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FTF: Scorching hot takes on the Mickelson vs. Sutton spat

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The GolfWRX forums exist so golfers have access to the latest equipment releases, hottest discussions, real equipment reviews, best instruction, new technologies and everything golf you can imagine. So if you love golf, the GolfWRX forums are your sanctuary.

In the From the Forums weekly feature, we bring you the hottest, most buzz-worthy topics from our forums for your convenience. I’ll be your trusty tour guide to navigate the latest buzz. Here’s a peek behind the curtain into golf’s sanctuary.

WRXers discuss Phil going full Mickelson with Ryder Cup criticisms

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User chrismikayla started a thread about Phil Mickelson’s comments regarding the setup at the Tour Championship not being good preparation for the Ryder Cup (i.e. long rough), as well as his remarks about the process of selecting final captain’s pick. And before the thread even hit three pages of replies, Lefty was at the microphone again with additional criticism, this time from Hazeltine.

Phil essentially threw 2004 Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton under the bus when discussing the importance of the captaincy in the Ryder Cup, saying Sutton should have told him/Tiger Woods sooner that they’d be paired together in foursomes play so they could practice with one another’s golf balls.

Sutton has since responded, telling Phil he ought to focus on the task at hand, not what happened 12 years ago. Mickelson has since apologized. Some hot takes on a hot situation in this one. Check out the thread.

TW’s shoes: Love ‘em? Hate ‘em?

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GolfWRX is on site at Hazeltine, and there are plenty of galleries of on-course and inside the ropes in the forums. With Tiger Woods returning to the public sphere for the longest sustained period of time in more than a year, he’ll attract plenty of attention.

Case in point: This widely viewed thread about the Nike footwear El Tigre was strolling the driving range in (please refrain from any comparisons to the Curry 2 Low “Chef Curry”).

See the shoes, read the thread.

The ole “tour issue” question

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User PerservingGolf has dedicated a thread to something equipment enthusiasts have wondered about for years: Why can’t we buy the same equipment Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth plays? Beyond an explanation for why companies don’t release limited runs of “tour issue” stuff, the thread gets to the heart of the question: How similar are the clubs that the aforementioned DJ and Jordan Spieth are playing to the off-the-rack models?

Good discussion of an age-old — or at least decade-old — question.

Check out the thread.

Everyday (golf) carry

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If you’re familiar with the pocketdump blog (now a website too) Everyday Carry, in which men photograph/obsess about what they carry daily in their pockets, you’ll appreciate this thread. Simple concept: Answer the question “What do you carry in your pockets when you play golf?”

The responses, and the logic, might surprise you.

See the thread.

Asking the big questions…

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In addition to topics of more minor significance, the GolfWRX forums are also a place where the big issues in the game are debated. User MaccaRayDudley writes:

“The number of active golfers has dropped back to the pre-Tiger Woods level. The number of active golfers has dropped by about 7 million players since 2005.  The world’s largest golf retailer (Golfsmith) is on the verge of bankruptcy and the two largest sports equipment companies (Adidas and Nike) have both decided to divest themselves of their golf [equipment] businesses. The golf industry is in a lot of trouble.”

Referencing the cost of the game as a major impediment in the U.S., MaccaRay asks for community takes on the decline in participation and WRXers don’t disappoint.

Check out the thread.  

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  1. Dave r

    Oct 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Wa. ,,,,,,,,,,

  2. Jim

    Oct 7, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Whining about nonsense like that – flat out overthinking it tothe point it’s still in his head -Whining about wanting to be paid, how much money the wives & GF’s got for their champagne limo mall shopping day, whining about the shirts & waterproof gear about as waterproof as Bounty is why we kept getting waxed. When I heard that this year I thought we’d get smoked again.

    He should have known there was no way they WOULDN’T have been paired together and reached out IF it was such a big deal

  3. larrybud

    Oct 1, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I’m sure the ball was at fault when Phil hit one off the planet on 18….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwpkFGcxVPk

  4. Matt

    Sep 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Phil was being honest and I have no problem with it. Hal Sutton’s explanation on why he paired Tiger & Phil together illuminates his inadequacies as a captain.

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What’s the most forgiving and longest driver you’ve played in past 5 years? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the most forgiving and longest driver they’ve played over the past 5 years. WRXer ‘bogeykibg’ poses the question and also asks “does forgiveness mean shorter?”, and our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject in our forum.

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.

  • Kai Slater: “The Callaway Rogue ST Max driver is the most forgiving/long driver that I’ve personally tried.  It’s my current driver and, although, I see no reason to change, I’m very curious about trading up to the AI Smoke when the prices drop later this year.”
  • Ger21: “Srixon ZX5 LS MK II. Remarkably forgiving.”
  • scooterhd2: “If we are talking about average on course distance, and not max distance, or good hits on a sim, then its G400MAX. Theres no rollout in the woods or the lake. Hit em straight.”

Entire Thread: “What’s the most forgiving and longest driver you’ve played in past five years? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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What club purchase has more impact on overall game: Driver or putter? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether a driver or putter purchase has more impact on the game of a player who regularly shoots in the 70s.

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.

  • hammergolf: “It’s always baffled me that guys will spend $500 at the drop of a hat to hit it 8 yds further, but will balk at spending that same $500 on a putter that could improve their score much more.”
  • WipeyFade: “I think with both it’s more about forgiveness than anything. I guess it would depend on which you mishit the most. In my opinion the only difference between a 10 year old driver and a new driver is going to be the forgiveness level. Same with putters.”
  • rooski: “The technology of a newer driver will do much more in forgiveness than any putter technology that has come out since they were shafted with wood (other than maybe L.A.B, that’s some real stuff). That being said, if you currently don’t like your putter, I would upgrade it first given that you seem to enjoy your current driver. If your current driver/putter are roughly equal, I’d go driver first.”
  • sheepdawg: “I’m a whole lot more finicky with drivers. I can putt pretty decent with most anything. Driver has to suit me just so.”

Entire Thread: “What club purchase has more impact on overall game: Driver or Putter? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Most forgiving players irons? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing players irons. WRXer ‘NorthTXGolf’ is on the hunt for some new irons but is putting a priority on forgiveness, and has reached out to fellow members who have been sharing their thoughts and advice on the subject in our forum.

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.

  • Sam217: “i230 has got to be one of the most forgiving players irons available. Cobra King Tour another. Don’t sleep on the New Level 480 DB coming out soon.”
  • RangeBaller: “ZX5/ZX7 and i230 should definitely be in your testing pool.”
  • YAMS49: “Another I210 homie here… Very highly recommended if you want/need spin and a consistent yardage.”
  • golf-RN: “I second the Cobra King Tour irons. I am not the greatest ballstriker by any stretch of the imagination and I find the King Tours very forgiving. Toe strikes might lose 5 or 6 yards with no directional loss. You definitely feel the miss though lol but mishits from the center aren’t punished too hard regarding distance.”

Entire Thread: “Most forgiving Players irons? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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