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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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What’s your favorite photo from the history of pro golf?

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Golf history, as we know, is rich. Dramatic storylines, pithy anecdotes, iconic equipment, and storybook shots are all woven into the vibrant tapestry of the game at the professional level.

It’s no surprise, then, that from the rough black-and-white of Old Tom Morris, open-stanced, gazing past the camera to his target, to the present DSLR shots, the history of the professional game is peppered with great photographs.

WRX member Christosterone started a thread with the question, “What’s your favorite tour picture and why?”

He offered this shot of “three reverse-c idols and a Texan.”

Of course, it only took one response, for someone to offer up this classic shot of Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. One assumes that the fact that they didn’t care for one another only enhanced their badass postures.

 

Also, dicko999 (who better to post the following?), offered a cropped version of the legendary Presidents Cup streaker shot. Beyond the absurdity of the scene, the facial expressions make this shot great.

Just a fantastic thread that you’ll want to check out–and hopefully add a photo of your own to.

Check out the thread.

 

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Do you go high-five or fist-bump on the golf course? #YoGolfWRX

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Tiger’s best swing, high five vs. knuckles and logo up or logo down?

Watch below (or click here if the embed doesn’t work for you).

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Parents in Montana can’t watch their children golf, and nobody is happy about it

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In Montana, as you may have heard from an irritated friend at some point during the past month, spectators cannot watch high school golf.

Nick Petraccione of KBZK originally did a deep dive into the following passage from the Montana State High School Association Rulebook in November.

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Petraccione found the “designated” areas are generally the first tee box and the 18th green, but at some courses, there are no such area. Needless to say, as the KBZK report has been disseminated through the golf mediasphere over the past month, most are not in favor of the MSHA’s position.

Before drilling down into some of the dissent, it’s worth considering the logic of spectator restrictions. Per Petraccione:

“It comes down to a few factors: mainly that golf courses and tournament managers are involved in opening those spaces, not the MSHA. Other factors include parents being unruly, disrupting play, spectator safety, and illegally coaching players on the course.”

Fair enough. But the other side of the coin, beyond parents merely wanting to watch their kids play, is that the MSHA could be “trampling on civil rights,” per James Greenbaum, an attorney KBZK spoke with.

“The highest court has stated many times that difficulty of enforcement is no excuse for trampling on civil rights. They are discriminating against children and parents in an outrageous manner in violation of the federal and state constitution. That is a fundamental right, for their parent to bond with their child and encourage them in something as innocent as a sporting event. … How could you deny a parent that right?”

The outrage, as mentioned, is abundant. Major-winner Shaun Micheel tweeted his disbelief. Micheel also suggested the policy handicaps potential college recruits.

“Scores are only part of the bigger picture…That being the intangibles like attitude, etiquette and temperament. How does the player handle adversity? All of the extra things that are part of competing. Coaches aren’t able to evaluate those things by looking at just the final score.”

Chris Kelley, a parent of a high school golfer in Montana, created a Change.org petition aimed at bringing awareness and ultimately changing the rule. Dylan Dethier at Golf.com filed a look at some of the petition’s signees, which include Xander Schauffele’s father and a handful of coaches. You can view the petition here.

The MSHA has declined to comment.

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