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First Look: 3UP 2S14 Golf Ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 22nd, 2014
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In for review here at Hooked On Golf Blog is a new golf ball offering from the company 3UP Golf. Last summer I reviewed the tour performance ball from 3UP, the 3F12 golf ball.

3UP_2S14_001

The new 3UP ball is the S214 (yes, I’m not sure what’s up with the names). The 2S14 is a ball more suitable for a mid-handicap to high-handicap golfer who needs less spin and a lower compression.

This isn’t necessarily the best ball for my personal game, but I’ll give it a shot and see how it performs and post a review soon. I may give a few to a higher handicap playing partner and see what the results are as well, for part of the review process.


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?”


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