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  1. Check out he May 10, 2010 edition of the Global Golf Post pages 2 and 6. Page 2 is TM taking a jab at Cally and 6 is them backing off their Burner claims as they have decided sales are too close to say they are still #1. Now...could that be due to them having 3 different Burner irons and it is diluting numbers on specific irons?
  2. I have a Currie and have the fitting I received is supposed to be the same everything that he does. My new putter and approach to putting has knocked 5-6 strokes off my game.
  3. I've never bagged anything TM, but that's just because they haven't been the best for me. I've bagged Cally before, but only because they did work. I don't have anything against either company. I just don't care for the type of marketing they (and others) are employing. I don't care for the same iron with a new paint job either.

  4. Other people said something like this too. If the ad TM is talking about is the one I saw it was a legit claim. It basically said that Cally had won x of y PGA Tour events and it was the #1 winning driver on tour. It goes back to what I said in my posts. Both can make the clam that they have the #1 driver based on the numbers they choose to look at. Both claims are true based on the information they choose to use.
  5. They are changing US distributors. I think the new distributor is creating a new website and hasn't finished it yet. I know for a fact that they are still around and product is available if you know an authorized Epon dealer.
  6. Bingo. I don't have either in my bag. TM has never worked for me and Cally has in the past. They pretty much all make great products...if it fits your game. The problem is "hey this club is for everyone" when everyone knows it isn't.
  7. I'll answer point by point: 1 - It doesn't make me think any less of TaylorMade when they put stuff like this out. It's today's market and game. What I can't stand and hurts my opinion about TM is they feel the need for 3-5 new drivers and 2-3 new iron sets every year (I know...I may be exaggerating a bit. But it seems like these numbers are legit.). Are you really that insecure with your product? Do you think it is so shotty that you have to replace it that often? Are you purposely not putting technology into your product so that you can upgrade every 6 months and make it 'better than ever'? 2 - I have always believed all these numbers and claims are bought and/or manufactured. I also believe they are technically true. These is too much to lose for making false claims and everything to gain by making numbers represent something they may not should. Thanks to this site and some smaller golf companies out there, this belief has been confirmed. 3 - It is absolutely petty, but the unfortunate fact it golf isn't about golf any longer. It is about showing your playing partner how new and cool your stuff is and how his isn't good anymore (Golf Digest Obsolete List anybody? Sure there's stuff that doesn't hack it anymore, but really?). That's what drives all the companies to market, develop, and implement the strategies they have. Now...is this the fault of us or the OEMs? I don't know that answer, but figure we all hold responsibility. Should the customer see this? No...but this is the market strategy just about all the OEMs have adopted. Focusing on numbers rather than on the product itself. 4 - I'd let them make whatever claims they want to. If they are true, with or without fudging numbers, they are true. If they aren't, call them out. But if you call someone out and end up being wrong yourself....well...good luck.
  8. I can't get the image to apply here, but there is the text from an email I just received: It also had this link to look at the proof. So what TM is saying is they bought more tour wins by paying more players to play their clubs than Callaway. So...does Callaway come back and say, "Our players have a greater winning percentage than TaylorMade"? It has nothing to do with the player...not a chance...it is ALL about the club. (I'm not saying Tiger or Phil with a persimmon would beat Kim or Furyk. There is a difference in club technology.) A good marketer can make the worst numbers look positive. Look at Tom Hicks and the spin he spewed about the Rangers for so many years. Why don't we focus on putting the best product possible on the market instead of worrying about whose thing if bigger? Good grief.....
  9. Played on a cow pasture called a golf course today in a scramble. We got second last year having never seen the course before and losing to the 'club pro' and members by a stroke. This year we won by a stroke with a -13 (58)...first time I ever won anything at golf. The greens were terrible and three putts from the same place hit exactly the same would have 3 different results. I was the best putter on our team and hit the first shot of our round 260 in the middle of the fairway. Had I not refound an old bad habit it would have been a perfect day of golf.......save the course.
  10. It looks like they needed to bring a new iron out but didn't have any ideas on a new design that was better than the X-22's. So they gave it a paint job and, viola! The X-24 HOT!!!!! I think the new Burner is slated to be called the SuperDuper.
  11. I hear it has a putter blade for a grip. That way you can use it as putter and driver and add a club.
  12. No new episode this week. My channel guide for 3/29 says, "Ray Ramano has reached the halfway point in the attempt to retool his golf game." It is also episode 30 and last week's was 29.
  13. The first time it was $75 and the second time was $100. In my area, those prices aren't too bad, but for what I got it was way too much. Won't make the mistake a third time.
  14. The first time I got to see video, and was supposed to get a copy of the lesson when it was over. But he said my swing was in such poor shape he didn't want me looking at it because I couldn't learn anything from it. The second time I just beat balls and walked away with a stiff and sore back.
  15. They just did it. Though I was new to the game, everyone I had talked to said I had a good overall swing and just needed to iron out a few things. I think I was just too nieve (or however you spell it) to say anything. I have done that. I fully expect to make a marked improvement quickly.
  16. I've taken a couple of lessons from his facility near me. The reason Brian was having issues is because they change everything about your swing. You will do very little the same as you did before...at least that's what they tried to do to me. I am built a lot like Brian and the swing they were trying to get me to do was much more difficult and was real hard on my back. Add to that that they don't really tell you what you are doing, they just move the club while keeping you in your stance saying, "Feel that? That's what you want. Just do that."
  17. I don't remember seeing this in the thread so I'll throw it out here. Did anyone catch what Hank told Ray walking down the fairway in the last episode? \ Surely I'm not the only one that thinks that is ridiculous, am I?
  18. I am sure getting Hank is tough, but the price sheet that they hand out has him on it. It doesn't have a price and says inquire for more info about a session with Hank.
  19. That number is about 2 years old so you are probably right on that.
  20. The most expensive guy at the Lewisville, TX location is $250/hour and the cheapest is $75/hour. I can't confirm it, but I have heard Hank runs the $400/hour range.
  21. I didn't see it at first but I think you're right.
  22. I see what I think is the mill marks. They just aren't paint filled with the text along the toe like they are here.
  23. I'm thinking its probably characteristics of the different models.
  24. I read an article...I think it was on golf.com that said he had a FT-9 that was the normal/high trajectory driver to let the ball ride the wind and a FT-5 that was the low trajectory stick to keep it under/penetrate through the wind.
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