WILSON STAFF FG TOUR F5 HYBRID
CATEGORY: Better Player Hybrids
WE TESTED: 20° (adjusts 19° to 21°), 23° (adjusts 22° to 24°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki Z 80 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The new Carpenter steel face insert is hotter than the one in last year's M3.
PLAYABILITY: The FG Tour F5 is at its best in trouble spots -- it gets you back in the game; shines out of the rough -- shrugs off the tall stuff and blasts the ball high with little effort; adjustability is a big bonus, especially if you frequent different courses.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Guys get pretty fair results on misses; the ball doesn't typically wander too far offline or fly away with too much sidespin; prefers a soft draw that's easy enough to account for.
DISTANCE: Works well with slow, smooth swings -- doesn't need much speed to generate ample spin and carry; gets a lot of mileage out of tough lies; shots from the fairway, rough or bunker go similar lengths; play around with the hosel for best results; maintains distance on misses.
FEEL: A head-heavy club that packs a big kick into the ball; stays true through the hitting zone; a metallic, run-of- the-mill "ting" at impact, but feels surprisingly mellow when you miss.
LOOK: A straightforward look -- pleasant and compact behind the ball; the monochromatic black face blends into the black crown; doesn't stand out, but it doesn't offend, either.
It doesn't hold up well to testers with harder swings or faster tempos -- the stock shaft is a bucking bronco, and it can throw you for some big misses; a couple of guys think the uniform color scheme makes it hard to aim; good overall but not great across the board.
BOTTOM LINE: The FG Tour F5 may not jump out at you, but it's a good club to have on hand in tight spots. Anyone looking for a wood-style trouble club with convenient adjustability and easy altitude should try it -- a wide range of players could make this work.