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FootJoy City Shoe Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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These days it is hard to tell where golf shoes end and street shoes begin.  There are many “hybrid” models which work well in both places, some even better off the course.  Case in point is the new FootJoy “City” shoe.  This is a hybrid golf/street shoe which may find more time in the office than on the course.  I’m not referring to the tread/bottom of the shoe when using the term hybrid, or speaking to the tread’s versatility on and off the course.  I’m talking about its style.

FootJoy City - Black/Mocha

FootJoy City – Black/Mocha

Construction

The FJ City is a full grained leather shoe, guaranteed to be waterproof for two years.  The leather is very soft, sharp looking, breathable, and comfortable.

The footbed of the shoe provides great comfort and features vibration and shock absorption, making walking around the cubicles or the cart paths enjoyable.

There are spiked and spikeless models available.  The City pictured in this article obviously is the spikeless version, and gets more wearing time from me off the course than on.

FootJoy golf shoes

FootJoy City, on top of FJ City shoe bag

 

Sizes/Styles/Colors

There are two styles available currently, regular and wingtip.  Photos in this article are the black mocha wingtip model.  Each style has three colors available.  The wingtip colors are black mocha, tobacco, and off-white.  The non-wingtip model colors are gray, tan, and white.

Sizing for men ranges from 7-15, while women’s models range from 7.5-13.

Love the wingtip style!

On The Course / At The Office

I’ve been quite surprised at the traction and performance I get with the spikeless version of the FJ City on the golf course.  On appearance alone, the spikes don’t look like they would be close to as effective as they are.  From a comfort standpoint I’ve really loved the City model, and it gets more comfortable the more I wear it.

Stylewise I feel a little silly in the summertime wearing wingtip shoes and shorts, but that’s how I roll.

I really dig wearing the FJ City shoes, well, in the city.  Even after long days at the office or post-long walks around town, my feet, lower joints, and back are fresh.

Critiques

I do have a small critique/beef.  My City model is black/mocha in color.  I’ve been finding that these don’t match many “black” items in my massive golf apparel collection.  When comparing the City’s black to other blacks, they appear like a very dark blue.

Conclusion

The versatility and style of the city shoe is matched by its great performance and comfort, whether on the course or out on the town.  Great shoes.

Related Links

Check out the HOG FJ City image gallery.

Other Hooked on Golf Blog FootJoy reviews.


Swiftwick Golf Compression Socks Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 18th, 2014
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I’m currently enjoying the feel of a pair of Swiftwick socks as I write this review. Swiftwick makes compression socks for all sorts of sports and activities, not just golf. Swiftwick is proud of their products as they should be. They’re made with the highest quality materials and state of the art equipment, right here in the USA. Not one Swiftwick sock is made in China.

Swiftwick Compression Socks

Swiftwick Compression Socks

What exactly are “compression socks?” Compression socks are much tighter than standard socks. This compression helps to improve blood flow and circulation. This improved blood flow and circulation increases endurance and helps the athlete perform better with less fatigue.

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On The Course

Despite the fabric being a little thinner than many socks I own, the Swiftwick socks provide great comfort when walking the course. I don’t find that my knees or ankles ache or tire during a round of golf, which is a great thing. It must be due to the increased circulation. Tired feet/legs means a weak base which will result in weak golf swings. From there it is a loss of power, accuracy and eventually a loss of confidence.

Off The Course

As I mentioned, I’m wearing a pair of Swiftwicks at the office today. The comfort level is great and my feet feel wonderful, even though I’m trapped in the cubicle.  Around town, hiking, or even working in the back yard I feel the benefits of Swiftwicks and their compression.

Conclusion

While I’m not 100% sure a pair of socks can shave numbers off of your golf handicap, they can help aid in performance, comfort, stability, and endurance. Through their compression technology, Swiftwick socks can help prevent score-trashing fatigue and aches.


First Look: Mission Belt Co.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, July 12th, 2014
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I’m excited to start “testing” a couple of new belts which just arrived from Mission Belt Co. These are sharp looking, and perhaps best of all they are the new ratchet style.

Mission Belt

Mission Belt

Ratchet belts are great. First, they are custom cut to the wearer’s general size. Then they can be adjusted on the fly, allowing me to loosen it a bit in the office after eating a giant Philly cheesesteak at lunch.


Oakley Delta Golf Polo Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, July 10th, 2014
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During the final round of the 2014 Masters Tournament, Bubba Watson smoked the field.  What a performance.  That shot he hit on the par-5 13th hole over the left trees was insane.  Bubba might be the only golfer in the world that could pull that shot off.  He left himself a sand wedge into the par-5 while other players were hitting 3-irons and woods into that green.

Oakley Delta Polo

During that historic round, Bubba was wearing the Oakley short sleeve Delta polo.  I’ve been wearing one too lately.  Unlike Bubba, the most historic achievement I made while wearing mine was opening my refrigerator, or perhaps missing a one foot straight uphill putt yesterday in a match which I eventually lost.  GRRR.  The damn shirt didn’t make me win!

Opening fridge or winning the Masters...

The Delta performs well opening fridge or winning the Masters…

Sorry about that tangent… Yes, a shirt can’t help you putt better or hit the ball as far as Bubba Watson.  But you can at least look as sharp and classy.

Delta Polo Features

The Delta is made from 100% Polyester, a fabric I prefer big time over cotton. Poly’s breath better and are much easier to care for. No wrinkles and easy to wash and dry. No shrinking either.

The polo’s breathable O Hydrolix wicks moisture from the player’s body and optimizes comfort, also providing UV-protection against harmful radiation from the sun.

Finally, the fabric in the Delta features anti-bacterial technology, combating odor and that not-so-fresh feeling.

Colors/Sizes

The Delta is available in two colors: white (pictured), and navy blue.

Sizes range from small to XXL.

Pricing

Retail price for this polo is an affordable $65. I have seen a street price on this polo as low as $45.

Conclusion

The Oakley Delta polo is sharp, comfortable, high performance, and keeps me fresh on the course despite hot and/or humid conditions. Unfortunately the shirt couldn’t help me win my match yesterday. Perhaps Oakley’s amazing engineers are working on that feature for one of their upcoming apparel products?


First Look: Swiftwick Compression Socks

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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Ever try compression socks?  They’re quite amazing.  Somehow the compression of the sock helps circulation, reduces muscle fatigue, and helps prevent bone aches.

Swiftwick Compression Socks

Swiftwick Compression Socks

Today was my first round testing out some new compression socks from Swiftwick.  I was wearing the Vibe model (pictured right above and pictured below), an ankle high compression sock.  In the heat of 96 degrees my feet felt very comfortable and dry today.

Swiftwick Vibe Compression Socks

Swiftwick Vibe Compression Socks

Full review of the Vibes coming after I’ve had a chance to test them for a few more rounds.


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