Edited by goobers80, 05 February 2013 - 03:48 AM.
2013 Golf Digest Hot List
Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:14 AM
ZERO Titleist woods or utilities.
ZERO Cleveland woods or utilities.
ZERO Cobra woods or utilites.
ZERO Adams utilities WooHOO 1 driver
Never perused Callaway, PING, or TaylorMade had simply seen enough (actually not enough). Asked a kid (employee) on the way out if they stocked left handed golf balls and shoes.
SO, today I get an email from the box store touting how they are an "Official Hot List" seller. Like I'm going to be giving them any of my money. I think not.
Makes me wonder who really pays for the Hot list to be published.
And yes I now feel better.
Titleist 910F 17° / 910h 24° & 27°
Titleist 913Hd 20°
Ping G15's with UST Recoils F3
Cleveland RTX 53 / 588 56°
Protype ix #9HT putter
Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:56 AM
Usually the "demand" factor brings down a product, which is unfortunate because Byron Morgan putters are more than gold worthy.
Biggest crime on that list, the Byron rating - Chinese made scotty cameron over a Byron Morgan. Next would be the wishon and tour exotics ratings.
Only list that contains more bullxxxx was the CIA report of WMDs in Iraq.
OK, I'm sorry for going slightly off-topic, but where did this come from? Can you back up that Camerons are made in China? I love Byron putters, but making up facts about competitors makes it sort of hard for you to criticize Golf Digest...
Minus their circle T lines, Cameron's are outsourced , but "assembled" in the US. Just like Apple "designed" in the US not necessarily made on US shores, but some of the components are. Cameron like Apple is king of marketing semantics, there are more than a couple of threads on cameron production practices if you so care to research, warning many of those are Hatfield and McCoy waring threads, or Chelsea vs Manchester United . Depending on the industry, product, tariffs and import laws, can determine made in America. Doesn't mean they are not any good, there are a lot of large OEM equipment manufactures that use ENDO forged, which one of their pants are in Vietnam.
I just take issue with the rating, Most of Byron's work is in house vs an assembly line product i.e. the scotty., I don't think they are in the same league, but neither is an inferior product for putting, just the bryon isn't a mass production environment. Actually Scotty used to be stamped and assembled in Near, Chicago IL.
Interesting. Thanks for the info. Didn't mean to come across as hostile, I've just never heard that before.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:44 PM
In the past, I didn't think much of them but in their absence, I would actually like to see them.
In theory, it would be great to have a couple of pages of that... "Okay. You heard from the 'experts' and all the testers and OEM's. Now, gimme 100 words on the one thing, out of everything that YOU REALLY LOVED. The one thing you would buy with your own money and why?"
In a perfect world, that would be the list. 20 people get access to a few hundred items over a few days, all the identifying marks are covered (brand/model/etc). They get to hit them on the monitors and play with them. Then, "You get 1 driver. 1 Fairway wood, 1 hybrid, 1 set of irons, two wedges and a putter. Pick from EVERYTHING you have in front you. Then tell us what you picked and why."
If 5 people picked the same driver or 4 people picked the same iron set, if 10 people picked the same wedge. It would really make you take notice.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:48 PM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:57 PM
913 FD 15° Speeder TS 8.2X
913 HD 18° Speeder TS 9.8X/ 712u
Miura Combo CB501/TB Nippon Blue
Vokey TVD 52/56M 60K DG S400 Tour Issue
GoLo Silver Satin
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:08 PM
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Posted 07 April 2013 - 06:34 AM
Well going back 9 years or so, I would take a hand full of drivers and go outside to the range and get a some range balls and hit each one, observe the trajectory, distance and line of the shot coming off the club. For the drivers, if I couldn't hit the club consistently with three swings it got eliminated. Eventually my preferred selection would be narrowed down to two drivers, then, one would be selected for consistency.
Irons would be selected in roughly the same fashion and were wedges too. As mentioned by previous posters in this thread. I'm not committed to basing my decision on acquiring some new sticks based on someone that Golf Digest selects as a demo guy. This doesn't cut it for me. And besides, I'm more partial to looking at clubs that may have been used consistently over the course of a tour season, and includes majors. I'm not trying to pass myself off as a tour player, but I have a good idea what my fitted clubs ought to be set at for length, lie, loft, and gripe size. So if I were to choose to replace all or part of my golf set, I would consider a Proven set of irons with my specifications.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:19 PM
I never understood why people got so up in arms about it, GD is just one publication and one source of reviews on equipment, it was never supposed to be the only source for club reviews and ratings. The best way to find something that works is to try it, not go by what a magazine or internet board says. I guess I've long accepted the fact that most major publications are never really going to have perfectly objective or even useful reviews for that matter. They are all pretty much just bathroom reading these days.
Edited by 195bowler, 12 April 2013 - 06:20 PM.