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Wilson Staff Dynapower Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids

Wilson Staff Dynapower Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids Key Takeaways

  • Wilson Staff revives a classic name from its past.
  • Two new adjustable drivers: one all-titanium, one with a carbon-fiber crown
  • AI-optimized dynamic face thickness
  • $499.99 in carbon fiber; $429.99 in titanium
  • Presale starts Feb 22; at retail March 1

The new Wilson Staff Dynapower drivers, fairways and hybrids have an awful lot going on. Not the least of which is the name.

Wilson’s social media has been warning us that something retro is brewing. And that something is the resurrection of Dynapower. The original 1956 Dynapower was an iron-focused weighting technology. You can read more about that technology in our companion piece on the new Dynapower irons but you’ll notice the “buy-a-vowel” labeling on both the irons and metalwoods reads “DYNAPWR.” So in text, it’ll be “Dynapower,” but on the sticks it’s DYNAPWR.

Just so we’re CLR.

Wilson Staff Dynapower metal woods

But give Wilson Staff credit. As an outside-looking-in player in the driver game, this modern take on a retro-classic name is bringing something unique to the table: dueling drivers.

Made from different materials and with different performance characteristics.

You could call it an intramural Driver vs Driver, but it is outside-the-box thinking. Hell, it doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of the box.

Wilson Staff Dynapower: Carbon and Titanium

Along with Spalding and MacGregor, Wilson is the industry’s most iconic name. While the other two aren’t around (although there’s more to that story), Wilson is still in the game 109 years later. But, as they say, the first 109 years are the hardest.

And while Wilson Staff has a recent history of churning out solid- to very good-performing irons, drivers have been middle-of-the-road. There have been one-shot performers like the 2013 D100 driver and 2019’s sneaky-long D7. We can have a separate discussion on whether Driver vs Driver was a success but neither the Triton nor the Cortex moved the needle.

There’s hope for the Dynapower, mainly because it’s not flying solo.

“The origin of Dynapower came out of our W-Labs Staff Model prototype drivers from over the past two years,” Wilson Golf Club Innovation Manager Jon Pergande tells MyGolfSpy. “We wanted to build a driver for the better player first and then work towards commercialization to hit two very distinctly different segments of the marketplace.”

As a result, we have the Dynaower Carbon driver and the Dynapower Titanium driver. Dynapower Carbon features, obviously, a carbon-fiber crown and is a low-spinning, low-launching neutral-bias head. The Dynapower Titanium driver is, also obviously, all titanium. It’s a higher MOI driver with a low and back CG, higher launch and spin with a slight draw bias.

Wilson Staff Dynapower

“This is not a high handicap-low handicap type of thing,” says Pergande. “At the elite player level, on the PGA TOUR, there are golfers who play drivers with each of these characteristics.”

Driver vs Driver, Dynapower Style

“We feel very comfortable about our ability to fit people with these two drivers,” says Pergande. “There are players who want to play titanium because of the forgiveness and MOI it delivers. The carbon version is for players who want the lower ball flight and lower spin.”

The big difference between the two is the center of gravity location. The titanium version is low/back while the carbon version is low/front. OEMs use carbon fiber to save weight although, in the big picture, that weight saving is offset by the frame structures needed to support the carbon fiber. That’s one reason Srixon has shifted away from carbon fiber in its new ZX drivers. Wilson, however, has been able to save enough weight to make the juice worth the squeeze.

Wilson Staff Dynapower

“There’s carbon fiber in the sole along with the crown,” says Pergande. “So even the sole design changed a little to maximize the toe-side carbon we’re able to include. That frees up more weight that we can move low and forward.”

That means a low and forward CG which, when coupled with a heavier stock shaft, is the recipe for low spin with a neutral ball flight.

Meanwhile, the Dynapower titanium version keeps its junk in the trunk.

“We have a 16-gram sole weight in the back of the titanium driver while the carbon driver has only a 12-gram rear weight,” says Pergande. “Any discretionary weight gets shoved to the back. So we’re delivering performance in two different ways.”

Wilson Staff Dynapower

The result is a higher launching, higher spinning, more forgiving driver with a slight draw bias.

Dynapower-AI

Both Dynapower drivers feature Wilson’s second-generation PKR2, an AI-designed variable-thickness face. PKR (Peak Kinetic Response) was first used in the D9 driver. And if the iterative improvement shown by other OEMs is a template, PKR2 should have a larger high COR area than its predecessor.

And not for nothing, Wilson is now calling it DYNAPWR-AI.

Wilson Staff Dynapower

Also worthy of note: both new Dynapower drivers are adjustable. Cortex was Wilson’s last adjustable driver, as the D7, D9 and Launch Pad are all fixed-hosel. Part of that was price point and part of that was simplicity for the target golfer. Dynapower, however, aims higher.

“The functionality of our adapter is similar to Triton and Cortex,” says Pergande. “But the goal is to reduce weight and this one went on a diet. It’s the lightest adapter we could come up with and still provide the up-and-down adjustability we want.”

You can adjust each driver in half-degree increments, one full degree down and two degrees up for six overall settings. And at each setting, you adjust spin up or down roughly 125 rpm and 3.5 yards or so in left or right bias. One degree down, for example, lowers the loft, spin by 250 rpm and gives you seven yards of right bias. Two degrees up increases spin by 500 rpm and provides 14 yards of left bias.

“We’ve been in the stick-and-glue segment of this category for a while now,” says Pergande. “We took our time to come out with something that’s really smart. And part of being smart is being simple. We have two different drivers and fitting a consumer is pretty straightforward. We can quickly get you into the right head based on a simple questionnaire. After that, we’re into the fine-tuning knobs.”

Wilson Staff Dynapower

Dynapower Fairways and Hybrids

As with its new Dynapower drivers, Wilson Staff is taking the Tour-first approach with the family’s fairways and hybrids.

“This is a whole new look,” says Pergande. “DYNAPWR-AI shaping, head design and face design. We have variable face thickness to get ball speeds where we want. Because the faces aren’t as tall with fairways and hybrids, there isn’t as much meat on that bone but we still want to get as much out of it as we can.”

Wilson Staff Dynapower

Both the fairways and hybrids feature DYNAPWR-AI-designed variable face thickness and what Wilson is calling Tour-preferred shaping and flatter profiles.

“This fairway wood is a little lower profile because we want to deliver something you can hit off the grass and not just be a second driving club,” says Pergande. “That some storyline holds true for the hybrids.”

Wilson Staff Dynapower

Wilson says the fairways are a high MOI design with a 12-gram rear weight for a low and back CG. The hybrid is also designed for easy launch with a low and back CG.

“There’s not a lot of discretionary weight we can move in a hybrid,” says Pergande, “so there’s no need for a weight port and a weight.”

Neither club, however, is adjustable.

“There’s less of a demand or a need for adjustability in the fairway and hybrid categories,” says Pergande. “When we find a compelling reason to add adjustability, that’s when we’ll do it.”

Dyna-Powered Final Thoughts

It’s no secret that the Big Five control the driver market. Challenger brands such as Wilson, Srixon, Mizuno and others scratch and claw for whatever’s left. The dueling Dynapower drivers represent an interesting, and probably necessary, effort to get your attention. Launching two drivers isn’t unusual but launching drivers made from different materials for a specific reason is.

And if it makes you ask, “Why?”, Wilson can’t ask for much more than that.

Wilson Staff Dynapower

And Wilson is throwing two interesting price points on the Dynapower drivers. The carbon-fiber model lists for $499.99 while the titanium model will sell for $429.99. And that prompts another question for technology and performance cynics.

How close in performance does a lower-priced non-Big Five driver need to be for you to consider it? Say the titanium Dynapower is within five yards of a new Paradym, Stealth2, AEROJET or G430. Are those extra 15 feet—plus the name—worth $120 to $170? Be warned: How you answer may very well determine to what level you’ve been “brandwashed.”

Wilson Staff Dynapower

It’s easy to dismiss the challenger brands out of hand but it’s also shortsighted. We’ll know soon enough how these drivers perform in our Most Wanted testing but it will be interesting to see how Wilson markets the Dynapower line (it promises to be retro-level aggressive) and how consumers take to dueling Dynas.

Wilson Staff Dynapower Metalwoods: Specs, Price and Availability

The new Wilson Staff Dynapower Carbon driver will be available at retail in 9-, 10.5- and 12-degree heads with an 8-degree option available via custom order. The stock shaft for the carbon model is the non-VeloCore version of the Ventus Blue. It will be available in a 50-gram A-flex and 60-gram R- and S-flexes.

Wilson Staff Dynapower metal woods

The Dynapower Titanium comes in 9-, 10.5- and 13-degree models. The lighter Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX shaft is stock. The A- and R-flex shafts are 50 grams while the S-flex is 60 grams.

Only the 9-degree carbon and 10.5-degree titanium models are available for lefties.

As mentioned, the Dynapower Carbon driver sells for $499.99 and the Dynapower Titanium for $429.99.

The Project X HXRDUS Smoke Red RDX is stock for the DYNAPWR fairways and hybrids, as well. The Lamkin Crossline 360 is the stock grip for the entire metalwoods line.

The fairways come in a 15-degree 3-wood and an 18-degree 5-wood for lefties and righties. The 21-degree 7-wood is right-handed only. They’ll retail for $249.99.

The hybrids will be available in a 19-degree 3-hybrid through a 28-degree 6-hybrid, in three-degree increments. A 4-hybrid will be available at retail for lefties while a left=handed 3- and 6-hybrid can be ordered custom.

The hybrids will retail for $219.99.

The entire lineup (except for the Carbon driver) will also be available in women’s models (right-handed only). The lightweight Project X EvenFlow shaft is stock.

Online presale for the Dynapower line starts Feb. 15. They’ll be available at select retailers on Feb. 22.

For more information, visit the Wilson Golf website.

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      John DeArc

      1 year ago

      Spending stupid money on TM,Titlest, Ping wont make you a better golfer or cool ok. Nobody’s driver goes farther then the other with same strike and speed any real consistent amount, if you don’t want to believe that then keep thinking you’re impressing somebody with the new dumb driver you bought that you don’t hit any farther. You want to be cool, stop being a follower and by something that not everyone else has.

      Reply

      Steve0

      1 year ago

      I love the launch. I think Wilson did a great job of using the technology and pricing it under similar products. They’ve gone cheap before and it didn’t work.
      Corporations spend tons of money on people, R&D, marketing and a ton of other things. It’s not greedy to get a return on investment. I read that golf is Wilson’s leading growth category. Hopefully that builds on that. And no, I don’t work for Wilson.

      Reply

      TR1PTIK

      1 year ago

      Assuming these actually show up in any golf stores, I’d be willing to give them a try. I tend to lean towards the “other guys” a bit more than some though Titleist is pretty much always on my list of must-try drivers and fairway woods and Paradym has me at least mildly intrigued.

      Reply

      mizuno29

      1 year ago

      Wilson ruled back in the day……………….they need to learn to take baby steps, don’t price your drivers just a little cheaper than the big boys!

      Reply

      Adam

      1 year ago

      I think Wilson did that with the D7 and the D9 series. To put things in perspective, it is priced along with Cobra, Cleveland, and Srixon. We know those brands are not considered the “big dogs” like your PING, Callaway, Taylormade, and Titleist.
      The Wilson D9 series did exceptionally well. Now Wilson is taking it to the next level because they are ready to be competitive with brands in the “woods” category. I don’t think they’re necessarily competing against PING, Titleist, Callaway, and Taylormade. But I do think they are going to be competing against Cobra, Srixon, and Cleveland (the underdogs).
      Personally, I was about to swap my Cobra for the D9 driver. But once I saw the Dynapwr driver hit the conforming list I decided to wait, and I am glad I did. I have already watched reputable sources reviewing the driver and had nothing but great things to say about it. I’ll be testing this club when February comes!

      Reply

      RT

      1 year ago

      Great to see the new offerings and they look great. I play Wilson irons V2 Tours
      and I would give these drivers a shot. .Looks like my Drag Racing days when there is always a sleeper in the race that gives everyone a run for the Money and This Driver may be the contender !!!!!!!! Don’t let the logo fool you it’s all business…Pricing of all drivers are out of site ,hello ebay!!!!!!

      Reply

      daja

      1 year ago

      Can’t speak for anyone but myself, I shoot on average 90. Probably an average golfer somewhere in the middle of the pack, not terrible and not showing off…lol
      Once in my life i’ve had a brand new driver, about 20 years ago a Tour Edge Bazooka. After that always had older used drivers. When I tried my friends new ones the improvement of a few yards wasn’t worth the cost, Do average golfers like me really need to blow 6-700 bucks for whats going to be last years model really soon? Anyway, theses clubs look ok and if it gave me 20 extra yards I;d pull the trigger,

      Reply

      Morse

      1 year ago

      These drivers do look nice, and kudos to Wilson for offering two different drivers at a fair price point. I currently play the Wilson Staff wedges, which are so very nice. Also have the 21 degree driving iron, which is ridiculously easy to swing. If this driver can achieve the same quality as those clubs, then good for Wilson.

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      Mike in Pittsburgh

      1 year ago

      However well these drivers perform, they look meh. Nothing special. I understand they don’t want to look desperate with their graphics, but the paint job is going to absolutely disappear in the retail outlets compared to their competition. They should rework the graphics and get away from the murdered-out 1970 Dodge Challenger look.

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      Nic D “Golf NewB”

      1 year ago

      Wow, that’s a very different take on the graphics.

      I was actually attracted to these because of the “murdered out“ look … the flatness of the carbon and the strong red visual appeal. Maybe it’s because I’m new, but the shiny over the top stuff doesn’t appeal to me.

      Currently gaming the Cobra F8+ in the Nardo gray/ black motif … this simple two tone finish is awesome. I wish more driver companies would do simple with light accents instead of all the “look at me” three diamonds and thirsty design work.

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      Tim

      1 year ago

      I always love to support the underdog in the fight for market share. Clubs look great, however as a senior, I am always disappointed when a company doesn’t make a 7-hybrid for us old guys..

      Reply

      HARRY

      1 year ago

      Wilson acknowledges they fall into the “other brand” category, similar to Tour
      Edge and should have introduced their new line priced accordingly. Great looking line and I will be interested when the price is discounted.

      Reply

      MarkM

      1 year ago

      I like the idea and the price of the carbon version, but will wait for MGS testing to see whether I’ll consider Wilson or not.

      Reply

      Nic D “Golf NewB”

      1 year ago

      Same. I’m interested. Also think that price at 500.00 is a bit much BUT if it performs I’ll find a way to justify it LOL

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      Handicap Police

      1 year ago

      The price is a bit much for a Wilson. I get that it’s carbon, I get that the others have gone to $599 or more, I get that there’s inflation due to the results of Covid etc, but still. It’s not like Wilson are shelling out extra millions to its players on Tour like the others, and Wilson makes loads of money from other sports it has, such as tennis, that the other golf labels don’t.
      Could’ve sold these at $449 carbon and $399 titanium, easily, just to get the consumers in numbers buying it, instead of being greedy and having a hard time getting rid of stock in normal time before the discount period. when the prices will go down anyway. It’s not like the clubs have the expensive stock shafts, they’re fairly standard. Clear the shelves! What part of that don’t they understand?
      And it’s Wilson, Staff, I get it. But it’s the “W” they should be selling like they do with the tennis. Sell it with the “W” and quit with the W/S confusion. Get rid of that W/S badge they always try to have to place somewhere that just looks out of place! The tennis rackets are cool with just the “W.” That’s what Wilson should do with tennis. Nobody in the current, new generations know about Staff nor care about it. W/S like the Mizuno MP, we all get it, but to slap that badge on there like that just looks desperate like some magazine advertising.

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      SteveO

      1 year ago

      Probably couldn’t disagree with you more. Golf is Wilson’s leading growth category in sales.Wilson is a major brand in a number of categories. The ownership group has fresh money from the guy who founded LuLu Melon. They have a clue!
      The Wilson Staff badge is iconic. Tennis uses the W and it works well. They over priced Cortex which was a mistake. Probably underpriced D9 which was a good driver. They aren’t greedy. They sponsor at least 8 guys in the US and like 11 in Europe. Not huge names but having the bag out there matters. They use artificial intelligence to determine how to design product.. That stuff cost money.

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      Kevin C

      1 year ago

      They look nice, but I’m not sure there is a good enough argument to buy. Good enough performance for $100-$150 less? Okay, but can’t you get that for even less from PXG? Unfortunately I think these are still the drivers you buy next year at a really steep discount. Always excited to see Wilson’s forged irons though.

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      Owen

      1 year ago

      Totally agree. MGS testing will be needed to assess the value of saving $120-150 for Wilson metalwoods.

      And I agreed on the irons. The D9 Forged Irons will blow your mind. EXCELLENT Irons! Wilson nailed the Players Distance category.

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      Jelopster

      1 year ago

      Meh….at $299 this may have been interesting. Feels like another lost year for Wilson.

      Reply

      Rob

      1 year ago

      The Wilson website doesn’t have these clubs listed yet

      Reply

      Dave R

      1 year ago

      Will be very interested to see how these perform in testing, because to my eye they look gorgeous at address.

      Reply

      Scott

      1 year ago

      I am interested as well. I game a Wilson Cortex (offered to me new in plastic for $50 a couple years ago) that I hit the crap out of. and get some surprising forgiveness from. I feel like this club got a bad rap because it was associated with a reality TV show plus all the BS about Wilson being a Kmart brand. Players know Wilson makes great clubs. Can’t wait to see because my 5-year window on Cortex is approaching.

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      Brad

      1 year ago

      I game the cortex and love it.. found it on eBay a couple years back for a little over $100 and I pound it past all my TaylorMade buddies. I also play c300 forged irons that hold up really well for the price. Beating a gear head by 5-10 strokes with my Wilson’s makes it that much sweeter.

      Handicap Police

      1 year ago

      What’s it like to work for Wilson? LOL

      Reply

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