General Message Board
It's pretty clear that Yahoo Golf is the "ugly sister" of Yahoo Fantasy games. Yahoo is spent tons of time introducing great new features into their fantasy football, hockey, nascar, etc., while Yahoo Golf is pretty much neglected.
C'mon Yahoo, let's see some improvements. Here's my top 10 suggestions for improvements:
Drag and drop player to activate them for a round. Check boxes suck.
Stats? Stats? Stats? Hello Yahoo, where are the stats? When you click on a player, you should at the VERY LEAST give us their driving, GIR, and putting stats. The "player notes" is usually blank - obviously, no one is hired to update these.
List ALL the player results in the Tournament Log for the season, not just the Yahoo events. Maybe make them a different color or something, How the heck are we supposed to know how European players are doing coming into an event?
No icon/image for our team? How lame is that?
Where's the "trash talk"? That should show up on everybody's team page. I want my trash talk to mess with my group member's minds when they are making their team changes!!!
Custom league option! We want to be able to be able to have our own leagues, just like Fantasy Football!!! And let us control points for categories like - place, aces, eagles, birdies, bogeys+, strokes below par, greens hit, fairways hits, 300+ yard drives, etc.
What's with the A and C lists being only 2 players? Whoever decided that? Make each group 4 players. Better yet, have ONE huge player pool and let us select 12 players out of the pool, dragging them and dropping them into groups A/B/C, wherever we damn well want!
Make the groups actually MEAN something by giving MORE points per stroke in each group. For example, the A group = 3 points per stroke. B group = 2 points per stroke. A group = 1 point per stroke. Bonus points for winning, 2nd and 3rd would also be different in each group A=30/20/10, B=20/10/5 C=10/5/0
Redesign the whole website, it's as ugly as a Baboon's backside.
PLEASE, PLEASE, for God's sakes, REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ALLOWABLE STARTS!
The limit of 10 starts is too darn many, 5 would be perfect and would really make everyone sweat when making their selections. As it is now, you're only likely to hit the start limit for 1 or 2, perhaps 3 players by the end of the year. What's the bloody point of limiting starts when it has no real consequence?
And it's only going to get worse. As the tour gets richer and prize money increases, you'll see more and more players "specializing" by honing their games for select courses, then taking much of the rest of the year off. The guys at the top (Woods, Mickelson, Els, Scott, etc.) are already making more money off the tour, so they only show up for their favorite courses and majors. And to top it off, many of the best players spend time on the European tour as well, so they'll never reach 10 starts.
10 starts? Stupid and meaningless. Yahoo, next year, change the allowed number of starts to 5.
THEY LISTENED! THEY LISTENED!
Improved interface! More stats! Prizes!
Hey, 3 out of 10 ain't bad... it's a start. Might even be more once we see the interface on the 16th.
Cool. Now if we could only get those maximum starts dropped to a reasonable number.
- 1 Reply to Low on Balls
Enjoying this year's changes. Well done Yahoo. Still need to reduce those maximum starts though!
I have one more thing to add to the list - a "note pad" like Yahoo has in Fantasy Football - so that I can make notes on my player selection page. When you're narrowing down who to pick, or for reminding yourself of course changes, it would be good to have a note pad.
Yeah, I had already suggested getting rid of the main message board, or at least having the option to turn it off.
There's no way that real users who are actually interested in golf should be subjected to drooling idiots that do nothing but leave inane posts.
- 1 Reply to uncle chuck
I respect that opinion... trash talk is pretty low brow. Considering it's golf, that's even more reason for good etiquette.
What if you had the option in a private league to turn trash talk on or off?
Actually, that would be good to have as a personal preference in all Yahoo games - turning off trash talk. Would be a pretty easy variable for Yahoo to include.
I have to agree with every point below except #3 & #4. Definately don't like removing the groups. That does make it a bit more challenging. I like the idea behind #3 but I would do it in reverse. Make it more points if a "C" player wins. Definitely, 10 starts is way to many. Everyone starts Tiger in the 4 majors, the WGC events and a few of the other big tourney's so it comes down to the B & C groups anyway. Make them worth more if they win. Another idea is to make certain tourney's worth more points than others, much like the FedEx points. Maybe it's 50 points if you win the Master's but only 10 if you win the John Deere Classic. Last, #5 is the most important out of all the points below. Leagues need to have flexibility to adjust points and rules like other fantasy sports. You may be low on balls but your high on ideas, great suggestions.
- 2 Replies to Doc K
I like your idea too of boosting the points for majors... here's something simple, why not DOUBLE all the points in majors? Anything to spice things up a bit and add some more risk/reward possibilities.
I don't want to abolish the groups, I just want to change the point structure so that the groups have different value. But that will only work if you put all the players into a pool and allow users to drag players into the A/B/C group of their choice. Why would this be better?
Well, suppose you are falling behind your friends in points, but you have a hunch that Jesper Parnevik is going to win the Buick Open (yeah right,,, don't laugh, it's just an example!). So you drag him into group A, which has the highest point value. So if Jesper DOES win, you make a huge jump on everybody in points, because you risked a dark horse in the highest point position. Of course, everyone else would have started Tiger, in group A, so Lord help you if Jesper doesn't come through and Tiger wins... but that's what I mean by risk/reward. Having different point values on the groups allows you to risk more and gain more ground on the competition.
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