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HOG World Tour visits Cleveland Golf – Srixon HQ

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 19th, 2011
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring Cleveland Golf / Srixon world headquarters here in Huntington Beach, California.  Keith Patterson in the PR department was my tour guide and I had a fantastic time exploring the facility.  And let me tell you, it is a “facility.”  I was very surprised to find out that quite a few of their golf clubs are manufactured and assembled right here in the USA.

Cleveland Golf - Srixon Headquarters

Cleveland Golf / Srixon Headquarters - Click to view the INSIDE!

I got quite a few funny looks and comments because of my “attire” or lack thereof.  I had literally come straight from the beach in my flip flops and bathing suit.  In fact, I had sand on my feet and my bathing suit was still wet.  When I got back to the beach, it was at that time that I realized I was wearing a t-shirt which said “get leid” on it.  No wonder I got so many funny looks!

Unfinished Cleveland wedges.  I want one...  Click for more.

Unfinished Cleveland wedges. I want one... Click for larger image.

I’ll post a few pics and comments in the main blog here when I get back from my vacation here in SoCal, but for now you can check out the Cleveland / Srixon HQ image gallery.

 


Caddie Clip

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, August 5th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

I’m not sure how many club and cigar holders there are out there, but there are quite a few.  Someone may need to invent a club/cigar holder holder.

Caddie Clip

Caddie Clip is a fun cigar/club holder to join the fray.  This clip is stuck into the ground or a golf cart tee holder by the bottom section of the unit which is shaped like a golf tee.

Caddie Clip

The fun Caddie Clip keeps club grips dry and stogies fresh. Click for larger image.

A spring loaded clamp holds the club or cigar above the grass to keep the grip dry, or prevent that beloved stogie from picking up pesticides and fertilizer from touching the ground.

When not in use, the tee spins around and the unit folds into a more compact shape for storage.

Colors and Options

The Caddie Clip is available in four colors: Orange, Blue, Green, Red.

Single units are priced at $4.99 and a 4 Pack is priced at $17.99.

Branding

I’m sure that custom logo is a possibility with this unit, as the logo on the sides of the ball is simply a sticker.

Related Links

Caddie Clip web site

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Great first impressions of the Bridgestone e5 golf ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
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Bridgestone Golf e5 Ball

Great first round with the e5!

Yesterday I played my Tuesday league with my buddy Dan.  I’ve been playing some very mediocre golf lately and didn’t come into the round expecting much.

I decided to put a couple of new products into play, one being the new Bridgestone e5 golf balls with the “dimple in dimple” pattern.  Somehow I shot a 70, my low round of the year!  I gave an e5 to my buddy Dan to try.  Check out his comments in this video below:


Club Glove Microfiber Golf Towel

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
Club Glove Microfiber Golf Towel

Club Glove Microfiber Golf Towel. Click to enlarge.

For my 2nd golf towel review in the past week (I’m on fire), I’m featuring the Club Glove Microfiber golf towel.  I’ve got this towel in play right now and have for about 15-20 rounds, including my recent rounds in Scotland.

Technology

The Club Glove Microfiber towel is a pro-tour size towel at 17×40 inches.  As the name implies, the fabric of this towel is much more dense than a standard towel which allows it to hold 300% of its weight in water.  The fabric is also lint free.

With the micro fibers, the towel is soft enough to use on glasses, or delicate surfaces which you don’t want to scratch.  I’m a bit paranoid of doing my glasses though, as I use the towel to clean my clubs and certainly dirt can get on the towel which would scratch them.

Club Glove Microfiber Golf Towel

Waffle Texture

The texture (left) of the towel is similar to that of a small waffle pattern.  This helps absorption and gives a nice varied surface for cleaning clubs.

On The Course

The towel has an eight inch center slit for mounting on clubs in the golf bag.  The slit is great for being able to remove the towel easily to take it to the green or away from the bag, while at the same time prevents the towel from falling off and getting lost.  I usually slip three irons through the hole so that removing one club doesn’t result in the towel falling to the ground.

Options

The Club Glove Microfiber towel is available in nine colors.  If you like the color of my towel in the photos, that one is the “gray” selection.

For an extra $10 over the $19.95 sticker price, Club Glove will personalize the towel.  When someone rips off your towel you can identify it now because it has your name on it!  Two options of small script print or larger block letters is available with four different thread colors.  A third option provides letters or initials inside a diamond shape.

Pocket Towel

A matching greenside “pocket towel” is included as well, though unfortunately I didn’t get one with my unit.  The pocket towel is 8×12 inches.

Conclusion

Great towel.  I love the fact that it doesn’t attach with a hook or clasp to the bag, making it easy to mount to the bag and take it off.


Zoom Boom Swing Trainer Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

I can’t walk from my office to the bathroom without tripping over about 17 golf inventions.  I’ve gotten a bit jaded and quite skeptical after seeing so many products whose inventors think will be the biggest thing in golf since the golf ball.  I see a lot of these golf entrepreneurs invest their life savings into a product which they think will sell millions, only to have 1500 Chinese made units rotting away in their garage and a depleted retirement fund.

One of these products which I lumped into that category was the Zoom Boom.  This funky looking practice club not only had a strange look, I wasn’t a fan of the name either.  So without even trying it, I gave it to my local pro.  Happily I’d gotten rid of the thing.

Zoom Boom

What the heck is this thing? Click for more images.

Weeks later I started getting emails and calls from Zoom Boom inventor Lance McWillliams.  I had to hand it to this guy.  He was persistent.  He had a passion about his product (which I didn’t) and he was selling it hard.  I think Lance could sell swamp land in Louisiana for top dollar.  Lance’s persistence forced me to ask my club pro for the unit back.  At that point I was surprised to hear that the pro had been using it every day for his own swing, and during the lessons he taught.  Between Lance and my pro, I decided I’d better take a even a more serious look.

Zoom Boom Concept

The Zoom Boom is a T shaped piece of steel with a golf grip on the end and a heavy weight/ball at the top of the grip.  The T has smaller white balls which serve as visual club head alignment aids and provide weighting which helps promote the proper rotation and pronation in the swing.

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