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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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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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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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