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  1. ... I love MGS testing and I love Shiels reviews. That said, I do not agree with everything either one of them say or report. It is always the job of the consumer to be informed and then come to their own conclusions, hopefully by a fitting or at least on course testing. I was particularly surprised by the love fest MGS showed Bob Parsons when they "interviewed" him but maybe that is just because I wanted them to put him on the hot seat for his most irritating commercials ever made and they basically kissed his butt. That said if I were a big Parsons fan I may have loved the interview which is my point. We all have bias. ... But to address the defending of TM, it seemed to me they were defending the Stealth technology as a major advancement in club head design and not TM as they never even mentioned their name in the above example, which is exactly what I am looking for from MGS. It is rare for a new technology to change the way clubs are designed, but it certainly happens. Slot in the sole and thin faced irons with a polymer type filling are examples. I think it is fair to assume a company that has the top driver in the market does not completely abandon titanium and introduce something radically different without it being better. As always how much better is the big question. Which is why I appreciate Shiels and MGS's POV as they are probably a harbinger of exactly what all golfers out there may experience. One guy will testify they gain yards and dispersion with their Stealth driver and the next guy will say it is no better than their SIM2 or what ever titanium driver they were playing.
    23 points
  2. I think we should all give a big shout out to our staff of writers. @GolfSpy Barbajo @GolfSpy Dave @Tony Covey MGS @GolfSpyC They all have had an incredible amount of articles to write with not a lot of lead time this week. By the time the OEM's got the product and product info to them, a lot of their time over the holidays was spent writing the First Look pieces we enjoyed yesterday and a lot more to come in the coming weeks. They all have worked years in the industry and developed relationsips with every OEM in order to get the access and true informataion about the industry and prodcuts that so many other memebers of the media dont' take the time to do. As I've always said, it's the best golf editorial staff in the business, and I know and have seen a lot of them. So we should be thankful we have them for another great year of conent coming in 2022! Also a big thanks to the HQ Staff that doesn't get the spotlight but put a ton of work into scheduliing, editing and photogrpahing all the content we read on a daily basis. Thanks to Harry, Miranda, Phillip, Bennett and Emanuel. Then of course there's @GolfSpy_X (Adam) who without him, no of this would be possible without his vision and leadership. Hats off Laadies and Gents!
    22 points
  3. Wife got some cleaning gear l (thanks @GolfSpy_BOSfor putting bugs in her ear) desperately needed a new waffle towel but really wanted to get one of the cleaning tools and wifey pulled through. as for my son he was the real winner today. Hauling in a new set (he transferred all gear and unwrapped the new clubs within 10 minutes and was chipping foam balls after….God bless him) he also cashed in on some new balls, glove, tees and foam balls from Grammy and Pepere.
    22 points
  4. Happy New Year Everyone The OEM's are not going to waste anytime in getting their 2022 product launches out to the public. They know there has been a lot of pent up demand to see what's new for 2022. As usual the Blog Home Page will have all the First Looks as soon as they come available and space allows. We are memebers to please not start any threads about the new 2022 Products during this next week or two. We will get them up onthe forum as quickly as we can. Our goal is to have one thread--I know it's ambitous--for all new product and have it contain the official release info in the first post. We may delete any threads we see that beat us to the punch, so we appreciate your patience. So make sure you got your coffee pot set to brew several large cups tomorrow as a lot of them will kick off Tuesday morning. Feel free to post here what you're looking forward to in the meantime, afterall we've got about 18 hours to kill
    21 points
  5. Well everyone, I have decided to hang up the sticks for the foreseeable future. Injuries are plaguing me pretty bad with golf related movements. I can’t even pick up a club with my right arm right now. I have zero interest in returning at this point either. My wife and I planning our next few yes out, and having a functional arm is important for those plans. This one is for real this time, I’ll be around every once and a while, but this is long overdue. I hope you all have a great year, hole in one wishes for everyone. Cheers, Alan
    20 points
  6. Johnny 5 has arrived! I was just about to head out with the wife to pick up the cat from the vet and pick up a new handle for the downstairs toilet that my wife broke, when I got a box on my front porch. It was packaged well and I was able to quickly assemble it before heading out the door. It's also extremely easy to fold up and open. I can't wait for some better weather to be able to get it out on the course.
    20 points
  7. Gonna step in here with a couple of comments. First, we've never had a "no criticisizing MGS in the Forum" policy, and we're not about to start that. If we have to police this thread, it won't be because we don't allow criticism. But obviously, this is a thread that might spark some sharp comments. Let's keep the tone civil here; better to type then edit then post rather than type then post then edit (or get moderated).
    18 points
  8. I went for a putter fitting today (1/7/22) at my local Club Champion. After giving up armlock and going to a traditional length putter, I wanted to learn more about my stroke and see what putters based on my stroke may fit me best. Here is a little more detail about the process. First step was to get the specs of my current putter. The putter I brought in was a Odyssey White Hot OG #1WS with a LAGP 105 putter shaft and a P2 Classic grip. Based on that, the fitter asked me how I got that putter and I told him that I built it myself. Throughout the rest of the fitting, we would talk quite a bit about club building and such. The putter spec'd out at 31", 68 degrees lie, 2 degrees loft. He measured the loft and lie angle using a digital mitchell putter machine. Second step was to warm up on some putts, they were about 6 to 8 feet in length or so. After that, I got on the SAM putt lab and hit 7 putts. Here are the results of the SAM putt lab: The first output from the SAM putt lab is an analysis of the stroke type is looking at the arc. Based on the report, I have a lot of arc. I knew I had some arc, but wasn't aware that it was as much as shown on the report. This was something eye opening, just from an understanding perspective. Face averaged 0.6 degrees open at impact. Next was rotation relative to path. Based on this parameter, SAM recommended Face Balanced. Strong arc plus face balanced doesn't intuitively make sense but the fitter explained why SAM was recommended Face Balanced. The fitter did also note that although SAM recommended Face Balanced, that may not be the right fit for me. More on that later. Next was aim. No idea how I was able to achieve 0.0 degrees at setup, but i did. Next is length. The fitter said i stand pretty far from the ball and my eyes are inside the line. He didn't say it was something I should change but indicated by 31" putter might just be a little long. Also, I don't have sort of strange posture or anything like that in case you are wondering why i use a 31" putter. I really am just that short with proportionately short legs for my height and proportionately average to slightly longer than average arms for my height. Next was loft. The measured loft of my putter was 2 degrees and i delivered just about 2 degrees of loft at impact. Fitter said that was perfect My putter tends to be toe up at setup and ends toe up at impact. The fitter said that the recommended lie angle of 64 degrees is too drastic, likely i should go half an inch shorter and then start with 1 to 2 degrees flatter. During our chat, i told him i have a putter bending machine at home, so he said to mess around starting with 1 to 2 degrees and bend slightly more if needed. The fitter said that my consistency numbers were the highest he had ever seen during a SAM fitting. Maybe that was a bit of hyperbole or maybe his clientele don't have very consistent putting strokes. Hyperbole aside, my stroke turned out to be pretty consistent. So after the review of the numbers, he grabbed some putters to try, some face balanced, some with a small amount of toe hang, and some with more toe hang, like my Odyssey blade. He knew I liked putters a lot and he knew I had a lot of knowledge about different brands and models and shafts as such, so he encouraged me to try out a bunch of stuff, even if it may not make sense based on the SAM recommendation. During the testing of other putts, you just make some putts from the same distance as when the SAM was setup, but you don't test each putter with the SAM. In terms of making putts, there were some putters that i made more putts with than others, but in general was making a lot of putts during the fitting. We had noticed with some of the putters, i was making the putts but on the right edge of the cup rather than center. There was one putter that I kept coming back to, which was the Queen B 11 by Bettinardi. I was making putts with it and more centered than the other putters that i was testing. That Queen B 11 ended up being my favorite putter aside from my gamer, but my gamer performed well too. I made all 7 test putts with the gamer at the start. He said the gamer was a great fit for me already and that there really is no need to buy a new putter unless i want a new putter. If the gamer was a good fit, then why did the SAM recommend face balanced. The fitter said it was because of the rotation relative to path and with the face being open at impact. However, he said that he thought the gamer grip was partially at fault for leaving the face open at impact. He the grip is probably too thick from front of the grip to the back of the grip (the P2 Classic grip is a bit unique in its shape). Without that, I would probably be more square at impact and then the machine would not have recommended face balanced. So coming out of it, my gamer is a good fit, but he wants me to increase the swingweight a bit (its really light), bend the lie angle a bit, and play it slightly shorter. The other outcome was that i putt better (at least during the fitting) with either a blade or a small mid-mallet. I happen to have a blade gamer right now, but 75% of my last two years playing golf has been with some sort of mallet. I had always thought I needed the "forgiveness" of a high MOI mallet.
    18 points
  9. Just my humble opinion but excellent comments all the way around. I do enjoy the work that MGS, Golf Digest, Rick Shiels and others provide on Golf Content and equipment. With that being said, I've always taken the approach that I need to properly test the equipment, apparel, and balls myself to see what works best for me. What may be one man's trash, is another's treasure.
    17 points
  10. Just ordered this bad boy and will soon be joining the ranks of the push cart mafia. My wife is suggesting I name it Johnny 5.
    17 points
  11. My Christmas gift was the permission to renew my membership to CHA
    17 points
  12. Ladies and Gentlemen… I just finished up my last exam with a 98% for my undergraduate degree. Baring a complete failure of the last writing assignment I should end up with an A. This has been a long, tiring, stressful, enjoyable, wonderful, and rewarding experience. Something I thought I would never accomplish in life, but here I am, on the Dean’s list and graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Mora of the story, it’s never too late, and you’re never too old to do things that you have been putting off. Here’s some sparkling apple cider to celebrate.
    17 points
  13. Let’s hear what you accomplished this year? Did you reach the goals you set out for the year? What are some goals you have for 2022? I’ll start, here’s what I wrote in the 2021 goals section back in December of 2020… 1) Continue to work on my swing. 2) Consistently break 80. 3) Raise my GIR percentage. 4) Stay in better shape/injury free. Bonus: get rid of my hand me down Adams woods and get fit for a hybrid/wood combo. Overall, it’s been a great year and here a couple accomplishments I’ve had this year: - lowered my all time low handicap to a 5.0. - shot my best round ever of a 74 at Black Creek Golf Course in Chattanooga TN. - Got to visit some awesome places with some great friends: Sweetens Cove, Taylormade Kingdom at Reynolds Landing, PGA Championship, Kiva Dunes, and so many more. -Thanks to MGS, I was able to replace my hand me down woods and started gaming some Cobra woods/hybrids (as well as irons and wedges ). 2022 goals I’ll get a little more specific this year. 1) Shoot a +1 round or better. 2) LESS 3 putts. Please. 3) Less driving penalties. According to Arccos, I’m losing 1.2 strokes because of penalties off the tee. Doesn’t seem like much, but it’s an issue for me. 4) Enjoy the game with friends, don’t get so serious, travel to more places - Big Cedar Lodge in April, back to Sweetens and more!
    16 points
  14. I've honestly lost a little love for MGS over the last couple years. I think they generally do good work and I support them and have donated in the past but I get this sense that they are trying to do more than they set out to do. What started as a small group of hard working people doing independent reviews has turned into a bunch of sponsored articles. I know I'm certainly being overly harsh when I say that because I don't think that is their intent, it's just the optics of their articles have gotten worse, especially since they started the We Tried It series. While I'm happy the MGS staff has obviously developed good relationships with OEM staffs, the optics make it appear that it is spilling over into their work and independence. I think going after Rick Shiels is nonsense for a publication like MGS. He is an independent Youtuber that had an average experience with a new product, who cares? I don't think MGS should. If MGS feels they should defend manufacturers from Youtubers, then I guess I had a misunderstanding of what MGS is about. In the end I currently support MGS and truly appreciate what they do. However, I think they need to take a hard look at how they present information and do what they can to maintain independence. I know that MGS is never going to be 100% independent. I don't know that they could afford to buy all the clubs they test and I'm not saying they should. However, regardless of how independent they are, the optics of what they do is what matters. The optics of MGS going to bat for a large OEM like TM is not a good look IMO. I'm only harsh about independence because my line of work revolves around true independence and risk governance. A lot people don't have a true understanding of what real independence and risk governance actually is.
    15 points
  15. These were my 2021 Goals. I would like to keep my handicap where it is and not slide in the wrong direction. It was very hard getting here and a bad round or two could hurt. I would like to get out and play other courses more. Being a member of a club pulls you to playing there to save money and utilize what your membership gives you. But having a course pretty much to yourself every Sunday morning is tough to walkway from to go to a public crowded course that I would have to pay for. I need to work on my 5 iron or 5 hybrid accuracy. That's my inconsistent distance. My 2021 accomplishments I not only kept my handicap from sliding in the wrong direction. I dropped it from 1.6 in March to .6 by August and held it there. I did get to play a few more courses this year. But not as many as I wanted. Mainly due to all the travel restrictions from Covid. I dropped my 5 iron from the bag and picked up a new 5 hybrid from Sub 70. That was the ticket. Much more consistant and the first day out made birdie from a distance that was my weak distance for accuracy. Now much more comfortable with the 175 yard range finding the green. In summary goals were met. 2022 Goals. I was obsessed with chasing numbers last season. How low could I get my handicap? Although very successful I lost some of the fun that the game gives me. So my goal is no not obsess and I am dropping my GHIN membership. Have fun! I would like to beat my low round. I managed to shoot 68 and 69 twelve times this year. 67 would be my goal. I would like to play more courses this year. Finally a big wish. I really want to get out of the aceless thread.
    15 points
  16. Awesome thread 2021 broke 100 for first time dropped cap by 8 strokes played with three spies Goals for 2022 Break 90 drop cap down to 15 increase my long game through speed training and sustain it (started already) Play a round with one golf ball play in a couple golf tournaments take my daughter golfing or mini golfing play Bandon (long shot) drop my weight down to 190, get leaner and stronger (was at 180 before kids and training to climb Mt St Helen’s) Continue to be there for my wife and daughter and not let other things take over my life. happy new year all! side note: 10 year anniversary tomorrow. No one really knows my story on here but this is a super big accomplishment for us.
    15 points
  17. As I close out my membership in NY I had a large unspent food minimum that I was allowed to spend in the pro shop. Ordered a new putter for my daughter and I got 10 dozen balls. Happy late Christmas to me.
    15 points
  18. Got the job offer! Still negotiating final numbers, but so happy!!!! I will have a huge territory, so I’ll be looking to golf with MGS’ers in Dallas, Ft Worth, Lubbock, and all the way to Albuquerque (never been there)!!!!!
    15 points
  19. As you can imagine I've been following this thread pretty closely. A few things I want to say I appreciate everyones views and opinions and how they have been expressed. I think this is a pretty touchy thread and the constructive solid conversation and back and forth is a huge reason why I want to be part of this forum. I can't speak to what was said on the main site as I don't know who/why what was said was said? I haven't hit the new Stealth driver even though I think the new tech is cool and do have it on my shortlist. I will also admit that probably a year and a half ago I unsubscribed and set my youtube to ignore Ricks videos. Simply put I didn't enjoy them and wasn't finding value in them. I also recall there being a podcast of his I listened to and he was talking about shafts/fittings which really disagreed with me. For me and his content it was time to move on so I did. Someone also mentioned that at one point he was working on a better testing method with someone from New York. I was excited for this as even though he hits what I'm sure is more then 10 shots), it was quite often 10 shots which were shown in videos and those same 10 shots are the basis for the data shown (again keep in mind I haven't watched one of his videos in nearly a year). The testing method he was talking about was seemingly going to be more robust and consistent. However I think Covid and change in locations may have had something to do with that never quite taking shape... I dunno? Again I've read every comment on this thread and believe this is a good example of makes this forum so great. We have a pretty divisive topic that could easily fall deep down the rabbit hole and have to be shutdown and ppl warned and so on, yet we have nearly 100 posts of back and forth with varying reviews that has been constructive with no real BS. I hope that at some point we find/hear more about this as I do think we have hashed out what has been said on both sides at length and talked on various other points, but appreciate what everyone is bringing to this conversation and who knows maybe the most wanted testing will show some data that none of us really expected?
    14 points
  20. Saturday was my last round before shoulder surgery. I shot a 49/42:91 and had several tries at birdie. I did par the last hole, #18 which is one of the hard3st holes on the course(#3 handicap). Looking ahead, I am positive that my shoulder will be so much better and I can rehab with a strong Spring ahead of me.
    14 points
  21. ... Good scores and better play are right around the corner right? Well evidently I thought I was a Nascar driver as I could not seem to take any corners and just kept going in a circle for a good month now. Just a plethora of mid to upper 70 scores with few birdies and lots and lots of grinding for pars. Just not a lot of fun. A challenge yes, and we all hit these slumps but not for an entire month when playing 4-5 times a week. This elbow tendonitis has been a game wrecker and I have been protecting my elbow and just afraid to extend through and after impact causing a myriad of swing problems. Yesterday after my last rehab and feeling pretty good I took off my elbow brace after another lack luster front 9. ... Instantly felt freer and started to get my normal swing feel back. Had 2 birdies and a bogie on the back and birdies have been very few and far between lately. So I decided to play without my elbow brace again today and not only did my game come roaring back, my elbow felt better without the brace. 4 birdies and 2 lip outs on the front, then 2 more birdies on the back. The lone bogie occurred on a par 4 where my drive ended up under a tree and I had 127yds straight uphill and I put a 7 iron bak in my stance for a loooong bump and run that bumped fine but run'ed more than I anticipated, up and over the back of the green leaving an impossible pitch to a downhill pin I had to kill in the rough and hope it trickled to the hole. Well it stuck in the Bermuda like it hit velcro and just barely made it on the green resulting in a 2 putt bogie. ... But I shot 2 strokes under my age so I am very happy with the round*. I shot an 81 last Thursday, an EIGHTY ONE and I can't remember my last score in the 80's on a familiar course. So if you are struggling just keep in mind ... there is always hope right around the next corner. * (Thought I would add I used the Maxfli Tour today so obviously very pleased with the performance)
    14 points
  22. Alright everyone, I believe I am about to deliver to you what can and will be considered our magnum opus... 2580 words on this league, simple tips and tricks, and layout. We commissioners now hope you enjoy the FANTASY GOLF FOR DUMMIES, 2022 EDITION So, you've heard the siren's call and decided that this year is going to be the year you're going to take the forum by storm and earn that lovely MGS Golden Ticket. Then panic strikes. You've never played fantasy golf before, what are you doing? Well, consider me a guide to hopefully help you. Now, this is going to be a super easy explainer post covering almost everything we as the commissioners find important, but let’s also step back and discuss fantasy sports. You create a team of players who participate on the PGA Tour, accumulating wins and loses throughout the season, eventually earning you a playoff opportunity and a chance at immortality. Game Style After a year with the best ball format and its admittedly clunky live scoring headaches, we’re going back to the way the league was originally founded, a start/sit league. You will have a roster of ten (10) male golfers, you and you alone will make a weekly decision as to which five of those golfers you will start. You will earn points for things they do well, you will lose points for things they do not do well. Note that five minutes before the first tee shot is hit, rosters will lock and cannot be changed. That means no subbing on Cut day, no subbing out a withdrawal, your choices will be yours to live and die by all season. Also worth noting, due to the size of the league, there are multiple copies of players. Each player can appear on five (5) rosters, but no player can appear on the same roster twice, so if you were expecting to get double points if Bryson mashes his way around Augusta, that’s not going to be possible. Roster Construction You now maybe have a grasp on the how of Fantasy Golf, but perhaps the next most important question is the who. So, the age old question, how do you value players? Do you load up on guys who are going to ball out at majors and big events but might not play a lot, or do you value guys who play a lot and are consistent but not spectacular. Do you want Tiger for 15 events or CH3 for 27? To be honest, it's a wash, you probably want to mix things up a touch. For example, if you follow golf at all, and since you’re on this forum I assume you do, you may not be surprised to learn that on a Per Start basis, Jon Rahm was the highest scoring player in fantasy golf last year with players who made at least 15 starts on the PGA Tour, racking up a whopping 58.75 points every time he teed it up. The second highest? Louis Oosthuizen, at 49.96. However, Rahm finished 8th overall in total points, 274 points behind the tour’s top scorer, Sungjae Im. Now, that’s because Sungjae plays more events and racks up points through attrition, as his 41.85 points per start would rank him 25th overall on that metric, but he played 33 events last season, earning you points as a top guy in events without many other top guys because he plays so much. I use that example to say, there’s more than one way to construct a roster. I kind of look at it like fantasy baseball. Do you want the stars and then have some scrubs hanging around who might overperform, do you want a team with no real alpha, but consistent performance across the board? I’ve seen both ways work in golf and there’s no real way to do it. Personally, I think you’re better off having that guy or two who can be top 10 guys and then build out the rest with guys who compile, but you’ll find your own way. The Draft Yes, there's going to be a draft. Yes, it's gonna be a 68 team draft. It starts with whoever's got pick #1 and runs to number 68. Then it snakes back from 68 to 1 and then again. The draft is currently going to run 8 rounds, not the full 10 rounds as we need to sleep. The amount of time between picks is going to be 30 seconds so we can all live our lives, so plan accordingly. The final two roster spots will be filled in the first round of free agent bidding. There's also going to be a draft prep post as well, but I'm going to say this here and now. IF YOU AREN'T GOING TO BE AT THE DRAFT, PRE-RANK YOUR DRAFT BOARD Let’s talk a bit about the pre-ranking process. Now, follow along with me. I want you to open up to the homepage of our league, which you can do by clicking here. Ok, now on the main bar of headings next to the heading where it says “draft room”, you should see a heading where it says “rank players”, click that heading. Now, you’ll see a list of all the players in our league, and how many points they’ve scored in fantasy golf so far this season. You’ll notice Talor Gooch is #1, at least if you read this today. Now, Mr. Gooch I’m sure is fine in a tight spot, but I wouldn’t draft him number 1 overall, however if you don’t pre-rank your players you will draft him. What I recommend is that you change the season dropdown to “2020-21 season” to go after players who performed well last season. To add players to your list to rank, click on the green plus symbol. To exclude drafting someone, like if you just hate Patrick Reed and don’t want him, you can click the Red E to add a player to your exclude list. Then you can drag and drop the players in the orders you wish. You can also search for individual players by name in the player search bar. More information about the draft, what you need to do to prepare, and other things will be coming in a subsequent post, including information as to how to set a queue, and other tips to try and make this as pain free a process as possible. The Season It’s back again this year, to the delight of some. The play everyone every week system is back, with a slight tweak. Instead of playing all the teams across the league each week, you will be playing your entire division every week. So you’re going to have 33 matchups, plus one against the league median (an average score of all 68 teams in a week) each week, therefore you could go 34-0 or 0-34 in any given week. It creates a true golf leaderboard experience and normally leads to potentially fairer results as schedule luck is seemingly taken out of the equation. We’re starting the season, as we have for the past 3 years with the Farmers Insurance Open and run until the playoffs start. As mentioned earlier, we're doing only PGA events. No European Events, No Korn Ferry, just those events. Now, to put it out there into the world, the new PGA Tour schedule has some scheduling quirks that will affect Fantasy Golf this year. We do not play the WGC Match-Play, and in the past we instead played the Corales Puntacanta Championship, the opposite field event to the Match Play. This year, we’ve taken this week completely off the schedule, it’ll be a bye week. The Zurich Classic in the past has also been a bye week due to its team nature. This year, it’s on the schedule. I’m not sure how Fantrax will score it, but it’s there and should be treated as a tour event just like any other. Due to new scheduling opportunities with the European Tour, the PGA Tour is also officially presenting the Scottish Open this season, and that event is in our schedule. Normally it would be the Barbasol Championship, but this year it is the Scottish Open, the week before the Open Championship, kinda makes sense, but putting it out there so it doesn’t throw anyone. Again, this calls back to roster construction. There may be weeks where you don't have 4 or 5 guys in the event. It's your call whether or not to add players from the event at the expense of some of your other players or go with less knowing that you just need to make the playoffs. The Playoffs We’re making the first ever change to our playoff structure, by expanding the playoff pool. We are taking, based on record, the top 15 from each division. We are also taking the next 10 highest scoring teams as wildcards. So if you got bad schedule luck, one division ends up lopsided, etc… you can still get in as a wild card. Bonuses will then be rewarded based on your regular season finish and they will be mirrored. What I mean is that the teams finishing first in each division get the same bonus, second, third, etc. Then group bonus for the teams in 6-10th place, a group bonus for 11-15th, and no bonus for the wildcards. This diagram below shows the structure After the first FedEx event we cut to the top 20, going into the tour championship, we cut to the top 10, after the tour championship, we'll have a winner. So all you have to do is get there and then hopefully you have a lot of guys in the FedEx. Sometimes the bonus can float a team toward a title, and it’s tough sledding to win the league without one. However, and I’m speaking from experience here from last season, it’s not impossible if you can get your team to peak at the right time. Waivers/Free Agents What’s this? A new part of the introductory post? That’s right, it’s time to talk about waivers, free agents, and the mysteries of FAAB. First, we use a blind bid free agent acquisition process. You have a set budget of $100 to make all your pickups during the season. Once you run out of that money it is gone, so spend wisely. Once a tournament starts, all players are then set to waivers, which is when you will make your bids. Waivers run at 1 am EST on Wednesday and Thursday. Players dropped on Wednesday will go to waivers for the run on Thursday, all players who are not picked up, are then free agents who can be picked up for nothing until the roster lock before the tournament begins. Here’s an example of how this works, let’s say Rory McIlroy is available on waivers. I put in a bid for him for 25 dollars, Enrique puts in a bid for 24. As the high bidder, I get Rory Wednesday morning at 1 am on my roster and drop Adam Scott in exchange. Adam Scott then goes on Waivers for people to bid on him until Thursday at 1. However, no one in the league bid on Tiger Woods, who once waivers run at 1 AM, becomes free for anyone to pick up, and @Undershooter nabs him midway through Wednesday for no cost. Seems complicated, but if you’ve played in our football league or any other fantasy entity with FAAB (Free Agency Acquisition Budget) you know how it works. A few points to know. The minimum bid is $0 dollars and the bid tiebreaker is the earliest bid in case of a tie. Again, it’s so important to note this point that I mention it twice in this section, your $100 budget is all you have, once it is spent, you are spent. Trades Trades, the life blood of the Slack channel, or how to rearraign the deck chairs on your own version of the Titanic. No, if you’re not happy with the team, trading is the way to go. As you can see, @GolfSpy_APH already put up a good post about trading, which you can check out right here, but I just want to let you know as commissioners what it is we look at as it relates to trades. Admittedly, we are pretty loose on trades, we are very hands off. We expect you to enter into negotiations fairly and respectfully and pull off deals that satisfy each party. At the start of the season, we are very liberal as no one knows what rosters are going to look like, who’s going to break out, etcetera. When we do start to look at trades closer is as the season progresses and we get closer to the trade deadline which is the Wednesday before The Open. As we discuss vetoes it may surprise that out of a possible 128 agreed to trades, 126 of them were allowed without issue? For you of the more percentage based out there, that’s 98.5%, rounded up. The two that were vetoed were thoroughly vetted by us as commissioners before using that power to veto them. To be honest, I hate veoting trades, I really do. There are some who think that giving any type of veto power is bad and trades should just be allowed regardless. We have had that discussion as to allowing the auto trade, but because all of us, as commissioners, have had experiences in fantasy leagues where a commissioner did that and a terrible team traded all their players to good teams or teams in the hunt for a playoff for nothing, it just is something we’d like to avoid. So here’s what we say to you as commissioners, we do not use the veto lightly. You can help us by not offering or accepting outlandish trades. Most of our trades are without issue, but if we do see something that isn’t passing our sniff test, don’t be surprised if you get a message from one of us to just investigate a bit deeper. We will not veto a trade we find objectionable without doing our own research into it first. If you want to make sure you don’t get a call from us, follow these two simple guidelines. Use common sense. If you have little to no chance of making the playoffs before the trade deadline, maybe it’s not the best time to fire off the trade where you give up Dustin Johnson for Seamus Power trade to the guy in 4th place Consider the trade value chart. A lot of work went into the creation of that thing and while I don’t treat it as gospel, it will potentially guide any type of trade balance argument potentially. We have an incredible tool made by some really smart people, and we will use it. Again, we’re putting this out there just to show you where we are going into the season so no one is surprised. If we will veto a trade, we will veto it with our reasons pm’d to the players who wish to make the trade happen. Do not take these vetoes personally, we’re only doing what we think is best for competitive balance. Other Questions So, I know this is an intro post to the league, but maybe we didn't answer your question, or maybe I got you thinking of something else. If so, post here in the thread and we'll try to get you an answer. Also, if you haven't already, go vote on Fantrax in the league polls to have your voice heard.
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  23. ... After playing a dead straight leading edge on my wedges, I never warmed up to my Cobra 50*. Performance was excellent but the look still bothered me after playing it almost a year so I ordered a MG3 on Dec 13th scheduled to arrive the last week of January. I was surprised when it arrived yesterday! I had some trade ins and TM points so it only cost me $18 but with a Steelfiber shaft the MG3 wedge was $249. Prices are just out of control.
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  24. I had a coworker that had one in his bag and I got to hit it a few times. Well let's just say there isn't one in my bag. I don’t want to be accused of not hitting it enough to give a good review. Too soon?
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  25. Thanks APH. I absolutely love doing reviews and my favorite part of them is the interaction with other members during the review process I cancelled my TXG YouTube membership after Matt’s announcement. TXG now has the backing of a multi million dollar company and doesn’t need my few bucks a month to help create content.
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  26. We all still really appreciate your review that was done on the clubs. Tier 1 class! However yes, the news of Matt leaving stings...a lot. I pulled my subscription a few months back as I felt something had changed within their videos and not that I didn't like their content, but I certainly wasn't as eager to watch it as I had in years past. Wishing all the best for Matt and his career moving forward as well as his overall well being. He will certainly be missed and did an amazing job bringing TXG to the heights it achieved.
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  27. Not a purchase, won these on Twitter and they showed up today.
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  28. First round of the year today. Unseasonably nice weather. 75 degrees and sunny,shirt and shorts day. Almost broke a sweat in January. Crazy! Didn't keep score but had a great time out there. Hit all but 2 fairways but they actually landed in the fairway but due to slope they rolled off the edge. Didn't wind up in any of the 42 bunkers which was a plus. No grounds crew today and the past two days of rain left the greens a little slower than normal. I left a few putts shorter than I'm used to. But golf in January is a plus.
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  29. I haven't looked back on what my goals were at the beginning of 2021 but I can hit some of the highlights of my year. * Got to play two rounds with a fellow spy. * Had a 12 putt nine hole round * Speaking of which, getting to be a tester for the Odyssey White Hot OG putter was an honor. * Quit being so stubborn and moved up a tee until I can score decently from there. It's helped my confidence a lot. * Took a lesson * Recently purchased a push cart for better exercise out on the course that I'm impatiently waiting on to be shipped. * I got to play at least 4 new to me courses. I didn't achieve any scoring milestones this year and saw my handicap go up about 6 strokes. I hit a spell of bad scores early in the year I couldn't shake off and saw my confidence erode. My main goals for the upcoming year are: * Get back to scoring between 88-94, at least on occasion. * Hit more greens. * Make better decisions on the course. My mental game needs a lot of work. I'm starting to embrace the concept of "Manage your Expectations" and am already seeing positive results on the course. I'm excited to see what 2022 brings.
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  30. Well, another beautiful December day for golf. Unfortunately, my right shoulder is simply deteriorating. I am now at constant pain. I shot a 50/47:97 today……really putting up big numbers. I hate to say this, but I am now looking forward to surgery and 8 weeks of no golf. I have two weeks left, or 5 rounds to go.
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  31. I got an invitation to play Yuma CC with a new MGS member @kahl2069, who I met a couple of years ago playing together in a Sun Belt Tour Pro/Am at Desert Hills GC. The course ran into challenges getting grass seed before the price went bonkers and only over-seeded the tees, greens, and aprons - which were in fantastic shape. The fairways were not in the best condition, which was unfortunate, as the course is a cool layout and provides plenty of problems in the form of trees for errant shots. I gutted out a 43/39 with a rather fidgety flat stick. We're meeting up again tomorrow for a round at Desert Hills... report forthcoming. Par 3 #8
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  32. Merry Christmas you band of golf psychopaths. Hope you all get one of these this year :
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  33. Merry Christmas my other family.
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  34. Finally bought a copy of Lowest Score Wins. I had been debating about a DECADE subscription, but for now I'll start with LSW and see where it goes. I have the free month of DECADE already and that was very good by itself. If I would just execute the "Tiger 5" consistently I'd probably drop three shots off my handicap. Oh, and almost forgot. I also bought a 3D printed leveling stand for the Mevo+.
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  35. Few thoughts for the new at this. First, hit that Follow button at the top of the thread to keep abreast of all potential updates and changes. Second, we do have a Slack for Fantasy Sports if you aren't already a member, we may start a golf specific channel shortly once signups are good so stay tuned on that front. Lastly, @blackngold_blood is our defending champion, so don't trade with him
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  36. I miss the good old days where you just hire a professional long driver, film him smashing a half dozen bombs and then sell it after 11pm on PBS for $249.99
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  37. ... Fwiw I never said you shouldn't complain, I am just amused when you do because this is from the 1950's. You want to complain about current golf OEM's and hype? Knock yourself out. On the other hand I am going to lower my handicap by up to 1/3rd if I can find an old set of Synchro-Dyned woods and irons that were perfected after 25 years of research!
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  38. ... In comments both under reviews and on social media someone replying for MGS can get very defensive and disrespectful, so I rarely read those. When I do read them I like it much better when say "Tony" replies instead of "MGS" replies because I don't know who that is. However, we disagree on defending technology in a review and comment, but I respect your opinion and I am not trying to change it. And they did it very poorly, attacking Shiels in the process, especially the 5-10 cheap shot line. Going to the PGA Show and hitting everything once around the entire range on Demo Day, then doubling back and hitting what I thought was only the best new products took the entire day. I would often follow up with individual fittings at the actual Show, so very extensive personal testing, evaluating and talking to designers/engineers/VPs before writing my review. It was an insane amount of work and I did it for the reader as my trip came out of my own pocket. I was often trashed on WRX as a "shill" when I wrote a glowing review and it was very difficult to let the review stand and not defend it or the technology*. Granted "MGS" took a shot at another reviewer, not a comment from a reader so that crosses the line imo. But had they skipped the first 2 lines and just defended the fact that everyone at MGS testing Stealth had a personal best in ball speed I think that would have sufficed. * As an example when TaylorMade introduced Rocketballz fairway woods with the claim of 17 more yards (I gained 14yds which was HUGE) they could have claimed more because the higher swing speed players were gaining as much as 25 yds. They showed me the testing but ended up using several different swing speed categories to get a figure golfers would be more comfortable hearing... 17 yards. WRX readers, like jr high school kids were more consumed with making fun of the Rocketballz name than the actual Technology but more than a few called 17 more yards an outright lie and of course they hadn't even seen the fairway wood slot technology left alone hit one. It is very frustrating when you put in the time, money and sweat only to have someone that is completely ignorant attack your findings.
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  39. Regardless of your belief in their own results, and or what you think their feelings about TM or big OEMs, or about the advancement of technologies... (they've stood on soap boxes for years stating that gains are minimal and marketing is just embellishment) the person that replied to the original poster is an uneducated ass hat... and I can't imagine he/she/ they speak for the whole team. One thing MGS was always known for, or at least self actualized as, was a hub for unbiased information. They should know better. They essentially said that Rick, given his reach, influence, and popularity, isn't doing a good enough job and is misrepresenting product by not putting in adequate time to do it justice. That is strictly an insult, and that person sounded no better than a fanboy who was either paid or influenced to say what they said... while simultaneously not know what the hell they're saying. Big time egg on MGS now...
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  40. Yeah, this is some pretty disappointing news given that TXG for me epitomized the ideal combination of professionalism but yet maintaining a good bit of community feel. All that being said, with Toronto likely staring down continued restrictions I don't know what more the channel could have produced this year that would have been different or new. I really like the content, but so many new releases show such minor improvements over the old that it unfortunately just became a lot of the same results in every video. Found myself really just skipping the majority of the product reviews lately. The bread and butter of the channel (for me) would be more fittings, but obviously with the restrictions that hasn't been able to happen. The production value of the course vlogs were also great, but again, not really the original intent of the channel. Obviously sparse on the details at the moment but I'm sure neither Ian nor Matt made their decisions lightly.
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  41. Been off the forum a bit and on the road...spent the last week driving over 3.2K miles and hitting some national parks. Went to White Sands National Park and the White Sands Missile Range, Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountain National Park, and Big Bend National Park. I'm beat. Wife has it in her head we need to see all of them. 11 down...53 to go!
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  42. For those who love me, hate me, or just tolerate me, Happy New Year. May you all play well next season. I could use the break! And no, I didn't steal this from one of the Shriners.
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  43. Shoot even par for the first time ever… I’m not sure I can get my GHIN much lower, so this year I want to shoot even par, and break my low round of 74 at least 3 times.
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  44. Merry Christmas all. Won an ebay auction for a 699pro 639 cb set this morning. Shafts are wrong... So that necessitated an order from golf works. Then I opened up my SIL present which was a stitch golf gift card... A big one. So Combined with a discount code I've got an SL2 on the way for $60. I better put my phone down before I break myself...
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  46. Well it's Christmas morning. I guess Santa thought I was on his good list for some reason! Need I say anything else here!
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  47. 12 points
  48. There was a small isolated tornado today. So small it was confined to the inside of my house. I got up this morning went down to make some breakfast, looked at the weather on my phone and the weather was going to be sunny and in the 50's. I ran back upstairs, showered, dressed for golf. Ran down two flights of stairs to get to the basement to get my clubs. Grabbed a drink to take on the course. Ran out to the car and took off. I think the curtains in the living room were still moving as I drove down the driveway. Three weeks of rainy weekends can make a golfer do some strange things. Never even said good bye to the family as I breezed by. On to the important stuff. No warm up, right to the first tee. Played decent. All drives were in the fairway. A few approaches were short but not very short. Maybe a yard off the green at most. One was in a bunker but made a good bunker shot for a sand save. We have 52 bunkers, so only being in one was a plus. The greens were very fast, very fast. Not what I expected them to be. No three putts, which was good considering the speed of the greens. Took a hole or two to adapt. I didn't keep score but it felt good to be out playing. I played a yellow ball today as it shows up better against the dormant grass. Was a little disappointed with what's going on though. The course superintendent marked 50 trees for removal. Said that it would allow the greens to get more air flow and be healthier. Well they started taking some down over the past few weeks. It's taking away from some of the beauty of the course in my opinion. On a couple of holes it was shocking. I talked to the pro after and expressed my displeasure about the amount of trees removed from around the greens. A few were definitely necessary but some holes now look like a links course. Guess I'll have a new course by spring.
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