OGIO is a great friend of Hooked On Golf Blog and The Golf Space. I’ve reviewed many OGIO items and it’s no new news that OGIO is my favorite company.
My friends at OGIO asked me to come and check out their facility. I jumped at this great opportunity, literally and figuratively.
A little OGIO history
Most of us golfers probably think OGIO makes golf bags and accessories and that’s it. Not the case. In fact, OGIO didn’t even start out making golf gear. They started out making bags and accessories for much more extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX etc. They’re currently a huge market leader in those areas. Later OGIO did begin making golf bags as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) for the likes of Callaway. The Callaway relationship is not good now. Though there are some companies out there who’s bags are OEMed by OGIO, OGIO’s focus is on their own brand now.
OGIO research & design
More brain cells per square inch
OGIO has two large buildings. In the first building can be found their top secret research and design center. This is where amazing technological breakthroughs occur on a daily basis. Amazing inventions like the Shling, the Woode and other soon to be announced industry revolutions are born here. Inside the R&D center there are more brain cells per square inch than you’ll find in a high end Ivy League physics class.
Brain cells are only part of the equation though. Somehow the OGIO developers manage to work elegance, simplicity and superb functionality into their products. It must be the coffee they drink. That’s the only thing I can think of. When nobody was looking I snagged some of the OGIO R&D team’s used coffee grinds and I’ve submitted them to a lab for testing. The secret may lie in those results.
In the video below, my buddy Rocky Harris guides us through the OGIO design process:
Man this doesn’t seem right. TPC week came up on me like an unexpected dead pull hook OB, just like the one I had in my men’s league today.
I love TPC week, the great golf, the TPC Sawgrass course and all the excitement around golf’s “5th Major.” In his career Tiger Woods hasn’t dominated the TPC like you’d expect him to. He’s only won there once. But that nugget doesn’t even matter since he won’t be playing due to his knee surgery.
A lot of great history is made at the TPC, much of it on the “2nd most famous par-3 in golf,” the #17th hole island green (pictured below). Many announcers will call the 17th THE most famous par-3 in golf, but most of us golf addicts know that honor belongs to the 12th hole at Augusta National…
To wet your whistle, here are some pictures of the TPC Sawgrass course.
More from Flickr:
My pal Dan Smith sent me a CD full of about 350 pictures from the Wednesday practice round at the 2008 Masters! I’ve just added of the photos to the Hooked On Golf Blog Masters Gallery.
There are some great player and course shots from hole #11 and some very cool pictures from the Masters Wednesday Par-3 tournament. There is even a shot of Fred Couples when he got a hole in one during the Masters par-3 contest.
With the addition of these photos, the HOG Photo Gallery is now at over 8000 golf images!
John Daly’s rehab (for the surgery, not the booze) is going well apparently. He’s playing in levis, no shoes and no shirt in this video below. I couldn’t help noticing how the guy interviewing John couldn’t seem to keep his hands off him. Down boy!
It is snowing on May 1st. In fact, the snowflakes are about 1/2″ in diameter. At least I’m resting an injury right now.
If April showers bring May flowers, what does May snow bring?