Golf Gear


Divot Up – Would you wear a retractable green repair tool on your belt?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 29th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
divot up

Divot tool on spring loaded retractable belt mounted cable - click for more images

Golf inventors have so many ideas and gadgets that I could spend the rest of my life reviewing all of the ones which have come in to HOG Lab.  The divot tool (sorry, green repair tool) has been reinvented more times than the wheel.

Another reinvention to the divot tool list is the Divot Up.  This is a fairly nice divot tool, attached to a retractable and spring loaded cable which mounts on the player’s belt.  This is great for those middle aged Harley dudes who like to attach their keys to their belt I suppose.  Or perhaps the golf gadget addict who has everything else already.

The product is manufactured well and is very sturdy.  The tool does in fact do a good job of fixing ball marks. Included with the green repair tool is a magnetic ball marker which can be customized.

Would any serious player wear this?  Probably not.

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Nike 20XI golf balls hit the stores today

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 29th, 2011
Categories: Golf BallsGolf Gear
Nike 20xi golf ball

Nike 20XI-X golf ball - click to read my review

The new Nike 20XI series golf balls should be available today in your local golf shop.  There are two models in this series, the 20XI-X and 20XI-S.   The 20XI-X is the distance ball and the 20XI-S is the spin ball.

Be sure to check out my Nike 20XI-X golf ball review if you aren’t sure which one is right for your game.


Dream54 Putting Aid

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 29th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentGolf GearGolf InstructionInstructionReviews
Putting trainer

Dream54 keeps putter square and stroke on straight line - click for more images

For those of you who want to keep your blade square, and also keep your putter on a perfect straight line during the putting stroke, here’s an aid which may help.

Dream54 Putting Aid

Industrial Putting Technology is the maker of the Dream54 putting aid.  This aid features two bars which attach to two different stand options.  The first option sits on top of the ground or your floor in your house.  The 2nd stand option is a set of spikes which you can put into the putting green to mount the unit for practice on a real surface.

A guide unit mounts onto any putter with the main wing sliding between the rails.  Once setup, about a minute or two, you can work on the “straight back and straight thought” stroke and also keeping the putter face square.

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Carnahan Wedges

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Categories: GolfGolf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews

This has been a fun and productive review for me.  I’ve had the same wedges, great ones, in my bag for over five years.  It was quite hard to take the old ones out and adjust to the new feel and look of my C. Carnahan Wedges.  I’m happy to say I’m dialing them in more and more every time I play or practice.

Carnahan Wedge

Carnahan Wedges - Click for larger (even more dreamy) image

About C. Carnahan

C. (Chris) Carnahan is an Oregon based maker of what they call “boutique” golf clubs, found primarily in golf shops.  When I first heard the description I wasn’t sure what it was supposed to mean.  It could either mean they’re really awesome but uncommon.  It could mean that they’re just an unknown trying to sound good.  I’ll go with awesome and uncommon.  Boutique to them means specialized, high quality and not mass produced.

Design / Construction

Carnahan Wedges are like many great and simple things on this planet: eggs, circles, Google, Apple products.  Carnahan wedges are simple in design and function yet elegant, effective and easy to use.

The Carnahan wedges are a classic wedge design.  No funny markings, designs, cavities, removable faces, adjustable heads, movable weights or clowns which pop out of them and blow up balloons into funny shapes.

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NEO – First look at Bushnell’s pocket GPS

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentGolf Gear
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Once again, due to snow I can’t get out on the course today.  The next time I do hit the links, I plan on taking my first test drive with the new Bushnell “neo” (yes, all lower case) pocket golf GPS.

Bushnell neo GPS

Bushnell neo golf GPS - haven't put it in play yet, but it is already in my list of top new cool golf gadgets for 2011! Click for more images...

This thing is smaller than my Canon camera, which I always carry with me in my pocket.  The rounded corners are nice when it is in the pocket.  The unit comes with a belt mount too.

The unit does NOT require a subscription or fee to use either, which is nice.


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