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First Look: Tommy Armour TA1 Adjustable Driver

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf Gear

Remember the old Tommy Armour 845’s? Those were the days.  Dick’s Sporting Goods is behind the Tommy Armour line now, and I’ve just received the new Tommy Armour TA1 adjustable driver for review. Check it out.

The TA1 is designed in partnership with Designworks, a BMW Group company.  Hey the driver was designed by the same group that designed my car?  The driver has a cup face which helps make the ball speeds high across the whole surface.  The crown is made from carbon fiber, making it super light.

The sole has tungsten weighting to get the center of gravity low, which optimizes forgiveness and helps the ball launch high.

The driver comes in a crazy nice wooden box (above).

Review Pending

I’ve got another driver in the review queue and when that review is complete I’ll be testing out the TA1.  Stay tuned for the full review.

Father’s Day is coming up. The TA1 looks to be a great Father’s Day gift idea for golfers.

Grip Boost – Golf Grip Enhancing Products

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf For WomenGolf Gear

Now that spring is over here we are in the “unbearably hot” portion of the golf season.  Add some moisture and walking a hilly course like I did today, and we have a recipe for sweaty hands and grips that slip.  I had a bad one today. The driver nearly flew out of my hands.

Perfect timing that a box of samples from Grip Boost came in for review. They make a special towel for golf grips, special gloves, and a spray for grips and gloves to enhance traction.

Above left: Grip Boost spray. Middle: Grip Boost towel.  Right: Grip Boost Second SkinV2 golf glove.

Keep these in mind for Father’s Day, which is coming up soon.

First Look: New Level Golf 1031 Forged Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf Gear

I’m extremely excited to share that I’ve got a set of New Level Golf’s 1031 Forged Irons in for review.  New Level Golf is a new company which makes three different sets of dead sexy irons, as well as offering a wedge line (hope to review those as well).

Manufacturing Process

New Level irons are different from many other forged clubs in that they’re forged from one piece of steel, then CNC milled to their final appearance.  Look closely at the milling in the images. I did my best to try and capture the fine details of the milling in the photos.

I hurt my arm this past weekend in a tournament.  I think it is a quick, bad flareup of golfer’s elbow or some extremely strained muscles.

I’m trying to find my old tennis elbow brace so I can try and give Wednesday league a go this week.  It’s going to be painful not to try these beauties, but I hope trying them isn’t painful. That would be a shame. UPDATE: Found it!

Stay tuned here and on the Hooked on Golf Blog Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for some more “live” updates from my testing on the range and the course with these beauties.  I’ll be testing for several weeks, then posting my full review.


New Level Golf website

New Level photo gallery

2018 RCK Salt Lake City Amateur Round 2 Recap | Chernobyl

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
Categories: Golf

It has taken me a couple of days to cool down from my 2nd round in the Salt Lake City Am. I came into the final round tied for 3rd place and played in the final grouping of my flight with the #1, #2, and the player I was tied for 3rd with.

Bonneville 12th Green

I started out well, with a birdie on the first but by the 3rd hole I’d made my first major error.  I missed the green to the right, with a right pin. I was in deep rough and the green ran severely away from me.  My chip was as good as I could hope for and landed in the fringe. But the physics of the shot were impossible, except for perhaps Phil Mickelson.  The chip ended up 40 feet away.  First double of the day.  The next hole I did nearly the exact same thing. My 3rd shot on the par-4 missed the pin to the right, where the green falls off.  The ball ran off into deep rough.  I gouged it out, up the hill, and it came back to me.  2nd double in a row.

I could go on, but that’s how it went.  I struggled to a 39 on the front, still in the mix.  On the back I continued to gag with a double on the 10th.  On the 12th tee I went to grab my driver out of my bag and I had a sharp pain in my forearm.  I could not even pull my driver out of the bag.  From that point on this “injury,” combined with a complete confidence meltdown, destroyed my round. I found myself dreading every shot and just wishing the round would end.  I’ve never felt that way before.

I dropped from 3rd to 8th, still in the money, but completely embarrassed and disappointed.

When I got home I wanted to have a snack, so I grabbed some chips and dip. I dipped a chip in and tried to lift it up to my mouth.  It was a no go.  My arm hurt so bad I couldn’t lift a damn chip into my mouth.

I’ve been icing it for a couple of days, and taking some anti-inflammatories. But I’m afraid I’ve completely aggravated the old golfer’s elbow. I’ve worked very hard this spring to prepare for this event, which is the most important tournament of the year in my mind.  I hit the range and practiced short game far more this spring than I have any spring in the last 10-15 years.  I must have overdone it.

So here I am with piles of golf equipment in the office to review, and worried I’ll be able to swing a club.

First Look: 2018 Wilson Duo Soft Golf Balls

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 4th, 2018
Categories: Golf BallsGolf EquipmentGolf Gear

In for review are some Wilson Staff Duo Soft golf balls. Soft is the new long. Every golf company has scrambled to make super soft golf balls over the last few years, and Wilson has the softest ball on the planet (as of this writing), in the Duo Soft line.

As you can see above, the line comes in numerous models and colors.  There are women’s, matte white, orange, yellow, blue, pink, lime green, red dawn.

Why Soft?

For decades balls were measured by “compression.”  The higher the compression, the more swing speed needed to get optimal distance.  That’s great for the big hitters, but high compression balls don’t help golfers with slower swing speeds.  Soft golf balls with low compression are easy to compress, and easier to hit long for slower swing speeds.

Price Point

Wilson’s Duo Soft are only $19.99/dozen on the Wilson golf site. A super price point for the average golfer. A super gift for Father’s Day, which is coming up very soon.

Pending Review

Stay tuned full HOG review later this summer. I don’t normally play soft compression balls, but I’m curious to see how they perform. My swing speed isn’t getting any faster year after year.

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