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First Look: Wilson Staff FG Tour Prototype Irons

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Check out the photos below we shot of Wilson Staff’s latest prototype iron, the FG Tour M3 Forged.

According to Michael Vrska, global director of golf R&D for Wilson Staff, the irons are still in the development stage and likely won’t be released until early in 2014.

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The prototype irons have more offset and are marginally larger than the company’s FG Tour V2 irons currently played by Kevin Streelman and Padraig Harrington, which makes them a little more forgiving. They also have wider soles with more camber than the V2’s, and a black PVD finish instead of the V2’s chrome finish.

Vrska said that Streelman, Harrington, Ricky Barnes and Jim Herman have been testing the irons on the PGA Tour since February of this year. Their feedback has resulted in minor tweaks such as slightly less offset and changes to the sole. Overall, Vrska said that the players have been very pleased with the shape of the irons, but he expects more tweaks to be made before a design is finalized.

When the irons are released, Vrska said that they won’t replace any of the company’s current offerings — they’re an effort to bolster the amount of “better player” forged irons.

“These are filling out our range,” Vrska said.

Click here to see more photos and read the discussion in the forums

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The Sole has a generous amount of camber from front to back.

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The Black PVD finish will fade over time, but it won’t rust.

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The prototypes at the address position.

Click here to see more photos and read the discussion in the forums.

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  1. Rich

    Sep 26, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Love my V2 irons, I do not like the black finish and the thick top line edge of the M3’s

  2. Levo

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    My name is Levo. I think they look good. The Adams irons have great feel. I hope these do too. Levo

  3. Dave

    Jun 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Possible replacement for the Ci11 ??

  4. Bill

    May 25, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I like the design and finish, but appears to have a lot of offset. I like the sole. I play the original FG Tours and have played my best golf ever with them but they have a sharp leading edge which is challenging on some lies. The new model looks a little less severe. I’ll definitely try them when they hit the market.

  5. slbpsi63

    May 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    These are clean!! I just put the V2’s in play, I wish I knew the next gen were going to be a bit more forgiving!!

  6. Oban_Wan_Kanobi

    May 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Yep, I think I found a safe replacement or my CB 2’s. Let the waiting game begin!

  7. J. W. Snow

    May 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Constructive suggestion – Make sure they describe or ask them: specifics,,,, e.g. What model of Fuji Shaft in Driver, and what brand/model of 5 wood?

  8. Launcher

    May 17, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Wow, those irons look pretty good. Vrska was the lead designer on one of the best irons I’ve ever played, the Adams CB2s. You can see similarities to the CB2s in these new irons. I bet they feel great too.

  9. R

    May 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    hahaha d100 headcover with R1 inside

    • Skip

      May 17, 2013 at 3:03 am

      That’s because TM writes him a large check every week that it’s in the bag… as they do for EVERY tour player that puts their driver in play every single week. And that includes Monday qualifier no-names as well. PH’s Wilson contract doesn’t require driver usage so why not make some easy extra money every week?

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What Adam Scott said about his new 681.AS irons

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Adam Scott has used the same irons — Titleist Forged 680 — for the better part of 10 years.

“When you’re old and stubborn, you like what you like,” the 41-year-old told PGATOUR.COM.

Indeed, as he has transitioned into Titleist’s latest woods and wedges, the 14-time PGA TOUR winner has remained steadfast in playing his 2003 680 irons with KBS Tour 130 X shafts.

It was interesting, then, to see Scott with a different — but very similar — set of irons in the bag ahead of THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT.

Adam Scott’s trust Titleist 680 8-iron

Scott’s new 681.AS Forged 8-iron

At a glance, the visually stunning irons look identically shaped to the 680s we’re used to seeing in Scott’s bag — similar large muscle pad on the rear of the club, similar hosel transition, similar generous amount of offset, similar topline. However, the irons looked substantially less worn and were stamped with 681.AS on the hosel.

What’s going on here?

Titleist declined to comment, but PGATOUR.COM caught up with Scott, who shared some details. As it turns out the new irons are the same…sort of.

Before digging into the 681.AS, we asked Scott why he doesn’t simply continue playing 680 irons, and when a set wears out, replace them with another. The answer, he said, was simple. Titleist “just ran out of original sets,” which the company stopped producing in 2005.

What to do? Scour eBay and used club stores? Frequent garage sales?

Scott indicated Titleist engineers took a different tack: They made CAD (computer-aided design) copies of his beloved 680s and CNC-machined what he called, “basically the same clubs.”

“Thanks to technology,” he said, “they’re as exact a replica as you can get, but with the way they’ve been made, I could argue it’s a more solid head with a more solid strike.

“I’ve been stuck on the 680s for a long time now,” he added. “…We’ve tried some stuff here and there. We tried bending the 620 MBs earlier this year, which I actually used at the Masters. I’ve been looking for 12 months for that new fresh set with good feel in the hands and good vibes, and we just couldn’t get there, so they took this project on.”

He continued: “It’s very nice for me that Titleist was able to do that. I know what I know. I’ve played it so long, I’m at a point where I think it’s detrimental to go searching and trying to change. I know how I play, and I know what I need to play well.”

Read the full piece here. 

Check out Adam Scott’s full WITB here.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/15/21): Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini

From the seller (@Hunter01): “Rare Tour Issue Odyssey Stroke Lab mini putter. From the tour van with tour crimp on hosel. 35” long with grip options available. This putter never came to retail but we’re made available to the tour in limited quantities. 329 firm.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Tour Issue Rare Odyssey Stroke Lab Jailbird Mini 

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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L.A.B Golf unveils new MEZZ.1 Proto putter

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L.A.B Golf has soft-launched its new MEZZ.1. Proto, which is currently limited to just 1,000 individually numbered putters.

The new mid-mallet putter is fully CNC machined from a billet of 6061 aircraft aluminum (body) and 303 stainless steel (midsection) for what L.A.B are calling their “best-feeling putter to date”.

The new addition includes 10 weights (eight on the bottom, two on the sides) that allow the company to individually build each putter to a golfer’s exact specifications.

Golfers can also choose their preferred alignment aid, with blank (no marking), line, and dot all offered with the new MEZZ.1 Proto.

The putter comes equipped with a headcover and is available to purchase now at LabGolf.com for $600.00.

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