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New Custom NXT18 Belt – College Football Style

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
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I have to admit that now that college football season is here I’ve been spending a lot of time working on one of my other websites, UteHub.com. I’m a University of Utah Utes fan and built that site as a forum and fan “hub,” and it has been quite successful. I built a game there to allow the members to pick the weekly Pac-12 football games, called Pick Em. I have some neat prizes, and the grand prize is a custom belt from NXT18 Golf. Check it out.

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I reviewed a milled belt by NXT18 Golf back in 2015. It’s a Hooked on Golf Blog version.

Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt

Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt – A Work of Art

The new college version is a little more mature and cleaner looking I must admit.  Plus it works with a standard belt, which is interchangeable.

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My new Utah Utes belt is great. I’m wearing it proudly, even this moment. If you want a belt like this, or with your own custom logo of your favorite team or golf blog, follow this special link for a discount and free shipping.


Exclusive First Look: OUUL Golf Bags

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, September 15th, 2016
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I’m happy to show you a very exclusive look into a golf company that you’ll be hearing about on other golf sites sometime in early 2017:

OUUL fashion forward, technically superior bags & accessories

Yes this isn’t a hack golf blog which reviews gear that’s been out for five years.  Oh no.  Hooked on Golf Blog is often able to feature golf equipment, courses, resorts, apparel and other products that haven’t even hit the market yet.  Be on the lookout for OUUL.

I will be covering many of OUUL’s products down the road.  For starters I’m doing a preview post and working on reviews of the OUUL Python Collection of golf bags.  These bags are super-light, even the cart bag.  I seriously almost threw the cart bag across my back yard when I picked it up to move it.   Check them out:

OUUL Python Golf Bags - Stand bag and cart bag

OUUL Python Golf Bags – Stand bag and cart bag

I’ll be testing these bags out for the next few weeks and I’ll post individual reviews of each one when I’m ready.  In the mean time enjoy the photos and let me know if you have any questions about OUUL.

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Review: Puma Tech Golf Pants

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
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For years I’ve been known as “Tony no pants.”  Not by the ladies, but my golf buddies.  Even in the coldest winter conditions I wear shorts.  I have many reasons for wearing shorts.  The primary ones are that I tend to get very hot in long pants.  I often find long pants to be uncomfortable because I have thick, short legs.   Heat, comfort, fit… Good reasons to avoid long pants.  This summer I had to get my hands on some golf pants because a couple of the clubs I was going to play in Scotland required “trousers.”  “Trousers” is UK speak for pants.

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For a pant to work for me I figured it would need to have an athletic fit but be very flexible.  Plus it would need to be NOT cotton.  I’m not a cotton fan.  It would need to be a polyester or spandex.  Or perhaps a “poly-span” combo.  Enter the Puma Tech pants.  Just what the apparel scripter ordered.

Fit

My waist is a moving target depending on the time of year, and depending on how many people bring free donuts to the break room at work.  I was happy to find the fit on the Puma Tech pants is flexible.  A comfortable waist is a must and even with the ups and downs of the summer waistline the Tech Pants are always comfortable.   The spandex/poly fabric stretches and moves with me, instead of resisting.

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Sporting the black Tech pants at Panmure in Carnoustie, Scotland

Fabric

Speaking of spandex/polyester… The fabric on the Tech pants is 97% polyester and 3% spandex.  The Puma formulation results in very light and comfortable pants which don’t get me too hot.  As mentioned, heat and heat management is a real issue for me when it comes to pants.  I’ve been more comfortable in these pants than any other long pants I’ve ever worn.

One reason for that comfort and coolness is the airflow created by the Puma 3D Cell fabric. If you look closely at the fabric, you can see each individual little cell, with gaps between them.

dryCELL technology in the pants wicks moisture away from the wearer.  I need this.

Style

Naturally Puma is on the hip end of the style spectrum.  I know I’m sporting the latest in style and design with the Tech Pants.  But at the same time these classic and classy looking.  They work well on the course or at the office.  And sometimes those two are the same thing.

On the Course or at the Office

When I have to wear long pants at the office these are a big help between the comfort and heat management.  On the course, when I need to dress up a bit, I’m still comfortable.

I’ve got a black pair and a silver pair.  I really love the silver pair.  The color is great and the versatility is tremendous.  Really with the black or silver I can wear nearly any color shirts or tops.

Conclusion

I don’t like to wear long pants.  But when must wear long pants the Puma Golf Tech Golf Pants are my gamers.


Weekend Warrior Golf T-Shirts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, August 25th, 2016
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I need some casual shirts to wear around HOG World Headquarters while writing or shooting gear pictures. You know, something comfortable and golf related.  Enter Weekend Warrior golf tees.

I needed a tee shirt that says "golf" with the Old Course in St Andrews in the background!

I needed a tee shirt that says “golf” with the Old Course in St Andrews in the background!

These tees are 100% cotton. I’m not big on cotton anymore. I prefer polys and spandex over cotton because of the durability, easy care, and the fact that they don’t shrink. That said these tees are very comfortable and fun.

"Kid, get out of my picture."

“Kid, get out of my picture.”

(Above) While shooting the picture of the “birdie” shirt some neighborhood kid photo-bombed me…

I love the golf themed shirts. I even got one for the little guy, Seve. He’s still a little too small for it but he loves to wear his beard tee shirt over his jammies.

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Beard Tee Shirt – XS

These tees are fun.  Best of luck to Weekend Warrior and let me know when you get some non-cotton shirts in.  I’d love to feature them.


First Look: Air Force One Air Foil Fairway Woods

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 22nd, 2016
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I’ve been gaming the Air Force One nitrogen charged driver now for about a year and a half.  I told my buddies just today that I’ll keep hitting it until I find a better driver.  I don’t care who makes it or what the retail price is, as long as I’m killing it.

Naturally I was eager to accept the offer from Air Force One to review their new Air Foil fairway metal-woods, based on my great experience with the driver. Here are a couple of photos of this new fairway wood:

Air Force One - Air Foil Fairway Wood

Air Force One – Air Foil Fairway Wood

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I hit 2-3 shots with the Air Foil 3-wood in today’s round, one resulting in a birdie on the par-5 10th at Mountain Dell. Unlike other “reviewers” though, I can’t review a club in three swings. Stay tuned for a full review, which will be a few weeks. When I test clubs I play real golf, on real golf courses.

Yeah, hard work I know. But I have to stay true to my golf blogger roots. FORE!


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