Golf Monthly's Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 irons review, a new better player model said to offer feel and distance control to the better player
Wilson Staff’s new FG Tour V6 irons take the technology found in the V4 model and improve upon it to make them more user-friendly for the better player. It’s no wonder Padraig Harrington won the Portugal Masters this year in his first event using them.
This is especially the case in the long irons, where not only is there an increase in the amount of tungsten used (20g up from 18g) but this tungsten has been split, with 12g positioned in the toe and 8g in the heel.
Not only does this make the 3, 4 and 5-irons more forgiving due to the extra perimeter weighting, it also reduces the draw bias these irons tend to have, making them easier to hit straighter on long approach shots.
The first thing that strikes you is how beautiful these irons look from every angle. They’re certainly not in your face, quite understated and classy, with a premium polished finish and subtle orange details.
The profile is clearly aimed at the competent ball striker – the minimal offset and thin topline along with the short blade length may be intimidating to the mid-handicapper, but if you can muster well-struck iron shots relatively consistently, you are rewarded in a multitude of ways.
The first is through excellent distance control, assisted by the perimeter weighting that reduces the club inclination to twist on mishits. Our testing showed an incredibly tight front-to-back dispersion, which means it will be easier to predict how far the ball will travel – something that is imperative when going flag hunting.
The second is the superb feel these irons offer. It’s soft, like you would expect from a forged club, but also with a hint of power and explosiveness. You’d hope you get a bit of this given the lofts of these irons are very traditional indeed – in fact they’re some of the highest you’re likely to find on the market (the 7-iron is 35°). Yet, these irons aren’t short in length – they pack plenty of punch despite their elevated loft angles.
This shows simply that these irons are not geared to provide out and out distance. More so, they should appeal to those who want more consistent distances from their irons without sacrificing huge amounts of forgiveness.
A tangible improvement from Wilson in the better player iron category, blending feel and forgiveness with excellent distance control and appealing looks. There really is little to dislike.