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Review: Coast Apparel French Terry Crew Neck Sweater

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, February 19th, 2018
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearGolf LifestyleReviews

This one has been a nice review to work on.  Though it has been a moderately mild winter in terms of snow here, it has still been plenty cold. I’ve been enjoying my new Coast Apparel French Terry Crew Neck Sweater.


This is a cotton blend sweater, 55% cotton and 45% polyester.  Thanks to the poly portion it keeps its shape, is easy care, doesn’t wrinkle easily, and doesn’t shrink.

The cuff and collar are rib knitted with spandex, which helps them flex and keep their shape.

The chest features an embroidered crab logo.

The sleeves are raglan style. They continue in one piece up to the neck without a shoulder seam.

On The Course – On The Town

I’ve only logged three golf rounds this calendar year. It’s early.  I had this sweater in play in the last rough, walking on a very hilly course in 46 degree temperatures. It kept me so warm that a couple of times I had to take it off. I was generating a lot of heat walking. One reason to walk and not ride golf carts in cold temperatures.

During the golf swing the sweater stays comfortable and doesn’t stretch or pull, or resist my golf swing. That’s a big deal.

I really dig the looks and style of this sweater, and wear it regularly at the office as well as on the course. Below you can see it paired with the Coast Apparel Khaki Beach Pants (review coming soon).

The fit does run a bit small, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of getting one.


This is my first Coast Apparel review of hopefully many to come in the future. I love the quality, style and comfort.

Golf sweaters can run up to several hundred dollars.  The French Terry Crew Neck Sweater, at a mere $39, is a tap-in birdie.

Update: I mentioned that winter has been mild… but in the course of the day today we just got hammered with about 10 inches of snow. Glad I have this sweater to keep warm while waiting for the snow to melt.

First Look: Galvin Green LARS Jacket

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf Gear

Spring can’t come fast enough. I’m anxious to try out the new LARS Jacket from Galvin Green, part of their “Interface” product line. Behold.

Here’s a description of the LARS from Galvin Green:

New 2,5-layer short sleeved full-zip jacket in INTERFACE-1™ fabric which is totally windproof, water repellent and highly breathable. Combines a tight-knit Polyester outer layer with a polyurethane membrane and a soft comfortable inside.

This will be a perfect option for those times when long sleeves aren’t enough, but some protection from a slight chill, wind, or rain is needed.  Given the ultra-high quality I’ve come to expect from Galvin Green I have 100% confidence this will be a gamer.

Check out the back. It’s got a bit of an edge to it which I really dig.

Stay tuned for the full HOG review in a month or two.  The snow is melting, but not fast enough!

HOG Thermal Travel Mug

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Categories: GolfGolf AccessoriesGolf GearGolf Lifestyle

I’ve upped my beverage game. Everything looks better with a HOG logo on it!

What a piece of art.


Review: Ecco S-Drive Golf Shoes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, January 26th, 2018
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviews

The Ecco S-Drive golf shoes are quite unique, even between the right and left shoes! This design is an asymmetrical concept which is not only interesting, it is stylish and highly functional.  I’ve been gaming these shoes for a few months with great results not only on the golf course, but in daily use.  Let’s take a look.

Ecco S-Drive Golf Shoes – Overview

The S-Drive is a light-weight golf shoe which is stabilized by bonded microfiber. The microfiber provides strength while still delivering support. Despite this strength, the shoe is still able to flex with the golfer in the golf swing or walking the course. In my case, it also walking to lunch from the office.

The inlay of the shoe can be removed to make the shoe more roomy for those who need the space. Rather than doing that, I switched out the inlay for some specialized golf shoe inserts since I’ve been fighting off plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful situation in the arch and heel of the foot. With or without the inserts the shoes are comfortable and stable.

The S-Drive repels water through the use of Ecco’s special “hydromax” leather.

Lastly, the outsole of the shoe provides great traction, performance and stability due to 800 “traction angles,” as seen in the photo below.


The S-Drives are extremely stylish and I love the asymmetrical concept. Each shoe’s shape reflects the foot, not a cookie cutter pattern that the foot is jammed into. I love wearing these shoes on and off the course. At the office I get a lot of interested looks and questions about them.


Despite not having much in the way of laces, I can tighten them perfectly which gives me great support without sacrificing comfort. The shape is very friendly to my feet. I’ve walked many rounds on hard ground with them with no fatigue or aches.


Most importantly I find the performance of the Ecco S-Drives to be fantastic. From the first round I put them on I seemed to gain power and accuracy in my golf shots. The solid base with great traction certainly helps me make better golf swings.


Sizing is the one funky area with Ecco’s offerings.  They’re European sizes, which is fine. But the size ranges cover ranges like 8 to 8.5, 9 to 9.5, etc.  One has to definitely see how the fit is first to make sure the shoes are the correct size.  If the shoe fits, wear it.


The $160 retail Ecco S-Drives have been a great addition to my gamer setup.  I’m undefeated in golf money games since putting them into play. I may have to wear them to Vegas…

The S-Drive scores highly in the the most important categories in my personal rating system, performance, style, and comfort.

First Look: Sun Mountain Hybrid Vest

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf Gear

In for review is a new 2018 Sun Mountain Hybrid Vest. I’ve just started putting this vest through the rigorous Hooked on Golf Blog test battery so I’ll post my full review later this spring after I’ve had a chance to evaluate it on a real-deal golf course.

Sun Mountain Hybrid Vest

Sun Mountain Hybrid Vest

The Hybrid Vest comes in four colors: blue, black, light gray, dark gray.

The vest design provides thermal properties as well as wind resistance, while stretching with the golfer’s movement and providing quiet comfort.

Sun Mountain Hybrid Vest

Sun Mountain Hybrid Vest

I have a minor problem due to my vest’s blue color and my college football affiliation being red, definitely not blue. But the vest is so super comfortable that I’ll have to take my chances being spotted by fellow non-blue-wearers.

Stay tuned for the full review after the snow here in northern Utah melts and I’ll have the chance to put it through the paces better.


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