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First Look: Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Limited Edition Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
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I have a real problem.  Tomorrow I have one of my leagues and I have a set of new Miura irons that is so beautiful I don’t even want to him them for fear of possibly getting one spec of dirt on them.  I just want to sit in my office and gaze at these.  Say hello to the Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons.

Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Irons

Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Irons

The Miura 1957 Small Blade Irons are the highest performing irons made by Miura, according to the man himself, Katsuhiro Miura.

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If you don’t know who Miura is, I’m glad to open your eyes to one of the most well respected and sought after irons on this planet.  Many tour pros who are endorsed by the major, big-name brands, actually play these clubs.

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These blades are 15% smaller than Miura’s regular tour blades. Think you could hit them? I’m going to find out if I can, even if I have to cover all of them in swing tape.

Blade-a-licious! Could you hit this?

Blade-a-licious! Could you hit this?

Stay tuned for my full review. Once I’ve had sufficient rounds and time with these I’ll post all of my thoughts. And if Miura wants these returned after my review, look for the review to appear around November of 2023.

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Second First Look – Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
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At the end of the 2016 golf season here in northern Utah I received the Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition for a review.  I posted a quick first look article right when it came in.

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos

Because of my golfer’s elbow I couldn’t hit it until I changed the grip.  By the time I got the grip changed I had thrown out my back very badly and it took four weeks for me to recover.  By then the courses were closed and winter had come.  So I’ve been staring at this beautiful club all winter and spring.  The snow finally melted and my back is cooperating. It was hard to even consider hitting this beauty.  I thought it might be better to just put it on the wall as a show piece.  But I’ve now put it into play.

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos

I’ve got a few rounds in the books with this hybrid and I think it is fantastic.  My full review of the CB Pro U Hybrid will be coming soon.  If it comes close to my Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 3-wood, the 2014 HOG Product of the Year, I’ll be thrilled.


First Look: Harry Taylor Wedges

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, March 7th, 2016
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Golf gearhead drool warning. Have a bib ready for this one. I just got in some fantastic looking wedges from Harry Taylor Golf.

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Harry Taylor Golf Wedges

Previously, Harry Taylor was a club designer at TaylorMade, Mizuno, and Founders Club. He’s now making his own wedges and as you can see by the images I’ve shot, they look sweet.

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Harry Taylor Golf Wedges

I’ve got a full set of these wedges to test: 52-56-60. These are going straight in the bag and I will start hitting them next week, weather permitting. As I do with all of my golf club reviews, I’ll be spending a lot of time playing these on the course before I post my detailed review. Until then, enjoy these pics and check out the Harry Taylor Golf website.

Harry Taylor Golf Wedges

Harry Taylor Golf Wedges


HOG Exclusive Photo: New PXG Drone Putter Version 2.123

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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On Twitter today My Golf Spy showed the new PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) putter, the “Drone.”  Funny that PXG used the word Drone for the name. Obviously drones are the hottest thing out there so PXG’s search engine optimization team suggested the name.  Voila.  More web views.

Anyway, not trying to scoop My Golf Spy, but Hooked on Golf Blog has some embedded sources within most golf companies who provide some fantastic images and information regarding new products, patents, and new product development.  One of my inside sources at PXG provided the image below on condition of anonymity.   Below is the next revision of the Drone putter, the PXG Drone 2.123. According to my source the “123” in the name represents the number of “screw weights that don’t seem to do anything.”

Yet-to-be-released PXG Drone 2.123 Putter

Yet-to-be-released PXG Drone 2.123 Putter

This product is still in development and yet to be announced or released. My source tells me they’re still working on the placement of some of the “screw weights that don’t seem to do anything.” If/when I get any more images or revisions to this putter I’ll share with loyal HOG readers.


First Look: 2016 Bridgestone Golf B330 Series Golf Balls

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 12th, 2016
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A couple of days ago I posted my first pics of the new Bridgestone Golf B330RX and B330RXS golf balls.  Very good, softer balls for golfers with swing speeds under 105mph.  Today we get our first HOG look at the B330 series.

Bridgestone Golf Tour B330 Golf Balls for 2016

Bridgestone Golf Tour B330 Golf Balls for 2016

These are for higher swing speeds, above 105.  That said, I game the B330 and love the performance, even at times when I know my swing speed is less than 105.   I’m right on the line, with my driver swing speed in the peak of the season and the summer at about 105.

Bridgestone Golf Tour B330S for 2016

Bridgestone Golf Tour B330S for 2016

I have yet to hit the 2016 model but last year I played the 2015 for most of the season, when I was not testing other golf balls for review. The new ball has some improvements like the crazy sounding “self repairing cover.” Below is a press release from Bridgestone with some info on the new ’16 B330 series:

NEW SLIPRES COVER AND TOUR CORE OPTIMIZE HIGH SWING SPEED PLAYERS’ PERFORMANCE FROM TEE-TO-GREEN
2016 Tour B330 Balls Four Years in the Making Turn Tour Pros’ Heads in Hawaii
Covington, Ga. –Bridgestone Golf, the #1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, has used knowledge gained through extensive PGA TOUR testing and over 300,000 consumer in-person ball-fittings to perfect its Tour B330 family of balls.  Bridgestone’s new 2016 Tour B330 and Tour B330S golf balls have been specifically engineered to produce longer drives and better spin around the green for players with swing speeds above 105 mph, using new proprietary TOUR Core and SlipRes Cover technologies.
Bridgestone’s 2016 B330 Family features Bridgestone’s new TOUR Core that is 6% larger and utilizes a steeper gradient in softness from the inner part of the core to the outer region, to generate faster ball speed and less spin off the driver than ever before.  In fact, Bridgestone’s proprietary gradational compression technology in its core allows the company to accomplish in one layer what other ball makers accomplish in two or three layers, leading to a smoother energy transfer and more power.
Among the best players in the world, spin optimization is critical, so Bridgestone has designed the new Tour B330 and Tour B330S balls to have the largest dispersion of cover performance ever between the two models, offering something for the wide range of spin and feel preferences on Tour. Thanks to Bridgestone’s new SlipRes technology (an R&D marvel four years in the making) and a slightly softer cover formulation the 2016 Tour B330S offers increased greenside spin over previous versions, while the B330 offers feel for those players who prefer hit-and-sit short game performance.
The new proprietary SlipRes cover produces increased friction that keeps the ball more stable on the clubface, resulting in more spin on short shots.  At the same time, SlipRes has the opposite effect off the tee, lowering driver spin due to that type of impact’s recoiling force, generating longer distance.
An added benefit to the new SlipRes Cover is enhanced durability.  Due in large part to the cover’s innovative, soft self-repairing formulation, the new Tour B330 and Tour B330S golf balls are more resistant to stains and abrasions than ever before.
Both the 2016 Tour B330 and Tour B330S are in play on the PGA TOUR, including in the hands of Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar, respectively.  Snedeker debuted the new Tour B330 at the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions and realized immediate benefits with a T3 finish.
“After testing the new ball I had no hesitancy in putting it in play right away in Hawaii. I usually do not put a new product in play so quickly, but the distance I was gaining with driver and the incredible greenside spin couldn’t be ignored,” said Snedeker. “Bridgestone hit a homerun.  It’s longer off the tee, pure with my irons and around the greens it is just phenomenal!”
“The new B330S has serious wow-factor,” said Kuchar.  “The combination of increased greenside spin and increased distance off the tee at the same time was something I never thought possible.  I am genuinely excited about what this new ball can do for my game in 2016.”
The Tour B330 and Tour B330S balls will be available at retail on March 4, 2016 and will feature a street price of $45 per dozen.
Visit www.bridgestonegolf.com to learn more about Bridgestone Golf’s entire lineup of innovative products for 2016.

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