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What’s your best equipment purchase of 2017?

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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…

“K-Sigs!!!!!!”

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

    TP5X

  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

      Amen!

    • 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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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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