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First Look: On The Green Golf Belt Buckle with Ball Marker and Green Repair Tool

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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In for review is a cool golf belt buckle by On The Green Golf.  This buckle is a great red color (perfect for my University of Utah Utes) and the buckle is home to a ball marker and green repair tool which are magnetically attached.

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I need to find a good belt to match this buckle up with and will do some of my typical intense on-course testing soon.  Stay tuned for the full review.


Mission Belts Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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Today’s apparel script includes a nice black belt, the “Alloy,” as well as the all-red “Ferrari” (pictured below) from Mission Belts, a company located only about a 30 minute drive south of HOG World Headquarters.

The Mission

Mission Belts is not a regular belt company and their name test a bit of the story. Their company has a mission, to fight global hunger and poverty by micro lending. One dollar of every belt sold goes toward that mission. Perhaps they will microlend to impoverished starving golf bloggers…

Mission Belt

Mission Belt

The Belts

Mission Belts employ my favorite kind of belt fitting system, one in which there are no holes in the leather and a ratchet mechanism controls the fit. These systems are great because one can much more finely adjust the belt’s fit. It is very nice to be able to loosen the ratchet a notch or two when sitting, or perhaps when lunch was a little too big.

Sizes

Sizing with ratchet style bets is great. The belt can be custom cut to a proper length and the ratchets tighten for a perfect, comfortable fit.

Sizes run from 28-56 inches.

Styles/Colors

There are many styles and colors to choose from with varying buckles to mix and match. Close to 50 different ones as far as I can calculate.

Collegiate Logos

Mission also offers collegiate logo belts in the respective school’s colors.  Surely a Utah Utes version would warrant another (uber-glowing) review here on HOG.

Conclusion

Mission Belts are stylish, well made, and best of all can be perfectly fitted to the most comfortable and best size for each individual.

Retail pricing averages between $35-40 per belt with kids belts coming in around $26.


Galvin Green Millard Polo

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, September 19th, 2014
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Galvin Green Millard Polo

Galvin Green is a Swedish apparel company with some very stylish and high technology offerings.

Case in point is today’s review, the Millard Polo. This piece is the iPhone 6 of golf polos, but you don’t have to wait in line overnight to get one or sign a two year contract to wear it.

Body Mapping

The Millard polo uses “body-mapping” technology. The brainiacs at Galvin Green know all the crucial areas on the body which need ventilation and have increased ventilation in those areas to help the player remain comfortable and dry, even in extreme conditions.

Fabrics

The fabrics/fibers used to construct the Millard Polo wick the moisture away from the player’s body and disperse that moisture over a large area, where it evaporates. The fabric is very high strength and will not wash out or wear out. The fabric in the polo provides valuable UV protection to protect the wearer from the sun, and it also features antibacterial properties to keep the shirt, and its wearer fresh and odorless.

Style

The looks and style of this polo are as groundbreaking as its technology. I like the fact that the colored panels promote a fit and sporty look, even with my square torso.

Today’s shirt script…

Performance

During rounds of golf the polo flows with the golf swing. No binding, pulling or uncomfortable spots (see critiques below however).

I played a round of golf in 94 degree temperatures a few days ago. The sweat on my upper body was wicked away and I felt quite cool and try compared to the ambient temperature.

Critiques

I do have issues with the sizing. Many swedes may be skinny and like tight fitting clothes but in the USA we are a little bigger. I happen to dislike tight fitting apparel. I normally wear an extra-large but due to the swedish sizing I had to go with a double-extra-large.

Colors/Sizes

Sizing for the Millard runs from small to double-extra-large.  I’d recommend one size above what you normally wear.

There are four colors available: orange, white, gray, blue.

Conclusion

My Millard Polo is a gamer in a closet which has at least 50 competing polos.  I love the looks, style, and performance.  The maintenance (machine wash) is very convenient.


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


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