Golf Gear


New drivers and fairway woods from Bridgestone

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf EquipmentGolf Gear
Bridgestone J40 Driver

Bridgestone J40 445 driver - Click for more images

As I mentioned in the previous post, Bridgestone is announcing some new gear.   Along with the new Bridgestone Golf J40 irons announced yesterday, Bridgestone has two new J40 driver models and a new line of J40 fairway woods.

J40 Drivers

The new J40 drivers will come in two models, a 430cc model and 445cc model (pictured right).

J40 Fairways

Interesting lineup for the new J40 fairways with three models, a “3+” wood (below), 4-wood and 5-wood.  Normal 3-woods are 15 degrees, but the 3+ is 14 degrees for that little bit of extra distance.  The 4-wood is 16 degrees and the 5-wood is 18 degrees.

Bridgestone golf J40 fairway wood

J40 3+ Fairway - Click for larger image

More images of the new (and old) Bridgestone gear is in the HOG Bridgestone Golf image gallery.


Bridgestone Golf unveils two new sets of irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf EquipmentGolf Gear
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Bridgestone Golf is in the midst of releasing a bunch of new clubs across the board. There are two new sets of irons coming out, the new J40 Forged Dual Pocket Cavity (2nd image below) and the new J40 Forged Cavity Back (1st image below).  For the full press release from Bridgestone, click here to go to the new HOGWIRE.BIZ golf news wire site!

Bridgestone Golf J40 Irons

Bridgestone Golf J40 Forged Cavity Back Irons - Click for larger image

I’m hoping to get my hands on these babies when they’re available for review. Stay tuned.

Bridgestone Golf J40 Irons

New Bridgestone Forged Dual Pocket Cavity Irons - Click for larger image

For more images of new gear, check out the HOG Bridgestone Golf image gallery.


Cypress Classics Golf Keepsake Box

Written by: Tony Korologos a.k.a. mediaguru | Friday, August 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
Cypress Classics Golf Box

Cypress Classics Image Box - Click for larger image

I received a sample Large Box from Cypress Classics a few days ago. Seldom have I gotten this stoked and had such a great first impression of a product like I did with this one.

About Cypress Classics

Cypress Classics makes some very nice tee prizes, award plaques, keepsake boxes, awards, logo ball displays, throws and picture frames. The products are very classy looking and well made.  I particularly like the wood finish and the lamination.

Large Box

My Large Box is really neat.  It has a picture of Lake Nona on the top.  The image is atop a ceramic tile inlay in the lid as well.  Very nice.  Cypress can put any image you desire on the top of the box.

The fine wood of the box is a red colored maple hardwood and the lid’s hinges are made of brass.  Very elegant.

The inside of the box is lined with a forest green fabric which is great for putting fine items inside.  The large perfectly fits four sleeves of golf balls.

Cypress Classics Box

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Conclusion

Hard to write a 2000 word review on a golf keepsake box.  This review will top out at about 250, but I could sum it up in five words.  Cypress Classics products are cool.

I have my keepsake box on my dresser and put small valuables, pocket cameras, football tickets and my wallet in there.  Love it.

Related Links

Cypress Classics Web Site

HOG Cypress Classics Image Gallery


Golf Apparel Review: KENTWOOL TOUR Golf Socks

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf For WomenGolf GearReviews

I’ve had some killer new socks in play for a few rounds now, the KENTWOOL TOUR golf socks. I was skeptical at first, because I thought that wool rather than cotton would be too hot for the 98 degree temps we’re having here right now. I’m now a believer.

kentwool tour golf socks

KENTWOOL Golf Socks – Click image to enlarge

About KENTWOOL

KENTWOOL has been making fine quality yarn since 1843. One set of products they produce is high tech garments for use by the United States Military.  Back in 2010 they launched a line of premium golf socks which are 61% wool, 27% polyester, 10% nylon and 2% spandex.

KENTWOOL is one of only 50 companies in the world to receive an Usterized Quality Certification.  What does that mean?  Read the following below from the KENTWOOL site:

  • The mill has been audited by Uster Technologies.
  • The mill is able to produce products of consistent, defined quality.
  • The mill has an installed quality management system with a continuous improvement process.
  • The mill is able to obtain reproducible quality data continuously, reliably and accurately, which is comparable with the USTER® STATISTICS, the only globally-accepted quality benchmark.

So what does that all mean for the golfer?

I don’t know anything about yarn, wool, manufacturing, and have no idea what the word Usterized even means.  What I DO know is that these are the most comfortable and soft socks I’ve ever worn, golf or non golf.  The feeling of putting them on is so smooth and soft.  The sock’s elasticity conforms tightly to the foot, but doesn’t feel too tight.

KENTWOOL TOUR GOLF SOCKS

The performance level of this golf sock is fantastic.  I have walked many miles in my KENTWOOLS and logged many golf shots.  Walking is a joy in the socks, and they seem to really provide a good cushion and prevent the aching feet and knees.

My feet can get quite sweaty in the temps of the summer, like today’s round when it topped 96 degrees.  At the end of my round I was amazed at how dry the socks were.  They breathe incredibly well.

Styles

KENTWOOL offers men’s and women’s socks.  There are three profiles in the men’s line: tour profile (ankle), tour standard (long) and low profile (below ankle).  Men’s socks are available in medium, large and extra-large.

The women’s line includes the following profiles: low (does not show on shoe line), low skinny (for women with narrow heels), tour (ankle).  The women’s socks come in size small, medium and large.

kentwool colors

Colors

KENTWOOL has recently added four new colors to the standard black (above) and the natural, off white color.  New colors include pink, lime green, light blue and purple.

Pricing

The tour and low profile styles of the socks retail for $19.95, while the long men’s retails for $24.95.

Conclusion

KENTWOOL socks are used by some big name golfers like Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, who could wear any brand they want.  I now know why.  They’re uber-comfortable, high performance, good looking and breathe seemingly better than any cotton sock I’ve tried.  I need more KENTWOOL socks for my every day use!  Would love to dump out the entire drawer of cotton socks and replace them with KENTWOOLS!


Asher Golf Gloves

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf GearReviews

Thanks to Asher Golf for the golf gloves, which in a few recent rounds have saved me some strokes.  I normally don’t wear golf gloves, but in the rain or when it is hot and humid and my hands are sweaty, I have to wear them to prevent the club from slipping.

Cooltech Deathgrip

The first glove I tested out was the ultra cool Asher skeleton glove called the “Cooltech Deathgrip,” pictured below.  Anyone who knows me, knows the quickest way to my golf heart with a golf gear item is to slap a skull on it.  The Deathgrip has a skull on the palm and bones on the fingers.

Asher Cooltech Deathgrip

Asher’s Cooltech Deathgrip glove is cool looking AND performs amazingly. Click for more images.

The glove doesn’t just look cool.  It fit my hand, ahem, “like a glove.”  I had excellent feel and control even during very wet situations in St. Andrews, Scotland.  The glove is very durable as well.

Asher Cooltech Birdy

Cooltech Birdie

Ever have the need to turn around to the jerk behind you and give him a piece of your mind after he hits into your group?  Feel the need to give a one finger salute to your opponent when he makes birdie on you with two presses working?  The Asher Cooltech Birdie would be an excellent glove choice for those situations.  Not only does the glove perform well, it has a bird on the middle finger to help out with the visual message you may need to send out on the course.

About Asher

I was surprised to find that Asher is based about a 45 minute drive north of HOG World Headquarters.  They’re locals!

Asher’s lineup currently includes 16 cool glove designs which range in price from $9.99 to $19.95.

Related Links

Asher Golf web site

Hooked On Golf Blog Asher Image Gallery


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