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FTF: Better athlete, Dustin Johnson or Tiger Woods?

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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.

The more I play…

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BKN1964 started what could be a sacrilegious thread here at GolfWRX, suggesting that the more he plays golf, the less he’s inclined to buy new clubs. Conversely, the less he’s playing, the more he wants to buy equipment and tinker with his bag.

Experience something similar? Or the opposite?

Join the discussion.

Tiger vs. DJ: Who’s the better athlete?

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With Dustin Johnson’s first major win last week, we were presented with no shortage of discussion surrounding the fact that DJ is an athlete (Hey, he can dunk a basketball!). This inspired BLLDWG23 to put up a poll and spark a discussion as to whether Dustin Johnson is a better athlete than Tiger Woods.

Currently, DJ is leading the poll at a two-to-one clip.

What do you think?

Rahm/Niebrugge WITB

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Here’s another illustration of how the forums complement the main page and vice-versa. We wrote earlier this week that Jon Rahm and Jordan Niebrugge have signed with TaylorMade golf and passed along what the two would be playing as they make their professional debuts at the Quicken Loans National this week. In addition to that information on the front page, we have exclusive in-hand pics of both Rahm and Niebrugge’s bags shot on the range at the QLN.

Check ‘em out. Rahm WITB. Niebrugge WITB.

Good on you, Lee Westwood

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Lee Westwood acted in a supporting role in the Sunday drama at Oakmont, and his performance was somewhat lost in the shuffle. Westwood, who was out of contention, was a steadying influence for DJ as he chased his first major and dealt with the rules fiasco, perhaps playing an integral role in the win.

To hear more about Westy’s class, check out this thread.

Space is awesome!

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“The Club House” sub-forum is always entertaining, and it hasn’t gotten enough recognition here in FTF because, well, most of the topics have little to do with the little white ball. Here’s an example of the far-out (couldn’t resist) discussions you’ll find there.

NV825 links an article about the size of the galaxy and a zoomable telescope, then posits the really big question, “Andromeda contains over one thousand billion stars. Are we alone? Think they deal with slow play issues too?”

Hot space takes from WRXers. Check ‘em out.

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  1. stephenf

    Jul 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Get outta here. Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead were both better athletes, and both far more proven as athletes.

    As for dunking, big deal. Nicklaus actually dunked despite being about seven inches shorter than Johnson. He was all-conference on a 26-4 team and was recruited by Ohio State for basketball. And it might not even have been his best sport other than golf. He also ran a time in the 100-yard dash back then that would have placed him top-5 in _today’s_ state rankings.

    I’d have to look up the particulars on Snead, but I’m fairly sure he was either recruited or drafted in baseball, ran a 100 time that was within the Olympic qualifying times, boxed, and had some other athletic creds going on as well.

    So it’s not even close, when people start talking about the “athleticism” of people like Woods and Johnson. All that is just more modern-era hype. Like we need more.

  2. stephenf

    Jul 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I can believe the last part.

  3. K

    Jun 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Ya, but is dj more of an athlete than gary player?

  4. M Smibblet

    Jun 24, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    You want to rent an apartment with Tiger? Good luck. Bet you end up as little spoon.

  5. Moke

    Jun 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    DJ is a better athlete, but when it comes down to shot shaping, killer instinct and lets not miss out of dumbfounded error by dustin in his past 5 years in majors which he a lost 3 trophies cause he basically makes dumb mistakes so better athlete duh DJ these 6″5 but better golfer swing and mind wise Tiger

  6. Wa

    Jun 24, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Space is the place

  7. Wa

    Jun 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    You prove time and time again that you’re just a clown who knows nothing

  8. Wa

    Jun 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    DJ all the way!

  9. JD

    Jun 24, 2016 at 10:37 am

    DJ

  10. JD

    Jun 24, 2016 at 10:30 am

    DJ is a far better athlete by a mile. Obviously not a better golfer; but physically more gifted and certainly better at basketball. I’ve seen Tiger shoot the Rock and it’s embarrassing to half of his ethnic gender.

    • Mat

      Jun 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      No, that’s not racist at all… ¯\_(?)_/¯

    • stephenf

      Jul 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      What’s an “ethnic gender,” and what’s half of it?

  11. 4pillars

    Jun 24, 2016 at 9:55 am

    DJ

    Lower IQ

  12. Ward Wayne

    Jun 24, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Tiger!!!

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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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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best iron sets for a senior

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best iron sets for senior players. WRXer ’emdjunk’ is on the hunt for a new set of clubs for his father and says:

“I am trying to find a new set of irons for my father. He’s about 5’6 and can drive the ball around 200 yards. He has some issues getting his irons up in the air and most of his shots land short. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for him?

I’d like him to be able to get his irons back up in the air and add some distance. Does anyone have experience with any hybrid iron sets? Are these good for seniors with slower swing speeds? Also, we don’t have access to any club fitters where we live. Is it possible to get fitted online these days?”

And our members have been putting forward their 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.

  • C6 Snowboarder: “I am a super Senior also – I have found Recoil Graphite shafts for irons do very well.. I put a 65 gr shaft in my 6 and 5 iron – they are now the best they have ever been. I put 80 Gr shafts in the 7 iron, and 95 gr in the 8,9 and PW. For hybrids or fairway – I have found thru lots of experimenting – the Chrome Elements shaft in Epic Flash Fairways do great – especially the Heaven Wood – WOW – what a club for old farts. Driver – the Ck Tensei Blue is doing well for me as well as the ProLaunch Platinum – both great shafts for Old guys.”
  • txgolfer45: “I retooled my entire bag last year from Driver down to wedges. Callaway Epic Flash Driver with 55-gram graphite shaft, Callaway Epic Flash 3, 5 and sometimes 7 fwy with 65-gram graphite shaft shafts, Callaway Big Bertha 4H and 5H with 70-gram graphite shafts and 6 – U wedge with Recoil 65 graphite shafts. I have no problem getting proper ball flight with that set up and have regained yardage as well.”
  • slolane: “I am 67 years old 5ft 7in with two artificial hips, so the swing speed has slowed down a lot. A couple of weeks ago I went to a fitting and hit a lot of the new offerings. I told the fitter I was looking for irons that would work now and 5 years down the road. I ended up getting Ping G710 irons they were very high and forgiving I got them with the senior graphite shafts. Have only been on the course a couple times but so far everything I was looking for. Lots of youtube reviews on the 710s good luck to you and your father.”
  • sean2: “I am a senior, and with stronger lofts, the first iron in my bag is a 7. The 5 and 6 irons in many of today’s set make up are like the old 3 and 4 irons in loft (I have seen more than a few seniors struggle to get those 5 and 6-irons airborne). I haven’t had much luck with hybrids, so I have three fairway woods: 25º, 21º, and a 17º. They go nice and high and land softly. If you get him a set with the stronger lofts, you might want to replace some of the irons at the high end of the bag with hybrids and/or fairway woods.”
  • mootrail: “Take a look at my Bridgestone JGR Forged Hybrid Irons and the current successor, the TOUR B JGR HF1 Irons. The look is unique, and the wide flange design gets the ball up high and long with a hot and forgiving face. The wide sole works surprisingly well in all conditions, including hardpan. The stock steel Zelos 8 shafts in mine are a big reason they launch so easy. Although in an S flex, they have a very soft bend profile that gets the ball up fast without feeling unstable. I’d recommended the lightweight Nippon steels over graphite like the excellent Recoils in my current irons if you’re looking for some extra speed and height.”

Entire Thread: “Best iron sets for a senior”

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