners.
This feature also made them play very well in the rough. It is very easy to launch the ball high (and far) even from the rough. We were very pleased with the feel when we struck the ball right in the sweet spot.
However, the feel gets a little thin and the sound gets a little hollow unless you are dead-center on the sweet spot.
Wilson D9 Selling Points
- Power holes
- Fast face
- Low Cg
- Strong lofts
- Expansive sweet spot
Taylormade M4 Selling Points
- Ribcor design
- Speed Pocket
- Thick sole
- Plenty of offset
- Premium shaft options
- Strong loft
Who Are the Wilson D9 Irons for?
“We could see both mid and high handicappers making good use of these irons.”
You get a touch of workability and the ability to stop the ball on fast greens which is something both high and mid handicappers will love.
Wilson D Family of Irons
The Wilson D9 irons are the most technologically advanced but the D7 irons are actually more forgiving – albeit at the sacrifice of any semblance of workability.
Feel & Control: 94/100
Overall Score: 95/100
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Who are the Taylormade M4 Irons for?
There’s no question that the Taylormade M4 irons would be great for anything struggling with distance on the fairway.
At the end of the day though, these irons do much more for beginners than play long. Beginners, who will often find themselves in the rough, will benefit from the beefy sole and strong lofts of these irons.
Even intermediate players who don’t quite have their swing speeds where they would like it to be would benefit from these irons. Even if you are mixing and matching and only using the longer Taylormade M4 irons, they could be great assets as purely distance irons.
The Taylormade M Family of Irons
The Taylormade M family of irons also includes the M2 irons. The first thing we noticed about the M2 irons compared to the Taylormade M4’s is that the M2’s don’t do as good a job at dampening harsh impact vibrations.
On full swings, the M2’s feedback gets muddied by unwanted vibration. The M2’s do have the same lofts as the M4 irons though so the flight trajectory is very similar with these two iron sets.
It should also be noted that the M2 irons don’t feature the same Ribcor design as the Taylormade M4 irons. The main difference this makes is lesser distance – or at least, harder distance.
In other words, you will have to have good accuracy and a fast swing speed to get the same kind of distance with the M2’s as you would with the Taylormade M4 irons. As such, the M2 irons are better in the bags of low handicappers.
Feel & Control: 92/100