Reviewed by Jamie Perryman
- 24 handicapper
- 90MPH driver swing speed
- Jamie upgraded from Cobra f9 one length irons
Review in short
The new Wilson Launchpad irons are classed as super game improvement irons, but they look and feel like a club designed for a mid handicapper. They are priced way lower than the competition from brands like Ping, TaylorMade and Callaway, but provide comparable performance.
Why I play these irons
As a higher handicap golfer with an average swing speed, I was looking for a set of irons that would give me as much help as possible. More ball speed, more distance, higher ball flight - you name it I wanted it. I had experimented with the Cobra f9 one length irons and they weren't suited to my swing or game. I can see the possible benefits, but I needed something which would make the game easier and more enjoyable.
Enter the Wilson Launch Pad irons. Wow. These things are almost impossible to hit a bad shot with, and trust me, I have my fair share of mishits. They ticked all the boxes and they've massively improved my game.
Looks and feel
Look, these aren't going to win any prizes for looks, but that's not the point of these super game improvement irons. They are chunky, and there's a lot going on at the back of the club, but after a while you forget about all that and remember that the ball is going to fly high and far!
Off the face, these irons feel hot, like smoking hot. They are super forgiving on poor strikes and you still get some level of feedback, but don't expect your hands to get stung like with blades.
These clubs are all about maximum distance and forgiveness and every trick in the club maker's book has been used to squeeze every ounce out of these clubs. They have a thicker top line, wide sole, generous offset and hollow body. These all add up to an iron that will get through the turf easily, boost ball speed, and perform well on even the poorest of strikes.
The longer irons go seriously long and the shorter clubs offer decent control but are a little clunky. You may want to consider a blended set, especially if you like more traditional irons or wedges.
If you hit hybrids well, these clubs are going to feel very natural for you and will just make the game easier. The graphite shaft option is there for slower swing speeds but you can also go with steel shafts if that's what you're more comfortable with.
- KBS MAX Ultralite
- Project X Evenflow
Price for the set
$799 (5-GW) RRP