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If you’re on the hunt for a wedge that’s going to give you the optimal performance on full and partial shots alike, then you might want to consider the Wilson FG Tour PMP. Thanks mostly to its HM grooves and the laser-etched lines in between each of those, the FG Tour is more than capable of delivering generous amounts of spin on pitch, chip, and lob shots, whether it’s just a slight scrub on the former or a full bite on the latter. The secret behind the success of these grooves is behind the abbreviation PMP, which, in this Wilson FG Tour PMP wedge review, we’ll discuss shortly in a bit more detail.
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Some Important Features
Another point of interest is the part opposite its face – the sole. The FG Tour is available in three grinds – Traditional (pretty much what it sounds like), Tour (thinnest sole), and Wide (exactly the opposite). Each has its own specialty – that of the Traditional is it has no specialty, but is rather good on all sort of surfaces.
Conversely, the Tour Grind, is the most versatile in terms of workability, as it allows for more creative play, while the Wide Grind is more of a game-improvement feature, aiming to help players with steep attack angles get through the turf (also, they’re a godsend on greenside bunkers, but that’s another story).
How it Feels
While we’re on the subject of performance, the FG Tour wedges feel pretty much like the head is one with the rest of the club and your body. A cliché “extension of your arm” comes to mind. It produces barely any vibration – the feel is so soft it’ll make your hands feel soft, even if they aren’t.
How it Looks
However, performance, as important as it may be in a wedge, is only one half of the story – Wilson made sure their wedges look nice, as well. Upon release, the FG Tour came in two finishes – the fairly unassuming Tour Frosted and the Gun Blue (sort of reminiscent of what Mizuno has), but they’ve since added the brownish Oil Can.
Wilson FG Tour PMP Wedge Review: A Little Bit of Something for Everyone
When you factor in all the different lofts, bounces, lies, and finishes, you get a grand total of 97 options, which is impressive, to say the least. Pretty much anything goes, except getting the Oil Can finish in anything but the Traditional Grind. The downside to this is that, with some loft-to-bounce combos you’ll need to contact their custom-bending department. As this is written, they have the following models in stock:
- Tour Frosted Finish (50, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, and 60-degree lofts, all three soles);
- Gun Blue Finish (52, 56, and 60-degree lofts, Tour and Traditional soles);
- Oil Can Finish (52, 56, and 60-degree lofts, only the Traditional sole)
Build and Looks
First thing’s first, the Wilson FG is a bit on the heavy side (somewhere between Mizuno and Cleveland, if we’re going from the heaviest to the lightest), but all you slow swingers needn’t worry just yet – it’s well balanced, so it won’t impair your speed. All in all, the FG performs just as good as other more expensive precision wedges, so it should appeal to more advanced players, as well.
What comes off as its best selling point, however, is how it interacts with the turf. You can really feel the lie when you’re playing aprons and tight lies and dial in the ball on that 50-yard approach like it’s no big deal.
Pimping out the Grooves
The PMP (sort of begs you to say it like “pimp”, doesn’t it) stands for Precision Milled Performance, and refers to the technology Wilson uses to make the grooves on the FG Tour wedge. What this process does is widen the grooves to as close to regulation specs as possible, which gives the face more teeth, so to speak, allowing the wedge to better grab the ball on full shots and give it some extra spin.
Moreover, having these extra wide grooves goes a long way to making play out of rough a whole lot easier, as having wider indentations does a much more efficient job of channelling debris away than regular grooves would.
Bring in the Laser
In addition to the HM grooves, the face of the Wilson FG Tour PMP wedge also features 11 laser-etched lines across the face. Ideally, you’ll want to go into the green with the fullest shot possible, and the HM grooves help you do that as they put as much spin on the ball as humanly possible, so you have more distance control.
Obviously, you’re liable to miss the green off the tee once in awhile (talk about putting it mildly), or play some short shots out of rough and/or out of bunkers, you know the drill. Now, this is where the 11 micro-etched lines come into play, if you will, as they provide additional surface for friction, thereby helping the grooves and, in turn – you, to get as much spin as possible on those little shots.
So, to recap: Precision Milled HM Grooves – extra wide, great on full shots and out of rough; Laser-etched lines in between each individual groove – great on partial shots. You’ll have full control on the spin, whether it’s only a slight scrub on full shots or fully revved up greenside shots. Granted, the lines will wear off sooner rather than later (especially if you play a lot of sand), but until they do, you’ll know they’re there.
Get Your Grind On
The Wilson FG Tour PMP is available in three grinds – Traditional, Tour, and Wide. If you’re looking for versatility, then the Tour Grind is your friend, but if you need some help getting through the turf, then you should consider the Wide Grind. It’s a bit of a new kid on the block (as far as Wilson wedges go), but so far it’s proved to be a great addition.
On a similar note, the Traditional grind is kind of a jack of all trades – plays well on any turf, but doesn’t do well if you need to open up the face. This would be all three grinds in a nutshell, so let’s get to know each of them in a bit more detail.
As mentioned above, the Traditional Grind is an all-round performer – it should perform decently on any type of turf, from firm to soft, from packed sand to white, but it’s not really meant for more creative players or situations that call for opening up.
In other words, it works best on full swing shots, but less so on partial shots or lobs. Off the rack, you can get it on these heads: 48.08, 50.08, 52.08, 54.14, 56.14, 58.10, and 60.08. As an aside, it’s worth mentioning that the newest finish – Oil Can, is only available in this grind.
The Tour Grind is everything the Traditional Grind isn’t – it’s the king of versatility, as its thin sole and heel grind allow for more versatility and let you work with it from any distance and lie, whether it’s a pitch shot out of rough or a chip from the fringe. The stock offer has them on these lofts-to-bounce options: 54.11, 56.11, 58.09, 60.09, and 62.07.
The Wide Grind is pretty much self-explanatory, but does warrant a word or two. Heads with this grind have the widest sole of the three types, as well as the highest bounce. The idea behind this is, of course, to be your go-to bunker-buster, which should appeal to all types of players.
Also, as an added bonus, this relatively new grind gives more versatility to the range as a whole, which is something more advanced players will know to appreciate. It’s available off the rack in two Wilson sand wedges, in the 55.12 and 59.10 loft combos.
The Final Verdict
All in all, the Wilson FG Tour PMP wedge is a rather unassuming little club, when you look at it. Yes, it does have a certain appeal in a classic sort of way, but many players would pass it without giving it a second glance (to their loss). Granted, that’s talking about the cheaper Tour Frosted finish, as the Gun Blue definitely looks like something you’d want in your bag.
Of course, you shouldn’t get the FG for the looks alone (though it does help), but also for its ability to generate perfect amounts of spin on both full and partial shots. And as for some sugar on top, there are well over 90 loft-to-bounce combos you can get with Wilson’s Custom Bend service.