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From the forums: What’s buzzing on GolfWRX this week

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The GolfWRX forums exist so golfers have access to the latest equipment releases, hottest discussions, real equipment reviews, best instruction, new technologies and everything golf you can imagine.

So if you love golf, the GolfWRX forums are your sanctuary.

In the From the Forums weekly feature, we bring you the hottest, most buzz-worthy topics from our forums for your convenience. I’ll be your trusty tour guide to navigate the latest buzz.

Here’s a peek behind the curtain into golf’s sanctuary

Opportunity for WRXers: TaylorMade PSi testing, review

GolfWRX and TaylorMade are looking for five GolfWRX members to test the new PSi irons and participate in a Member Review Thread. Read how to apply below.

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HOW TO APPLY:

In the post below, provide answers to the following questions:

  • What’s in your current bag?
  • What is your current handicap?
  • Where are you located (City, State – US Only Please)?
  • What irons are you playing now?
  • When were you last fit for irons?
  • If selected, do you agree to participate in an ongoing TaylorMade PSi Irons review thread?  We ask that you provide hi-res, quality photos, and provide a review of the clubs.
  • Visit here and choose your specs. Include them in your post: TaylorMade PSi (Note Standard PSi. Not Tour)
    • You can choose any no-upcharge shafts.  Grips/wraps will be stock
  • Please explain how you would approach testing the TaylorMade PSi Irons

SELECTION PROCESS:

TaylorMade and GolfWRX will evaluate the applications and select five testers after the application thread is closed. This will go quickly so apply below now!

Enter to be a part of the member review thread here.

An interesting PXG-related discussion

We’ve talked a lot about the disruptive company/technology of Parsons Xtreme Golf on GolfWRX. Not enough for forum user “tap in birdie,” however, who tested and was fit for a set of PXG irons. Tap in basically calls the PXG irons the greatest he’s ever played, usurping his Miuras. “The technology and performance in these things warrants more attention [than] golfers, including myself, are giving them,” he said, before asking why more WRXers aren’t talking about the clubs.

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Price and availability (and likely a healthy dose of skepticism) are offered as explanations for the irons’ “sleeper” status. (If we even agree they’re sleepers). The thread is notable for the back-and-forth about a new technology and its merits, as well as the role of price in golf equipment purchases.

Check it out here.

The importance of forgiveness in golf equipment

User Sean2 asked an important question about the nature of golf equipment. Piggybacking off the item above, this thread is a discussion about the real benefits of more forgiving golf equipment.

Sean2 indicates he’s filled his plate with the full buffet of golf equipment and hasn’t found any real advantage in one type of equipment versus another (forged vs. cast irons, for example), but allows that he did hook super game improvement-style irons more (not surprisingly).

Still he asks some thought-provoking questions:

“However, the OEM’s have done a fairly decent job of selling us on the idea of forgiveness. I’m not saying a butter knife is the same as a GI, however if a golfer believes that he can buy a better game I think he is in for some disappointment.

“Yes a misshit with one type of club may result in a better outcome, but not THAT much better.

“AND, if ‘forgiveness’ was all that it was cracked up to be, why haven’t HI’s dropped precipitously? Or, at least to a much larger degree than they were 25 years ago?”

You’ll want to check out this thread and WRXers replies.

Rory’s new driver shaft

Greg Moore, our staff photographer turns out brilliant shots from the driving ranges and tour trailers of the PGA Tour. We’re still the only major golf site with a real week-in week-out Tour WITB focus. Every week, among the hundreds of photos we feature from the Tour there are some real gems.

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Andrew Tursky rounds up a few, and if you want just a taste, his feature is great. But remember, it’s just this tip of the iceberg!

This week, Greg captured Rory McIlroy testing a new driver shaft at the Frys.com Open, in addition to numerous other exclusive shots.

Don’t forget to check out the Tour forum every week for our tournament photos.

Scratch Golf goodbyes

We shared the sad news last week that custom iron masters, Scratch Golf are going out of business.

See that article here.

User Pure745 started a thread after reading the article saying, “I wanted to thank Ari, Patrick, Jeff, and Don for making some of the coolest sets of irons and wedges that I have have the privilege of hitting.”

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The thread has turned into something a tribute to the Detroit-area company with WRXers joining in the chorus of anecdotes and well-wishes.

Check it out here.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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