ULTIMATE REVIEW! – Wilson FG Tour V2 Irons

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"If you haven't hit the Wilson FG Tour V2s, or the Original FG Tours, prepare to be astonished!  The Wilson FG Tour V2 is the first absolutely must demo iron of the 2012 equipment season.  There are clubs that exceed expectations, and then there are the Wilson FG Tour V2 irons.  There are almost too many positive quotes to pull....your gonna have to read this one to see just how much our testers liked this set of irons."

Wilson FG Tour V2 Irons

(Written By: GolfSpy T) I don't know how it is in the rest of the world, but here in the good ol' US of A, Wilson is the first name in sporting goods. Many of us quite literally grew up with the brand. Thinking back over the years, I've owned footballs, tennis and racquetball rackets, baseball gloves, and even a badminton set; all from Wilson. And although I came later to the game than most, I'd guess that, for many of you, Wilson manufactured the first golf club you ever swung.

While Wilson has unquestionably stayed on top of the football world (sweet NFL contracts make it easy), when it comes to the golf side of things, the Wilson name ain't exactly what it used to be. The industry has been all but taken over by a handful of golf-exclusive manufacturers. Names like TaylorMade, Titleist, and Callaway dominate the equipment, and more importantly, the marketing scene these days, which can sometimes make it next to impossible for the little guy (even when the little guy is Wilson) to get the attention he deserves.

Of course lack of prominence, should never - even for one single solitary moment - be confused with lack of quality. As you'll soon see, when it comes to producing high performing irons that offer outstanding feel, well...Wilson continues to do just fine.

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We have selected a winner for the Wilson FG Player Pack (FG Balls, Glove, and Cap). Update coming soon.

The Marketing Angle

Not unlike Bridgestone (whose driver we just reviewed) Wilson keeps the marketing relatively simple and straightforward. Here's what you need to know about the FG Tour V2 Irons:

  • Muslceback Feel in a cavity construction - a little bit of 8620 Carbon Steel and some perimeter weighting work together to offer great feel and plenty of forgiveness.
  • Specifically Designed for Wilson Tour Staff - thin toplines, "descrete offset", and a softer leading edge radius are part of the reason why Ricky Barnes, Padraig Harrington, and others bagged the V2's immediately.

How We Tested

To find out more about how we test our irons: CLICK HERE

Radius-Based Scoring

For more information on our "Radius Based Scoring System": CLICK HERE

Wilson FG Tour V2 Specifications

Material Composition: 8620 Mild Carbon Steel

For testing purposes our sets consisted of 3-PW with KBS Tour shafts (R,S).  The stock grips are Lamkin Crosslines, which is never  a bad way to go.


*Our senior tester was unavailable to test the Wilson FG Tour V2 Irons, so we have chosen not to drop the lowest score at each distance.

Short Iron Performance

One more iron review and we'll be putting the comparative data online for everyone to see, but since we've only put two sets of irons through our new testing process, it's still a bit early to go speculating about how the performance of one iron or another is going to shake out over time.

What I can tell you is that, swinging short irons, our testers missed the target by less than 22.5 feet. From our pool of sample shots, a total of 5 shots (from 3 different golfers) came to rest within 10 feet of the hole.  Overall dispersion was relatively balanced, the biggest misses, however; were to the left.

When separating distance and accuracy, we see that our testers were either long or short (more often short) by an average of 12.72 feet. As you would expect, our higher handicap golfers had a tougher time dialing in the distance, although distance control did not break down exactly along the handicap line.

Our testers missed the center line by an average of 15.42 feet.  Once again, our lower handicap golfers were more accurate and this time around, the results fell exactly inline with handicaps.

While overall these numbers will likely prove to be slightly above average, not surprisingly, our testers were a bit less precise than they were with the game improvement irons we tested last time around.

Short Iron Performance Score: 90.09

Middle Iron Performance

Right about here is where the results get interestingAfter hitting their short irons, the majority of our testers found themselves falling in love with the Wilson FG Tour V2 irons, and they started to hit them better too.

With their middle irons, testers missed the target by an average of 26.13 feet. To put this in context, this reflects an improvement of nearly 4 feet over the previously reviewed game improvement iron. Who said so-called player's cavity-backs are harder to hit?

When we take a closer look at the test shots to find true birdie opportunities, we find that 11 of the test shots (from 4 different golfers) came to rest within 15 feet of the pin; which includes a shot that found the bottom of the cup from 175 yards!

>> "Awesome clubs! I didn't feel like I could miss with them" - Dan R.

Once again, distance control was a bit less precise with our testers missing the target distance by an average of 15.3 feet (10.5 feet was the best number, 19.2 feet the worst). As you might expect, a noticeable majority of the misses fell short.

Similarly, our testers missed the center line by an average of 17.88 feet (11.4 most accurate, 23.2 least accurate).

To put all of this in simplest terms; from middle iron distances, our testers were more accurate with the Wilson FG Tour V2s than they were with the previously reviewed game improvement iron.

Middle Iron Performance Score: 90.73

Long Iron Performance

While not always true for every tester, long irons are where we see the greatest performance discrepancy. Guys who have no trouble sticking middle irons close at 150 yards, can struggle mightily once the distance gets closer to 200 yards - and it's not just a high handicapper's problem.

With long irons in hand, our testers missed the target by and average of just over 40 feet (a HUGE improvement over our previous results). Considering the distance, I find that the fact that 7 shots (including at least 1 from all 5 of our golfers), came to rest within 20 feet of the hole to be very impressive. When we stretch that out to 30 feet, that number increases to 17 shots. While 30 feet is a long way from tap-in birdie range, it is a makeable distance. Considering all of our testers hit nothing shorter than a 4-iron to get there, it's more impressive still.

As you'd expect, many more shots landed shorter than longer, and our testers missed the distance by an average of 20.56 feet. Our most dialed in (and again, lowest handicap golfer) missed by an average of 11.7 feet, while our least dialed in golfer missed by 26.5 feet.

Where left to right dispersion is concerned, our testers missed the center line by an average of just under 30 feet. While that's not dart-throwing at it's finest, from distances of 180 yards or more, it's still pretty damn good. Our most accurate tester missed by 21.9 feet, on average, while our least accurate missed by 35.4.

When we break that down to our out of 100 scoring, we see that two of our testers actually posted scores above 90 (though neither was above 91). Our scoring system is tough, and I suspect that we'll see very, very few long iron scores that match this one.

Long Iron Performance Score: 88.14

Overall Performance

I can't say I'm the least bit shocked that the Wilson FG Tour V2 irons would perform this well. Having tested out the original FG Tour irons, I already new Wilson had a really nice iron on their hands. What is surprising, and admittedly difficult to explain, is that at middle and long iron distances, the Wilson FG Tour V2 irons, which are geared towards better players, actually outperformed a game improvement iron from one of the most respected names in golf.

Now perhaps these are anomalous results. Perhaps the there was a psychological bump because they really, really, like the irons. It could also be as simple as Wilson producing a high performing iron that is actually every bit as good as Wilson claims. Whatever the reasons, a couple of feet here or there on only a handful of shots, and the FG Tour V2s would have A-level performance. Under our new system, I can assure you, that's no small feat.


The Interactive Data

The charts below show the individual and group averages (black dotted line) for each shot our golfers took during our test of the the Wilson FG Tour V2 Irons. You can click on each of 3 tabs (Wilson FG Tour V2 - Short Irons, Wilson FG Tour V2 - Mid Irons, Wilson FG Tour V2 - Long Irons) you can see where each shot came to rest on our virtual driving range, and the raw data (averages) for each of our testers. Hovering over any point will give you all the details of that particular shot. You can use the filters on the right-hand side to show and hide individual golfer based on handicap and proximity to the pin.



This may sound strange coming from a guy who has multi-colored ferrules and neon grips on his clubs, but the cavity on the FG Tour V2 is still a bit too busy for me (though I must admit, I do like it much more than the original FG Tour).  Of course, I can't say I dislike what you could almost call an Oakland Raiders themed design (silver and's that NFL influence), but if were up to me, I'd leave off the badges and go bare metal with black paint fill.

With my personal preferences accounted for, I also have to admit that I'm in the minority, rather, I am the minority. Our testers absolutely raved about the clean looks of the irons. Not a single testers (other than your's truly) rated them below a 9...others went higher.

MGS Looks Score: 98.90

Sound & Feel

If you haven't hit the FG Tour V2s, or the Original FG Tours, prepare to be astonished! Performance, looks, whatever, it's all very nice, but it is certainly the feel of these irons that most impressed our testers. Those of us who tested the originals had already come to terms with our shock and were more or less expecting the newer model to feel every bit as good. And while they certainly didn't disappoint, my satisfaction came in watching those testers hitting Wilson's for the first time, smile in almost disbelief at the exceptional feel.

I could only speculate as to why our testers (and if I'm being honest, myself as well) were initially so surprised by what is absolutely first class feel. Whatever the reason, before we hit our first Wilson FG Tour, we were expecting much less.

There are clubs that exceed expectations, and then there are the Wilson FG Tour V2 irons.

MGS Feel Score: 100.00!

Perceived Forgiveness

I'm going to preempt everything here and just tell you that I think my testers may have been a bit whimsical in their forgiveness scoring. Look, they really, really like the iron, and for the most part, they hit it really well, but when I look at things like absolute distance, and whether a ball flew shorter than it probably should have, or went a bit more right than I would have liked, the numbers suggest that the FG Tour V2 is a reasonably forgiving iron.

Our survey results, however; suggest that the FG Tour is the most forgiving iron we've ever tested. And while I don't happen to agree with that assessment, I do think it's an extremely forgiving players cavity back. Of course, under our scoring system, we drop the lowest subjective survey rating, which in this case was an 8...from me. Our testers have spoken.

Tester Perceived Forgiveness Score: 100.00!

Likelihood of Purchase

Ahh LOP...the place where otherwise exceptional golf clubs go to get trashed. No matter how a club performs, if our testers simply don't like it, this is always where the truth comes out. In the case of the Wilson FG Tour V2 irons, the truth is that our testers absolutely love this iron. We've already had one tester put them in his bag, while another is threatening to drop is AP2s. Keep this in mind when you look at this LOP score: it's not simply that our testers like these clubs, many like them better than what's in their bag today. Another almost perfect score.

Tester Likelihood of Purchase: 99.98

Wow. Just wow. I can't say we'll never have a club go over better with our testers, but with only 2 10ths of one percent worth of wiggle room, it seems highly unlikely. While none of this speaks to the actual performance, what I've learned over the years is that the buying decision is influenced so much more by the subjective stuff than performance anyway. It's counter-intuitive, but it is also very much the reality.  All of this suggests that if you take just a few swings with the Wilson FG Tour V2, you may just fall in love with them too.



Make what you will of the results. Our testers, guys who have tested irons from nearly every manufacturer in the business today, think the Wilson FG Tour V2 irons are among the very best they've ever hit. Quite frankly, I can't think of a single reason to argue with them. The V2s are a great looking club, the offer the kind of feel I'd only expect to find from companies like Mizuno, and based on our numbers, they flat out perform.

"Just and awesome iron set!" - Nick B.

So here's the rub. Too many golfers have been brandwashed. If a club, no matter what we say, isn't produced by one of the 2 or 3 biggest names in the industry, there are those who won't give it a second look. And while I could launch into a big long diatribe about how those companies got where they are today as much through marketing as they did from their products, I'd likely be wasting my voice.

But for those of you who are more concerned about performance than branding, well, you've made it this far, so let me wrap this up by saying that the Wilson FG Tour V2 is the first absolutely must demo iron of the 2012 equipment season. Not only is it one of the highest performing irons we've ever tested, when you consider that the FG Tour V2s are priced $200 below the other irons I would personally recommend in this category,'d have to be insane not to give them a look.


We have selected a winner for the Wilson FG Player Pack (FG Balls, Glove, and Cap). Update coming soon.



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{ 106 comments… read them below or add one }

Peter Jackson February 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

Again, on the strength of a great review by mygolfspy, I bought a set of FGV2’s 5 to PW
What made my mind up was the very positive comments on the forgiveness and gorgeous appearace!!
Initially, I struggled to get consistent strikes. Had a lesson to tighten up the swing and I now am striking some lovely shots. I now appreciate the small off set really helps with alignment.
The most impressive quality of these clubs is the accuracy / dispersion. I can hit a given iron within a couple of yards in distance. Compare this with my ”in transit Ping G20’s” which are a doddle to hit but there can be 10 yards difference with say a 9 iron shot with what appears to be the same strike.
The irons are such fantastic value/ quality and the best thing; they’re gorgeous to look at!
Farewell my G20’s!


pat November 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I have just yesterday got a new set of Wilson FG Tour V2 Irons having played with DI7s for the past three years, I must say I was very impressed. I found that I did not have to hit as hard to get the same distance also I lost two shots in the process. Thanks Wilson.


Peter Jackson November 5, 2013 at 7:04 am

Would the irons be playable for a 15 HC?


Emerson August 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Wow – great revier – they do look good and all the reviews I have found are great. I may have to give up my Wilson Staff Goosenecks from 1992 and try these. I have tried numerous Callaway irons since and always sell them and go back to the Wilsons to get my iron game back on track. I suspect 20 years newer technology will add a little distance to my iron game!


Stefan May 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

I like to have set FG V2 4 too gap + send wedge. End price.


Arjun January 19, 2013 at 6:07 am

I’ve got a bit of a Problem on my hands…wherei love there are currently great deals on both the MP-59’s as well as the FG Tour V2 (the mizuno is 80 dollars more)….which set of irons do you think is better?

Personally, I love the way the Mizuno’s look (they are stunning)…but this review and the fact that I currently play the ci9’s (which are also excellent) has me a bit confused…will obviously hit both and see which one works better..but…just wonder what others think as well?


Tiger Wu March 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm


Any update on which irons you bought? I was in a same situation with you. In the end, I choose MP 59. Pls advise. Thanks.


Gary LaRue October 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

Upgraded again….posted back in Dec. Now I am hitting the FG tours in 3-5, and the FG 62’s in 6-PW. What a great setup…the Staff cant be beat!! The feel is the best. When you pure it, you feel the ball compress and stay on the face for a split second, the sound is outstanding, and the ball flight is high but piercing. If you dont try Wilson Staff irons and wedges you are missing out big time. The FG Tours are the easiest iron I have ever hit in the long iron category. As the commercial says……SERIOUSLY!!


Andy July 16, 2012 at 1:59 am


First of great review.
I`m a beginner so to say, just play a bit over a year and once a week the most in the moment. my HC is 25 and i play with my friends clubs which is a cobra set. i feel its time to get my own set of clubs and i think i would improve my game. this review actually sold me already however with my HC being that high and as a beginner are these right for me or are these really more for pro and low HC? if so which is the best choice for beginners like me? it would be really nice to get an reply



Alan June 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Have been playing srixon and mizuno clubs for the past 10 years and was in the shop looking at buying some new mp 63’s when the pro said to give the V2’s a try.
Right away it was Wow, how good do these clubs feel (soft) and with KBS shafts as standard.
I have had them in my bag now for a couple of months and have dropped my handicap from 8 to 5.
I would never in my wildest dreams picked up these irons if it wasn’t for a simple suggestion from the pro. Thanks nathan.
I have had numerous people ask why I changed from mizuno to these, so I just smile and offer them a hit. The reaction is always the same, the rave about how good they feel and the ball flight. Now half of them have gone and got there own set. Wilson you have produced an exceptional set of irons, congradulations


Graham June 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I live in the UK and went a couple of weeks ago to get fitted for a set of AP2’s. My pro suggested we take a couple of other sets out, one of which was the V2 tours.
As you said in your review, Wilson doesn’t have the brand awareness of Callaway, Nike, TM or Titleist but I absolutely flushed these irons and the feel was exceptional.

One week later and the irons were in my bag, they are magnificent, so forgiving, great to look at and performance is amazing.

Go buy a set now!!!!!


Bill March 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

Have played the FG Tours the last couple seasons and they were the finest irons I ever played and my handicap showed it. Set up great, feel and feedback is exceptional. Had demo’d against Mizuno’s equivalent at the time and had almost identical ball flight. Being a couple hundred less sealed the deal..Now comes the V2 and I’m seeing results that tempt me to go try them out. All 3 Wilson Tour guys (Harrington, Barnes and Streelman finished in the top 10 a couple weeks ago). Paul Lawrie won with the V2 in Europe already.
Now I’m reading this review and am anxious to try them. The new FG Tour X balls sound perfect for my game also (the original was great in cool weather but too soft in the heat).
Wilson is speaking my language.


John Barba February 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

Just tried these yesterday at Golf Galaxy — suh-WEET! Haven’t been able to swing much – it being February in Minnesota – but after getting dialed in, they felt very nice and had very consistent results on the monitor. Definitely in the picture for the new set. Thanks for an informative review!


mike f February 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

Is this strictly a players club or can an 18 play these?


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Lou DeSantis January 14, 2012 at 6:27 am

Where can I find your review of the original Wilson Staff FG Tour irons to read?


Michael December 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

Wow……what wonderful comments from all posters. I did just want to make one point that I haven’t seen addressed here……and that is that the lofts on the Wilson v2’s are more like the old standard lofts 47* pw for instance. Many of the new lofts are jacked up so a pw is really an old 9i. This is DEFINATELY NOT a negative comment. I had been playing the Mizuno JPX 800’s because I wanted a little more forgivness. When I checked the lofts the pw was 45*. Knowing that I ordered them with 2* less loft. It makes a big difference! The rest of my set was set up for a 47 degree gap so decreasing the loft made them fit right in. I just ordered the new set of FG V2’s and guess what they have 47* loft in the pw. Should be perfect.

I also wanted to point out that the standard length is 1/4 inch longer.

Small details but if you a fanatic like I am about fitting you may need to make these considerations in your set.


Art Crawford December 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

I have never had Wilson clubs but was a fan of Wilson Staff golf balls. I now use Adams A7os irons and will have to test the new Wilson irons to see if they are as good as stated.


Bill Halstead December 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Many years ago I played Wilson Staffs; in fact I went through 3 different sets and liked them all. They were great clubs. Recently, I shopped irons and bought a set of TaylorMades. Wilson reps have a bad name around here and at least one golf shop does not stock them for that reason. One shop that stocks Wilsons did not have the FGV2s nor even heard of them (Edwin Watts). Wilson needs to get their act together. I would still give them a try if I had the opportunity. I would love to have a quality set made by an American manufacturer. Wilson retains a preference in my mind for quality sports equipment- I used a wilson tennis racket for many years.


Bob December 16, 2011 at 4:38 am

These Wilson Irons are the best I have hit, in a long while, I’m a 2 handicapper and went back to these semi blades, thy are longr than my Taylormade R7 and haven’t felt this good with irons, since way back with my old Ping I 2’s, have played Cleveland, Taylormade,Mizuno’s, Adams, The 7 irons is about 8 yards longer than my old set. Like the playability of these…Shot a low 67 on a course that had 129 slope affect. Would recommend these items to everyone.. Wilson sold me. Thanks Wilson


Bob December 16, 2011 at 4:35 am

These Wilson Irons are the best I have hit, in a long while, I’m a 2 handicapper and went back to these semi blades, thy are longr than my Taylormade R7 and haven’t felt this good with irons, since way back with my old Ping I 2’s, have played Cleveland, Taylormade,Mizuno’s, Adams, The 7 irons is about 8 yards longer than my old set. Like the playability of these…Shot a low 67 on a course that had 129 slope affect. Would recommend these items to everyone.. Wilson sold me. Thanks Wilson I play theFG’s myself


Chris December 16, 2011 at 3:22 am

Have tested Wilson forged irons in the past (as my first and second set of clubs were Wilson so I have a soft spot for them) and I never really liked the feel of them. After reading your review MGS I have added them to my list of clubs to try when the demo circus comes to town next year to my local driving range!


Brenton December 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Sweet set of clubs!


John December 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Here in the UK Wilson aren’t a premium brand. I’ve previously played fatshafts and DI 5 irons and sometimes regret changing. Currently playing Titleist AP1’s and have demo’s AP2’s but looking at these irons would love to give them a try!


brian December 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

These would move up the chart if they were offered in a brushed satin. Otherwise, looks like a homer for Wilson.


Dirk December 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Wilson was one of the first clubs I hit as a child,if they live up to this revue they may be something I would look for my nephew even me. Great revue I will demo clubs in the near future, Dirk


Steve Sales December 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

My first full set of adult size clubs were Wilsons including the three woods and putter. I had two more Wilson iron sets and numerous Wilson JP wedges before finally defecting to a set of Hogans and then settling in on some Callaway x-14’s for the last decade. My last Staff set were from 1976. I still game a Staff JP 50 degree for my gap wedge!

I love the look of these new sticks and would be happy to hang up the old X-14’s I been playing for the new FG’s. When I think of Wilson, golf clubs always come to mind first even though they have fallen out of favor over the last couple decades. I’d love to see one of the hot young guns start winning while pulling some FG’s out of a big red/white Staff bag!


Gil Bloomer December 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

These clubs cry out “hit me”! From all the photos here it’s apparent that Wilson has built a very eye appealing line of clubs. Visually, they’re eye catching but the proof is in the pudding. I suspect, based on Wilson’s past, these are crafted from high quality material, have the feel that anyone will enjoy if you hit it relatively close to the sweet spot, and the cost isn’t ridiculous if you want quality and performance. Great job Wilson.


Gary Fracassa December 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Wilson Golf, THE brand of today’s golfer!


hgatplay December 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

#1 “New ” brand of the decade! WILSON is rolling out products for golfers of today’s greatest sport.


Fozcycle December 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Excellent Review!

And the FG V2’s are sweet to look at!

Although I have never owned a Wilson set, I do have an R90 wedge from the 1980’s that I use every now & then….deadly accurate. I would probably go for the game improvement C irons.

Will probably find some and hit them over the holidays as I am off until January!


Wayne Kivi December 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

After reading your reviews, I’ve been trying to decide between the Adams A12’s and the Cobra S3 irons for my next purchase but now you’ve gone and messed up my head with this review of the Wilson FG V2’s and muddled my decision even more. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of places where I can check them out because not many shops on Cape Cod carry Wilson clubs.


J.T. Fey December 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

As a Wilson Staff player many years ago, I would love to try this.


chuck peterson December 15, 2011 at 10:15 am

Wow do they look nice,they would fit right in my bag..


bgolfing December 15, 2011 at 10:11 am

love the Wilson comeback


Mark December 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

Can’t wait to give these a try. I haven’t played Wilson irons in more years than I can count. Glad to see them back in the game.


Todd Johnston December 15, 2011 at 9:41 am

Very insightful, nice looking iron.


Matt December 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

I love Wilson, I can’t wait to hit these and the ci11


Richard P. Jacobs II December 13, 2011 at 11:36 am

My first set of “real” irons were a set of cut down Staff Dyna-Powered muscle backs, which I got for my 13th birthday(1973)…I played those until my 16th Christmas when I got a set of new Dyna-Powered irons, which I played until 1982, @ which time I got a set of FG-17s for my birthday..Incredible irons!!..I played those until 1986, when I tried the Fluid Feel Staff blades though I made the switch to Mizuno, which I have played ever since(except ’09-10 seasons, when I played the Adams Pro-Golds)..While I hit the FG-57s(MB) & the RM Tours(MId size CBs), I had grown used to my Mizzys & I stayed with them..Bottom line, the Staff line of Wlison has always made great clubs & their record of 62 majors is a record that I believe will never be broken..Their staff history is a who’s who of the hall-of-fame: Sarazen, Hagen, Snead, Palmer, Miller, Faldo, Payne Stewart, John Daly, & of course Vijay, Paddy Harrington & Ricky Barnes..And the designer of all of these irons is another hall-of-famer, Bob Mendralla, who swept floors @ Wilson when first hired…Amazing!!..While they have had their peaks & valleys, they are no different from any other manufacturer & their best can run with anyone…The FG Tours were a nice iron, though I found their lead/trailing edge to be a little too sharp..That issue has been adressed with the V2s..I prefer a lower profile iron(4-6i MP-63, 7-PW MP-68s) with my preference being a MB or MC though as far as CBs are concerned, it’s safe to say that Staff got it right with the V2s..Exceptional irons!..Their MB, the FG-62 is a great iron, though I found it to be “firmer” than the Mizzy MP-68, not harsher, just a firmer feel @ impact…Most golfers from 50+ yo are very familiar with the Staff name & brand..Vijay Singh, who played their clubs for 18 years(1982-2000), playing the RM Tours for his 1998 PGA victory(though unlike the other staffers, he didn’t play the fat shafts)..Paul Lawrie also won the 1999 British Open playing the fat shafts..If a golfer is in the 18-22 handicap range & actively playing/practicing to improve, then I absolutely believe that a player’s CB would benefit them…If the individual is a once-twice a month golfer with little or no practice time, then a pure GI iron would probably benefit them most…If you’re looking for a player’s CB iron, you owe it to yourself to hit the Tour V2s…Fairways & Greens 4ever…..


Joe M December 10, 2011 at 5:40 am

I hit the original FG tours and loved them. I am really looking forward to giving these a try. Not sure they can knock my Nickent ARC blades out of the bag but you never know!


Joe M December 10, 2011 at 5:49 am

Forgot to add this…..

I last played a wilson club in 1992

Yes Players cavity backs can be just as good and look better than a GI iron.

When I hear the name wilson Staff I think about my youth.


Jeremy Heslop December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

Never played a Wilson club, but after this review I will be seriously looking at them!

As far as cavity vs GI I think anyone can play a players CB vs GI. It just takes more practice.

Wilson has the most majors and I think this new line plus new golfers trying it out may get them a few more.


carlos rodriguez December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I will have to check these out.


john Domagal December 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Will be in Myrtle for 2 months in Feb. Can’t wait to get there and try these irons after ur glowing review ( of course $200 cheaper adds to the desire)


Pete c December 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I really love the design of these irons and i would really love to hit them. Wilson irons have really come a long way with quality or should i say they have gone back to quality.


tom December 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Im not sold as of yet, Wilson wasnt in the mix where I tested to see which iron I would purchase, that would be with golf tec…so ended with taylormade 2010 model…and when the clubs arrived, first thing I noticed was that only ONE of the clubs has an ID number on it, whats up with that Im thinking? I had read about the new FG’s last week, so I do aim to hitting a few to see how they perform as well as Ping, looking for something made in good old USA…oh not once was bowling mentioned with the name Wilson, or did I miss it? heres to get it in the cup. Tom


LGoGolf December 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Demoed a Di11 at a CDGA outing and unfortunately something about the blade length and topline just did not suit my eye. That said, well-designed players cavity backs can perform as well as game improvement clubs if from a mental side they instill enough confidence for the golfer to make a good swing. I have a soft spot for Wilson since it’s a “local” company based in Chicago but they need to improve their marketing image and leverage their legacy in golf history.


Jimmie December 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

I love the looks of these irons


Erik Torngren December 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

The last time I played a Wilson club was 5 days ago. I love Wilson Staff and own FG Tour irons, TW9 wedges, FYbrid HS 3 wood and FYbrid, and 2 88 Series putters.
I do not think that players cavity backs can perform as well as game improvement clubs for the average golfer. However, in the case of Wilson Staff, I believe that there is enough forgiveness built into the players irons that the average golfer should give them a try. Take me for example – I am a 6 handicap, yet virtually never practice. It’s very difficult for me to get out to the driving range with a young child and a wife who works odd hours as an independent contractor. I need forgiveness! And I get it with the Wilson Staff FG Tour irons. I bought my irons almost 2 years ago and would not trade them for anything, other than maybe the FG Tour V2 irons…
When I hear the name Wilson, and more accurately Wilson Staff, one thing comes to mind: Best Value. Wilson Staff equipment is equal in quality (if not better, in my opinion) to any big name OEM in the golf industry. The added benefit is lower prices across most of the Wilson Staff product line. When considering the purchase of golf equipment, Wilson Staff becomes a no-brainer – Wilson Staff is by far the best value OEM in the golf industry.


Josh December 8, 2011 at 10:57 am

Looking for a new set of irons, but never considered Wilson…until now. Pretty incredible results, I’ll have to put them down as a set of irons to take a closer look at



Brian December 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

I haven’t hit a Wilson iron since the Fat shafts looking forward to giving these a go my x18’s are getting tired.


Boston John December 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

I am hitting D 7’s for several years and have not found anything I like better.
Wilson is still king in my book. Can’t wait to try the FG-V2s.


Dan Balogh December 8, 2011 at 10:14 am

I tried the Wilson Ci7 irons a few years back, but just didn’t like the feel or the forgiveness. I was playing cavity backed forged clubs (snake eyes) at the time. So i really like the feel of forged. I am currently using Mizunos. I would give these new Wisons a try.


Gary LaRue December 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

Great sticks!! Have played everything under the sun…..but always seem to go back to Wilson Staff…..all of my great golfing memories (great shots, chiop ins, wedge hole outs, etc.) happened with the Staff in the bag. Right now playing Pi5 and love them, but want the feel of forged….so tried the FG’s and loved them, and the V2’s are just as good, but like the cavity better in the FG’s. Went with FG’s in 6-GW, and Ci9 in 4,5….what a great setup. Wilson Staff is back and makes great irons and wedges!!! The rest of the lineup still needs some work, but the irons and wedges are just as good as anything out there!!


Peter Jacobson December 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

I’ve never hit a Wilson club in 20+ years of golf, not that I wouldn’t, I’ve just never seen a lefty demo! I’ve been gaming MacGregor M685’s the last two years and could see these clubs in my bag for multiple seasons.

I think playing a forged cavity back is the right choice for any golfer below a 15 hdcp. Combining feel and playability allows a golfer to mature their swing and get more out of their game.

Lastly, when I think of Wilson, I actually think of Paddy’s Major victories and the volleyball, of course!


Kevin Dean December 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

I to, have grown up with Wilson and I have seen them produce the best and the not so best.
My first clubs were the staff series way back when and they were old then. it seems Wilson was revolutionary in the way irons were made in this country. I knew they could pull it off once again. way to go MGS great review.


Brian Cass December 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I just hit last year’s model the FG forged at Edwin Watts in West Palm Beach FLA. It had a KBS Tour Stiff (I play a KBS Tour X softstepped twice and fly my 7 iron 160 yards with a Cobra Forged S3 CB) and I was flying it on the monitor between 160-165, incredibly solid feel and beautifully square toe.

I couldn’t miss the thing. Compared it to a bunch of clubs (Adams CB1, Adams blade that just came out, Mizuno MP53, Burner 2.0) and it really stood out from the crowd, the look fit my eye and I nutted almost every single ball. That is one extremely solid design and heard the new one has very slight changes like a tad less offset. If the new one is anything like the FG Forged, they have done incredibly well. I liked it WAY more than the 712 CB that just came out from Titleist. I like soft feeling heads and these are basically similar to the MP63 on my “feel meter.” Well done Wilson.


ninetails December 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

If Wilson is reading this, what is the best way to find stores that carry their 2011 Wilson Staff custom fit cart? I just emailed customer support and they pointed me to their online dealer locator. 8/9 out of 10 results in either Dick’s, Modell’s, or Sports Authority. I highly doubt every Dick’s, Modell’s or Sports Authority got one of your newest fit carts.

I would love to upgrade my Di7s but not going to pull the trigger if I can’t try them.


wilson staff rep December 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm


Please call the Wilson customer service number when you have a moment (1-800-469-4576) and ask for Bob; be happy to assist you with your inquiry regarding fitting carts. See if you can find one in your area! Reference this forum and conversation when you call.

Thanks for taking a look at the new V2!


ninetails December 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I’ll give this a try. Thank you for the reply!


George December 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

I have dropped my score by 8 shots, got my first hole in one and have never hit more accurate shots than now with my Wilson CI9’s

Now that I have your attention, I used to play Callaway X18’s, before that Adams. I have been playing for 6 years. I was shotting in the low 90’s/Upper 80’s with Callaway. I was tired of the thick top line and I could hit a 9 iron 180 yards or 130 yards. Those are supped up irons. Heavy in the head.

Everytime I went to the golf store to look at irons and hit them in the cage I felt time and time again that the weight balance on the CI9s was just perfect. The rifle shafts, stock! the thin top line even better. So I pulled the trigger bought them and now I have been shooting in the low 80’s (80-81-82) the worse I have done in the past 3 months is 86.

Last weekend I got my first hole-in-one! 184 Yards in Plantation Preserve, FL hole 15.

Is it the irons? yeap! my distances are what they are supposed to be. If I hit my 7 iron 175 yards with the Callaways, with the CI9s is 160. Do I care that I have to club up? nope! because my distances are now what they are time and time again. I trust the distance with this irons and they go straighter than ever!


ninetails December 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm

With the new testing system, what are the 3 different distances used for testing irons in terms of yards? I’ve searched for a bit and can’t find this anywhere.

The links for “How We Tested” and “Radius-Based Scoring” needs to be updated for reflect the changes in your system.



GolfSpy T December 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

@ninetails – You’re right…the pages need updating. Hopefully we’ll get that squared away soon.

We’ve intentionally been vague about our testing distances under the new system. We’re of course not trying to hide anything, but we want to focus on performance and avoid as much as we can all of the discussion around jacked up lofts, extra shaft length, etc.. Either a club performs or it doesn’t, the number stamped on the sole has no bearing on that whatsoever.

Now…having said that. 4 of our testers test short irons at 125 yards. For most of us, this is a PW. Sometimes it’s a 9. For one tester on a single occasion it was an 8 iron. Incidentally and 8-iron is the longest iron we define as a “short iron”.

Our biggest hitter tests short irons at 150 (often a PW or 9 iron). With one iron we tested, Dan need a gap wedge to hit the distance. Our senior tester hits to 100 yards, which has proven to be anything from an 8 iron to a PW.

For middle irons the distances are 125 (senior), 150 (most everyone else), 175 (Dan).

Finally, for long irons the distances are 150 (senior), 190 (most everyone else), 210 (Dan)

The reason for the jump to 190/210 is to ensure that our testers can’t get the distance with a 6-iron (which we define as a middle iron). For a long iron test, we want our testers hitting 3, 4, or 5 irons – nothing shorter.

Now, if for whatever reason distances need to be adjusted by +/- 10 yards to suite the set, and to ensure that our testers are hitting a true long iron (3,4, or 5), we’ll tweak the distances when needed. This is a rare occurrence but it does happen. When it has, more often than not, we have to bump the distance back (to 200 yards), rather than move it forward to 180.


ninetails December 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Gotcha. Thanks for the explanation T. I don’t know if people care too much but this information might be useful in the updated “How We Tested” or “Radius-Based Scoring” sections.


ninetails December 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Your answer raised another question for me.

For those irons that you need to “bump the distance back”, wouldn’t that adversely affect its performance scores, especially for the long irons? I assume proximity scores will go down when you have to add another 10 yards for the intended target. Does your scores take this factor into account?


ninetails December 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I have a feeling that the performance scores under the new system will favor irons using more traditional lofts.


GolfSpy T December 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

This is something we’re keeping an eye, but if anything our concerns have been the opposite. In the case of these FG Tour V2s, to hit the 190 distance, Tim actually had to hit the 3 iron (the same is true of another set we have in for review), so while our testers may have to move out to 200 and hit a 4 or 5 iron instead of a 6 with the occasional club we test, there will also be times, when a tester or two will have to hit a 3 iron to get the distance (if he can’t get the distance with a 3, we move in). Thus far it hasn’t been an issue, but as always, if a pattern we think is unfair develops, we’ll make the necessary adjustments.


ninetails December 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I see. I didn’t take into account the fact that with more traditional lofts, more people would need to grab lower irons as well. Thanks again for the clarification. I really do like how you guys try to make your system better with gained experience.


CHRIS CURTIS December 5, 2011 at 3:33 am

played with wilson pi5s for 3 years now and they are a great club. I hope with the v2 irons alog with the fg tours wilson will get back to there earlier prominince. Keep up the great work golf spy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jelle December 4, 2011 at 12:57 am

New to the game – 2 years – and from Europe, Wilson doesn’t mean that much to me. This review, great as usual, suggest there is something to check out here. You’ve aroused my curiosity. Off to the pro-shop…


Jose Kuhn December 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Last time I hit Wilson irons, I a windy tournament on Sunday. The Wilson ci6 is my windy day iron. The good old’ pi5s are my normal condition iron.
The pi5’s are the best iron ever made. However on a severe windy day, where your contact may not always be on center, the pi5’s can lose 5-10 yards if hit towards the toe. Now with other players cavity backs like the Cleveland cg7 that is not the case but the cg7s doe not have the same feel as the pi5s.

When I think of Wilson, I think of irons as if they were design by Steve Jobs, but marketing as if it were done by the Paul Ruebens’ alter ego.


Judd December 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I just seriously took up golf last year and decided on the Di11’s after demoing quite a few different sets. I love them and am not surprised at all to read this. In a couple years after I have improved and ready for another set I will definitely look at the V2’s.


Bud December 2, 2011 at 7:29 am

I played Mizuno’s for the past 10 years and am also old enough to remember the glory days of Wilson Staff. I picked up a set of the original FG Tours to replace my MP-32’s. Wonderful clubs, beautifully made. Can’t wait to try these as a comparison.


Craig December 2, 2011 at 12:45 am

My first set of golf clubs were Wilson Fluid Feel.
I think its time to revert back to my younger years and put the latest Wilson FG Tour V2 in my bag. See you on the lesson tee.


hongman December 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I played Walter Hagen Haig Ultra’s (I think owned by Wilson), and then Wilson Staff Goosecks for years before switching to TM r7 TP’s. These new irons from Wilson have me drooling again, and I hope to demo them this year!


Steve Mackenzie December 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm

From the first spy pictures, I have been excited to see these in person. I had old DynaPower wedges and bullet back irons. These are the most exciting looking irons that I have seen in a while, and the review has me drooling——Steve


Doc December 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Never think of Wilson for all the obvious reasons. I can’t wait to demo these soon. I wonder if Wilson will show up at a Demo day?


Hans Wimmer December 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Started playing with Sam Snead Wilson’s back in the early 70’s. Played Wilson for many years until the late 90’s. Played the Ci7’s for a couple years and was very happy with them. Switched to the Callaway Razr Tours this year, and while these are a step up, the reviews on this club put it on a must try list. Like the Wilson Zip and Elite 50 balls as well for the winter. Soft and long.


Jgolf December 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

My very first club was a wilson fat shaft 6 iron. I didn’t have any clubs so when I showed up the pro went into the lost clubs room and brought it out. It was my favorite, and pretty much only club that I hit for a year… It’s now retired, but I’ll still pick it up on occasion for the memories and the unique feel. It’s safe to say that their is a special spot in my golf game for wilson Irons, and I’ll be sure to give these a test run.



Lee December 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Tim…thanks for the additional feedback, much appreciated. I hope Wilson is able to get these in the pro shops to demo, they look great, that being said, I sure wish they would have went to a satin finish on these. Still on the short list to be sure. Just have to find them to demo.


Stu December 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Had a set of Wilson 1200LTs in the 80s and then a set of Ci7s recently. So, I am not surprised at all by the quality of the Wilson irons. Since I’m in the market for new irons and I am being fitted in 2 days, I will make sure the FG Tour V2s are one of my demos. Thanks.


Tim December 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

My words seldom carry the weight I would like. In fact, many that know me closely base the majority of their decisions on betting against my recommendations. That said, I will risk the event that friends and family are reading this in contemplating their next club purchase, and provide my personal feedback in testing this iron. To put it simply, these are the finest irons I have ever hit. As T noted, we have the rare privelage of hitting just about every offering from all the major manufacturers. And to be sure, there are days when you are “on”, and feel like you can’t miss. In all fairness I hit many shots across several clubs that felt pure, but I can tell you with the utmost certainty the shots with the Wilsons felt best when struck in the center of the clubface. In my case, I think that explains the slight disconnect between actual and perceived perfomance. These damn things felt so good my mind refused to believe the ball did anything but fly straight and land spitting distance from the hole. I now own a set, and the love affair has not ended. They’ve even convinced me that I like a high-shine chrome finish, which in the past would have made me want to eat poison. I really hope these find their way into many bags this coming season.


david December 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Tim, I appreciate your additional comments. I noticed your swingspeed with the irons was similar to mine and was curious if you have the stiff or regular flex in your set. Thanks for the write-up.


Tim December 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm



Bear July 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

LOL. Tim you made me spit out my coffee on the keyboard. I have the same issue with chrome irons. I feel like I’m swinging the bumper from my old 75 Monte Carlo.


Ping45 December 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Have to admit I really do like the looks….and based on your testing, it would seem likely I will ultimately end up trying these at some not too distant moment…after all, I’ve a record of buying about everything you’ve tested…and I mean about everything! A putter, (2) sets of the Air Force irons, (1) set of Cobra S3 irons, an Air Force driver, an Adams driver…man this has to stop!
Actually, all have been good buys to date.
….My question is….why do I continue to receive so many requests to “donate”, when I actually donated the first time you went that direction and never received any confirmation of doing so??
…Any answer available?
Doc (Ping45)


Mark December 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Growing up, Wilson Staff was THE iron to play and I had them and loved them. As you mentioned, the world has now been dominated by Callaway, Taylor Made, Mizuno and Titleist. ( I have AP2’s in my bag right now) I’ve had four sets of Mizuno’s and loved them all.

NOW, I am truly tempted to give these Wilson’s a try. The review was very powerful info and I thank you for the good work that went into this.




John December 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

X31s were the pinnacle of blades at the time-ahead of Hogan and MacGregor who were the giants.great to see them at the top of the quality table again.


Jason Taylor December 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I have not played Wilson clubs since the Fat Shafts because they are very hard to find and demo where I live. This review makes me think that the search might be worthwhile.


Rick S. December 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I too am going to check these puppies out. I have played Titleist for a very long time… both 695MB and 690CB. I’ll give these a try for sure.


mike December 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I am glad to see that Wilson is putting out quality equipment that is available to mid handicap player


Kip December 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

I will have to check these out.


Matt December 1, 2011 at 10:57 am

Early 2000s Wilsons I tried were not anywhere near the standard of the mizunos I used-but these look interesting


DANIEL STONE December 1, 2011 at 10:24 am







Rich December 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

My first set of golf clubs was wilson staffs, and my second, and my third. But they become difficult to play for a part time 4 handicap golfer, and then frankly ugly. So with R7tp’s in my bag I saw these the other day and felt that oooy goooy feeling of history. These look like Wilson has returned to take a place in the world of golf and so ordered can now be restored. Thanks for the great review–


Jim Lee December 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

I’m going to get me a set!
Love the review on the Wilson. I know that Wilson irons are the best ever since I used the Ci7 irons came out. I love them, just too many people think that Wilson is not a good product. I think Wilson is the best golfing product out there. I think that Wilson should buy TourEdge and uses their technologies to make their Driver and Fairway better.


Charlie Hofer December 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

Thanks for the great review! I am impressed with the look of the Wilsons. They are definitely more of a ‘player’s-type’ iron, and appear to have minimal offset, which I like. I am playing Bridgestone J38’s and these look to be more forgiving with a simialr look & feel. Hope to demo them next year.


Matt Milana December 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

great review there, excited to check out these for my next set.


cdvilla November 30, 2011 at 10:22 am

I’ve played Wilson’s since for 30 years (only brand of irons, I’ve ever owned) and was thinking about moving away to another brand this year… not now. I’m glad that Wilson is upping their game again because their early ’00 offerings weren’t so great.


Greg November 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

I think I just found my Christmas present ‘to me’. Playing last year’s APs. Wonderfully thorough review, I enjoy your frank assessments of all manufacturers.


Brian Cass November 30, 2011 at 9:48 am

Also agree w/the author that the badges in the cavity were probably uneccessary, black painfill would have done it….or nothing at all, just chrome.

That being said the graphics are still tasteful for sure. I prefer it to the new AP2 cavity scheme.

If the tour staff is already gaming these, it’s saying something serious.


Xamilo November 30, 2011 at 9:46 am

I play Ci7s (I’ve always been a lover of Wilson irons), and was thinking about changing them for the FG Tour V2s this year but was a little reluctant since unfortunately, Wilson Staff products aren’t easy to find where I live, so I have to trust reviews.

I guess the review speaks for itself, so I’ll post my impressions by the end of the year when I have them in my bag…


Brian Cass November 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

Great write up.

They looked fantastic when I first saw the photos, the review has me thinking I may ditch my Cobra S3 Pro CB’s (not the most forgiving CB in the world) and go for the new AP2’s, 712 CB’s or these bad boys. Good on Wilson for nailing it. Although I’m a bit of a Titlieist whore having played the 690.CB’s for nearly 7 years, I’d give these a chance for sure.


tider992010 November 30, 2011 at 9:33 am

Great Review. I’m becoming a Wilson fan big time! Can’t wait till you guys do something on the new Ci11 irons. They are butes as well.


Damon November 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

Wow – what a great review! Definitely interested in hitting these at a demo day near me on Friday. I play R9’s, and like them, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Wilsons.


Damon December 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I was able to hit these at a demo day last week. Very, very nice. I was puring 1 7-iron after another. I kept hitting the sweet spot, so the stock loft/lie must be right for me. I did love the feel of both the club and shaft combo, but I thought the ball flight was a tad too high. I would have to take them out to the course and see how they perform. However, this club is definitely on my radar for my next iron purchase.


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