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FTF: Drivers of today vs. drivers of 10 years ago; WRXer in a pro event



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.

Moore on Tour: Questions for GolfWRX’s Tour photographer


Greg Moore has been on-tour and inside-the-ropes at the vast majority of PGA Tour events for the past 10 years taking equipment photos and making a lot of friends along the way. His perspective is always appreciated in the forums, and now, there’s a thread for WRXers to ask Greg questions. Awesome thread.

Check it out.

Today’s drivers vs. drivers from 10 years ago


User EmperorPenguin poses an interesting question based on a debate that often goes on in the forums: How much better are today’s drivers than models from 10 years ago? In other words, what’s the net gain for the average player from the period of COR and CC limits until the present.

He offered an interesting anecdote

“I was thinking about meeting Tom Lehman at Poppy Hills when he was playing for The First Tee Open two years ago.  I was looking at the driver he was practicing with, and to my surprise it was the TaylorMade R7 Superquad. Superquad? That driver was released in 2007.  I asked him why he was using that driver instead of a newer driver like the SLDR or the R11s and he answered,quite simply, “I tried the new stuff and I couldn’t find anything better.”  This implies that today’s drivers are at least to some extent overrated.”

Check out the thread.

Hot takes on Oakmont


The U.S. Open hasn’t even started yet and the hot takes are rolling in. Jimbonecrusher mentioned Gary Woodland saying that in many places on the course, you can’t see your ball in the rough when standing right next to it. Then he asked: “Does the USGA secretly get enjoyment out of watching the best players in the world make bogey or shoot numbers that the governing body usually shoots in their Saturday group?”

What do you think about U.S. Open venues and set-up philosophy?

See the thread.

WRXer playing in a pro tournament!


Richard, aka Forged4Ever (who should have some special reverential status in the forums) started a thread bringing this to our attention: User Goobers80 (Samantha Perrotta) played in her first professional event at the Symetra Tour’s Fuccillo KIA Capital Championship at Capital Hills last week. She didn’t make the cut, but the experience was a positive one, and she offers her perspective in the forums.

See the thread for all the details.

Who’s the best at his best: Day, Spieth, or McIlroy?


Pretty self-explanatory thread here from the Tour Talk forum: Relative to each player’s best stretches or “A” game, who’s No. 1 of the Big-Three. Great debate!

Join the discussion.

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  1. TONEY P

    Apr 1, 2017 at 9:31 am

    The new equipment is nicer but some of the older drivers were awesome stix. The 983k, 905R, Ping Raptor, R9 and R7tp are good drivers that could and would be played today if they still produced them. How much have irons changed in last 10 years really. Good clubs are good clubs, as long as you have a good shaft that fits you. Because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s better, that’s why no manner how much you spend you can’t buy a golf game.

  2. Joel Thelen

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I’m a proud wrx’er as well “collegegolfer2” . My name is Joel Thelen, and I play full time on PGA Tour Canada. I’m pretty sure we have some other pros on here as well

  3. Walter Scott Mohn

    Jun 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I have tried several newer drivers in recent years. After all that I am using a 2010 Adams Speedline 9064LD, 6.5* with a 7.5* as my back-up. I have, however, put in new Fuji Evolution 474 shafts in both drivers. I am 75. I hit these old drivers farther and almost as straight as any of the new ones I have tried including, among others, last year’s Callaway Double Black Diamond and Cobra Fly Z. The problems are that experimenting frequently with the new drivers is expensive and the differences in results are usually very small or hard to determine. I do not know of any reviewers that compare new models to prior models. Demo Days can be hard to find and the rep’s often do not have a Trackman or anything sufficiently similar to a Trackman with them. So the hopeful buyer has to make what is usually an uninformed and very expensive decision. 🙁

  4. Chuck D

    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I’m still playin’ the M2!! You kiddin’ me, that’s awesome for me! True confession, I did return the Kuro and I absolutely loving the Speeder 661! Chopped a 1/2 inch off that bad boy and it’s found a permanent home in the bag………………well until the M tre’ hits store shelves. Anybody got a release date for the M3? Just kidding!!

  5. Korean Slum Lord

    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Bridgestone J33r (2005) with Whiteboard 73x still longer and accurate FOR ME than any current driver on the GC2. I try them all when newly released – usdm and jdm.

  6. Milo

    Jun 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I was playing a SuperQuad right up until this year when I grabbed a LTD Pro

  7. Desmond

    Jun 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    It’s apparent the Lehman did not get fitted. Now, Tom, self-fitting just doesn’t work… C’mon, set a better example.

  8. Mike Honcho

    Jun 10, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Still playing an ’09 Tour Burner

  9. blink3665

    Jun 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Go Sam Go!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best fairway woods of 2019?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from pollock21, who opens the discussion concerning what are the best fairway woods of the latest releases. On the lookout for a new fairway wood, pollock21 asks for fellow members feedback on the new editions, and our members provide it in spades.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • chadly643: “I did some initial testing of all the main available options last weekend. They are all very close in terms of performance. Ballspeeds were all identical. Ping was definitely the highest flight. I disliked the Ping shape, however. Srixon was the best looking option and felt really good. The winner for me, however, was f9. Those rails really do offer something useful that the others don’t have. In all honesty, all the big manufacturers have a great option this year. You can’t make a mistake with any of them. It comes down purely to preference on looks and feel.”
  • JustinM: “The epic flash SZ fairways are great. I replaced my PXGs for these both 15 and 18 degrees. The head is small, and the face is tall if that makes sense. I’ve tested them all and a clear winner.”
  • Sh00terMcGavin: “I’m going to go with TEE CBX for best fairway. I will say that the Epic Flash sz does look mighty appealing to hit. Guys on TXG were raving about the ballspeeds it was producing for a fairway wood.”
  • Honman: “I’ve hit most of this year’s fairways, flash sub zero was by far the best on ball speed, and I like the feel. PXG was a good number two. G410 felt the most forgiving by a long way, but I couldn’t control the spin, and they didn’t have the LST to try. I think that would be a good head for me. In a separate session, I’ve hit the ST190 and was putting a good flight on that, dialled down to 14 and really liked the feel. The TaylorMade fairways both want to go really high this year.”

Entire Thread: “Best fairway woods of 2019”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “My experience gaming blades as a mid-high handicapper…”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Andus, who shared his interesting experience gaming blades as a mid/high handicapper…

“A few months ago, I decided to buy a Mizuno combo set. I’m gaming 4-6 MP-18 SC, and 7-PW MP-18 MB. All of them have Modus 3 120 X flex shafts. To be honest, I almost wish I went 4-PW in the MB because I don’t find the SC to be any more forgiving than the MB; however, the feel is on par I’d say. My swing speed with driver is about 110MPH and with a seven iron is around 93MPH.

I was a pretty decent ball striker, but my handicap was awfully high due to my short game (putting & within 50 yards). I am a complete sucker for looks & feel, and those two attributes are probably most important to me when choosing clubs to play. With that said, the switch from GI irons to blades has been amazing for me. I personally don’t buy into the whole “forgiveness” thing too much. Sure, a big fat hunk of metal with much more toe weighting might help you pull a few more yards out of a mishit, but the reality is, regardless of the iron you’re playing the shot is going to be a bad shot whether you get five extra yards or not. Nevertheless, these irons have helped me find the middle of the club more often than not, and best of all have inspired me to play golf even more. Every time I see these irons in my golf bag, I can’t help myself put to go pull one out and just admire the beauty (I know, I’m a loser). Anyway, my point in writing this is to hopefully inspire somebody else on the fence about blades to give them a try. If you have any other specific questions, ask away!”

The post has garnered plenty of reaction from our members, who have been giving their advice and opinions to those mid/high handicappers out there who have been considering a switch to blades.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bub72ck: “We get this topic frequently, and I have to say I disagree. “Good” ball striking is a very relative term depending on what you are looking to get out of your game. If you find enjoyment out of that perfectly struck shot from a blade that’s awesome, but to sluff off forgiveness between MBs and CBs is really painting with a broad brush. I don’t know what your handicap is (you only said mid-high), but I am not sure you know what consistently finding the center of the club is. I don’t think I do either. A round of golf for most anyone, save the top players in the world, is about consistency and quality of mis-hits. Losing 5 yards on a mis-hit shot is the difference between being on the green and off, or in a bunker, or in a water hazard. You said that your short game was weak. That weakness is going to be magnified by missed greens and further distance from the hole. The bottom line is you can do whatever you wish with your game, but more than likely playing blades is costing you strokes.”
  • Bimmer1: “I think about this topic often. Back in the early 80’s blades were pretty much all we had. As a 10-year-old in 1980, I started with blades and played my best golf a few years later as the high school team captain shooting in the mid-’70s with Wilson FG-17’s. A lot of great golfers started out as beginners using blades. There were no alternatives until Ping, Daiwa, and some others started making cavity backs.”
  • Lefty96: “There is nothing wrong with playing blades if they simply bring more enjoyment to your game. Whether that’s because you like the way the feel/look at address, or because you just like being “able” to play blades. But, if you get more enjoyment out of shooting your best score, then you may want to consider making a change. Like people above have pointed out, you’ll just hit more greens with a GI or players GI club then you will with blades. If score isn’t really important to you, by all means, keep playing the blades. They will give you a hell of a lot of feedback about your strike and maybe you’ll even learn to find the middle of the face more often because of it. Most importantly enjoy golf! They are a pretty set of sticks!”

Entire Thread: “My experience gaming blades as a mid-high handicapper…”


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Forum Thread of the Day: “How big of a role does coming from money play in making it as a pro golfer?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from J2putts who opens the discussion asking just how important coming from money is to join the PGA Tour. Our members discuss how money, more than other sports, helps those achieve Tour status and whether or not superior talent loses out to players with decent ability and unlimited funds.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • lumberman2462: “Deep pockets early will always have an advantage in golf.  Premium instruction at an early age means kids with means will win earlier and develop the game and confidence that will carry through to a successful career. Here’s the deal, I’ve been around golf for 40 of my 48 years…and I’ve seen it all.  Kids that grew up with not much money beating the ever living $@&” out of rich kids and seeing young players with some means at their disposal becoming good players- but not great.  The junior tours are full of the sons and daughters of Doctors, Dentists, Lawyers and whatever successful profession you can dream up… Some become ok players, and others flame out. I can’t condemn a kid because his Dad started a computer company…you still have to hit the shots and make the putts.
  • Bye: “They still have to put a score together over four days, but it can’t be understated how big an advantage it is. It costs a lot to play full time let alone paying to live as well. Being able to travel to warmer places to play and compete all year round is one of the biggest advantages.”
  • straightshot7: “Deep talent, desire and work ethic is waaaay more important. Look up all the stories of guys who hit balls in the backyard, garage into a mattress, etc.  If you have the game people will back you, too. I think you’d be really hard pressed to find a guy who had a world class game but didn’t make it because of lack of money. Unless he refused to be sponsored and quit. But that’s a choice that stopped him.  Those guys on YouTube you referenced aren’t firing 65’s on a routine basis in tournaments. Their game is what’s stopping them.  Show me someone who can consistently shoot 65-69 in tournaments, and I’ll show you 5000 guys who will sponsor his way through Q School.”
  • Shawn Paul: “I always wanted to play golf as a kid, but golf was expensive.  Neither my father or mother played golf.  I played football, basketball, baseball and ran track.  All of these sports were not expensive to play.  Eventually, my Dad’s boss gave him some old hand me down snake killers and a 5-gallon bucket of balls.  It helped me to get started, but it wasn’t until I was 21 that I played golf on an actual course. From there I didn’t start golfing for real until I was 32 years old because, in my circle of friends, nobody played golf.  In my experience, money can certainly make the difference to get started in golf.  I wanted to play my entire life but couldn’t until I had not only the means but the pipeline of friends and contacts to do so.  My son’s been playing since he was 6, now 12.  He has the head start I never had!”

Entire Thread: “Does money trump talent in helping guys achieve Tour status?”



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