July 28, 2010 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new Wilson Staff FG Tour and provides this review in our series of new 2010 golf ball reviews.
The Wilson Staff FG Tour is a 3-piece golf ball construction, low compression design with a 318 dimple pattern and a thin urethane cover. Wilson states in their press release “the FG Tour was created as a low compression solution for competitive players looking for tour-caliber spin, maximum greenside control and excellent distance”.
Source: Digital Ball Catalog, GolfBallSelector.com
According to Wilson*, the new FG Tour has the following benefits:
• Super-soft, High Velocity Core – The softest core in the game today utilizes advancements in rubber chemistry to maintain high initial velocity.
• HPF Speed Mantle – The speed-generating HPF mantle encases the low compression core to generate higher spin.
• Thin, Responsive Urethane Cover – A super-thin urethane cover provides premium feel with excellent scuff-resistance. From 60 yards and in, the feel of urethane is unmistakable.
• Traction Control Technology – On the multilayer FG Tour, traction control integrates with the thin urethane to generate the highest spin possible off of club faces with 25 degrees of loft or more for ultimate shot-making and scoring.
The Wilson Staff FG Tour is included in the current release of the GolfBallSelector.com site.
Source: Digital Ball Catalog at GolfBallSelector.com
In testing and evaluation conducted by GolfBallTest.org, the Wilson Staff FG Tour was subjected to bench testing for compression and cover hardness, and to player and robot testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge.
Player testing across a range of ball speeds indicates that the FG Tour exhibits less spin off the 6-iron and sand wedge but slightly more spin off the driver when compared to Wilson’s earlier “tour-level” ball, the Wilson Staff Tx4 Pro.
In 6-iron testing at higher ball speeds, the spin rate of the FG Tour was approximately 400 RPM’s less than the Tx4 Pro. In comparison to other soft cover “Tour” balls, the FG Tour performs with less spin for a 6-iron than the 2009 Titleist Pro V1 and Nike One Tour but with comparable distance. In sand wedge testing, the FG Tour generated approximately 400-800 RPM’s less of spin than the Pro V1 and One Tour at higher ball speeds. This lower spin rate was compensated by a higher launch angle than both the Pro V1 and One Tour resuting in total carry distances for these three balls at the higher ball speed were comparable.
Our bench testing indicates that the FG Tour has a compression reading range of 89-91 compression points, which is approximately 10% lower than the 2009 Titleist Pro V1. This is approximately 31% lower than Wilson’s last premium ball offering, the Tx4 Pro. The FG Tour is comparable in compression to the Srixon Z-Star and Bridgestone Tour B330-RX, making it a lower compression ball by comparison to most “Tour” golf balls. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the FG Tour exhibited similar cover hardness to the 2009 Titleist Pro V1 and was approximately 8% softer than the TX4 Pro.
One of our testers noted, “The FG Tour is very soft and does not tend to jump off the putter as much as other golf balls I’ve played”. Another tester added, “It is a nice lower priced alternative to the premium balls with soft feel and all around performance”.
In choosing the right golf ball, GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the Wilson Staff FG Tour should consider its “best fit” potential for their game in the context of their own preferences and the trade-offs they are prepared to take for distance, control and feel and according to their own unique ballistics measures of ball speed, launch angle and general spin rate. As with any ball, player preferences and individual launch/spin conditions are paramount. Learn more at GolfBallSelector.com.
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