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  • Heads-up on Next Week’s Product Release

    26 Feb 2009

    Thanks everyone for being patient and giving us a ton of very good feedback during this beta period. We have a release coming out next week that has taken longer than expected and has delayed our course releases, but addresses a few fundamental game dynamics the community has drawn to our attention.

    We have made major changes to the way the ball interacts with ground surfaces and the clubs (make sure you read your lie before you hit). We have also created a new set of clubs called the WGT Starters that will replace your Pre-Beta set.

    One side effect of these changes is that all of your saved replays will be wiped from the site. We are working on a solution in the future where we will no longer have to wipe the replays when we make these types of updates, and we will keep you updated as to our progress.

    Also in this release is the framework for the WGT Pro Shop, where in the future you will be able to upgrade your equipment. There will be a limited number of items in the beginning, but we will add more as they become available from our partners.

    Finally, we know that everyone wants to play new holes, and we can tell you that they are scheduled to come out in April.

    Thanks for making WGT the best place online to play golf, and we look forward to your feedback next week after the release!

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  • Earn Your Entry to Premium Tournaments

    23 Feb 2009

    If you're someone who is tempted by the prizes in our paid tournaments but has been reluctant to enter because of the entry fee, did you know you can earn credits by playing in the weekly tournaments? Or for that matter, any of the free tournaments with credits as prizes? You will earn credits as long as you place in the top 70 in your tier, and it's a completely free way to accumulate credits that you can use towards entering the premium tournaments. Have fun!

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  • WGT Tip: Putting Spin on the Ball

    18 Feb 2009

    For this week's tip, we are featuring nivlac's forum post about putting spin on the ball. Many players have found this useful, and we hope you will too. Enjoy!

    In the lower right hand corner of the game you'll see a ball with a green dot.

    Kinda looks like this. This is normal spin. Your ball has an average trajectory and average roll.

    Grab the green dot and move it upwards to impart topspin. Consequently, your ball will have a lower trajectory, will fly less and roll more if the ground is flat. Good in some situations, and not so good in others.

    Grab the green dot and move it downwards to impart backspin. Your ball will have a higher trajectory, will fly more and roll less if the ground is flat.

    Different shots will require varying degrees of topspin and backspin, but that part you gotta figure out on your own. :)

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  • Don't Play Alone on Valentine's Day!

    14 Feb 2009

    Happy Valentine's Day from WGT!

    It's always more fun playing with others, especially on Valentine's Day. Finding a buddy to play with is easy on WGT. Just go to the WGT Players page and hit the Search button. You can leave the Search field blank, enter a partial string (i.e. "b" to find all player names starting with the letter b), or enter the entire username of the person you are looking for.

    If you find someone interesting among the available players but there is a grey button next to their name, it means they are in the middle of a tournament or multiplayer game. Sign their wall and pick someone else in the meantime! If you like who you played with, be sure to "friend" them afterwards by clicking on "Add as Friend" on their profile page, and it will be easy to find them next time.

    Cheers,
    WGT

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  • Recent Tournament Winners 2/12/09

    12 Feb 2009

    Congratulations to the following recent tournament winners. Can you beat the best? "Friend" these top players to make it easy to invite them to a multiplayer round next time they are online!

    Jan Closest-to-the-Pin Tournament

    HACK TIER

    1st: GLADSTONESCREWER
    Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

    2nd: TailorMade
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: nlkeson
    Prize: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: noodon
    Prize: $150 Amazon.com Gift Card

    2nd: Finks
    Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: ncviz
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    Jan Golf Gear Tournament

    HACK TIER

    1st: JaimePBPro
    Prize: $75 Golfsmith Gift Card

    2nd: CMANGS
    Prize: $50 Golfsmith Gift Card

    3rd: SlimShady
    Prize: $25 Golfsmith Gift Card

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: DrFeelgood
    Prize: $100 Golfsmith Gift Card

    2nd: nivlac
    Prize: $75 Golfsmith Gift Card

    3rd: ncviz
    Prize: $50 Golfsmith Gift Card

    Jan Shopping Spree Open

    HACK TIER

    1st: SlimShady
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    2nd: abitadog
    Prize: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: Chuck1971
    Prize: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: CKEVIN2
    Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

    2nd: tibbets
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: ncviz
    Prize: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card

    Week 5 Closest-to-the-Pin Sweepstakes

    Winner 1: billeee
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 2: Cathie
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 3: cowboyns
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Week 6 Closest-to-the-Pin Tournament

    HACK: bp1169
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: tibbets
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 6 Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK: Dawg2244
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: tibbets
    Prize: WGT Credits

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  • WGT Tip: Use a Corded Mouse

    10 Feb 2009

    For a more accurate result when clicking on the swing meter, try using a corded mouse. Wireless mice inherently have a lag between your click and your computer’s reception of the click, so it is harder to time your click for the perfect swing. Hope this helps!

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  • "Get Acquainted" with World Series of Golf

    09 Feb 2009

    The World Series of Golf will be hosting "Get Acquainted" events at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort on February 23, March 30, and April 20. This is your chance to explore the courses and hone your strategy in a real tournament atmosphere before the actual competition during the week of May 11, 2009. The buy-in is $10,000 with the winner receiving $300,000. Learn more here: http://www.worldseriesofgolf.com.

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  • WGT Tip: Don't Lose Your Game

    07 Feb 2009

    We've all been there—you're in the middle of your best game ever, and you need to take a call, or leave for an appointment, or your kid/wife/mother-in-law (you name it) is calling you from the other room. Worst, you hit Menu / End Round/Main Menu thinking you could resume later, only to discover that you've lost the game.

    Remember that whether you're playing a tournament or ranked round, choose Save & Quit if you need to continue the game later. In a multiplayer round, if you need to drop off be sure to finish it later...you'll keep a lot more friends that way.

    Cheers,
    WGT

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  • 100ft Putt

    05 Feb 2009

    Congratulations to ZACHT, who sunk an amazing 100 foot putt and won the first-ever community-organized putting competition. See the replay here!

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  • Recent Tournament Winners 2/4/09

    04 Feb 2009

    Congratulations to the following recent tournament winners. Can you beat the best? "Friend" these top players to make it easy to invite them to a multiplayer round next time they are online!

    WGT New Year's Tournament

    HACK TIER

    1st: Drop-n-a-2
    Prize: WGT Credits

    2nd: DougieWaugh
    Prize: WGT Credits

    3rd: eleigh
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: AvatarLee
    Prize: WGT Credits

    2nd: nivlac
    Prize: WGT Credits

    3rd: oneluv
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 1 Closest-to-the-Pin Sweepstakes

    Winner 1: SMidgett87
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 2: Zeroironvansmack
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 3: flasher57
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Week 2 Closest-to-the-Pin Sweepstakes

    Winner 1: AMPI
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 2: pozo02
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 3: BuddyGreen
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Week 3 Closest-to-the-Pin Sweepstakes

    Winner 1: gopherman1
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 2: Swingtime
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 3: gehring
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Week 4 Closest-to-the-Pin Sweepstakes

    Winner 1: chrispro
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 2: dkmrocks112
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 3: FredO56
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    December Closest-to-the-Pin Sweepstakes

    Winner: adghonda
    Prize: 2008 US Open DVD

    Week 51 (2008) Closest-to-the-Pin Sweepstakes

    Winner: Fillyb
    Prize: WGT Polo Shirt

    January Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK TIER

    1st: Rferg
    Prize: WGT Credits

    2nd: Barcomb14
    Prize: WGT Credits

    3rd: silverado02
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: ncviz
    Prize: WGT Credits

    2nd: wags66
    Prize: WGT Credits

    3rd: CKEVIN2
    Prize: WGT Credits

    January Amateur's Closest-to-the-Pin Tournament

    1st: ncviz
    Prize: Taylor Made Burner

    2nd: noodon
    Prize: Cargo Golf Travel Case

    3rd: tibbets
    Prize: Titleist Pro V1 balls

    Week 3 Closest-to-the-Pin Tournament

    HACK: jwj62
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: tibbets
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 3 Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK: 420magic
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: tibbets
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 4 Closest-to-the-Pin Tournament

    HACK: Manuntdfan
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: ncviz
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 4 Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK: tinhat
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: AvatarLee
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 5 Closest-to-the-Pin Tournament

    HACK: jcwinter
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: walks911
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 5 Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK: Spindoctor62
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: oneluv
    Prize: WGT Credits

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