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These have to be the most callused hands in professional golf, right?

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The European Tour is rounding up the best (presumably Instagram) photos of the year as 2017 winds down. With the 13th installment in the series, the Euro Tour presents a photo snapped by Kristoffer Broberg of his countryman Alex Noren.

More specifically, Noren’s calloused palms. These mitts would make a 19th century seaman proud!

Have a look.

The photo’s caption reads in part

“Alex Noren’s hands after a particularly long practice session, the day before the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Noren is known as one of the hardest workers on Tour and has said before that he now often wears two gloves during practice to protect his hands from the effects of hitting hundreds of shots in a day.”

Maybe he should take to wearing two gloves on each hand? On the plus side, he’s got something of a reminder grip, not so much in the grip, but rather in his hands. Just nestle that baby ‘neath your calloused and you’re good to go!

What do you think, GolfWRX members? We’ve all practiced until blistered and bleeding, but have you ever seen anything like this? Is there some unique reason for this level of callusing? Answers needed.

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  1. Bob Pegram

    Dec 15, 2017 at 2:08 am

    The fact that there are only minimal callouses at the top of his left palm at the bases of his fingers is odd. Usually those get big. Hogan mentions his below the base of his fingers on his left hand (or shows them in an illustration) in his Five Lessons book. It would be interesting to see Noren’s grip in a few close-up shots and then watch it during his swing since his callouses are in different locations than Hogan’s.

  2. Greg V

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Along the lines of “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth over-doing…”

  3. Pat

    Dec 13, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Bob Byman wrote a great article on this earlier last year. Check it out on Facebook

  4. Tee

    Dec 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Maybe his grips are too thin, he then has to hold the club too tight.

  5. Scott Francis

    Dec 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    does that look normal couple of those areas look black could be infection

  6. d

    Dec 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I don’t understand how this is possible, to be honest. I play everyday and have hit hundreds of balls in a given session, and I hardly have callouses. I use cord grips, too. Does he just grip super hard???

  7. Thomas A

    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    He’s just gunning for a Neutrogena hand cream sponsorship.

  8. mM

    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:59 am

    No big deal. Ben Hogan used to practice until his hands bled, right? So if Noren kept it up without resting, he would bleed too.

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?

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According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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