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Wilson Staff D200 Driver Review: As Light as It Gets

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Wilson has been around the golf industry for decades, but I’ve actually never hit a tee shot with a Wilson driver. That all finally changed when I got my hands on the new D200 driver. Although not known as one of the bigger brands in terms of drivers, I was excited to try it as it is advertised as one of the lightest drivers on the market.

Considering how I love to swing a driver as hard as I can, I was curious to see how this lightweight driver would affect my results.

Technology:

From Wilson –

  • Chemically Etched Crown – Reduces weight and increases the thickness towards the face for durability.
  • Right Light Technology – The new D200 family deploys the Right Light Technology to allow players to swing even faster with the same effort. Faster swing speeds deliver more distance.
  • Reactive Face Technology – Increases the face size for more forgiveness on off-center hits. Decreases the thickness on the lower half of the face to increase ball speeds on mishits.
  • The Lightest Adjustable Driver – The Right Light Technology, now with adjustability and an overall weight of 268 grams, makes this the lightest adjustable driver on the market. Features three loft and three draw settings to optimize both launch angle and left-to-right ball flight.

Let’s take a look and see if this all holds true.

Looks

Wilson really stuck to its roots with the looks on its D200 driver. The black and red color scheme on the club head was pleasantly reminiscent of the company logo. It has a dark and edgy look but still maintains a traditional color scheme and design, much to my liking.

At address, the club head’s matte black finish is very easy on the eyes. It also serves a purpose by preventing any glare from the bright sunlight. In addition, there’s a small alignment mark on the top of the club head as well as the phrase “Right Light” in red lettering across the heel of the club head to provide some color.  The matte black club head is contrasted nicely by the silver club face, highlighted by the Wilson logo right in the center.

 

 

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Feel

The first thing I immediately noticed with the Wilson D200 was just how light this driver really was. Wilson claims it is the lightest adjustable market on the market, and at just 268 grams, it’s by far the lightest driver I’ve ever swung, period. I typically play much heavier clubs, so I was very curious to see how I’d fare with a much, much lighter club.

After a few swings, I realized it wasn’t too big of a deal as I could still feel the weight of the club head thanks to the very lightweight shaft and grip. Personally, I’d prefer a bit of a heavier club head, but overall, it didn’t affect the results as much as I originally thought.

At impact, the D200 driver has a moderate to high pitch sound that isn’t too loud on the ears. Obviously, the pure drives provided the best sound, almost like a solid crack with a baseball bat, while any mishits had much more of a higher pitch.

Performance

From the start, this club took some getting used to, mainly due to the weight. I was getting ball marks from heel to toe but after a couple of range sessions, I finally had a grasp on how to swing the D200 driver.

In terms of distance, I actually didn’t gain much additional yardage overall. However, it was probably due the much straighter ball flight I was achieving with the D200, rather than the slight baby draw I’m accustomed to off the tee.

With the D200 being such a light club, Wilson claims that the lighter weight will create extra club head speed with the same swing. I did find that even with a smooth, easy swing, the club produced the yardage I was accustomed to off the tee.

No need to swing out of your shoes, no matter how light this club feels (I may or may not have made this mistake during my first few swings).

The D200 did not perform better or worse than other new drivers in terms of forgiveness. There were definitely some yards lost on the mishits, and considering that this driver took some getting used to, there was definitely an adjustment period where I was in the rough. However, once I got used to the lightness of the D200, forgiveness didn’t matter since it was such a straight hitting club.

Overall

Wilson has produced a very light and easy to hit driver that can still produce the distance you covet off the tee. No matter how different the Wilson D200 driver feels at first touch, don’t give up on it. You’ll find that it may be the club you need to hit it in the fairway.

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