At GolfWRX, our goal is to satisfy all of our your golfing needs, whether it’s the latest equipment, instruction, reviews or news from around the tours. We cover it all and more on our front page and in our forums, and we’re proud of the job we did in 2015.
Below is the final list of our absolute favorite stories from 2015. We thought many of our GolfWRX readers would have some downtime this holiday season, and in case you do we decided to create this list for your reading pleasure.
Related: GolfWRX’s Top-10 stories from 2014
Congratulations to the writers who were chosen to appear on this list, and a big THANK YOU to all of the Forum Members and Featured Writers who’ve helped GolfWRX become the awesome golf community that it is.
Hole 1: The day I met Ben Hogan
- Author: Tom Stites
- Story link: Tom Stites, Hole 1: The day I met Ben Hogan
Tom Stites has spent more than 30 years in the golf industry, a career that began at the Ben Hogan Company where he worked for the man himself. Stites plans on writing 18 holes, a full round of first-hand stories, about his interactions with Hogan — the man who has had such a tremendous impact on golf equipment, golf history, the golf swing and the way golfers play the game — and other encounters in the industry.
This particular story made this list, because well, what’s more interesting than a tale about meeting Ben Hogan in a restroom?
Video: Hudson Swafford’s drill to hit more fairways
- Author: Scott Hamilton
- Story link: Video: Hudson Swafford’s drill to hit more fairways
Hudson Swafford’s swing instructor Scott Hamilton gave us an insider’s look into how one of the best players in the world practices his tee shots. This kind of access and instruction is what GolfWRX is all about.
The reality of aim and alignment, and why golfers get them wrong
- Author: Dennis Clark
- Story link: The reality of aim and alignment, and why golfers get them wrong
PGA Master Professional Dennis Clark is an expert at making the complicated seem simple, and addressing common misconceptions among golfers. This story about alignment is one that may change the way golfers look at setting up to a golf ball.
5 things I learned traveling with a Tour player
- Author: Nick Randall
- Story link: 5 things I learned traveling with a Tour player
Nick Randall, the fitness specialist from down under, takes us behind the scenes of a PGA Tour event as he travels, works out and walks the course with PGA Tour player Cameron Smith. In terms of behind-the-scenes access into the life of a Tour player, it doesn’t get much better than this.
An added tidbit: Smith isn’t well-known in the States, but he finished T4 in the 2015 U.S. Open and T25 in the 2015 PGA Championship. He earned his 2015-2016 PGA Tour card as a non-member who finished in the top-125 on the Tour’s 2014-2015 money list. He will also tee it up in the 2016 Masters.
Kinsler putter: Will the Raptor roar like Kinsler’s engine parts?
- Author: Zak Kozuchowski
- Story link: Kinsler Putters: Will the Raptor roar like Kinsler’s engine parts?
This story embodies GolfWRX; it takes a deep dive into a unique golf product, but you don’t have to be a gearhead to enjoy reading it. The putter feature comes from GolfWRX Editor Zak Kozuchowski, who has been leading our Editorial Department since 2012.
Hit it like a girl for more distance
- Author: Justin Padjen
- Story link: Hit it like a girl for more distance
The general population of male golfers look to imitate PGA Tour players. Justin Padjen’s story explains why that’s not the best plan of action for the average male golfer. Instead, hit it #LikeAGirl
The science of adding spin to your wedge shots
- Author: Tom Stickney
- Story link: The science of adding spin to your wedge shots
If you’ve ever wondered how PGA Tour pros hit wedge shots that take a few hops and stop dead, this story is for you. Stickney takes explores the science of creating spin, and offers four ways to create more spin in your own game.
10 things not to do at a PGA Tour event
- Author: Ben Alberstadt
- Story link: 10 things not to do at a PGA Tour event
If you’re planning to attend a PGA Tour event in 2016, make sure to read this story. Most people know not to yell “baba booey,” especially during a player’s backswing, but Alberstadt examines nine other things you shouldn’t do at a Tour event. It could save you some awkward encounters and death stares.
Inside the World of counterfeit golf clubs
- Author: Barney Adams
- Story link: Inside the World of counterfeit golf clubs
Barney Adams is a legend in the golf equipment industry, and in this story he takes readers into the underground world of counterfeit golf clubs. And if you haven’t read Barney Adams before, make sure to catch up.
The absolute facts about swing weight
- Author: Tom Wishon
- Story link: The absolute facts about swing weight
When Tom Wishon talks about golf clubs, golfers listen — it’s like Phil Jackson talking about the triangle offense. This story is like a handbook on swing weight, one of the most misunderstood concepts in golf equipment.
What really determines feel in an iron
- Author: Paul Wood
- Story link: What really determines feel in an iron
Paul Wood, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Ping Golf, explains what makes an iron “feel” better, as well as the differences between forged and cast irons.
A statistical analysis of what makes Jordan Spieth great
- Author: Rich Hunt
- Story link: A statistical analysis of what makes Jordan Spieth great
Rich Hunt is a PGA Tour statistician, so when it comes to statistical breakdowns on GolfWRX, his are the most thorough and comprehensive that you’ll find. Here’s his explanation, backed by the facts, about what makes Jordan Spieth great.
Rickie Fowler’s golf clubs are like no one else’s
- Author: Andrew Tursky
- Story link: Rickie Fowler’s golf clubs are like no one else’s
Rickie Fowler is one of golf’s unique characters, but he also has golf clubs like no other player on Tour. His Cobra irons and wedges are created through an extensive process that GolfWRX Senior Editor Andrew Tursky explains in great detail. If you enjoy one-off golf clubs, you’ll love this look at Fowler’s clubs.
How far you can actually hit your driver
- Author: Tom Stickney
- Story link: How far you can actually hit your driver
This story may single-handedly bring golfers with big egos down to earth.
“When I ask students how far they carry the ball and what their average total distance is, the answer is usually grossly inaccurate and overstated 99 percent of the time,” Stickney says.
Charts in this story show how far you should be hitting the golf ball based on your swing speed, which means arguments begin and end with this article.
How I hit drives 56 yards farther with one adjustment
- Author: Adam Young
- Story link: How I hit drives 56 yards farther with one adjustment
The headline of this story makes a claim that seems like it’s straight out of an informercial until you read the instructional gold. If you’re looking for more distance, you need to read this story from Adam Young, a golf coach at the Leadbetter Academy in La Manga Resort in Spain.
A special thanks to the recurring stories on GolfWRX, including Tour Photos, Revealing Photos, Tour Mash, From the Forums and Fantasy Previews.
What would WRX be without our Tour photographer Greg Moore, who takes the best and most timely equipment photos in the industry.
This new feature in 2015 is written by Tursky and provides entertaining and informative commentary about select Tour photos from Moore.
Every Monday, Ronald Montesano recaps the biggest news, results and goings-on from across the globe in the sport of golf, from both men’s and women’s tours, with his “Tour Mash” series. Golf news has never been so enthralling.
From the Forums
This series brings you the best of the best from our forums each week. It’s no easy task since our forums are so vast, but Alberstadt always seems to find the best topics, equipment and Tour news.
Ben Auten has the difficult job of predicting what players will succeed, or underperform, each week on the PGA Tour. In the unpredictable world of golf, this is far from a cake walk, but his thorough analysis and Tour trends are usually spot on (And nice call on Smylie Kaufman!).