Wilson D9 Vs Wilson Launch Pad Irons Comparison Overview
The difference between the Wilson D9 and the Wilson Launch Pad irons can be summed up pretty plainly: the Wilson D9’s are game improvement irons while the Wilson Launch Pads are super game improvement irons.
Right away, that should tell you that the Launch Pad irons are designed more for 25+ handicappers while players in the 18-25 handicap range will probably like the Wilson D9’s more. Still, there is more to this story. We tested these Wilson irons side-by-side to give you the details you need to truly understand them.
Wilson D9 Irons Overview
“The Wilson D9 irons have progressive offset and a face finish that helps you frame the ball.”
The extreme perimeter of the face has a polished chrome finish while the hitting zone has a matte finish. At address, you can clearly frame the ball and even get a bit of a visual cue on your downswing once you get used to these irons.
The Wilson D9 irons also have stronger lofts than the Wilson Launch Pad irons. This means you get a lower, more penetrating trajectory which will work better for players with moderate swing speeds and tempos. The Wilson D9 irons have a moderate topline width and an undercut cavity that only makes itself visible in the long irons.
The Wilson D9 irons feature the Power Holes which are cavities in the sole that are filled with soft urethane.
Wilson Launch Pad Irons Overview
“The Launch Pad irons can almost be looked at as hybrid irons.”
The soles are ridiculously wide and have been cambered so that they tend to float over the turf rather than chunk into it. So right off the bat, players who tend to wreck the turf with their iron shots will get some help.
With such wide soles, we weren’t surprised to experience much higher flight with the Launch Pads than with the Wilson D9’s. The stronger lofts and more mass in the soles of these irons are a dream for anyone who struggles to get air under the ball.
“In the end, what struck us the most was that the Wilson D9 irons are more versatile and produce better ball speeds. The Wilson Launch Pad irons are best for players who wind up in the rough frequently and who have trouble making consistent contact. The Wilson D9’s are more for players ready to start attacking pins from distance.”