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First Look: Forté Golf Tour-Performance S Golf Balls

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
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I can see a potential problem coming up. I’ve got some new golf balls to test out from Forté Golf. Since almost no tour level golf ball made in this modern era is “bad,” I’m fairly confident I’ll like them. If I really like them, that will be the problem since currently these balls are not available in the USA. Forté is currently focused in Australia, but does have future plans to expand its availability.

Tour-Performance S

The first of two models I have to check out is the Tour-Performance S model. This is an ultra soft cast urethane ball. Urethane is the material in the cover of the TP-S, same as in most high-end, name-brand golf balls.


This ball is a 3-layer ball which provides high ball speed off the driver but great back spin off of irons and wedges. I would expect this ball to compete well with the Titleist ProV1, TaylorMade Tour, Bridgestone B330 and other “tour” balls. “Tour” typically means urethane cover, high spin.

Review (as) Soon (as possible)

I will put this ball into play and review it as soon as I can. Keep in mind local courses are closed now though.  It is winter in northern Utah.  We are skiing now.  🙂


Tiger Woods Switches to Bridgestone Golf Ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 15th, 2016
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I saw this one coming for a while. I don’t normally write much about the “tour” anymore. There are so many millions of blogs and sites out there doing it. But I feel compelled to post about Tiger Woods switching to Bridgestone Golf balls. Obviously Tiger has read Hooked on Golf Blog and gathered how awesome the ball performs for my granny over the top dual chicken wing golf swing.

All due respect to Nike Golf, can you imagine how many more tournaments Tiger Woods would have won with the B330 or B330-S in the bag instead of the Nike ball? But now I wonder if it is too late. Time will tell.

It will be interesting to see where Rory McIlory and Tony Finau end up ball-wise too. A switch to the B330, or numerous other balls not the Nike ball could really help their consistency and performance.

The full Bridgestone Golf Press Release regarding Tiger Woods switching to their ball is here.


Thought it was a joke but Costco Kirkland Signature tour golf balls are real

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, November 10th, 2016
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Found this in the bushes a couple of days ago:

Kirkland Signature Golf Balls

Kirkland Signature Golf Balls

After holding this ball in my own hand I now confirm that Costco/Kirkland brand Signature Tour golf balls are not a joke. It looked and felt like a Titleist ProV1. How can I tell if a ball “feels” like another just by holding it? It’s a skill only the top golf geeks and bloggers on the planet have I suppose. The cover feels soft and tacky, just like any tour-level golf ball.  The dimple pattern is similar to a ProV1.  And we all really know how Kirkland operates.  These may very well be ProV1’s, made by Titleist for Kirkland.  Or they may be made in one of the other, very few, golf ball plants in the world that make the balls for all ball brands.

I can see the next Costco shopping list now:

  • 14 year supply of toilet paper
  • 2400 pack of tampons
  • 16 pound block of cheese
  • 55 inch TV
  • Tour level golf balls
  • 400 pack of AA batteries
  • Honda Accord
  • Box of 12 frozen pizzas

I gave this ball to a buddy who plays ProV1’s and he’s going to try it out and give me some opinions.

If you’re reading Costco, you can send me a couple dozen and I’ll post an honest review of them.


LostGolfBalls.com Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 24th, 2016
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Golf balls can be insanely expensive. $40-$50-$60+ per DOZEN? $5.00 per ball? Damn. At that price I could lose $50 in golf balls on the first 4-5 holes on my tight, hazard-ridden home course if I don’t hit it well. That’s why I had to institute a “3-premium-ball lost limit” there. That’s a blog post for another day.

When I used to live next to the 1st tee on my home course I could sneak onto the course after hours and find literally hundreds of balls. I knew all the places to look because, well, I hit them there. Now I don’t have that luxury since moving a little farther away from the course.

There’s nothing better than finding a nice Titleist ProV1, or Bridgestone B330, or TaylorMade tour ball in the bushes. It’s like found money. No golfer other than perhaps PGA Tour pros is above playing that newly found ProV1 either. Hand raised.

So if a person is more than willing to play that pre-owned ball in the bushes, a look at LostGolfBalls.com is probably a good financial decision. LostGolfBalls.com has every model golf ball a golfer would ever want, slightly used, for a fraction of retail.

LostGolfBalls.com Golf Balls

LostGolfBalls.com Golf Balls

Quality Levels

LostGolfBalls.com offers several “levels” of used golf balls.

Refinished golf balls are balls that have been reconditioned at a factory that actually makes new golf balls. This is as close to a new golf ball as one can get without it actually being new.

AAAAA/1st Quality golf balls are mint used balls, not reconditioned. One may not be able to tell the difference between this and a new ball.

AAAA/2nd Quality golf balls are still in very good condition and may appear to have a little wear, similar to a ball that has been played for a few holes.

AAA/3rd Quality golf balls are still very playable but may have some smudges, scuffs, and blemishes.

Pricing

Pricing for the different levels of balls is proportionate to their quality level. I chose to go with a couple of boxes of my current gamer ball, the Bridgestone B330 or B330-S. Let’s do some comparing.

On Bridgestone’s website a brand new box of B330’s costs $44.99, plus shipping.

The highest quality AAAAA/1st Quality B330 from LostGolfBalls.com’s website is listed at $23.99, about HALF of retail. For a golf ball that performs the same, the golfer can literally be paying around half the money. Great deal.

The next level ball is the AAAA/2nd Quality. These balls are priced at $15.99 per dozen.

Finally, there are refinished B330’s available for $12.99.

Conclusion

As a decent amateur golfer with a low single digit handicap, I see no difference in playability or performance between the AAAAA/1st Quality balls, and a brand new B330 I’ve played for a few holes. Well, there is a difference actually. It’s in my wallet.


Costco Kirkland Signature Brand Tour Quality Golf Balls? I’ve Seen It All.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, October 16th, 2016
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“Can you pick up a 12 year supply of toilet paper, a 2,400 pack of tampons, a giant bottle of Kalamata olives, a 55-inch flat screen TV, a 9,000 foot roll of aluminum foil, and a couple dozen urethane covered 4-piece golf balls for me when you are at Costco?”

Costco Kirkland Golf Balls

This is hilarious.

But if you look at the specs the ball should perform just as good as a Titleist ProV1. It has almost the exact same compression and spin rates, four layers, urethane cover. It’s a tour ball. LOL. What’s better, is in standard Costco fashion, TWO dozen of their golf balls costs lest than one dozen ProV1’s! Who’s going to be the first tour player to sign an endorsement deal?


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