From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, April 2010)
We tested: 48° loft/6° bounce, 50°/6°, 52°/8°, 54°/10°, 56°/12°, 58°/12°, 60°/6° with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shaft
Company line: "The grooves are cut as sharp, deep and wide as USGA standards allow for maximum spin and control around greens. An elastomeric coating in the milled recessed areas ensures softer impact across the entire face."
Our Testers say:
PROS: Good forgiving model for the average player; greatest asset is its playability from fairway lies; reliable for flop shots over trouble; consistent, easy-to-control, high-flighted shots; heavy heads provide a lot of feedback; black "insert" in rear is a nice touch of style.
CONS: Many testers don't care for its hard feel, too much feedback on off-center hits; some guys want more precision from varied situations; a few panelists believe that better options exist for lower handicappers.
From Golf Magazine (Buyer's Guide, May 2009)
It's for: All skill levels
Jon Pergande, Director, Golf Club R&D/Global Golf:
"I'm amazed every time I see Padraig Harrington [2008 PGA Tour Player of the Year] stop the ball on a dime from the most challenging lies under such demanding conditions. Our goal is to bring this shot-stopping potential to the masses. Tw9 incorporates the same specs and tight tolerances required by Padraig."
How it works: Aggressive tour-milled grooves deliver plenty of spin. (Wilson cuts grooves as USGA limits allow.) The compact heads (52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°) are well-suited for bunkers or tight fairway lies. The 48° and 50° (to fill in distance gaps created by strong-lofted pitching wedges) are larger cavity-backs with a "players" shape. Tw9 comes in black (to reduce glare) or satin finish.