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Tony Covey MGS

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  1. Thanks for the support guys. There's always a calculated risk in these situations, and the decision to publish always boils down to the degree of trust one has in his sources. In this case it's a flood of similar info backed up by a highly credible source. The equipment industry is an interesting place. Media outlets are driven by ad dollars, and so this sort of things usually stays in the shadows. Since we don't take ads from big golf companies, as heavy-handed as this gets is that TaylorMade stops providing equipment for review/testing (requests for product for driver test unanswered) th
  2. You're absolutely right, but I did want to make one point: There's speculation, and then there's sourced information. Consider that Crystal Ball/Things to Look For we published last week. I'd call a good bit of that well-informed speculation. That is to say, I know a good bit about what's happening in the industry, and so we speculate about what that could mean. It doesn't become fact until it actually happens. Short of saying each of us will die (and even then I'd like to leave the door open just a crack for immortality), there are no future facts. TMaG Sale rumors...actually, we sho
  3. Can't speak directly to durability, but I wouldn't be worried about it either. Regarding the original question - it's actually kind of fascinating. We all know that grooves, groove design, however you want to describe it, help create spin on wedges. Now you have Bridgestone telling us that milling a driver face actually helps decrease spin. And actually, this isn't just a bridgestone story. PING (surface texture on LS Tec), TaylorMade M2 (also surface texture), Cobra drivers (yup...surface texture) all say the same thing, effectively that creating friction reduces driver spin. So t
  4. I hear you, but I think this is a clear case where the opinion of one isn't the opinion of all. You're not interested. That's fine, but it's a huge leap from that to "nobody really cares about the business side of golf brands". Ask retailers (and we have hundreds of readers in retail) how the business side impacts their lives. Our hope is that everything we publish will be of interest to some, but the expectation is, whatever of the topic, it's not going to be of interest to all. That's true of any magazine, website, etc.. Take a look at the comments, interaction, etc. on the financia
  5. Hearing something loosely similar from a very good source. Story coming soon.
  6. Regarding financial rumors and their bearing on golf...golf forum, and presumably golf forums...the financial stuff drives EVERYTHING. Why did TaylorMade rapidly release R1, SLDR, JetSpeed, SLDR S....because of the financials. Why was M1 and fall release? Because TMaG needed to try and salvage Q4. Why are they scaling back now, shifting release cycles...cost-cutting driven by the financials. All of that stuff plays a substantial role in what comes to market, and when it comes to market. That makes it relevant for a site focused on golf equipment to discuss. Why is Titleist re-organizing,
  7. Screw it...I'm going to say more than I had planned: We actually did acknowledge our mistake in a blog post the next day (adidas names new CEO), which was more than we needed to do considering that we never posted the rumor to the site. We posted a retraction on twitter and on Facebook...the spots where the post was made. I think the continuously misinformed piece dates back to a story we posted about Callaway overtaking TaylorMade in market share. Despite having the correct information in my notes I erroneously used the word "Driver" instead of "metalwood". Totally my mistake...w
  8. First a little background. Several weeks ago, we posted a tweet asking if TaylorMade had been sold, saying sources told us it had been, and asking whether we thought it this will ultimately be good for the company. Quite frankly, our wording was sloppy. Although our intent was not to be unequivocal in our statement that TaylorMade had in fact been sold (only that there were rumors), the language should have clearer and we should have included a question mark after the word "Sold" in the accompanying graphic. Basically we screwed up, and nobody needed to tell us as much. In trying to ow
  9. Glad you weighed in...always good to hear from the lifers...at least long-timers. First to answer your question, I think people want to watch professional golfers...not celebrities...and definitely not celebrity hacks (although if it was nothing but the worst, it might be good TV). I mean...obviously if they're able to isolate on Berman so easily, they can just as easily skip the Ams completely...but I suppose that's preference as much as anything. I was genuinely curious about your assessment that we've been "extremely negative" lately. In that too, there's obviously plenty of room fo
  10. Ain't that somethin' Rev? We definitely stirred things up though I always enjoy when people say "this is just clickbait". We even here that about some tweets we send...even when there's nothing to click on. We certainly like it when readers engage - even when it's to blast us for being idiots, but it's never something I personally set out to do. I started to watch the Pebble coverage, and quickly realized it really does exemplify everything that outsiders...and even some of us on the inside, hate about the game. It's basically obnoxious, and so I expressed my feelings about it. Obviou
  11. Not for anything, but profanity, no profanity, this site, and probably my writing in particular is never going to be for the easily offended, so if an F-bomb, or something a bit milder is enough to cost me a reader or two, so be it. I'd venture a guess those aren't the guys who would last long around here regardless. I always enjoy the lack of vocabulary argument. It's one of those things people say when they have a bias against certain words...usually the naughty ones. My vocabulary is just fine, thanks. But lets look at this another way...look at the reaction to my choice of words. C
  12. As others have touched on...this is largely supply and demand coupled with what I suppose you might call proximity to resources. We all know there's less demand for left-handed gear. Putters get milled in groups, so it's not exactly something that you do on a literal one-off basis. For guys who outsource the manufacturing piece, you have to deal with minimums and things of that ilk, so it makes sense to pick your sports for left-handed gear. Companies who have their own milling machines...Bettinardi, Carbon, etc., they have a little more flexibility to make left-handed clubs in smaller
  13. Several articles? Man, can you provide me with a complete list of occasions where you've been put-off by something I've written? Feel free to include this one. Seriously though, I get it. Crude...you sound like my mother, but yeah, I get that, but I don't choose my words carelessly, especially the four-letter ones. I get email about the language. I also get email saying it's ridiculous how worked up people get about the language. Like everything else, 2 sides, neither of which should apologize. If the occasional f-bomb is a deal-breaker for you, I'm definitely not your guy. Classless..
  14. Out of fairness to the author, Chris Nickel, it should be pointed out that he didn't say that anyone who disagrees is Just Dumb, Man. The actual quote is " if you don't take the time to become a critical consumer of information, you're Just Dumb Man." Which I suppose if I were to rephrase in a more agreeable tone, translates to "it's foolish not to look deeper into the information you are given".
  15. A bit more clarify...looking for someone in LA area on 2/15.
  16. If you're close to LA, put your damn hand up...
  17. Sean is going to have perhaps the easiest time ever breaking through as a putter manufacturer. He already has the manufacturing connections. He already has the tour connections. He also knows more about tour contracts than the average bear, and he knows who's contracts allow him the opportunity to get in the bag. He also benefits from serendipitous timing...SquareSpace (web hosting) wants to position itself within the golf industry, and Toulon was in the right place at the right time to effectively become their case study. Toulon Design is the centerpiece of an upcoming ad campaign, wh
  18. So I had some pro shop credit at the end of the season and, well, frankly, the shop didn't have anything I want or need. For example, they don't stock any photo gear whatsoever, so I was basically SOL. Then it occurred to me that I should pick up something I could turn into actual cash towards what I need, so, here it is: New Scotty Cameron Futura X5 It's 34" and still has the iPhone protection plastic on the bottom of the sole. There is a small ding (see photos) directly in front of the shaft on the face side. Otherwise, it's as it came out of the box. Think of it as a donation to
  19. This actually touches upon one of my favorite stories from our PXG visit. Coming from conventional golf companies, cost was constantly a concern for the PXG R&D guys despite being told to focus only on performance without regard for the price tag. It sounds easy enough, but I imagine that when cost has always been an issue, it's hard to trust that it actually isn't. So on several occasions R&D director, Brad Schweigert went to Bob Parsons to ask him what his timeframe was for turning a profit. Parsons' answer was, time and time again, "as long as it takes". Not trusting the answer
  20. Ok...I don't know if, as the sub-headline below suggests, anticipation is actually building for additional PXG announcements, but it's probably worth paying attention to. It's a bit interesting, though I suppose not unexpected, that there's some hostility being directed at the PXG brand. Bob Parsons has a stupid amount of money, he speaks his mind, and he's charging a premium for his products, so yeah...that combination sometimes rubs people the wrong way. I get it. That said, I think it's important to consider the products in isolation of everything else. Do they perform as advertised
  21. This continues to be a fascinating experiment for me. Certainly there is some disagreement within the industry about what the right way to find the best ball for your game is. Bridgestone as you know starts with a launch monitor (and the driver) and then makes recommendations based on what they see there. Dean Snell has talked about 150 yards and in, and while that aligns fairly well with the Titleist philosophy, in general they suggest you need to go out and play the ball from basically everywhere. Snell says most tour balls are the same with the driver, Bridgestone says there can be su
  22. Quite frankly, I consider this the current leader in the clubhouse in the daily running of the nonsense that hits my inbox tournament, but maybe some of you find this interesting. Plucked from The Golf Wire, a daily newsletter that's supposedly focused on the golf industry, is the exciting news that Foot Golf's governing body has introduced a new product (because you want governing bodies making products), an apparently improved Foot Golf Cup. I guess foot golf money is as green an any other. The only thing more insidious than the idea that foot golf is somehow golf is when 'Frisbee g
  23. We know that TaylorMade's front/back weight is 10g. Cobra's FLY-Z+ was 15g. It certainly *appears* that Cobra's design allows for weight to be moved over a larger area. If we assume (no guarantees of course) that Cobra hasn't reduced the mass of their weight, then based on more mass being moved over a greater area, Cobra's system would impact a greater change in front to back CG location (and by extension would have a greater impact on launch and spin). TaylorMade chose to compromise a bit of front/back movement (as well as some of the mass that could have gone into the front/back weight)
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