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First Look: New FootJoy Contour Fit Golf Shoe

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, January 13th, 2017
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Pop quiz:  What’s the best selling golf shoe of all time?

Answer: The FootJoy Contour

Below is the newest rendition of the FJ Contour for 2017, the Contour Fit.

FootJoy Contour Fit

FootJoy Contour Fit

Some of the key features of the Contour fit include:

  • Soft and comfortable achilles pad
  • Waterproof upper
  • Green-friendly low profile soft spikes
  • Foot-forming extra thick fit-bed

The key focus of the Contour Fit is comfort.   This is a “first look” post.  I will be testing out the Contour Fit as soon as the snow melts, or as soon as I get out of here and head to a warmer climate.  Until then, enjoy the photos.

FootJoy Contour Fit


OUUL Super Light Python Series Golf Stand Bag Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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The 2017 PGA Merchandise Show is coming up in a couple of weeks.  One new company which will be showing there for the first time is OUUL.  OUUL is a maker of “fashion forward, technically superior bags & accessories.”  I have been testing out a couple of great bags from OUUL this summer and fall.  Today’s review is the extremely light and easy to carry Super Light Stand Bag, part of the Python Series.  Let’s take a test drive.

OUUL Super Light Stand Bag Overview

The goal of this bag is to provide the golfer with a light, easy to carry, convenient, and stylish stand bag.  Goal achieved.  The Super Light clocks in at only 2.7 pounds.  Of course that is a starting weight.  Many more pounds may be necessary depending on how many golf balls one must carry to “have enough” to finish a round.

The opening (photo below) of the bag is 9.5 inches, not huge, but the engineering and design of the 5-way top makes club removal and insertion super-easy.  The 5-way top also helps with club organization.  I have my long clubs like driver and fairway in the top, long irons middle left, mid-irons middle right, wedges and putter on the bottom.

One of the best features of the bag is on top of the bag’s opening. There’s a plastic handle which goes around 3/4 of the bag, with some pretty good clearance to the top. That clearance allows for easy grabbing, carrying, controlling the bag. It also helps protect the clubs inside as well as giving the golfer a good place to hang a towel.

The Super Light features three pockets.  First is a large, bag-height pocket for clothes and larger items.  Then there’s a smaller bag toward the bottom, about 1/4-1/3 the height of the bag, and then there’s the ball pocket.  The ball pocket could hold several dozen balls.  I never carry that many but it could.  Inside the ball pocket is a 4th “pocket” they don’t mention which can hold some small items like maybe a GPS watch.  One critique, the missing soft and fuzzy valuables pocket for a camera or phone.   There’s also an insulated beverage sleeve.

I like the large ring on the side.  It has plenty of space for hanging various golf accessories like towels, GPS units, golf lasers, and club brushes.  Just below the handle is a place for a sharpie type pen.  Nice touch.

The dual shoulder strap attaches to the bag in four places and adjusts well.  It should result in a comfortable and balanced carry when set correctly.

The base of the bag is flexible and adjusts when the bag is on the ground.  Hard to explain this, but it’s a popular design of late in carry/stand bags.  The legs are very solid and the base of the bag when set down is very broad and sturdy.

The rain cover is nice and big, with easy velcro straps and four buttons to attach it.  See the “snow” photo below.

On The Course

I’ve traveled extensively with this bag in play, even all the way to Morocco.  The bag is easy to carry, light, and provides a sharp and classy look.  The pockets have plenty of space for all my rain gear and accessories.  I really like the top section’s fantastic design and especially the protective handle.

Conclusion

This bag has been a joy to use in many different conditions and environments, even the Christmas Classic (photo below).

The OUUL Super Light Python Series delivers solid quality, very sharp looks, and super smart design.

One last thing to mention is the lack of branding.  Notice how the big brand names these days are plastering their logos all over the place on their golf bags? No obnoxious branding on OUUL bags.  I dig that.


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.


Hooked on Golf Blog 2016 Awards – Best Golf Golf Accessory: GolfBuddy CT2 Micro GPS

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, December 31st, 2016
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In the previous POY award I decided to choose the apparel item of the year based on the one I used most. I think that’s a great criteria for the 2016 golf accessory award as well.  I receive hundreds of golf accessories to review every year. Which one did I use most?  The GolfBuddy CT2 Micro GPS.

The GolfBuddy CT2 GPS quickly locks onto the course I’m playing and gives fast and accurate yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green as well as other “good to know” areas on the course like hazards.  The battery lasts several rounds.

Yes I’m mostly a laser user, but I really like having both a laser and a GPS.  Sometimes there are situations where a GPS is the only solution, like when there are trees or obstacles between me and the green.

Check out my review of the GolfBuddy GPS watch here.


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