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Srixon Z-Star Golf Ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, January 8th, 2010
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I’ve had the pleasure of evaluating several different brands and models of golf balls over the last season.  I’m beginning to wonder if any company is making a bad golf ball these days.  One of the very best is the Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star-x series.  The Z-Star is the softer and and more “spinny” of the two.

Z-Star Construction

The Z-Star is a three layer ball.  The three layers are the core, mid-layer and cover.

The cover is .02 inches and made of urethane.  The thin cover helps the player control shots and gives the player great control in the short game.

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Bridgestone e6 Straight Golf Ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
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So it is January 6, 2010.  I can’t quite remember the last time I hit a golf ball.  Wait, it is coming back to me.  It was last year, December 21st.  For me to go 16 days without playing golf is like Obama going 29 seconds without saying the word “change.”  It is like JD going 12 minutes without a beer, TW going two hours without… oh boy.  Nevermind.

For my last few rounds before Antarctica struck (and don’t get me started on the global warming farce because I’m freezing my golf balls off right now) I played with the new Bridgesone e6 Straight golf ball.  Straight is a good thing on my home course, because left is hazard and right is hazard.  Well, short is hazard and long is hazard too but I can hit a straight ball right into a water hazard short.

Should I start over?  I feel like I’m twisting my own brain into a pretzel.  How one twists three braincells (the max my cranium can hold) into a pretzel is another story… Think my medication prescription ran out?  Nope, it is just winter here.  And winter sucks because I can’t golf.

e6 Straight

OK I have to ask before I do my e6 “Straight” overview.  Is there an e6 “gay” or as I prefer to say in a more politically correct manner, “e6 heterosexually challenged?”

Thank you very much.  I’ll be here all weekend.

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HOG SPACE 2009 YEAR END AWARDS

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
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As 2009 comes to a close it is time for my annual HOG SPACE awards. For those new readers, HOG is short for my blog Hooked On Golf Blog. SPACE is short for my golf networking site called The Golf Space.

The awards come in no particular order. Just how they leak out of my cranium. Drum roll please…

Player of the year & “Playa” of the year
Tiger Woods
Best golf course I played in 2009 Black Mesa in New Mexico, pictured below. And yes I played TPC Sawgrass this year and like Black Mesa better…
Black Mesa, New Mexico
Best new driver
TaylorMade r9. I would have picked the Nike STR8-Fit, but since my STR8-Fit head caved in and Nike wouldn’t replace it, I’m awarding the best new driver to TaylorMade’s r9.
Best new golf accessory

Sumi-G Head Covers

Best putter I played in 2009
rife putter
Best irons
Best new golf ball

Bridgestone B330-RX

Best golf shoe (tie)

FootJoy Icon and Puma Swing GTX tie for best golf shoe of 2009. Tough choice.

Best resort, mud bath and spa I reviewed
Best new golf apparel item

Sumi-g Dormy Belt

Best new golf company Winner of the best new apparel item and best new accessory, SUMI-G is hands down the best new golf company for 2009!
Funniest, yet useful golf gag item
Best new golf site Home of Golf by Andy Brown. Andy is great and does great video interviews from Scotland.
Best golf site for women The Golf Girl (needs new URL)
Best golf blog (tie) This is a tie between Geoff Shackelford and Armchair Golf Blog
Shot of the year I hole out a 5-iron for eagle on a par-4.

Weszty Golf Zt-C Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
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I’ve met a lot of neat friends through my site, The Golf Space. One is the owner, founder, creator, brains behind Weszty Golf. My pal John Wesztergom founded Weszty Golf back in 2005 and has been passionately designing and building clubs since. Weszty’s mission is to make the game more enjoyable for players of all skill levels. Today we’ll be talking about highly skilled players.

Weszy Golf Zt-C Irons Overview

The Zt-C (I’ll call them the Zt’s from this point on) is an “Enhanced Blade” iron. For those who don’t know what a “blade” is, they’re typically smaller and harder to hit but allow more control of shot shapes and launch angles. Blades also have more “feedback” or feel of shots, translated to the player through the vibration and sound of the club. Higher level players, especially PGA Tour pros, often use blades. These clubs are definitely not for a 20 handicap player.

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Nickent is out of business

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
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“Our bank has refused to fund any future operations of the company.” John Hoeflich, Nickent President.

This is terribly sad.  Nickent is done.  I’ve always been a big Nickent fan.  I believe this lowly little blog helped that company grow in the beginning with some product reviews of their hybrids and putters.  The economy and lack of interest in some of their club offerings like irons and drivers led to their demise.  60 employees are now out of work as well.

Premonition

I thought something fishy was up back on September 2nd when I noticed that Nickent’s web site had been moved from a .com to a  .net.  The .com had said “this account has been suspended” which typically is displayed by web hosts when they haven’t been paid for their service.


Currently I have two Nickent hybrids in my bag which I depend on greatly.  One is a 17 degree and one a 23 degree.  I have 20 degree to complete the set which I let my dad use, and he hits it so well he has informed me that I won’t be getting it back.  Otherwise I might have three Nickent hybrids in my bag.

Perhaps some bigger golf company will buy up the assets and designs of Nickent and carry on some of their great hybrid designs.


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