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Inside the PING tour van

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 29th, 2011
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At a recent PGA Tour stop I had the pleasure of spending some time inside the PING tour truck. The tour trucks from golf manufacturers travel with the PGA Tour to support their players with gear, tweaks, repairs, maintenance, fresh hats and sometimes just a cool place to relax.

PING Golf Tour Van

Inside the PING Tour Van. I want to live here. Click for more images.

Inside the PING truck were some very interesting machines and technology used in building and adjusting clubs. The tech, my new friend Daniel Udd (pictured below), could literally custom build any PING golf club in a matter of minutes. customized weighting, lofts, lie, grips take even less time.

PING Golf Tour Van

Master technician Daniel Udd tweaks a PING wedge. Click for more images.

Perhaps the most fun was looking inside the drawers which contained player specific items like special grips for Bubba Watson or Hunter Mahan. The hat drawer had hats for all of their staffers and I wanted snag one of Miguel Angel Jimenez’s brown hats (below left). I resisted.

PING Golf Tour Van

Brown hat is for Miguel Angel Jimenez. I want one... Click for more.


New Precept Lady iQ+ golf ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf BallsGolf EquipmentGolf Gear

Bridgestone GolfNormally I reserve press releases to the new Hooked On Golf Blog “HOG Wire” site.  I’ll do a quick mention here and you can check out the whole press release at HOGWire.biz.

Bridgestone Golf, HOG sponsors for fantasy golf and various other programs, announced today a new Precept Lady iQ+ golf ball.  Though they’re designed for ladies, I’ve actually tried previous Lady iQ’s and they performed surprisingly well!  Let the jokes begin.  I know.

For the whole scoop, click here to read the release on the HOG Wire.


Father’s Day Golf Gift Ideas

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 6th, 2011
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Okay okay I’ll post this! I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking my “expert” opinion on Father’s Day golf gifts.  I’ve put together a small list of fun stuff you can get dad.  But if you are one of my offspring, don’t get them for me.  I already have them!

Bridgestone Golf Balls & Beer – About $10

Bridgestone Golf has a great Father’s Day combination box which includes Michelob Ultra beer and some Bridgestone Golf e6 golf balls.  In the link from the previous sentence, you can watch the video interview I conducted with my buddy Brandon from Bridgestone Golf, who explains what I affectionately call the “Free Beer” package.

Tattoo Golf Switchblade Divot Tool – $25

I can’t mention golf Father’s Day gifts without including one of my favorite companies, Tattoo Golf.  I really love using my Tattoo Golf switchblade divot tool.  The product is solid and works great, but of course the best part about it is the skull and golf club cross bones on the unit.

Kikkor Golf Tenny Clayburn Golf Tennies – $115

A very unique golf Father’s Day gift would be a pair of Kikkor Golf’s shoes.  My review of the Kikkor Golf Tenny Clayburns covers these cool treads. Kikkors are very comfortable, perform surprisingly well, and bridge the gap between Vans and golf shoes.

Book – 101 Winning Golf Tips – $12.95

If you want to help out dad with his golf game, gear may not be the answer.  Perhaps dad needs some tips on how to play the game.  Golfweek’s 101 Winning Golf Tips covers almost every type of golf shot a player may encounter on the course, and how to execute it.

Hexcaliber Golf Ball Compression Measurement Device – For the dad who you thought had every golf gadget there was – $150

Think your dad has every golf gadget ever made?  I’d be willing to bet he doesn’t have a Hexcaliber.  The Hexcaliber checks the roundness, size and compression of golf balls.  Now dad can see if the balls he fishes out of the lake on hole #7 are good or waterlogged.

Nike Machspeed Black Driver – $300

Money is no object for dad this year?  Then I’d look into picking pops up a new driver.  My Nike Machspeed Black Driver Review might influence your decision a bit.  With extremely light components, dad can swing this club faster and gain more yards.  With the completely adjustable club head, the club can be perfectly setup to match dad’s swing.

Frogger BrushPro – $19.95

I’m fairly sure I’ve included the Frogger Golf BrushPro in every Father’s Day gift guide I’ve posted.  The BrushPro is perhaps THE most used golf accessory I have.  I love this thing and it keeps my iron grooves nice and clean. I use the BrushPro before every iron shot.  It is part of my pre-shot routine!

Gentleman’s Vice – $26

I covered the Gentleman’s Vice last year before Father’s Day and this unit is still a very original pick for a gift for dad.  The Gentleman’s Vice is a combination cigar cutter and green repair tool with built in ball marker.  The unit is very solid and comes with a nice carrying case.

Bushnell neo+ Pocket Golf GPS – $145

I haven’t reviewed this unit yet, but I really like the Bushnell neo+ mini golf GPS.  No it isn’t a GPS for mini-golf, it is a miniature sized GPS for golf which fits easily in dad’s pocket or on his belt.

Loudmouth Golf Shorts

Summer is here and you want to stay cool and look cool.  I definitely look cool in my Loudmouth Golf Hot Dog (on a stick or with a stick) golf shorts.  They’re very comfortable and help keep me cool on the course, in more ways than one.


Bridgestone Golf’s “free beer” promotion starts today…

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 23rd, 2011
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Did the “free beer” quote get your attention?

Today marks the first day of the ultimate Father’s Day golf gift from Bridgestone Golf.  They have a retail package which includes Bridgestone e6 golf balls and cans of Michelob Ultra.

Back at the PGA Show earlier this past winter I did a video interview and found out all about this innovative combination of products.  Click read more below if the video isn’t visible.

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Korean equity firm to buy Acushnet, outbitds HOG by $1.2999 billion

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 20th, 2011
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Acushnet Korea sold

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The largest Korean equity firm Fila Korea Ltd. and Mirae Asset Private Equity has agreed to by Acushnet, parent company of Titleist, FootJoy and Pinnacle for roughly $1.3 billion.

“The Fila Korea and Mirae group understands and appreciates our golf industry leadership, passionate associates, and unique and enduring culture. Together, with our new owners, our team is looking forward to strengthening and building upon the global success of the Titleist and FootJoy brands.” ~Acushnet CEO Wally Uihlein

No major changes to Acushnet’s management team are expect currently and its worldwide headquarters in Fairhaven, Massachusetts should remain just that.

“The acquisition of Acushnet transforms our platform with a stable of premier world class brands.  We are equally excited to embrace Acushnet’s exceptional management team led by Wally Uihlein. With our extensive knowledge and reach in Asia, we believe that the Acushnet brands have incredible new opportunities for growth in the emerging markets in Asia.” ~Gene Yoon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fila Korea, Ltd.

Back on December 8th I started up a petition to have HOG users chip in and buy Acushnet.  Apparently the $19.60 we scraped up wasn’t quite enough.  Maybe next time.


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