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OUUL Super Light Python Cart Bag Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, January 30th, 2017
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A new golf bag and golf accessory company you will be hearing more and more about is OUUL.  They are out to bring to the market golf bags that are high quality, classy, well made, and not plastered with logos and branding like most bags from the big manufacturers these days.  I’ve been quite impressed with my new cart bag, the OUUL Super Light Python Cart Bag.  Let’s take a look.

OUUL Python Super Light Cart Bag Overview

First, with the phrase “super light” in the name, you’d expect this bag to be light.  It weighs only five pounds.  This is great, even for a carry bag, but this is a cart bag!

The top of the bag is 10 inches wide and has a 15-way design.  This design helps keeps clubs safe and separated, even your USGA rule-breaking 15th club.  Around the top are three great handles which come in very handy.  Sure they’re great for carrying, moving and loading the bag.  They also help protect the clubs.  But I also use the handles to hang stuff on, like golf towels or carabiners for accessories like GPS’s or club brushes.

There are eight massive pockets in the OUUL Python Cart Bag.  Massive.  The side pockets could carry several outfits, including jackets.  The ball pocket is gigantic.  I’ll tell you this. If you start a round with the ball pocket full and run out of golf balls?  Quit. Seriously.  Maybe try bowling.

The bag features a very large accessory loop for towels, brushes, GPS’s, or whatever other golf accessories you have to hang.  Plenty of room.

The umbrella clip, which I’ve used extensively in the fall rains, is spring loaded.  Nice.

Looks/Design

As mentioned, this bag is not a billboard for some big name-brand golf company.  Instead, the Python design looks like the skin of a python.  It’s subtle and attractive.  The lines are sharp and clean.

The design is perfectly functional, making access to all pockets and clubs easy.  The handle design is very, ahem, handy.  The 15-way club opening with putter well makes taking out and putting back clubs super easy.

Materials

I have to mention the materials in this bag.  If you get a chance to do this, reach inside the pockets of one of these bags.  The material is smooth as silk.  It’s unbelievable.

They really spared no expense on the inner-lining.

On The Course

I’ve used my OUUL Python in conditions ranging from 90+F to rain and practically hail.  No issues.

Accessing all the pockets and the clubs is super convenient and there is an absolute ton of room on all fronts.

Conclusion

This isn’t the cheapest cart bag a golfer can find, at between $230-$280.  If you’re a cheapo and are satisfied with crap quality, this bag isn’t for you.

If you love quality products with great materials, design, functionality and a classy look, the OUUL Python Cart Bag is the ticket.

Welcome to the golf business OUUL!  Glad to have you.


First Look: Forté Golf Apex 6 – 6 Layer Golf Ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
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Fast forward to 2021 and I will be reviewing golf balls with 18 layers.  Until then, there is not a golf ball on the market with more layers than the Forté Golf Apex 6.  The only other 6-layer ball I’m aware of is the Maxfli U6.  I played a box of those and really liked them.   I’ve got three boxes of Apex 6’s to test out and I’m excited to try them.  They’re “tour” level balls, meaning the highest performance and specs in a ball.  Ones PGA Tour players would trust.

Forté Golf is a brand not yet available in the USA but hopefully it will be soon.  I’m afraid to like these balls because I’ll have to get them shipped to me from Australia, where they’re available.  Better yet, I’ll just fly there.  Yeah, that will work.

This is just an introductory post to get the word out that I’ll be reviewing these balls.  Right now the high temperatures here in northern Utah are below freezing.  We’re skiing here, not golfing.  When spring comes, I’ll be out there knocking these 6-layer golf balls from Forte golf about, and seeing how well they perform.  A report will follow.

Stay tuned.

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OUUL Super Light Python Series Golf Stand Bag Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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The 2017 PGA Merchandise Show is coming up in a couple of weeks.  One new company which will be showing there for the first time is OUUL.  OUUL is a maker of “fashion forward, technically superior bags & accessories.”  I have been testing out a couple of great bags from OUUL this summer and fall.  Today’s review is the extremely light and easy to carry Super Light Stand Bag, part of the Python Series.  Let’s take a test drive.

OUUL Super Light Stand Bag Overview

The goal of this bag is to provide the golfer with a light, easy to carry, convenient, and stylish stand bag.  Goal achieved.  The Super Light clocks in at only 2.7 pounds.  Of course that is a starting weight.  Many more pounds may be necessary depending on how many golf balls one must carry to “have enough” to finish a round.

The opening (photo below) of the bag is 9.5 inches, not huge, but the engineering and design of the 5-way top makes club removal and insertion super-easy.  The 5-way top also helps with club organization.  I have my long clubs like driver and fairway in the top, long irons middle left, mid-irons middle right, wedges and putter on the bottom.

One of the best features of the bag is on top of the bag’s opening. There’s a plastic handle which goes around 3/4 of the bag, with some pretty good clearance to the top. That clearance allows for easy grabbing, carrying, controlling the bag. It also helps protect the clubs inside as well as giving the golfer a good place to hang a towel.

The Super Light features three pockets.  First is a large, bag-height pocket for clothes and larger items.  Then there’s a smaller bag toward the bottom, about 1/4-1/3 the height of the bag, and then there’s the ball pocket.  The ball pocket could hold several dozen balls.  I never carry that many but it could.  Inside the ball pocket is a 4th “pocket” they don’t mention which can hold some small items like maybe a GPS watch.  One critique, the missing soft and fuzzy valuables pocket for a camera or phone.   There’s also an insulated beverage sleeve.

I like the large ring on the side.  It has plenty of space for hanging various golf accessories like towels, GPS units, golf lasers, and club brushes.  Just below the handle is a place for a sharpie type pen.  Nice touch.

The dual shoulder strap attaches to the bag in four places and adjusts well.  It should result in a comfortable and balanced carry when set correctly.

The base of the bag is flexible and adjusts when the bag is on the ground.  Hard to explain this, but it’s a popular design of late in carry/stand bags.  The legs are very solid and the base of the bag when set down is very broad and sturdy.

The rain cover is nice and big, with easy velcro straps and four buttons to attach it.  See the “snow” photo below.

On The Course

I’ve traveled extensively with this bag in play, even all the way to Morocco.  The bag is easy to carry, light, and provides a sharp and classy look.  The pockets have plenty of space for all my rain gear and accessories.  I really like the top section’s fantastic design and especially the protective handle.

Conclusion

This bag has been a joy to use in many different conditions and environments, even the Christmas Classic (photo below).

The OUUL Super Light Python Series delivers solid quality, very sharp looks, and super smart design.

One last thing to mention is the lack of branding.  Notice how the big brand names these days are plastering their logos all over the place on their golf bags? No obnoxious branding on OUUL bags.  I dig that.


Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company Addresses Death Rumors

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
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A few rumors have been floating around in the last few hours on social networks that Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is out of business and has fired all of their employees.  I just received a “clarification” which is copied and pasted below:

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company announces reorganization and restructuring – maintains commitment to building highest quality and most precise golf equipment in the world

Fort Worth, Texas: The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company announced today that it is going through a period of re-tooling and right-sizing in an effort to become more nimble and profitable in the highly competitive golf equipment business.

The Company has voluntarily implemented a reorganization initiative to minimize expenses and streamline the operation. This included the reduction of a large percentage of the exempt and non-exempt workforce, some of whom will be rehired as contract employees. The company has not declared bankruptcy nor been foreclosed upon, and remains in the business of producing and selling the highest quality and most precise golf equipment in the world.

“Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated”, said Scott White, President and CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “While our organization does not look the same today as it did in 2016, we are confident that the changes we are making will make us a stronger and better company in the future”.

About Ben Hogan Golf
The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is based in Fort Worth, TX and manufactures premium golf clubs and golf bags. The company was started in 1953 by Ben Hogan himself, and is continuing Mr. Hogan’s reputation of innovation, performance, and classical designs. For players who are serious about their games, and the game of golf, there is only one choice: Ben Hogan Golf Equipment


Hooked on Golf Blog 2016 Awards – Product of the Year: Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, January 1st, 2017
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Drumroll please…  Happy New Year! Welcome 2017.  This is the final 2016 year-end golf blog post.  Today I’m happy to announce the best product Hooked on Golf Blog reviewed in 2016, the Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons.  Check out the Hooked on Golf Blog Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons review.

These small blade irons are perhaps the most deserving product I’ve ever awarded for the HOG Product of the Year awards. They’re as incredible as they look. If you were to look back on the Hooked on Golf Blog Twitter to the most retweeted tweets, you’d see that consistently the ones with photos from this review are at the top. These are one of golf’s best products and everyone knows it.

Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Irons

Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Irons

Most people see blades, especially ones like these which are 15% smaller than normal blades, and think, “oh these are blades so I can’t hit them.” WRONG! I’m not sure how, but Miura’s engineering and hand-crafted design makes these easier to hit than many clubs meant for higher handicap players, not single digits or pros. The feel of these irons is so butter. What a joy to play.

Blade-a-licious! Could you hit this? Easier than you would think!

Congratulations to Miura. It’s not really a surprise that one of their products would win a HOG Product of the Year award. That’s pretty much what one would expect. But it’s still nice to recognize the quality, workmanship, looks, feel, and joy these clubs bring to the game of golf.


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