WILSON STAFF FG TOUR F5
CATEGORY: Better Player Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 15° (adjusts 14° to 17°), 17° (adjusts 16° to 19°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Z 65 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A maraging steel face boosts ball speed on misses.
PLAYABILITY: There's plenty of functionality here -- does a nice job combining ease of use with versatility; the FG Tour F5 gives you the opportunity to work the ball with relative ease, letting you slash through tough lies; relatively high trajectory compared with the others.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Good shot-to-shot repeatability; on average misses, you might still get it around the green; respectable job minimizing sidespin on most common misses.
DISTANCE: Adequate from the tee and fairway -- in line with testers' normal gamers; gives you what you expect, nothing more or less.
FEEL: Balance and stability give testers the confidence to swing away; responsive metallic pop at impact -- just enough feedback to know what's happening without shocking your hands.
LOOK: Traditional shape reminds some guys of classic woods; aggressive black-and-yellow color combination.
Some testers would like more help on misses; others want additional length; the overall look doesn't stack up with the rest of the pack.
BOTTOM LINE: The FG Tour F5 is a steady, workmanlike club that won't offend anyone with its look, feel, overall output or price.