REVIEW: Wilson FG Tour F5 irons

Irons for everyone

wilson f5 rear tiltGolfers fall into different skill categories; ranging from scratch to super high handicappers.  While the ends of the spectrum are more of a rarity, somewhere in the middle is where most of us golfers fall.

The average handicap in the UK is 18, and even low handicappers do not hit their number regularly, meaning scores are usually 88 to 100 over 18 holes.  The new Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 irons are perfect for those golfers and will appeal to those with even lower handicaps.  These irons might have one of the broadest appeals of any irons on the market.

The Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 irons are not a replacement for the V4 irons; they are a complimentary product.  The Wilson V4 range (with its tour profile) is designed for and appeals to the more capable player, and whilst the Tour F5 are not super game improvement irons they do offer the forgiveness of clubs that are aimed for a higher handicap golfer.

HOW DO THEY LOOK?

They have smooth lines, they’re a little off-set, they offer cavity back forgiveness and have an excellent forged feel.  Wilson are calling them “crossover” irons since they bridge the gap between players irons and game-improvement irons.

The Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 irons are a good looking package with their satin finish, and black and gold accents.  They have a really nice sole grind which helps tremendously with turf interaction.

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This is going to be one of the big benefits for all levels of golfers.  It has a very rounded sole both front to back and side to side which reduces digging, they call it “Speed Sole” Technology.   It is designed to help make contact with the ball first.  The off-set isn’t too much, but just enough to help square things up at impact.  The head itself is decent sized so you have ample face forgiveness paired with excellent perimeter weighting.  These clubs really like to hit the ball straight and high.

HOW DO THEY FEEL?

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The feel of these clubs is what sets them apart from other brands in this category.  There aren’t too many irons in the game-improvement category that are forged.  These are really soft at impact.  If you use a Wilson Duo ball you will experience one of the softest feeling irons shots in golf.  It seems that this a segment of the market that is largely untapped by other companies.  Most manufacturers go for a cast design in a forgiving iron like this.  Wilson have nailed it with their great feel.

It’s the performance of the Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 irons that impressed us, these were tried across several different ages, handicaps and swing types, and all were in agreement that their good looks are paired with excellent on course results.  They will fit a wide variety of handicaps because of how they hit.  If you struggle with your irons; the straight, easy hitting, and high launch of these will be a nice addition to the bag.  If you have a solid iron swing, you will enjoy the good feel and control that these irons offer.  They are not for “working” the ball all over the place, but little cuts and small draws can be hit with these on demand.  It’s the control of those shots that really makes them good set.

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We had DG S300 shafts in the Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 irons with Wilson Tour Velvet grips.  They have nice balance and the stock length and lie offer solid contact with the ball. They are not labelled a distance iron, but they aren’t short either.  They fall in the top 15% of sets in distance from the top to bottom of the club selection.  The long irons were just as easy to hit as the scoring irons and the additional GW makes for a great distance filler on the short end.

The Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 irons will fit the biggest segment of golfers out there.  Their feel and looks will appeal to low-handicap golfers while their performance and forgiveness will fit the higher-handicap golfers.  Wilson has really stepped up their game in 2016 and these irons should be a great fit for most of us.

Flightscope X2 Launch Monitor : Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 Irons – 8-iron

  • Spin: 7844 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 27.9*
  • Dispersion: 4.7 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 85.6 mph
  • Ball Speed: 107.2 mph
  • Total Distance: 4 yds
  • Carry Distance: 7 yds

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