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Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Categories: Golf ApparelMiscellaneous

A PR firm emailed and asked me if I’d mention a this promotion.  Normally those emails go to the trash bin, but this one brought up a fun memory of me and the King. 

The King’s “Palmer Collection” is trying to boost their Facebook likes so they’re offering a chance to win a shirt autographed by the Mr. Palmer.  All you have to do is go to the Arniewear Facebook page and “like” it, then share your Arnie Experience, to have a chance to win.  Maybe they’ll send me an autograph of the King for posting this… One can hope.  Current likes for the page: 35.  So once this is posted, get ready for it to blow up…

Speaking of Arnold Palmer, I’ve just made arrangements to play the Oasis “Palmer” course in Mesquite, Nevada next Wednesday.  Stoked for that.  That course was the home of “Big Break Mesquite.”  This brings up my personal Arnie experience, which happened many years ago, in Mesquite:

I was down in the area of Southern Utah golfing with a buddy.  We were staying at what the time was called the “Peppermill” across the border a ways in Nevada.  It was the only hotel/casino in the tiny border gambling town of Mesquite.  We went into the casino to play craps and the table was packed, 3 people deep all around.  We decided that we needed to join that game because it must have been hot.  When we pushed our way through to the end of the table, we realized why it was so crowded.  Arnold Palmer was at the other end, throwing the dice!

We asked why the heck the King would be in this tiny little desert border town and the answer was fantastic news to us back then.  He was building a golf course there.  The course is the Oasis Palmer.

I played craps with Arnold Palmer.

PING Scottsdale Shea Putter Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews

PING Scottsdale Shea Putter

Welcome to my second in a three part review series of PING Scottsdale putters, each which is designed for a specific arc type.  The first was my review of the PING Scottsdale Senita putter, which is most suited for a straight putting arc.  Today’s subject is the Shea putter, best suited for a slight arc.  Hey, that’s my arc type!

PING Scottsdale Shea Putter Overview

The Scottsdale Shea putter is a heel-toe balanced (mid-hang) mallet putter.  It is a bit of a cross between a heel-toe blade and a small rounded mallet.  Like the other Scottsdale putters, the top of the head is a darker matte finish.  This helps prevent glare and is easy on the eye.  The bottom of the club is a gloss finish. Gotta love glossy bottoms.

PING Scottsdale Shea Putter

Shea Face – Thermoplastic Elastomer Insert – click to zoom


The Scottsdale line employs a few standard technologies.

The face of the Shea Scottsdale contains a “thermoplastic elastomer” insert.  The plastic/rubber insert provides a great soft feel and helps with distance control.



Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, November 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf For WomenGolf GearReviews

Ecosox Rocks - Click to see more

For my last few rounds of golf, and the last few rounds at the gym I’ve been sporting some new Ecosox.  Ecosox are not regular socks.  They’re not made from cotton or wool or some sort of synthetic fabric.  Ecosox are made from bamboo.

Why Bamboo?

Bamboo is just about the most “green” and replenish-able source material there is.  Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing plants and produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent set of trees.

One of the biggest benefits to the person wearing the socks is the high moisture wicking.  These socks soak up about 60% more moisture than cotton socks do.  My lower legs and feet are where I sweat from the most, so this is a really big deal.  To go with the high level of absorption, these socks do a far better job than cotton at controlling odor.  No stinky feet!


Black Friday Golf Shopping Suggestions And Discount Codes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, November 25th, 2011
Categories: GolfGolf AccessoriesGolf ApparelGolf EquipmentGolf GearGolf LifeGolf LifestyleMiscellaneous

I’m NOT one of the crazy ones who gets up at midnight and shops on black Friday.  I usually wait until December 24th to do my golf Christmas shopping.  But for those of you HOG readers who are shopping for golfers on your Christmas list, here are a few suggestions I have for you, featuring friends of HOG.  These are my personal suggestions and I have not been asked, or paid to post these.

sumi-g50% OFF orders from Sumi-G

As you may know, Sumi-G is one of my favorite companies. They make the BEST head covers in the world, fantastic belts, and a variety of golf bags unmatched anywhere.  Plus they have many other accessories.  Sumi-G is offering a 50% off discount in the Sumi-G online store with the coupon code: Holiday11.

20% off orders from Tattoo Golf

Tattoo Golf is one of the all time best HOG supporters and buddies.  I have everything imaginable from Tattoo golf from killer golf skull shirts to awesome golf skull bags, to putter covers and more.  Get 20% off from the Tattoo Golf online shop with the code: blkfri.

10% additional discount at Frogger Golf

My buddies at Frogger Golf make the best golf brush in the universe, and the killer dual layer Amphibian Towels.  Get an additional 10% off from the Frogger Golf online shop with the code: FROGGERFANS.

There you have some fun discounts for golf shopping.  I’m off to watch my Utah Utes play the final football home game of the season today.  Adios.

New To HOG Lab: Wilson FG Tour X Golf Balls

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Categories: Golf BallsGolf EquipmentGolf Gear

The snow has melted and the temps are supposed to be above 50, which is pretty good around here right now.  It was possible that we wouldn’t see green grass until March or April.  Thankful for global warming I suppose.

Wilson FG Tour X Golf Ball

Wilson FG Tour X Golf Ball - click for more images

I’m happy to report that I’ll be testing the new Wilson FG Tour X golf balls TOMORROW.  The FG Tour X’s are three layer balls with a cast urethane cover.  This is the longer/harder distance version of the Wilson FG Tour, which is more of a spin ball.

Stay tuned for my first impressions in about 24 hours.



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