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I enjoyed testing Wilson Staffs FG Tour TC Wedges a few years back so when I was given the chance to test the new FG Tour PMP wedges on my trip to Brazil and Lisbon I jumped at the chance and was duly impressed when the box arrived
PMP stands for Precision Milled Performance and the wedges feature a combination of HM grooves, that give spin control on full shots and with eleven laser etched Micro Spin Lines between each groove for increased spin and control on those half shots and chips around the green.
Wilson Staff also state that the milling process has produced a perfectly flat face giving the clubs greater consistency.
The FG Tour PMP comes in three sole design options - Traditional, Tour Grind and Wide - which come in a variety of loft, lie and bounce options giving you 95 different combinations.
The FG Tour PMP wedges are fitted with a KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 wedge shaft that features an active tip section to give a higher ball flight and more spin and accuracy. The wedges come in two finishes Gun Blue PVD or chrome Tour Frosted.
I am not sure if I preferred the Gun Blue PVD or Tour Frosted finish, both were equally as impressive when they are sat behind the ball and there was no difference with the way they felt at impact or the way the ball reacted on the green, so I think the choice comes down to your own particular taste and style.
What I will say is I was very impressed with the new design, the feel and balance of the club really helped me Ė as many of you know my short game isnít the strongest Ė and when you pull the PMPs out of the bag I felt the weight of the club was perfect; Add in the bounce and loft options that Wilson Staff have designed and the confidence the wedges inspires when you put the club behind the ball at address all help with improving your short game.
One of the things I thought was a great touch by Wilson Staff was the use of Lamkin Performance Plus 3Gen grip with its imprinted dots, I felt this really helped with distance control and consistency.