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  1. Background After I took a few months off of MGS due to some work and life things that needed my attention, I finally got some time to log back on and post a long overdue review. After posting, I found myself curious as to how I was selected and the likelihood of being selected again, especially since my product was so niche and did not receive many interactions. So I took the challenge upon myself to do a not so scientific study of how reviewers are selected and compare it to the post (https://forum.mygolfspy.com/faq/testing/how-are-equipment-testers-chosen-r11/) by the Mods on how teste
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  2. Whoa! This is amazing work. As the one who wrote most of the FAQ post and who has a hand in choosing testers, it's certainly reassuring to find data that says that we're doing what we say that we're doing. To be honest, I'd rather see the number of new testers be even higher than it is. We are always looking to get new members involved in testing. I know we have a ton of people who join the Forum just to apply for tests: if you're that guy and you're reading this, please start posting, even a little. It's not feasible for us to pick people who have no posting history; we just don't know i
    21 points
  3. HAHAHAHA.... as someone who used to pick testers this is interesting....some of it is right, some of it is close and some of it is, well, I'll leave that up to the current moderators who select the testers now. I will say though, you left one thing out: If you are selected to test something - anything - and you don't post a word at all in the review thread or reach out to one of the mods and explain the extenuating circumstances (yes, they understand people have actual real lives and jobs too) you will never be selected to test again. Not a warning, just some advice....
    19 points
  4. What your conclusions seem to indicate is exactly what the moderators state in their posts about how testers are chosen. As you also indicated you had to make some assumptions on things that change over time like post counts and if/when a person became a donor, and their post frequency since becoming a member. I have been a forum member since 2012, but didn’t get engaged until about 2017. There are also quite a few frequent posters that never apply for tests as that isn’t the reason they are on the forum. Even with the selection criteria there are still testers that take the product and d
    18 points
  5. Interesting breakdown. I know there is a human element behind it all and that we want to encourage new members join and be active as a chance to become a new tester along with MGS wanting to give new people a opportunity to test products. There are also others (like myself) who have been very fortunate to take part in multiple tests. They are a lot of work and a lot of fun. Another part of it (at least I feel) after testing once we become more selective in what we apply for. Again speaking from personal experience I likely won't be applying for another putter review even if I love the put
    13 points
  6. Your original post hit on once selected you become a little more selective in your choices for applying to tests. I know this is true for me, once I got the first one done and had the lay of how reviews go (was not selected initially but someone had to back out due to the pandemic and gave me the opportunity) I became comfortable with the process and have really tried to focus on things that truly interest me. The site has given me insight into things I never really looked at before. It has prompted a few of my purchases over the past year (push cart and planemate) and has given me some great
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  7. As someone who has had hand in selecting testers for the past four years, I found this research and post very interesting. I think all of the MODS had to take a deep breath when we saw the title and the beginning of the thread. While I am confident in the system that has been handed down form the moderators before us and continued under our management works, you never know what the numbers may say. I think MPR said most everything above better than I can say it. But one thing I will add on to his post and it's in reference to some of the stats that @TBS mentioned. I think the numbe
    11 points
  8. Hopefully not to repeat what I said in my other post, but we know there is a human element to it and I think MGS, mods and the forum community is pretty open as to what in general it takes to be selected. You have mentioned several of those points in your post as well as there are several threads on what it takes to be selected. The forum's mission statement: “MyGolfSpy's Community Forum aspires to continued growth while adhering to its core goal of being a place for serious, honest and fun discussion on both golf and life, and a place to go for product reviews - a true online ‘19th Hole
    11 points
  9. Kudos for doing the work that proves MGS is true to their criteria in selecting testers. I've been lucky enough to be selected twice as a tester and while the reviews are a lot of work, I enjoyed the heck out of the process. One suggestion I have for members that want to be testers is to only apply for opportunities that you are passionate about. Because the reviews are a lot of work, if you are just entering to win something, you will find the process tedious and that will most likely be reflected in the quality of your review.
    11 points
  10. This has been a nice thread. I've been very fortunate to take part in 3 tests for the forums to date. As others have already mentioned I only apply for something that I am really interested in. The reviews are work and you'll be expected to follow through and be active throughout the process. Even in testing a dozen balls with a line on them I had to really think about how it effected my game and if I liked it or not. I think one of the best things you can do to prep yourself to be selected to test is to post an unofficial test or two using the scoring system from prior official tests
    10 points
  11. played 9 this morning at a new to me course. 43, 7/7 fairways, 2/9 greens, 18 putts driver was on fire, approach shots weren’t. now that i hit a reliable draw, i have to adjust my setup to accommodate for it. i was going right at flags and ending up pin high but left.
    10 points
  12. @TBS Great job with this. Helps verify to everyone that certain criteria are looked at but also you dont have to have 1,000+ posts and reputation to win. I've seen that usually you're first opportunity will be a "smaller" one like a rangefinder/ balls/ shoes/ etc and not necessarily a set of irons or cobraconnect, etc. I have been fortunate enough to test a Precision Pro rangefinder and then was later selected for Ping irons BUT i've held out on applying for Cobra Connect bc i dont think i could keep up with the weekly contests.
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  13. Correct. Myself and @MaxEntropy were both chosen for the Bridgestone one...had to sign an NDA for that one too.
    9 points
  14. Played 36 at 2 different courses today. 85 at 1st course with 4 penalty strokes and a double par on a par 3. ouch...Struggled off the tee 2nd 18 waa a course Ive never broke 80 at but today I shot 78. Tee shots wish driver were a mix but no penalties. Had 3 birds and 1 double. Made a few putts today, no 3 putts over 36 holes, and hit my irons well. Once I figure out my driver and get my wedge play in shape my scores will come down. Struggling a bit with wedges from 115 in
    9 points
  15. So, in an attempt to get this thread back on the rails (thanks for the software geek-out @B.Bostonand @xOldBenKenobiX ), I have to admit I've always been curious and would love to see a story or write-up from our mods along the lines of a day or week in the life of an MGS mod. I know they're plenty busy already, and they can't spill all the beans about how a tester selection went down, but I'd be curious about anything they can/would share along those lines, as well as OEM interactions, other MGS mod duties, and then balancing it all with their day jobs, family, own golf game, etc. Just foo
    8 points
  16. This has been a really interesting thread to read. Only other thing I'd offer, and it's more of a pile on to @B.Boston's WITB comment, but a sufficiently high post volume isn't just a measure of dedication to the forum and whether you're a danger of ghosting the review (although obviously that's a big part of it), but it also helps other forum members identify whose games are more relatable and similar to my own. In other words, while I read pretty much every review, I tend to find and focus in on a particular tester if I get a general sense of a reasonably comparable game between him a
    8 points
  17. I found this interesting, only because it goes to show that what MGS set out to do is actually working. They have to be very selective when it comes to handing out items for review, with all tests there are risks of someone taking the item and “ghosting“ and never being heard from again. There are also those that have to be prodded along and reminded to make comments and complete their reviews. If you go back and look at most of the review threads you will see that some of the testers were much more engaged than others and constantly made updates and answered questions in the thread, I’m sure
    8 points
  18. Well said Bryan, I picked up my super speed system exclusively due to the member testing that was done right here. Often when I see some new golf gear or gadget, that interests me, I will come to the forum and search to see if there have been past reviews of those items, official or unofficial, I am a big fan of the unofficial reviews, as many of us, buy a lot new equipment all of the time, or win it from Instagram
    8 points
  19. @TBS That is some awesome work. I appreciate the data insight that you have compiled. I am guilty to initially have came to this forum just for testing opportunities, now I really enjoying being around and reading all of the great content that other members like yourself put out.
    8 points
  20. Definitely agree on the topic of getting selected for small things first then getting selected for bigger items. I started with a test for CBD oil, then got selected for a Ben Hogan 3W test, and now I am testing the Motocaddy electric push cart. Makes sense that the admins will bring you in on testing with a relatively lower value item to make sure you are reliable and can write a coherent review then put you in the hat for bigger ticket items. Also agree that as I have been selected for testing, I become more selective on my applications. Before my first test, I applied for everything!
    8 points
  21. Thanks you, this is very well laid out. As someone who has done reviews, I will also join in with the assertion, "That they are work". The latest for me has been challenging, more so due to personal life issues, than actual product. I also recognize the importance for timely reviews, and since I have only finished and posted half the review, I have decided, I would not put my name in the ring this year for any other review. I enjoy being part of this group, both reading posts, and participating. One other note to that I do not remember reading. If you are selected, plan on spending some
    8 points
  22. Go ahead and share... Isn't MGS about providing "the truth and nothing but" and shouldn't their forum fall under the same mission?
    8 points
  23. Yeah, that was kind of a strange experience - we were getting the clubs pre-release. I was paired with a bit of a club-ho early on who took way too much of an interest in them, but I could not discuss much about them. That led me to buying some iron covers to help hide them
    8 points
  24. I don't have to imagine, I lived it You mean to get me to talk about myself or tell stories. Man, such a large ask...ha We have tried to organize a Staff Golf Outing for a few years, going back to when @GolfSpy Barbajo ran this joint. He tried and extended an invite to all of us to a very nice course that has been the site of multiple WGC's but alas it didn't work out schedule wise for us. It along with a national/regional type of MGS Member outing is something I still have on my table.
    7 points
  25. 3 and 3 for an even round. Iron play is better than ever since the “adjustment” 6 iron from 163... and a funny piece or irony...
    7 points
  26. Well...there's a solution for this...clear. Iron. covers. Only the best players use iron covers. You don't see them on TV because they're clear but trust me, the covers are there. *wink* *wink*
    7 points
  27. Great information here and doing this as an outside eye is great. If you follow a majority of the tests just following the peak season (right now) reiterates the MGS selection criteria.
    7 points
  28. OK I give up, might have to practice short game. Wednesday was a train wreck!! Washed my clubs and couldn’t do a thing with them, Driver was inconsistent, irons distance OK but my “towards” was all over the place. Putting horrendous, 3 putted 3 greens and greens were nice, fast. Hope Bacon Boyz Friday can get me back!!
    7 points
  29. @TBS great thread! I'm a bit late and would only reiterate the comments many have made - including the commitment to give timely, honest and thorough feedback to the Forum members. The work clearly falls under my category of 'careful what you ask for'. As someone who was first selected to be a tester for C-300 in 2019, I can say I had no idea of the work involved. Most first time testers probably end up feeling the same because while we think we know what's involved, we're too pumped up from being selected to think about the testing details and the time commitment. And it doesn't end with
    6 points
  30. Even though I will be a two time tester I need to get my content rating higher... I love these stats and like others have said. Goes to show the great work everyone here does. The MGS mission is strong and alive and well. It has really helped me appreciate the game more.
    6 points
  31. Now I take a lot of excel flat files/database links, push them through an Alteryx model, and output the results to a Power BI dashboard... it's sooo much better than building presentations in Power Point or constantly building charts/graphs in excel. Side note: Sorry to 99% of the forums members who don't understand what I just wrote and could care less about excel.
    6 points
  32. I can and only want to have to imagine it, I tried before going back and reading pages of applications just for fun, spoiler alert, I was wrong, it was not fun at all. 75% of my work is done with excel and power queries, so I can attest that, a good database foundation makes is much easier to do my full time job, I can hope that it makes it easier for the mods too.
    6 points
  33. It is the same way with me, when new round of testing is published, although I read them all, I concentrate and pay close attention to members that I know have a similar game to mine and by all means to the ones who I know from the forums personal interactions.
    6 points
  34. Every day... probably 30-40 swings back and forth.... around 50-60 yards. Need to get between the 2 flags. Have another mat between them for the shot back. Working on swing path and plane. Ignore the ugly lawn; new house and it's a WIP.
    6 points
  35. Not actual copper. Just a pvd finish that will likely wear off with time like a pvd black finish We aren’t being lumped in with general consumer orders, I’ll just leave it at that
    6 points
  36. Yes - That should be added somewhere. In all of those cases, these "special" selections were clearly stated in the Tester announcement if I remember correctly.
    6 points
  37. adjusting the lofts is about gapping; not the clubs themselves. As was said, most manufacturers make it easy for their clubs to be put into combo sets. If you need to fix gaps, you just bend to the lofts that give you the correct distance.
    6 points
  38. That would definitely be cool. An article similar to "life inside the ropes" or "tour pro undercover" tons of funny anecdotes and insights.
    5 points
  39. Can you imagine if you had to go through 5700 applicants the old way, where they basically had to weed their way through pages and pages in a thread to pick out the actual applicant posts and filter out the posts that were just banter??? That had to be crazy! This way they are presented with a list or a spreadsheet of applicants and as you said I am sure they can filter that list several ways to reduce the overall numbers.
    5 points
  40. One thing to note, is that there is a common misconception for most of the new or non testers, testing takes time and dedication, a lot of times it is not just about gaming a new item, it is about noticing those subtle differences between what we are used to use and what you are testing, and try to show others those differences. @Apolloshowl you already know how much I love data breakdowns and excel, so I am really pleased with this thread.
    5 points
  41. Spot on ML. Aside from the equipment and content, there are some fantastic humans who occupy this site. The discourse is kind and even in disagreement, it’s always cordial.
    5 points
  42. I am following the DECADE recommendation and playing a single ball flight with my driver which is a fade. I never try to draw the ball with my driver.
    5 points
  43. Couldn't agree more with these posts. The influence that testing has on our bags offers some very legit value to the vendors. I'll speak for myself knowing that there are others here who share the same position...my bag has been built almost exclusively based upon MGS testing. Members & MGS testing is the reason I play Hogans, a G400 driver, Nippon shafts, a TP5 ball and haul it all around with a Hoofer lite bag. It's also a big reason why I don't play certain clubs at all; the testing does a very nice job of qualifying certain brands and exposing others. This isn't just some cont
    5 points
  44. Yes. There is a rubber shortage and grips are one of the main reasons oems have such long lead times these days
    5 points
  45. Oh yeah the red one can be a b**ch sometimes. Haha. There are days in out of sequence and can struggle to get it over 100mph. Then other days it’s been as fast as my blue. looking forward to tomorrow’s workout being better. Haha
    5 points
  46. Had a very similar session today after a couple weeks off due to some crazy work and the kids being home. Felt slow for sure. Got the light and medium up to decent speeds but the heavy was down 5 mph from the last week I did it. Part of it is morning but part of it is the time away. It's always that heavy stick that takes the longest to come back after a break. Still good to get back to it.
    5 points
  47. 5 points
  48. My favorite was the first at the Old Course. The hole itself isn't anything special, a hundred-yard wide fairway, a tiny wee creek in front, simply. But to be there, you've gone through a bunch of hoops. You've walked around the town, and you're standing right in front of the R&A clubhouse. If you get to play this hole, you get to play all the rest. Its one of the best experiences in golf.
    5 points
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