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First Look: Sun Mountain Club Glider Suitcase

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 5th, 2015
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I reviewed the Sun Mountain Club Glider Journey golf travel bag a while back. The Club Glider series features FOUR wheels, two of which are retractable. The system makes lugging golf club bags and clubs around airports as easy as can be. Now Sun Mountain is putting that same four wheel setup into luggage.
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Soon I’ll be putting this bag to the test and posting my review. I’m thinking perhaps a trip to the Bahamas would be a good test for this bag… Stay tuned.

For now you can see a few more photos of this piece by visiting the Hooked On Golf Blog Sun Mountain image gallery.


TaylorMade, Cobra, Parsons Team Up on KINGPXGM1-MEGA Driver

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 14th, 2015
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Hooked On Golf Blog insiders have sent me a photo of the newest, LONGEST DRIVER EVER. This unique driver is an industry first, with three golf companies teaming up and implementing all of their technologies together.  TaylorMade, Cobra Golf, and Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) will soon be releasing the KINGPXGM1-MEGA driver, guaranteed to be the longest driver ever created.  It is longer than the longest long one….. ever.  Featuring newly co-developed “RFL” technology, this driver is REALLY EFFING LONG!

The New KINGPXGM1-MEGA Driver

The New KINGPXGM1-MEGA Driver

KINGPXGM1-MEGA DRIVER FEATURES

  • Movable Weights
  • 30 weight/screws which don’t appear to do anything
  • “Space Port” which opens up and shows fun messages on the inside of the driver like “I’m afraid I can’t do that” and “What are you looking in here for?”
  • The Space Port features 17 movable weights
  • Adjustable loft, lie, length, closed, open, high, low, left, right, slice, hook, fat, thin
  • RFL technology which is “Really Effing Long”
  • 1456 shaft options
  • Guaranteed to be obsolete tomorrow when the KINGPGXM1-MEGA Driver “PRO” comes out tomorrow
  • Retail price to be a factor of 1700 times what it cost to make in China

The release date is yet unknown.  When more details become available I’ll post right here at Hooked On Golf Blog.


First Look: Bridgestone Golf J15 Driving Forged Irons – J15DF

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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I’m not sure what’s more fun, setting up my golf club glam shot photo shoots, or testing great golf clubs.  Today we are getting a first look at the new Bridgestone Golf J15 Driving Forged Irons, or J15DF.

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons - click to see more

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons – click to see more

I will start testing these irons soon, and post a review when I’ve got enough rounds with them to give a proper evaluation. Translation: I’m not going to hit three 7-irons on the driving range and rave about how great they are…

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons

Bridgestone Golf J15DF Irons


TaylorMade Tour Preferred Golf Ball Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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This is the second review of three TaylorMade golf ball models I’m in the process of reviewing.  The first was the Project (a) ball, a ball designed more for amateurs with slower swing speeds.  This review features the TaylorMade Tour Preferred golf ball.  The “TP” is a “tour” level ball, meaning their highest performance and most expensive.  This is one which many TaylorMade PGA Tour players use, and for good reason.  Let’s take a look.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Golf Ball

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Golf Ball

Construction

The Tour Preferred ball is a four layer ball.  Each layer features materials and engineering which give the ball specific performance characteristics.  For instance, the core may provide the primary distance of the ball while the outer layer or cover provides much of the ball’s feel and spin.   Most tour balls, the Tour Preferred included, have a urethane cover which provides the softest and best spin in the sort game.

Together these layers and their engineering produce the following performance characteristics in the TaylorMade TP ball:

  1. Low driver spin
  2. Medium-high mid- to long-iron spin
  3. High short iron and wedge spin
  4. High spin inside of 100 yards

These characteristics are slightly different than the Tour Preferred X ball, which I will be reviewing soon.  The difference between the two is that numbers two and three above are swapped.  The X ball has medium mid- to long-iron spin and medium-high short iron and wedge spin.

Low driver spin means more accuracy off the tee and longer distance.  High spin inside 100 yards means short game control.

On The Course

I don’t do TrackMan or FlightScope testing on my golf balls and clubs, just real world golf on real golf courses.  If you need to know the exact spin rate off a 9-iron at X miles-per-hour swing speed with x-launch angle, there are other sites full of that information.  Google it.

Off the tee the TP feels very solid and I can hit it as far as just about any other ball I’ve tested.  I can feel the ball compress and I’m able to work the ball as needed, though my swing lately seems to only want to go straight or draw.  Don’t ask me to hit a fade right now.   I’ve hit a few massive drives (for me), and even some massive 3-woods with this ball.

Iron feel of the TP is excellent.  The ball is soft enough for me to feel it on the face and tell if I’m clipping it just right, compressing it.  Those pure shots produce pure results and birdie opportunities.

Inside 100 yards (admittedly my weakest link) I have plenty of spin.  Sometimes I can actually clip the ball to crisply when pitching or chipping and it will check too much.  That’s not the ball’s fault.  It the fault of my skill level, short game distance control.

Lastly, the fee of the putter is great.  The cover feels soft and I have total distance control with the flat stick.

Not Just For Tour Players

Over many years one of the main reasons amateurs were not well off hitting “tour” balls is because of the compression of the ball and maxiumum distance.  High swing speeds were needed to get full compression out of them.  That does not seem to be the case with the TP ball.  I have a driver swing speed of about 100MPH, and 105 if I’m really killing it.  With the right driver head, shaft, and this ball, I can hit them quite far.  I don’t feel like I’m losing distance with the TP due to not having a high enough swing speed.

The other component to “tour” balls is the high spin.  The engineering of this ball gives the player, amateur or pro, the high spin where it is needed in the shorter irons and short game.  So once again, an amateur could benefit from playing this ball.

Conclusion

Whether you are an amateur or a pro, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred golf ball is a high performance option.

Related Links

TaylorMade Project (a) golf ball review.


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

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 24th, 2015
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In for review is the new Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition. How in the world am I supposed to take this club out of the box and hit it? I’m half tempted to leave it as-is and put it on the wall as a showpiece.

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

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

Maybe I can cover the whole head with swing tape?

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

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

Stay tuned for the full golf club review of the CB Pro U Hybrid. If it comes close to my Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 3-wood, last year’s HOG Product of the Year, I’ll be thrilled.


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