After the successful introduction of the two previous FG Tour irons cavity back irons, Wilson has continued down this path with the FG Tour M3.
The first thing you will notice is that the chrome finish of the previous models has been replaced with a black PVD finish that is similar but not as glossy as the Wilson Ci11 irons. I am not too bothered about what the finish colour is, but these certainly look the part on the shelf and after some use will show nice wear marks will show everyone you have been hitting it out of the middle (hopefully).
The cavity on the FG Tour M3 irons has also undergone a bit of a face lift, with a few more curves and subtle styling than the previous Wilson FG Tour irons. However it is not all styling as the design hides a progressive cavity that increases in size as you move up the set. This increases forgiveness as the cavity gets larger and when we tested them out it was noticeable that they were still very easy to hit as you went up the set.
Wilson say the smaller cavity on the short irons is meant to enhance feel but for me the feel on the wedge was not as good as the rest of the set, which was a real shame. It just felt a little too firm and not as pleasing as other forged cavity back wedges on the market.
On the plus side the 8-iron to 6-iron were just a joy and everything I was looking for with a great trajectory and the perfect balance of feel and forgiveness. The progressive cavity also links to a progressive offset and maybe it was this that made each iron seem bigger as you went up through the set, even though it actually isn't.
Another possibility is the change in weight distribution in the irons which means he longer irons have more weight in the heel and toe than the short irons to give that forgiveness. The extra weight is placed subtly and does not affect the top line, which is a nice, consistent size throughout the set.
The FG Tour M3 irons come with a True Temper Dynamic Golf XP shaft, which is a bit lighter than the standard Dynamic Golf shaft and is a good fit for these clubs as it will help increase ball speed.
I also tested the graphite option of Aldila Phenom shafts, which I have nothing against, but it seems odd to have a graphite option for what is a better players iron. But hey, if it works for you, then go for it.
Overall the FG Tour M3 irons are another set of very good irons from Wilson that tend to sneak under the radar. They are good value and the wedge apart are great fun to hit. The darker finish is unusual in these style of irons so if that sort of thing appeals to you then you wont go far wrong with the M3.