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Forum Thread of the Day: “Why are people walking away from the game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from dedicated2journey, who shared with fellow GolfWRX members his reasons for why some people are walking away from the game. The entire thread is a fascinating read, which developed into a broad debate about the growth of the sport, with plenty of excellent arguments and counter-arguments made. If you have some free time over the weekend, you’ll want to get stuck into this discussion.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire debate and have your say at the link below.

  • mark174ace: “I will also say taking lessons from a good teacher who will give you good swing habits can pay dividends for a long, long time. People would spend far less on clubs if they spent more money on lessons and understood their own swing. Their scores would improve, and their mishits would not be as bad so there would be no b.s. psychological need for a new club that will make your problems go away.”
  • DDG61: “Am I one of the few that cares very little about the overall “growth” of the game? Other than my seven-year-old daughter I couldn’t care less how many people are exposed to, interested in or committed to golf. Presuming the Tiger era was the large growth what difference does it make if we go back to pre Tiger levels? The game will still be around, ready for all those willing and able.”
  • Swisstrader98: “New generation of youth view golf and golfers as stodgy and rigid. Proper dress codes, no music allowed on most courses, having to wear polo collared shirts, a rulebook that even the pros can’t quite decipher and on and on. If we don’t change or at least greatly simplify the rules and make golf exciting or cool, we will continue to see less interest.”
  • Lancj1: “I honestly think we need to introduce the availability of playing 3, 4, 5, 9 holes. I’m a club member and live very close to my course. I have a lot of fun in summer taking a carry bag out and playing “my” 5 hole loop. To enable me to do that I have to be a full member on 7-day membership. If my son comes for a walk with me, he’s not allowed to hit a ball.”
  • wrmiller: “I wouldn’t say golf is dying. More like it is on a diet and needs to lose a few pounds.”

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  1. Tony

    Nov 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I have been playing for over 20 years. It is very expensive, even for the serious golfer. I for one have had all my golf partners move too far away in our area, or some of the guys I play with are terrible and really slow the round up. I really enjoy just going out to play alone, but that often means later in the afternoon. P.S. I made a equipment change this summer with PXG clubs purchased through the PXG for Heros Program. Best clubs I have ever played.

  2. Speedy

    Nov 17, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    For newbies, golf’s frustrating, expensive, and time consuming. Fewer audition golf.
    For oldies, golf’s evolved beyond their acceptable price point. More are leaving earlier.
    For those who remain at some level, driving ranges are the most obvious option.

  3. 8thehardway

    Nov 17, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Prep – Golf laundry, clean clubs & shoes — 1 hour
    Change into/out of golf clothes — 30 minutes
    Commute to/from course — 1 hour
    arrive an hour early (pay, load up cart, warm up) — 1 hour
    PLAY — 5 hours
    post-round bragging, taunting, settle bets — 30 minutes

    TOTAL TIME — 9 hours

    • da judge

      Nov 17, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      …. versus staying home with yer nagging wife and nasty kids… watching TV in the basement rec room and drinking beer and eating popcorn… watching football… burp

  4. da judge

    Nov 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Most of the world’s 50 million ‘golfers’ can’t break 100…. they only play for ‘fun’…. and now the fun is gone because they can’t buy instant gratification. Also most of them are non-athletic failures with pot bellies. They can’t even walk. Golf, the sport of last resort.

    • James

      Nov 16, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Sounds like you are not golfer. How’s your belly looking these days?

      • da judge

        Nov 17, 2018 at 6:18 pm

        My belly is 6-pack slim…. I musta hit a nerve with you and your fat pregnant belly.

    • MT

      Nov 17, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      What do you mean by “ they can’t buy instant gratification”

      • da judge

        Nov 18, 2018 at 7:31 pm

        Instant results and gratification from their new set of PXGs, P790s, etc., … without realizing that to master a golfswing takes many years, decades, of dedicated conditioning, practice and playing. Most who play golf are non-athletic dweebs who have more money than physical ability.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your favorite blade irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow members what their favorite blade irons are. Our members discuss what blades they consider to be best for them, and why, while also contributing plenty of great photos of their prized possessions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • greenpiece: “MP-14 is my all-time favorite. Great feel, turf interaction, and control.”
  • BMC: “The Callaway 2018 Apex MB feel incredible and are fairly easy to hit. I started playing blades in 1988 – Wilson Staff fluid feel. Those Apexes are sweet.”
  • bodhi555: “I’d say any of the models Nike brought out when they were in the game – the OGs, VR TW or VR Pros. Current favourites are the VR Pros, usual great Nike looks and crisp feel, but the grooves are savage and put unreal amounts of spin on the ball. No harder to hit than a player’s CB either. Only challenge is finding a decent set. It took me 18 months of scouring eBay and Golfbidder to find mine.”
  • bfp9: “My favorites: 2006 Hogan Apex. OG Nike Blades. Taylormade RAC TP MB. Mizuno MP-32. I’ve only hit older blades as you can see. I tried the PXG experiment, and that failed, so I’m sticking to what I know. To me old blades = new blades. Nothing has changed significantly enough to warrant new ones for me, except the grooves wearing thin on my Hogans.”
  • kiwi1982: “MP-69. Traditional, proper weighting, great feel.”

Entire Thread: “Your favorite blade irons?”

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New irons from Mizuno”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases new irons that are on the way from Mizuno. Reportedly two years away from being released, but that hasn’t stopped our members from discussing and speculating on the new irons from the Japanese manufacturers.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • halfsumo: “I told myself no new irons until the new MP line comes out. Chris Voshall on TXG’s youtube said something along the lines that the new irons are “not what you’d typically expect from Mizuno”….”
  • deep18: “The one on the left in the bottom pic kinda looks like a 919 Tour.”
  • BlackM00Nlight: “Bottom picture, iron on the right appears to have a beveled leading edge, CB design, and chrome finish.”

Entire Thread: “New irons from Mizuno”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Masters fashion commentary”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from manku who opened the forum for a discussion on the best and worst of fashion exhibited at the 2019 Masters. Our members discuss the good, the bad and the ugly on show at last week’s opening major of the year, with some items, such as Adam Scott’s pleated pants, dividing opinion.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • alecfeltman: ” Adams pants worry me. Go back to the tailored slim version. He was dressing like a king until the masters. Rory looks great. Good fit and style. I’m a fan. I don’t understand the new cotton shirts from Nike. Jason Day on Thursday was odd, Friday he did good. TW – I’m a fan this week. I still don’t get why Patrick Reed is sponsored by Nike? That guy needs to wear some brand like Loudmouth. Koepka loves those crazy hats – I dig it. What is the connection between Nike “Snake Pack” and Augusta? I don’t see it. Can someone explain?”
  • elpadidji: “Went here after I saw Adam Scott, thought he looked super good. Got some Arnold Palmer vibes from him.”
  • hardcalier: “Kind of a bad week for fashion in my opinion. Adam Scott’s pants were super baggy like 3 out of 4 days. Tiger looked like he dusted off his wardrobe from 15 years ago. Fortunately, his game from 15 years ago came with it. Adidas stuff is pretty plain, never looks great but never looks awful either. Jason Day looks a little heavy in plaid. Koepka’s print hats were terrible.”
  • Yanki01: “Adam Scott who usually keeps it simple and clean looked hideous. Same for Jason Day and the yellow pants. Not sure if it was the old school look he was going for, but the AM shoes didn’t flow well. Some classic shoes maybe would have helped with some trimmed pants. Justin Thomas was best dressed and usually always is.”

Entire Thread: “Masters fashion commentary”

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