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The Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility Iron gives better players another option for filling out the top end of their bag. Great stock shaft and weight adjustability.
For an OEM, releasing a new product to your tour staff can be a nervous experience. “Tour validation” is such a huge part of success in the golf industry, that you need your pros playing the newest club if you expect it to sell. Wilson Staff’s nerves about the Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility Iron were short-lived: their staff snatched up every one the first day it was available on tour.
At address, the Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility Iron has a clean look similar to a high-quality game improvement iron. The top line has a little size to it and there is some offset, but it’s all well shaped to maintain visual appeal. The sole of the club does stick out a bit beyond the top line at address, but that can change depending on your ball position and set up.
Sound & Feel
I was a little surprised by how firm the feel of the Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility Iron is. Having played Wilson Staff irons in the past, I was expecting something much closer to their forged clubs, but this feels more like their game-improvement clubs: firm and hot.
The sound does provide excellent feedback. Shots away from the center sound rather dull, but pure hits are very crisp and satisfying.
While hybrids are great, particularly for players who need a lot of forgiveness, there’s a reason that utility irons have made a comeback with better players in the last couple years: they offer forgiveness without taking away ball control. The Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility Iron is a perfect example of that.
The first thing I noticed when testing this club is that it launched, on average, 2 degrees higher than a similarly-lofted iron. As a low-ball hitter, that’s exactly what I needed from this club to maximize distance and get the ball to stop on the greens. If you want to go for even higher launch, Wilson has put a weight port in the sole where you can swap in an even heavier weight.
Beyond the higher launch, the FG Tour V4 Utility Iron is also more forgiving than your standard long iron. Mishits are still mishits – toe and heel shots aren’t going to magically find the hole – but they did get higher in the air and farther down range than I had any right to expect.
Finally, I want to credit Wilson for their choice of stock shaft. This club features a 90 gram Kuro Kage graphite shaft which is not too heavy to create club head speed, but it’s also not so light that stronger players will lose control. Additionally, the graphite helps to absorb some of the shock of mishits and launch the ball a little higher.
The Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility Iron got instant approval on the PGA Tour, and it’s not hard to see why: it’s a great compromise between tough-to-hit long irons and hard-to-control hybrids. While this club still requires good ball striking skills, it forgives mishits much more readily than a standard 4-iron without sacrificing the ball control better players want.