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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.


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.


Review: BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF Push Cart (Trolley For You in the UK)

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, November 13th, 2016
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I love to walk when I golf, but with a bad back I don’t carry my bag that often.  So I like to use a push cart (“trolley” for my friends in the UK).  I’ve had the BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF unit in play since this summer and put it through a very rigorous test battery.  Yes, being one of the world’s top golf bloggers can be rough.  You know, having to play golf and “evaluate” great golf equipment, apparel, and accessories.  I do it for you, the HOG patron.   Now let’s take a look at the BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF cart/trolley.

Big Max Auto-Fold FF

Big Max Auto-Fold FF in all its glory

Construction/Design

The BIG Max Auto-Fold FF (okay that’s taking a lot of typing, so let’s call it the BMAF from this point on) is a 3-wheel push cart/trolley designed to make walking the course easy.  The two rear wheels are large and wide and the front wheel a little smaller but still a wide tread.  The wheels and wide wheelbase help the unit push very easy and ride very smoothly.  I have a few other trolleys which shorter wheelbases and smaller wheels, and those designs seem to accentuate bumps and hills.  The BMAF handles bumps and hills much better.

BIG MAX Autofold FF Push Cart/Trolley

BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF Push Cart/Trolley

The frame of this unit is extremely solid and sturdy.  Big Max makes many push carts for the rental pool of courses, and those must be tough.  That knowledge and experience in design carries into the BMAF.   That said, the unit is still quite light and easy to lift into the trunk of my car.  When folding up, the two rear wheels can be easily removed.

The handle is big and solid with nice padding.  That helps to make pushing the unit and steering it easy.

The golf bag is secured onto the cart with some nice and easy to use thick bungee cables with solid hooks.  It’s a good way to secure the bag.  The unit can cary bags up to the large “tour” size.

Folding

Speaking of the trunk, the unit folds for storage and transportation.  Folding is very easy.  In fact, no “latches” or buttons or anything else need be manipulated to fold it.  Just grab the front wheel and pull up and it folds nicely.

I don’t have a large space in my trunk yet the folded unit still fits easily with my clubs (photo below).

In the trunk with the clubs

In the trunk with the clubs

Extras

The accessory compartment (photo below) is located underneath the scorecard holder, conveniently behind the main handle.  The pouch is very large.  I bet it would easily hold 3-4 dozen golf balls.  I put my GPS, phone, camera, sunglasses, cigars, cutter, tees, glove and small children in there.

Accessory storage

Accessory storage, drink holder, umbrella holder

There is an umbrella mount (main photo).  That’s great to have for not only when it is raining, but when it is bloody hot here in the desert.  I’ll put up the umbrella to give myself shade.

A drink holder connects to the side of the handle with a “quick lock,” along with a GPS holder.  Both are conveniently located for easy access.

Final Thoughts

The overall experience of using the Big Max Auto-Fold FF trolley is fantastic.  It is extremely easy and enjoyable to push, despite its large footprint.  It rides smoothly and provides a very solid and stable platform for my golf bag and all the rest of the stuff I bring onto the course.

On my next Scotland trip I might ship my Big Max there in advance!


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