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What’s your best equipment purchase of 2017?



The air is growing chilly and the leaves are turning brown–in the regions of the country where such things happen, anyway. The 2017 golf season is about to breathe its last, and equipment purchasing has slowed to a trickle.

In the spirit of end-of-year reflections, then, GolfWRX members have begun looking back at the equipment that filled their shopping bags this past season.

Jasonp87 began the reflection with this post.

“Seeing as this season coming to an end i just looked over my stats. For the season. I dropped my hcp from a 15.6 to 8.9 my biggest killer was i never had a super strength to my game everything was average. So some days it all came together driving ball striking short game and putting. Others it didnt. I had taken a few lessons prior to this season that started and they are definetly a huge contributing factor.”

“However for the first time i got fit for a driver and a putter. Mind u it was late August. Fit into a Epic SZ and a TM Spider Tour [putter].”

Hybrid25, who may soon be changing his name to Hybrid31, writes

“Callaway XR OS 31* hybrid…To understand why this particular Club helped out so much you got understand high handicappers have a difficult time hitting the green from 160 yards out. This club is so easy to hit pure it’s silly.”

For pierso2, it was a shaft

“Matrix Ozik TP6HDe. Changed my driving entirely! Not only was I finding more fairways but I was carrying drives as far as my previous drives would go with roll.”

And of course someone (in this case Boricua Golf) had to say it…


Check out the thread to see what WRXers loved adding to their arsenals in 2017.


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  1. Speedy

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Callaway XR Driver

  2. chopper

    Nov 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    CBX wedges. I can believe everyone whose hc doesn’t start with a + doesn’t play them.

  3. Ben Jones

    Nov 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    None. I just practiced more. Sold all the other junk, kept my bag and started walking again. Golf became pure again.

  4. TR1PTIK

    Nov 10, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I made several changes to my bag for 2017. Upgraded my Titleist 735s to Nike Vapor Pro Combos, picked up some Vokey SM5s, and ordered a brand new Scotty Futura 6m (my new faviorite club) to replace the Odyssey White Hot Pro #9 I had used for the past couple of seasons. The biggest improvement came from the putter which sets up behind the ball much easier for me so I don’t feel like I have to make any compensations with the stroke.

  5. CB

    Nov 9, 2017 at 8:05 pm


  6. OB

    Nov 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    When golfers attribute improved performance to new equipment, that is suspect…. unless their old equipment was a total misfit.
    You can’t just pick up a new club and experience miraculous change because the golf swing doesn’t react to new clubs instantaneously. You need a lot of test practice to show new results.
    Golfers who have come to the conclusion they need new equipment to improve their swing and game had better check in with a competent instructor and a club fitter first.
    Equipment miracles only happen in golf club company ads and commercials…. and OEM shills.

    • Had Enuff

      Nov 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm


    • CB

      Nov 11, 2017 at 2:55 am

      TP5X has given me extra 10 yards on my driver. That means I’m a whole club closer with my irons. THAT’s a massive change. So it is possible, you just don’t know what you’re talking about because you don’t know how to hit the middle of the club face solidly enough

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



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



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!



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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