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What club do you consider your weakness and why? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing their shortcomings. WRXer ‘Jjfcpa’ kicks off the thread explaining why his woods are an issue, saying

“I would consider my weakness to be woods. I only carry a 5w because I found that I can’t hit my 3w any further than my 5w, and I get better dispersion with the 5w. I probably need to get fit for a 3w to see if I can find something that will perform better, but as of right now, I just don’t take up a spot in my bag with a 3w. 

It’s probably costing me when it comes to scoring because on long par 4’s or par 5’s I generally have to play for an up-and-down because I just can’t get on the green in regulation. I am playing from the right tee… only have this problem if the par 4 is over 380 and the par 5 is over 500.”

And our members have been sharing their weak spots and why they are having issues with those clubs specifically.

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.

  • lefthack: “My driver for sure. It’s gotten fairly playable, but it still isn’t consistent, and there is little faith in it. I am keeping it in play more than not. But I have fairly reasonable faith in the rest of my bag.”
  • Kmagnuss: “I agree with the lob wedge (60 degree) guys… Taking a full cut from that distance just has ‘skulled into the lake behind the green’ written all over it for me. I’ll choke down a SW, thank you.”
  • 2ndCut16: “Lob wedge – 100% mental as well. On the range or in the SIM, I’m fine, but on the course, good chance I will duff or skull it. No other club do I struggle like that with.”
  • AP76: “Most definitely 3 wood for me, which it’s why it’s been extracted and replaced with a 2 iron! Driver not exactly my friend either a lot of the time, so I tend to hit a lot of long irons off the tee.”
  • Esox: “Driver is my weakness. Irons and wedges keep me in the hunt. Zipcores ( 50 & 54) are almost assured of an up and down from 110 in. Lob wedge (58 degree SM7) gets played only as needed, but we get along just fine. Still need a driver to love me as much as those zipcores do….. I am just too inconsistent with the big stick. It’s the golfer, not the club……”

Entire Thread: “What club do you consider your weakness and why? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (11/24/21): Srixon ZX7 driver

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At GolfWRX, 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 – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Srixon ZX7 driver

From the seller (@nels): “Srixon ZX7 9* driver w/ Ventus Black 6x – $525 shipped. Tipped 1″ which is factory standard tipping from Fujikura, and plays at 45.5″) Comes with head cover.  In great shape, bought this brand new and have gamed it a couple of times.  Going to sell this and try out the ZX5 driver.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Srixon ZX7 driver

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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Davis Thompson WITB 2021 (November)

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  • Davis Thompson what’s in the bag accurate as of the RSM Classic. 

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

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3-wood: Ping G425 LST (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 85 TX

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Irons: Ping iBlade (3, 4), Ping Blueprint (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F) WedgeWorks 2021 Prototype (54-M, 60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

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Putter: Bettinari Inovai 6.0 Tour
Putter grip: Lamkin Deep Etched Cord
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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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An inside look at Callaway Apex UW on tour

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Highlighted by Phil Mickelson’s early adoption, the Callaway Apex UW is having a bit of a moment in professional golf.

The fusion of elements of both hybrid and fairway wood and the absence of traditional drawbacks make it an intriguing option at the professional level and a club that better players are gravitating toward (including our Brian Knudson, who reviewed it on his Club Junkie podcast).

We spoke with Callaway’s PGA Tour manager Jacob Davidson about the rise of Apex UW on tour.

GolfWRX: We know the tech story of the UW. But from your perspective, where does the club succeed? How is both “utility” and “wood”?

Jacob Davidson: The great thing about Apex UW’s success is that Callaway has been leading the industry in this space, and it’s almost as if we’re creating a new category. With the increase in speed for a lot of these players, we want to make sure that fitting for a 5-wood or hybrid type of club is a focus for our players, when maybe they wouldn’t think about it as much in the past.

Using analytics, we really understood how important having a club that could work well as an option for high-speed guys and for players who maybe wanted something that provided a balance between a hybrid and a 5-wood, something that is versatile and that they can work both ways. It’s really filled a need in a lot of players’ bags and the reason that it’s been successful is that once we’ve explained it to them, and they’ve had the ability to test it, they quickly realized that maybe there was a hole that they didn’t even realize.

GolfWRX: What is it that appeals to tour pros, though? Why is this club working for them?

JD: It obviously allows for a fairway wood shaft which gives you a lot more options for tour guys, where they’re getting a shaft that they’re familiar with in their driver or 3-woods or even 5-woods. The ability to have a 2-hybrid, a 3-hybrid, or filling the gap of a 5-wood with a spin robustness that’s easier to a control, a flight that’s much better, and a sole design with forgiveness with the long heel-to-toe really allows guys to avoid that left miss that might peel off on them, especially off the tee.

GolfWRX: Who on Tour has put the UW in play?

JD: It’s been a popular choice already with our staff pros for guys like Marc Leishman, Phil Mickelson was the first to put it in play, Kevin Kisner, Wesley Bryan, and Adam Hadwin, among others. We’ve seen some strong conversions as well on the LPGA, Champions, and European Tours.

What’s especially stood out over the past few weeks is that more and more players who aren’t on Callaway’s staff are coming onto our tour truck and asking us to build UWs — more than we’ve seen for a club like this in a long time. There’s a lot of buzz, and we know we have a great product when guys who aren’t on our staff are asking for a club like this as much as they are.

GolfWRX: Can you share any stories about players testing and putting the UW in play?

JD: One thing we’ve really noticed initially is how happy players are after they try it — since it is a new category, and they didn’t know what to expect with how it would perform. Once they hit it, they usually love it. A few guys have delayed testing it because they were comfortable with their setup until they see other players hit it on the golf course, then they’re coming and asking for it.

Specifically, Tyler McCumber and Sam Burns weren’t early adopters for Apex UW, but they were coming to us because they saw other pros play with it in competition and they said, “Wow, that’s really good.”

GolfWRX: Sam Burns recently put a UW in play. A younger, higher-speed guy…what worked for him?

JD: He’s been playing an older Apex Hybrid, he’s liked it, he’s been playing well all year, and he’s probably the hottest golfer in the world so he’s very hesitant to make a change in his bag. However, we sent some to his house, where he did some initial testing. Then last week in Houston we really had a chance to work with him.

What he really liked about it is how aggressive the flight is without the ball spinning high up into the air. It launches quite a bit higher than his hybrid and spins less at a higher apex. For a guy like Sam who likes to work the ball slightly left or right, he couldn’t believe how neutral it was whether he was trying to take a little off a cut into a par 5, or flight it lower off the tee with a little bit of a draw. It gives him more versatility than his old hybrid.

GolfWRX: Why should better amateurs, who haven’t taken to hybrids in the past, give the UW a shot?

JD: Overall, this is the next thing for what a players hybrid can be. It gives you the benefits of hitting a reliable club into longer par 3s or second shots into par 5s where they can hold the green, particularly on firmer, faster conditions. This club gives them the height to do that without overspinning it when they get into conditions where they are slightly into the wind or they slightly mishit it. That ball is not going to spin into the upper 5,000 RPMS and come up 15-20 yards short. This club is a lot more forgiving in that aspect.

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