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2009 Masters Sunday Blog

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 12th, 2009
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7:24pm ET – ANGEL CABRERA IS MASTERS CHAMPION

Kenny Perry lost his swing starting on the 17th hole and through the two hole playoff. Chad Campbell succumbed to the pressure as well, putting his approach shot into the right greenside bunker on the 1st hole of the playoff.

Angel Cabrera has some big time kahunas and is Masters champion!  I’ll write more later, but there’s still daylight.  I’m off to the course to play until sunset.

6:46pm ET PLAYOFF

I think I’m going to have a heart attack.

Kenny Perry bogeys the last two holes.  We have a three man playoff between Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell and Angel Cabrera. Guess I’ll keep my clubs in the garage for now and crack open a frosty beverage.

6:21pm ET

17th fairway… Kenny Perry has a two shot lead after making birdie on 15 and nearly ACING 16.  I’m so happy for Perry, who will become the oldest major champion in the history of golf.  I just hope he finishes soon, so I can get out and play a few holes.  This is the only time of year I’d rather watch golf than play it, and I have the itch.

5:40pm ET

Kenny Perry just made a 3-putt par on #13 to stay at -12, but still holds one shot lead over Chad CampbellCabrera still has a chance at -10.

Tiger and Phil both limped home, making bogey on 18.  Perhaps they just beat each other up today.  Tiger even knocked his 2nd shot off a tree trunk.  Phil‘s 67 and Tiger‘s 68 could have been 65’s or better.  I could have sworn I saw Tiger limping after the tree shot on 18.  Just like in football, limp after you make a bad play…

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Golf gear counterfeiters in Shanghai raided and busted

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 10th, 2009
Categories: Golf EquipmentGolf Gear

This week I usually stick to Masters only golf blog posts. But this warrants a mention.

I’ve had some members sign up here and at The Golf Space, and I’ve gotten emails from people in China who sell brand name gear for really cheap.  Mega cheap. I’m talking Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping and Cleveland.

I’ve forwarded their emails to my connections at some of those companies and booted those members off my sites.

I’m glad to see that three counterfeiters in Shangai have been raided are going to be prosecuted.

Full press release below:

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Rory Sabbatini signs with TaylorMade, but you might not be able to find it on TaylorMade’s web site

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 3rd, 2009
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TaylorMade has been busy. They signed Greg Norman earlier this week and now Rory “MoMoney” Sabbatini. Rory will play TaylorMade equipment and sport their head wear.

TaylorMade’s web site is nauseating

I just realized why I stopped going to TaylorMade’s web site. I thought I’d stop by there this morning to see if I could get some details on this endorsement deal. Then my morning was ground to a halt when all the fancy Adobe Flash “things” hit my screen and I had to wait for them to finish spinning around and making sound effects.

The flash work is really impressive, but I can’t stand it. Please give me a simple, fast loading web page which I can find what I’m looking for quickly. No more “loading…” or “skip intro” type of stuff. Where do I look for details about this endorsement deal when inside “the clubhouse?” Oh, wait I found it I think. Perhaps on the “lower level” in the “locker room”? Never mind, I got the “loading…” again. Adios.

A note to people who are considering making a web site or redesigning one:

The fancy Adobe Flash animations, sound effects, and things flying around your screen are only cool for two people…

1. The person who hired the Flash designer.
2. The Flash designer.


Greg Norman becomes TaylorMade Tour Staff Player

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
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This isn’t an April fool’s joke.

Greg Norman has inked a deal with TaylorMade. The Shark will play the TP Red golf ball (which he played in that great performance at the (British) Open last year, TaylorMade golf clubs, TM staff bag and a TM logo on the side of his hat. Yes the side. There’s NO way the Shark would let his Shark logo play 2nd fiddle to any other.

What about MacGregor?

Not sure what the ramifications are with this deal and Greg’s relationship/investment in MacGregor Golf, which is still sporting Greg’s photos on their home page.

Norman video on the switch, The Masters

In this nine minute video, Norman explains his decision to switch to TaylorMade. He also mentions playing golf at The Masters this year. He says the length of Augusta National makes Beth Page Black look like a pitch-and-putt course.


Izzo Swami 1500 Golf GPS

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
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Swami 1500 Golf GPSI’ve been a golf laser rangefinder guy as opposed to a golf GPS guy. Thanks to my using the Izzo Swami 1500 Golf GPS I can now appreciate the advantages of a golf GPS versus a laser.

Swami 1500 Golf GPS Overview

In case you have been under a rock for the last few years, “GPS” stands for “global positioning system.” Basically a GPS uses a satellite to calculate your position and provide you with information. In the case of golfers, GPS devices give players yardages on the golf course.

Swami says: 149 front, 161 middle, 183 back

The Swami 1500 is a very basic, no frills golf GPS. While some units give you yardages to hazards or the end of the fairway, the Swami only gives you yardages to front, middle and back of the green. By not including all that other information, the Swami cuts you some slack on the price of the unit, which is $150. Less basic golf GPS units can be hundreds more.

Footprint

The first thing I noticed, and liked versus other golf GPS units, is the size of the Izzo Swami 1500 GPS. It is considerably smaller and more conveniently configured. It fits easily in your pocket or on the included belt clip which you can attach to your bag or your body.

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