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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 are the best Srixon irons? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Srixon irons. WRXer ‘dgarland’ wants to know what our members feel are the best recent Srixon irons but doesn’t want blades included in the conversation. Our members have been sharing their picks 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.

  • MMB1500: “745s all day. I still play my set frequently, despite also having the ZX-5s.”
  • dmeeksDC: “I like the clean look of the 745 the most, and the performance can’t be beaten.”
  • BCULaw: “Z785 for me. It was just a perfect blend of forged feel with unexpected distance and forgiveness. I had a set of z745s and two sets of zx7s. Both were really nice sets, but I enjoyed the 785s more and played better golf with them.”
  • T.B.: “The 585 are basically point and shoot for me. Very predictable. I’ve hit lots of irons trying to find something better and just keep going back to these. All that said, lol, I have plans on this winter finding some ZX5 heads and shafting them up.”

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Best blades on the market today? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing current blades on the market. WRXer ‘MrMccormack’ is on the hunt for a new set of irons and kicks off the thread saying:

“In the market for a new set of blades, and I figured I’d gauge the thoughts from you all. To start – I am not a fan of any major OEM’s current blade model. Mizuno, Taylormade, Titleist…you name it. I’m obviously being picky here, but who isn’t looking for the perfect shape?

I’ve started looking at JDM options, including Seven, Fujimoto, Kyeoi, Epon, etc. I’ve had a set of Miura 001’s, but I couldn’t stand the sole. The Seven MBs look perfect, but I think we all know about the price tag.

Curious about your opinions on the matter. Thanks for your help in advance!”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions 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.

  • stephenmatt: “The Mizuno Pro 221s are the best looking, in my opinion.”
  • Lucho8: “Wilson Staff Blades.”
  • bodhi555: “If I had to get some new blades, I’d arrange a demo session with the following: Titleist 620 MB: Have tried them before and loved the feel and consistency. Not the softest blades known to man, but they perform well. – TM P7-TW: My assumption on these is that they’re the VR Pros with a TM badge on them, hence a fantastic set of irons. Heavier on price than the others, but I suspect I’d like them the most. -Ping Blueprint: Haven’t hit them, but I love the look of them, plus like the troll aspect of my first proper set of Pings (not hand-me-downs) being a set of blades. I’d also probably try some ZX Forged and the latest Vega have to offer just for reference purposes.”
  • KingTitus: “Currently gaming Callaway Apex MB 21’s. Great iron with a ton of forgiveness. Despite them producing great numbers for me, I continue to toy with the idea of putting a set of Miura MB-101s in the bag. Titleist 620MB’s are gorgeous as well.”

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At what point is playing blades an advantage? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been talking blades. WRXer ‘Douglsss’ poses an intriguing question, “at what point is playing blades an advantage?” and kicks off the thread, saying:

“All things being equal – loft, lie, etc. – If I have a level of ballstriking to where playing blades vs player distance vs GI irons clubs each have similar average distances, why wouldn’t you play blades? IMO – easier to work multiple trajectories, easier to remove spin, better consistency( no hot faces ). 

Another argument could be made that in this scenario – what are you losing in the scoring clubs, say 8i – PW, by not using a bladed club?”

And our members have been responding in their numbers.

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.

  • Thebiles: “Considering that the majority of pros are moving away from pure blades, I don’t think there is an advantage given today’s technology.”
  • llewol007: “Your argument is watered down because you ultimately got rid of the big differences in playing a blade versus a player distance and game improvement. That is the main reason most would or would not play a blade. So the comparison is really not comparing. If all things are equal as you say, it just becomes personal preference.”
  • AsianGolfer1995: “It’s mostly personal preference at this point, but for most of the blade users I’ve played with, they want their mishits coming up short of the target instead of flying 3-5 yards longer so they know what a true ‘miss’ feels like so they can work on it in practice to hit the center more.”
  • Red4282: “Advantages of blades would be thinner soles and generally less bounce. Flighting becomes a little easier. Distance control is more consistent on good to slight misses. You really don’t see much advantages from GI irons until you get to the mid and long irons and on bad misses.”

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