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New PXG release? Bob Parsons’ very on-brand helicopter

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Today in The Fabulous Lives of Golf Equipment Company Founders

Bob Parsons, PXG founder, posted the following image, along with the caption “I always wanted one of these,” to Instagram over the weekend.

Bob Parsons PXG helicopterThe chopper does bear the same “0311” model numbering as PXG’s iron lines, leading some to speculate that Parsons is taking ultra-premium equipment to the next level by adding a helicopter to the mix.

But really, how on-brand is this thing? Parsons’ chopper looks to be a Eurocopter AS355 (cost: ~$3 million). He’s got the PXG logo and color scheme, and of course is dressed in monochrome to match. Would have liked the picture to be in black & white to be fully PXG brand appropriate, but the effort is notable.

On a more serious note, a reminder: PXG is matching donations to Team Rubicon, a veteran-run disaster relief operation.

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  1. Guia

    Oct 2, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Bling, Bling, Bling. Look at me!

  2. Gally

    Sep 29, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Nothing better than taking a $5 nassau off PXG guys with my 12 year old ping i5 irons and $79 odyssey. Period.

  3. toyzrx

    Sep 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I recently purchased a set of 311T irons. They are the most expensive golf purchase ever for me but I am very satisfied with quality and performance of the product. It does not perform so different from my old AP2 714 set, but I love the look and the feel on good strikes. I encourage anyone who are curious to just try them. Branding and prices aside, PXG clubs are pretty solid.

  4. michael

    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The gear might be good, maybe even worth the money (ok probably not), but the brand and Parsons himself are so obnoxious I’m turned off.

  5. Otis

    Sep 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    PXG is about as low as one can get…… with skrews in the head clubs.

  6. Mark Walgren

    Sep 11, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hahah, what’s funny is so many sheep keep buying into the hype of PXG’s and spend $3000+ on a set of irons.

    • Joe

      Sep 11, 2017 at 11:42 am

      haha what’s even funnier is the jealous bunch who keep complaining about the pricing.

      • i bogey alot

        Sep 11, 2017 at 1:26 pm

        even funnier than that , the guys who make fun of the jealous type about the pricing but do not have the irons themselves!

      • Mark Walgren

        Sep 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        @Joe… Jealous? lol… Anyone with a mediocre job can buy these but it’s those with a half brain who actually buy into the hype. Keep convincing yourself you’re part of the “elite” crew. The funny thing is most of these people buy into the hype in hopes to finally breaking 100 but then do everything they can to convince people that it was a “good purchase”.

        • Boss

          Sep 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

          Has nothing to do with breaking your best score but everything to do with bling. We all want bling. That’s what this is about. How many Rolex watches do you have?

          • Mark Walgren

            Sep 13, 2017 at 10:24 pm

            Bling? lol… Thanks for the info Snoop Dogg.

      • Tom1

        Sep 11, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        most quick to condemn/tell others how to spend their dollars

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Are advanced stats overrated? Some GolfWRX members think so.

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On the instruction side of our fair game, we see plenty of impassioned exchanges between the anti-Trackman set and proponents of the swing radar technology.

A cousin to this debate is playing out in the GolfWRX forums right now: WRX member Golfer929 writes that he thinks advanced stats (strokes gained, proximity from certain distances, etc) are overrated.

He says

“Nobody needs to know that when Jordan Spieth eats a PB&J for lunch on a Thursday he has a 72% chance to break par. How in the world are these ridiculous stats like Strokes gained and distance from the flag from the right rough going to help somebody win a golf tournament. Obviously they can tell where they need work and I know I’m gaining strokes on people if I’m moving up the leaderboard.”

He goes further, taking his criticism to the golf course to the arena of other, well, arenas. Golfer929 calls advanced stats “the downfall of modern sports.”

Sean2 agrees with the central thesis.

“I used to keep track of everything. I discovered I was getting more hung up on statistics than anything else. I’ve since stopped and I am playing much better…As to the Tour, it is beginning to remind me of MLB. I don’t know if statistics are the “downfall”, but I do wonder how the likes of Hogan, Snead, or Jones, were able to play golf at all.”

The aptly named ThinkingPlus has a more philosophical take, suggesting the statistics themselves aren’t the problem.

“Use the information wisely and it will likely make you a better golfer.  Use the information unwisely and you may get distracted.  Not considering all the information available is foolish.”

There are plenty more hot takes in this thread. Check it out, and let us know if you think the focus on advanced stats has gone too far, or if this is all part of the evolution of the game and important information for players (and/or fans).

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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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