Wilson Staff, Wilson Sporting Goods’ golf brand, is one of the most iconic in the business and in the past three years has been making a major effort to regain past market share by introducing some innovative technologies. We, along with many others, have been favorably impressed with the C200 irons this year and also like the new FG Tour F5 family of metalwoods.
Designed for players with above average swing speed, the FG Tour F5 driver, fairway woods and hybrids incorporate adjustability and lightweight.
Staff member and PGA Tour winner Kevin Streelman helped with the testing of the FG Tour F5 driver and especially liked the shape of the 460cc clubhead at address as well as the driver’s flight tuning features. The big story is Wilson took the concept of a lighter clubhead with a lighter weight shaft as seen in the D200 driver in 2015 and made some revisions. The D200 weighed only 268-grams and in the FG Tour F5 the weight was moved closer to the clubface to produce the lower ball spin rates better players want. Add the ability to change sole weights between 3-, 7- and 11-grams and ball launch characteristics can be manipulated to accommodate most players.
Wilson also made use of the their very nice and very lightweight adjusting hosel design that at 5.3 grams is 12 percent less than their first adjustable hosel back in 2014 with the FG Tour M3 model.
“This is the lightest, smallest and we would argue easiest to use adjustable fitting system on the market today,” said Michael Vrska, Wilson’s global innovation director for golf. “But it’s not just about making this club adjustable. It’s about moving the weight way forward and way lower, and as you move the weight forward, you take spin out and we move the weight significantly lower to get that launch angle back up.”
Bottom line is the FG Tour F5 is a lightweight low spin driver low handicappers should take a look at. Retail price is $380 with a stock Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Z50 shaft.
The lineup includes the FG Tour F5 fairway woods ($230) with a refined head shape, a Carpenter Custom 455 maraging steel face and the same adjustable hosel as the driver. There are three stock lofts of 13.5, 15 and 17 degrees so figuring the adjustability every loft from 12.5 to 19 is covered in half degree increments. As with the driver, weighting is low and forward and also closer to the face for less spin versus the comparable M3 fairway wood.
FG Tour F5 hybrids ($210) use the principle design features of the driver and fairway woods and come in a choice of three lofts: 17, 20 and 23 degrees. Stock shaft is the Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Z80.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?