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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 Clubs That Made You Brand Loyal

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Where does brand loyalty begin? Casey-0507 essentially poses that question by asking WRXers what club/clubs inspired loyalty to a particular OEM. Of course, some members have no allegiances whatsoever, but for the “Ping guys” or “Titleist guys” of the golf world, it’s an interesting thread. See the thread.

Equipment You Always Buy New (Or Used)

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Golfers are a finicky bunch, no doubt. So the fact that this particularity extends to purchase patterns shouldn’t come as a surprise. Golf equipment is also an arena of rapid depreciation of value, so it’s interesting to see what WRXers insist on buying new and what they’d rather save a buck on and buy used. See the thread.

Least Favorite Design Feature on a Golf Hole

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We don’t talk about course design in FTF, and that’s a shame, because there are related hot takes and strong opinions aplenty. Larrybud, who started the thread, says he finds forced layups off the tee on long par-4s particularly irksome (no argument there).

Some great points about frustrating design elements in this one. See the thread.

You Know a Golfer’s Lying About His Game When…

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Now, golf-related stories don’t approach fishing tales in their general level of embellishment, but we’ve all heard a tale or two that sounded a bit suspect. SixtySomePing kicked off this thread dedicated to golfers’ tall tales.

(And with respect to the featured image, we’re certainly not calling Anirban Lahiri a liar, the picture just looked right!) See the thread.

Not Enough Club

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RSinSG shares his observations working at a golf course edging bunkers. As such, he gets to see a wealth of golfer approach shots. And by his calculations, 95 percent of golfers don’t take enough club.

Sure, everyone wants to hit their 9-iron 150, but is there an epidemic of golfers thinking they hit it farther than they do? See the thread.

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  1. ooffa

    Jun 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    A golfer is lying about his game if he is speaking.

    • JThunder

      Jun 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      I’d have said “alive”, as this would include typing, dreaming and thinking as well.

  2. Duk Koo Kim

    Jun 10, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    When they record 3 triples on the front 9, and tell you “I shot 4 over last week on vacation at Pine Valley! Yeah, sure you did, maybe you shot 4 over after the 1st hole!!

  3. CrashTestDummy

    Jun 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

    So, basically the article is saying every golfer lies about their game because every golfer falls somewhere in those categories.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Iron type for controlling shots into the wind?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from eckmanjp who is on the hunt for irons to help with controlling shots played into the wind. Our members give their opinions on what are the best options for eckmanjp, with plenty of different clubs and shafts recommended.

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.

  • driveandputtmachine: “Into the wind, spin is NOT your friend. No matter how low launching it will balloon. I was an extremely high spin player, in my search for something lower spinning my three best were…. TM P 790, Cobra Forged TEC, and Ping i500.The final piece is a shaft that spins high enough to hold greens, but not too high to balloon into the wind.”
  • mogc60: “Sounds like you have good clubs and shaft combo for reducing spin. Shafts do make a difference…but don’t cure the upshoot into the wind. Good advice above about more club and swinging slower…speed equals spin. I find the biggest mistake people make into the wind is playing the ball too far back and hitting down too hard. The key is smooth through impact and finishing low in your follow through…not pounding it down…that creates that upshooting shot that the wind destroys.”
  • dpb5031: “Technique plays the major role here, not equipment. Generally, anywhere from 1 to 3 extra club, grip down on the handle, and use what I call a wide-to-wide swing at 3/4 speed. Think limited arm swing (no longer than left arm parallel with the ground in BS) and then cover the ball, keep body turning through it, and finish wide & low, with handle following your rotating trunk around to the left.”
  • rxk9fan: “I think the head/shaft combo can make a huge difference of course along with how you deliver the clubhead into the ball. Take a look at the Titleist shaft chart and see what they are showing. FWIW though, the OP’s current shaft should not be a high launch/high spin shaft. I found both the 716 AP2 and CB to be tough to control spin with, but as suggested it was 100% my delivery at impact. I found the Srixon Z9xx series to spin less but the best thing I did was get to a quality teacher, and we improved a pretty tiny swing flaw that had a big impact on spin. Good luck. I can say I tried to “new club” my way through the spin problem, but three lessons is what it took to fix it.”

Entire Thread: “Iron type for controlling shots into the wind?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Anyone jumping on the Hogan bandwagon?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from tsecor, who pays homage to Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, and asks what fellow members think of the club manufacturer. The consensus is very positive, with the value for the quality of irons provided cited as one of the best features of the company.

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.

  • bfp9: “I’ve been on the Hogan train since 2006 when I bought Apex Blades (with the dreaded Callaway Forging). Still use them today. Although they are getting long in the tooth. Best Irons for my swing, and my game. And they were $299 new at Golfsmith. Haven’t hit the new stuff, but I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to buy another set of Hogans.”
  • MattM97: “Lefty options are limited, only thing I might consider are the wedges but after shipping, import fee/duty, re-gripping to what I like they are as much or more than most wedges. But I do like what they are offering and are a much cheaper and appealing product for many golfers. So I’ll be a fan, but won’t be a user of Hogan products.”
  • dkelly1269: “I have a set of the FW15s and just picked up a set of the PTx irons. Both are very high quality and very playable at a great price. I’m all in.”
  • tsecor: “I played Hogan Apex PC’s back in the late ’80s when I was a child, and I loved them. My parents bought them for me as a gift for graduation. They were $399 I think……not sure why I ever sold them, but it seems as if the Hogan company is getting back to their roots and the tech they are including in their irons is impressive…to me anyway.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your favorite blade irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow members what their favorite blade irons are. Our members discuss what blades they consider to be best for them, and why, while also contributing plenty of great photos of their prized possessions.

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.

  • greenpiece: “MP-14 is my all-time favorite. Great feel, turf interaction, and control.”
  • BMC: “The Callaway 2018 Apex MB feel incredible and are fairly easy to hit. I started playing blades in 1988 – Wilson Staff fluid feel. Those Apexes are sweet.”
  • bodhi555: “I’d say any of the models Nike brought out when they were in the game – the OGs, VR TW or VR Pros. Current favourites are the VR Pros, usual great Nike looks and crisp feel, but the grooves are savage and put unreal amounts of spin on the ball. No harder to hit than a player’s CB either. Only challenge is finding a decent set. It took me 18 months of scouring eBay and Golfbidder to find mine.”
  • bfp9: “My favorites: 2006 Hogan Apex. OG Nike Blades. Taylormade RAC TP MB. Mizuno MP-32. I’ve only hit older blades as you can see. I tried the PXG experiment, and that failed, so I’m sticking to what I know. To me old blades = new blades. Nothing has changed significantly enough to warrant new ones for me, except the grooves wearing thin on my Hogans.”
  • kiwi1982: “MP-69. Traditional, proper weighting, great feel.”

Entire Thread: “Your favorite blade irons?”

 

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