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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.

Nike staffers’ new weaponry

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Something you’ll only see on GolfWRX: Our Tour Photographer shot many of the bags of Nike staffers at the season-opening Safeway Open. Nike, as you know, has exited the golf equipment business.

Some staffers, Paul Casey for example, are sticking with their Swoosh-stamped weaponry. Some, however, are not, and every equipment nerd has to be interested in seeing what the Nike staffers will play now that Nike logos only adorn their clothing and bags.

Check ‘em out:

Best feeling driver you’ve ever hit?

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BigPapy asks: “What is…the best ‘feeling’ driver you’ve ever played…Regardless of flight, forgiveness, distance and all those other things that matter.” An interesting question. Perhaps irrelevant, but nevertheless fun to discuss! Regardless of how it performed, which driver was the greatest pleasure to pure off the tee?

See WRXers answers in the thread.

Further discussion about ditching the 3-wood

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Piggybacking on Tom Stickney’s piece from the front page, Z1ggy16 did something you’ll see a fair amount in the forums: started a thread inspired by a GolfWRX article. Of course, it goes the other way too: we write front page stories based on stuff from the forums…you know, stories like this one.

Anyway, the point is, if you see a great story that has a wealth of comments, chances are they’re talking about it in the forums too. Think of this thread as a complement to the comment section, and required reading if you enjoyed the piece.

See the thread.

Who wins a golf announcers tournament?

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Good stuff from 2bGood here, who asks: “Out of full-time golf announcers, color people, personalities, and on-course reporters, who would win a 3-day tournament? Active players that do broadcasts part-time are not eligible.”

To see what WRXers had to say, check out the thread.

Miller vs. McCordGary McCord

Much like “Tuck or no Tuck,” the debate over the most irksome announcer in golf has entrenched parties on several sides. Slicktry has reduced this list to two parties. Now, this isn’t to say that Johnny Miller and Gary McCord don’t have plenty of fans…indeed, they must (right?). However, they are two of names most frequently cited in barstool discussions of who golf fans, shall we say, prefer not to tune in to.

Check out the thread for a poll and spirited discussion regarding the matter of Miller vs. McCord.

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  2. Ray

    Oct 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Check out the chatter on the new Costco urethane ball. Tour ball performance at recycled ball price.
    http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1378818-kirkland-signature-costco-golf-balls/

  3. Steve Thomas

    Oct 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

    If you like constant humor all the time and some of it is not funny, then McCord is your guy. If you want straight forward, honest and to the point person, then it’s Miller.

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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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When to replace wedges? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the optimal time to replace wedges for those that play a lot of golf. WRXer ‘GoalieDad30’ kicks off the thread saying:

“I play around 150 rounds a year and practice pretty much close to daily. When practicing and warming up for my rounds, I will hit a minimum of 40-50 balls with my wedges daily. I’m wearing a nickel-sized spot on my wedge faces (sadly, it used to be dime-sized …. ).

I replace the grips on the wedges probably three times a year. What’s the rule of thumb/conventional wisdom on when to replace the wedges? I play lofts of 50 / 54/ 58 for gap, sand, lob. They wear in inverse proportion …. 58 is most worn, followed by 54 & 50.

I’ve been a Cleveland guy for 25+ years, so I was hoping to wait until whatever their 2023 intros will be, but I’m concerned I’ve gone too long. Current wedges probably have 200+ rounds on them, with associated practice.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts 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: “For someone using them as much as you, I would probably say at least once per year.”
  • zap311: “Titleist says after 75 rounds you will see degrading spin around the greens, but they also have a vested interest in selling more Vokeys. Based upon your frequency of play, it would seem like you should replace at least your 58* every year and maybe the 54* too. I heard that pros replace the gap wedge less often since it’s mainly used for full shots and rarely in the sand. Ultimately, the answer to your question is to replace it (a) when you start to see your ball check less than you’re used to and (b) when you can afford to get a new one. “
  • RacineBoxer: “You are probably in that 1% of golfers who should replace them every year. If money is no object, you could replace them 2-3 times if you wanted.”

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