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This is not meant to be a bashing thread. It is actually a serious question. It goes to show the influence of redesigning your site.

1) I go allllllll the way back to GolfOpinions.com. It was the second influential golf forum, and the one that spawned BombSquadGolf, and GolfWRX. After GO redesigned it's site... it was never the same, and eventually disappeared into oblivion. I have noticed a substantial decrease in active viewing on WRX since their redesign. I have also noticed a "Old format coming back" sign that just keeps changing months. It was supposed to have returned 6 months ago.

2) But besides the forums... you don't see any mention of the site in publications or news anymore. You see a lot of MGS mentions.

3) They don't do any informative articles. Everything published is literally advertising for new releases.

4) Nobody there seems to "care" anymore. There just seems to be no effort put in. No drive from those that run it.

They really have lost their edge. I am not privy to internet traffic numbers but I would think that MGS has closed the gap on WRX. I am going to compare this to Shiels vs Crossfield, where Crossfield had 200K youtube subscribers and Shiels had 50K. Sheils now has almost 700K and Crossfield hasn't reached 300K. It was for the same reason. Crossfield changed format... and appeared to "give up", while Shiels pushed and expanded.

 

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If you think that a forum with roughly 400k subscribers is irrelevant you might want to reconsider. You ask anyone around about golf forums wrx is usually the first one threat gets mentioned. Mgs has done a lot and are recognized via the most wanted.

Each golf forum has their unique offering. Mgs does a great job at testing, etc around gear.

wrx did a website/server upgrade to make things better and to be able to do more things going forward. That’s not something that gets done by leadership that doesn’t care.

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I used to be a participant on WRX forums but after a while it didn't provide value for me. I know a number of MGS members are active participants in WRX and it seems to work for them. Nothing wrong with either approach - the old adage "different strokes for different folks" applies here.

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Rory McIlroy has literally made mentions of WRX within the last year and Chirs Voshall from Mizuno has done a small handful of podcasts with them. I don't think they're irrelevant. I also don't think they offer much that you couldn't get elsewhere and find the vast majority of their content to be of little value. Occasionally, they will have an instruction article, or breaking news on tour that catches my attention, but not much TBH. 

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They are hardly irrelevant. Since thier upgrade they no longer support Tapatalk. Which is truly disappointing because I have to go to the webpage in order to view threads and I dont find it even remotely easy to navigate. I participate in car forums as much as I do golf so using a common platform is very important to me.
The GolfWRX active member is a hard core golfer. They know thier stuff. The member of say HP is more of a casual golfer but still very active members. I find MGS to be somewhere in the middle.

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35 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

i think this sums it up very well. 

I still go on WRX,....obvisouly not near the amount I did before joining MGS, but I like to keep track of what the competing sites are doing.  Well at least them, I don't so much worry about the third one.   WRX does indeed have a large knowledgeable membership. 

However, the one thing I have witnessed first hand and heard many times, is it's not the most welcoming of sites to newer golfers or members who have a differing opinion.

I think that's THE absolute best thing about the membership here, you guys value everyone's opinion, whether it's a scratch golfer or a brand new player who shoots 110.   There truly is no class system here.

And of course the full honest unbiased opinions on the member reviews is something you don't see much of on the other sites.   If something works well, they will say so, if something isn't great, they will say so in a very constructive but yet honest way. 

I do love how MGS is becoming more well known then perhaps the other two.   On a side note, the Wilson Rep just left my shop this morning, I've known him for 15 years, but he somehow didn't know my role with MGS.  When I mentioned it, he got very excited saying Wilson LOVES MGS...ha   So we spent a bit of time talking about what MGS does.  He admitted his a bit of old timer and not real up on SM but says he's going to have to get more involved.    That is all said, to say every rep I have spoken to this year has nothing but great things to say about MGS.   Well all except for one 🙂

 

 

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I think what this thread topic does is ask an interesting question, but maybe framed it the wrong way.

I do think that GolfWRX is relevant and as the largest golf forum on the net will always be relevant to a certain type of golfer and a certain cross-section of golf media and the like.

The real question is whether or not they are as influential as they used to be, and to that I would say no. MGS has made incredible in roads in the public sphere as truly becoming the one stop "Consumer Reports" of golf that Adam and the team envisioned the site to be once it was started. They have surpassed WRX and THP as the place to go to know about the newest gear, how it performs, and how it can impact your game. Before the big hits for MGS (Kirkland/Snell tests, Enhanced Most Wanted Testing, TrueGolfFit, Ball Report, Flag In or Out) WRX had a stranglehold on traffic and opinion for "gearheads". That pendulum has shifted in MGS' direction in a big way and I don't think it's stopping anytime soon.

So, to answer the question, yes GolfWRX is still relevant and always will be to some extent, but it's nowhere near as influential as it once was in my opinion.

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14 minutes ago, Berg Ryman said:

I think what this thread topic does is ask an interesting question, but maybe framed it the wrong way.

I do think that GolfWRX is relevant and as the largest golf forum on the net will always be relevant to a certain type of golfer and a certain cross-section of golf media and the like.

The real question is whether or not they are as influential as they used to be, and to that I would say no. MGS has made incredible in roads in the public sphere as truly becoming the one stop "Consumer Reports" of golf that Adam and the team envisioned the site to be once it was started. They have surpassed WRX and THP as the place to go to know about the newest gear, how it performs, and how it can impact your game. Before the big hits for MGS (Kirkland/Snell tests, Enhanced Most Wanted Testing, TrueGolfFit, Ball Report, Flag In or Out) WRX had a stranglehold on traffic and opinion for "gearheads". That pendulum has shifted in MGS' direction in a big way and I don't think it's stopping anytime soon.

So, to answer the question, yes GolfWRX is still relevant and always will be to some extent, but it's nowhere near as influential as it once was in my opinion.

This post is also very on point.  

And somthing I realized in reading it that I didn't think to mention in my previous reply.   If you have any doubt about the reach or impact of MyGolfSpy in the golf industry.  Just go to the MGS IG, Twitter or Facebook page when a major article is published and read all the opinions.   You will see hundres sometimes thousands of replies.   And not all of them are blowing smoke up MGS's hind end!!   You will see just as many questioning the article--data---some asking for more clarification as well as the ones praising the article/study.

THP and others you will usually only see the devoted follower pouring glasses of the proverbial kool aid.   Because they don't reach the mainstream non loyal to the site golfer, like MGS does. 

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... I have been a member on WRX  since the beginning and still post some from time to time. But too many members find some kind of thrill mocking others or just arguing. Instead of being able to inform or share and also learn, I spend most of my time trying not to argue with members that are really only interested in doing just that. It is very frustrating and something I have never experienced here at MGS. I have run across differing opinions on MGS of course, and that is a good thing as long as it is done with respect and an open mind. 


I tried WRX with a similar experience - wasn’t worth it to me. However there is plenty enough good information there that I will visit the site at least once a week. It’s a different sort of relevance IMO. I’m happy it’s there - always important to have differing sources of information.

Like Chisag I truly appreciate that we will share our differing opinions here and rarely shout them or attempt to cram them down people’s throat. You often learn the most from dissenting opinions. At least I do.


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Also here at MGS we don't  ******** the name of WRX like it does to MyGolfSpy 😁

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1 hour ago, chisag said:

But too many members find some kind of thrill mocking others or just arguing. Instead of being able to inform or share and also learn, I spend most of my time trying not to argue with members that are really only interested in doing just that. 

THIS ^^^^

 

I now dont frequent wrx due to this and havent been back since joining MGS 18 months ago.

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Forums are like instructors - you'll almost always be able to find one that "speaks" to you and you learn a lot from it.

WRX is still huge for traffic, and seems to focus a lot on what's going on with tour players, WITB, etc. The instruction forum used to be really good (I first found Monte there and I still follow his stuff, buy his videos, etc), but it's definitely waned over the years. That subforum was my main reason for going there, but almost never happens anymore.

I'll just say this - all those clubs in the store with stickers on the handle or head touting how great they tested almost always have the MGS logo... not that of a competing forum 😉

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I still visit both, but I get far more value here and participate in more conversations here as a result, with my reasons echoing all that was mentioned above.

The one place where WRX still has an edge IMO is in the classifieds. I would assume that the classifieds page here picks up as the site's popularity continues to grow, though. 

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I have been on forums since 2006 - I was quite active on Bombsquadgolf and WRX. BSG got so negative - I like Marcus a lot but it got to be a place I never went to and there was no discussion at all. I went to WRX and was very involved there but when I was in my car accident in 2014 I didn't go there for a few years and when I came back it seemed like a different place. I still go to WRX nearly every day to read articles and go to the Classified thread but that's about it. MGS is the place where I'm active in forums and discussions. Everyone here seems to speak respectfully to each other which I really appreciate. WRX is far from irrelevant but it has changed - as everything is apt to do. There is enough negativity in my world that I don’t want it in my free time if at all possible. Golf and watches are areas, outside of my profession, that I know a fair bit about but the lack of negativity I want starts with me and how I share my opinions on watch and golf forums. There are certain watch forums I no longer use for the same reason - trolls are everywhere unfortunately. I'm glad I found MGS - for the most part I really enjoy the discussions here and all of us need to continue to work at keeping things here informative, civil and fun.


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Well said. Relevant content on both, but I spend much more time on MGS...

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4 hours ago, golfertrb said:

I have been on forums since 2006 - I was quite active on Bombsquadgolf and WRX. BSG got so negative - I like Marcus a lot but it got to be a place I never went to and there was no discussion at all. I went to WRX and was very involved there but when I was in my car accident in 2014 I didn't go there for a few years and when I came back it seemed like a different place. I still go to WRX nearly every day to read articles and go to the Classified thread but that's about it. MGS is the place where I'm active in forums and discussions. Everyone here seems to speak respectfully to each other which I really appreciate. WRX is far from irrelevant but it has changed - as everything is apt to do. There is enough negativity in my world that I don’t want it in my free time if at all possible. Golf and watches are areas, outside of my profession, that I know a fair bit about but the lack of negativity I want starts with me and how I share my opinions on watch and golf forums. There are certain watch forums I no longer use for the same reason - trolls are everywhere unfortunately. I'm glad I found MGS - for the most part I really enjoy the discussions here and all of us need to continue to work at keeping things here informative, civil and fun.


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I've been on WRX since 2007. Do I like the recent changes? No biggie once I get used to them. Topics can get bland sometimes, but the discussions are pretty good most of the time. Just recently started lurking here, though.

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