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Well...not really. You don't ask the questions, and just because you want to know something, it doesn't mean we're going to ask, but with all of that said.

 

X and I had a lengthy discussion about PGA show coverage this AM. We've been talking about video for a while now, and my thinking is we're never going to do it, until we do it, so we should probably just do it. Make sense?

 

As is always the case here at MGS, X has his perspective, I have mine (and we haven't even talked to Matt and Tim yet...so that's probably going to result in quad-direction perspective). My point is that each of us has different ideas what you guys would be interested in hearing about.

 

What we're not going to do is stick a mic in somebody's face and say "tell us about your new...".

 

So with all of that also said, if you have any specific questions you'd like us to ask representatives from a specific company, or if you have more general conceptual type things you'd like us to discuss, here's a chance to let us know.

 

Type what you need to type, let us know who the question is for, and hit that post button. All ideas are welcome...implementation? Who knows.

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What I would be most interested in is new companies that are trying to crack the infrastructure of the golfing industry. Questions such as "With all the big companies providing _______ and _______ how is your product different from theirs?" Or "Why do you see a need for this product, training aid, etc in the world of golf today?" Just some different line of reasoning and questioning that does not let a company give you a sales pitch but makes them actually acountable for their product on a supply and demand level

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I'd love to hear from someone at TM, Callaway, Nike etc that came give a valid reason why the same club is always $50 more expensive in Canada then the US.

 

I get that there's multilingual advertising required, cross border shipping etc. I also know that Honda tried pulling the same line and got kicked in the junk by the Government and Consumer Price Protection groups when they looked at the numbers.

 

I imagine I'll never get a satisfactory answer but watching all the 2013 release stuff go up, that extra $50 makes the price go from good value to appalling pretty quickly.

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How about asking one of the big companies (TMAG cally. Titleist) why they won't go one year without making new clubs considering technology has for all intents and purposes maxed out. I'd just like to hear them say " well obviously it's because we can fool you again every year". Dang. They got hulk again :)

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You guys should ask TMAG if they'll ever go back to black drivers.

 

Might be worth an ask. Interesting is that by going to an all-in-one loft with the R1, they've effectively reduced the amount of inventory that's absolutely necessary to meet all lof/flex requirements. Basically, if they wanted to go that route, there should be room on the shelf.

 

Thus far TM has avoided the color customization route (cobra and to a greater extent Callaway). They've also thus far avoided special edition clubs (Cobra, Nike). All sorts of potential, but if they are planning anything, I'm certain they won't tell me until they're ready to talk about it.

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Ask the Druh Belt models to explain the effective loft of a driver and its implications for consumers in the new adjustable club marketplace.

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Now that's a home run!

Ask the Druh Belt models to explain the effective loft of a driver and its implications for consumers in the new adjustable club marketplace.

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I would like to know:

 

Are crown graphics going to become the new normal?

Is black a dying breed?

Are made-for shafts a dying breed?

What else can you do to improve your golf balls?

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Might be worth an ask. Interesting is that by going to an all-in-one loft with the R1, they've effectively reduced the amount of inventory that's absolutely necessary to meet all lof/flex requirements. Basically, if they wanted to go that route, there should be room on the shelf.

 

Thus far TM has avoided the color customization route (cobra and to a greater extent Callaway). They've also thus far avoided special edition clubs (Cobra, Nike). All sorts of potential, but if they are planning anything, I'm certain they won't tell me until they're ready to talk about it.

 

 

I'd like to know why TM is providing us with all in one lofts and the tour pros are getting 3 lofts and a second version of the R1? The R1 v2 has a deeper face and is a hair smaller and they get 3 lofts to choose from. I'd also like to know why their last 2 R series drivers (R1 and R11s) sound like exploding tin cans and the R11 had a not so shrill tone to it. 10 grams of hotmelt couldn't quiet the R11S. They tried to quiet the R1 by adding internal fins but its still a horrendously loud head. Haven't hit the V2 yet, and probably won't at $1300 as I've had lots of tour issued gear but I won't pay that for it.

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Another question is if you could ask the Druh belt models if their belts can do double duty and become suspenders. And if so, if they'd prove it.

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Okay I remain intrigued by the dueling banjo between the Srixon opinion that tour level balls spin more and therefore are not suitable for mid-handicap golfers while Titleist and TMag say everyone would benefit from playing one of their tour level balls.

 

I'd love to know what data Srixon has that suggests this is the case because the ball tests I see here tend to favor the Titleist/TMag line of argument - in fact sometimes the mid priced balls spin more off the driver than the tour level balls.

 

Interesting to me. Is there something different about Srixon's balls from the others?

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Another question I thought of. Can you ask the grip companies why they don't ever offer the Midsize users anything except black and sometimes white grips? Pisses me off to NO end.

 

Edit:

And I go in to PGA Superstore and they have a new color... Granted its not bright, but they did have the new Lamkin Crossline ACE in Midsize in... Grey. Sucks they're .580 instead of .600, but its a start lol.

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Another question I thought of. Can you ask the grip companies why they don't ever offer the Midsize users anything except black and sometimes white grips? Pisses me off to NO end

 

I agree it sucks since I use midsize grips too, but the answer to that is going to be supply and demand.

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I agree it sucks since I use midsize grips too, but the answer to that is going to be supply and demand.

 

ding ding ding...we have a winner.

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ding ding ding...we have a winner.

 

Well, I know I personally go through around 150-200 grips per year (from ho'ing and changing them every 4 months). Lol.

 

I did find grey today. And I've seen a few in other colors.

 

Iomics don't count because their Midsize is really standard.

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