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Review: BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF Push Cart (Trolley For You in the UK)

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, November 13th, 2016
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I love to walk when I golf, but with a bad back I don’t carry my bag that often.  So I like to use a push cart (“trolley” for my friends in the UK).  I’ve had the BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF unit in play since this summer and put it through a very rigorous test battery.  Yes, being one of the world’s top golf bloggers can be rough.  You know, having to play golf and “evaluate” great golf equipment, apparel, and accessories.  I do it for you, the HOG patron.   Now let’s take a look at the BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF cart/trolley.

Big Max Auto-Fold FF

Big Max Auto-Fold FF in all its glory

Construction/Design

The BIG Max Auto-Fold FF (okay that’s taking a lot of typing, so let’s call it the BMAF from this point on) is a 3-wheel push cart/trolley designed to make walking the course easy.  The two rear wheels are large and wide and the front wheel a little smaller but still a wide tread.  The wheels and wide wheelbase help the unit push very easy and ride very smoothly.  I have a few other trolleys which shorter wheelbases and smaller wheels, and those designs seem to accentuate bumps and hills.  The BMAF handles bumps and hills much better.

BIG MAX Autofold FF Push Cart/Trolley

BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF Push Cart/Trolley

The frame of this unit is extremely solid and sturdy.  Big Max makes many push carts for the rental pool of courses, and those must be tough.  That knowledge and experience in design carries into the BMAF.   That said, the unit is still quite light and easy to lift into the trunk of my car.  When folding up, the two rear wheels can be easily removed.

The handle is big and solid with nice padding.  That helps to make pushing the unit and steering it easy.

The golf bag is secured onto the cart with some nice and easy to use thick bungee cables with solid hooks.  It’s a good way to secure the bag.  The unit can cary bags up to the large “tour” size.

Folding

Speaking of the trunk, the unit folds for storage and transportation.  Folding is very easy.  In fact, no “latches” or buttons or anything else need be manipulated to fold it.  Just grab the front wheel and pull up and it folds nicely.

I don’t have a large space in my trunk yet the folded unit still fits easily with my clubs (photo below).

In the trunk with the clubs

In the trunk with the clubs

Extras

The accessory compartment (photo below) is located underneath the scorecard holder, conveniently behind the main handle.  The pouch is very large.  I bet it would easily hold 3-4 dozen golf balls.  I put my GPS, phone, camera, sunglasses, cigars, cutter, tees, glove and small children in there.

Accessory storage

Accessory storage, drink holder, umbrella holder

There is an umbrella mount (main photo).  That’s great to have for not only when it is raining, but when it is bloody hot here in the desert.  I’ll put up the umbrella to give myself shade.

A drink holder connects to the side of the handle with a “quick lock,” along with a GPS holder.  Both are conveniently located for easy access.

Final Thoughts

The overall experience of using the Big Max Auto-Fold FF trolley is fantastic.  It is extremely easy and enjoyable to push, despite its large footprint.  It rides smoothly and provides a very solid and stable platform for my golf bag and all the rest of the stuff I bring onto the course.

On my next Scotland trip I might ship my Big Max there in advance!


Thought it was a joke but Costco Kirkland Signature tour golf balls are real

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, November 10th, 2016
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Found this in the bushes a couple of days ago:

Kirkland Signature Golf Balls

Kirkland Signature Golf Balls

After holding this ball in my own hand I now confirm that Costco/Kirkland brand Signature Tour golf balls are not a joke. It looked and felt like a Titleist ProV1. How can I tell if a ball “feels” like another just by holding it? It’s a skill only the top golf geeks and bloggers on the planet have I suppose. The cover feels soft and tacky, just like any tour-level golf ball.  The dimple pattern is similar to a ProV1.  And we all really know how Kirkland operates.  These may very well be ProV1’s, made by Titleist for Kirkland.  Or they may be made in one of the other, very few, golf ball plants in the world that make the balls for all ball brands.

I can see the next Costco shopping list now:

  • 14 year supply of toilet paper
  • 2400 pack of tampons
  • 16 pound block of cheese
  • 55 inch TV
  • Tour level golf balls
  • 400 pack of AA batteries
  • Honda Accord
  • Box of 12 frozen pizzas

I gave this ball to a buddy who plays ProV1’s and he’s going to try it out and give me some opinions.

If you’re reading Costco, you can send me a couple dozen and I’ll post an honest review of them.


Vegas Golf VIP Edition On-Course Game

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, November 7th, 2016
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vegas-golf-vipI’ve played different versions of “Vegas Golf,” the game where you have casino chips representing different good and bad situations that happen on the golf course. Recently I put the Vegas Golf VIP version into play with my group. $42 later I think it worked out quite well. Let’s take a look.

Vegas Golf VIP Edition

This is a golf game played between 2-4 golfers. It wouldn’t be possible to play more than four due to the players being in different groups. The game comes with 19 casino-style chips. Each chip represents an event that can occur on the course, like making a birdie or 3-putting. Some events are positive, like the eagle, birdie, 3-pars-in-a-row chips. Some events are not good, like the water hazard, 3-putt, anger, lost ball chips.

During play the “chip keeper” will hand out chips to players as the events occur. In my round yesterday for instance, I hit a tree on the first tee shot. Yes, I captured the tree chip. If another golfer hit a tree after that, he/she would get the chip. There are certain chips that are very active, like the 1-putt chip.

The group decides on a bet value per chip. In the case of my group, we decided on $1.00 per chip. So if a player ended up with say the birdie chip at the end of 18 holes, he would collect $1.00 from each of the other players in the group. If a player ended up with one of the bad chips, like the 3-putt chip, he would pay each of the other players in the group $1.00.

During the round it is quite fun to razz your opponents and hand them the tree chip or the lost ball chip. It’s great to get rid of that one. It’s also great to capture the birdie chip, and hope to be able to keep it for the whole round.

Accessory Bag

This version of the game comes with a nice accessory bag to store the chips in.  It clasps onto the golf bag for easy use and access.

Conclusion

Vegas Golf VIP is quite fun. My group had a blast playing it, except for the guy who ended up with the tree chip, worm burner chip, and water hazard chip. I don’t think he was too thrilled. But I digress.

This $50 valued golf game is $29 on Amazon and is a very fun and reasonably priced golf gift for the holidays, Christmas, Father’s Day, birthdays.


LostGolfBalls.com Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 24th, 2016
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Golf balls can be insanely expensive. $40-$50-$60+ per DOZEN? $5.00 per ball? Damn. At that price I could lose $50 in golf balls on the first 4-5 holes on my tight, hazard-ridden home course if I don’t hit it well. That’s why I had to institute a “3-premium-ball lost limit” there. That’s a blog post for another day.

When I used to live next to the 1st tee on my home course I could sneak onto the course after hours and find literally hundreds of balls. I knew all the places to look because, well, I hit them there. Now I don’t have that luxury since moving a little farther away from the course.

There’s nothing better than finding a nice Titleist ProV1, or Bridgestone B330, or TaylorMade tour ball in the bushes. It’s like found money. No golfer other than perhaps PGA Tour pros is above playing that newly found ProV1 either. Hand raised.

So if a person is more than willing to play that pre-owned ball in the bushes, a look at LostGolfBalls.com is probably a good financial decision. LostGolfBalls.com has every model golf ball a golfer would ever want, slightly used, for a fraction of retail.

LostGolfBalls.com Golf Balls

LostGolfBalls.com Golf Balls

Quality Levels

LostGolfBalls.com offers several “levels” of used golf balls.

Refinished golf balls are balls that have been reconditioned at a factory that actually makes new golf balls. This is as close to a new golf ball as one can get without it actually being new.

AAAAA/1st Quality golf balls are mint used balls, not reconditioned. One may not be able to tell the difference between this and a new ball.

AAAA/2nd Quality golf balls are still in very good condition and may appear to have a little wear, similar to a ball that has been played for a few holes.

AAA/3rd Quality golf balls are still very playable but may have some smudges, scuffs, and blemishes.

Pricing

Pricing for the different levels of balls is proportionate to their quality level. I chose to go with a couple of boxes of my current gamer ball, the Bridgestone B330 or B330-S. Let’s do some comparing.

On Bridgestone’s website a brand new box of B330’s costs $44.99, plus shipping.

The highest quality AAAAA/1st Quality B330 from LostGolfBalls.com’s website is listed at $23.99, about HALF of retail. For a golf ball that performs the same, the golfer can literally be paying around half the money. Great deal.

The next level ball is the AAAA/2nd Quality. These balls are priced at $15.99 per dozen.

Finally, there are refinished B330’s available for $12.99.

Conclusion

As a decent amateur golfer with a low single digit handicap, I see no difference in playability or performance between the AAAAA/1st Quality balls, and a brand new B330 I’ve played for a few holes. Well, there is a difference actually. It’s in my wallet.


Costco Kirkland Signature Brand Tour Quality Golf Balls? I’ve Seen It All.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, October 16th, 2016
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“Can you pick up a 12 year supply of toilet paper, a 2,400 pack of tampons, a giant bottle of Kalamata olives, a 55-inch flat screen TV, a 9,000 foot roll of aluminum foil, and a couple dozen urethane covered 4-piece golf balls for me when you are at Costco?”

Costco Kirkland Golf Balls

This is hilarious.

But if you look at the specs the ball should perform just as good as a Titleist ProV1. It has almost the exact same compression and spin rates, four layers, urethane cover. It’s a tour ball. LOL. What’s better, is in standard Costco fashion, TWO dozen of their golf balls costs lest than one dozen ProV1’s! Who’s going to be the first tour player to sign an endorsement deal?


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