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Torture Defined – Snowstorm the Day I Unbox My New TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons – click for more photos

I had a lot of fun unboxing my new, custom fitted TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons yesterday. Then I had more fun sitting there staring at them, on the couch, not moving, not at the golf course. Just as I unboxed them, a snowstorm with one inch wide snowflakes hit.

Weather permitting, I hope to play these beauties soon and see just how beneficial to my game they will be. As a two handicap these are not necessarily the perfect type of irons for me according to many. These are game improvement clubs. A two ‘capper would supposedly be best benefitted by a set of forged blades or muscle back irons. The SpeedBlades are not forged. Rather, they’re a cast combo cut muscle/cavity. But I’m a low single digit handicap because I putt lights out and the flatstick saves my ass all the time. My greens in regulation percentage is not good, nor is my short game.

If an iron set can make hitting greens easier and I can hit more of greens in regulation I don’t care what kind of clubs they are. I can let the flatstick score some birdies instead of saving pars all the time.

At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

Now if the snow would melt we could get this show on the road.

Until then, you can check out my TaylorMade SpeedBlade Iron photos.


New TaylorMade Speed Police Campaign has Team America World Police Flare

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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I’m not one to post every ad campaign golf companies come out with. It would fill up my blog in about a second…  But the new TaylorMade Speed Police gig is fun, and it is like one of my favorite movies Team America: World Police…

Videos below of each speed police officer…

Officer Dustin Johnson:

A hard-hitting tough guy from the U.S. of A., he swings first and asks questions later.

Officer Jason Day:

A passionate Aussie who’s in touch with nature. Even when he’s busting you, he’s hard not to like.

Officer Justin Rose:

A quick-witted, level headed Brit who goes by the book and is a champion of charm.

Officer Sergio Garcia:
http://youtu.be/xlWYzEEy6eU
A soft-spoken, seasoned tour veteran who hails from Spain. His passion for club justice is as deadly as his golf game. 


Box on Doorstep From TaylorMade – No Way This Sucks

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
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Today’s doorstep photo is the the definition of “does not suck.”  Inside the tall box should be my set of custom made TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons, which I was fitted for about two weeks ago.  The small box on the right is from China.  Parts for my new golf aerial photography rig.

Box o’ Clubs From TaylorMade and Parts for My Aerial Photo Rig…

Man I wish I had these SpeedBlade Irons two days ago when I lost $9.00 to my local pro in our Sunday game. Stay tuned for pictures of the clubs themselves.


My SpeedBlade Irons Fitting at the Local TaylorMade Performance Lab

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, February 6th, 2014
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I’ll be reviewing a custom built set of TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons soon. For them to be custom built to my specs, I had to spend some time in the local TaylorMade Performance Lab having my “granny over the top dual chicken wing” swing analyzed.  For a couple of very fun and educational hours my pal (the TMPL tech) Stacey and I did some deep granny dual chicken wing swing analysis.

TaylorMade Performance Lab

I want to walk around town with all of these sensors on my body…

The system TM has for swing analysis is amazing. You wear sensors all over your body as well as the golf club, and the computer does complete 3D golf swing analysis, even comparing your swing to pro players like Dustin Johnson. Needless to say, Dustin’s specs are slightly better than mine.

The system produces a recommended setup, then the tech builds test clubs with those settings on the spot. My settings were regular length, stiff shaft, and two degrees flat.

We took the clubs out to the heated driving bay outside. There’s still a lot of snow on the ground, but we still hit some range balls so we could see how the true setup worked.  That’s how the “my nipples hurt” tweet happened yesterday, a little chafing from the cold.  I hit the 7-iron very straight and accurately.  It launched at an angle that looked like a 9-iron or pitching wedge.  Never before have I hit a 7-iron that high. For comparison I hit the same club without the two degree flattening of the lie. Almost couldn’t hit the thing. Quite remarkable.

I even took some swings with a custom made SLDR driver, a 12 degree model. It flew.

I’m submitting my specs to TaylorMade today and they’ll be soon whipping up my full set of SpeedBlade irons (and hopefully some other clubs to match them…hint hint). Then I’ll hope the snow melts asap so I can put the irons to the real test, on the course. If the snow doesn’t melt, I may have to take a trip south.

Stay tuned.


2013 Year in Review – Part Uno

2013 was quite a year for Hooked On Golf Blog and me, Tony Korologos. This article is part one of two (part two tomorrow), looking back at 2013 from at HOG viewpoint.

Rory McIlroy NikeJanuary

Ah the beginning of a new year and the hopes that my short game would improve. There’s always 2014…

Rory McIlory switched to Nike Golf. Personal issues, business issues, and perhaps the equipment switch would contribute to a less-than-satisfying year on the course for Rory.

Attended the PGA Show for the billionth time. Orlando hates me and my body. Had a great time seeing the new gear, meeting old golf friends and battling in the Battle of the Golf Blogs.

Mike and Kevin Foley & MeFebruary

February I posted a bunch of golf videos from the PGA Merchandise Show.

Asher Golf’s James Roundy, a local friend, passed. Sad.

The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Bogota, Colombia. What a fantastic trip! I got to play golf with Web.com Tour star Kevin Foley in the Web.com Tour Colombia Championship Pro-Am. Kevin would later gain his PGA Tour card for 2014! He must have learned from my dual chicken wing granny over the top swing.

La Cima Club de Golf - Click to enlarge

March

While in Colombia I played golf at La Cima Golf Course, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. Wow. Ball go far.

Met Web.com Tour player Dusty Fielding. Nice kid.

A fun blog post was “Filtering Out the Noise: Golf Social Networking’s Top 10 Overused Status Updates.

I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell driver.

Cobra Amp Cell Irons - click for more

April

Bubba’s Hover was the video rage. Bubba Watson released a golf cart hovercraft!

Of course, April is Masters month. Not a month is busier for me or HOG. Lots of Masters related articles. Adam Scott won the Masters in dramatic fashion. Angel Cabrera hit what I consider the shot of the year with his approach on the final hole to about two feet. That shot resulted in a birdie to tie Adam Scott and force a playoff.

I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell irons.

Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes - click to see more

May

Ecco Golf came out with hybrid wingtip shoes. Some of the coolest crossover shoes ever.

Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it is what they do). Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods had a little tiff which the media went into a feeding frenzy over. Sergio eventually apologized for some not-so-nice comments.

HOG poll results told us that Delta Airlines is the worst airline for golf travel.

Good thing Adam Scott won the Masters when he did. The USGA and R&A announced the ban on anchored golf clubs, beginning January 1st, 2016. Bye bye belly.

Eric/Tom sent in some great fan mail, calling me an “asshole who sucks at golf and couldn’t break 100” all because of a golf bag I reviewed. Thanks Eric/Tom!

I fell down a volcano and suffered volcanic road rash. Thankfully my Nikon survived.

Sand BagJune

I played in the Salt Lake Amateur golf tournament. I was right in the mix through 27 holes until my back went out on the 10th tee.  I finished, but the last nine was not pretty. Bugger. Kill me.

HOG readers voted Southwest Airlines as the best airline for golf travel by a landslide.

I reviewed a very cool book: An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course.

Posted an article on golf CHEATERS. That’s what sandbaggers are.

Justin Rose won the U.S. Open in amazing fashion. That was one of the best ball striking displays I’ve ever seen.

On June 30, I boarded an airplane bound for St. Andrews, Scotland.


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