The Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 irons continue the brand's forged iron heritage in the shape of a better player iron set and a new utility iron
Wilson Golf has enhanced its acclaimed better player FG Tour range by adding the new Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 irons and utility iron.
The new V4 irons replace the FG Tour V2 irons, and will sit alongside the FG Tour M3 irons in Wilson Staff’s 2015 range.
Having been designed for, and already put in play by, tour players like Padraig Harrington and Kevin Streelman, the new forged irons offer exceptional feel and greater ball flight control.
After vigorous testing of prototypes, Streelman, who enjoyed two PGA Tour victories with his previous V2 irons, told GM: “The first prototype Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 irons I put in my hand confirmed we’re making adjustments to the right things.”
Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 irons
The new iron set incorporates an 18-gram tungsten sole weight in the 3-7 irons that lowers the centre of gravity and increases the launch angle without adding unwanted spin.
This results in greater height on long and mid-iron shots, producing a steeper angle of descent so you can hold firm greens and attack tight pin positions.
The upper portion of the face, where better players very rarely strike the ball, has been thinned by 11% in order to reposition mass where it can optimise launch, spin and Moment of Inertia to add off-centre stability.
Weight has also been moved lower and towards the heel and toe of the irons to improve forgiveness, although most of the mass remains concentrated in the impact area to maintain a solid blade-like feel and provide workability on strikes near the centre of the face.
Precision milled grooves on the forged 8620 carbon steel also deliver more spin control and consistency.
Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 utility iron
The iron set will also be joined by a utility iron designed to help better players hit long shots into greens and control ball flight in the wind.
Featuring similar cosmetics to the V4 irons, they incorporate a 7g adjustable weight in the sole that lets you tune your ball flight to suit course conditions or reduce any gaps you have in the top end of your bag.
The FG Tour V4 utility iron also has similar lofts, lies and swing weights for easy transition from iron to utility club, but the shaft lengths are longer as well as the blades, which are also lighter.
The soles and toplines are also wider and slightly more offset to add workability and forgiveness.
The extremely thin, responsive face is made from the strongest stainless steel available, which helps the ball spring off the face faster for improved ball speeds and distance.
This premium face material also freed up weight so that mass could be moved low and to the toe for an optimised centre of gravity, supported by a 9g tungsten weight placed in the toe to eliminate any draw bias in the head.
The V4 iron set (4-PW £549) features True Temper Dynamic Gold DG Pro shafts that promote responsiveness and trajectory. A premium nickel-chrome finish plating and Lamkin Crossline Black grips complete the set.
The V4 utility iron (2, 3 and 4 at £119 each) features a 90g MRC Kuro Kage Black graphite shaft with a smooth bend profile, soft mid-section and a slightly stiffer tip and butt section in light, regular and stiff flexes.
The Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 irons and utility iron will be available from January 2015.