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  • Experience Pebble Beach, New Equipment, and more

    26 May 2010

    Here are the highlights from today's product release. While we make an effort to include all updates made to the product, please note that occasionally some changes are unintentionally omitted.

    Experience Pebble Beach Like Never Before, in Stunning HD!

    Have you ever wondered if you can beat a pro on Pebble Beach? Watch videos of historical shots from previous U.S. Open’s at Pebble Beach, then try to hit that very same shot, and see if you can beat the Pros! Test your skill against Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Ernie Els, and more!

    Just go to to USOpen.com and click on the button below to experience US Open History.

    Experience History - Play this Hole

    Gear up for the Virtual Major with New Clubs and Balls

    Now in the Pro Shop, the perfect balls to complement any club in your bag, the GI3-S and GI3-D balls, which offer an even slower swing meter than the GI-2 balls. These balls come in two varieties: GI3-S which offers extra spin and the GI3-D which offers extra distance.

    Earn Credits without Depositing through TrialPay

    Earn WGT credits by completing a variety of offers through TrialPay from top-end brands such as Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated, Mens Health, Golfsmith, and Nordstrom’s. You can find all these, and more, here.

    Bug Fixes and Other Changes

    • The St Andrews Triumph award for the best 18 hole score on St Andrews stroke play is now being awarded correctly.
    • There is now a preference to turn the WGT Lessons tab on and off.
    • New Club Tips and Swing Tips appear in the club and swing popup.
    • In the club selection pop-up, the header “club selection” is now a button that opens the in-game equip interface. Remember that equipment changes cannot be saved while a game is in progress.
    • There is a new credits display in the upper left hand corner near your username.
    • All saved replays on Hole 17 at St Andrews have been erased to accommodate the new tee boxes for the Virtual Open Championship.  Our apologies.
  • Maintain your Posture

    24 May 2010

    By Josh Zander

    Maintaining your posture is known as an important fundamental to a good golf swing. I completely agree with that statement with one exception. It is only important to maintain your posture if you have a “one plane” swing. A one plane swing has your left arm on the same plane as your shoulders at the top of your backswing. This is more commonly known as a flat or more rounded golf swing. You can almost think of this as a baseball swing that needs to be bent over in order to hit the ground.

    If you have a “two plane” swing or more upright golf swing, please do not maintain your posture! Your left arm is in a higher position at the top of your backswing which already gives you an angle to hit the ground. Bending over during the downswing will lead to deep divots. You should also stand more upright at address if you have a two plane swing.

    When you watch a video, read an instruction book or receive a tip, make sure it will help you with your impact or ball flight or it is not for you. There are many fundamentals out there that apply to different types of golf swings. It is up to your PGA professional to clear up the confusion and guide you on the correct path. Next time you take a lesson, tell your instructor about your impact and ball flight. Armed with this information, your teacher can help you understand the fundamentals that apply to you.

  • Weekend Replay Highlight Reel

    21 May 2010
  • 48 Hours Only! Purchase credits to gear up for the Virtual Majors and get free GI-S balls

    19 May 2010

    DEPOSIT $20 OR MORE
    And you'll receive 6 virtual GI-S balls that offer an increase in spin and the benefit of a slower swing meter.

    HURRY!
    This offer expires Thursday 5/20 at 11:59PM PST. The virtual balls should appear in your account no later than 5/22 at 11:59PM PST.

    WGT credits are used to upgrade your equipment in the Pro Shop, enter premium tournaments, or challenge other players in match play games. You can use credits to gear up for the Virtual Majors by equipping yourself with clubs and balls that will improve your game.

    To purchase credits, click on the ACCOUNT button under your username on the upper left hand side of the screen, then click on the Buy Credits tab.

  • Earn Equipment and Credits by Inviting Your Friends to Join WGT

    17 May 2010

    Golf is more fun with friends.  Invite your friends to join WGT by gifting them a WGT driver.  Earn a free sleeve of premium balls if they register, and 200 credits if they spend $10!  Gifting never felt so good. 

    Get started here.

  • St Andrews 18 Holes Now Open

    14 May 2010

     



    All 18 holes of the Old Course at St Andrews Links are now available for stroke play rounds. Tackle this historic course from tee to green in practice, ranked, multiplayer, and match play rounds. The Championship tees of this course will also be featured in the 2010 Virtual Open Qualifying and Championship Tournaments, which begin June 1, so start practicing and honing your skills now!

     

    And can you master these new St Andrews awards?

    • St Andrews Ace Master – Make a hole in one on each par 3 on the course
    • St Andrews Flag Stick Master – Hit every flag stick on St Andrews course
    •  St Andrews Triumph – Best 18 hole score on St Andrews stroke play
  • Downtime Tonight -- Back 9 Tomorrow!

    13 May 2010

    Heads up!  There will be a brief window of downtime tonight starting at 11PM PST and lasting about 30 minutes.  When we're back up, the Back 9 of St Andrews will be available for stroke play.

    Remember to clear you cache after the update, and enjoy!

  • Trap Your Wedges

    12 May 2010

    By Josh Zander

    Trap it! No, that doesn’t mean put it in the trap. It means that great wedge players trap the ball between the clubface and the ground. The compression they create leads to wonderful distance control.

    The biggest mistake I see amateurs make is to make full swings with their wedges and hit sky balls. Their distance control is too variable. The same swing with a 56 degree wedge  might produce anywhere from a 60 to 100 yard shot. This is not acceptable. After all, you are relying on your wedge to put you in range to make a putt and make a birdie or save par.

    The reason for this inconsistent distance is because of the loft on the wedge. The increased loft leads to the ball rolling up the clubface at impact. This is much like what Phil Mickelson wants when he takes a full swing with a lob wedge and hits the ball 10 feet. Well, we don’t want this when we are trying to hit an 75 yard wedge shot. Tour players de-loft the clubface 20 degrees when they hit their wedges into greens from 75 to 125 yards. That means that they are turning their 56 degree club into a 36 degree club which makes the loft more like a 7 iron. The ball comes off with a penetrating flight and stops quickly due to backspin.

    Make sure your technique is fundamentally sound with your wedges. First, make sure you keep your weight more on your front foot when you hit. As a right-handed golfer, I think about turning around my left leg. This guarantees that I will hit the golf ball before I hit the ground. This compression leads to very solid contact. Secondly, make a shallow 3/4 type swing into the ball. This shallower angle helps the ball rebound off the face as opposed to crawling up the face. Lastly, come into impact with a forward leaning shaft which de-lofts the clubface. This results in fantastic distance control. Never make full, all out, swings with your wedges. There is no need to. After all, if you need more distance, there is always a longer club you can use.

  • Scheduled Maintenance 5/11 11:00PM PST

    11 May 2010

    There will be some site maintenance occurring tonight (5/11) between 11pm and 3am Pacific Time.  Please be sure to save your games, and our apologies for any inconvenience.

  • Visit Edgewood Tahoe Challenge Grand Prize Winner

    10 May 2010

     

    WGT player clunester is the lucky grand prize winner of the Visit Edgewood Tahoe Sweepstakes!  He has won 2 nights stay at Twin Pines, located on the shores of Lake Tahoe, 4 rounds of golf at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, and $300 airfare credit.  Congratulations to Clunester from the WGT team.

     



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