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I got an email from a MyGolfSpy reader and forum member this morning that honestly about made me shoot through my office roof with frustration. Yet, I held on to my desk to resist the afterburners coming out of my ears which would have allowed me to enter outer space.

 

I then sat back took a deep breath and said to myself, seriously...no seriously...what the hell is wrong with some people. Do they not think before they make such statements. I know we are all guilty of sometimes not thinking some thoughts through and letting down our common sense filter. But I guess when you have the amount of readers we do now, you are going to get some of these. And trust me we do.

 

Nevertheless I wanted to share this with everyone because I think it might need explaining ONE MORE time.

 

I will leave the members name out of this post, although if you feel like responding please feel free.

 

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HERE IS THE EMAIL FROM THE MEMBER:

Sorry... but now I feel having True Temper as a sponsor has compromised you. I might participate on facebook, but not on the forum. Really... if you're going to let True Temper (as well as Grafalloy and Project X) be a sponsor, what's to stop you from letting TMag, Nike, or someone else sponsor you? Real nice...

 

I know you have the right to run your site as you see fit, but bringing True Temper and KBS on as sponsors? Really? What's next... TMaG and Nike? Thanks, but no thanks.

 

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MY RESPONSE:

 

Where do I even start? First of all we do not accept advertising dollars from "Large OEM's" to avoid it compromising our golf club review process. End of story. Do we have to do this? NO. Am I the only guy in the golf industry who is doing this? YES.

 

I didn't start this business for the same reason most others start businesses (money). I did this for the consumers and because it is something I am passionate about. I wanted to flip the industry upside down and start to shed light on products that deserve it, no matter how big or small that company was. Currently I have turned down over $250,000 in annual salary from large OEM advertising proposals. And I am sure that number would be much larger if they didn't know we didn't accept it. And if you compare that to my annual salary which before this year put me in a category where I could legally apply for food stamps you might understand a little better that I am not in this for just the money grab. So your whole "you have been compromised" statement might not have been so well thought out.

 

If you were to ask anyone that knows me in my personal life I am the LAST person to give myself a pat on the back for what has become MyGolfSpy, when I start something I expect to have it succeed (so no cookies needed). But I will say I am proud of the fact that up to this point I have built this site with my own money and no need from the golf companies. And I hope it will always continue to be that way.

 

Accepting a site sponsorship from a shaft company will in NO way effect our golf club review process. No different than having a golf retail store being a sponsor would. I speak my mind pretty damn freely and I have paid the price for doing so, and yet still continue speaking my mind about the good the bad and the ugly going on in the industry.

 

So where would you draw the line with sponsorships? Do you want MyGolfSpy to be able to continue to exist? Or do you think we should work for free? Because if that is the case, and you don't think what we are doing is a good thing for this industry, please let me know. I would be happy to put it up for sale and let one of the other golf publications take it over. And see how quickly they take the money grab from Large OEM's that have wanted to get their brands on this site. And see how fast it becomes a place where not only our voices aren't allowed to be spoken but more importantly your voices will never be heard.

 

Seriously I have fielded enough of these emails to almost want me to get out of this business altogether. So either think with your head before you press the "send" button or realize we are doing everything we possibly can to keep this place as virgin as possible without not being able to exist at all.

 

X

 

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And feel free to post your feelings on my response (emailer) I would be more than happy to respond.

 

 


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Great post X

 

Having had a chance to gain an "inside" glimpse into all of this, I have only gained more respect for your standpoint with the OEMs and choosing not to take their advertising dollars.

 

There's just not another site out there like this, and I think this email goes to show that our readers truly see and care that what we're doing is different, and allows us to be honest 100% of the time, unlike so many other sites and publications where you get watered down "reviews" and/or simple cut and paste re-posting of the manufacturer's press release.

 

Stoked we have such a passionate following here - stay strong - it's not easy turning away BIG ad dollars!

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It's a pretty big leap from KBS and True Temper to TMag and Nike, isn't it?

 

You have every right to run your website the way you see fit, and you offer it to the rest of us FREE OF CHARGE! Personally, I appreciate the fact you have sponsors because it has opened my eyes to lots of products and sources I never would have know about. I understand the feeling we, as users, have of "ownership" of this site, but we have to remember that it costs time and money for you guys to provide the wealth of info that you're generously sharing...so whatever you guys have to do to keep it going is alright by me.

 

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FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
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To say that having True Temper and KBS as a sponsor compromises the integrity of the site is way off in my opinion. I have always judged the quality of this site by the honesty of the reviews and forum entries, none of which seems tainted by OEM preference based on sponsorship.

 

In my opinion the only way having sponsors (even big OEMs) would be a negative was if the content of the Blogs/Reviews changed in a way that was obviously favoring the highest bidder. If the integrity of the review system stays in place, and everyones opinions stay their own, then what is the difference?

 

I don't believe it is anyone's place to tell you how to operate your site, but I will say that I prefer these reviews and this forum to any others, and have only seen the content and community improve over the years, despite the added sponsors.


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Irons: Adams CB1 4-PW, KBS C Taper Lite S

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I find that email infuriating and the accusations that objectiveity has gone out the window because a couple of sponsors, while large aren't the typical OEM Gorilla's that other sites advertise for, have come on board is certainly interesting.

 

However it was worked to have KBS and True Temper both come on was a stroke of genius. This way no way can go "all your iron demo's now have KBS/DG's/Whatever else" in them so clearly your now biased. Instead, people are offered exposure to both brands, told repeatedly to get a fitting and perhaps get some info directly from either company that they couldn't get otherwise. I don't see the downside to either of them being sponsors and like the way both were added.


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I have nothing against MGS taking money from the sponsors (even big OEMs) as long as censorship doesn't take over for either reviews or member postings. Obviously the threat to pull money would always be there, but so would the backlash from the members if they did pull advertising :).

 

I obviously don't know all the behind the scenes activities, but given the following two options, I would pick #2:

 

1) I make $5, no matter what I say, I make a consistent $5

2) I make $15, but if I piss someone off, I may be back to making $5

 

A prime example would be Cleveland. They didn't like one of the MGS reviews and now seem to refuse to send MGS anything (I'm not sure if this is still true). As a member, the only logical conclusion I can take is that Cleveland knows their clubs can't compete with the rest. That's probably not 100% true, but I'm happy to not buy their stuff because of their attitude. In fact, pretty much everything I've bought related to golf in the past year and a half has had a review done by MGS (formal or by a member).

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True Temper and KBS is really no different then a Golf Shop or me wanting to advertise my small business on this website for example. They are shaft companies not really OEM companies most people don't know what the hell shaft they play anyways without looking at the label on it.

 

The moment that money compromises the truth is when it becomes a problem. Look at Golf Digest, their "hot list" is pure bulls*** now it has nothing to do with performance anymore and all to do with money as to who gets silver and gold. That is a pathetic system of reviewing equipment, ohh they paid the most they get listed first even if the product is complete s**t.

 

I commend you X for not giving in, most people would take as much money as possible and ride the horse as long as possible.


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Tour Edge Exotics CB3 Tour 16.5* @ 42.50" w/ RT Technologies Zeus (85g) Stiff (Tipped 1/2")

Srixon Z U45 19.0* @ 39.75" w/ KBS Tour-V X-Stiff (Soft Stepped 1x)

Cleveland 588 MB 3-P @ 38.75" - 35.25" (0.25" under), 60.5* - 64.0* (0.5* upright), 22* - 48* (1* weak) w/ KBS Tour-V X-Stiff (Soft Stepped 1x)

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Black Satin (Blade) 54-12 @ 35.25", 64.00* w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold s400

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Black Satin (Blade) 60-10 @ 35.25", 64.00* w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold s400

Lamkin UTX Wrap, Including Grip Core: 1/32 over (top hand), 1/16 over (bottom hand)

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I believe my response would have been much shorter, as in.....

 

"Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out."


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:mizuno-small: JPX900 Fairway  Mitsubishi Tensei Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:mizuno-small:  850 Forged 4-PW; KBS Tour (Stiff Flex)
 :callaway-small: PM Grind Wedges
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As far as the big OEM's sending in clubs for an honest review....well....that's cool. It says these OEM's believe in their product and know/expect them to perform well. That alone speaks volumes for them.


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:mizuno-small: JPX900 Fairway  Mitsubishi Tensei Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:mizuno-small:  850 Forged 4-PW; KBS Tour (Stiff Flex)
 :callaway-small: PM Grind Wedges
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Figuring out where to draw the line between "big OEM" and acceptable advertisers has always been an issue for us. We've long considered shaft companies ideal advertisers since we inadvertently showcase their products anyway...as you know, pretty much every club we get in for testing has somebody's shaft in it. It's a little strange that TrueTemper coming on-board seems to be the breaking point. KBS has and Black Ops have been sponsors for several months now, and Harrison has been with us almost a year.

 

In a perfect world we wouldn't have any advertisers or sponsors. Those sites exist. Two great examples are Angie's List and Consumer Reports. Apart from not accepting any advertising, what they have in common is that their members pay a monthly fee. We have a few readers who make a monthly donation, but not nearly enough to turn away a good advertiser...or even take my wife out for a nice dinner.

 

Our business model is a little different...and on paper it's actually pretty stupid. It works like this:

 

2 guys work 40+ hours a week, 3 others work part time. We take everything we create as a group and give it away to anybody who wants it for absolutely nothing. Sure, we'll ask our readers to consider donating, but the overwhelming majority won't, and that's mostly ok, but only because we have sponsors/advertisers. And even then, we still don't take money from the guys that have big bucks to spend.

 

As the site grows, so do the associated costs, and that means we're going to accept advertising from larger companies in order to continue to grow and do even more. Look...not taking big OEM dollars is one way we distinguish ourselves from other golf sites, but ultimately it's not about who we take dollars from, it's how those dollars impact us. We're not going to change how or what we write because of a sponsor. But bigger sponsors mean better tests, more opportunities to write the type of stuff you like us to write...and yes, hopefully one day, it will mean a better quality of life for the staff.

 

Here's my reality...I do this full time...and to make ends meet I pull down shifts at Tark's during the winter...and even then its tight...very tight. So don't expect me to apologize for any new sponsor whether it's The Can't Miss, TrueTemper, or TaylorMade (just an example, nobody panic). I have a wife, and a kid, and mortgage. It's that simple.

 

Some of you read us because we don't take big OEM dollars. Some of you don't care either way. And I believe there is actually a growing contingent of you who would love us to take big OEM dollars if it meant we could do more, while still maintaining our objectivity...or at the very least if it would mean we'd shut up about not taking big OEM dollars. In a perfect world we wouldn't take a dime from anybody...we wouldn't even ask you guys to donate.

 

Unfortunately this world isn't perfect. Explaining to our hosting company that we don't take big OEM dollars doesn't reduce our server costs. The owners of Tark's Indoor Golf know we don't take big OEM dollars, but we still have to pay for simulator time. The airlines don't care about our advertising policy when it's time to fly to the PGA show. And most unfortunately, the same is true about our mortgage providers, local grocery stores, and everyone else we rely on in some capacity to keep a roof over our family's heads and food on our tables.

 

For now I'll leave it at that, except to say that it's pretty awesome that you guys are checking out our advertiser's products (and the stuff we review for nothing), adding it to your collection of golf warez, and generally finding it useful and/or beneficial. That's how it's supposed to work.


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Not to hijack the thread, but one option for donations is to have a NPR style where you tell everyone what your goal is and how much you've raised. You could even have the big guys offer to match donations, which would keep them honest because the money raised it out there for everyone to see. That way if they threaten to pull advertising, they're essentially doing it publicly.

 

Just don't do this as often as NPR :)

 

I'm sure I speak for all of us in saying we want MGS to be successful. The only way that's possible is if you guys are properly compensated for your time.

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And I believe there is actually a growing contingent of you who would love us to take big OEM dollars if it meant we could do more, while still maintaining our objectivity

 

Stick me in that group T.

 

If taking dollars from say TM, Nike and Ping allowed things like

A: Consistent indepth testing

B: Testing wouldn't only be allowed to the sponsoring companies

C: Having you or any other reviewer give their honest thoughts

D: Doesn't stop us, the various readers and commenters from giving products crap when we think they don't measure up

E: Allows small little forum testing to exist (the Golf Logix and PMC testing have been neat. I hope the site and the companies think so as well)

 

then I don't see the problem. If however TM, Nike and Ping were the only things that got reviewed and only good words were said with the objective data removed, well, that would just be sad. However given how strongly both yourself and X feel on this matter, I doubt that would ever occur.

 

For what it's worth, I'd love to see more shaft companies jump on the sponsorship/partnership band wagon. Having MRC, Matrix, Grahpite Design, Graffaloy, etc come on board with TT and KBS would be neat. Perhaps they would even agree to have the testing shafts be measured by the MGS testers in a consistent manner and let it be published as part of the review. That could just be me dreaming again though.

 

The TLDR version is I don't care who sponsor's what as long as objectivity can be maintained. Sure, sponsors might expect some glowing words now and then and since no OEM puts out crap these days, I can't see that being to hard while still giving the glowing praise, if they deserve it, to the other companies that submit things for reviews.

 

Frankly if OEM's can sponsor a site I like, send said site clubs to objectively test and let the review stand it's a win win really. The staff for the site get compensates for their time, the consumer gets accurate and factual information and perhaps gets their eyes opens to a brand they never would have thought of, it seems to me that everyone win's. Perhaps it's just that I've been in project side of IT for awhile but partnerships are the name of the game and how everyone win's.


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2 guys work 40+ hours a week, 3 others work part time. We take everything we create as a group and give it away to anybody who wants it for absolutely nothing. Sure, we'll ask our readers to consider donating, but the overwhelming majority won't, and that's mostly ok, but only because we have sponsors/advertisers. And even then, we still don't take money from the guys that have big bucks to spend.

 

I think my wife might argue with you about the phrase "part time." :(

 

I can't add a lot to what T said.

 

I don't think you'll hear any of the 5 of us complaining, we love writing for this site and all that goes along with it, but no one here is getting rich. I pretty much write for free in between teaching golf for 50+ hours a week. So you can understand why it's galling to hear someone question our (mine, X's, T's, etc) integrity and commitment.

 

If the content suddenly changed, there'd be something to discuss. Until then, it's hard for me to understand where the hostility comes from.


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...not taking big OEM dollars is one way we distinguish ourselves from other golf sites, but ultimately it's not about who we take dollars from, it's how those dollars impact us. We're not going to change how or what we write because of a sponsor. But bigger sponsors mean better tests, more opportunities to write the type of stuff you like us to write...and yes, hopefully one day, it will mean a better quality of life for the staff.

 

 

You can get any damned sponsor you want, or need with the caveat that it does not affect your opinion. I understand your wanting to stand on principle but my mortgage company is interested in principal, not principle. As you say it makes no difference where the money comes from it is how you use it.

 

IF you are not going out and buying everyone of these clubs that you are test, you do recieve some sponsorship from the major OEM's. The Golf Labs report on shorter shafts immediately come to mind. Without sponsorship of that project by Taylormade and UST than it possibly would not have happened. Even the dreaded TMag, who gets more grief and praise on this site than any other supports what is happening here. I for one, never even thought about Taylormade clubs until I started participating in this site.

 

Love them or hate them, the objectiveness of this site made me try them out and guess what? I do not hate them anymore. Why? Because their products are pretty good.

 

This site is growing, not because of your principle of not taking major OEM dollars, but because you use statisitcal data to form your opinion. You do tell of your own personal bias towards the product but unlike the GD Hot List and other club test that is not the major component of the test. When Buzz and Demand make up the majority of the testing criteria the test is useless. When they are spoken about but just in passing than it is useful information.

 

I said this in another post but initially I thought you all had the greatest job ever. Testing all the different golf equipment. And started doing it on my own. Well, there have been several times when I got something and tried it for a couple of holes and thought, "This is crap. I ain't gonna do it no more." and did not. Only to give it another chance later on and found that it was not the product that was the problem but me. KBS Wedge shafts is one, and they are in my game bag now. But you can not do that. You have to remain objective and play it out and then sit down and write it up.

 

And the write ups can not be, this is good. and that sucks. I have seen many reviews, "the longest club I ever hit." blah blah blah. Actually there are too many blah's there because they did not give that much information.

 

BOTTOM LINE> You are all doing a great job and as long as they have two drive through windows, one to pay and one to get your food. We must understand that you have to have money for the first window, before they give you anything at the second one. And do not take money from just one OEM, take it from all of them. With the caveat that if they threaten to pull the money based on content of the site, it will be told that they are trying to influence the outcome of the tests with money because they were concerned that the clubs would not stand on their own merits.


 

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Fairway:   :mizuno-small:  ST190TS 15° on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Hybrids     :mizuno-small:  CLK 22 & 25 (set to 20° & 23°) on Fujikura SPEEDER

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Wedges: :mizuno-small: MP-T5 52*, 56* & 60* on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

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Getting more to the point from my first post: I'll be honest as long that the honesty and integrity of the reviews and opinions are allowed to continue, make bank off the OEMs, people will complain either way so whatever.


KZG VC-420 ML (10.5* Loft & 0.2* Open Face Angle) @ 44.50" (2" Bore Depth) w/ Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 Stiff

Tour Edge Exotics CB3 Tour 16.5* @ 42.50" w/ RT Technologies Zeus (85g) Stiff (Tipped 1/2")

Srixon Z U45 19.0* @ 39.75" w/ KBS Tour-V X-Stiff (Soft Stepped 1x)

Cleveland 588 MB 3-P @ 38.75" - 35.25" (0.25" under), 60.5* - 64.0* (0.5* upright), 22* - 48* (1* weak) w/ KBS Tour-V X-Stiff (Soft Stepped 1x)

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Black Satin (Blade) 54-12 @ 35.25", 64.00* w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold s400

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Black Satin (Blade) 60-10 @ 35.25", 64.00* w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold s400

Lamkin UTX Wrap, Including Grip Core: 1/32 over (top hand), 1/16 over (bottom hand)

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I read this a bit earlier in the day, and refrained from commenting, mostly because I didn't want to be mr new member coming off like an arse. The more I thought about it as the day went on, I decided, that I may still come off sounding like an arse, but I had something to contribute.

 

A little background first. I am a techie by trade and hobby. Golf is my 3rd hobby. I write code for a living (accounting/legal software for Windows). I write code for a hobby ( open source web & database tools and frameworks for Mac OS & iOS ). I rebuild vintage vespa scooters when I need to be away from a computer but near the house for the kids, and I golf when I can get away. Much like the folks here, the second item there is only a hobby because I cannot make a living at it. I depend upon advertising and donation dollars to fund the open source work. In the 6 years I have been doing that I have earned a grand total of $7200 between advertising and donations to my open source work.

 

It seems to be human nature to assume that "other" people are making big donations to make things happen.

 

Unfortunately, that isn't the case. Almost always sites and projects that depend solely on donations and advertising for revenue are not revenue generators, but are labors of love. I think that is clearly what MGS is, and always has been.

 

The rub is that accepting big OEM dollars carries with it the risk of editorial influence. By electing to forego that money means that the pool of potential revenue streams is greatly diminished. It is a very fine line to walk, and to all appearances the staff is trying to do so very carefully. Any reader that is offended at this stage of the game needs their head examined, and personal issues with a particular vendor to be put aside.

 

The raw costs of maintaining the site are't that much really, but the costs of producing the content is where the real expenses come in. It is unlikely that the current advertising and donations cover nearly the expenses of acquiring the equipment to make all of this happen. It is unfortunate that more people struggle to grasp that the money a website generates is a pittance to what it costs to create original content rather than parrot press releases.

 

Last, but not least, there is the SEO problem.

 

Right now, web 'advertising' is most lucrative when used with SEO placement ads. Content written to look like articles or content posts that does nothing but provide SEO for related sites. Think about the forum posts that occasionally get through where you have someone register an account and then spam the forums with poorly written ad copy that links to another site. That is just one of the many things the dollars buy when people pay so many of these 'get your web site ranked in the top 10 search items for these **** terms' services. But it goes deeper. It is the norm for advertisers to 'buy' SEO link placement on websites, and this too can be very lucrative, but you don't see MGS engaging in that crap either.

 

At the end of the day, we have a disgruntled user griping about something that they have no business griping about, and a staff that has chosen the high road with a clearly articulated 'reader first' business model. It is not a 'get rich quick' scheme. More like a 'stay poor and humble' strategy that speaks volumes as to the character of the staff of the site.


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* 3W Hogan GS52 ( HZRDUS Smoke Black X-Stiff ) 
* 5W 18* Tailor-made AeroBurner ( Stock Stiff )
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The original e-mail is plain ridiculous. Everything I have wanted to say was said already, so I won't go on repeating it all. Here's the deal. We love what all of you spies do here and it creates a great experience for everyone. I am have been more than happy being a member for the past two months. I have learned a lot and have met some great people. X, you made the perfect response to that member, and I think we all appreciate you showing us what has been going on. I am with JM in saying that I believe you can get all the sponsorships as you want as long as the website stays the same. As long as the honesty and integrity (sorry to steal your words JM) stay, then I think you should be compensated. I truly appreciate what you have done and just ask that you keep it up!


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Driver:Nike SQ 10.5* with Graphite Design Y6+

3W:Cobra S2 14*

4W: Nike SQ Dymo 17*

3H and 4H: Taylormade Rescue 19* and 22*

5H: Cleveland Mashie 23*

6H: Adams a3os Hollow-Back

7Iron-Sand Wedge:Callaway X-20 Series with Callaway Steel

Lob Wedge (60*):Cleveland CG-12 Black Pearl with Cleveland TRaction Steel Wedge Flex

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Hope everyone's current with their donations -- oh, and I agree with RR - take advertising $$ from whoever you want. Doesn't bother me any - it's your sight and you're letting us use it for free. And if an OEM threatens to pull $$ over a bad review, well, then it's bullet-sweatin' time for sure 'cause you still gotta pay the bills, but it would make THEM look like the back-end of a horse.

 

And after taking a look at your reviews -- you certainly don't trash anyone, the objective scores are all pretty consistent and you always have something positive to say about every club you've tested. The subjective scoring has been honest and straightforward. What more could anyone ask?

 

Keep up the good work, and if you can make more bank while you're at it, go for it!


 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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It doesn't matter to me one way or another how a website is funded. I visit websites that provide the information I'm seeking. MyGolfSpy does a good job of keeping me coming back. I don't know if that would change if the funding philosophy changed, but that really isn't my concern anyway. All I want to say is keep up the good work. I enjoy the information MyGolfSpy provides. And while I'm not a donor yet, I may be in the future.

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