Anyone still play Wilson fg 17 blades?
Newbie here. I still have the FG17 I purchased new in 1983. I use them whenever I play a quick 9 because it forces me to focus less on technique and more on strike (if that makes sense). I think distance is possibly 1/2 club less then my current set (TM Tour Burners), and fairly similar accuracy on "fairly" struck shots. Having said that, an ugly careless swing will produce significantly worse results then my TM irons. These results really don't make sense because the wilsons are weaker lofts with shorter shafts, but for me the results are what they are.
I just went back to my FG-17 set (j1-SW) + Wilson Staff Tour Block II Woods (1,3,4,5)
Had them regripped and fixed today and NOTHING can compare to the feel of these irons. Not even the new re-issues like FG-59. I also picked up 200 Wilson Tx4 balls to get the true feel of the 80's :)
I really don't really care if I loose some length. This how golf is supposed to be played :)
If anyone is looking for a set of these clubs i have a brand new (other than the 5 iron which i shagged a few balls with) set including woods of these clubs for sale. My dad won them in a tourney in i think 81 and they had sat in his closet since then. He just passed away so i got them. Let me know if anyone is interested. Its a 2-PW and 4 woods, pics available.
I play the fg 17 irons. got 2-pw and a tour blade 1 iron. having a hell of a time finding anything better. they feel like butter and give me feedback i need to get my game in order. i used to play titleist tour model but i feel like they lie to me cuz they feel good somtimes on miss hits.... fg 17s dont lie.
I purchased a set 2-8 PW SW in 1982, and it's my go-to set of irons (I try some of the new sets, but always go running back to my FG-17s). They just feel right (and wrong) when striking the ball ... great feedback, completely unforgiving, but I like that feedback too.
OK, now my question: Does anyone know the groove shape on FG-17s? I suspect they are V shaped grooves, but does anyone know? I want to get a groove-cutter, but I don't want to get the wrong shape.
I still plays mine ...
I just can't let them out of my bag :)
If you are a god ball-striker I guess you can play it. It also comes down to your stance etc. I tried mine at more modern stats but I went back to standard pretty fast again. It just felt better to me. I don't care about if I miss some length. If you are used to modern specs it might take some time to get used to hitting a 7-iron as a modern 8 or 9-iron :)