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Forum Thread of the Day: “Clubs that have completely blown you away, either for good reasons or bad?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from TXTrapLord who asks WRXers which clubs they had hit that they were blown away by, either for good reasons or bad. Our members give their detailed insight into the clubs that made huge impacts on them in both positive and negative ways.

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.

  • AG12: “TS2 woods for sure. Never played any Titleist woods prior to the TS line and honestly wasn’t even considering them. Went into a PGA SS locally in December of last year and loved the sound, feel and ball flight I was getting from them. Testing the TS woods vs the new offerings this year and nothing beat them for me.”
  • 1Mordrid1: “I will post one to the bad side. After playing Ping G700’s, I could not believe how bad the i500’s were. The G700’s flat out perform and achieve everything a “hollow cavity” iron should. Unfortunately for some, the blade length is just too long, and the sound and feel are not for everyone. The i500 sound was a little better, the feel was better, but the design just makes no sense. A hollow-body iron with a higher CG is negating the whole purpose of a hollow cavity design.”
  • zed: “Epic Flash 3 wood, they nailed it. Evenflow shaft works well with it for me.”
  • Yuck: “S55 irons. Dropped my handicap by more than half in 20 rounds.”
  • TServos: “The only clubs that made me think that the PGA Superstore simulator was maybe accurate are the Ping BluePrint irons. Every swing felt beautiful, and when the simulator showed that I hit a 7 iron 190 yards with a little draw and a 4 iron 220, my first reaction wasn’t ‘yeah, right.’ I’ve played I-25’s for the last 7 years, and I’m looking hard at the Blueprints. But are they really the best iron for a player of my modest skills?

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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. Gerald Teigrob

    Nov 8, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    For me, switching from Adams clubs to Cobra has been huge! I play two Bio Cell sets and I swear by them! I can play both the stiff and regular steel sets so that’s a bonus! I can also play the Baffler XL 4 and 5 irons which is a bonus! After two years of playing these irons, I feel I have turned the corner on my game! Now I just need some fine-tuning! I would also put in a big plug for the Baffler XL 3 wood! It’s been a game-changer for me! As for wedges, the Z Spin TaylorMade 54 and 60-degree wedges have done wonders for my game!

  2. Pinedawg

    Oct 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Good-original Callaway Steelhead. Bad-recent Steelhead.

  3. Alex

    Oct 30, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Loved the chrome soft til they started randomly flying greens by 20 yards with short irons every once in awhile. Love the feel, love the distance, love the feel on and around greens…but I can’t trust them and for that it’s out for good.

  4. Richard Douglas

    Oct 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Wishon Sterling Irons. Put them in the bag 3 years ago and I’ll never go back to traditional irons.

    Bloodline putter. Absolutely changed (for the better) aligning putts.

    Callaway Chrome Soft with Truvis.

    (Hey, all of those are in my bag right now!)

    All-time: Cleveland VAS 792 irons. Straight, straight, straight. Soft for a cast club. Probably one or two clubs shorter than today’s irons, but great back in the day.

    • Chris Prendergast

      Oct 30, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Interesting. I tried sterling 3 years ago and consistently come back to them. Just last week I think they became the permanent gamers. Even the 4i performs perfectly for me.

  5. Alex

    Oct 29, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Bettinardi BB40 half mallet putter felt like a piece of sheet metal hitting a rock and the Taylormade Penta ball from awhile back was so bad in the wind I traded them for used pro V1s. On the good side Ping Rapture driver and an SM5 58 m grind bent to 59 with bounce ground out to 6 that stop and dropped everything and was a bunker machine.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Courses that are now obsolete on Tour due to power in the game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Titleist99 who asks WRXers if they feel some golf courses are now obsolete on Tour due to the ever-growing power element in the game. Some of our members list tracks which they think will struggle to host majors again, while others explain why they feel every famous course still has its place on the calendar.

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.

  • oikos1: “The courses aren’t obsolete because most fans enjoy seeing a course overpowered. Golf traditionalists may not like it but just look at other sports today. Sure, a no-no, once it gets to the 7th becomes interesting, but most fans want to see homers and runs scored. Same in basketball, no one wants a pro game ending at 60-54 and football clearly is shooting for high scoring passing affairs. The majority of golf fans just don’t want to watch pro’s grind it out every week. They want to cheer for birdies and eagles. They want to see if the impossible is possible, the potential for crazy good. Bring on the 54 in golf! So no, golf courses aren’t becoming obsolete. PGA Tour attendance has been on the rise the last three years. If anything, they are looking at ways to make the events bigger and will seek venues that allow for just that.”
  • LICC: “Some former Majors courses that are now too short for the majors: St. Louis, Canterbury, Northwood, Prestwick, Myopia, Five Farms, Wannamoisett, Chicago Golf Club.”
  • Obee: “The problem with the shorter courses is that the Tour players don’t like having driver taken out of their hands. And that’s really all it is. They get ‘bored.’I get it; it does take away a large part of the game. But I would love to see them play more short courses were drivers taken out of their hands on a good number of holes. But as far as ‘obsolete’ goes. None of the courses are obsolete. They are just different.”
  • NJpatbee: “Course design and not just length add to the difficulty of a course. Pine Valley will never host a pro tournament because of their inability to handle the crowds; I would speculate that even the regular tees would be a challenge for the PGA Tour pros. The Championship Tees would be a bear. Now, I have never played there, but I am available if any member wishes to invite me!”
  • Titleist99: “PGA TOUR might want to add a little rough to protect our classic courses..”

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Jason Dufner WITB 2019

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Jason Dufner WITB is accurate as of the 2019 RSM Classic 

Driver: Cobra King F9 Speedback (10.5 @9.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 65-TX (45.75”)jason-dufner-witb

3-wood: Cobra SpeedZone (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 75-TX (tip 1”, 43”)

7-wood: Titleist 915F (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX

4-iron: Cobra King Forged Utility
Shaft: LAGP Proto Rev A

  • Note: Dufner also has a set-matching King Forged 4-iron in the bag, leading us to assume the 4-iron is a game-time decision.

Irons: Cobra King Forged CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Wedges: Cobra Raw Custom (52, 56 degrees), Cobra King MIM (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport Circa 2001
Grip: Super Stroke Pistol GTR Tour


Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Super Stroke S-Tech Cord

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GolfWRX Spotted: Prototype Callaway Apex MB

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Callaway Prototype blade 2020 MB

“Its the most wonderful time fo the year” I’m talking testing and prototype season on the PGA Tour as we head into the winter break. At the RSM Classic, we spotted what looks to be some early Callaway prototype irons in the bag of Aaron Wise.

We’ve seen a few different Callaway Prototype MBs in players’ bags this year including a “special Japanese forged” version made for a few players, including Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari, and more recently, Maverick McNealy.

The new Prototype MB/Blade has all the telltale signs of a traditional Callaway-shaped blade including the thinner hosel-to-top transition—also known as the crotch of the iron—rounded lines, high toe, and short heel-to-toe length. What makes it a unique Callaway iron, of course, is the noticeable screw in the back of the head behind the center of gravity.

This design feature is not new, and for many gear junkies probably brings back memories of the original Adams Pro Black MB irons or the 2011 TaylorMade MBs.

 

By using a weight screw instead of traditional tip weights to get the club to spec, there is zero chance of moving the center of gravity horizontally towards the heel of the club. It helps add mass to improve feel. In most cases, a blade/MB iron from any OEM is built as a showpiece in a classic design. If we are looking at the new Apex MB from Callaway as a potential release in 2020, sticking to a classic style can be a great thing.

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