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Forum Thread of the Day: “Did the ‘Tiger effect’ rattle his opponents on Sunday?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from IamMarkMac, who asks fellow members whether they believe the “Tiger effect” is back. On Sunday, Woods’ main competitors imploded on the par-3 12th hole at Augusta, and IamMarkMac wants to know if the deafening roars heard around the grounds as Woods whipped the patrons into a frenzy during the final round played a pivotal role and rattled the 15-time major champion’s rivals. Our members give their thoughts.

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.

  • redfirebird08: “I think after what we saw with McIlroy & Rose at the Tour Championship along with guys like Molinari & Finau today, you gotta say Tiger’s aura is making at least somewhat of a comeback. I’m writing off Koepka’s double bogey at the 12th as a fluke more than anything. He played very well from 13 through 18 and just did not make enough putts. But even though I’m writing this off as a fluke, I want to see Koepka in a final round of a major staring down Tiger…let’s see how that plays out. They were not in the same group today, and they were not in the same group at 2018 PGA either.”
  • dropkicked: “It’s definitely real. You could see when it impacted BK.. Tiger, almost drains it on 16 and the tee box @ 17 sees and starts going crazy.. The group themselves look back to see what was happening. In the back of his mind he knew he had to make birdie because he knew Tiger was pressing. Even more telling are the interviews with BK, Xander and even Molinari.. They all acknowledge his greatness.. Tiger, knows again that he can win against the new crop of assassins… that confidence being restored is huge.. I see his putting becoming “telepathic” again quite soon.”
  • CAT GOLFER: “I would put it this way; they all know about it. They basically came up trying to emulate that against each other. I think for that reason it has a different effect. No longer is it sheer intimidation; I think it is more like the constant pressure of the aura, it permeates, it’s there everywhere. The biggest difference is I think Tiger believes completely in his game again. And he is managing his health and stamina much better now.”
  • A.Princey: “The fact that Moli, in post-round interview decided to divulge his thoughts on the fans from 12, after rinsing his ball, speaks volumes of what sort of thoughts he’s left with regarding their roars for Tiger. Mr Unflappable is caught up in the moment and has enough focus lost to remember how the fans were reacting to his misfortune, and to then surmise that many were happy for his blunder, seems like an effect of some kind. Just saying. This season will be epic!”

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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. Jose Pinatas

    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    A simple no. They(Koepka, Finau, and Molinari) went at the pin on 12, and that was a mistake. There is nobody to blame but themselves. Tiger went about his game plan and executed perfectly. I personally don’t believe with today’s athletes and their mindsets, there is any sort of intimidation that affects any of them. Now fans(patrons as Augusta calls them) are more tumultuous when Tiger is in the hunt, and may have an impact upon those athletes concentration.

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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.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Deep faced fairway woods?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Mainehacker21 who is in the market for a deep faced fairway wood to primarily use off the tee. Our members give their recommendations to Mainehacker21, with a range of deep faced fairway woods getting a mention.

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.

  • VNutz: “5Deep has been my go to for this. Great deep face for tee shots, extra loft making it more playable off the deck. Such a good club.”
  • ML413: “I bought the G400 Stretch searching for the exact same thing and have been really happy with it.”
  • cardoustie: “x2 hot 3 deep, I carry one for tee shots that require a low shot or a fade, tough off the deck unless you have a perfect lie.”
  • manima1: “If you can find a 2016 M2 “tour issue deep face” that is the best out there. Very low spin so even in 3HL they are bombers, but still elevate easily off the deck. You can find them on eBay. FYI – you know it’s a “deep face” if it has a paint break on the hosel. Another decent option is the 2017 M2 tour head.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 14max who asks WRXers what’s the oldest club in the bag that they regularly use. Our members list the clubs that have been playing the longest and their reasons why – with trust often playing a significant role behind their decision.

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.

  • el_rousso: “I’m still regularly playing an old (about 25+ years old) American Open 56* wedge, the grooves on it are likely too worn to be of any use but it’s still pretty much the club I trust the most around the greens, the rest of my bag is around 2005ish (irons) or 2011ish (woods and other wedges), but I recently pulled the trigger on a driver upgrade…”
  • SecondandGoal: “Odyssey White Steel Tri-Ball SRT. Made in 2007, got it for $25 on Craigslist about 4 years ago. I’ve changed every other club in the bag at least twice since then. Going to be hard-pressed to get this out of the bag.”
  • lefty1978: “I don’t always bag this club anymore. But I have a 17° Controller driving iron from around 1999. I like it because it hits low running bullets.”
  • James the Hogan Fan: “Putter- 65ish years old, Irons from 2003, Woods from 2008, Driver from 2014, Wedges from 2016, but, one from 2002. Quite the mix I’d say.”
  • ChipNRun: “A few years ago, it was a Ping Pal putter from circa 1973. I sent Ping a photo of the clubhead for verification: they said it was legit, they just couldn’t tell what batch it came from due to primitive data markings. Until about a year ago, I played Callaway X20 Tours (2008 origin); CPreO sold me a display set in 2011. Right now, the Tour Edge XRail 7W (2012) – and sometimes its brother 4W – hold the record.”

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