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Wilson Staff is set to launch a striking new iron model called Wilson Staff FG Tour.
The new Wilson Staff FG Tour irons were brought to public attention by Ricky Barnes as he used them en route to finishing tied second at the US Open. Having spent 18 months in development, the FG Tour irons promise a blend of forgiveness with the high levels of feel that you would expect from a forged club. They offer a clear distinction to the thinner, more blade-like Fg59 model that is currently in the Wilson Staff range.
A relatively thin topline is combined with a healthy cavity in the back in the FG Tour, creating an iron that looks traditional at address but still offers a consistency of strike from the fairway. This formula should attract interest from Tour players as well as low and mid handicap amateurs.
Wilson is confident that their star player, Padraig Harrignton will be using the new FG Tour irons as he defends his Open Championship title at Turnberry in July.
Wilson Staff’s FG Tour irons will be reviewed in full in the September issue of Golf Monthly.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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