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FTF: On the contrary, the golf ball doesn’t go far enough

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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.

The ball doesn’t go far enough! 

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This isn’t “some sort of troll thread,” writes Medic. Instead, he says that given the advancements in other golf technology, the golf ball ought to go farther for the average player and it would go a long way (sorry for the pun) toward increasing enjoyment for Mr. 20-Handicap. It’s an interesting argument, and one that received plenty of blowback. Check out the thread.

Your most recent golf-related impulse buy

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There are the clubs we pine for, eventually pulling the trigger when the time is right. Then, there are golf-related items that come into our possession in a decidedly less rational and orderly fashion. Rory4Pres asks his fellow WRXers for their most recent golf-related impulse purchases. The answers are as surprising and entertaining as you would expect. See the thread.

Forgotten golf equipment manufacturers 

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Nike. Just kidding. This thread, started by JD3, is concerned with equipment brands that long ago left the marketplace. He tosses out the example of Sounder, Seve Ballesteros’ irons of choice. The list is a long one. Rack the attic of your mind (or your actual attic) for examples of some of the fine equipment companies now departed. See the thread.

Glorious putters of the past 

20785f_lgAnother trip down memory lane. This thread features a title probably inappropriate for the main site, so we won’t quote it directly here to save the easily offended from offense. That said, we respect the title’s creativity, and it’s an excellent round up some of the great putters from time gone by. Check out the thread.

The best A-game on Tour 

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An eternal debate, this one. Who has the best A-game on the PGA Tour? And what does “A-game” even mean? Do we care? A good bit of banter in this thread. And you gotta respect the argument for Jim Furyk: Dude shot 58 and 59 at his best. Dustin Johnson hasn’t done that! See the thread.

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Best looking pear-shaped 3 wood of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing pear-shaped 3 woods. WRXer ‘GolferDude54’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I was interested in knowing what 3 wood in the present and past do you guys think has had the best looking profile at address and is pear-shaped to boot, i.e. Titleist 906F2. Like you look down at address, and it just oozes of being aesthetically pleasing to your eye. You can even post more than one 3-wood and a list as well if you are torn between this and that.”

And our members have been sharing their best 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.

  • Dill Pickelson: “I owned the 906f2 and agree it was a perfect looking 3 wood at address. I currently play the rogue st ls 3 wood and also think it looks great at address. This is exactly how I want a 3 wood to look, no triangular 3 woods, no closed face or slight offsets. I also liked the Ping i20 3 wood. It sat very nicely behind the ball.”
  • hammergolf: “Hard to beat the Titleist PT. Had one in the bag for almost a decade.”
  • Boogs2: “I’ve always liked the Nike T60. Still have one with the steel shaft. Loved how deep-faced it was.”
  • puresurfr: “Titleist 970, love the shape, and it was like a sledgehammer when hit on the screws. Honorable mention for Nike T60.”

Entire Thread: “Best looking pear-shaped 3 wood of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Are blades really ‘punishing’ or do people swing too hard? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing blade irons. WRXer ‘ChunkItGood’ questions whether blades are actually overly punishing, and kicks off the thread saying.

“I just heard a guy on tv quote John Anselmo (?) who apparently taught Woods to the effect that ‘you can hit the ball as hard as you want as long as you hit the center of the face and stay in balance.’

If people followed that rule, would they have to worry about punishing’ mishits? Shouldn’t they, instead of getting more forgiving clubs, just stop swinging so hard they cannot hit the center of the face?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the matter 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.

  • BagOfToast: “I find that a lot of the time I’m not hitting the center I’m just swinging too fast, so I’d agree with swinging too hard.”
  • iknowbagu: “It’s not mutually exclusive. Yes, blades are more punishing on off-center strikes. Yes, people swing too hard.”
  • jomatty: “Blades are punishing. I’m not sure that most players do better when they try to swing easy. As long as my tempo stays good and I don’t get quick from the top, my most consistent strike, with everything wedges, is one that is very close to as hard as I can swing. If I try to make that same hard swing and my tempo is bad, or if I try to make an easy swing and my tempo and sequencing is bad then I have lots of problems.”
  • Phabs: “Believe Tiger’s dad said that to him, not a coach. Swing speed had nothing to do with contact point. I can swing slow and hit a ball like crap, or I can swing out of my shoes and have the same result.”

Entire Thread: “Are blades really ‘punishing’ or do people swing too hard? – GolfWRXers discuss

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Starter irons with a $200 budget – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing beginner irons on a budget. WRXer ‘Chch3’ is looking to build a set for his friend, and kicks off the thread asking:

“My question what iron set from the past would be good to get for $200. I have always played blades, CBs, or players clubs, so I am not up on the good game improvement clubs. I was thinking about getting him a set of pings, but I don’t know which ones are better than others. Any help will be greatly appreciated.”

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.

  • HammerGolf: “Ping Eye 2.”
  • dmeeksdc: “I’ve done what the OP is doing. The Adams lineup of irons are really fabulous clubs for very little money. The Adams Idea Pro Forged is a larger CB with tungsten weighting and a triple radius sole that feels fantastic and is as forgiving as any iron. Also has a nice top line, and the shape is great. I’ve in the past given a set of these as a gift to a player just starting out, and I think the entire set was $150. Pretty incredible for the quality of that design. The MPF numbers on it place it as game improvement. High MOI, low and deep CG.”
  • xkilgorextroutx: “You could also probably pick up some Wilson D100 or D200 irons in that price range, plenty of Adams and Tour Edge irons in that range too that are a few years older. Callaway irons and the many times mentioned Ping Eye2s also.”
  • 596: “For a beginner… Any Ping G series. I played the Ping G10 as a beginner and used them down to a 2 handicap.”

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