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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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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.


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