I’m about 750 miles from the beach on the west coast. Now I have a reason to get myself there, to wear my COAST Apparel Beach Pants and French Terry Crew Neck sweater.
These threads just came in for review. I just tried them on and boy are they comfy. The sweater is going to come in handy right now, as golf rounds are a wee bit cold at the moment. Plus I like having some warmth even indoors because it can be hard to shake the chill.
The pants fit very well and they’re super soft. Can’t wait to put them through a full HOG apparel review battery.
Stay tuned for my full review of these COAST Apparel threads soon.
Recently I moved. I’m still unboxing stuff in the new home. Most would agree, moving is hell. With the move and many other things going on in the non-golf-blog areas, I’ve not played much golf. I think I’ve logged 18 holes in about the last eight weeks, until today. Amazingly, thanks to awesome global warming, there’s no snow on the ground here in northern Utah. The temperatures were in the 60’s this Thanksgiving weekend, and I finally got a game together with my long time partner, and two fairly new and fierce opponents. It was an absolute blast.
Bonneville Golf Course Aerial Photo by Tony Korologos
I thought I’d be very rusty, but somehow found a good rhythm and swing. I hit 80% of my fairways, logged a couple of birdies, and shot 74. That’s my 2nd best round of a very rough year for my game. I had no idea that was coming, and like most would say, it could have been much better.
What made today particularly fun, other than golfing in shorts when normally I’d be skiing, was the match. My partner and I had gotten our wallets cleaned out by these two a few months ago. We needed revenge. Despite my birdie on the first hole, we found ourselves down three early, and finished the first nine down three. We cranked up the heat on our games and I played very well on the back. We won the back 4up which meant we also won the totals bet. It was a huge comeback for us.
Every shot, putt, chip, was intense and pressure packed during the match and it was so fun. I’ve missed that feeling of competing most of this season. It was great to get that back in what might be my last round of 2017. Historically the last round of the year is usually around the first week of December. By then it’s either too cold, or the courses are closed due to snow.
It was quite enjoyable to find some of my lost game today and play some good golf. If the snow does fly, it’s a good round to finish on for the season.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Uber Wednesday (I just made that up)… Christmas is coming in about a month and it’s time to start thinking about getting the golfer on your gift list some cool gear. I’m here to help. I’ll post a few great suggestions which will be in a fairly broad price range. Each item will be a quick writeup and photo. The title and photo will be linkable to the HOG review where you can get more information. Also be sure to check out the HOG 2017 Christmas/Holiday Golf Apparel Gift Guide.
TecTecTec VPRO500S Laser Rangefinder – $179
This is a high performance laser with slope for a very inexpensive price, rivaling other lasers that can cost over $500.
Snell My Tour Ball – $31.99
The My Tour Ball equals the performance of the highest end balls, like the ProV1. It should. It was designed by the same person who designed it!
Emoji Poop Driver Head Cover – $20
For only $20 bucks you can remind the golfer on your gift list exactly what kind of game he/she has.
Indoor-Outdoor Golf Practice Balls – $14.95
Practice makes perfect. Get some reps in inside with these soft practice balls. They won’t break the china.
Stage V Clinger – $14.99
Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder
Looking for a cigar gift? The Stage V Clinger is a great clip which magnetically attaches to metal, or attaches to anything else via velcro.
Tornado Tee – $15
These space age tees have a micro mesh crown which gives way during the compression of the ball at impact. This helps reduce spin and increase distance.
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder – $499
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder
For that golfer on your holiday gift list you really, really, reeeeaallly love… get him/her the best laser rangefinder money can buy, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2.
I try to walk as often as I can, but with a sketchy back I don’t like slinging my bag. That’s why I use push carts, also known as “trolleys” for you HOG patrons in the U.K. I’m now sporting this 4-wheel trolley from Big Max Golf, the Blade Quattro:
The Blade Quattro sports “4-wheel drive,” in a folding package that flattens to a small footprint for putting in the trunk or storing in the garage:
I need to capture some video of the folding action. The wheel’s automatically fold under when the user folds the frame. Very cool.
I’m just starting my detailed review process, which of course means a lot of on-course evaluation. Stay tuned for my full review soon, lack of snow permitting here in northern Utah.
Until then, enjoy one more shot of the Blade Quattro doing its thing.
Below is the Hooked on Golf Blog Christmas Golf Apparel gift guide for 2017. For you politically correct folks out there, think of it as a “holiday golf apparel gift guide.” Below are some great golf gift ideas for that someone special in your life who golfs, or just likes to dress well. Click the link in the description or the image to go to the full review and get more information.
Nicklaus Apparel Men’s Staydri Polo and Shorts – $54.99 For the Pair
This is a great, affordable short and golf polo shirt combination with breathable, easy-care fabric which won’t wrinkle and won’t shrink.
Bermuda Sands Woodland Golf Polo – $75
Bermuda Sands Woodland Polo
In any conditions (hot, cold, wet, dry) this polo is super comfortable and the deep colors look fantastic. Class up your golf gift recipient with this great polo from Bermuda Sands.
Ecco S-Drive Golf Shoes – $160MSRP
I received these Ecco S-Drive golf shoes late in the season and have been using them for a few rounds but haven’t posted my full review yet. Unlike other golf sites and blogs, I actually really test everything I review for many weeks, not just a 3-ball range session. In short, they’re very comfortable right out of the box, and great for wearing on and off the course. Highly recommended.
Tattoo Golf Lucky 13 Golf Shorts – $59.99
Golf, skulls, and a bit of attitude make a great gift. Shake it up and get the golfer on your gift list this terrific pair of golf shorts from Tattoo Golf!
Antigua Vista Pullover – $59 Street
Antigua Vista at the train station
Spring, fall, Scotland… Take the edge of the wee cold with this super 1/4 zip pullover from Antigua. It’s stylish, comfortable and comes at a very reasonable price point.
Devereux Cameron Polo – $85
Devereux Cameron polo
A higher-end polo for the discriminating golfer on your gift list. Super classy and stylish and high performance.
aahSoles Green Coral Flip Flops – $30
The funny name isn’t the only selling point for aahSoles. The flip flops are actually extremely comfortable and practically give the bottoms of your feet a tingly massage with every step.
Galvin Green Bart Windstopper Jacket – $275
Do you really really really love someone who golfs, or just loves or needs the most awesome and fantastic outerwear on this planet? Then cash in your 401K and pick up your lucky gift receipient the Bart Windstopper from Galvin Green. There is nothing better. Nothing.