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  1. They can get them directly, and they should have given you the option -- sounds like an error by your fitter (judgment on intentional vs. unintentional is up for debate), or if they really don't have the option anymore, then it's a change in their offerings. When I bought my Mizunos from them in 2019, they said they could either get them from Mizuno or order them separately -- cost direct from Mizuno was no different from me ordering them, except they push for upgrades like PURE (pull/pure/reassemble added some cost per iron). That left three options on the table: "Same price as Mizuno", "+$300 for direct plus retro-PURE", or "+$600 to get shafts through CC" (rough estimates - I don't remember the actual figures). I chose option 2, and have no idea if it actually made a difference
  2. Free gambling-style app through Golf Magazine's parent company. It started sometime last year, and I was introduced to it by the Subpar Podcast (great podcast btw, if you're into Tour player perspectives). They give you a fake $10k to start, and you place bets on live action during the televised Tour events (things like "Will Jordan Spieth hit the fairway on hole 10? Yes -150, No +150). It's usually a 1 hour window on Thurs/Fri and just over 2 hours on Sat/Sun (seems to line up with the back 9 for the final group). If you end up with the most fake cash at the end of that time window, you win the prize of the day (it used to be full tournament with prizes for 1st-3rd or 5th, but they dropped to one prize per round a couple months back). I've gotten lucky a few times and came out on top when the prize was Miura wedges -- ended up being $25 out of pocket for shipping and some time out of my day while the kids are napping anyway.
  3. I've noted this in other longer posts here, but I think the best strategy (at least for woods) is to buy shafts from CC, not full clubs. That means you need a head that works for you first, and you don't necessarily get out any cheaper, but it makes the CC cost easier to swallow. That strategy is best for someone who actually wants an after-market / "can't get as an upgrade" shafts (it's like going to a specialty shop). CC is not nearly as good for someone that ends up in a stock or available upgrade shaft. They don't overcharge for after-market shafts, but their full club build costs are not worth the money (in my opinion). The last driver shaft I got from them cost me $30 more than I would've paid from another retailer that carries that brand (outside of fitting fee, which at this point is spread across multiple shafts and an iron set), and that $30 is only because I wanted to keep my old shaft with the adapter intact (I could've had them use my old adapter and not pay the $30 extra) -- I also waived the $15 for the grip because I had some extras in my basement and just slapped one on when it showed up. I had no problem with the price because they were my entry point to that brand -- the two closest Accra dealers to me are in Milwaukee (Club Champion) and Dubuque.
  4. Just make sure there's a direct Add/Drop pair with someone in the Wyndham field and no naked Drops of higher-ranked players, and that the Add/Drop is something you'd consider making mid-season (so dropping someone like Xander and picking up Matt Every should be off the table) -- IMO that's the fair way to do it. It's a tough balance between keeping the league fun for everyone and keeping integrity in the playoffs. Playoff teams shouldn't get the ability to scarf up high ranked players for cheap at this point, so these guys shouldn't be dropped if it can be avoided. However, freezing teams or completely disallowing the add/drop simply because someone is out of playoff contention has the opposite problem (and makes it not fun for that team) -- they are still playing teams that are trying to improve position and competing with those same teams for the adds, so freezing a team would just give an advantage to anyone in playoff contention that still has them on the schedule. Something we could consider for future seasons is restricting Adds of a certain caliber of player at this point in the season (allowing you to drop them, just not compromising the playoffs by making a top-tier player available on waivers for the first time all year).
  5. This last comment came off as more negative than intended -- it is a disappointment, but doesn't change my actual satisfaction. I've been fitted by them twice. I'm happy with the outcome. I think I went in with the right expectations, and I came away with good products that work for me. I didn't spend the $5k that others are saying, but did put up some good money, which I fully expected. I'm not in a location that has a ton of options for this type of fitting, but I expect I'd have the same experience at one of their direct competitors (a friend went to TrueSpec and it sounded very similar). Club Champion is not just a fitter, it's a specialty shop. They are an entryway into after-market and higher-end shafts that you might not find at other retailers. If you want to dive into what's possible with after-market shafts, pay up and go there (or to TrueSpec or Cool Clubs); if you're expecting to get fitted with stock products, you're not going to get it there, and that should be expected -- they view these products as inferior, and even call that out in their "are custom clubs more expensive?" FAQ. If you want stock shafts included outside of your gamer, go to a place that will actually apply the fitting fee toward a purchase -- that's a better use of your money (I think GolfTEC and PGATSS both offer this).
  6. I was speculating based on the fitter's comments and giving benefit of the doubt because of that. If what you said is true, then it's even more disappointing - the fitter made misleading comments, and their dedicated build shop failed on 20% of the clubs I bought from them (excusable with varied builders, unacceptable with a dedicated shop).
  7. Not technically a purchase, but still Club Ho'in -- won another one of these bad boys off of Chirp. Went with an all black setup, 54 bent to 55, Accra iWedge Tour 130, and a black Ion grip (know nothing about them, figured I'd give it a try considering all upgrades are included - might end up swapping with an MCC after a few rounds).
  8. From where? I've been eyeing that up, but the direct Garmin site only has "email me when available".
  9. It's called defense - if you take all the top QBs, you prevent the other teams from scoring a lot of points and don't need that many points from the rest of your guys. That strategy is 1/1 so far.
  10. Don't give away the secrets. An Allen-Diggs combo is definitely not going to score many points so everyone should just leave them on the board for us Bills fans to take.
  11. I'm in. No problem with paying $10 for a prize pool. I think it would be cool to use the money for more fun or divisional prizes -- the Golden Ticket itself is pretty valuable (even with a $10 buy-in).
  12. Need to get it really clean, and even then, it may not be avoidable -- any kind of impurity can cause this in an environment like a Florida summer (e.g. saliva, maybe even the minerals in the water). Something similar I've noticed with ours: my wife sometimes puts lemon in her bottle, and even after washing, when I end up with her cap that flavor lingers a bit (and I think has contributed to the mildew-like smell). More thorough cleaning seems to help.
  13. This last part is huge at this stage in the season. @GolfSpy_APH mentioned this in one of the posts above, but we were trying to work out a Hovland-for-Tony deal that we just couldn't get right. Neither of us were OK with a 1-for-1 trade for these two, but for very different reasons: he views Hovland as higher value overall (FWIW, so do I); for me, at 16th place, I can't risk another 2-8 week just to get Hovland as my long-term play, so I couldn't give up Tony without getting a decent player back that takes his spot in the field (both of us were actually trying to fill out a solid team for the 3M). Filling his "value" gap and my "playing" gap could have led to something that many view as lopsided, but it would've worked out for both of us given the timing -- if I was in the top 5, I wouldn't have cared so much about replacing Tony in the field, but I need every win I can get right now. We never got there, so hopefully Tony does well this week
  14. I actually screwed up the dimensions in my post. I use the 18oz most often, and that's the one that works well for me - it fits nicely in cupholders. I do have a 26, which is the same cap with a wider body, but I haven't actually used it yet.
  15. I think there are (at least) two things we should agree on to make sure these late trades are fair: Zalatoris trades should be vetoed. Anyone that still has him knew he was a risk, and he gave them a good run. At this point, no playoff-bound team should be shopping him around for a Top 50 (or even Top 75) FedEx guy. Similar to some of the frustration above, I was offered Z for Finau straight up today, which I declined immediately, but I would hope it would get blocked if I accepted. Any top tier guy coming from a fringe or out-of-contention team and going to a playoff-bound team should expect a lot of scrutiny. The exception in my mind is if a fringe team is getting someone in the next field to help them with a playoff push. I don't disagree with the Berger-Morikawa trade on paper - both are currently in position to make the Tour Championship, and Morikawa might be in position to take a week off (that's still a thing guys do for the Northern Trust, right?), which would put you at a disadvantage. But I get why it was vetoed given the current standings. If it were two playoff teams or if Berger was playing 3M, I'd say let it go through, but there's just no upside for the other team.
  16. I'm seeing that with just about every trade offer Nobody seems to want the guys that I actually want to deal, and everyone just wants Tony (seems like HiggoMania died down a bit after a few missed cuts...). I've fielded 7 trade offers from this post, and 6 of them had Tony involved, some of them Tony solo (the 7th must have been rescinded before I even saw it in FanTrax). I threw his name out as bait to get a top guy heading into FedEx, but my actual goal was to swap the other guys for someone comparable / slightly lower in the FedEx standings with hopes they are in the 3M field (like if one of the top teams is trying to angle for playoff performance and doesn't care as much about 3M).
  17. Your offer is actually the one that has the best 3M return so far - I just have lingering questions on whether it's the right move for me given my current position.
  18. Based on the initial trade offers coming in, I should clarify my Tony position (everyone seems to want him, including me ). Given where I stand for the playoffs, my priority needs to be 3M - not enough time left in the season for me to phone it in for another week. So... If you are including Tony in a pre-3M offer, I'll be looking for both a stud (like a Hovland or Spieth type) and someone that's in the 3M field to replace Tony. How good that 3M replacement is will depend on which other guy you include from my team (right now I value Hatton over Palmer over Higgo) - given my high expectations for Tony, I'm expecting slot 2 to be filled with someone "not as good" as who I'd be giving up, but I also don't want it to be a weekly waiver rider. For a post-3M trade, I can consider other types of offers, so let's chat.
  19. Hatton, Higgo, and Ryan Palmer are on the unofficial trading block - willing to entertain offers for them, and willing to package with a bigger name (even Tony) if the return is right. PM me if you're interested in working something out.
  20. Because of that PXG-like hate, I wanted to dislike this bottle, but I just can't do it. I bought one for my wife's birthday first, then picked up my own thanks to The Buck Club's new member gift package, and then decided to grab one more because they worked so well (this time with The Golfers Journal logo). The 26 is perfect for my golf bag's bottle pocket, and it kept water cold even when sitting in direct sunlight for hours on a recent 90+° day. I suggest trying out the magnetic version of the Chug Cap - you lose the cap handle, but I like it better overall (smaller cap, stashes magnetically on the side rim).
  21. Saw this on Instagram last night -- if anyone is in Wisconsin or the surrounding states, it sounds like he's looking for people to play with him (50 courses in 50 days, all around the state). I threw my name in the hat for either Old Hickory or Lac La Belle next week, so hopefully we can make that happen: https://www.instagram.com/p/CReWRfkM0sU/ http://www.pjkoenig.com/intern-schedule
  22. I'm rolling with 8, which would be a very strong squad circa 2015. Fended off some trade offers that would have pushed me down to 6 (enticing offers for something like a WGC but not this week - sorry I didn't play ball). And I just shot all of my cash to get Sergio in place of HV3 -- hoping that doesn't blow up in my face.
  23. I have an old boss that got dinged by one of the big manufacturers' reps for "selling too low" and they threatened to pull out of his pro shop (he voluntarily did that with their clubs the next year and focused on a couple specific brands). It was technically under the advertising part of the comment above -- the agreement was something like $425 MSRP but cannot display a price below $375. The drivers were not getting any attention at that lowest allowed advertised price, so he dropped it to something like $275 on the sign in the pro shop, which got him in trouble with the rep. In practice, that's a minimum price -- someone could have picked one up and offered lower, and he could have accepted that offer, but that just wasn't happening with the posted price tags (haggling didn't seem common at that course). This was also back in the early '00s, so very possible things have changed since then - I have not kept up with that side of the industry.
  24. Most retail shops won't have this option. Custom build shops probably will, but the prices I've seen have been no different than the full stock club. My suggestion: Keep the stock shaft on hand for if/when you decide to switch brands or Ping switches the adapter -- at that point, put the stock shaft back in the older head when you sell or trade it, and change the adapter on your custom shaft so you can use it with the next head. If you're losing your old 410 shaft (or losing it's adapter) when making the shaft change, you could just put the new G425 shaft into the 410 when you sell it -- if you're looking to trade in the 410 for the 425, the retailer might not allow that though.
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