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Proper Threads – Devereux Andrew Polo Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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“Proper Threads”

I love that statement. It seems many golf apparel makers are going for shock value, and becoming less and less classy and sophisticated. Those flashy products may be hot for short period, but become passe quickly. Conversely, a product like Devereux with it’s simple and elegant styles, stands the test of time.
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The simple and stylish Andrew polo, part of the “72 Collection,” is certainly not one where the user needs to know where the replacement batteries go.  The $75 Andrew is sharp, classy, elegant, and easy to put together in all sorts of apparel scripts.

“A closet filled with big bright in-your-face colors and dizzying patterns that SCREAM will not transform you from dud to stud. Oftentimes, the reverse is true.” ~Devereux

Colors/Sizes

The Andrew comes in four colors: steel (pictured above), aqua, coral, navy.  Each color easily pairs up with numerous short/pant combinations.  I recommend pairing the Andrew up with the Devereux Martin Shorts (review coming soon).

Sizes for the Andrew polo: small, medium, large, extra large, double extra large.

Specs

  • Oxford Performance Knit
  • Swing Free Tailoring
  • Spread Collar
  • Grosgrain Detail
  • Heather Effect
  • 60% Pima Cotton // 40% Polyester

On The Course

I’ve had the Andrew in play for many rounds this golf season, in some very different conditions.  Earlier in the spring I put the Andrew through the colder temps here in northern Utah.  Then a trip to Indiana had me testing out the polo in high humidity and 97 degrees.  And just this week I wore the polo for a round in which the air was extremely dry and the temperature at the end of the round was 104.  In those varying conditions the polo performed well and stayed comfortable.

During the golf swing some poorly designed polos can bunch up, pull, tug, and come untucked.  The Andrew’s cut keeps me comfortable.  Even with my violently spastic golf swings the polo stays in place.

The Andrew is great to wear while writing golf blog posts at HOG world headquarters, or when out on the town.  It can work great in business casual situations.

Conclusion

The Andrew polo by Devereux is a solid performer on and off the course.  It exceeds my strict requirements for golf polos: performance, comfort, style, and easy care.  Set your apparel script up with some proper threads.

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Review: Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 21st, 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 was excited to match it up with the 2014 HOG Product of the Year, the Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway 3-metalwood, my current and awesome gamer 3-metal.  I posted a quick first look article for the CB PRO U right away.  Unfortunately I suffered a severe back injury shortly after receiving this beauty.  Then as I was recovering and feeling better, winter snows hit here.  A six month “frost delay” kept me off the course. Looking at this club in my office for six months was almost as painful as the back spasms.

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

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

Let’s take a look at the specs and features of the CB PRO U Hybrid.  The unit in this review is a 19 degree.

Specifications/Features

The most noticeable feature of this hybrid is the strange looking sole (bottom) of the club head pictured below.  This shiny section of “metallic waves” is called a Slip Stream Sole (SSS). Unlike other golf clubs which have non functional features which look cool but do nothing, the SSS reduces friction and interaction with the ground, regardless of what that ground is.  The SSS helps the golfer keep club head speed at its maximum for more consistency and distance.

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

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

The forged face of the club is welded to the steel body of the head.  Forged metals provide the best feel and performance, along with maximum distance.

The heel and toe are “cut out” to provide forgiveness and playability.

Finally the shaft of the club is the very popular Second Generation KURO KAGE Silver series.

Kuro Kage Shaft

Kuro Kage Shaft

Tour Edge CB PRO U Hybrid Video

On The Course

Prior to receiving this hybrid for review I was very happy with my previous gamer hybrid, a 19 degree Cobra Baffler.  For any hybrid to dethrone that hybrid would be a tall task.  When I first starting testing the CB PRO U, I A/B’d back and forth between the two.  Both were fantastic.  Knowing both clubs were solid, I put the Exotics in the gamer bag for about a two month testing period.  If it didn’t work out, no big deal.

See the waves?

Over the course of now dozens of rounds I’ve completely fallen for the CB PRO U.  The slightly smaller head and sole design shines in all sorts of situations.  I can hit amazing shots with this hybrid even from rough which looks like it calls for an iron bail-out shot.  From lies in the rough to tight lies on hard ground, I have 100% confidence when I address the ball with the CP PRO U.  I have numerous heroic shots I could recount, most resulting in eagle putts on par-5’s.

CB PRO U Hybrid Topline

CB PRO U Hybrid Topline – No strange patterns or graphics. No distractions.

On short par-4’s or long par-3’s the CB PRO U is fantastic off the tee.  I can’t wait to take this baby to Scotland in a few weeks.  I know it will shine on some of those shorter holes where driver isn’t the club.

Conclusion

Tour Edge could be in the running to be the first golf club manufacturer to win the coveted Hooked on Golf Blog Product of the Year twice.  The CP PRO U is fantastic.


Bushnell Neo iON Golf GPS Rangefinder Watch Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
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Golf GPS rangefinder watch technology is improving. No longer does the golfer have to wear a ridiculously large device to have GPS yardages and other great features on his or her wrist. Case in point is the new Bushnell neo iON GPS rangefinder watch. Let’s take a look.

Bushnell Neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch Father's Day Golf Gift

Bushnell Neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch

In the photo above I’m either playing a really short par-5 and I’m on the tee, or I just duffed my drive and did the walk of shame 50 yards forward from the tee. Take your pick. But the display does give a good example of the core information I need when approaching a green, the front yardage, middle yardage, and back yardage. Here’s a list of all the basic features of the Bushnell neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch:

  • One button operation
  • Auto course recognition
  • Auto hole advance
  • Calculates shot distances
  • Up to four hazard or layup distances per hole
  • Pedometer
  • Odometer
  • Extended battery life
  • Over 35,000 preloaded courses

On The Course

One of the most irritating things about many golf GPS devices, watch or others, is the amount of time it takes them to recognize what course they are on. In fact, some of the GPS units I use never find the course.  This unit finds the course very quickly and does not lose it.

During the round the yardages are solid and quick.  I’ve confirmed them with markers on the ground and via laser.  Rock solid.  Sometimes it’s better to think about the front or back yardages of the green.  Say you have a green with a false front which repels shots.  Knowing the right number to avoid that spot is a great advantage.  The same goes with pins that are long.  If the green has a bad drop behind it or deep rough, long is dead.  Knowing these yardages arms the player with great information for a better approach strategy.

The pedometer is a very cool feature.  My phone has one, but it isn’t as accurate, and it drains the battery badly.  Knowing how many miles I’ve walked is also great.  A 7,000 yard course may calculate out to four miles, but the walk can be double that or more.  After all, the golfer doesn’t hit straight shots.  Left. Right. Left. Right.  You get the drill.

Another great bit of information the unit provides is shot distances.  One may “think” their 9-iron goes 140 yards when in reality it goes 132.  Knowing exact yardages, and accepting what they really are, will save strokes.  If only I could teach myself to accept them… That’s another discussion.

Bushnell Neo iON

The battery life of the iON is great.  I’ve squeezed two full rounds out of a unit before charging.  I think I could have gotten more out of it but wanted to be sure I had a full 18 for my next round.

Critiques

I have the same critique for this unit which I have for 99% of the golf GPS watches I’ve reviewed, the proprietary charging cable.  Why is it so hard for companies to put a standard micro USB plug on these units?  That way one could charge it with a standard cable should he/she forget to bring the proprietary one.

The other issue I have with GPS watches is the fact that they are watches.  I’m not a watch wearer and I find them especially uncomfortable in the golf swing.  So I usually attach them to my golf bag.  It would be nice if the unit could be stand alone, without the band.

Conclusion

Though it retails for $199.00, I’ve found this golf GPS watch on sale at Amazon for only $149.00.  Considering all the features and performance this is a great deal.

Father’s Day is coming up later this week.  Dad would love one.


First Look: ThreadLab

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 6th, 2016
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Got my first shipment from ThreadLab today. It’s a mail order clothier for people like me that don’t know how to match a white shirt with navy pants.


Aveo Big and Tall Golf Apparel Review

Written by: Guy Lester - PGA Professional | Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Recently I received a call from a very good friend of mine (one who all of you know as well…) Tony Korologos from Hooked on Golf Blog telling me that a company by the name of Aveo Big and Tall Golf Apparel had contacted him to review some clothes on his web site from their “Big and Tall” line. If you know Tony, he is neither big, nor tall so the first person he thought of to review these clothes was me! Great, now how do I take this???? Ok, so I am 6’5″ and I guess I do weigh 290 pounds, so as usual Tony is right.

I have written a review once for Hooked on Golf Blog in the past but this is a bit closer home for me. I recently retired from River Oaks which is where I first met Tony, and did so not because I wanted to, but because I could not come back after my last surgery. I have been sidelined from golf for the past few years, but am now trying to play for enjoyment, and find a way to be with my friends and sport I have loved for the past 54 years.

I really did not think that I would get a chance to do this review, as a few weeks went by and I never heard from Tony. But last week on my doorstep was a package from Aveo Big and Tall.

I looked at the website aveogolf.com and really fell in love with their company slogan “Play Fearlessly.” If you have a second, check out their web site. Darius Hicks and Randy Peaches were interviewed on the Golf Channel about their golf and fashion lines and why Darius brought this line into being.

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package to see a pair of white golf shorts and a very attractive deep blue polo shirt. The Polo and Shorts were packaged very well.  When opened, the creases were nice and tight. I have purchased some online products that were packaged so poorly I had to press them before I wore them! Not the case here!

Like I said, I liked the fact that the company motto was embroidered on their shirt. If anything, I think they can use it more and have it larger under their logo, or even on the collar. Darius, this motto would really would make a great hat logo as well. I liked the A logo, but I love the motto “PLAY FEARLESSLY.” Use it more!

Polo

I am not generally a tucked in shirt kind of guy, as most shirt tails are not long enough for my body type. With this polo I had no problem. As you can see by the last photo my shirt tail stayed tucked in the entire round! While I appreciated the extra length of the polo, add a couple of inches to the tail, and some of us guys will never wear anything else!

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The polo features a light Polyester with 10% bamboo fiber. In the 80+ degree weather it kept me very comfortable! I also appreciated the way the collar fit. Being a golf pro for the last 19 years I have had a lot of golf shirts. Many polo’s while the fit me well in the body but the neck was made for a man twice my size, and have felt very awkward. Not so with this polo from Aveo. The fit felt good, and I liked how the collar laid nicely without flipping up.

Shorts

I was so impressed with the lightness of the short fabric, and also that the inside short was lined. In the online video Darius talked about the expanding waist, but for me I have never liked them, but this one was sewed in such a way it was invisible to see unless you tried to make them increase in size…. Still I am not a fan of the expanding waist and generally do not buy pants or shorts with them. Please I know already I have a large enough waist, give me a true size to wear in a well cut short. But my true test was to play in them.

Aveo-1The shorts are 100% Polyester, and also lined in Polyester. They are incredibly light, and were very comfortable all day. Being white I was a bit concerned, but my wife said that they will wash without problem. I would really like to have a pair of full length pants that are this lightweight. Darius explained in the video that the pants are a fuller cut in the legs and calves. That has always been a problem for me to get a nice looking pair of golf pants that also are comfortable to wear. I am not the kind of guy that would ever want t o have my picture included here, but I have come to terms with my being a big and tall kind of guy. And truly, I am the kind of customer that Aveo is looking for who benefits from wearing their clothing.

Final Thoughts

Overall my experience with these shorts and polo from Aveo were positive. You can see me from behind on the 18th hole my shirt kept tucked in for the entire round! I think that Aveo could push the fashion even a bit further. While there are a lot of polo shirts I have and wear, I cannot find shorts and pants that are like the ones that the “flat bellies” wear. A small side pocket and split seam on the cuff so the pants fit well over a golf shoe would be nice touches. I agree with Darius that we big guys deserve more than just an ill fitting cargo short. We bigger than life guys deserve this, and I think this company could provide this and even make it better. Think about losing the expanding waist band (maybe not on every pant or short as I know some larger guys might need them and would like them) but to me the pants without a belt feel like they would fall off.

After my round I spent the rest of the day in the shorts with the shirt untucked and liked them even more!

Play Fearlessly!


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