Wilson Launch Pad 2 Irons Review – Are They Forgiving & Good for High Handicappers?

The first thing you have to know about the Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons is that they are hybrid-irons which is a very niche style of irons.

Wilson Launch Pad 2 Irons Overview

The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons are billed as anti-chunk irons. A lot of the development went into improving turf interaction for high handicap players.

And we would say they succeeded. The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons have a refined leading edge that does a great job of staying above the turf. They are hollow-body irons and even the rear wall has been thinned out so that more weight can be placed in the perimeter.

If you have never seen or played a hybrid iron before, know that they are big. The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons have a massive sole. Obviously the point was to make them feel and perform as much like a hybrid club as possible.

One of the things we noticed about the Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons compared with the previous Launch Pad irons is that they try to mimic the look of a cavity back irons. While the Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons certainly still look like hybrid irons, they look better than the previous launch pad irons.

The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons have a chunky look and design that helps improve turf interaction and forgiveness to a high degree.

Are Wilson Launch Pad 2 Irons Forgiving?

The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons are nothing if not forgiving. They have a huge sole, wide face and enough offset to help correct your fade.

The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons also put a lot of discretionary weight low in the club head to achieve a very low center of gravity. The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons really live up to their name because they will give you high launch which is great for carry distance and angle of descent.

While high handicappers who have never played an hybrid iron before may need some time to get used to the shape and size of the Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons, it won’t take long to start producing flushers.

Are Wilson Launch Pad 2 Irons Good for Beginners & High Handicappers?

Absolutely. If you have been struggling with distance or can’t seem to stop chunking the ball or hitting it heavy, the Wilson Launch Pad 2 will be a great asset to you.

The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons produce good carry distance even though the loft is pretty much the same as last year’s Launch Pad irons. Overall distance was improved as a result.

The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons would be terrific for beginners and high handicappers who are struggling with their irons. They produce almost effortless distance. For example, our high handicap testers were getting nearly 170 yards with the 5-iron in this set.

Turf interaction is obviously excellent. The Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons will really help you stay above the turf and pure the ball on more shots.

Should you Buy the Original Launch Pad irons or the Wilson Launch Pad 2’s?

The original Launch Pad irons definitely have more of a hybrid look. While the sole is almost identical in terms of width, the back panel has a less metallic look – similar to some of the other hybrid irons that have been released from Wilson and other manufacturers.

So at address, we liked the look of the new Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons more. They look more like regular irons and have a metallic back panel that is reminiscent of traditional irons.

In terms of performance, the new Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons do everything just a little bit better. They produced better carry distance and were slightly more forgiving on mis-hits than the original Launch Pad irons. Launch was higher and angle of descent was more favorable with the Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons.

Wilson Launch Pad 2 Irons

Category: Super Game-Improvement Irons

Wilson Launch Pad 2 First Impressions

We were familiar with the original Launch Pad irons as well as hybrid-irons from other manufacturers so what struck us first was how the Wilson Launch Pad 2 looked.

They look just a little but better than most of the hybrid irons we have tested in the past. The anti-scratch metallic backing and a slightly thinner topline really improve the overall aesthetic of these irons.

They just look a bit more pleasing to the eye than a lot of hybrid irons we have tested in the past. On the range, the Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons produced impressive distance almost immediately.

Wilson Launch Pad 2 Selling Points

  • Anti-scratch metallic back paneling
  • Thinned out rear wall
  • Low CG placement
  • Hollow-body design
  • Refined leading edge
  • Thinner topline than the precious Launch Pad irons

Who Are the Wilson Launch Pad 2 Irons for?

There is no doubt in our minds that the Wilson Launch Pad 2 irons would be a great asset for high handicappers. If you are a 25+ handicapper, don’t fret. Just pick up these irons.

The Wilson Launch Pad 2’s do everything that the original Launch pad irons do but better. You will see almost instant improvements in launch angle and distance. Forgiveness is still very considerable thanks to the hollow head design that allows the face to flex to a very high degree.

As you can imagine though, stability and dispersion take a hit with an essentially unsupported face. So don’t expect too much in terms of accuracy.

The Wilson Iron Family

Wilson also produces the D9 line of irons that feature graphite shafts to help improve distance and dampen harsh iron vibration. The D9 irons produce slightly less spin than the Wilson Launch Pad 2’s but they are less forgiving overall.

The D9’s are traditional cavity back irons so they may be more appealing to players seeking distance and a traditional look.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel & Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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