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How much do the look of your irons matter to you?

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Let’s take a look at a hot topic in the GolfWRX forums. Kgeisler13 related his experiences with irons in recent years, balancing his considerations for a preferred look with a need for performance.

Here’s what he had to say in a forum thread he started.

“I haven’t gotten fit for irons in probably 5 years. The last set I got fit for was Mizuno MP-59s. I loved them.  Last year around this time I dumped my mizunos and got Titleist AP2s.  I thought they would help me by being a little more “forgiving”.  I stomached the look and feel of them for this whole golf season, but last week I ordered Mizuno MP-18 SC’s.  I used them yesterday and loved them.”

“Some people that I golf with seem to think that the look of an iron shouldn’t matter because you want the most forgiving and best performing iron. I disagree to a certain extent, I believe you should pick an iron that performs as in the ball goes the correct yardage you want with each club, but it should also look good to your eye when it is sitting behind the ball. I wondering how many of you buy irons strictly on numbers and who buys irons more for looks and feel?”

The replies run the gamut from “looks don’t matter at all, only performance does” to “I can’t hit an iron that doesn’t look good to my eye.” Here’s a sampling of the responses.

Kekoa says: “For me looks and feel are a priority.  Forgiveness, distance, etc come secondary when I’m choosing an iron.”

Mcgeeno writes: I’ve had some of the most critically ugly sets ever. Ping ISI, zing 2 currently play SL cobra shovels.I find beauty in birdies and results.”

eRock_Reno writes: “Absolutely. Instills confidence.”

Cwebb writes: “There were plenty of players who for example, didn’t like the the look of Ping Eye2’s, but found that they liked the way that they performed.  After a while they got used to the look and grew to like it. Sometimes what we like, is what we’re used to.”

596 says: “Looks mean absolutely nothing, nada, zero to me.   I can play anything from MP59’s to G15’s.  Results are all that matters. I don’t care if it has an aircraft carrier sticking out the back.  I”m not looking at it.  I look at the leading edge to be square to my target line and I’m done.”

An aircraft carrier! Kgeisler13’s is a great discussion that gets at the heart of why we buy equipment and the various considerations that go into buying golf clubs.

Whether you’d hit a shovel if it performed or prefer beautiful blades you can barely hit, you’ll want to check out the thread.

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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets

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It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him

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On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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