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Nike giving away FREE shoes? Tiger Woods debuts prototype this week.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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Just got a press release from Nike about their new prototype shoe which Tiger Woods will be putting into play for the first time this week at the WGC Bridgestone.

NIKE FREE Golf Shoe

I remember a cool band here in town named “Free Beer.” They always used to get big crowds because the bar’s entertainment calendar said “Free Beer” whenever they played. I doubt that the NIKE FREE golf shoe is actually free.

Nike Free Golf Shoe

Tiger Woods will be wearing these this week at the WGC Bridgestone. Click for larger version.

The name probably comes from the fact that the shoe “frees” up your feet and legs for a more natural motion and “freedom” of movement.

NIKE Press Release

Check out the whole press release on the new NIKE FREE shoe which Tiger will be wearing this week at the new HOGWire.biz golf PR web site.


TaylorMade R11 Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 1st, 2011
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Last week I managed to hit some shots with the new TaylorMade R11 irons. The irons are very forgiving and easy to hit, no doubt. I wasn’t very warmed up but I still hit them quite well. The back of the club head is sort of a cavity with muscle back which has an air gap between the cavity and the weight. You can see the gap in the 1st image below.

TaylorMade r11 irons

New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more TaylorMade R11 iron images

The R11 irons are certainly NOT blades or “tour only” clubs. The top line is fairly thick as is the sole, and the club head is fairly large. They’re obviously meant to be a more forgiving design.

TaylorMade R11 Irons

New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more

I have a few more images of the TaylorMade R11 irons in the Hooked On Golf Blog TaylorMade Image Gallery.


Inside the PING tour van

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 29th, 2011
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At a recent PGA Tour stop I had the pleasure of spending some time inside the PING tour truck. The tour trucks from golf manufacturers travel with the PGA Tour to support their players with gear, tweaks, repairs, maintenance, fresh hats and sometimes just a cool place to relax.

PING Golf Tour Van

Inside the PING Tour Van. I want to live here. Click for more images.

Inside the PING truck were some very interesting machines and technology used in building and adjusting clubs. The tech, my new friend Daniel Udd (pictured below), could literally custom build any PING golf club in a matter of minutes. customized weighting, lofts, lie, grips take even less time.

PING Golf Tour Van

Master technician Daniel Udd tweaks a PING wedge. Click for more images.

Perhaps the most fun was looking inside the drawers which contained player specific items like special grips for Bubba Watson or Hunter Mahan. The hat drawer had hats for all of their staffers and I wanted snag one of Miguel Angel Jimenez’s brown hats (below left). I resisted.

PING Golf Tour Van

Brown hat is for Miguel Angel Jimenez. I want one... Click for more.


TaylorMade R11 Irons – Sneak Peek MONDAY August 1st!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
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I’ve updated this post out of respect for my relationship with TaylorMade.  To see images of the R11 irons and read my first impressions, tune in Monday the 1st of August.

TaylorMade r11 irons

New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more TaylorMade images


New Precept Lady iQ+ golf ball

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
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Bridgestone GolfNormally I reserve press releases to the new Hooked On Golf Blog “HOG Wire” site.  I’ll do a quick mention here and you can check out the whole press release at HOGWire.biz.

Bridgestone Golf, HOG sponsors for fantasy golf and various other programs, announced today a new Precept Lady iQ+ golf ball.  Though they’re designed for ladies, I’ve actually tried previous Lady iQ’s and they performed surprisingly well!  Let the jokes begin.  I know.

For the whole scoop, click here to read the release on the HOG Wire.


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