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The Top-10 GolfWRX Stories of 2014

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At GolfWRX, we aim to satisfy all of your golfing needs. Need the best info on equipment, instruction and news from the tours? We cover all that and more on our front page and in our forums.

This holiday season, our staff began reminiscing on all the happenings of 2014. Eventually, they started talking about their favorite stories and debating which ones were the best. So went the fight for the stories that created the Top-10 GolfWRX Stories of 2014.

Congratulations to the writers who made the cut, and a big THANK YOU to all of the Forum Members and Featured Writers who’ve helped GolfWRX become the awesome golf community that it is.

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Story: What’s it really like when tour players hit new clubs for the first time?
Author: Zak Kozuchowski

Go behind the scenes with GolfWRX Managing Editor Zak Kozuchowski at TaylorMade’s 2014 Ad Shoot, where Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Justin Rose and others tested the company’s R15, AeroBurner and RSi products for the first time.

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Story: The 3 most important areas of your golf body 
Author: Nick Randall

Even if you’re not interested in golf fitness, there’s something for you to learn from this story. Golf fitness expert Nick Randall identifies the three areas of your body that will help you maximize your on-course performance and minimize the time you spend in the gym.

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Story: Timeless tips to beat the cold: GolfWRX Guide to Winter Golf
Author: Rusty Cage

If you live in a cold place and play golf, this GolfWRX Guide is for you. It’s the best collection of cold-weather golf tips on the internet.

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Story: How to actually stay down through the shot
Author: Dennis Clark

“Hit down on it.” Every golfer in the world has said those words to a fellow golfer at one time or another, but what does “hitting down” actually mean? PGA Master Professional Dennis Clark explains.

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Story: Patrick Reed’s homophobic slur is a big deal
Author: Ben Alberstadt

GolfWRX Staff Writer Ben Alberstadt was one of the first journalists to take a stance on Patrick Reed’s choice of words after a missed putt in China. His opinion piece became the most commented story of the year of GolfWRX.

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Story: Barney Adams: Straight answers about equipment costs
Author: Barney Adams

Adams Golf Founder Barney Adams says it straight. GolfWRX readers have learned that through his column that offers an insider’s look at the golf equipment industry and the golf industry as a whole. This story about equipment costs is our favorite, but we recommend that you catch up on all of his stories.

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Story: Impact location by handicap
Author: Tom Stickney II

A little foot powder spray went a long way in this story, and shows us how impact location differs between golfers of different skill levels. It also confirms the theory that poor golfers hit the ball all over the face, while better golfers are more consistent.

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Story: What happens when you hit a shot off the cart path?
Author: Rob Rashell 

Ever find your ball on the cart path and want to play it as it lies? Here’s the science of what happens when you give it a go.

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Story: What’s Your Hidden Gem?
Author: Andrew Tursky

GolfWRX was created to be a place where golfers can share their opinions on all things golf. Assistant Editor Andrew Tursky took that mission to heart with this story about a course he discovered in the Hawaiian Islands. He asked GolfWRXers to share their “hidden gem,” or golf’s version of a great hole-in-the-wall pizza joint.

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Story: Our game’s obsession with fast greens is killing us
Author: Bob Carney

Playing a course with fast greens is a status symbol for many golfers, but GolfWRX Contributor Bob Carney sees it a different way. His story about the damaging effects of quick putting surfaces.

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  1. Mad-Mex

    Dec 27, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Just lost all respect for this site after seeing that the Taylormade add, I mean “article” make the top 10, guess you spend enough on advertising,,,,

  2. Preston

    Dec 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Really questioning how the ranking was done. The patrick reed issue was really a non issue. The players reaction to new TM equipment was blown off as a sales ad.

  3. DatSliceDoe

    Dec 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    KINGLEO?

  4. Mlecuni

    Dec 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Sad for golfwrx to see patrick reed slur in the top 10. This website deserves better articles.

    • Martin

      Dec 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      I agree completely.

      It was really a non-story.

      This was #6 and Tiger basically missing the year and be the subject or 7,568,763 individual threads somehow isn’t.

      • graymulligan

        Dec 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

        No, it wasn’t a “non-story”. It was a story that was on the year end list of 2 other golf publications as well. A golfer using a slur on the course is a big deal, whether it personally offends you or not.

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The Wedge Guy: Is lighter always longer?

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One of the continuing trends in golf clubs – particularly drivers – is the pursuit of increasingly lighter shafts; this obsessive goal has given us the premise that the lighter the club, the faster you can swing it. And that idea is driven by the relentless pursuit of distance at all levels, and for all golfers.

But as long as he is, for example, Dustin Johnson ran away with the Masters because he was exactly that – a “master” at ball control and precision. DJ outperformed almost everyone in the field in terms of fairways and greens. That gave him more birdie putts, better looks because of his precise approach shots, and many fewer tough par saves.

But my topic today is to pose the question: “Is lighter really the key to being longer for all of us “recreational” golfers?”
Let me begin by saying that “recreational” doesn’t mean any lack of seriousness or dedication to the game. Hitting better shots and shooting lower scores is the goal for all of us who care about our golf games, right? What I mean is that we do not make our living playing the game. We do not practice incessantly. We do not spend hours at the gym every day specifically preparing our bodies to optimize our golf skills.

Today I’m going to put on my “contrarian” cap and challenge this assumption of “lighter is longer” on a couple of bases.
First, if you watch every accomplished player, you will see that the body core rotation is fast enough to “beat” the hands and clubhead to the ball. All instructors agree that the big muscles of the legs and body core are the key to power and repeatability in the golf swing. The faster you can rotate your body through impact, the more power you generate, which flows down the arms, through the hands and shaft and to the clubhead. This is a basic law of “golf swing physics”.

The simple fact is, the speed at which you can fire these big muscles is not going to be measurably impacted by removing another half ounce or less of weight from your driver. But what that removal of weight can do is to possibly allow for your hands to be faster, which would aggravate the problem I see in most mid- to high-handicap players. That problem is that their body core is not leading the swing, but rather it is following the arms and hands through impact.

Secondly, speed without precision is essentially worthless to you, and likely even counter-productive to your goal of playing better golf. Even with the big 460cc drivers, a miss of the sweet spot by just a half inch can cost you 8-12% of your optimum distance. You could never remove enough weight from the driver to increase your club speed by that amount. So, the key to consistently longer drives is to figure out how to make consistently more precise impact with the ball.

No golf adage is always true, but my experience and observation of thousands of golfers indicates to me that the fastest route to better driver distance is to get more precise with your impact and swing path, and not necessarily increasing your clubhead speed. And that may well be served by moving to a slightly heavier driver, not a lighter one.

I’ll end this by offering that this is not an experiment to conduct in a hitting bay with a launch monitor, but rather by playing a few rounds with a driver that is heavier than your current “gamer”.

Continuing with my “contrarian” outlook on many aspects of golf equipment, the typical driver “fitting” is built around an intense session on a launch monitor, where you might hit 30-40 or more drives in an hour or so. But the reality of golf is that your typical round of golf involves only 12-13 drives hit over a four-hour period, each one affected by a number of outside influences. But that’s an article for another time.

For this week, think about pulling an older, heavier driver from your closet or garage and giving it a go for a round or two and see what happens.

I would like to end today’s post by wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. It’s been a helluva year for all of us, so let’s take some time this week to count our individual and collective blessings.

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TG2: Reviewing the first major OEM (Cobra) 3D-printed putter!

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The first major OEM with a 3D printed putter is Cobra Golf! I took the new Limited Edition King Supersport-35 putter out on the course and found it to be a great performer. Cobra partnered with HP and SIK Putters to create a 3D printed body mated to an aluminum face that features SIK’s Descending Loft technology.

 

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You went to play, now you want to stay: Homes near Cabot Links & Cliffs

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At some point, we’ve all had that moment during a vacation where we look around and think to ourselves, “Instead of visiting, why don’t we just move here?” It always sounds a little crazy in the moment, but really, what’s stopping you?

Like many, I have done this myself, and it leads me down a rabbit hole of golf destination real estate to places all over North America where you get world-class golf minutes from home.

So whether you’re a big spender or looking to downsize and find a cozy hideaway, these homes near Cabot Links & Cliffs have it all.

Homes near Cabot Links & Cliffs

Inverness, Nova Scotia

Steps away

$1,495,000 – 12 Mine Road Inverness MLS Number: 202011562

Location, location, location!

This is currently the most expensive house in Inverness NS, and for good reason. It’s steps away from Cabot Links and overlooks the resort. It’s over 2,600 square feet of beautiful open concept living, and with a local address, you get a discount on tee times at the course, although with its growing popularity, you aren’t guaranteed times like if you stay on the actual property.

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this view every day? Listing: 12 Mine Road – Realtor

Just up the road

$980,000 – 30 Broad Cove Road Inverness, MLS Number: 202010717

If the first one seems a bit crazy, this next one might be right up your alley.

This 4,000 square foot home, is only minutes from Cabot Link and Cliffs and has amazing views that overlook the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It has everything you could want including a large chef’s kitchen and enough room to host friends and family.

Listing: 30 Broad Cove Road – Realtor

Just you and the ocean

$394,000 – 6 Bayberry Road, Port Hood, MLS Number: 202015994

If you like golf but want a little more separation from the Cabot golf resort, less than 20 miles down the road is Port Hood, another quiet seaside town filled with quaint shops and endless views of the ocean.

You can wake up every morning to the sounds of the ocean and the smell of sea air, and when you want to play golf at a top 50 course in the world, you just need to make a relaxing drive along the water to get there—heck, if you are so inclined, and happen to have a boat, you can go almost door to door that way too!

Listing: 6 Bayberry Road – Realtor

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