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I am new to My Golf Spy. I appreciate the dedication it takes to look for testers to give honest feedback. If I get the opportunity I will be as honest and forthcoming as I need to be. Hopefully they have lefties in mind as well. 🙂

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3w - PXG 0211

3-4 Hybrid PXG 3-4 Hybrid

5-GW PXG 211

Wedges -Callaway Mack Daddy

Putter - Cleveland, bullseye design

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8 minutes ago, albertr said:

I am new to My Golf Spy. I appreciate the dedication it takes to look for testers to give honest feedback. If I get the opportunity I will be as honest and forthcoming as I need to be. Hopefully they have lefties in mind as well. 🙂

Handedness and location are pretty much set by the manufacturer offering the gear for the testing; thankfully MGS usually has some LH opportunities every season.

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:callaway-small: Mavrik Max 10.5* R Flex Evenflow RipTide
:cleveland-small: Hy-Wood
:cleveland-small: Launcher 5h
:wilson_staff_small: D200 6i-PW
:cleveland-small: CBX 54* & 58*
:cleveland-small: #10
:bridgestone-small: e12 Contact
 

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This is great stuff! Thank you for spelling it out for us newbies! Looking forward to interacting with all!

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1 hour ago, Tgmathis12 said:

This is great stuff! Thank you for spelling it out for us newbies! Looking forward to interacting with all!

Welcome enjoy the site. Lots of good stuff around. golf or non.

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On 5/4/2022 at 3:34 PM, tommc23 said:

Heck I was apart of a review for in which things didn’t go as well as expected and the manufacturer didn’t like it so they decided not to submit a product for the yearly testing because of it. So biased I don’t think so! You obviously haven’t done any research before spouting off. Have your opinion as you should but because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

I haven't done any research?     Laughable at best, considering you don't know me.

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On 5/1/2022 at 11:18 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

Of course as with all on the forum allowed to and happy you share your point of view even if I disagree. 

One of the things we do look at is ratio between posted content and reactions. This is in the hopes of getting testers that just don't post to get a high post count. Which again post count is looked at, but more so we try and look at how active a member has been recently. There are plenty that have well over a thousand posts, but maybe haven't actually posted in 6+ months. 

In the end we have an obligation to the OEM, HQ and the members to select testers who will provide us with good reviews. Even this year we had to call an audible and call in a backup as we had a tester not respond to being selected. It sucks as we hope and believe we pick members who will be able to provide good reviews, but sometimes life or other things happen which cause members to not be able to do so. 

To this extent we even have members messaging saying that they signed up, but won't be able to do a full review do to various reason and for us to not select them. Which is appreciated. 

I think we have a great system, but that is me. Even since coming on staff we have tweaked it a bit and added in some new things to make our life easier (player profiles) and hope that HQ can provide everyone with a great testing season this year. 

I would hope your focus is on Honest reviews, not 'good' reviews.

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32 minutes ago, flyingwedges said:

I would hope your focus is on Honest reviews, not 'good' reviews.

Good as in honest, well written, and thorough reviews. NOT necessarily positive. There is a difference. 

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Driver:    PXG Gen2 0811x 10.5* set to small + with a VA Composites Nemesys 55s @ 44.75"

Fairway:  :srixon-small: F85 5 wood with a UST Elements Chrome 7F5 @ 41.5"

Irons: Testing the Titleist T200 irons 4-W2 with Project X LZ 5.5 shaft -1/2" and 1* Up

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On 5/9/2022 at 6:49 PM, flyingwedges said:

I would hope your focus is on Honest reviews, not 'good' reviews.

I will take this one for myself and if I get flagged so be it.  Are you that bent that you want to nitpick that in the context of what @GolfSpy_APHhas written in his well thought out and frankly too nice of a response, that the only thing you can focus on is the word 'good'?  You knew what he meant and in an effort to promote your own belief you take it and twist it to fit into that context.  I will bet that not one other member that has been reading through this thread came even close to taking it in the way you want them to.

I hope you continue to hit them where you want and enjoy the game for years to come.

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Hybrid: :cobra-small: Cobra FLYXL 4 & 5
Irons: :cobra-small: Cobra FLYXL 6 - P w/ Mitsubishi Rayon KURO KAGE Black Parallel Graphite Iron Shaft STIFF
Wedges: :edel-golf-1: Edel SMS 50, 54, 58 degree with KBS STIFF 2g/8g/10g Weight Setup
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37 minutes ago, GrumpyGolf said:

I will take this one for myself and if I get flagged so be it.  Are you that bent that you want to nitpick that in the context of what @GolfSpy_APHhas written in his well thought out and frankly too nice of a response, that the only thing you can focus on is the word 'good'?  You knew what he meant and in an effort to promote your own belief you take it and twist it to fit into that context.  I will bet that not one other member that has been reading through this thread came even close to taking it in the way you want them to.

I hope you continue to hit them where you want and enjoy the game for years to come.

Unfortunately in forums people can read and take context in different lights. I choose to believe "good" doesn't directly correlate to positive. Maybe my wording should have been more concise? In any case some will choose to pick away, which is fine. We are an open forum and feedback is appreciated. 

That being said we will do our best to continue to educate our membership on how and what we do. We will also continue to try and improve our system as time goes on as who knows what future tests will require or need in order to be considered a tester. 

 

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Driver:   :callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero - Set at 9.5* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:      :srixon-small: Z Star

Other:     :Arccos: 

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I do not envy those who have to select testers. It’s incredibly subjective and loads of people will be disappointed or even angry every time testers are announced. Being a mod seems like a garbage job!

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On 5/9/2022 at 6:46 PM, flyingwedges said:

I haven't done any research?     Laughable at best, considering you don't know me.

You are right we don't know you.  We don't know what research you have done.  Now let's flip that.  You don't know anyone that is doing any of the tests, you don't know the mods, and you probably don't know personally anyone else on this forum, and yet you seem to be ok with making assumptions about everyone here.  That too, should be laughable at best.

This is a place that I have only recently discovered since my return to golf and I have found it to be very helpful.  I have found the members to be both knowledgeable and fun to converse with.  The reviews and the other member knowledge has led me to change my mind about some purchases I was looking into and I am very happy with that.  The mods do their best to accommodate and facilitate what I am sure is not an easy task.

Give the mods a break and if you find that what is being done here at MGS and by the mods and other members not to your liking, cool, but don't assume that you know what they are doing.  Should you get picked to do a review, I hope that you give as GOOD a review as everyone who has come before you.

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8 minutes ago, jddaigneault said:

I do not envy those who have to select testers. It’s incredibly subjective and loads of people will be disappointed or even angry every time testers are announced. Being a mod seems like a garbage job!

Honestly it isn't that bad. Stay objective, take input from other mods, use the info we have available to us and good to go. Those who complain about not being selected, well usually there is a good reason. There are tons of emails of pick me pick me or why do I never get picked,  but that's a big reason why i created this thread. To point them here and hopefully have them figure out themselves as to the why!

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SuperSpeed 2020 from 100-112 and climbing!

Driver:   :callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero - Set at 9.5* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:      :srixon-small: Z Star

Other:     :Arccos: 

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5 minutes ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

Honestly it isn't that bad. Stay objective, take input from other mods, use the info we have available to us and good to go. Those who complain about not being selected, well usually there is a good reason. There are tons of emails of pick me pick me or why do I never get picked,  but that's a big reason why i created this thread. To point them here and hopefully have them figure out themselves as to the why!

I already teach for a living and deal with high school kids complaining about everything…that’s enough for me! 🤣🤣🤣

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For what it's worth, the transparency of the process was helpful and insightful to me as a relatively new member. If you look just at the raw numbers of sign ups, it can feel like an impossibility to be selected for testing. Learning that forum activity influences the chances of being selected and that ~98% of testers have less than 50 lifetime posts makes the signup volume of 5000+ entries significantly less daunting. I'm not sure which mod posted the raw numbers in the LAB signup thread, but I recall it being less than 150 applicants or so. I stumbled upon what appears to be the previous version of this thread from 2013, and it seems like some of the challenges and attitudes towards testing selection remain. My condolences to the mod team 😅

I think anyone would take ~1:10 odds versus ~1:5000 odds, and it seems like an effective carrot to keep people who are motivated to be testers active, and providing positive contributions (if things like reaction-to-post ratios are evaluated) in exchange for increasing their selection odds by two orders of magnitude. It also seems like an effective, natural filter for those who see it as a raffle and not a different opportunity to contribute to the community.

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Hybrid:     :titleist-small: TS2 4 23° 5 25°, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black 60 Graphite Regular

Irons:       :callaway-small: X-20 Irons (5-SW)

Wedges:  :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 - 54.11 (56°), :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 - 60.10; :Fuji: Vista PRO 60i R

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22 minutes ago, mynerds said:

For what it's worth, the transparency of the process was helpful and insightful to me as a relatively new member. If you look just at the raw numbers of sign ups, it can feel like an impossibility to be selected for testing. Learning that forum activity influences the chances of being selected and that ~98% of testers have less than 50 lifetime posts makes the signup volume of 5000+ entries significantly less daunting. I'm not sure which mod posted the raw numbers in the LAB signup thread, but I recall it being less than 150 applicants or so. I stumbled upon what appears to be the previous version of this thread from 2013, and it seems like some of the challenges and attitudes towards testing selection remain. My condolences to the mod team 😅

I think anyone would take ~1:10 odds versus ~1:5000 odds, and it seems like an effective carrot to keep people who are motivated to be testers active, and providing positive contributions (if things like reaction-to-post ratios are evaluated) in exchange for increasing their selection odds by two orders of magnitude. It also seems like an effective, natural filter for those who see it as a raffle and not a different opportunity to contribute to the community.

I try and post relevant numbers for many and we try and also post this thread in the test to get people to understand the process and what we do. It can *sometimes* help with emails of why didn't I get picked and so on. However I'm glad you found it helpful and insightful. 

You are completley correct in thinking it is so easy to see it as 5000+ applicants and it being pretty daunting, but yeah typically the most that have a post count that is relevant is about 200 or so. Then add in those who don't have a profile photo and cuts it down again. FWIW, no profile photo no selection. That is a simple clear standard we have and does help us filter a little easier too. So knock off another 20% or so. Then yes we do look at ratio. Reason being there are many that may only post in testing thread (less now with the new way of selection, but still) and we prefer to see activity in a few areas of the forum even if it is testing that brings someone to the forum. 

It was mentioned at one point, but ites pretty easy to see when someone only posts in tests and only ever just signs up for testing. Which is fine, however we would love to see more cross forum participation. 

I was brought by testing in the beginning and ended up pursuing a leadership position which I am very happy to be in and help this great community where possible. 

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SuperSpeed 2020 from 100-112 and climbing!

Driver:   :callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero - Set at 9.5* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:      :srixon-small: Z Star

Other:     :Arccos: 

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