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FTF: What Are The Best Hybrids of 2017?

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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.

Members Choice: The Best Hybrids of 2017

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You know the drill, GolfWRX Members. We want you to pick this year’s best hybrid. Click through to the thread and vote for hybrid you liked best. Then, offer your feedback in the comments. Click here to vote.

Did you switch drivers in 2017?

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Did you swap out the ole 1-wood this season? EKELLEY (who clearly likes ALL CAPS) is on the fence about doing so, and he wants to know who’s had success…and with what. “I need HONEST answers here,” he writes. Who has switched drivers this year, from this to that and made SERIOUS gains?”

Are there “serious gainers” among the WRX readership? Check out the thread.

The “No-Sight Line Club”

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Peculiar? Brilliant? Arbitrary? Most putters come with sight lines or dots. Some golfers, however, can’t stand the things. What gives? Find out in this thread.

If you could interview any pro…

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Here’s an excellent question: If you could interview any current professional golfer who would it be? What would you ask him/her? Medic votes for John Daly. To see who other WRX members want to talk to, check out the thread.

Golf-related “OCD”?

No disrespect intended to those with the certifiable and unfortunate mental disorder, this thread is dedicated to those golf things you “have” to do. Clean your clubs after every shot? Mark your ball in particular way? Some more than others, but we all have our peculiar tendencies. This thread is dedicated to our “OCD” golf habits. See the thread.

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  1. Mad-Mex

    Sep 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Nothing has come close to my Cleveland Mashies,,,,,, and I have really, really tried to find something newer,,,

  2. Boss

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I hit the new 818. It’s so forgiving it’s ridonculous

  3. Paul Bradshaw

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    It is indeed a tricky club to really measure which is best and which isn’t. We compiled our ranking a bit earlier in the year (www.golfassessor.com/best-golf-hybrids/) and the Cobra we found being the common denominator. But hybrids are probably the most unique in terms of fit to a particular player.

  4. Adam

    Sep 9, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    There are no ‘best’ hybrids; only best golfers who can play with most any model clubs.

    • LITM

      Sep 10, 2017 at 7:41 am

      I’d say good swings….
      Ams hit great shots and pros can hit bad ones

      • JThunder

        Sep 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm

        So you just visit golf equipment sites to troll then?

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5 hybrid vs 5 iron – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the logic behind removing their 5 iron from their bag. WRXer ‘rwl’ asks whether any fellow members have experiences doing so, and WRXers have been sharing their thoughts and experiences in our forum.

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.

  • RobertL.: “I replaced my 5 iron with a 5 hybrid. I find it far easier to hit than my 5 iron. I also took my 6 iron out of the bag, so now my longest iron is a 7. I now carry a 3, 4, and 5 hybrid since they’re so much easier to hit than long irons. Makes a big difference for this senior golfer.”
  • JohnKHawk: “For last 2 seasons I’ve played with a Cobra F9 5 hybrid. It’s 24 degrees & gaps perfectly between Cobra OS 3-4 hybrid at 20.5 degrees & Apex19 6 iron which is 26.5 degrees. The 5 iron was just getting to be to undependable. Misses with the 5 hybrid were more playable than the 5 iron. Use what works best for your game.”
  • Abe21599: “Never a bad idea to have both a 5i and 5h options in the trunk, just gotta watch lofts.”
  • nitram: “I know it sounds so “old man” but if you want to make a change in your 5-iron slot and can’t seem to get along with a hybrid, give the 9-wood a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.”

Entire Thread: “5 hybrid vs 5 iron”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons which he has in the bag at this week’s CJ Cup. WRXers have been commenting on the switch and the clubs themselves in our forums.

For lots more photos, check out the full thread here.

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.

  • btyh: “Holy offset.”
  • Glf_LU: “These are interesting. Not going to make a rush to judgement until I see them in person. It does look like a little more offset than I would expect to see in this model.”
  • bcflyguy1: “Kisner is not one to make a lot of equipment changes (see the GBB driver he’s still using), so if these do have staying power in his bag that will be interesting to see. I have to wonder if there’s something different about his set, because like others have mentioned there appears to be more offset on his than I recall seeing in the samples I’ve had in hand.”

Entire Thread: “Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons”

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Costco Kirkland Signature wedge review – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Costco’s new Kirkland Signature wedges. WRXer ‘johnnied’ has managed to get his hands on a set and has shared his early experiences of the wedges with our members. Check out his review below.

“I PIcked up a set of the new Kirkland wedges at Costco (San Diego Morena) today. $159.99 Came as a set of three; a 52-10, a 56-10 and a 60-8. All lies are 64deg. The 52 is D3, the 56 and 60 is a D4. I went and hit a bucket off of mats, but more on that in a second.

The wedges are a tour chrome finish with a basic plain back with the words Kirkland Signature. The toe has the degrees and bounce inscribed. The face is cross milled and looks like the Vokey SM5’s The bounce pattern is similar to a Vokey “D” grind, and is the same on all wedges. The words “Carbon Steel” are etched into the back of the hosel. The shaft is a stepped pattern in steel. Don’t know whose. The grip is a black composition grip similar to a tour velvet with the words Kirkland Signature on it.

Overall the presentation is nice and professional looking. No razzle dazzle.

I hit the 52-deg first. Swing weight is D3, and it felt fine. I hit it about 105 yds, or about 10 yds shorter than my 50deg, which is expected. Hits and results were repeatable. One thing I found was that the shaft seemed lighter and a little softer than my Vokeys and if I tried to swing hard the head couldn’t catch up fast enough, and it felt like a hockey shot. But just slowing down a little produced the 105 yds over and over again. I could feel the clubhead on the entire swing, which I like. The wedges are tour chrome, and I’m used to black finish so looking down was different, but got used to it after a few shots. Lining the grooves up to the target line was easy.

Now the 56deg. Swing weight is D4, and felt fine. I hit it about 95 yds or about 5 yds shorter than my 54 Vokey (bent to 55). Same thing happened when trying to hit it hard, the shaft tip wouldn’t catch up, so timing was a little bit of an issue. Clubhead feel and lining up was good.

The 60deg has a bounce of 8 deg, is a D4, and seems to have a higher toe than the others.The high tow is good for when you open up the clubface to “loft” it up. Well, this is where the grind becomes a problem. With the “D” grind on the 60deg, opening up the clubface caused the hosel area and back center of the sole to dig. You could see the mat stroke lines at the back of the sole. What should happen is that the center of the sole should be the highest bounce, but because the sole is so deep when you open the clubface the back of the sole and hosel area catches, which closes the clubface, and shots went left.

My first thought was to take it into the garage and change the grind to more of an “M” grind. This would remove metal from the back of the sole and some from the hosel area. But before I do, I thought I’d experiment some more. So I hit some in-between shots and chips.

Chips and pitches were good and predictable. I could control the distance OK. Spin was excellent. Pitching 20-30 yds with the 60deg was the easiest of the three wedges.

I would have no hesitation putting these in my bag but would need a few mods first. 1. I’d grind down the 60deg so I could open up the face without digging. 2. Adjust the lies to 62deg (2 deg flat) and 3, change the grips to Lamkin cords. The last two are personal fitting issues that have nothing to do with the clubs.

So do I keep them or do I take them back?  It was $159 for 3 wedges, great deal. My Vokeys are $184 each. I think I’ll do some grinding and tweeking and see if I can dial these in. And, at $159 I might just see if I can beat my buddy at the helicopter game.”

Our members have been reacting to the review from ‘johnnied’ in our forums.

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

  • TheMoneyShot: “Nice review!  I’m kind of surprised these are not being sold online yet.”
  • tbowles411: “Good review.  Thank you.  This will help get people in the game at an affordable price.  Equipment without the excessive markup is great.”
  • nick_CO: “Great review. I might have to drag my buddy who has a membership to Costco to go get a set.”

Entire Thread: “Costco Kirkland Signature wedge review”

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