First Tee- Pebble Beach
I’m getting so many contribution offers here it is mind blowing. On a daily basis I receive 5-10 “offers” from “writers” who have “been reading my blog for years” who want to contribute fantastic content my readers are going to love! There are so many generous people out there! I’m so humbled and thankful. I’m sure the only reason they want to write for HOG is because it is such a well respected golf site, full of great and useful content. I’m sure their only motivation is “exposure” and “contributing.” So exciting! I’m absolutely positive that great content will happen to have an outgoing link or two, you know, in exchange for the great article! Yay! No problem.
Yeah, how dumb do you think I am?
Most of these writers have amazingly and coincidentally penned 100% perfect search engine optimized content, keyword rich in the subject of their expertise. That subject isn’t necessarily golf. It could be cosmetics, online gambling, mortgages, erectile dysfunction.
Obviously Google’s latest algorithms are setup to favor links which come from site articles, rather than advertisements or banners. As a result, I get a flood of “offers” of this great, SEO bait.
Typically I respond with a nice one or two sentence note, “thanks for the kind offer, but I do all my own writing. Good luck.” But it is getting so out of hand that I’ve decided to write this post and send all the would-be HOG contributors here to read it.
How about you buy me a round of golf at Pebble Beach in exchange for this article? Here’s the skinny…
I’ve decided that I can be bought. If you want to place one of these articles let’s first call it what it is, a PAID advertisement or advertorial. If any of these “generous” writers are willing to pony up what it will cost me to play a round of golf at Pebble Beach ($500), I’ll happily post their piece, and even let them put that outgoing link in with a “do-follow.” If you don’t know what a do-follow is, no matter. The link will be valid for one year and after that the article will be deleted, or can be renewed for another round at Pebble!
If you are one of the few real writers, simply looking for a real outlet to publish your work and you don’t have the cash to buy me a round at Pebble:
“Thanks for the kind offer, but I do all my own writing. Good luck.”
Here’s a first look at a new $189 (retail) $173 (street) golf laser rangefinder by the company ScoreBand. I reviewed a ScoreBand product a couple of years ago, a small wrist watch style golf score keeper. Yesterday I did my first round of testing the new ScoreBand PULSE Compact Golf Laser Rangefinder and I was quite impressed.
ScoreBand Laser Rangefinder – click to buy
Though it was only my first round with the unit, I found it to be nice and compact and easy to use. The yardages locked in quickly and were consistent, unlike other lasers I’ve tested. A friend in my group was using a Leupold laser rangefinder and the yardages from the Pulse were always within one yard of that unit, which cost him $499.
I’m still testing but so far I dig this unit. Stay tuned for my full review soon.
I can’t wait to see how the new 3Bays GSA (Golf Swing Analyzer) Pro handles my dual chicken wing granny over the top epileptic seizure massive weight shift outside in but clubface square mega steep golfer’s elbow causing golf swing. The GSA Pro is a device that attaches to the end of the golf grip and through bluetooth sends swing information to a smartphone or tablet. That information is then used to show swing data which is useful for the golfer.
3Bays GSA Pro Golf Swing Analyzer
Below is a pic from 3Bays showing some of the data as it is displayed in the app:
It is awesome to see where technology has gone with regards to things like this. 10 years ago a swing analyzer might have cost $30,000. Now a better system is under $199!
I’ll be starting up my review process soon. Stay tuned for the full article.
A few days ago I did a “first look” post for Cork Tree, a company that makes some cool cork putter grips. I do these first look posts to help get the word out about the products I receive, very quickly after I receive them. I often take quite a long time on my reviews, since I take them seriously unlike other fly-by sites. So the reviews can take a while. The first look gives my readers a teaser to spark some interest, and gives the company that sent in the product some web juice while I’m doing my more lengthy review process.
As usual, I distribute links to the posts on all the social networks I have, including Twitter. I was thrilled to see that my retweeted first look tweet (yes sounds ridiculous) had some 1,400 favorites and 1,400 retweets.
Those numbers blew away my previous best, which were maybe just 100 or 200. I thought it was a little funky that this tweet had so much action though. The tweet is from Cork Tree’s twitter, and they only have 227 followers as of today’s date. How could a Twitter account with 227 followers generate such interaction?
Out of curiosity I looked at a few of their other tweets and noticed a very interesting pattern. Many tweets would have no action, or perhaps 3-4 retweets or favorites. Then there would be a tweet with 1.4K favorites and 1.4K retweets. Hmmm. A little fishy. The numbers of retweets/favorites on these “popular” tweets is almost always 1,384, or 3-4 tweets above that. This smells as fishy as Ian Poulter’s five balls in the water last week.
Magic number 1,384
I’m not going to say that Cork Tree is engaging in some kind of social networking fraud. I don’t care. Maybe some bot or some hacker who is trying to help them is behind this.
Either way, I’ll be reviewing the Cork grip soon. Can’t wait to see how many retweets that one gets.
My guess is it will be 1,384.
GolfZon Swingtalk Device
This interesting golf gadget just arrived at HOG World Headquarters for a pending golf product review. It is made by GolfZon and is called SwingTalk. The unit attaches to a golf club and through a bluetooth connection with the player’s smartphone or tablet, gives the player all sorts of information, even speaking said information.
- Voice swing feedback
- Trajectory of club and shaft measured and displayed
- Path of club head tracked
- Key swing points analyzed
- Data stored for later analysis and comparison in the “cloud”
I dig the packaging:
GolfZon SwingTalk – click for more images
Provided that the current snow which is falling melts, I’ll be trying out this interesting system soon and posting a full review.