Wilson Dynapower Driver Review – Is it Forgiving & Good for High Handicappers?
“Wilson has breathed new life into the Dynapower series with the 2023 Wilson Dynapower line of golf clubs.”
They have taken the same principles of forgiveness and performance that drove the last Wilson Dynapower drivers and brought them into the new era. Yes, that means we get a carbon fiber version.
The Wilson Dynapower Driver Family
“Wilson is treating us to two versions of the new Wilson Dynapower driver: a carbon fiber version and a titanium version.”
While the base technology is the same in both versions, the carbon fiber version features, you guessed it, carbon fiber sole and crown panels. The titanium version has titanium panels and is designed for slower swing speed players.
The weight in the titanium version is 16 grams and is located more towards the back of the club head to increase MOI. The carbon version has a 12 gram weight that is positioned closer to the face to mute spin.
Is it Good for High Handicappers?
“Both versions of the Wilson Dynapower are actually good for high handicappers.”
However, the carbon version will also be useful to mid handicappers with swing speeds in the 85+ MPH range. The titanium Wilson Dynapower is certainly more forgiving overall as you can get a neutral or draw bias out of it.
So if you are struggling to keep your drives out of the trees, the titanium Wilson Dynapower would be a good choice for you. Both of these drivers feature variable thickness faces that have been designed with the use of artificial intelligence. From our testing, the face was very forgiving even when we intentionally mis-hit. Shots stayed on-line which resulted in moderate yet immediate distance increases.
Is it Forgiving?
“The Wilson Dynapower drivers are powered by the PKR2 faces that make them considerably forgiving.”
PKR2 stands for Peak Kinetic Response and it refers to the unique AI design that these drivers bear. Wilson states that the “inside-out” nature of the variable face thickness means that there is no area of the face that has constant thickness.
When we tested these drivers, we could certainly feel the difference compared to other drivers that also have variable face thickness. The Wilson Dynapower drivers seem to stabilize errant shots better. Moreover, mis-hits that almost certainly should have lost height were still launching pretty well. So overall, we would say that both the titanium and carbon versions of the Wilson Dynapower driver are forgiving.
Difference Between the Wilson Dynapower Titanium and the Wilson Dynapower Carbon
“Obviously, the main difference is that one uses titanium panels while the other uses carbon fiber panels.”
Under the hood though, we see a heavier 16 gram weight in the back of the head of the Wilson Dynapower titanium driver. This helps improve launch and stabilizes the head on errant strikes. The Wilson Dynapower carbon has a 12 gram weight positioned closer to the face to reduce spin.
Performance wise, you get lower spin rates and a lower overall launch from the Wilson Dynapower carbon. The Wilson Dynapower titanium offers more forgiveness for high handicappers.
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Is the Wilson Dynapower Worth it?
“For the right type of player, certainly.”
And the two versions cover a lot of ground so this driver would be worth it for a lot of different types of players. In terms of dollars per yards gained, the Wilson Dynapower represents one of the best values in 2023. Plus, the instantly adjustable hosel sleeves allow any player to tweak loft as needed.
Wilson Dynapower Driver
In 20 Words or Less
The Wilson Dynapower drivers can be used for distance gains and to help higher handicap players drive straighter.”
Wilson Dynapower Driver – First Impressions
“One of the things we noticed about these drivers is that the CG feels a bit closer to the shaft than your average game improvement drivers.”
Apparently, that was by design. You can’t notice it just by looking at these drivers but they were made ever-so-much smaller than the average game improvement driver. This allows for a bit more control from the tee and a more efficient transfer of swing power.
The Wilson Dynapower Family
If you can’t tell by now, the Wilson Dynapower carbon version is geared towards lower handicap players with faster swing speeds. It produces lower spin rates and lower launch which is ideal if you swing your driver fast and have an aggressive transition.
The Wilson Dynapower Titanium is the better choice for slower swing speed players who don’t necessarily need to work the ball to get the kind of distance they need. However, it should be noted that while carry distance was pretty good with both versions, you don’t get much rollout with the titanium version. Descent angles were steep overall thanks to the high launch.
Wilson Dynapower Selling Points
- You can choose from a titanium or carbon version
- 6-way instantly adjustable loft sleeve
- AI-designed faces on both models
- Each one is forgiving
- Good stock shaft options for both models
Who is the Wilson Dynapower Driver for?
“The good thing is that there is something for almost every kind of player because the Wilson Dynapower comes in to versions.”
In general though, the Wilson Dynapower drivers will suit mid to high handicap players. We would estimate players anywhere in the 10-22 handicap range. One of the most important things to keep in mind is launch. The Wilson Dynapower carbon will be the lower-launching driver 9 times out of 10. This also means a bit more rollout than the Wilson Dynapower Titanium version.
Another thing we really liked about both of these drivers was the 6-way adjustable hosel that allows you to jack up or reduce the loft almost instantly – yet another feature that gives these drivers such broad appeal.
Feel & Control: 94/100