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TaylorMade’s Ultimate RBladez Experience

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Okay WRXers. We’ve seen our share of incredible OEM forum experiences, such as trips to The Kingdom for R11/R11s drivers, R11 irons and lessons with Hank Haney, RBZ fittings at Doral and Bandon Dunes with the late Jim Flick.  This TaylorMade / GolfWRX giveaway, however, might take the cake. Announcing…

There will be five GolfWRX winners as outlined below.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive: 

  • An all-expenses paid trip to Naples, Florida, December 4-7
  • 3-night stay at the beautiful Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
  • A custom fitting at the brand new TaylorMade Performance Lab in Naples for an entire set of 2013 TaylorMade product (RocketBladez  / RocketBladez Tour irons, yet-to-be announced metalwood line, ATV wedges, TM putter of choice, new golf ball, bag, gloves and apparel and footwear from adidas Golf and Ashworth)
  • Spot in the Franklin Templeton Shootout Pro-Am (two days)
  • Access to the poolside Pairings Party, Pro-Am Awards Dinner and player locker room
  • Attend the TaylorMade Performance Lab grand opening with TaylorMade players
  • Special GolfWRX Meet & Greet with TaylorMade ambassador Greg Norman

Four (4) Winners receive:

  • An all-expenses paid trip to Naples, Florida, December 4-7
  • 3-night stay at the beautiful Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
  • A custom fitting at the brand new TaylorMade Performance Lab in Naples for an new RocketBladez  / RocketBladez Tour irons
  • Access to poolside Pairings Party and Pro- Am Awards Dinner
  • Attend the TaylorMade Performance Lab grand opening with TaylorMade players
  • Special GolfWRX Meet & Greet with TaylorMade ambassador Greg Norman
  • Golf on Tiburon Golf Club’s Black Course
Amazing, right?  We think so too.

TO ENTER: Reply to the thread below and tell us why you are a candidate for a custom fit set of RocketBladez Irons.

Now go to this thread and post your entry today!

[ Click Here for Free Entry ]

Deadline to enter is November 21, 2012.  Winners will be picked at the sole discretion of TaylorMade / GolfWRX based on entries received.  One entry per household.  Must be a resident of the US and at least 18 years old at the time of entry.

Good luck!

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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More beginners, bigger base: Insights from the NGF’s Industry Report

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A record number of first-time players took up the game in 2017, according to the National Golf Foundation’s Industry Report. 2.6 million beginners swung a club for the first time last year. Additionally, first-timers making their maiden trips to a golf course increased for the fourth straight year.

The NGF took a different route with its report this year, saying,

“To more accurately reflect the evolution of golf’s overall consumer base…[the organization] expanded definition of participation looks beyond traditional on-course golf and also factors in off-course engagement, which tracks those who swing a golf club at facilities like Topgolf, indoor simulators and driving ranges.”

Per the NGF, the on-course participant base held steady at 23.8 million golfers in 2017. 8.3 million people played exclusively off course, interestingly, at Topgolf and similar facilities, driving ranges, and simulators. Thus, the total number of “golfers” in the U.S. is nearly 32 million.

“Golf participation is evolving,” said NGF President Joe Beditz. “On-course, green-grass participation is holding its own and off-course is continuing to grow. There’s no denying that we’re down from our pre-recession highs, but it appears to us that traditional participation is stabilizing and there may be a new support level between 23 million and 24 million.”

The game’s most ardent players continue to account for 95 percent of all rounds-played and spending in an $84 billion industry.

With respect to translating off-course participation into on-course play, the number of non-golfers who said that they’re “very interested” in playing golf increased to 14.9 million from 12.8 million in 2016.

Rounds played were down 2.7 percent to 456 million in 2017. As has been the case every year since 2006, there were more facility closures than openings, with just over 200 facilities shutting their doors. The U.S. still has just under 15,000 facilities: 45% of the global supply.

Openings such as Streamsong Black in Florida, Shepherd’s Rock in Pennsylvania and Bayou Oaks in Louisiana got plenty of attention, but renovation projects remain the major industry investment. The NGF tracked 1,100 major course renovations in 2017.

The average price of an 18-hole round of golf at a public course in 2017: $34. 75 percent of U.S. courses are open to the public. The NGF says this is the highest public-to-private ration in the country’s history.

Looking ahead to 2018, the NGF sees “a further balancing of supply and demand.” 15 to 25 new course openings, 75 to 100 major renovation projects.

NGF members can access the full report here for free ($199 for non-members)

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Lucas Glover’s wife arrested for domestic violence after allegedly attacking husband for poor play

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Lucas Glover’s wife, Krista, 36, was arrested after allegedly attacking Glover and his mother after he missed the 54-hole cut at The Players Championship, Saturday.

Krista Glover was released on $2,500 bail after spending the night in St. John’s County Jail. She’s slated for a May 31 court date on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery and resisting arrest without violence.

Per the officer’s report, following Glover’s third-round 78 and MDF at Sawgrass, the Glovers had an altercation, which Lucas’ mother, Hershey, attempted to stop. At that point, Krista allegedly began attacking her husband’s mother. Hershey Glover reportedly had cuts and blood on her arms, as did Lucas.

Glover and his mother did not want to press charges, according to reports. Glover reported his wife had been drinking and that she frequently berates him about his poor play, calling him a “‘loser” and other names in front of the couple’s children. 

The three-time PGA Tour winner tweeted the following statement, Sunday.

Per the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Department, full details are available via the arrest report below.

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10 interesting photos from the AT&T Byron Nelson

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The PGA Tour arrives at Trinity Forest Golf Club for the first time as the AT&T Byron Nelson settles into its new home.

To familiarize yourself with this 2016 Coore & Crenshaw design, we have shots from both the front and back nine at this buzzworthy track. Additionally, we have our usual assortment of range photos, as well as WITB looks and shots of J.J. Spaun’s sweet Scotty Cameron. We also got a look at Jordan Spieth’s instructor, Cameron McCormick’s studio, which is extremely cool.

Here are 10 interesting photos from our Monday/Tuesday coverage.

Rumor has it J.J. Spaun thought his “for street use only” custom Cameron merited inclusion in 10 Interesting Photos. He’s not wrong!

Have yourself a Callaway Apex MB, Noah Goodwin! (The reigning U.S. Junior Am champ is in the field on a sponsor’s exemption)

What’s better? Troy Matteson’s headcovers or the bag by his bag? Toss up.

Martin Flores: A man of multiple Scotty Cameron headcovers

What’s going on here? Vintage lefty weapons and more…

Colt Knost’s camp has the beverage situation under control. (Also: great range buckets)

Not sure of the owner, by strong headcover game

Ireland’s Seamus Power’s custom Accra shaft

Cameron McCormick hangs banners for his students’ achievements. There are many.

PSA: You have to see our shots of Trinity Forest

Check out all our photos from Monday and Tuesday at Lord Byron’s tournament.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the photos below

 

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