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Rory McIlroy: “Take that GolfWRX,” and why he said it

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Rory McIlroy recently appeared on the No Laying Up podcast to discuss all manner of things. Around 20 minutes into the interview, the conversation turned to the Ulsterman’s equipment, leading ultimately to a mention of our fair website.

Now, to understand why Rory McIlroy would jokingly say, “Take that GolfWRX,” you need a bit (OK, a lot) of context.

In early February, GolfWRX member lovedoctor started a thread titled “Rory McIlroy to sign with Callaway in 2017.” Not difficult to guess what the good doctor’s central claim was, which he attributed to information from “a reliable source.”

McIlroy had been without an equipment deal since Nike’s departure from that space in August of last year. Speculation was rampant about where Rory would land, especially after the golfer tested equipment in Dubai at the end of last year.

On the second page of the thread, Chris Solomon of No Laying Up joined the discussion by replying to lovedoctor’s initial post with: “This is simply not true. Rory will not be signing a deal in 2017.”

Soly’s source for that particular information was almost certainly McIlroy himself. And, as McIlroy lays out in the NLU podcast, he had planned to remain a free agent for 2017. However, that effort turned out to be more trouble than it was worth, and he was rumored to be unhappy with his golf ball at the Masters.

One thing led to another, McIlroy publicly swooned over TaylorMade’s TP5x ball, and he signed a full bag deal with TMag in May.

RoryTaylorMadeSwitchingWRXSo, Soly was ultimately wrong, in a sense, (so was lovedoctor) but he told the truth as he’d heard it straight from the horse’s mouth at the time.

Thus, you have the convoluted context for why Rory McIlroy mentioned GolfWRX. You can hear the exchange around 24 minutes into the podcast.

And thanks for the shout-out, Rors!

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  1. Bosa

    Sep 24, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Rory mcilroy is the ugliest human being on the planet.

  2. Jacked_Loft

    Sep 23, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I don’t believe it. Something written in golfwrx was incorrect.

  3. Speedy

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Rors, least-liked pro golfer?

  4. TheCityGame

    Sep 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    The best was in Part 2 when Rory said that if he could be anyone in the world for a week, he’d pick this stud horse that rides mares 4 times a day and gets $500,000 per nut.

    lovedoctor predicted he was going to say Tiger Woods.

    He was half right.

  5. Irma

    Sep 21, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Still wearing girly Nike clothes tough, Rors. How about introducing some other cool men’s athletic clothing company about now?

  6. moses

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for the shout out Rory. Just gives the sight more exposure and legitimacy. 😀

  7. Andrew

    Sep 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Hey Rory! Since we now know you read WRX, know this: We can smell little man syndrome half a world away. And it’s always about the money.

  8. Old Gaffer

    Sep 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I love those rusty TM wedges. Why don’t they also make their irons rusty too?
    Chrome plating is a horrid environmentally with the heavy metals and electricity.
    Make them all naturally raw forgings!

    • Brian

      Sep 21, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Most consumers don’t want their iron sets to rust. Wedges are replaced regularly compared to the typical golfer’s iron sets.

  9. Chris B

    Sep 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Well you can’t really swoon over a 10 million a year deal in public, so the ball will have to do.

  10. RobertMuellerIII

    Sep 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

    ….and subsequently “lovedoctor” banished himself from the site, complaining of unfair targeting by the mods. The PXG challenge was withdrawn, too…

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An instructor’s perspective on the Chamblee/Dufner Twitter controversy

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If you have not had a chance to read the latest exchange on Twitter between Brandel Chamblee and Jason Dufner — and his teacher Chuck Cook — you have missed a wonderful controversy brewing. As you may know, Brandel is never one to hide his feelings on his views of the golf swing (he’s against The Golfing Machine teachings). And when people disagree with him (Jason Dufner), he’s not hesitant to tackle his opposition head on.

I’d like to take the time to weigh-in on what I feel should be focused on from an instruction standpoint, instead of what has been said on Twitter in this controversy.

Brandel’s side

First of all, I consider Brandel to be a friend of mine and he has been nothing but gracious to me during my professional career; though we have differing viewpoints on certain things. I have often called or emailed him, asking his opinion on one thing or another, and he has never failed to answer me. In fact, I love hearing what he has to say, even if it’s the opposite of what I feel personally and professionally — he hardly speaks without research to back it up. When you have the kind of stage he has, you must be armed with facts.

As we all know, Brandel is not a fan of the new breed of instruction. He prefers the old school methods, and clearly from his initial Tweet that sparked the entire controversy, he prefers an upright backswing. He is not a fan of most technologies used on the lesson tee, and he is very vocal regarding the Golfing Machine book and the Trackman launch monitor. While I hold both these things dear to me personally, I do understand how he could not be as convinced as I am of their successes within the game.

People must understand his opinion is a matter of perspective, and though he has this perspective as a player, and as a player-turned-teacher, he does not have the thousands and thousands of hours on the lesson tee. This does not make him right or wrong, it just gives him a different viewpoint.

Dufner’s side

As a teacher myself, I admire Dufner’s rise to fame and to the top ranks as a player, and I applaud him for doing so in spite of the odds and the drama that has gone on within his personal life over the last few years. I am proud to see him step up on a public forum and defend Chuck Cook (his long time teacher) on this Twitter thread. It is refreshing to see! Though I don’t know Jason, I’d like to shake his hand for doing so. My biggest gripe with Tour Professionals, in general, is their failure to stand by their instructors when things are not going well.

The last time I saw a player defending his teacher this adamantly was in a text string I had with Kevin Kisner (who is a great guy and friend) and John Tillery (his teacher and also a friend), who was not picked as one of the Top-100 Teachers on the latest list by Golf Magazine. As I told Kevin and John, it is a matter of time before he is recognized by Golf Magazine. The lists are subjective and many things go into the selection process; they make good choices and other times they make mistakes. John is a heck of a teacher and will always be Top 100 in my book! So kudos to Jason and Kevin for standing up for their guys…they both deserve it 100 percent.

Chuck Cook’s side

How Chuck was dragged into the middle of this whole controversy is beyond me, because he is one of the nicest and most soft-spoken guys. I also consider him the top-1 percent of teachers within our business. Chuck was in Vail for many years while I was also teaching there, and we have been on many outings together. He has been nothing but professional to all of us and anyone he comes into contact with personally. When someone questions him or his ability to teach at the highest levels, I can only say look at the two U.S. Open Champs he has taught, as well as what he’s done with countless other people within the game of golf. He is a smart and stand-up guy and deserves nothing but respect from all of us.

Chuck, I wish I could be HALF the teacher and person you are and have always been! That is a fact.

The Golfing Machine

Now, we could write an entire article series on the book I call my bible within the golfing world. However, 99 percent of the people in the world call it a “method,” or too complex, although every top teacher uses its methodologies within their instruction. It is ONLY an encyclopedia of motion — that’s it. It tells you what will and will not work together during the swing. What the book lacks has been the proper messenger to get the word across and that blame is only on timing. That’s not a knock on the past teachers who have used it or the players on Tour who have employed it.

Homer’s great book was born in 1969, and sadly the world would not be ready to hear these type of ideas in this type of format until now. And, like anything, it has been grossly misunderstood. The book and teachings have been chastised and will continue to be until a few more generations realize the greatness of what is contained within its pages. Only time will help our cause.

The Conclusion

Its all good… it’s not a big deal people! Please understand we ALL come from different places within the game and have our own opinions based on our perspective. Remember that these are all subject to change and can at any time. Every one of the people in that string of Tweets have their own agenda to promote and have the basis to call themselves great in what they do for a living. As long as we all have a drink and a laugh together at the end of the day, I see no harm in a gentleman’s disagreement between friends as long as nothing was done out of malice.

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Friday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

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Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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Thursday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

Related: Wednesday’s Photos

Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

Thursday’s Galleries

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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