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What company will sell more new drivers in 2018: Callaway or TaylorMade?

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics on “Yo, GolfWRX?!” this week, including dome vs. simulator, Callaway vs. TaylorMade, and caddie vs. instinct. Watch the video below, or click here if the video embed doesn’t work for you.

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  1. alan

    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:54 am

    i love this segment of golfwrx when you two guys are asking each other questions

  2. Robert

    Jan 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Nonsense, PXG will be the most sold driver.

  3. Thomas A

    Jan 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Wilson C300 all day long!!!!

  4. Steven

    Jan 7, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Fluck TM, Cally and all the other OEM thieves and their overpriced underperforming junk.
    If you can’t make a normal design driver perform don’t expect you can dial in a fade or draw bias to compensate for your body swing problems.
    If you have more money than brains and talent go ahead and splurge on a new toy to show and tell to your golfing buddies. See, I dialed out my slice… almost …!

  5. dbleAGLE

    Jan 7, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    *BUT the Epic was a beast in 2017

  6. dbleAGLE

    Jan 7, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    The twistface concept is very interesting BUY the Epic was a beast in 2017 and there is still plenty of pent up demand for those from those unwilling to splurge last season.

    Callaway will be hard to overtake in 2018…

  7. Brad

    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Callaway and TM are locked in a brutal marketing war and only one can come out the winner. If one or another make wins on the Tour that will spell the doom of one or another company and their driver designs.
    Currently, I see TM as the front runner with their Twist Face M3 driver, but that’s just me. I don’t own a driver of either make.

  8. emil

    Jan 6, 2018 at 12:56 am

    A driver battle to victory or death…. unless they evenly split the gearhead/wannabe market and neither wins. Maybe it will be a three way split between Cally, TM and Titleist. Wadayathink?!!

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Phil Mickelson’s pursuit of average driving, Phil being Phil, and plenty more Mickelsonia from the wires today

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Phil Mickelson. We tend to forget the left-hander remains a divisive, swashbuckling figure as he settles into the home stretch of his PGA Tour career. We pretend that his outrageous risk-taking-masquerading-as-cool-calculation approach to the game is somehow something other than an affront to the plodding, conservative way the game was “meant to be played.” Phil Mickelson: Even those who can’t stand him have to be deeply intrigued by Mickelson the Man and Mickelson the Golfer. How can you not be fascinated? How can you not be frustrated?

The 47-year-old begins his season at the CareerBuilder Challenge this week seeking his first victory since the 2013 British Open. Thus, it’s not surprising to see a rash of Mickelson-related pieces populating the golf newswire today.

Here are a few morsels. Per Cameron Morfit of PGATour.com, Mickelson is pursuing “average” driving this year. The left-hander has historically struggled with the big stick and placed outside the top 100 in strokes gained: off-the-tee last season,

Here’s what Mickelson said about his pursuit of mediocrity off the tee.

“What’s funny is when you’re good at something, chipping, putting, wedges, distance control, all that stuff, it’s easy. It takes me a day or two of practice to get back to kind of an elite level. But to become just an average driver when you’re not good at it, it takes a lot of work. And that’s what I’ve been spending the last few years on, really trying to figure it out. Get the swing plane right, get shallower into the ball, get the weighting of the driver right. The whole mental approach to the driver. Just to get everything dialed in just to be average.”

“I just don’t want to give away shots off the tee. I don’t need to gain shots off the tee; I’ll gain them elsewhere. I feel like the short putting has been addressed. I feel like, and believe, that I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough with the driver. And if that happens, I think 2018 could be a remarkable year, a year where I can win multiple times.”

Golfweek’s Brentley Romine has some interesting remarks from Jon Rahm. Rahm, of course, was coached by Phil’s brother Tim at Arizona State–a job Mickelson left to manage Rahm. Tim Mickelson then ditched that gig to loop for his brother after Bones Mackay dropped his bag to pick up a microphone. In other words, Rahm has seen the pair up close plenty of times, and had this to say about the difference between his approach to the game and that of the variable-obsessed Mickelson

“It’s really fun to hear how they (Phil and Tim) talk to each other, because Tim being my coach at ASU, I don’t need much – “Okay, it’s like 120 (yards), this shot, right?’” Rahm said. “And you have Phil, it’s like, ‘Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like 1 mph wind sideways, it’s going to affect it 1 yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They’re thinking (that) and I’m like, ‘I’m lost.

“It’s funny, he gets to the green and then it’s the same thing. He’s very detail-oriented. He gets there and I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s a foot right.’ And he goes, okay, he reads the green, like, ‘Oh, it’s 1.8 degrees of slope here and this and that. And I’m there listening and I’m like, ‘Man, I hope we’re never paired together for anything because I can’t think like this.’ I would not be able to play golf like that. For me to listen to all that is really fun. And then you hear me and Adam talk, ‘180, a little breeze into, okay, hard six.’ … And it’s just opposite extremes completely.”

Different strokes before making strokes.

Then, there is this piece from Shane Ryan exploring the nature of Phil Mickelson, if you will, and suggesting he could impress this year. Of course, this is a wholly inadequate description of a piece for Golfworld you absolutely must read.

 

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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?

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