Before I start writing I feel that I should let some of my new readers in on something that isn’t much of a secret. For others that already know what I’m about to say I apologize. The secret… I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Wilson Staff/Golf. My first set of “legit” irons were a set of Wilson Pro Staff irons… circa 2004. Those irons really got me on my way to truly loving this game. A couple of years later I would upgrade those irons to a set of Wilson Staff Pi5 irons which would still be in the bag had it not been for the 2010 “Groove Rule”. I haven’t been the same since separating from those irons.
Wilson Staff. The name really does speak for itself when it comes to the history of the game. The Chicago-based golf manufacturer was born in 1914 and has the most Major victories for any one brand… 61 victories in fact. Some of the legends that have played the brand include Gene Sarazen (he had a 75 year-long relationship with the brand), Sam Snead, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer and Payne Stewart just to name a few. In more recent times Brendan Steele, Padraig Harrington, and Kevin Streelman continue the legacy of flying ‘The Shield” the symbol that embodies Wilson Staff. The latter (Streelman) just renewed a 2-year contract that will see him continue to play the brand to 2019. The irons that are currently in his bag are the Wilson Staff FG Tour V6.
When the calendar flipped to 2017 there were several products that I was excited about trying. The Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 ranked very high on said list. Most of the reasoning was simply because there was something that I didn’t like about its immediate predecessor (FG Tour F5). As a matter of fact I couldn’t get down to Orlando fast enough to try them.
The FG Tour V6 irons from Wilson Staff are a forged iron that’s geared towards better players. That said, you don’t need to be a Tour player to play them (more on that in a bit). The V6 is forged from 8620 Carbon Steel which offers golfers terrific feel and feedback. The blade-length is relatively compact and this is just merely the beginning. In the long irons 20 grams of tungsten is split between the heel and toe. This provides perimeter weighting giving the V6 a degree of forgiveness. Meanwhile, in the mid-irons tungsten is placed in the middle of the head. Like its long iron brethren the mid-irons feature forgiveness and a lower center of gravity. The V6 irons also have what Wilson called “impact area mass” which gives the V6 irons the feel of a muscle-back with the forgiveness of a cavity back. Stock grips are Lamkin Crossline while the stock shaft is the impressive True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT.
My experience swinging the FG Tour V6 irons started out very early. like every other year the Wilson Staff booth was my first stop during Demo Day at Orange County National. After warming up with a few swings with an FG Tour PMP Oil Can wedge I reached for a FG Tour V6 8 iron. Starting with the aesthetics. There was only one other iron that would come close to rivaling the sheer beauty and elegance of the FG Tour V6. this is one of the prettiest irons released in 2017 and it’s for a number of reasons. The cavity itself is void of any graphics thus cheapening the look of the V6. The shield is prominently on display in a down-stated way with makes the irons look classy. There is just a hint of color with the “gold’ detailing (paint-fill). Towards the toe is where the iron model is identified as the “V6” is there to be seen. I love the high-polish chrome finish of the heads and then there’s the look from the address position. I would describe the offset as “minimal” and the top-line is one that gives you the feeling of confidence. It isn’t blade-thin but there really isn’t a whole lot there to distract you from the golf ball or the beauty that sits in your eyes. Not that it really matters even how the shaft/ferrule/head seemingly blend together is very eye-pleasing.
Performance of the V6 iron is superior all the way around. Remember when I said that you don’t need to be a tour player to play these irons? It’s true and much of that has to do with the tungsten weighting that Wilson Staff incorporated into the construction of the head. Strikes were well-rewarded with a ballflight that was high and long. More importantly the feedback was the “best feeling” that I’ve ever had in my hands with an iron. I loved the feel through impact and the impact mass area was something that I could really feel and looked forward to feeling with each pass. Divots were crisp and I had no issue with the leading edge (I overheard someone explaining that it dug too much). Shot-shaping was a breeze with draws and fades easily being hit at will and flighting the ball was no problem. The 4-iron was more of the same and this is where I felt the heel and toe tungsten placement work its magic. I wasn’t too far off of the center at any time with the V6 irons in my hands but those misses were enough for me to know that my “gamers” would be inferior with a similar miss.
In my opinion, these Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 irons were the best at Demo Day and are my pick for the “Best Irons in 2017”. Superior feel, looks that are second to none and performance to match. I really feel like there’s nothing else to add. If you’re a “Feel” player and you haven’t made swings with them… please go out and find a set to swing.
Until The Next Tee!!