Brand: Wilson Staff
Wedge: FG Tour TC Black
Best price: £79
Lofts: 52- to 60-degree
Bounce: 6- to 14-degree
Sole grind: Traditional and Tour
Finish: Black PVD and Satin
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold
Summary: Wilson has this year introduced its next generation of FG Tour wedges featuring Traction Control (TC) technology, entailing spin-enhancing features for all shots. Aggressive Tour-Y grooves are milled for consistency and enhance spin on full swings. The micro-spin enhancers, or sets of 11 laser-etched lines between each groove, enhance spin on partial swings.
Looks: One of our criticisms of the Wilson FG Tour TC wedge of 2013 was that it was a little too shiny out in the sun. It would appear the brand took note. The new darkened PVD finish eliminates any glare whatsoever and it's a great club to look down on, as well as looking great in the bag.
Feel: We enjoyed a very stable sensation through impact. The beveled sole cuts crisply through the turf. It’s very much head heavy, however, which seems to be a familiar trait to wedges on the market today. Saying that, it’s very easy to control, as it's Traction Control name suggests.
Review: Wilson FG Tour TC wedge
Performance: The ball sticks on the face and there's plenty of spin on offer. Ball flight seemed higher than ideal but there wasn't too much loss in yardage. This new Traction Control wedge features a laser-etched pattern within the individual scorelines and this contributed to plenty of additional spin on those approach shots into the green, particularly from around the 100-yard mark, both on the fairway and pleasingly out the rough.
Verdict: FG Tour TC is a versatile wedge that performs well around the greens and on full shots down the line. Not the longest out there, but who cares, it's a wedge. Spin rate and control is all we care about when it comes to a scoring club, and the new FG Tour TC wedge delivers on that front. It's one of the best zipping wedges on the market. Great value for £79, especially when it comes with a new wedge specific Lamkin 3-Gen grip with imprinted dots to help players grip the club appropriately for different shot lengths. Impressive and well worth parting some hard-earned.