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Game improvement irons vs Players irons – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been comparing and contrasting game improvement irons with players irons. WRXer ‘ DaveLeeNC’ has seen his handicap rise from single digits to 10.6 as he’s reached his 70s, and says:

“I was considering going to ‘full-blown GI irons’ as an experiment. Are GI irons really that much less controllable? I have hit a few at the range and that was not obvious to me, but I am guessing that my reaction might be different after a couple of rounds.

I can’t be the only guy who has gone down that path, so I was curious about experiences in this regard.”

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.

  • MOShii: “I think Game improvement irons require less effort to hit, which is definitely a good thing if you are older. They do feel a little jumpy/springy maybe because of the stronger lofts and because of that they do feel like they spin less, but you can always offset this by using a different ball or experiment with graphite shafts to increase your trajectory/peak height or both to get more control with your approach shots. Just because they are “game improvement” doesn’t mean they aren’t workable. If you hit with a draw swing or a slice swing the ball will still curve. It just softens up the curvature a touch.”
  • CDLgolf: “I’ve bounced back and forth between Ping g or i series irons for the last 20 years. My scores are the same with either. I don’t find the game improvement irons any less accurate. When I put a good swing on it, the ball goes where I want it to. For me, it’s just what I feel like looking at at the time. Sometimes the larger game improvement irons give me more confidence, and sometimes the smaller i series do. I regularly play with 2 guys 70+ who both shoot in the mid to low 70’s and both use G series irons and play well with them. I’ve never heard them complain that they are not accurate with those irons.”
  • martinbns: “I’m 57, play to a 10 on a dozen rounds a year so for me it’s GI irons, I play Mizuno 825 GW to 5I then 3&4 hybrid. Over the years I have played lots of golf with guys sporting “players” clubs and other than them not liking too much offset I never see them bending shots on purpose with any degree of regularity. I have a straight to slight fade natural swing; I can make my 825’s draw but oddly can’t hit a bigger fade. As we all get older our margin for error goes down as we lose distance, why make the game harder?”
  • INeedMoreGolf: “I’m 32 next month, and I have the reverse experience that you have.. I started with super gi irons then gi and now players irons. In my experience so far I’ve played best with gi and now the players irons… I have the mp 20 MMC, and although they are players irons, they are quite forgiving but smaller like I like. I think you switching to gi irons will be very beneficial for all the reasons you probably think. I think there is no shame at all in playing a gi iron either. Let’s be honest we can all thin, chunk, shank, push or pull. any iron weather its pi gi or sgi.”

Entire Thread: “Game improvement irons vs Players irons”

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    Sep 10, 2020 at 8:23 pm

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Bridgestone launches special First Tee edition e6 ball

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Bridgestone Golf has launched a special First Tee edition e6 golf ball, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf.

The special First Tee edition ball is available now exclusively through PGA Tour Superstore and comes in both white and optic yellow color codes.

“We’re very pleased to offer this special First Tee edition e6, exclusively at PGA Tour Superstore. For decades, First Tee has done very fine work, helping young people learn and grow through the game of golf, building strong individuals and communities. It is an honor to create a dedicated product where the proceeds from the sales will bolster their charitable endeavors.” – Dan Murphy, President and CEO, Bridgestone Golf

As a reminder, the e6 is the longest-running model in Bridgestone’s current lineup. The latest model, new for 2021, features a larger, softer core in design for a more responsive feel added distance for moderate swing speed players.

The new design, which is specifically tailored to modern players who value a ball that provides a very soft feel at impact, retails for $21.99 per dozen.

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Adidas unveils new Stan Smith golf shoe in classic colorway

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Adidas Golf is bringing the classic Stan Smith colorway to the course, with the new unmistakable white and green golf shoe.

Building upon the new PimeGreen upper made with high-performance recycled materials1 as part of Adidas’ mission to End Plastic Waste, this version is also waterproof (one-year warranty) to help keep golfers dry both on and off the course.

The new Stan Smith golf shoe features a PU cushioning in targeted areas in the midsole to go alongside a PU die-cut sockliner in a bid to provide maximum comfort.

The shoe also contains an adiwear spikeless outsole that features lugs inspired by the shoe’s original sole design, offering some added traction for all course conditions to go along with their style.

“When we were talking about bringing this shoe into golf, the original white and green colorway was a must-have as part of our planning. The Stan Smith silhouette is known throughout the world for being so versatile from a fashion standpoint, so we’re excited to give golfers that same style and versatility for when they head out to the course, now in a more sustainable way.” – Masun Denison, global footwear director, Adidas Golf.

As an ode to the traditions of the past, Adidas has also included a removable white kiltie to provide players another way to wear their shoes and give off some added flair for their round.

This classic white and green colorway of the Stan Smith Golf will be available on adidas.com, through the Adidas app, and at select retail partners worldwide beginning Saturday, May 1.

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Lob wedge or no lob wedge? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the necessity of a lob wedge. WRXer ‘rickybooby25’ kicks off the thread, saying

“Do you use a Lob wedge in your current set-up or not? Players nowadays immediately default to using a LW when playing a chip shot around the greens. I currently have a LW in the bag but have been debating on taking it out completely because it creates bad habits when facing a chip shot. What are your thoughts?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject in the forum, with some very interesting responses.

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.

  • Chadwickog: “I am in the NO lob wedge camp, it simplifies the decision making when it comes to wedge play, and all shots are still possible if you know how to hit them.”
  • jholz: “I’ve always looked at the lob wedge as a specialty club for special situations. Lower lofted wedges (54* or 56*) are the ones I use for the vast majority of generic chip shots.”
  • timmekang: “I’ve mentioned this in prior posts, but I carry 2 lob wedges. Not all lob wedges are created equal to don’t be afraid to bring more than 1 out on the course with different bounce/grind/etc. and see what works best depending on your lie and circumstances.”
  • lefthack: “I bought one, learned to hit it, but didn’t find a need for it in my bag when there are other clubs I would use more.”

Entire Thread: “Lob wedge or no lob wedge?”

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