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Rather than further hijack KCLeo's thread on the M1, let's start a new one on another new driver, the Wilson Staff FG Tour F5...

 

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While possibly rivaling Callaways Big Bertha Double Black Diamond 816 for the most syllables in a new driver release, Wilson's new driver fills a hole for them, a "player's" driver.  I gamed the D200 this season and really liked it -- forgiving, easy to hit and plenty long.  Received the F5 about 3 weeks ago for the blog's First Look piece (click here) and have played 5 rounds with it and I gotta report that this thing is the real deal!

 

Some stats:

 

- 460 CC head, traditional pear shape, fairly deep face

- 9* & 10.5* heads, adjustable in .5 degree increments - 1* down thru 2* up

- Real deal Fubuki Z 50 shaft (shaft coloring is altered slightly to match the head)

- FastFit hosel is supposedly the lightest on the market, allows them to redistribute weight 

- Green Means GO adjustability - you can adjust the head without having to remove the head

- 3 interchangeable sole weights

- Reactive Face Technology - Maximize ball speed no matter where you hit it on the face

- Serious baddass looking headcover - nice departure from the sock-puppets they offered for the D200

 

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On the course, for me the thing launches somewhat high, but not as high as the D200. But I have been getting some pretty serious distance - even keeping up with my Hack To Jack partner, who can hit it a mile!  Outdriving much younger bombers is better than Viagra!

 

The sound is really unique -- I'm still struggling with the best way to describe it -- it's kind of a "KLOCK" sound -- sorta like the original Alpha.  it's not a bad sound at all, but it's definitely distinctive, and not metalliic or "clinky" like many drivers.  

 

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It's a low/forward CG driver, and a 7 gram sole weight comes factory installed.  You also get a 3 gram and an 11 gram weight.  Wilson says their testing shows most golfers will achieve maximum club head speed with the 7 gram weight, but some will swing faster with the lighter or the heavier options.  On the LM I was swinging a fairly steady 102 with the 7 gram weight...haven't tried the others yet simply because I've been pretty happy with the stock results.  I would, however, love to see if a fitting would put me into a different shaft.  Again, it's hard to argue with the results thus far, but you never know.

 

I did hit this thing side by side against an R15 on the LM a couple of weeks ago, with both drivers set to 9*.  The results were interesting. Comparing best swings to best swings, the F5, while launching a bit higher, provided roughly 27% less spin than the R15 with 7 to 10 more yards worth of carry, plus some roll.  Disclosure - I fiddled with the R15 weight settings to try to get the best performance I could out of it, but I have no idea whether it was optimized.  

 

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Wilson has changed their F-C-D fitting program a little.  F is Feel, while D is Distance. C used to stand for "Control," in the future it will stand for "Crossover," which is probably more descriptive. The player's clubs - the FG 100 blades and V4 irons are in the F category, while the D200 SGI irons are in the D category.  The D200 driver is a GI driver, but Wilson is putting the F5 in the Feel and Crossover category.  A 15 handicap who hits the driver well can play the F5.

 

The matching F5 hybrid and fairway woods should be coming in the next week or so...can't wait to give those things a try.  The fairways come in three options (13.5*, 15* and 17*) and all are adjustable 1* down and 2* up in .5* increments.  The hybrids also come in 3 options (17*, 20* and 23*), and are have two levels of adjustability.  You can go 1* up or down in 1* increments, but you can also adjust the lie angle between either Standard or 2* upright.  

 

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Questions?

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All I can say based on pictures is that it appears to be a good looking driver. Wouldn't mind hitting one outside on the practice tee some day.

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What's the shaft length?

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Looks really good!! I need to get a few drivers and got to work with the LM

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I can not wait to put this in my bag! I got to play around with it a few weeks ago and it was awesome. On the sound of the driver....really a different sound. Way better than the M3 though. The new year can't come fast enough!

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I can not wait to put this in my bag! I got to play around with it a few weeks ago and it was awesome. On the sound of the driver....really a different sound. Way better than the M3 though. The new year can't come fast enough!

 

 

I'll bring it with me to Salt Lake in a couple weeks -- plus another little WS Surprise you might like ;-)

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I'd echo an earlier question - what's the stock shaft length?  I'm certainly going to be looking for "new" driver for next season.  I put new in quotation marks because it could be "different" and not necessarily new. 

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Haven't measured it - but it appears to be standard length - 45.5" total.  I compared it to my D200 with the Accra shaft that I cut down an inch and it's about an inch longer.  So the math says.....

 

Additional impressions - this thing desperately wants to stay in the short grass - have hit some of my longer drives of the year with a consistent straightness. First round with it was at the New England CC a few weeks ago -- met up with and played with a local guy and his son.  By the back 9 he was calling me "Fairway Joe,"  If he only knew the ugly truth!  

 

I've hit a couple of dead pulls, of course, but the majestic slices haven't been an issue - just reasonable fades or cuts.  Also, I think the stock shaft is a pretty good match for this driver - it's a real deal Fubuki Z50. I was worried that it'd be too light, but it seems to work well...no complaints whatsoever.  Be interesting to go through a fitting to see if it can be optimized, but as far as stock goes, I have no complaints...

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Nice looking driver. Simple and clean. I'll try to hit one over the Winter at my local golf shop. I'm not sure I'm ready to throw my 913 out of the bag, but ya never know.

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I'll bring it with me to Salt Lake in a couple weeks -- plus another little WS Surprise you might like ;-)

Well it sounds like I'm going to have to take a quick day trip up there just to see what the surprise is! Do you have plans to play anywhere yet?

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Well it sounds like I'm going to have to take a quick day trip up there just to see what the surprise is! Do you have plans to play anywhere yet?

 

None yet -- hope to play 36 holes on Wednesday the 28th either in the Salt Lake are or Park City

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Wish wilson staff would be part of the demo days we have in my area as well as TourEdge. This year even Ping wasn't here so one can only dream I guess

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Our demo days are Feb/March, I will definitely be trying this driver.

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Okay - a few more rounds in the books with this thing and I gotta say it flat out performs for me!  It just wants to go straight and in great increments!  The sound is a little different, but you know it when you nail it!  

 

Very happy with the results and unless something completely blows me away, this will be in the bag for the rest of this year as well as 2016.

 

Also demoing the companion Gt Tour F5 irons for an upcoming blog post. These are the replacements for the 2-year old M3 irons.  They're a matte gray instead of black, 8620 forged and are a little more forgiving than the V4 irons I've been gaming this season.  The V4's are flat out the best iron I've ever played - so I'm not sure if these will kick the V4's out of the bag, but so far, so good.

 

Now the C200's? Those are something I really want to see! 

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Okay - a few more rounds in the books with this thing and I gotta say it flat out performs for me! It just wants to go straight and in great increments! The sound is a little different, but you know it when you nail it!

 

Very happy with the results and unless something completely blows me away, this will be in the bag for the rest of this year as well as 2016.

 

Also demoing the companion Gt Tour F5 irons for an upcoming blog post. These are the replacements for the 2-year old M3 irons. They're a matte gray instead of black, 8620 forged and are a little more forgiving than the V4 irons I've been gaming this season. The V4's are flat out the best iron I've ever played - so I'm not sure if these will kick the V4's out of the bag, but so far, so good.

 

Now the C200's? Those are something I really want to see!

The C200's might just be the funkiest iron I've ever laid eyes on...but if it works, WS might be onto something. Cool tech in them though. And I'm 99% sure the F5 irons are going in my bag next year. They took a great iron in the M3 and made it feel better from the few swings I took with it. And I hope the driver performs as well for me as it has for you.
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I keep trying to take the C100's and can't, they work as advertised. I will need to try this driver beyond a doubt.

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I can't honestly say I NEED another driver...  BUT, if you've got this in Orlando in January, you're going to have to let me have some range time with it ;)

 

If not, I'll check it out on Demo Days!

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I seriously want to try this thing out, but all of the local stores are wilson free except for duos... I really hope it does well in the most wanted tests...

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I can't remember destroying too many scorecards with nuclear holes that began with a half-decent drive of at least two-hundred yards onto or just off the fairway.

 

 

 

Errant drives are almost always the precipitator of sevens and eights. A poke that's on the fairway at 215 yards can easily become unplayable if it flies out to 245 on the very same path. Playing 6000 yard golf, I just don't need a driver. I won't miss a 17º metalwood nearly as often, and consequently, I won't have very many snowmen flipping me the finger from my scorecard.

 

 

 

Does anybody else out there ever eschew the driver when configuring a bag?

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I can't remember destroying too many scorecards with nuclear holes that began with a half-decent drive of at least two-hundred yards onto or just off the fairway.Errant drives are almost always the precipitator of sevens and eights. A poke that's on the fairway at 215 yards can easily become unplayable if it flies out to 245 on the very same path. Playing 6000 yard golf, I just don't need a driver. I won't miss a 17º metalwood nearly as often, and consequently, I won't have very many snowmen flipping me the finger from my scorecard.Does anybody else out there ever eschew the driver when configuring a bag?

Not I, far too important a club for me.

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