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Bob Parsons, Paige Spiranac’s new video blog: “Why are PXG clubs so expensive?”



Golf’s favorite disruptive, ultra–premium golf brand is serving up a heaping portion of PXG brand red meat to its core consumers and detractors alike with the inaugural edition of “The PXG Files.”

In the new video series, PXG’s outspoken founder, Bob Parsons, clad in camo PXG headwear, sits next to Paige Spiranac, described as “social media sensation and PXG Ambassador,” to ostensibly answer “the many online questions and comments PXG receives about club technology, performance and price, along with some personal questions.”

As episode one is titled, “Why are PXG Clubs so Expensive?” the company is keen to address the question/comment they get more than any other.

Anyway, to see how Parsons, who speaks with nothing short of the enthusiasm of Randy Savage cutting a promo, answers that question and others, as well as what Spiranac has to say, check out the video below. And cheers on the production values!

Let us know what you think of the tandem of Bob & Paige, GolfWRX members.

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  1. Christian Washington

    Dec 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    It’s great that someone is taking a “no restrictions” approach to developing golf equipment. That makes breakthroughs possible. PXG is good for the golf industry. I think they’re pushing the other club companies to innovate and move the needle on performance – across all price points.

    Am I biased? Yes. I own the irons, wedges, and hybrids. In 30+ years playing and buying equipment, I’ve never been happier with the performance and quality of my clubs. Keep up the good work PXG and Bob.

  2. MarkH

    Dec 15, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Marketing Rule #1: S e x Sells …!!!!

  3. Jon doe

    Dec 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Can anyone find the original tweet?

  4. vince guest

    Dec 14, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I like Bob, Paige and the clubs.

  5. Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Can we get rid of Paige? She has no status on any tour and will never get more than a sponsors exemption. There are other pretty girls who actually have tour cards. As for PXG the clubs they are good but not any better than your pings, TMs, etc.


    Dec 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    People buy PXG because they have nothing else to buy with their money! Are they that much better? NO! Will you score lower? NO! Will you look “cool”? NO! Will anyone care? NO! I’ll put my Callaway Apex CF-16’s up against PXG any day!

    • Michael

      Dec 13, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      I’m not sure anyone cares about you and you Callaway Apex CF-16s.

  7. MT

    Dec 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    PXG made a huge impact already to the whole golf industry. They made other major companies to work on better and at the same more expensive clubs including Callaway and TM. They did a great thing by pushing the industry further. That is a fact, you like them or not.

    • stevek

      Dec 14, 2017 at 11:27 am

      It the expensive tungsten screws in the heads of the driver, irons and putter that make the clubs so costly to build.

  8. Ben Jones

    Dec 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Nothing more stupid than an older guy wearing an ear lobe ring and trying to be hip with a young blonde. With that Caddyshack intro, I was just thinking of the judge and Parsons is just as goofy.

  9. EJB

    Dec 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    What a creep, cringe

  10. Tom54

    Dec 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I guess Mr Parsons figured he’d splash out a pretty girl to compliment his butt ugly clubs. News flash….. your clubs are still ugly and your girl is not all that.

  11. The Dude

    Dec 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    So much cringe.

  12. Andrew

    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    You like your roads, highways, and bridges? That’s what I do. I create value for others for a living, Paige. Getting by on TNA and the victim card will make such a wonderful life story for you. SO proud of you.

    • Tom

      Dec 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      A little full of ourselves there, Andrew? Jealous, perhaps? Or just the south end of a horse facing north. Your parents must be so proud of what you’ve become. Get a life.

      • Andrew

        Dec 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

        Civil Engineer? My parents hate that I didn’t become a trust fund baby, politician, bureaucrat, lawyer, or underwear model. Yep, life sucks.

        • Tom

          Dec 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm

          No, it’s that you feel the need to disparage someone for just doing their job. Chief? You really are full of yourself. Get a life.

          • Andrew

            Dec 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm

            Yea, you said that already. Call loud-and-shallow Bob and his TNA puppet to be in the next PXG commercial. You’ll fit right in.

    • SteveS

      Dec 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      How in the world is she playing the victim card? Getting by on TNA? Do you think that is something new? Would you rather she was taking welfare?

      • Andrew

        Dec 13, 2017 at 8:56 pm

        You’re new to her little act apparently. She won’t stop crying victim of “cyberbullying” and it’s really boring and fake. That’s what happens when one derives self-worth from the number of social media “friends” they have. I don’t care what she does but I hope she’ll see a psychiatrist for the narcissitic personality disorder. It might help her make it as a professional golfer. She has golf talent. She just eff’s off too much.

  13. Andrew Pavlov

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I get the purpose I guess. It’s as much about marketing Bob as it is the clubs. He knows he is taking some direct hits as to being likable or someone you can trust. That said, to me the big fail here is Paige… she comes off as artificial as plastic flowers and as dry as week old toast. Then closing with the “I get to play golf for a living. Do you buddy?” … in your face type comment was just plain stupid from the perspective of trying to increase marketability and being likable.

    • Skip

      Dec 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Agreed. “play golf for a living”? When was the last time she cashed a check for her performance on a golf course? LOL.

      • SteveS

        Dec 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm

        When she signed a contract with PXG or received money for her golf related videos on YT or other platform.

      • MT

        Dec 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm

        Some great players make more money outside of playing golf on tour including Tiger at his prime.

  14. rebfan73

    Dec 13, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I half expected Bob to say : “Snap into a SlimJim!”…..

  15. mM

    Dec 13, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Just a dirty old rich dude like Hefner trying ta get into a blonde’s pants

  16. Barry Martin

    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Wow that was painful to watch.

    I’ve heard the mantra that they set out to be the best,no compromises, etc…but damn those are the ugliest clubs I have ever seen. They look like they belong in a Walmart boxed set.

  17. Ray

    Dec 12, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    What a complete clown show. A total insult from PXG to anybody here that has a functioning frontal lobe.

  18. Jeff Beasley

    Dec 12, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I can’t think of a poorer person to represent an golf manufacturer. It would be sooo much better if their products did the talking… unfortunately it cannot!

  19. WES

    Dec 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Creepy, period!

  20. RGammaBlade

    Dec 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Video blog? More like info commercial. Couldn’t get 1 minute into it…too painful.

  21. carl spackler

    Dec 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    what is on bobs ear lobe?

  22. Matt

    Dec 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    What a terrible commercial and that last condescending comment from Paige…wow. I’ll NEVER buy a PXG club now.

  23. Mike Honcho

    Dec 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Bob Parsons related to Ed Orgeron?

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GolfWRX members weigh in on the best swings on the PGA Tour



Who has the best swing on the PGA Tour? On the one hand, the answer is Dustin Johnson, as he’s the No. 1 player in the world, right? Of course, golf fans banter about the “best” swing on the PGA Tour over beers in the grill room, they’re usually talking about technical soundness and aesthetics more than results.

It’s in this vein that GolfWRX members schley started a thread asking the forum faithful for their picks for the three best swings on Tour. For his part, shcley says Ernie Els, Adam Scott, and Louis Oosthuizen.

GatorMD says: Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen

SASSpeeder says: Louis Oosthuizen, Luke List, Ernie Els

Bladehunter says: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson

Oz dee cee says: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen

Bye says: Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas

What do you think of these responses, GolfWRX members? Just a sample from the first 20 or so, obviously, and there are plenty more perspectives in the thread.

Who are your top three, GolfWRXers?


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Study: Amateur golfers are actually hitting it shorter than they were 3 years ago



While the USGA’s distance report found a “concerning” increase in driving distances at the professional level, a new report from Arccos Golf — Mike Stachura of Golf Digest got the exclusive on its study —  identifies a very different trend at the amateur level. The golf GPS and statistics-tracking app found that the average golfer’s average drive decreased from 220.6 yards in 2015 to 217.1 yards in 2018.

Before we go crazy, however, it’s worth pointing out that we’re only four months into 2018 and the golf season hasn’t even started in much of the country. Thus, it probably makes more sense to look at the average golfers’ average drives from 2017, which measured 220.0 yards — a difference of a little more than half of a yard since 2015, rather than more than three yards, as the 2018 number suggests.

Again, maybe the trend for 2018 will continue, but it seems inappropriate to draw far reaching conclusions based on the “220.6” number.

Nevertheless, if we assume Arccos’ data is representative and statistically significant, then it would be, at the very least, a bold check in the “yes” column for bifurcation/not limiting the golf ball at the amateur level.

However (again, assuming data derived from Arccos users is representative of all golfers), the findings beget another question: Why are amateurs, equipped with the latest and greatest technologies that Iron Byron and his robotic colleagues are crushing past previous years’ models, stagnant in the distance department?

Stachura points to a Club Champion study showing that an average increase of 11 yards after fitting, that the drivers of 2018 go an average of six yards farther than the drivers of 2012.

Nick Clearwater, Director of Instruction for Golftec, strikes a similar tone

“It’s likely that many golfers used in the data are still using five-plus-year-old drivers as well and most don’t get fit for their equipment to benefit from the advancements. The average golfer uses too much spin loft with all of their clubs, so increases in tech still show minimal improvement in the quality of the shot. The shots still start to the right, spin too much and are mishit.”

This may be true, but for distances to decrease, golfers would have to be hitting new equipment that’s ill-suited for them, not merely sticking with the same drivers they were hitting in 2015.

Those with skeptical inclinations toward the benefits of new equipment, particularly $400 drivers, will assuredly have a field day with this data, and OEMs will be keen to emphasize the importance of fitting. They’ll also be quick to point out we have no idea what drivers the Arccos sample set is/was playing.

If, again, we assume the data to be accurate and representative, the USGA would look foolish if they advise a rollback of the golf ball for amateurs.

The amateur golfers in question will want to visit a qualified fitter or take part in a demo day with a buffet of options before shelling out for a new big stick, which is the advice we give in conjunction with Gear Trials (and the same reccomendation we’ve offered for years).

What do you think about this data, GolfWRX members?

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Meet Faaaabel the goat: unofficial mascot of the Valero Texas Open



The Valero Texas Open this week has a new unofficial mascot. And really, let’s just make this official. Two ½-month-old pygmy goat mix  named Faaaabel is the official mascot of the Valero Texas Open. You heard it here first.

While there’s nothing funny about Faaaabel’s range of very important duties, she arrived at the VTO as part of a practical joke. Per Roxanna Scott of USA Today, Ted Kneale, the senior manager of operations for the Valero Texas Open, and Mark Mellgren, a tournament volunteer, wanted to wind PGA Tour rules official Brad Fabel up.

Naturally, they bought a goat on Craigslist, named it after him, and brought it to the tournament. Yes, this is a real thing that actually happened.

No word on how Fabel feels about Faaaabel, but everyone else rightly loves this miniature domestic goat.

“I’m kind of surprised at how fast this took off,” Kneale said. “We had her for about a week out here leading up to the event. Some of our staff knew about her and she was friendly with the staff. Before we knew it, people just started asking about the goat. We heard you had a goat, and it snowballed. I think she enjoys all the attention.”

This good girl does some very important jobs and has quickly become a vital part of the tournament operation. Obviously, she has a Twitter account as well.

Reportedly, Faaaabel is considering branching out into acting. As you can see from this PGA Tour video, she’s a natural on screen.

How do you feel about animals as tournament mascots, GolfWRX members? Should, say, Tripod formally be awarded Zurich Classic mascot duties?


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