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Bridgestone Golf Collegiate Team Logo Hats

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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I’ll admit it. I can be bought. Send me a golf product with a Utah Utes logo on it and you are guaranteed airtime.

I’m doing a hat review today. Yes some very hard-hitting, groundbreaking golf journalism. Today’s hat is the new Bridgestone Golf collegiate team logo hat. Bridgestone Golf has been offering college logo golf balls for a while and these hats make a great match.

Bridgestone Golf hat with Utes logo  = beautiful!

Bridgestone Golf hat with Utes logo = beautiful!

These adjustable hats are made from 100% washed cotton twill so they’re very comfortable and have a nice relaxed fit. The college team logo (preferably a Utes logo) is embroidered in a 3D effect which looks great. The side of the cap features a Bridgestone Golf logo for those of us who like to show our team colors and our golf colors at the same time.

There are currently 29 teams available for the Bridgestone Collegiate Caps: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, Louisville, Louisiana State, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Retail price on these hats is $30.

Conclusion

College logo hats are a great addition and possible new revenue for golf shops in college towns. My local pro-shop sells the hell out of Utah hats which are made by another golf company. Now they can offer another selection from Bridgestone Golf and you can be sure I’ll be letting the merchandise manager know about them!


What’s in the Bag (WITB) – River Oaks Club Champion Tony Korologos

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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By popular demand I’m posting the official “what’s in the bag” for my 2014 club championship at Sandy, Utah’s splendid River Oaks Golf Club.  It took me a while to get the photo because I needed it to be “official,” thus having the Golf WRX watermark on it.  The photogs at WRX are so busy shooting every golf club and golf bag on the planet and putting their watermarks on them, that it took me a while to get this photo. As you can see, this photo is true and authentic since it has that WRX watermark.  Enough about high end photography and on to the meat of this journalistic brilliance.

I’m very happy to have won the 2014 club championship at River Oaks.  I’ve been a member of the club for many years and won my first championship there in 2005.  This year’s championship seemed to fall in my lap as the field was narrowed down to a few left standing, and I managed to outscore the closest competitor by 13 shots.  Yes, 13 shots.  In the land of bogeys, the par man is king.

WITB - Tony Korologos 2014 River Oaks Club Champion

WITB – Tony Korologos 2014 River Oaks Club Champion

Let’s take a look at the winning sticks and the other crucial script items…

Driver: Cobra Amp Cell
3-Metal: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta
Hybrid: 19 degree Cobra Baffler XL
Irons (4-PW): Hogan Apex Edge Pro, circa 2002
Shafts: KBS Tour 90
52 and 56 degree wedges: Eidolon V-Sole
60 degree lob wedge: Vokey Spin Milled
Putter: Dornoch Putters Bird Dog 1, handmade in Scotland by Grant MacKay
Bag: Nike Sport Lite
Ball: Bridgestone B330
Head Cover: Sumi-G with custom Black Mesa Golf Club embroidered logo
GPS: Golf Buddy VS4 talking golf watch GPS
Laser Rangefinder: Callaway (Nikon)
Club Brush: Frogger BrushPro
Golf Accessory Accessory: Snap Hookz
Golf Polo: Bobby Jones XH20 Aero
Golf Shorts: Tattoo Golf shorts
Golf Socks: Kentwool Tour
Golf Shoes: FootJoy DNA
Underwear: Dunning
Cigar: Gurkha Centurian
Green repair tool: Champ Flix
Toothpaste: Crest with mint sparkles
Aftershave: Clubman
Hat: Pukkha custom Hooked on Golf Blog/The Golf Space hat
Glove: Don’t wear a glove, but for the sweaty shots it was the Asher skull glove (RIP James)
Tee: Tornado Tee
Grips: Golf Pride CP2
Sunglasses: Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses
Rain Jacket: Nike Hyperadapt Storm-FIT
Push Cart: Sun Mountain Micro Cart Sport
Ball marking device: Tin Cup Utah Utes stencil
Beer: Slammin Sam Snead Premium Lager
Spikes: Champ Scorpion Stinger
Travel bag: Sun Mountain ClubGlider Journey
Belt: Switch Belt rubber custom
Towel: Frogger Amphibian

Backup Bag

Driver: Bombtech Golf Grenade
3-Fairway: Nike VR-S
Hybrid: Bobby Jones
Irons: Bridgestone J40 Dual Pocket Cavity
Wedges: SCOR, Miura
Putter: Ping Scottsdale ZB S
Bag: Datrek Go-Lite
Ball: 3UP
Shoes: Ecco Golf Shoes
Belt: Sumi-G
TeeChamp Zarma Fly Tee


Tattoo Golf Shorts – Short of Sensational

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Tattoo Golf Charcoal Gray Golf Shorts

Tattoo Golf Charcoal Gray Golf Shorts

Today’s apparel script features the very stylish new Tattoo Golf Shorts, charcoal in color. These are perhaps the sharpest, nicest golf shorts I have in the closet now. Add to the style and quality a small embroidered skull and golf club cross bones on the right hip to complete the ensemble.

Golf Shorts Overview

These Tattoo Golf shorts are a 60/40 cotton/polyester blend. The fabric is soft, yet has a thicker strength to it like a levi style material.

There are plenty of pockets for holding all the cash the player wins on the golf course, as well as a “media” pocket on the right which can hold a golf GPS watch, iPod, or small mobile device. On the outside of the media pocket is the signature skull and crossed golf club bones. A must have.

Sizes/Colors

Sizes for the Tattoo Golf Shorts run from 30 to 40 inches. Happy to be in that range.

Colors available include charcoal (pictured), black, and tan.

On The Course

On the course these shorts provide great comfort, plenty of pocket space, and look fantastic. The charcoal model can match any color shirt in the closet, but goes best with other Tattoo golf polos.

Conclusion

Tough to craft a 3,000 word review on a pair of golf shorts, so 250 will have to suffice.  In all the crucial areas I judge golf shorts or apparel on, the Tattoo Golf Shorts score the highest ratings:  comfort, style, performance, easy maintenance.  Check.

Related Links

Other Tattoo Golf products reviewed here on HOG.

Tattoo Golf website.


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.


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