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  1. Oh yea, probably should've mentioned that. Rawhide Golf. https://instagram.com/rawhidegolf?utm_medium=copy_link
  2. So... I'm also a headcover ho, which you might have seen from some past posts here. But, I might have just kicked the habit, at least for driver covers, because I don't think I can beat this one (any 90s WWE fans out there?). Been watching a couple custom companies for a couple years. About a month ago, after a few drinks, I contacted one of them with a few ideas. This is where that design conversation landed (along with 2 other covers that he remade from past designs ), and for a surprisingly reasonable price:
  3. Solidarity. I just did the exact same thing with a Jones Trouper 2.0 - no real reason at all aside from "that looks sweet, I want that". I now have my main bag, my light bag for longer days, a MichUltra bag that I got as a CTP prize, and the Jones
  4. I took a more laid-back approach than some of the others that already got theirs, but still nagged them a bit in the last few months - they said they're sending mine this week, ready to get my massage on!
  5. Ha, I made this "mistake" a couple years ago. Grabbed the 18 footer without measuring. Got lucky that it fit on the back wall of the unfinished part of the basement - it's now a permanent fixture.
  6. Picked up a T200 Utility 4 iron to match the 3 iron from last year's test. Why? The 3 is a beast. Originally thought a 2 would be best, but that would replace the 3 wood or knock out a wedge, and I'm not ready for that move. Another plug for Titleist: ordered it Friday, said 10 weeks for the custom build....Looks like it's showing up on Sunday!
  7. Hearsay? I'm reading these as direct experiences (including my own, and the post you quoted) on the retailer end of things. Hearsay would mean just relaying info from others. These are more counterexamples to broad claims, not hearsay. Maybe disclose a bit more on your experience? What industry? Were you the manufacturer, supplier, retailer, or some other role? How does it relate to what's actually happening in golf club sales? And I'm still waiting on that link to get a Triple Diamond below MAP - if that's happening, I want in.
  8. Hopefully this isn't a NSFMGS post, but finally tracked down this American Flatsticks/Patrick Gibbons headcover that I've been searching for for a couple years (picked up the blade last year, but now that I'm back to a mallet, this one was a bit elusive - only 20 made). Pictured alongside their 2021 Bumble cover that showed up the same day.
  9. The blog post does address this, at least partially. One notable thing: they can get fully assembled clubs, but they can also get components only, which is somewhat rare. If you get fit into something that the head manufacturer offers as a stock or no-upcharge shaft, then your starting price is exactly the same as buying direct -- but you pay more to pull-Pure-reassemble if you choose that option. From what I've seen, heads-only pricing is the same as stock shaft pricing. It only kinda makes sense, but that's what happens (often it's a $20-30 retail shaft that the OEM probably gets for much cheaper, so it's not much of a factor for a $125-150 iron).
  10. Yes, a retailer can sell the product to someone below MAP. No, they will not make their general price for their buyers below MAP. Totally different points, and both have truth to them. Nobody is saying they can't sell below MAP to an individual, it's that they won't sell below MAP to the general public (and in the context of their blog post, their public price is MAP because anything less will risk their partnership - risk is different from cancel). That's not specific to CC - other retailers function the same way. You challenge others to share a retail agreement stating the price is required. But I (we?) don't have access to the contract verbage, just experiences that say retailers are held to specific prices. It's again a legal vs. practical thing - instead of asking for documents that we clearly can't access from the legal perspective, I'm asking you the opposite from a practical perspective: do you have a legitimate retailer that will sell these new releases to the general public at a price under MAP? Please send a link - I'm ready to buy.
  11. Secret shoppers are common in many industries. Sometimes it's to verify pricing; other times it's ensuring product quality on the shelf (e.g. groceries). With golf clubs, this actually happens, and it's not just sour relationships - multiple examples have been referenced in this thread. You have plenty of valid points on the legality of requiring certain prices and that MAP actually means, but private contracts still exist, and violating them means you risk the partnership. How many of the "can't advertise, see cart" situations happen with the actual new releases vs. things that are going out of style? My buying experience says it's rarely ever something that's brand new -- if you can point me to a shop that has a legit Callaway contract and is willing to sell me a Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS driver for $400-450, please point me that direction and there's a very good chance I buy. My point is that, even if legal, the actual retailers with contracts are not willing to risk their contracts by selling lower (yes, they might sell lower to a friend or frequent purchaser, but not to any consumer). And shifting back to the original topic for this thread: Club Champion absolutely will not risk their contracts with their suppliers by selling lower than MAP. Losing a single contract (club or shaft) will destroy their reputation. Their statement is accurate for their business model - if you buy from them, expect to pay MAP; if you have a friend in the business willing to do a back-office deal for less than MAP, good for you, it's just not what any consumer should expect from CC or any other retailer.
  12. The blog post just makes the statement without context, leaving it open to interpretation. Partial context would have helped. Full context/logic behind it would be too long and could lose the reader's interest. Sure, it could've been phrased better, but it states a reality of golf equipment sales. If interpreting the context as a global requirement, you're right, it's misleading. If narrowing that to "in order to keep our business model of having the most combinations of anyone", it becomes less misleading - in order to have that model, they must keep their accounts; in order to keep their accounts, they must sell for MAP; therefore they must sell for MAP.
  13. Reflecting back to the title of this thread: are they worth it? Hot take: not anymore. First went in and was told that as long as I made a purchase, refits would be free for life (not sure if that was actually the policy or if it was a verbal slip). I did one refit and made significant purchases both times. Either that was verbally misleading from my original fitter, or they ended that policy in favor of the Rewards program. Free refit was a big perk for me, and would be great now that we have a local CC. But with now needing to pay the fitting fee again, I'm likely going to try a TM PDC/Gears fitting this year to see how that compares (might start with woods only - irons are feeling good right now).
  14. Just throwing it out there, there's likely truth to both statements here, just trying to prove two different points - legal and practical are very different. Sure, maybe they can't come in and say "you are not allowed to sell for less than $X", but they can (and do) say "if you sell for less than $X you will no longer sell our products". They have control of their accounts and can suspend at will. Blast from the past: this happened to my former boss with the Callaway C4 (which, coincidentally, is back in the news with the new TM Carbon driver) - MAP was too high for his market, they weren't moving at all in his shop, so he tried to sell lower, but when their rep caught wind of it, he got warned that his account could get suspended. Now imagine a company like Club Champion doing that and risking suspension of their Callaway account -- they will never take that risk, so they will not go below MAP. Maybe they aren't legally bound to that price, but they are contractually committed to it, so I don't really see that comment as misleading in the blog post.
  15. Just throwing it out there to clarify -- there is no actual betting on this app. It's simulated betting with all fake money. They give you a starting balance of $10k (again, fake) per session, and you "bet" that money however you want on live actions during PGA Tour events for 1-4 hours each round (depends on the tournament and the round). At the end of the session, whoever has the most fake money wins a prize, which is usually a gift card or golf club. They used to pay out the top 3-5 spots per tournament with larger prizes, but shifted to a single winner per round a few months back. No actual money changes hands in either direction, it's just for fun and you can win a prize. If you're actually looking for betting, it depends where you live. I think FanDuel and DraftKings have legitimate and trusted betting apps (separate from their more recognized DFS apps), and so does MGM, but in the US, they are only allowed in certain states where sports betting has been legalized. Here in Wisconsin, we can't use them...yet.
  16. *Meant that as "based on what I remember about the Cobra", which I haven't seen in person in 10 years.
  17. Also notable - I think that Cobra was a 460cc. The TSi4 thought was more shape-related based on what I remember about that driver, but it's been about 10 years since I had it in hand.
  18. I had that driver. It remains one of my favorite drivers I've ever owned, and in the years after replacing it, some of my friends kept asking my why I ever switched from it. I'm no fitter, but that one was the "better player" option, so maybe try sticking with the more compact drivers in your next trial -- something like a TSi4 (technically smaller than the Cobra but might still fit your eye). Short of an actual fitting, it'll just be a lot of trial and error.
  19. Pulled the trigger on the Evnroll Black Friday ER11v (all black custom version, too bad they didn't have a blacked-out grip to go with it) -- looks amazing in person. They made a mistake with the first build on some of them, so they replaced it and also sent along some hats, a divot tool, and ball markers to make up for it (although for me the extra couple weeks didn't matter - season doesn't start for a few more months): Also felt a bit nostalgic and picked up this gem off of Mullie -- just wish it came with the original headcover (came with a Ping fur cover instead):
  20. Yup, might've been over 200, but got smoked last week (and don't think I would've made it through any of the 4 semis), so it doesn't matter - just glad my Conner error wasn't the deciding factor last week, otherwise I'd really be kicking myself (or blaming a toddler, which I'm told is "not good parenting"). Congrats on the win! If you take the golden ticket, use it wisely - I found it both exciting and stressful to watch the test announcements, each week wondering if I should've pulled the trigger earlier, but it worked out very well in the end.
  21. Dang... Just like last year, my team went off during championship week, and it probably would've been my top scoring week of the season. Turned out to be an exciting final - coming down to the last player, and looking like it's locked up, but anything can happen. Thanks for a great season, looking forward to '22 fantasy leagues!
  22. 100% agree. Fitting is important to get your best results, but it does expect consistency. CC worked out pretty well for me in a couple fittings from '17-'19 -- but over the last ~10 years, I've been between a 2-5 index and my swing speed and path haven't fluctuated much (although in the last couple years I've made some tweaks that might be getting some speed back, and I'm now getting better results from stiffer shafts than what I bought from CC). But... For a higher handicap casual golfer that is cool with where they're at, they could still be using bad equipment and a fitting can still help, but might not be worth the cost for a CC fitting/club purchase. For someone just starting out or a higher handicap with goals to improve...a fitting will give them positive results, but might become obsolete pretty quickly, and "following the fittings" might require a giant budget. When friends ask me for advice on what clubs they should buy, that's one of the things I ask -- if it's someone that is dedicated to getting better and taking lessons soon, I recommend something that's a step or two ahead of where they currently stand, and give them a goal of catching up with their clubs (especially if I see the potential in their swing - at that stage, swing speeds can increase pretty quickly). If they went to CC, they'd pay a lot for something that might only work for a few months.
  23. I wasn't banking on advancing once I saw Ekeler's COVID status earlier this week - reality is I made a ~10 point mistake and I'm currently projected to lose by 40, so even without that mistake, I needed a lot of help. Still hoping for a Josh Allen miracle (both for fantasy and as a Bills fan), but ready to root for the guy that advances from our matchup.
  24. Ah dang... Kid's bedtime distracted me and I didn't check Conner's status on time. Big goose egg in the RB1 spot I guess I'll see you guys next season.
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