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Do pros rely too much on their caddies? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether professional golfers are too reliant on their caddies. WRXer ‘jordan2240’ believes allowing players to use rangefinders/GPS devices until reaching around the green would speed up the game, and kicks off the thread, saying:

“So I was just watching the latest Euro tour event, and the guy in the lead (by 3 shots) had an easy pitch to the green on 18, but for some reason, found it necessary to consult with his caddie. What the hell could they possibly have been discussing? All he had to do was pitch it onto the middle of the green. Likelihood he would 5-putt from anywhere on the green had to be nil. 

To me, one of the quickest ways they could speed up the game is to allow rangefinders/GPS and allow caddies to consult only on putts and chips. I mean, it’s just ridiculous to me that a pro golfer would need to consult with his caddie on a pitch to the last hole with a three-shot lead.”

And our members have been weighing in with their thoughts on the subject.

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.

  • golfandfishing: “Player wants to put the caddie through his paces so the next time they are in a similar position, but the lead is 1 then they are better prepared to work together in the situation. I also don’t understand the hand wringing over tour golf pace of play. Are we wanting the guys on TV to play faster? If so – What for?”
  • Socrates: “You never want an I.K. Kim, or van de Velde (or Phil) moment on your way to what you hope is victory. Part of the caddie’s job is to step in and stop them from doing something stupid. Calm them down, think it through and make them go through the routine.”
  • dalehead: “What bugs me is the player and caddie standing over the ball each with their yardage books in hand. The player looks at his yardage book, then he looks at the caddies yardage book then back at his own, then the caddies again. Don’t they work off the same yardage book? Even worse are green books. Reading greens is supposed to be a golf skill, not left up to a computer survey.”
  • FakeClubPro: “Steve Williams was probably the greatest caddy who ever played the game. I think without Steve – Tiger would have won a lot fewer tournaments. Tiger would have had more of a Corey Pavin, Lanny Watkins, Julius Boros type career. The pictures of Steve jumping on the green after Tiger or Adam major wins are iconic. Steve was always there for Tiger too.”

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‘Best driver for heel strikes?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the most efficient drivers for those who tend to strike the ball out of the heel. WRXer ‘Ralphyboy84’ kicks off the thread, saying:

“I’m a plus 1 handicapper currently gaming an original epic sub zero in the px 63 gram x flex shaft. Most of my misses (more than I would like recently) come out of the heel. 

I’m planning on getting a new driver this winter, but there is too many to choose from these days so was just wondering if anyone could help me narrow down what ones to try?”

And our members have been putting forward their 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.

  • Smokey227: “That’s my miss. G400 Max is the best I’ve ever had off the heel. Doesn’t feel good and doesn’t go nearly as far, but is playable.”
  • cgasucks: “If you were a 30 handicapper, I’d tell you to get lessons. But since you are better than a scratch player and nut it more than 90% of the time you just have to live with the occasional mishit. The best players in the world have to deal with mishits, and you’re no different.”
  • buckl: “I am a big fan of Ping but go to TXG, and there is a recent video that they put up on the 425. Ian and Matty boy both comment on the stability and mishits still being very playable.”
  • MPAndreassi: “I agree with the Ping statements. They’re the most forgiving across the whole face as anything I’ve tried.”

Entire Thread: “Best driver for heel strikes?”

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Partial pitching wedge or gap wedge? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing wedge set-up. WRXer ‘Justcallmemoses’ is currently using a pitching wedge instead of a gap wedge for partial shots, saying:

“Anyone else not carrying a gap wedge and filling the gap using partial shots with the pitching wedge.

47 degree P760 PW 

54 degree Vokey SM7

58 degree Vokey SM7

I’ve tested 50/51 degree, and they are too close to the pitching wedge. I don’t see enough separation to justify carrying the gap wedge.”

Our members have been having their say on the subject in our forums.

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.

  • jol: “If it works you, great. For me, it is an important full and partial swing scoring club. I put two yesterday within a yard of the pin. I needed it since my putting has been crap lately.”
  • cgasucks: “Used to use a 48d, 56d, & 60d setup for years until I was sick and tired of choking down on my PW for shots to cover the gap between 48d to 56d. Got a 52 gap wedge and took out my 60 lob wedge about 6 years ago and been happy ever since. With no lob wedge, I forced myself to open the face of my 56 and learned to use its bounce, and I’m a much better wedge player too.”
  • kiwihacker: “I think 47/54/60 was a very common and popular setup when the typical PW loft was 47°. So if you have a 47° PW this is still a legitimate option. But with most PW seemingly in the 43°-45° loft range these days I think some kind of GW around 50° would be needed.”
  • TLYBulldogGolf: “I’ve played PW/54/60 for forever. I’d say a 4 wedge setup definitely helps with having fewer partial shots, just have to consider the other end of your bag. I’ve played around with adding a 52 and 56, but for now, I’m moving to a T20 47* in lieu of the set PW to see if that helps with the partial shots.”

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Switching allegiances – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing brand allegiance. WRXer ‘Nelson.Br.1515’ kicks off the thread saying:

“I have just switched my brand allegiance for the 3rd time in my golf equipment life. Went from all things Adams (RIP) to all things Callaway and just switched to Ping (except putter that’s not going anywhere). Anyone else bounce from one manufacturer to the other? Successes? Regrets?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts and experiences in our forum – and whether or not they have a brand allegiance.

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.

  • Roejye: “My allegiance kind of goes by clubs. Driver I’m pretty much a Taylormade guy, hybrids Adams (rip), Irons/wedges Cleveland. I’m not particularly brand loyal, I would play whatever works best for me, in my budget.”
  • Hbaker: “For whatever reason, I started with a Taylormade allegiance. I’ve since broadened my horizons and have a mishmash of clubs in the bag with certain preferences but not so much allegiances.”
  • 14max: “I’ve been a PING guy for so long that I can’t remember the last time I played a non-PING club. I like the durability of their older clubs, their philosophy of function over form, and the fact that they value their employees so highly.”
  • Myheorbobhope: “It’s your bag and your 14 clubs, but I’m going to play the best 14 I can find… that said, half my bag is still Adams… (irons, hybrids and woods). I’ll always give certain companies a shot, and tend to default to Vokey wedges… but I’m open to whatever works best… driver usually comes down to if I can get a shaft I like with no upcharge.”

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