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GolfingBroGolfingBro Advanced Members Posts: 419
Hi everyone, I am new to this board but from some encouragement from others I thought I would share what the journey I am on is like. There seems to be a good amount of interest in following young pro golfers such as @300_yards current thread in Asia..



Some of you may have seen the Canadian tour thread over the summer, my mom who is @Agatha on here was active on there.



Anyway a bit about my background, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a professional golfer, it was my dream so set my goals early and worked to achieve them. I was fortunate enough to get to play D1 golf at UC Davis where I was able to not only get my degree in Economics but also play some amazing courses, and had 4 years to develop my game at a high level. Because of a decent amount of success in college and as an amateur I was able to get a contract with Nike. Nike clubs and gear has become top of line in the past few years and they treat all of the players on staff great. I can go into specifics later on the equipment I play. I have had the same swing coach since freshman year of high school, his name is Don Parsons, he is in Goleta and is a great instructor. He was on Morning drive this week as he is a lead instructor as well with the golf channel academy.



First Year as a Pro: Aug '14 to Aug '15:



I decided to play high level amateur golf the summer after senior year at Davis and turned pro in August of 2014. I played one tournament before web.com Q school that year. Q school I breezed thru pre qual and eked thru stage 1, stage 2 was where I got knocked out. I played some mini tour events to work on my game and actually won a decent amount of money so that was nice. I went to Argentina and did Latin American Q school but came up short. So back to more mini tour stuff for awhile. In spring I went thru Canadian tour Q school (now called the MacKenzie tour) and was successful in getting my card. I spent the summer on the tour and played all the events but 1. I guess I had an okay rookie year but I missed keeping my card by $900 Canadian which was frustrating. I missed 4 cuts by 1 stroke, that was rough.





So back to web.com Q school in Sept.. I did not have to pre qual this year and made it all the way Q School Finals in Florida. I did not have my A game at finals and finished T110 out of the 156.



I can post more about what conditional status really means if there is interest in knowing.



My plan is to continue to compete on some of the mini tour events as well as try to Monday for Northern Trust and I plan to go back to Louisiana for a web.com Monday qualifier. I am signed up for Canadian Q school again and that will take place in April.



If anyone has any questions I would be happy to answer and if there is interest I will come on here and post updates as well.
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  • VivaTerlinguaVivaTerlingua Advanced Members Posts: 233
    Thanks for taking the time, looking forward to following this!
  • John KreeseJohn Kreese Advanced Members Posts: 562 ✭✭
    Good luck and please continue with updates!
  • nellycuznellycuz Pured Advanced Members Posts: 447
    edited February 2016
    Good luck man, will be following
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  • PhoenixJakePhoenixJake Members Posts: 24
    Please continue to update this thread! Best of luck to you and your endeavors.
  • kamizzou91kamizzou91 Advanced Members Posts: 257 ✭✭
    Agreed - please continue to keep us posted and best of luck!
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  • toophewbirdiestoophewbirdies Members Posts: 1,112 ✭✭
    Welcome to WRX, keep us posted and all the best with your quest in professional golf!!
  • sheppick.dansheppick.dan Advanced Members Posts: 98
    GolfingBro wrote:


    Hi everyone, I am new to this board but from some encouragement from others I thought I would share what the journey I am on is like. There seems to be a good amount of interest in following young pro golfers such as @300_yards current thread in Asia..



    Some of you may have seen the Canadian tour thread over the summer, my mom who is @Agatha on here was active on there.



    Anyway a bit about my background, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a professional golfer, it was my dream so set my goals early and worked to achieve them. I was fortunate enough to get to play D1 golf at UC Davis where I was able to not only get my degree in Economics but also play some amazing courses, and had 4 years to develop my game at a high level. Because of a decent amount of success in college and as an amateur I was able to get a contract with Nike. Nike clubs and gear has become top of line in the past few years and they treat all of the players on staff great. I can go into specifics later on the equipment I play. I have had the same swing coach since freshman year of high school, his name is Don Parsons, he is in Goleta and is a great instructor. He was on Morning drive this week as he is a lead instructor as well with the golf channel academy.



    First Year as a Pro: Aug '14 to Aug '15:



    I decided to play high level amateur golf the summer after senior year at Davis and turned pro in August of 2014. I played one tournament before web.com Q school that year. Q school I breezed thru pre qual and eked thru stage 1, stage 2 was where I got knocked out. I played some mini tour events to work on my game and actually won a decent amount of money so that was nice. I went to Argentina and did Latin American Q school but came up short. So back to more mini tour stuff for awhile. In spring I went thru Canadian tour Q school (now called the MacKenzie tour) and was successful in getting my card. I spent the summer on the tour and played all the events but 1. I guess I had an okay rookie year but I missed keeping my card by $900 Canadian which was frustrating. I missed 4 cuts by 1 stroke, that was rough.





    So back to web.com Q school in Sept.. I did not have to pre qual this year and made it all the way Q School Finals in Florida. I did not have my A game at finals and finished T110 out of the 156.



    I can post more about what conditional status really means if there is interest in knowing.



    My plan is to continue to compete on some of the mini tour events as well as try to Monday for Northern Trust and I plan to go back to Louisiana for a web.com Monday qualifier. I am signed up for Canadian Q school again and that will take place in April.



    If anyone has any questions I would be happy to answer and if there is interest I will come on here and post updates as well.




    Great to see you on here. I have spoken with your Mom quite a few times about you and your adventure. Hopefully I will be doing the same in the next few years. Best of luck to you this year. I will be following.
  • QuickFeetQuickFeet Advanced Members Posts: 1,603 ✭✭
    First of all, welcome to GolfWRX!



    Yes, as your schedule allows please continue to "journal" your experiences. Are you able to be followed on Twitter, Facebook, etc?



    Continue to chase your dream and best wishes for many successes along the way.
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  • masamitsumasamitsu Advanced Members Posts: 2,455 ✭✭
    Good luck and know that GolfWRX is pulling for you. It's going to be a struggle at times, just keep the positive thought and energy.
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  • sevenfouratesevenfourate Advanced Members Posts: 1,869 ✭✭
    Logged in; locked on and riding with yer !



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  • spud3spud3 Advanced Members Posts: 1,505 ✭✭
    Good luck! Looking forward to riding along!
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  • blink3665blink3665 #TwistFaceExperience Advanced Members Posts: 5,941 ✭✭
    Definitely will be following this one. Good luck to you this year!
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  • RedWings1RedWings1 Advanced Members Posts: 327 ✭✭
    Best of luck achieving your dreams!
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  • BenzoBenzo Advanced Members Posts: 1,530 ✭✭
    Awesome...I was hoping your mom would get you to join!
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  • BenzoBenzo Advanced Members Posts: 1,530 ✭✭
    Besides Nike providing clothes and clubs, do they kick in anything in terms of paying for events, travelling etc?
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  • highdraw69highdraw69 Advanced Members Posts: 1,783
    possibly the greatest first post in the history of a site with about 400,000 members...good luck on your quest
  • MitchellMitchell Advanced Members Posts: 5,414 ✭✭
    Matthew,

    Thanks for sharing your journey. Best wishes for continued progress and success!



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  • The GeneralThe General Advanced Members Posts: 1,699 ✭✭
    i would bet that lots of folks on here want to know about the equipment and clothes you get while on contract. Do you have a catalog to thumb through and choose what you want? If you need anything, do you call and its sent to you directly? If you want something extra to test out, can you call out of the blue and get whatever you want? This is probably available to the upper level staff members, didn't know if anyone under contract has free reign to get whatever whenever. thanks.



    random questions I know, but the thought of having a garage full of gear/clothes/shoes is pretty cool.
  • sheppy335sheppy335 TMAG Junkie Advanced Members Posts: 6,337 ✭✭
    Look forward to hearing your progress. Hard work and determination will get you there and the backing of WRX LOL. Thank you for taking the time to write about your journey and i look forward to reading it and rooting for you.
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  • Forged4everForged4ever Putting is 98%+ Mental..... ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 15,502 ClubWRX
    edited February 2016
    Welcome to the board Matthew image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    Thank You for doing this!!



    I hope that you enjoy this as much as we will image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    You're an amazing Young Man with an amazing core circle around you and I think that you know my thoughts on both you and your Mother.



    She's an incredible Lady, and I count her as one of my closest friends & confidants, as she is the only female outside of Madison(my Fiancé), my Mother and Sis that I confide in, lol.



    She is very kind & tolerant of my sometimes maniac medicated rants & ramblings, haha image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    You've been in my Thoughts and Prayers as you've travelled across South & Latin America, Canada and here at home and there is absolutely zero doubt in my mind that you will achieve you goals and dreams!!!



    That 3i that you hit in Canada and the holes that followed that took you from a sure ticket out of town to the door step, well, there aren't many Players on the face of this earth, regardless of Tour or name, that could have hit that shot or have the mental strength and intestinal fortitude to turn a round and tourney around like you came one shot from doing!



    You're a Special Player, a Better Person and you're at the door~



    Yes there have been obstacles and road blocks, however as long as you learn from them, and continue to make your weaknesses your strengths and maintain your focus there's not a doubt in my mind that you're going to kick that Son of a B**** in, and sooner rather than later!!!



    Thanks again for takin us along for the ride~



    And yes, I Love the User Name, lol image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    God Bless Bro image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



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  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,216 ✭✭
    Thanks for including us Matthew! awesome thread and im looking forward to following! Best of luck and don't be a stranger!!
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  • StonebridgeStonebridge Advanced Members Posts: 361 ✭✭
    Play well this year and I look forward to following your results!
  • GolfingBroGolfingBro Advanced Members Posts: 419
    QuickFeet wrote:


    First of all, welcome to GolfWRX!



    Yes, as your schedule allows please continue to "journal" your experiences. Are you able to be followed on Twitter, Facebook, etc?



    Continue to chase your dream and best wishes for many successes along the way.






    Twitter Handle: @MattHansenGolf



    I also have a website: matthansengolf.com



    I keep the website up to date with upcoming tournaments. It also shows my past tournament results, my team, and other cool information.
  • Palauan HammerPalauan Hammer Advanced Members Posts: 3,117
    Good luck this year Matt! And welcome to GolfWRX! Your Mother was kind enough to reach out to me to offer advice on my own golfing journey, your Mother is awesome as I'm sure you know. Your ready, you have the game, this is the year image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



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  • boxerjoe2011boxerjoe2011 Oh Billy!!! Advanced Members Posts: 951
    I had some friends after college that tried the mini tours and I know that it's a lonely and frustrating life. Funny story, one guy I used to work with made it to the final stage of Q school and was 2 strokes from getting his card. He was so devastated that he gave up his dream completely and started working at a bank. Several months later, his bosses asked him if he golfed. He said yes. They asked him if he was good. He said he was okay. He went out with his bosses and shot a 65. He was promoted shortly after, haha. I love that story.
  • messtophmesstoph Advanced Members Posts: 276
    Welcome to the board. Glad you can enlighten us about TOUR life.



    You have come a long way, but did it in baby steps. Continue with the baby steps and I (we) have no doubt that you will kick the door down.



    Thanks for taking us along for the ride. I think that it will be a lot of fun.
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  • cdauks07cdauks07 Advanced Members Posts: 135


    i would bet that lots of folks on here want to know about the equipment and clothes you get while on contract. Do you have a catalog to thumb through and choose what you want? If you need anything, do you call and its sent to you directly? If you want something extra to test out, can you call out of the blue and get whatever you want? This is probably available to the upper level staff members, didn't know if anyone under contract has free reign to get whatever whenever. thanks.



    random questions I know, but the thought of having a garage full of gear/clothes/shoes is pretty cool.


    I second this. Love knowing these type of things.
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Advanced Members Posts: 11,368 ✭✭
    Broooooooo !



    Looking forward to tales from the trenches
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  • McCann1McCann1 Tour Player Advanced Members Posts: 1,705 ✭✭
    Good luck and I look forward to hearing about your future successes.

    -Chad
    Enjoy the chase.
  • CCUgolfer23CCUgolfer23 Advanced Members Posts: 3,094
    I recently started working for a mini tour so Ive seen the type of struggles it takes to make it and I've heard all the stories. Keep grinding and you'll make it, just have to keep a positive attitude no matter what. Best of luck to you man!
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  • GolfingBroGolfingBro Advanced Members Posts: 419
    I've had a lot of interest about what Nike provides for their athletes. So here is the scoop...



    There are a lot of different levels of support for golfers. There is the Rory and Tiger level (millions of dollars and access to the newest clubs and clothes first) and then there is the developmental tour level.



    Most guys sponsored by Nike just get gear and clubs for free. The next step up is monetary compensation for playing and wear Nike. This compensation varies depending on what tour you on. I can't go into too much detail on the money side due to what was in my contract. I can say that there is also bonus money for FedEx cup points and world ranking points on top of the yearly compensation money. To put it simply, the guys who are top 50 in the world and high in the FedEx cup are making A LOT of money.



    Now onto the clubs. Nike makes sure most of their athletes play the new woods as soon as possible. This year its the Nike Vapor Fly driver line (which is blue). The highest paid guys get access to it first, then the rest of the staff. Basically the higher tour you're on the sooner Nike wants the new stuff in your bag. I have played now 6 generations of the Nike woods starting with the Nike VR Pro and now the Nike Vapor Fly. They have all been fantastic, and the technology keeps getting better each year. Every year I think that the Drivers can't get better and yet they do.



    Nike has a small group of athletes on their staff. For example at Final Stage of Q School there were 12 guys that made it. (and they told me that was a lot) They treat all the athletes well and aren't shy about giving us lots of clothes, balls, gloves whenever we need it. If I ever need gloves or balls I get in contact with my guy and they send them immediately to any address I need. That goes with any other clothing I think I need outside the clothing packages.



    The Nike clothing packages are unbelievable. Someone mentioned on here about having a closet full of Nike clothes, clubs, and old balls... I have a lot of stuff. About 3 times a year Nike sends out clothing packages which contain anywhere from 10-20 new shirts, 5-10 new pants, 4-8 new jackets/pullovers, and new hats as well. The amount of Nike gear I have is unbelievable. I am used to wearing stuff for multiple years and now I have new stuff coming in quarterly to wear. Once a new logo or brand idea is created the old stuff can't be worn in tournaments anymore. For example when I first turned pro I was sent 20+ hats of various colors with the Nike VRS RZN logo on them. In early 2015 this is when Nike was transitioning to the NIke VAPOR RZN logo. So, three months after my brand new hats came they sent 20+ new hats with no logo on them for me to wear. Three months after that I got MORE hats but now with the NIke VAPOR RZN logo on the. My first 7 months as a pro golfer I had over 30 new hats that I could no longer wear to tournaments but thankfully I had lots of people who would gladly take them (since selling any gear or clubs given from Nike is looked down on).



    The hat story is the same with Staff bags. I now have a collection of 3 staff bags. A 2014, 2015, and 2016 bag, which are all different. Thats how you can tell a true pro golfer on staff, if they have an up to date staff bag.



    Someone asked about clubs too. I can call up my contact and order new wedges whenever I like (I usually do it every 3-5 months). I have a friend who orders new putters frequently but doesn't always use them and has a large collection now. I never need to or want to do that. I usually stick with what I have because it's the player and not the putters fault. However, I do have 6 Nike putters that I have gotten over the years. (since I was with Nike all throughout college as well). I try not to take advantage of Nike's generosity, I ask for what I need and that is all.



    As you guys can see Nike is an amazing company to be a part of. I'm sure all the other companies are great as well but you can't beat the fact that a club and clothing deal is all wrapped up in one. I hope you enjoyed this insight into Nike golf and feel free to ask any further questions.
  • YosefYosef Advanced Members Posts: 974 ✭✭
    edited February 2016
    GolfingBro wrote:


    I've had a lot of interest about what Nike provides for their athletes. So here is the scoop...



    There are a lot of different levels of support for golfers. There is the Rory and Tiger level (millions of dollars and access to the newest clubs and clothes first) and then there is the developmental tour level.



    Most guys sponsored by Nike just get gear and clubs for free. The next step up is monetary compensation for playing and wear Nike. This compensation varies depending on what tour you on. I can't go into too much detail on the money side due to what was in my contract. I can say that there is also bonus money for FedEx cup points and world ranking points on top of the yearly compensation money. To put it simply, the guys who are top 50 in the world and high in the FedEx cup are making A LOT of money.



    Now onto the clubs. Nike makes sure most of their athletes play the new woods as soon as possible. This year its the Nike Vapor Fly driver line (which is blue). The highest paid guys get access to it first, then the rest of the staff. Basically the higher tour you're on the sooner Nike wants the new stuff in your bag. I have played now 6 generations of the Nike woods starting with the Nike VR Pro and now the Nike Vapor Fly. They have all been fantastic, and the technology keeps getting better each year. Every year I think that the Drivers can't get better and yet they do.



    Nike has a small group of athletes on their staff. For example at Final Stage of Q School there were 12 guys that made it. (and they told me that was a lot) They treat all the athletes well and aren't shy about giving us lots of clothes, balls, gloves whenever we need it. If I ever need gloves or balls I get in contact with my guy and they send them immediately to any address I need. That goes with any other clothing I think I need outside the clothing packages.



    The Nike clothing packages are unbelievable. Someone mentioned on here about having a closet full of Nike clothes, clubs, and old balls... I have a lot of stuff. About 3 times a year Nike sends out clothing packages which contain anywhere from 10-20 new shirts, 5-10 new pants, 4-8 new jackets/pullovers, and new hats as well. The amount of Nike gear I have is unbelievable. I am used to wearing stuff for multiple years and now I have new stuff coming in quarterly to wear. Once a new logo or brand idea is created the old stuff can't be worn in tournaments anymore. For example when I first turned pro I was sent 20+ hats of various colors with the Nike VRS RZN logo on them. In early 2015 this is when Nike was transitioning to the NIke VAPOR RZN logo. So, three months after my brand new hats came they sent 20+ new hats with no logo on them for me to wear. Three months after that I got MORE hats but now with the NIke VAPOR RZN logo on the. My first 7 months as a pro golfer I had over 30 new hats that I could no longer wear to tournaments but thankfully I had lots of people who would gladly take them (since selling any gear or clubs given from Nike is looked down on).



    The hat story is the same with Staff bags. I now have a collection of 3 staff bags. A 2014, 2015, and 2016 bag, which are all different. Thats how you can tell a true pro golfer on staff, if they have an up to date staff bag.



    Someone asked about clubs too. I can call up my contact and order new wedges whenever I like (I usually do it every 3-5 months). I have a friend who orders new putters frequently but doesn't always use them and has a large collection now. I never need to or want to do that. I usually stick with what I have because it's the player and not the putters fault. However, I do have 6 Nike putters that I have gotten over the years. (since I was with Nike all throughout college as well). I try not to take advantage of Nike's generosity, I ask for what I need and that is all.



    As you guys can see Nike is an amazing company to be a part of. I'm sure all the other companies are great as well but you can't beat the fact that a club and clothing deal is all wrapped up in one. I hope you enjoyed this insight into Nike golf and feel free to ask any further questions.




    Awesome post, glad to follow!



    Do you play the new nike proto rzn balls? Engage wedges?
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  • Gmen1204Gmen1204 Advanced Members Posts: 1,386 ✭✭
    Welcome and Goodluck.
  • messtophmesstoph Advanced Members Posts: 276
    Which Nike ball are you playing?
    Ping G30
    Cally XHot 3 & 5 wood
    Mizuno 850 Forged 4-PW kbs c-taper
    Mizuno 52 & 56 wedges
    Nike Mod 30 Putter
    Snell MTB

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  • QManyQMany #TheWRX ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 8,994 ClubWRX
    Awesome thread! Thank you for all the insight; I can't wait to follow your progress.
    Currently in #TheWRX...

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    Callaway GBB Epic SZ (15°) Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX
    Callaway XR Pro (20°) Diamana White 90X
    Callaway Apex Pro (4i-PW) DG X100 TI
    Ping Glide 2.0 (50° & 54°) DG S400 TI
    Artisan MT Grind (58°) DG S400
    Odyssey O Works R-Line
    Taylormade TP5X


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  • Togatown22Togatown22 Advanced Members Posts: 2,740 ✭✭
    Matt,

    Thanks so much for sharing so much info; going to be great to follow this thread and track you! Good luck in your Monday Quals!!
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  • Beastmode BrokerBeastmode Broker Canadian AF Advanced Members Posts: 6,308 ✭✭
    edited February 2016
    Matty



    thanks so much for logging in and being a part of this community

    your mom has kept us up to date your tourney's last year and its been awesome to follow

    were on page 2 and I can't believe no one has asked yet.......so ..... WITB bro!!!! (wha's in the bag)

    can you update on us on your gear specifics, such as what you use, shafts, settings, flex, wedge lofts etc for your 2016 bag?

    we are all SUPER GOLF GEAR GEEKS here and would love to see your kit



    if you feel like it pics are cool, but if not a break down is fine too

    if you make it out to the Dakota Dunes open in Saskatoon, SK again this year (hopefully minus the forest fire smoke) ill be sure to come watch you play



    thanks again for joining!!



    BB
    [font=verdana, geneva, sans-serif]Taylormade M1 440 9.5 | Kuro Kage DC 60 X[/font]
    [font=verdana, geneva, sans-serif]Taylormade M2 15 | RIP Alpha B 70 X[/font]
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  • jtothep21jtothep21 Advanced Members Posts: 335
    Best of luck on your journey!! Can't wait to hear more!
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    3W - TM Areoburner TP Matrix White Tie S
    Hybrid - Adams XTD Ti Matrix Red Tie S
    Irons - Ping i200 KBS Tour 120
    Wedges - Nike Engage 56/60
    Putter - Custom Kingston KP1 Carbon
    Ball - Taylormade Tour Preferred X
    Shoes - Nike Lunar Control 4 and Nike TW 14 Mesh
  • slicktryslicktry @meximenno Advanced Members Posts: 2,532
    Matt finally joined!!!! This should be fun. Cant wait to see the first Mother-Son argument happen on WRX! haha.



    God Bless

    Jer
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    '16 M2 DF 13* w/ DGSL X100
    16* Adams Red w/ DG X100
    20* Adams Red w/ DG X100
    4-PW 770 w/ TI DG X100
    52* TM EF ATV w/ C Taper S+
    58* PM Grind w/ C Taper S+
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  • spiderspider Advanced Members Posts: 1,102
    edited February 2016
    Great Posts. Sorry didn't notice your name Golfing Bro so we could follow tourney rounds. If you are keeping it a secret no worries.



    Geez dunno how I missed his name in earlier post. What a dunce I am
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    Ping G30 7 wood S tour spec
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    Wishon 575 mmc cavity P-4 Aerotech I95 moi'd
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  • birdman72birdman72 Advanced Members Posts: 444 ✭✭
    This has been a great read. I can't wait to follow your progress this season. Good luck!
  • blink3665blink3665 #TwistFaceExperience Advanced Members Posts: 5,941 ✭✭
    That insight into the free Nike gear is awesome!



    Do you get to ask for other Nike stuff too? ie, can you get Nike boardshorts, workout gear, etc?



    I haven't ever been around any tournament golf. Can you tell us about how you prep for tournaments? Or what life on the road is like?



    Thanks for sharing!
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    Taylormade M4 19* UST Proforce V2h R -0.5" (40.25")
    Taylormade M4 22* UST Proforce V2h R -0.5" (39.75")
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  • Conrad1953Conrad1953 Advanced Members Posts: 14,831 ✭✭
    So glad you joined Matt! I followed your progress in the Canadian PGA Tour

    thread. I thought Richard was gonna update us on the Web.com quals, lol.

    Maybe you did Richard and I missed it lol.



    You're gonna have a big fan base here Matt! Welcome to WRX!
  • agathaagatha Advanced Members Posts: 969




    Jer- no fighting, its his thread.. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    But I will chime in on the Nike stuff, Blink, part of his contract is a section where he gets a certain dollar amount per year to spend on anything he wants on this nike website.. It is a generous amount and he is kind enough to share with us.. I just ordered a new jacket and shoes and my daughter ordered 3 items of nike golf clothes. Love it!!!

    And he has actually received 5 clothing kits since Aug 2015, its seriously unreal to me how much stuff they send. He also got luggage, a nice golf club travel bag, they even sent a cute little bag for balls to transport for when he works on short game. So thankful Nike provides for all of his needs.

    He can update you on the equipment and such.. I have no clue other than its a pretty blue color.
  • Holy MosesHoly Moses Advanced Members Posts: 10,264 ✭✭
    How do you get the opportunity to try to Monday qualify?
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    Ping G30 3W 15* (DI-7X)
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  • J13J13 Dad golf Advanced Members Posts: 15,230 ✭✭
    WITB?
    Ping G400 LST 8.5* / Xphlexxx Modena F7 Prototype 7TX
    Nike VR Pro LTD 15* / Aldila RIP 80X
    Srixon 745's 4-PW / Modus Tour 120 TX
    Callaway MD3 50, 54, 60 / Modus 125
    Odyssey White Hot Versa #6 Tour issue
    Srixon Zstar XV


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    GolfWrx WITB Podcast 2017 : http://www.golfwrx.com/482668/tgtg-golfwrx-forum-member-j13-talks-witb-and-club-testing/

    WITB- http://www.golfwrx.c.../page__st__1590

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  • Rweaves6Rweaves6 Advanced Members Posts: 137
    Good luck my man, thanks for taking the time to share with all of us wannabes image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
  • isaacbmisaacbm Advanced Members Posts: 3,269 ✭✭
    This thread is going to ruin it for all the want to be posers that never post scores or have any evidence to back up their claims!!

    Actual evidence of being a good player on Wrx? Blasphemy I say!!







    Looking forward to following!!
  • b.heltsb.helts Advanced Members Posts: 2,794 ✭✭
    edited February 2016
    Matt,

    If you are home and ever want someone to "spar" with someone (read: give you money) you got a game.



    Don taught me how to swing a club. Chad has been my only teacher since college and was in my wedding.



    I live about 45 minutes from Los Osos and I'd love to play with someone of your caliber again. Never bad to play with someone better than you, which I don't get to do too often.



    If not, no worries.

    Play well.

    Brian
  • blink3665blink3665 #TwistFaceExperience Advanced Members Posts: 5,941 ✭✭
    agatha wrote:






    Jer- no fighting, its his thread.. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    But I will chime in on the Nike stuff, Blink, part of his contract is a section where he gets a certain dollar amount per year to spend on anything he wants on this nike website.. It is a generous amount and he is kind enough to share with us.. I just ordered a new jacket and shoes and my daughter ordered 3 items of nike golf clothes. Love it!!!

    And he has actually received 5 clothing kits since Aug 2015, its seriously unreal to me how much stuff they send. He also got luggage, a nice golf club travel bag, they even sent a cute little bag for balls to transport for when he works on short game. So thankful Nike provides for all of his needs.

    He can update you on the equipment and such.. I have no clue other than its a pretty blue color.





    Thanks! That is pretty cool. I know it's not all about free stuff (and he has obviously worked very hard for it), but it's cool to hear about. It sounds like he's getting taken care of!
    Srixon z785 9.5* EvenFlow Handcrafted Blue 65 / / Taylormade M4 9.5* EvenFlow Handcrafted Blue 65
    Taylormade M3 HL MFS5 White Tie 60S -0.75" (42.5")
    Taylormade M4 19* UST Proforce V2h R -0.5" (40.25")
    Taylormade M4 22* UST Proforce V2h R -0.5" (39.75")
    Srixon 545 - 5-PW - 2* flat - Modus3 120s - Best Grips Classic

    Cleveland CBX 48* +1* loft - -0.75" - 2* flat
    Cleveland RTX4 Raw 54* mid, 58* xlow -0.75" - 2* flat // TM Hi Toe 58* 2* flat
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][background=transparent]Slighter Proto 1 - #9/Del Mar design - High Toe - Long neck - Deep Milled face - [/background]33", 370gr, lie 71*, loft 4*[/font]
    Odyssey OWorks 2ball - 32"
    GolfWRX (Nike Collegiate) bag (White) / Nike HyperAdapt

    WITB Link
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