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First Round With the Monsta Golf Ball – Shot a Monsta Score

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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Monsta Golf Balls

Monsta Golf Balls

Boy am I thrilled to be able to play golf without wincing in pain on every shot.   Eight days ago I got a cortisone shot on the right tennis elbow.  Yesterday marked the first pain-free round I’ve had in 1.5 months.

Finally I had the chance to begin testing the new Monsta Golf balls, another premium golf ball offering from a small manufacturer.  This one can certainly compete with the big boys in terms of feel, performance, and durability.

I had intended to take a snap of the Monsta ball I played with yesterday, but now I can’t find the damn thing!  I played 18 holes with it, then lost it in my garage!  You’ll have to take my word for it.  The ball has almost NO sign of wear from 73 shots.  Ok sure, I don’t typically scuff golf balls with my putter, but you get the point.

More testing to go before I can post my review but initial results and impressions are that this is a great golf ball.  My +1 score of 73 would back that opinion up nicely.

 


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


First Look: Monsta Golf Balls

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, July 28th, 2014
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If you were to ask my opinion, I’d say the golf ball market is pretty saturated.  We don’t really need more brands and models.  That said though, perhaps we could use more (or some) “affordable” high performance golf balls.  Perhaps these new Monsta Golf balls fill that niche.

Monsta Golf Balls

Monsta Golf Balls

The Monsta ball is a 3-layer ball with a cast urethane cover.  Most “tour” level golf balls like the Titleist ProV1 feature the same cover material.

I will put these balls into play soon. I take many rounds to work up my reviews so stay tuned.


Did a Bridgestone Golf Online Ball Fitting Tune-Up – Confirmed What I Already Suspected

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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For a quite a while I’ve been gaming the Bridgestone Golf  B330-S golf ball and really loving it. A couple of months ago my supply ran out and I had 2-3 sleeves of  B330’s in the garage, so I decided to see if they felt any different.  Mind you, these are last year’s models.  This year’s model is “improved” but I have yet to test any out to see how much improvement there really is.  So for the last month and a half I’ve been gaming the 2013 B330.  I originally picked the B330-S because it has more spin than the B330.  Surprisingly though, the S feels a bit harder than the B330.  I seem to remember someone at Bridgestone telling me the S was in fact a little harder, which is part of the reason it can spin more.

After gaming the B330’s I do notice they seem softer, which is great for my golfer’s elbow.  It also feels great off the driver.  I’ve found no difference in distance for my granny dual chicken wing over the top swing, both are great.

A screen cap of part of my online fitting with Bridgestone…

 

Before I restocked I decided to jump on the Bridgestone website and do an online fitting, what they call BFit.  I’ve done a couple of read-deal in-person fittings in the past, but not for a couple of years.  Basically this session would be a confirmation of what I seem to have concluded, that for now my gamer is the B330.  My swing speed is around 100mph, measured recently by the new Swing Caddy launch monitor.  I can get it up to 102 or 103, but not without swinging too hard.  That swing speed puts me on the borderline between a B330-RX series or the B330 series.  I do feel I benefit from the added performance of the B330 and my online fitter “Mellowman” agreed.  I’m sure that was one of his easier fittings.

I’m stoked to get my B330’s back in the bag and I have confidence in what they are doing for me.  I’ve played some very improved golf this season so far, including a 2nd in my flight at the Salt Lake City Am.

I still think it would be fun to do an online fitting and totally mess with the fitter:  “Yeah, can your golf balls fix my hook slice?”


Tour Edge XCG7 Beta Fairway Metal Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 5th, 2014
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Tour Edge XCG7 Beta Fairway - click for more

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway – click for more

It has been a month since I broke the seal on the Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Metal-wood and hit it for the first time.   I could have written this review sooner, but I feel an obligation to my readers and my conscience to post reviews of gear I’ve actually played on a golf course, and not just hit on the range for 10 minutes.  One month’s worth of rounds for May/June comes out to about 20 rounds plus many range sessions.  Included in those 20 rounds is my best finish (2nd place) in my city amateur, a satisfying accomplishment.  The XCG7 was a solid part of that success, and of my enjoyment of the past month’s rounds.  Let’s take a look.

XCG7 Beta Fairway Overview

The $299 XCG7 Beta fairway metal-wood features a slightly smaller head than the massive ones we have seen over the last few years, at 185cc’s for the 3-metal.  Full specs are listed below.  Along with the smaller cc’s, the club features a deeper face.

Speaking of the face, this club has a beta titanium “cup face” design.  The face is shaped like a bowl or cup, the bottom of the cup being the area which impacts the ball.  The sides of the cup wrap around and attach to the body of the head.  This design produces a high launch speed and low, penetrating ball flight.

Weighting in the head is via “hexahedron” sole weighting.  The weight is distributed in “pads” (yes, what marketing company makes this stuff up?) positioned back and in the perimeter to increase moment of inertia (MOI) and keep the club stable on off-center shots.

Looks

The crown (top) of the club is finished in a semi-porous flat black color.  No goofy white paint or other colors.  The look from the top is all class, with a bit of a rock & roll attitude.  No funky lines, markings, patterns, or tetris-looking graphic designs on the top of the club either.  The club simply says, “swing away.”

Classy and clean topline - Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Wood - click for more

Classy and clean topline – Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Wood – click for more

Feedback

Feedback is important from a club.  Feedback comes from the club to the player in the form of sound and feel.  The feel of this fairway is more sweet than your high school prom date and sounds better than a Les Paul guitar through a Marshall stack.

Humor aside, the club tells the player exactly where the contact on the clubface is, allowing the player to accurately adjust and hit even better shots.  When a shot hits the sweet spot, the player can enjoy the perfect sound and feel of a “golf shot.”

On The Course

What matters most is what a club does for the player when it counts, on the course and under pressure.  3-fairways for me can be a very personal club and one I depend on in a few critical situations.  I need a fairway metal which I can count on when I choose not to hit driver off the tee and distance control with high accuracy are important.  I need a fairway metal I can confidently hit off the ground.   Most of the time if I’m hitting it off the ground, I’m going for a long par-5 in two shots.

I still remember the first few shots I hit with the XCG7 Beta, on the range at Sand Hollow Resort.  My dad was hitting balls next to me and thought I was hitting drivers.  He was quite impressed that I was hitting a 3-metal that far.  The first shots I hit it in actual play were just as sweet, long and controlled.

I’ve enjoyed the XCG7 immensely since putting it in the gamer bag.  It has become a go-to club which I can count on.  On the courses I typically play I don’t hit 3-metal too often, one to three times per round.  But those are critical shots on those holes, and the 3-metal is the only club which can do the job in those situations.

A funny thing happened last week.  I hit a bad shot with the XCG7.  That’s going to happen, even with the best clubs and the best players (especially those not-so-great players like myself).  My long time golf buddy saw the bad shot and asked, “was that your 3-wood?  That’s the first time I’ve seen you miss it.”  My playing partner is actually surprised if I don’t hit a good shot with the XCG7.  Enough said.

Specs and Shafts (courtesy of Tour Edge)

EXOTICS XCG7 BETA FAIRWAY WOOD SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL
HEAD VOLUME
LOFT
LIE
FACE ANGLE
MATRIX EXOTICS
GRAPHITE LENGTH
FLEX
3 WOOD
185cc
11.5°
57°
SQUARE
43″
L,A,R,S,X
3 WOOD
185cc
13°
57°
SQUARE
43″
L,A,R,S,X
3 WOOD
185cc
15°
57°
SQUARE
43″
L,A,R,S,X
4 WOOD
175cc
16.5°
58°
SQUARE
42.5″
L,A,R,S,X
5 WOOD
175cc
18°
58°
SQUARE
42″
L,A,R,S,X
Available in men’s and women’s right hand. Lengths listed are men’s standard. Ladies standard lengths are -1″ from men’s standard. Standard grip is Lamkin Exotics R.E.L. grip.
EXOTICS XCG7 BETA FAIRWAY STOCK SHAFT SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL
FLEX
WEIGHT
LAUNCH
TORQUE
TIP DIAM.
MATRIX EXOTICS WHITE TIE 5X3.1
L
42g
HIGH
5.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS WHITE TIE 5X3.1
A
48g
HIGH
5.0
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS WHITE TIE 5X3.1
R
53g
MID/HIGH
4.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS WHITE TIE 5X3.1
S
55g
MID/HIGH
4.0
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS RED TIE 6Q3.1
R
60g
MID/HIGH
4.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS RED TIE 6Q3.1
S
63g
MID/HIGH
4.0
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS RED TIE 6Q3.1
X
66g
MID/HIGH
3.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS BLACK TIE 7M3.1
S
72g
MID/HIGH
3.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS BLACK TIE 7M3.1
X
75g
MID/HIGH
3.0
.335

Caution

This may not be the perfect club for all golfers.  The launch angle and ball flight is a little lower on this club than a more standard 3-metal.  The club may be a little better suited for lower handicap players.  If getting the ball airborne is a concern and you often don’t hit high shots, perhaps the Tour Edge XCG7 (non beta) is a better solution.

Tour Edge Exotics SCG7 Beta Fairway

Tour Edge Exotics SCG7 Beta Fairway

Cover

Most golf club reviewers neglect coverage on a very important part of the hybrid/fairway/driver/putter “package.”   Most reviewers forget about the head cover which is a big omission since the player interacts with it so often.  I am critical of head covers, because golf companies seem to spend more time trying to make them look cool than designing a cover which protects the club and is convenient to put on and take off.

fairway head cover

Exotics fairway head cover – click to zoom

The XCG7 Beta head cover is a breeze to take off, with a perfect loop to grab at the right place.  It is easy to put on as well.  The cover is attractive and yes, most importantly does a great job protecting this beautiful piece of art in a golf club.

Conclusion

It takes quite a club to earn a place in my starting lineup.  Some clubs in my bag have been there since the early 2000’s!  The XCG7 has earned a spot, replacing a 3-metal which was in the bag since 2012.

The Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway performs as great as it looks.  The ball comes off the face hot and straight.  The feel and looks are superb.  Best of all, it is a club I can depend on in crucial situations.

Related Links

More Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 photos.

Tour Edge website.


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