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Wilson Staff’s new FG Tour M3 Driver, Fairway Woods, Hybrids and Irons

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Wilson Staff’s newest line of equipment, the FG Tour M3, for the first time offers adjustable features in a Wilson Staff driver, fairway wood and hybrid.

The company’s previous line of equipment, the D100 series, was tailored to golfers seeking distance. But the FG Tour M3 is aimed at better players who are often more concerned with looks and feel.

“Wilson Staff is dedicated to helping golfers play their best and having custom fit, personalized equipment is the best way to make that happen,” said Michael Vrska, global director of R&D for Wilson Staff. “We believe strongly in adjustability, especially for what we identify as a feel player, so that trajectory can be optimized and ball speed can be maximized.”

FG Tour M3 Driver

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The FG Tour M3 driver comes set at 9.5 degrees, but its adjustable hosel can adjust loft from 8.5 to 11.5 degrees in 0.5-degree increments. The deep-faced 460-cubic-centimeter head also has an adjustable sole weight to help golfers tune the swingweight of the club.

Like the FG Tour M3 fairway woods and hybrids, the driver has what Wilson calls an “Iced Matte Painted Crown” and a black PVD finish. The driver head is manufactured with a variable thickness face that maximizes CT, as well as a tour-preferred pear shape that makes the head look compact at address.

Price: $349.99
Stock shafts: Aldila RIP Phenom 50, Aldila RIP Phenom NL 60

FG Tour M3 Fairway Woods

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Like the FG Tour M3 driver, Wilson Staff’s new fairway woods have a removable sole weight, as well as an adjustable hosel with a 2-degree range of adjustability. The heads are available in three stock lofts, 13.5, 15 and 17.5 degrees, which adjust in 0.5 degree increments to give golfers the ability to play a Wilson Staff fairway woods that measures anywhere from 12.5 to 19 degrees.

Unlike the F3 Tour M3 driver, the crown has no alignment markings, offering the clean, glare-free look prefered by purists.

Price: $219.99
Stock shaft: Aldila RIP Phenom 65

FG Tour M3 Hybrids

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The FG Tour M3 hybrids complement the Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 irons, offering a clean, compact look and three stock lofts (17, 21 and 23 degrees) to help golfers fill the gap between their shortest wood and longest iron. Like the rest of the wood lineup, they have a removable sole weight and an adjustable hosel, which offers the same 2-degree range of adjustability (in 0.5-degree increments) as the FG Tour M3 fairway woods.

Price: $199.99
Stock shaft: Aldila RIP Phenom 85

A multi-system pouch will be included with every driver, fairway wood or hybrid purchase. Each pouch will contain an adjustability wrench, as well as 3-gram and 11-gram adjustable sole weights (the heads come with the 7-gram weight already installed).

FG Tour M3 Forged Irons

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Wilson’s FG Tour M3 irons are forged from 8620 steel and have a matte black PVD finish. Their progressive cavity design moves weight lower and away from the center of the face in the long irons, which helps increase forgiveness and provides a higher launch. The short irons have a center of gravity that is higher in the head and closer to the middle of the face to provide a more penetrating flight and workability.

The irons have thin toplines throughout the set, giving them the compact look that better golfers expect from a Wilson Staff iron.

Price: $799 with steel, $899 with graphite
Stock shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold XP (Steel), Aldila RIP Phenom 95 (Graphite)

Click here to see in-hand photos of the irons.

The Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 lineup will be available at retail in January 2014.

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  1. Chuck starcevich

    Dec 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Where can I see these clubs? I play WS irons and I would like to play there woods-don’t like to purchase anything without seeing the product.
    I live in New Lenox IL–30 miles SW of Chicago.

  2. Rob C

    Nov 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I currently own the driver , 3 wood , 5 wood , and 23 hybrid and love them til death do us part ! Just as amazing is the limited edition M3 staff bag (budget golf.com). After 4 amazing years my Staff DI-9’s are bring replaced with the M3’s ! Also adding the 19 hybrid (both due in monday !!!) . Hit the irons at Edwin Watts and didnt loose distance over my DI9’s , I gained distance considering the difference in lofts club to club (7 iron) and dispersion was consistant with the C100 . I will post some results later after I take them out on the course. Wilson Staffer for life ! Get on the Staff or feel the shaft ! Seriously !

  3. jamisonlazenby

    Feb 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I ordered the entire set, the phenom shafts are great, and the irons were hot. I hit them all at the PGA show and loved them. I hit every new iron there and I liked these the best. I am a 8 handicap and plan on reaching 5 by summer with these.

    • raoul mierop

      Apr 7, 2014 at 4:02 am

      Bought a Shockwave driver sept 2012, but the clubhead cracked so I payed 75 euro extra and got a D-100 (sept2013) instead, this one crack also. Now Wilson UK says warrantee has expired because the initial deal was 2 years ago.. bad form! Spend some more on quality. Wilson feels great but cheap will cost you in the end.

      • dave d

        May 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

        two cracked heads? Your swing speed must be very high. In order to slow yourself down, I would opt out of the stock shafts and go for something a little heavier, 60-70 grams, and a firmer tip. This will slow down your swing to a controllable level and really get your ball speed up.

        • tbowles411

          Jun 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm

          Agreed. It’s not the heads. It’s you and the shafts you’re choosing. Head failure is rare all on its own. While it does happen, 2 cracked heads just might be strength vs. flex.

          • John

            Jul 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm

            I have to disagree, I like the driver but I have damaged two heads, cracked one and buckled another and it was done with two different shaft flexes one was stiff and other was regular.

            • Dave

              May 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm

              Whilst I am a little behind the trend, I have just bought the WS FG Tour M3 driver and it did not last a bucket of balls on the driving range before the head split. Was quite spectacular flash and crack as it gave. My swing speed is only 105 mph – so nowhere near the biggest of hitters…. Club is defective design if you cannot use it to drive…

              • Des Baker

                Jan 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm

                I purchased the WS FG M3 driver in 2015 and the head came off twice and was glued back on by the resident Pro. Now the head has cracked and Wilson replaced with a new super lite D200 driver. I wanted to replace or upgrade to the new WS Staff FG Tour F5 Driver but Amer Sports claim the D200 replaces the WS FG M3 Driver. I thought the D200 replaced the D100 and has been replaced by the D300. The Dxxx series is a totally different range of Drivers. Now I feel like I have a cheap and nasty light weight driver in the bag.

  4. Terry

    Dec 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Tested the driver at a demo day last week. Wow, super distance for sure, and the ball flight was easy to adjust. The wilson rep spent some time with me in fitting the driver. I had a cobra adjustable driver and it did not light a candle to this one. now waiting for my pre order Wilson to arrive at end of December. For a single digit handicaper it simple had great feel and seemed to have consistent performance for me.

  5. Ross G

    Oct 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    As an under 30 golfer that has never considered gaming a single Wilson club, I want this entire set. I currently play a variety of used stuff ping, TM, Adams, Mizuno, Nike, so I obviously have no brand loyalty. These are amazing, and make Wilson look like a legit company, not a kmart golf club.

  6. paul

    Oct 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hybrid looks like the i20, which i really like. lets see a review of these asap.

  7. Young

    Oct 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    yes! yes! finally

  8. Rich

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    First the guy that designed these was A Wilson Staff designer ,went to Adams put them in the limelight went back home to Wilson Staff.Now Mike is going to bring Staff back to the top where they were and will be again. It takes time to build back to the top.They have won 62 majors, more than any of the rest. So go to one of the others and you will miss being part of a legend coming back to life. I have the Fg V2 irons and they are the best Iron I’ve ever had. Waiting on the Woods with great excitement.

    • TL

      Oct 10, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Verska was with Adams for a few years under Tim Reed, who led the direction for wood and hybrid design. Makes sense why these have Adams flavor.

  9. MikeB

    Sep 28, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Wilson is back! These are some of the best looking clubs I’ve seen in a while.

  10. Deaus7

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Driver looks GREAT!! I would take it for a test drive.

  11. snowman

    Sep 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Me Like! Can anyone comment on the durability of the black PVD finish on the irons?

    • Jack

      Sep 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      Usually wears out pretty quick. There have been sets that lasted a season though. So it depends on the quality of the finish as well. I think I’m a full go for the rest of the woods, but the irons I may not get for that reason alone and also that I am still in love with my AP2s.

    • 8thehardway

      Sep 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I think they will look better with wear… something tough, familiar and experienced about irons with a worn black finish fading into gray steel.

  12. Joel

    Sep 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Anyone have any inside info on release date or pre-orders?

    • Sara

      Nov 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Joel- Release date on these clubs will be January 15, 2014.

  13. K dubb

    Sep 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I like Wilson and think their line looks fantastic but I rather spend the money on a bigger name OEM than Wilson. Not that Wilson is not a major oem but they are a shell of what they used to be. I guess I’m just being a snob, but again would rather have Adams or MIZUNO or Cobra in my bag.

    • Jack

      Sep 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Nah that’s totally personal preference. It’s your cash, spend in on stuff you like!

    • steve-0

      Sep 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Adams would be smaller than Wilson if it were not for TM/Adidas money.They still may be when you consider how many balls Wilson sells.Irons do look like CB2’S which means they look better than anything Adams does now.
      Do not let other companies marketing budgets sway you.Wilson should spent money to promote this line like they do in tennis, which they dominate. Try em all and decide.

      • TL

        Oct 10, 2013 at 1:06 am

        Take away Wilson’s ball market and Adams easily outsells them in clubs. Not even close. Btw–I heard from a rep that Taylormade has no input in adams designs or marketing strategy. Adams has the wheel.

        • kasey

          Dec 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm

          This is untrue, Adams could not afford to forge their clubs so the TMade guys came over and designed all the new forged line up.

  14. Jack

    Sep 26, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Holy cow these are good looking! I like my adams clubs, but seriously this is making me want to change! Wow wowow. Could get an entire wilson set all blacked out.

  15. 8thehardway

    Sep 26, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Killer looks and toned down graphics? Seriously?

  16. Adam

    Sep 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait they look amazing and the stock shaftss are fantastic im finna start saving now cause imma get a whole new bag next year. Let’s Go! Wilson Staff Stepped up HUGE this year im so pumped

  17. Ryan

    Sep 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I have a guy in the golf shop I work at who is on staff with Wilson. I heard the rep talking about the players line that was coming out but I’m pleasantly surprised with the way the woods and hybrids look. The black finish on the irons looks amazing!

  18. Greg

    Sep 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Those hybrids look a bit like my a12pro’s and that’s not a bad thing. Love the look on all of these.

    • Drew

      Sep 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Looks a lot like the Pro a12 is 4right. I seem to recall that I heard elsewhere that one of Adam’s designers moved over to Wilson when they were bought out? I know I am extremely excited for these hybrids — adjustability and the small head. Goodness I can’t wait for these. I can assure you I’ll be bagging the 17*

  19. steve-0

    Sep 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Not sure what to say…Let me start with Wow!!!!!! I am sure therewill be nay sayers on the forums but really guys, not much to not like here. I am happy for an iconic brand like Wilson to get back into the spotlight.

  20. Drew

    Sep 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Ah, BIGTIME Wilson Staff fan here and had no idea this was coming. The 2014 line looks absolutely killer. Finally they will have the looks to back up the performance. I really hope people give these clubs a try.

  21. naflack

    Sep 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    looks solid, especially the irons.

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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