Product Overview

Product:

FG Tour M3 irons

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£599.00

Aesthetics:

1) Address view: the matte-black PVD finish works particularly well on heads this size. It looks great behind the ball and removes any hint of a distracting glare.

2) Shelf appeal: this is a different look to the more traditional, stripped-back FG Tour V2 iron. The more modern M3 is still sleek, but it’s clear that Wilson Staff engineers have been keen to show the technology on offer without making the head look bulky.

Components:

3) Stock shafts: the lightweight Dynamic Gold XP steel shaft is designed to produce a mid trajectory, while the Aldila RIP Phenom 95 graphite shaft features a unique construction for better distance and control.

4) Grip – Lamkin’s Crossline is designed to promote light grip tension and provide improved lateral traction for added grip.

Technology:

5) Construction: Each head is forged from carbon steel. The impact area is thinner in the long irons for increased ball speeds, and thicker in the short irons to improve workability and control.

6) Weighting: mass has been moved to the heel and toe in the long irons for more forgiveness, while a more uniform thickness in the short irons should improve consistency.

Performance

7) Feel: each iron offers an outstanding sound and feel. The powerful click off the middle of the face is very rewarding, and there’s a clear difference from shots that miss the middle.

8) Flight: the flight is pleasingly similar to the FG Tour V2 irons, which is surprising, given the added forgiveness. And while the long irons are easy to flight, there’s no problem controlling the launch of the shorter clubs.

9) Distance: although there’s a different feel between the middle of the club and off-centre strikes, the distance on offer was surprisingly similar, ideal for players who want to improve their striking, but don’t want to be punished too much on misses.

10) Forgiveness: The longer clubs are very easy to hit given the relatively small head size. These will appeal to a wide range of players, from accomplished strikers in search of a bit more forgiveness, to aspiring players looking to progress from a larger headed cavity.

Verdict

PGA pro verdict: These irons were impressive in both look and performance. They gave a solid feel through the set, and were easy to control. I was able to alter the trajectory easily, with the feel remaining consistent. The heads felt slightly heavier than most, but this wasn't a disadvantage, and the design will suit a range of players - By Top 25 Coach John Jacobs. Test team rating: Performance: 4/5 Visual appeal: 4/5 Innovation: 3.5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4/5