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11 Revealing photos from the 2016 Quicken Loans National

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GolfWRX was live this week from the 2016 Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. If you missed any of the photos from the week, make sure to browse the galleries in the links below.

Tiger Woods and his foundation host the event this week, although he has announced that he won’t be competing. That may be for the best, given Tiger’s recent performance on Congressional’s 10th hole. It’s still unfortunate to see Tiger as a host rather than a competitor, however.

Anyway, let’s reveal photos from this week’s Quicken Loans National, hosted by Tiger Woods.

The Kid

00efba4ff8e2106e19f4a1313d240742We spotted all-time baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. playing in the pro-am with fellow Nike-ambassador Tony Finau. Surely Finau was bombing a golf ball past him, but no one hit a baseball like Ken “The Kid” Griffey.

His golf swing has traces of his silky smooth baseball cut, too.

No new tricks

2601e493cf2e84d2198e61ae4affcdeeCharles Howell III is just an old dog up to his same old tricks. Earlier this year he signed with PXG, but as a gear head, he just can’t help but experimenting with different clubs and shafts when he can. This week, it appears that he’s testing Srixon Z-U45 driving irons.

Never change, Charles. Not that you could help yourself, anyway.

Nostalgia

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Remember Super Soakers? Remember super corny commercials in the 90s? Here’s both:

But seriously, Bettinardi’s custom Super-Soaker putter head covers are awesome, and bring back some good memories of summers as a kid.

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Too cool.

Titleist throwing it back?

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Here’s a comparison photo of the Titleist 915 (left) and its new 917 driver. Looks as though the company is going away from the black crowns, and back toward a gray colorway like older releases, most notably the Titleist 975D that Tiger Woods used for a decade or so.

Which do you prefer; left or right? Black or gray?

Barking up the wrong tree

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I have three theories as to why this metal tag is nailed to the tree:

  1. Congressional is treating its trees, and the numbers mark that a tree has already been treated.
  2. The tags are marking specific species of trees, for whatever reason.
  3. This tree is really just keeping it 100.

Am I completely barking up the wrong tree, or did I nail it? Tree experts, please help me out.

Wedge essay

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So we’ve upgraded from wedge stampings to wedge essays. Great quote from Happy Gilmore, but the wedge maker was probably irritated after the first line.

Rickie’s putter(s)

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Rickie Fowler’s gamer putter is sweet.

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And so are his two picturesque backups. Ah, the life of a Tour player.

No pressure

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Davis Love III, as captain of the 2016 Ryder Cup Team, is already bringing his captain’s bag around on Tour. How about if you’re on the bubble in the Team USA standings and you see DLIII strolling by you on the range. Just that extra reminder you’re under constant scrutiny by the eyes of the captain. Every shot must feel like do-or-die… but no pressure!

Anyone seen K.J. Choi lately?

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Yep, still working out. You know what he’s not doing…?

Sitting down

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Is anyone gonna get to work around here?

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That’s why you shouldn’t have chairs set up near the putting green or range. Nothing gets done with chairs around.

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For the kids

53a3d696fca26dca49b7760b454f11aeIt’s easy to forget, in the midst of all the craziness on Tour, such as ridiculous USGA rulings, that golf is a gentleman’s game. It really is all about influencing kids to not only play golf the right way, but to be a good person, too.

Here, Jimmy “Bones” Furyk takes some time out of his practice to sign autographs and talk to a young fan.

Also, do you think the Pittsburgh native will ever give up that awesome U.S. Open staff bag from Callaway? I’m guessing no.

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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

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Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

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.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

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.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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