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Forum Thread of the Day: “Which clubs will you never sell, and why?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from theothertwo, who asks fellow GolfWRX members to reveal the clubs they own that they will never sell, and their reason why. The thread contains a mix of modern and rarer clubs, with some great stories behind why they mean so much to our members.

  • MattyO1984: “Scotty Cameron Newport Tel3, Titleist 975D, Titleist 714CB’s – I got them from Paul Lawrie, so they are sticking. Titleist 990B 2 iron – a reminder of how hard I used to make golf by playing clubs that were impossible for me to hit well often enough.”
  • leo the lion: “Two Odyssey Dual Force Wedges – 52 and 56 – with stronomic inserts. Still the spiniest wedges I have ever used. Bettinardi QB8…………My mum passed away earlier this year, and her name was Betty. She was the ‘Queen Bee’ of the family. Just a reminder sitting in my bag of what a great Mum I had.”
  • JonT: “So true, my son bought me a used set of MP30’s many years back, and I loved them; went through a bad spell and sold them thinking I wasn’t up to the demands of hitting that sweet spot anymore. Bought them again this year, after eight years away, and I am in love again. Won’t sell them again.”
  • Tad: “Set of Srixon I701 tours, and an Odyssey White Ice #1 putter, All were In my little brother’s bag when he passed away seven years ago from Cancer. He was the one who got me into golf 26 years ago.”

Entire Thread: “Which clubs will you never sell, and why?”

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Dennis Marth

    Dec 31, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    When I was 15 I fell in love with a putter in the pro shop of my home course. I convinced the pro to let me try the putter on the front nine. I went around in 12 putts and bought it at the turn. The putter was a Spalding “Cash-In” putter, the year was 1965 and it’s still the only putter I’ve ever needed. Every other aspect of the game has changed, but a comfortable putter is still your best friend on the course.

  2. Bert Gwaltney

    Dec 29, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Original Ping Anser II Nickel Putter

  3. TR3

    Dec 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Mizuno TP 19’s ( Faldo’s,) Titleist PT 13, ping BeCU 56/60 wedges ( not +) and original Scottsdale Answer putter. All flawless, none work !! But good in office bag!.

  4. Jim Gift

    Dec 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I will never sell my 2015 Great Big Bertha woods with Kuro Kage 50 Tini shafts, my Callaway XR irons w/Speedstep 80 shafts, and my Titleist Vokey SM4 Oil Can wedges, along with my Scotty Cameron putter. Why, because I love the sound and feel of the woods and irons, and I also like the fade adjustability of the Driver, I love the look and spin of the wedges, and the putter is a keeper for the long term.

    Jim

  5. Tom Newsted

    Dec 28, 2018 at 7:05 am

    My original Eye 2 sand wedge. It still has great stopping ability thanks to the square groves and gives me tons of confidence in both sand and flop shots.

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Top 5 golf grips of all time

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Tour Velvet Cord Golf Grip

Grips might seem simple, but there is a lot that goes into making good ones. From formulating compounds, and adding color, to creating tooling to make sure they hit all of the required specs. Grips are often the most overlooked part of a golf club, and they shouldn’t be. The grip is the singular connection you as a player have with your clubs, and it should offer equal amounts of control and comfort, depending on how often you play and the weather conditions.

Yes, golfers generally pay a lot of attention to their putter grip,s but when it comes to the rest of a set, many golfers will just say “give me whatever is stock,” which is not a great idea.

These are the top-five grips of all time.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Tour velvet Cord Grips

How could we begin to talk about great grips without starting with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord? It’s the gold standard of durable all-weather performance. A soft rubber infused with a tight-weave cotton twill fiber (cord) adds additional traction that you just can’t get from an all-rubber grip on its own. It’s the most-used cord grip on tour and a favorite of golfers needing weather defying traction. (Honourable mention the classic non-corded Tour Velvet)

Winn Grips Excel

Winn Excel soft golf grip

The Winn Excel might not be the most durable or best all-weather grip ever made, but I challenge anyone to find a grip that offers greater comfort for fair-weather golfers, or players needing maximum shock absorption. The Winn Excel is Winn’s number-one selling grip of all time by a large margin, and speaking from experience, I have installed my fair share of full cases of these back in my big box retail golf days. From Winn “The Excel grip has been hailed by arthritic and hand fatigue sufferers as the reason they can still play golf.” With that in mind any product that is able to help golfers enjoy the game more belongs on the list!

Lamkin Crossline Cord

Another cord grip might seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Grip aficionados will tell you right away why they prefer the Lamkin Crossline Cord over others on the market. The taper is slightly different, the cord is a bit rougher, and for those in need of anything bigger than a standard grip—the Lamkin Crossline Cord is the ONLY full cord grip on the market that comes in an oversized option (weighing in at a whopping 76g). That alone makes it unique and earns its spot in the top five.

Iomic Sticky

Iomic Stick Golf Grips

Bold, colorful, and tacky are all words best used to describe the Iomic Sticky grip. It was one of, if not the first, mainstream grips in North America to offer a HUGE selection of color options and there’s a scientific reason why. Iomic grips are made from an elastomer resin, which is neutral in color: this means that any change to the color won’t change the weight of the grip, and that means you can mix and match up your set without having to worry about changing feel. It also gives grip designers endless freedom to come up with wild combinations too. According to Iomic, the elastomer resin offers a number of distinct advantages over rubber which includes lower torque, greater durability, and all-weather traction.

Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound

Golf Pride New Decade golf grips

Easily making its way into the top five is the Multi-Compound or as many call them the NDMCs. This grip was a game-changer for Golf Pride and the industry as a whole. It made grips “show up” on TV and got regular golfers to rethink their grip buying habits from just plain rubber to multi-material colorful options. From a performance perspective, the NDMC offers the best of both worlds, cord on the top (gloved hand) and a softer material under the bottom hand for additional traction and comfort.  Still considered a premium option, you can find New Decade grips on a lot of OEM stock products.

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are their any grips you think belong in the top five that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be?

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from SMAC43 who created a topic dedicated to Tour player’s love of Vokey wedges. SMAC43 asks fellow members just why so many Tour pros choose to play Vokey wedges, and WRXers weigh in with their reasoning.

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

  • Downtown_Brown_4: “I think it has a lot to do with Aaron Dill. He’s able to take feedback from the players and custom grind anything they could ever want.”
  • straightshot7: “Vokey is probably what most of them played with as a junior and in college. Some guys don’t like to tinker with their short game equipment. Vokey is tried and true.”
  • Matty01984: “Vokey’s definitely seem to be the most popular wedge out there, and they have been for some time. The grind options and the guys that Titleist have working for them are definitely a big part of that. Interesting to see them cropping up in bags of guys that are on staff with other companies.”
  • Pepperturbo: “Remember, next to putters, wedges are the most used clubs on the PGA Tour. For that reason, Tour players replace wedges multiple times per year. A few players with contracts have been known to replace them every two-three months. However, if a tour player uses forged wedges, they are replaced more often because the sole and grooves wear quite fast with excessive use; cast not so much. I played forged for years before switching to Vokey SM6 when they were introduced; still have them in the bag too, even though I practice near daily with the LW. Last but just as important. Even though wedge grooves wear a good player can still spin the ball. Spin is about how you impact the ball and speed.”

Entire Thread: “Tour professionals and their Vokey wedges”

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Henrik Stenson WITB 2019

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2019 Houston Open.

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62 (unconfirmed)

henrik stenson witb 2019-driver

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 TX

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Irons: Callaway Legacy Black (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Wedges: Callaway MD3 (46-08S), Callaway Jaws MD5 (52-10S, 58-08C)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X

henrik stenson witb 2019-3-wood

Putter: Odyssey O Works #7
Grip: Garsen Max

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Wrap Cord

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