CATEGORY: Better Player Irons
PRICE: $900, steel; $1,000, graphite
WE TESTED: 4–GW with True Temper Dynamic Gold XP steel shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A stabilizing bar across the cavity helps to improve shot consistency.
PLAYABILITY: The sole excels at sliding through the ground without catching or digging -- shots fly high and straight even from gnarly spots; gentle fades and draws into tucked pins are possible, but going over trouble is easier than working around it.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Arrow-straight on center hits, while misses won't kill you; forgiveness seems improved when compared with previous Wilson Staffs for better players.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Pure strikes travel similar distances to what our testers are currently playing; minor misses typically fly farther than a lot of panelists are accustomed to.
FEEL: The head-shaft combo makes it easy to track throughout the swing and improves timing; firm and steady through impact; chips and pitches are easy to control.
LOOK: Brushed finish reduces glare and slims down the midsize head and topline; the rounded, two-tone face frames the ball; most testers like the look of less offset in short irons and more in the longer ones.
Not as workable as others in the category; a few testers prefer a softer feel with greater differentiation between mis-hits and wellstruck shots; the amount of offset in long irons can be off-putting for some guys.
BOTTOM LINE: Standout forgiveness makes the Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 iron a fit for players transitioning toward a player's iron. Its knack for producing high, straight shots from all kinds of lies should help ease the bumps and bogeys along the way.
MORE INFO ON THE WILSON STAFF FG TOUR F5 IRONS
From GOLF.com, November 2, 2015:
Forged from carbon steel, the FG Tour F5 irons are aimed at players who want plenty of distance with the enhanced feel and feedback normally associated with more traditional “players,” iron designs. A sole technology that carries over from the previous D200 irons thins out the area low in the clubface in the long and mid irons, increasing face flex, ballspeed, and distance on shots struck in that area. Meanwhile a stabilizing bar in the cavity of each club supports the thin clubfaces, enhancing consistency across the hitting area for greater consistency and forgiveness without negatively affecting face flex or distance.
The FG Tour F5 irons are available in both right and left hand in 4-9, PW, and GW (3-iron is also available in right hand only). Stock shaft choices include True Temper Dynamic Gold XP steel and Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage LB 85 graphite.-- Michael Chwasky