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How much do you spend on equipment each year? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their annual equipment spending habits. WRXer ‘Shanker84′ says he has spent far too much over the past few years and wants to see if fellow members’ spending is comparable – with plenty of different buying strategies displayed.

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.

  • MtlJeff: “On average now, maybe 2000-3000$ Canadian. I’ll get a new driver every year plus a hybrid or 3 wood usually. Every couple of years new irons. It probably averages out to 2000-2500.”
  • MelloYello: “It’s fair to say I’ll spend a minimum of about $500 updating something in a given year. The more I play, the more likely it is I spend money tweaking something. Last year I played a lot. By the end of the year, I had swapped driver and irons. This year, I’m thinking about my 3w and my wedges. Not sure either will get replaced, though.”
  • ChipNRun: “Every four years or so, I will spend maybe $600 on clubs. In between, it’s maybe $150-200 or so for a new club or wedge. But, I can usually get a little trade-in or resale $$ for the item replaced. This summer, I will need to replace a rangefinder I lost at a local amateur event – no one turned it in.”
  • Haber: “This year has been an anomaly. Up until a month ago, nothing in my bag was replaced. The lefty phantom x5.5 changed that. I’m a recovering club addict. I went through 4 sets of irons and 3 drivers in the 2 years prior. I’d consider only $600 this year a win… the ping i59’s do look reallllly nice, though.”

Entire Thread: “How much do you spend on equipment each year?”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (06/3/21): Ping “Bubba Watson” Staff Bag

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping “Bubba Watson” Staff Bag ($335).

From the seller (@pingman4): “Mint condition, used for 2 rounds, Ping “Bubba Watson” Staff Bag. This bag is a great bag and a classic staff bag. It has a ton of pockets and does come with the rain hood. These sell for $499.00 plus tax. Shipping will cost a small fortune but let’s go $335.00 shipped.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping “Bubba Watson” Staff Bag

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Tour Truck Report: Rory switching driver shafts? | Xander making a golf ball change? | Hideki testing putters

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Not a ton going on at Muirfield Village this week! The most notable nugget we’ve heard from sources so far is Rory McIlroy, continuing his return to what’s worked in the past, is making a return to his Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS driver shaft. While we don’t yet have word on weight and flex, it’s presumably the same 70 X model he used in 2019-2020.

A morsel not as tasty as a Muirfield Village milkshake, admittedly, but Hideki Matsuyama is testing the prototype Piretti putter pictured below. No stranger to kicking tires on a couple (or a dozen) of putters prior to a tournament and ultimately returning to his gamer, Hideki is anything but confirmed to be putting this beauty in play, but it’s ours to admire, nevertheless.

TaylorMade

Rory McIlroy is expected to put a Kuro Kage XTS shaft in play in a SIM2 Max head.

Titleist

Justin Thomas is sticking with the TSi2 driver he put in play after the first round last week. (9 degrees, C1 SureFit hosel setting). Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60 TX shaft. JT is also testing a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ Hybrid 10 X Prototype shaft in a driving iron.

Peter Malnati moved SureFit CG to neutral (from H2) on his TSi3 driver and is reportedly seeing improved dispersion.

Charles Howell III testing a Scotty Cameron Tour Rat. He’s also testing a Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond 3-wood (Fujikura Atmos Black 8 X shaft), according to a source.

Callaway

Branden Grace had a new Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero 7-wood built with a Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX shaft. He also had a 4-PW set of TCB irons put together for testing (Project X LS 6.5 shafts).

Callaway Chrome Soft X man, X Man himself, Xander Schauffele is reportedly testing the Chrome Soft X LS ball. Obviously, X is looking for lower spin, and we’ll bring you more details when we have them.

Others

Cameron Champ tested a Mitsubishi Tensei AV White shaft in his Ping G425 driver.

Hideki Matsuyama is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD BB shaft in his Srixon ZX5 driver.

Check out all our photos from the Memorial here. 

A Bettinardi Fat Cat and Wizard mallet putter cover.

 

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GolfWRX Spotted: TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver on conforming list

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TaylorMade’s “300 Mini Driver” has landed on the USGA’s conforming list as the rise in mini driver popularity continues.

TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver

Like all recent TM drivers, the new addition from TaylorMade includes Twist Face technology and a Speed Pocket that bids to aid lower face strikes. An adjustable hosel will allow players to adjust the head by two degrees up and down (from the standard 11.5 degrees), allowing for a driver head to range from 9.5 up to 13.5 degrees. A 13.5-degree model will be available as well, per the conforming list. 

In addition, the mini driver contains a multi-material which appears to include a carbon crown, titanium body, and heavy steel sole plate. A T logo alignment mark features on the crown of the club, and per the conforming list details, a left-handed version will arrive in 11.5 degrees.

What our members are saying:

  • chrism: “I didn’t dislike the looks of the previous mini drivers, but I love this look. At 300cc, I am VERY interested to try it out. Will it be a versatile half-set driver/fw, or will it be a 2 wood type club in the main bag!? Can’t wait to hit both lofts and see!”
  • Breezy-3-: “I dig the return to the 300 series look. I played a 360Ti in high school, loved that club. A buddy of mine broke it attempting an ill-fated Happy Gilmore swing at the range the night before the high school state tournament. That was the origins of my golf club hoing.”
  • ASN21: “I am a little curious to try a 13.5 head.”

Join the discussion here.

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