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Yes. There was a civil exchange. He addressed it without really addressing it? It is still there if you want to take a look.

 

I will add in terms of information about JDM (Scratch not being JDM in my book), 90% of what Chris says is true. He has Gocchin to thank for that. The quality of equipment information and presentation has exploded ever since he got him on board 3(?) years ago. Tario(?)/Gocchin is a wealth of information and translation. I get a few and I can say Japanese golf magazines test everything. The magazines have information that sometimes is overload and useless to a certain point.

 

Sorry xxio, forgive me for asking this question. My knowledge of the Japanese market is limited. What is Gocchin?

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Funny I just talked with Ari again and I already sent off a copy of this to Bill at Miura so to get a response and to let him know whats being printed about Mr. Miura. It's crazy that someone would tr

Funny I had to look that one up myself.... and I'm still not sure why he brought up the Dashanzi International Art Festival?

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But if the club still works for you does it really matter? This has never happened to me, so I'm just a little curious.

 

Yes it matters if the club in question is at a premium price. Its not good enough to say if it works does it matter.

 

I agree with the previous poster, the Muira forging issue is a bigger thing for me. I get the 'when is 1018 not really 1018' argument, and its a bit boring to be frank, its a technical point, US versus China versus Japan blah blah, blends and almost the same as etc etc. The marketing boys have had some fun with it and now they have been called out, I'm sure it won't really do any harm to them above and beyond people like me having this sour taste in the mouths for a while, then it will be forgotten. But the Muira forging or not forging will rumble on I suspect.

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Sorry xxio, forgive me for asking this question. My knowledge of the Japanese market is limited. What is Gocchin?

 

 

Gocchin is an administrator over at TSG. He provides a lot of information. he seems to be a very well informed and very nice individual.

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Yes it matters if the club in question is at a premium price. Its not good enough to say if it works does it matter.

 

I agree with the previous poster, the Muira forging issue is a bigger thing for me. I get the 'when is 1018 not really 1018' argument, and its a bit boring to be frank, its a technical point, US versus China versus Japan blah blah, blends and almost the same as etc etc. The marketing boys have had some fun with it and now they have been called out, I'm sure it won't really do any harm to them above and beyond people like me having this sour taste in the mouths for a while, then it will be forgotten. But the Muira forging or not forging will rumble on I suspect.

 

I think you're missing an important thing. There was a pretty good reason why truth in advertising became the subject of a law in the States.

 

 

 

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There are other properties of composition to consider but strictly speaking for carbon content in AISI 1018 steel it is 0.15%-0.20%. I'm sure it can be held to tighter specifications if needed, but I'm sure in the application of making golf clubs it might increase the cost a bit.

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There are other properties of composition to consider but strictly speaking for carbon content in AISI 1018 steel it is 0.15%-0.20%. I'm sure it can be held to tighter specifications if needed, but I'm sure in the application of making golf clubs it might increase the cost a bit.

 

So basically around a +/- 3% range for golf clubs? Is that a wide tolerance for the steel industry in general or standard for similar applications.

 

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... I tried to invite Chris to post right here with all involved. I invited him as well as Bill from Miura and Bill wrote me via email. Chris never even acknowledged me he just called me a Fan Boy.

 

Tells you all you need to know about Chris at the end of the day -

Its easy to hide behind a keyboard and sling crap against the wall - a lot more difficult to actually come forward and address pont by point accusations made.

 

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Tells you all you need to know about Chris at the end of the day -

Its easy to hide behind a keyboard and sling crap against the wall - a lot more difficult to actually come forward and address pont by point accusations made.

 

 

+1. Agreed Rob

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Tells you all you need to know about Chris at the end of the day -

Its easy to hide behind a keyboard and sling crap against the wall - a lot more difficult to actually come forward and address pont by point accusations made.

 

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+1. Agreed Rob

 

 

Exactly, Chris could have easy enough responded here and maybe there could have been a civil discussion. As far as Miura goes I haven't heard anything definitive as to what they have decided to do? But I guess if there's ever going to be a lawsuit it will become public knowledge. I honestly feel it wasn't about Chris trying to educate anyone but more about a grudge he has towards his competitors, one in which he had a working relationship. So that's why I get the feeling that it's more personal then trying to educate the public! I guess we all have opinions.

 

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I honestly feel it wasn't about Chris trying to educate anyone but more about a grudge he has towards his competitors, one in which he had a working relationship. So that's why I get the feeling that it's more personal then trying to educate the public! I guess we all have opinions.

 

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That's the weird thing though. Are those companies really his competitors? Its generally not a good idea to piss off OEM's when you're a reseller. Trying to figure out what he has to gain in all this....

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He is coming out with his own wedge soon...hmmm.

 

 

That's the weird thing though. Are those companies really his competitors? Its generally not a good idea to piss off OEM's when you're a reseller. Trying to figure out what he has to gain in all this....

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He is coming out with his own wedge soon...hmmm.

 

Ahhh... ok, then. That explains a lot. Especially the Scratch bit. Thanks for that insight. :rolleyes:

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In many peoples eyes in the business he did the same thing to Gauge Design US. He basically created a rumor that destroyed what they had built for years. Dave Whitlam who designs for Gauge in the US makes a nice putter but his name was tarnished simply because of a rumor that created a bad taste in many consumers mouth even know there was little to no truth behind the rumors.

 

It is a shame really.

 

Ahhh... ok, then. That explains a lot. Especially the Scratch bit. Thanks for that insight. :rolleyes:

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He is coming out with his own wedge soon...hmmm.

 

Damn that really puts a whole new spin on Chris's blog. When is his New Wedges supposed to hit the market? Are we talking soon? Because if that's happening soon, you would really have to question the whole point of him doing all this independent testing so he can slant sales in his direction. Now I don't know when he plans on this release, as this is the first I heard this one. This just makes Chris look worse in my eyes. If this was his master plan to belittle other OEM's just to make his product look better. WOW! Especially in light of the David Whitlam (Gauge Design USA) story. I'm sure this happens in many industries where one company says things about another, but I just thought Golf would be one business there would be a higher standard of ethics. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part!

 

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That's the weird thing though. Are those companies really his competitors? Its generally not a good idea to piss off OEM's when you're a reseller. Trying to figure out what he has to gain in all this....

 

 

I heard that TSG was nothing really more than a buying service in it's early years. When you would order that is when they check their list of stores to check if they have it. Does anyone know if that has changed?

 

I know they are authorized distributors of Epon, they used to have the NA territory then the problem with direct selling by a distributor vs the retailers/fitters. The Epon thrust has always been fitted clubs so they want to have a retail-fitting system. They were indicated as an online store for awhile but the Epon site has been down for a month now so I can't check what the status of TSG with Epon is aside from being the NA distributor.

 

Again I said in the end Chris may have nothing to gain. He could be just giving info. It is the manner and his checkered past that is leading people to question the "expose".

 

I hope Miura speaks out soon. I do have a feeling the foundry itself Miura uses is not really theirs but that they control the process (spin welding), use their employees, and the quality control. I guess sort of like leasing equipment/time/space....a 60% truth? Questions will then pop up like..... are Miuras the only golf clubs made at that foundry? Who is in charge of purchasing the raw materials and does the spot checking during the process..blurring the line between a sub-contractor and an employee.

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I just thought Golf would be one business there would be a higher standard of ethics. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part!

 

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I did mention to Chris the "gentleman's" part of this game when I posted on TSG about talking to Ari first.

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I did mention to Chris the "gentleman's" part of this game when I posted on TSG about talking to Ari first.

 

Yes I read your post on his blog. As like when I first posted on his site about the accusations brought on both Scratch and Miura by Chris. I asked him to post here and all parties could be involved that I would talk with Colt and see if we could set something up. The n i sent ans email to Ari and then one to Bill at Miura as well. That's when this whole thing got started. I went back to Chris's blog and couldn't find my post anywhere. So I don't know what happened as by then it was like the 3rd 4th day of this thread. I sent emails/PM's to everyone involved only Ari and Bill responded. Chris's way of recognizing me was to call me a Scratch fan boy. Like I said in very beginning I wanted to get to the bottom of his accusations about Scratch's wedges and Miura not forging irons. It's funny how the Miura not forging irons thing just completely dropped from his discussion. He just focused on bashing Ari and Scratch. that's why I have my feelings on this the way I do. I believe Ari and Bill. I just a golf fan have no interest in any OEM. I happen to be playing what's in my signature now. That can change at any time, as i just play what I like and what I feel is the best. I've played plenty of Miura irons and plenty of Endo irons. I've never played Scratch but the more I read, the more they peak my interest! I've been close to purchasing Scratch wedges many times but my success with Titleist wedges it's just been hard to de-bag them. Sorry for getting a little off topic, but I just want to prove I'm not swayed by any OEM and the proof is in my bag. It's not like I'm backing Ari because I play Scratch clubs. I've never even tried them yet. I agree with you Chris could have handled this much better!

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TM R7 17.5 HFS w/ Tour AD 7S Stiff 42"

Cobra S3 Pro's 4-pw w/ Aldila RIP Tours SLT 115 Reg. 5i 38.5"

Titleist Vokey Proto's

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TM TP5 X

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I wonder why the deletion of your post yet mine was still there the last time I checked. Is it too much to ask to have you repeat what you posted over here?

 

The golf world is quite small at the niche-premium level. Word gets around about reputation and past dealings pretty quick. Like my dad always says you meet the same people on the way down as you did on the way up, so treat everyone with respect......I wonder where bighitter is nowadays :)

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