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  • Free Speed-Up Boost Holiday Gift

    24 Dec 2012

    As a holiday gift to you, if you play WGT on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you'll get a free 2X Speed-Up Boost.

    Speed-Up Boosts help you play WGT faster, so you can play twice as much, especially in multi-player games.

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    Note, Speed-Up Boosts don't affect your game performance in any way, they just make your shots display twice as fast. You can also disable Speed-Up Boosts in-game using the Settings menu if you want.

    *Special offer for WGT players who login and play WGT on 12/24/12 or 12/25/12, receive one free WGT Speed-Up Boost (2x) good for 100 hits.

    And if you're feeling the holiday spirit, check out our Holiday Gift Guide with fun virtual gifts for your WGT friends.

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  • Chance to win 50,000 WGT Credits

    20 Dec 2012

     

    Play the WGT Holiday Hole-In-One Challenge and if you get a hole-in-one on Challenge Hole #7, you'll win 50,000 WGT Credits, enough to last a lifetime!

    You'll probably want to practice on Harbour Town first, and when you're feeling ready, enter this single-play virtual golf tournament and try your luck on Challenge Hole #7, a 191 yard par-3 with an inviting pin location.

    This tournament is limited to the first 10,000 entries and costs 50 WGT Credits to enter. Each eligible player who gets a hole-in-one on #7 will win 50,000 WGT Credits, see tournament rules for details and eligibility for your country and U.S. state.

    Play Hole-In-One Tournament

    *WGT Holiday Hole-In-One Challenge runs from 12/19/12 thru 12/31/12, and is limited to the first 10,000 players to enter. Winners notified and prizes awarded by 1/4/13. See tournament rules for details and eligibility.

     

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  • WGT Community in the Spirit of Gifting

    14 Dec 2012

    Recently, there's been a wave of gifting generosity going around the WGT community, and in the spirit of the holidays, we just had to share!

    • alcaucin, a L92 Legend, gifted ddaukas a shiny new wedge and fmagnets a sleeve of golf balls...just because.
    • SilentOmegaWolf, a L84 Legend, offered up anything in the WGT Pro Shop for 200c or less that turned into a stylish new avatar for WGTer, Buggyyy.
    • opyeuclid, a L94 Tour Master, gifted some premium golf balls to both andyson and frappefort for their contributions to this very funny "WGT National Enquirer Special Report" cover, featuring WGT's own WGTicon and WGTpizza.
    • Sometimes "generosity" can simply come in the form of new friendships, like fmagnets, a L89 Legend, who welcomed enough new friends to reach the "magic 100" to achieve the Diamond Socialite award.
    • mrcaddie, a L94 Tour Master, got a little "12 Days of Christmas" fun started by recruiting 10 other generous Santas to gift random WGTers for 12 days. Be sure to keep an eye out on the Forums for posts titled, "On the XX Day of Christmas..." to follow along.

    We're loving all the good karma floating around the WGT community. If you've seen some awesome sportsmanship or generosity that we should know about, let us know on the WGT Forums.

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  • New WGT Virtual Golf Bag

    12 Dec 2012

    Don't hit the course without your virtual golf bag by your side.

    Get the new WGT Stand Bag and complete your look on the tee. The new golf bag features a WGT logo and comes in your choice of black, white or pink. Makes a great holiday gift!

    See New Golf Bag

    You can equip or un-equip your golf bag, and it's only visible on tee shots, but in all game types. Bags don't impact your game performance, but they look great on the tee!

    Equipping your Golf Bag

    1. After purchasing your Golf Bag in the Pro Shop, open your Edit Equipment screen from Game or My Profile
    2. Click on the "Bags" tab on the bottom left
    3. Drag your Golf Bag to the space on the left (below your image)
    4. Click “Save Changes” and you’re all set
    5. To un-equip, simply drag your Golf Bag back to the middle Inventory and save changes
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  • Free Korbel "Bubbly" Champagne Ball

    10 Dec 2012

    The new Korbel Champagne ball features the first-ever "bubbly" vapor trail on World Golf Tour. Virtual champagne bubbles help trace your shots thru the air!

    Get 1 free Korbel Champagne ball when you enter the free Korbel Holiday Classic tournament, featuring an expanded prize pool of 20,000 WGT Credits. It's an unlimited stroke play challenge on the Olympic Club, site of the 2012 U.S. Open.

    Enter Tournament & Get Ball

    You can also purchase more Korbel Champagne virtual balls in the WGT Pro Shop – either for yourself, or as a gift for someone special. 

    Note, this tournament is limited by law to players from the USA who are 21 years of age or older, and runs thru 1/4/13.

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  • Rory McIlroy’s Major Plans for 2013

    10 Dec 2012

    By Dermot Gilleece for GlobalGolfPost

    Wise guidance from respected old hands and the love of a good woman inspired Rory McIlroy – Global Golf Post’s 2012 Player of the Year – to heights this year unimagined even by his lofty standards.

    And without giving hostages to fortune, he has reason to be confident of a similar outcome in 2013.

    Predictably, the majors will be his prime targets once more, having tucked away the significant bonus of the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

    “This year, I was out of it for three of them,” he admitted, regarding finishes of tied 40, T95 and T60 in The Masters, US Open and Open Championship. “I’d like to think that I can be in contention for all four next year, while maintaining my position as world number one. They’re the goals I want to set myself.”

    In the meantime, his life is held perfectly in balance by a deepening relationship with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, with whom he traveled to Aspen, Colorado and Sao Paulo, Brazil in the wake of his Dubai World Tour Championship triumph, to watch her in exhibition tennis matches on the run up to Christmas.

    “This is my time off; my time away (from golf),” he said. “And I need it. If I have time, I’ll travel wherever in the world Caroline is, just to see her. That’s what I want to do. That’s what makes me happy.”

    Then he added pointedly: “Obviously, it’s very satisfying to win majors and important golf tournaments, but deep down, what makes me really happy is my life outside of golf and how that is at the moment. It enables me to play great golf because everything is sort of in balance.”

    To my gentle suggestion that most of us have known what it’s like to be in love, he laughed almost apologetically, adding, “I know, I know” by way of acknowledging that his relationship with Caroline, while obviously special to him, is not unique.

    From West Palm Beach, where he enjoys the amenities of The Bear’s Club, the 23-year-old seems happy to travel the world, on and off planes and living out of suitcases.

    “That’s just the way my life has become, but I don’t plan for it to remain this way,” he said. “I’d love in a few years’ time to find a base and settle down. That would be ideal. I don’t think someone can do this for a prolonged period like 10 years, say.”

    Would marriage create that situation?

    “For sure. But I still feel I’d do it anyway.” Meanwhile, Jack Nicklaus, Dave Stockton and Tiger Woods have become serious influences in his tournament career, though boyhood tutor, Michael Bannon, remains his trusted coach.

    A finish of five successive birdies in Dubai prompted comparisons with Woods at his peak, and while not necessarily at odds with the notion, McIlroy insists that they are very different people.

    “For sure,” he emphasised. “I can’t bring the intensity Tiger brings every week. He can sort of turn it on, which is impressive. It’s something that I struggle to do sometimes. Though I can generally bring it to the big events where I really want to do well, I would find it very difficult to do it every week. That’s why I’ll be cutting my schedule to a maximum of 22 or 23 tournaments next year, starting in Abu Dhabi in January.”

    He went on: “Too much competitive golf simply isn’t good for you. That’s where Tiger is very smart, bringing the same level of intensity to 20 tournaments a year. It’s an emotional thing, of course. I had a great end to the summer with the PGA win and two FedEx Cup wins and the Ryder Cup, but you reach such a high that you’ve got to allow yourself get all the way back down again. Then, having got down, I had to build myself up again for a last push towards winning the European money list.”

    A closeness to his father Gerry, to Nicklaus and putting coach Stockton, suggests a respect for older heads.

    “Of course I have,” he confirmed. “I can still be pretty stubborn, wanting to do things my way, but they’ve obviously seen a lot more of the world than I have. It’s great just to see Jack around and have a casual lunch with him and not even talk about golf. Just talk about normal stuff; what’s going on in the world. And Dave has been a great influence on me and a great addition to my team.”

    In late February 2009, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson marked McIlroy’s professional debut in the US, a few weeks after his first win in Dubai. Ranked 17th in the world, he reacted with remarkable composure to the prediction from Ernie Els that he was set to become the game’s number one.

    With a self-assured smile, he remarked: “You’ve got to believe you’re the best; that no one can beat you.”

    Fascinated observers sensed instantly that this 19-year-old was different.

    And those of us familiar with him, prepared ourselves for what we knew would be a wonderful journey.

    PHOTO: GlobalGolfPost

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  • New TaylorMade RocketBladez on WGT

    06 Dec 2012


    You can now get the latest iron technology from TaylorMade on World Golf Tour.

    The new RocketBladez Irons are the hottest clubs on the PGA Tour. TaylorMade has added a Speed Pocket in the sole of these irons, and the slower WGT swing meter helps you ding more shots, helping you hit longer and straighter shots.

    This virtual iron set is available in the WGT Pro Shop.

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  • Bags, Bubbly and Bladez

    05 Dec 2012

    Lots of fun new stuff on World Golf Tour for the holidays. Enjoy!

     

    New WGT Virtual Golf Bags

    Get the new WGT Stand Bag and complete your virtual look. The new golf bag features a WGT logo and comes in your choice of black, white or pink. Makes a great holiday gift.

    Bags are visible in all game types, but only on your tee shots, and while bags don't impact your game performance, they look great on the tee to you and other players.

    (Note, there's a bug with not being able to un-equip bags, which we'll fix ASAP)

     

    New Korbel Champagne Ball

    WGT welcomes new sponsor Korbel Champagne, who has launched a free WGT tournament, the Korbel Holiday Classic.

    Thanks to Korbel, everyone who enters gets a free Korbel Champagne virtual golf ball, which features the first-ever "bubbly" champagne vapor trail. 

    The free Korbel tournament is limited by law to WGT players over 21 years old from the USA, but the new ball is also available in the Pro Shop and makes a great virtual gift to celebrate any occasion.

     

    New TaylorMade RocketBladez Virtual Irons

     

    The latest distance technology from TaylorMade, featuring the new Speed Pocket and upgraded with a slower WGT swing meter, for more dinged long iron shots.

    The new RocketBladez irons unlock at Level 15 and Level 79, and are upgrades to the Burner 2.0 irons.

     

    New MAX Control Putter for Top Players

    Based on comments from top WGT players, we've added a third MAX Control Putter, unlocking at Level 80, and with swing meter increments that tend to be preferred by top players: 10, 15,30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 200 and 300 feet.

     

    Game Improvements

    These changes are based on all the great player feedback and requests on our Forums, Facebook and community chats. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

    • Improvements to the Completion Percentage display for multi-player games
    • Improvements to Tier Scoring calculations to help prevent sandbagging
    • Country Clubs can now run multi-round closest-to-the-hole tournaments
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  • Featured Golf Course - WGT Best-Of Water

    05 Dec 2012

    Our featured golf course on World Golf Tour this month is actually a lot of great courses. It's the "Best Of Water" course, a virtual mash-up of some of the best water golf shots on WGT. Try your luck on this fun closest-to-the hole course!

    WGT Best Of Water Course

    1 - Celtic Manor #3, 171 yard tee shot with water very tight on the left


    2 - Bali Hai #6, 176 yard tee shot to an island green

    3 - Wolf Creek #17, 169 yard tee shot over water

    4 - Congressional #3, 173 yard challenging second shot on Par 5 with water to the right

    5 - Kiawah Ocean #17, 184 yard tee shot, all water carry

    6 - Bethpage Black #8, 183 yard downhill tee shot over a lake

    7 - Edgewood Tahoe #18, 142 yard approach shot over small lake with view of Lake Tahoe

    8 - Harbour Town #14, 169 yard tee shot over large creek

    9 - Wolf Creek #8, 221 yard extreme downhill tee shot to green surrounded by creek

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  • The "Anchored Putt"

    03 Dec 2012

    By Mike Purkey for GlobalGolfPost

    The real question is: Why was the anchored putting stroke perfectly acceptable five years ago and now, all of a sudden, it’s not?

    Is it because you can putt remarkably better with that method and it is clearly an unfair advantage? The data collected by the ruling bodies comes to no conclusion that there is a statistical advantage. In fact, the top 20 putters on the PGA Tour all use conventional putting strokes.

    So, then it must be that so many people are using it that it is threatening to take over the game. Not exactly. The USGA says that about 15 percent of PGA Tour players are using an anchored putting stroke. And that number changes from week to week. But 15 percent is average. And only a small, unknown percentage of elite amateurs – from juniors to seniors – are using an anchored stroke. The evidence there is entirely anecdotal.

    Well, then, what?

    The USGA and the R&A have jointly decided to dodge those questions and, instead, proposed Rule 14-1b to “define the stroke.”

    “Anchored strokes have very rapidly become the preferred option for a growing number of players, and this has caused us to review these strokes and their impact on the game,” said R&A chief Peter Dawson. “Our conclusion is that anchored strokes threaten to supplant traditional strokes, which with all their frailties, are integral to the long standing character of our sport. Our objective is to preserve the skill and challenge, which is such a key element of the game of golf.”

    Did we understand that correctly? “Very rapidly become the preferred option for a growing number of players...” Is that what he said? What consists “rapidly” and “growing number of players?” If you go from five percent to 10 percent over five years, that’s a 100 percent increase. But it’s still only 10 percent of the whole.

    “Essentially, it boils down to two things; that in the last 18 to 24 months, we have seen a significant increase at all levels of the game of people using anchored strokes,” said Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA. “I’ll start out with the PGA Tour. For years, we saw two, three, four percent of players at PGA Tour events using anchored strokes, mostly with the long putters back in the 80s and 90s. And, all of a sudden, we get to 2006 through 2010, and it jumped to an average of six percent.

    “Then, last year, it almost doubled, and it goes to 11 percent. This year, it’s jumped to 15 percent. And some events have over 20, 25 percent using anchored strokes.”

    So, the USGA did collect data on the PGA Tour on anchored strokes. Just wanted that to be clear.

    Listen, an anchored putting stroke won’t make a bad putter a great one. What it does is allow the struggling player the opportunity to be a “normal” putter, allowing himself or herself a chance to compete. Many players who use anchored strokes struggle so badly with a conventional stroke that putting would otherwise force them out of the game, or at least out of competition.

    And, apparently, as long as the anchored stroke was limited to those afflicted players, the ruling bodies had no problems. Even when the likes of Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els won major championships with belly putters, there was no panic. But when it was discovered that elite juniors were using anchored strokes – especially 14-year-old Guan Tianling, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur armed with a belly putter – the ruling bodies threw up their collective hands and cried, “Enough.”

    The bottom line is that this proposed ban is not performance based. No one can say whether it makes the playing field lopsided. Instead, the anchored stroke is going away because the ruling bodies don’t like the way it looks. They maintain that the other 13 clubs are designed to be swung and that long and belly putters, because they have an anchor point, are not swung. That’s it.

    They are also quick to point out that this is not a ban of longer putters. They can still be used, just not with an anchor point. But try and use a putter from 42 to 50 inches by holding it away from your body and swinging with both arms. Whoever says they can use a long putter without anchoring, well our hats are off to them because most of the rest of us can’t.

    So what’s next? What if someone wins a major championship or, worse yet, the U.S. Junior, with a side-saddle stroke with a long putter? Short-game guru Dave Pelz says that method, according to his research, is the most effective way to putt. Will rulesmakers look to ban that stroke because it doesn’t look right, either?

    There are so many other issues that threaten the game, both on the elite and recreational level, that the ruling bodies could have taken on rather than this issue, which affects such a small percentage of the 60 million worldwide golfers.

    Instead, they have made a decision that inexplicably asks so many more questions than it answers.

    PHOTO: GlobalGolfPost

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