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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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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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